What is this "extreme control over system resources" of which you speak?
I was under the impression that Win8 was a mega hog of resources with all the useless features that are tablet/phone friendly but not PC friendly...
1. "extreme control" is in Win8. Do some research, suggest MaximumPC mag for a good start.
2. "mega hog" it is not.
3. "useless features" are restricted to the new "Start" page, which you can turn off with one of many programs out there, I use ClassicShell and never see the "Start" page unless I want.