I'm planning on buying a new computer (laptop) in the near future. I'm not computer illiterate, but I am certainly not
computer savvy either. Would I be better off going with Windows 7 or Windows 8 (I am now running a 10 year old laptop with Windows XP).
I'd say Windows 8 would come standard on any new laptop. Simply because most laptops with Windows 7 were taken off the shelf when Windows 8 launched and replaced/upgraded to Windows 8.
I still don't see what all the fuss/complaints are with regards to Windows 8. They replaced the start menu with a start screen, and also removed the start button. Those two seem to be the biggest complaints I've seen.
Question is, how often do you find yourself clicking on the start button to access the start menu, vs hitting the windows key on your keyboard? Hitting the windows key will bring up the new metro/start screen. And then you just start typing and it'll filter/find the app that you wanted to launch. Same as you would with the Windows 7/Vista start menu.
Or if you have a lot of commonly launched applications, then just pin the icon to your taskbar.
If you really, really do need/miss the start button/menu then I guess you can just install something like "classic shell" - http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/