I use my P.C. as a complete media center which includes all my music T.V. video pictures &etc. and therefore use a cordless keyboard and mouse. This doestype of set up not seem to have been taken into consideration when producing windows 8. As others have said it seems to be geared more fore the tablet end of the market
Coltie, I'm using my PC as a media center as well. I use it with three Xboxes around the house operating as Windows Media Center extenders, streaming music, TV, photos, video, radio. Windows 8 works fine with it, and until end of January you can get a free WMC download and product key. Like you, I'm using a cordless keyboard and mouse. The keyboard also has a built in touchpad which works fine. I rarely use the mouse now, I just usethe wireless touchpad keyboard. Windows 8 isn't designed exclusively for tablets. It works equally well with traditional desktop; I find the desktop mode of Windows 8 works just the same as Windows 7 except that the old Start Menu has been replaced by the new Start Screen. It's easy to use with a TV from across the room. Windows Media Center operates in exactly the same way with Windows 8 as it did with Windows 7.
Hello again Michael. Sorry to bother you but I have just been on the MS Windows site to look at upgrade and it is suggested that I need a seperate licence for media centre! Is this correct or does the media centre edition in windows
The way I did it - you need to apply for a Product Key for Media Center and you'll be sent the product key by email (took a couple of days for me). You'll be told how to install (but from memory along the line of install additional application or something like that) and the moment you enter the product key, Windows 8 will figure out what to download and install. It's as if you bought an App but Media Center (at least for now) is free. Just apply for a Product Key and it'll be straightforward.
Coltie - I concur with everything Kaio says. The instructions for installing will be in the email you get from Microsoft containing the Product Key. Get started here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows-8/feature-packs
One caveat - if you have a TV tuner card in your PC, check whether it needs an upgraded driver to work with Windows 8 before you commit to the upgrade.