Can you take it back for a Windows 7 machine? Purchasing a computer with a new OS shortly after launch is usually an exercise in frustration. Especially something like Windows 8 that is just NOT looking promising.
If no, I'd spend some time googling "Windows 8 tips" and reading up on solutions that others have found. Here's a start:
I just bought a new laptop as well, but I made sure to get Windows 7 - I'm not touching Windows 8 yet. If you shop around you can find computeres with Windows 7 on them. I ordered mine from Tiger Direct. It is refurbished, but works fine and the price was very reasonable.
Same here, DH just got me a new laptop with windows 8. It's a different approach for sure. I think once I get used to it, it will be fine tho. I love the touch screen feature. This laptop has a pivoting screen that folds back so the laptop becomes a tablet. Pretty neat. We'll see how it goes, and I'll take a note of this thread in case I run into problems that my hubby the Techie Wiz can't solve. It's all on him - he's the one who gave me that computer!