Oh, it's not designed to be a user interface? That's why Microsoft tells people who just want their DVD drive to start working again to Start -> Run -> Regedit, is it? Oh, Phil. You really seem so incredibly desperate to prove that Linux is bad. I'm not sure why; I have no desire in proving A. N. Other operating system is bad, except in refutation of your claims. Why does it offend you so that people use, and enjoy using, Linux? What personal hurt does it do to you? Tell you what, if it'll make you feel better: I'll install Windows 8 on my mother's currently Ubuntu-based desktop and laptop. That is, if and only if you are personally willing to talk her through fixing any problems she may have. Don't worry, I've only had to do that once under Ubuntu when the wireless card in the laptop stopped working; I'm sure you won't get dozens of phone calls a week like I used to when she ran Windows. Deal? Also, just to prove how incredibly misleading your claims are, here's a picture of how my mother changes settings on her computer: (The screenshot is from my installation: some entries, including Unsettings and Ubuntu Tweak, are aftermarket add-ons I've installed and don't appear on her computer.) The sooner you admit you have a problem, Phil, the sooner you can get help.