Windows 8.1 is much improved over 8 in my opinion. I have it running on my laptop and with an add on for the start menu, which mimics the windows 7 start button, it runs the way i like it. I don't see the start screen being used on non-tablets. The full screen apps are pointless on a laptop. I would like to see MS give you the option for installing the start screen. Why do you need it on a laptop?