First I would like to say I am not trying to change your mind about windows 8 because it is obvious you have your own opinions about it. I just want to point a few things out.
|Oh, and let's not forget the worste part: 9 svchost.exe running at the same time all the time!! They don't take CPU... they just run... AV doesn't pick anything up, niether does AS, so what's the deal windows? It would be incredibly easy to infect a system with a fake svchost.exe, and the user wouldn't be able to tell the difference.|
That is actually quite normal. I am on my laptop right now (Which is running Windows 7 btw) and have more then 9 svchost.exe's running. So not sure why you think windows 8 is somehow different...
Have you checked to see what exactly they are running?
Press windows key + r and then type in the open box
cmd /k tasklist /svc
this will give you a idea.
|I have a laptop not a Tablet. Great, now I can split screen between apps, but I still can't do all the things I could do if they weren't "apps".|
The only reason why I pointed that out is because you said you couldn't do it and I just wanted to let you know that yes you can do it.
Windows 8 doesn't force you to use metro apps you can still use the same old desktop applications like people are used to which you seem to be implying that you can't.
If you don't like how in 8.1 the start button can either bring you to metro or the all apps page you can always install a 3rd party start button which will work just like windows 7 and still give you the benefits of windows 8.
|And forget about the interface: the programs that windows runs are just despotic! The thing runs some sort of "schedualed maintainence" in the background, with no alert, and no way to shut it off until it's finished. THEN you have to schedual it to run at 2 am (no one is up at that time, right??), AND THEN you can't even stop it from running, you can only set it to not try to run after missing a schedualed run.|
Actually there is a way to turn this off if we are talking about the same thing (Idle maintenance).
First go into your task scheduler (Type "task" in the UI under apps).
Next go to the following path
Task Scheduler > Microsoft > Windows > Task Scheduler
Then right click on Idle Maintenance & Regular Maintenance and select disable. And you are done.
Here is a post with pictures and everything http://superuser.com/questions/497500/disable-automatic-maintenance-in-windows-8