If you’re anything like me, then many months ago you decided to dual boot the Windows 8 Developer Preview on your laptop, took one look at the new Start screen, tried to find the old Start button, and ran back to Windows 7 screaming, never looking back. Well, maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but it’s also fairly accurate. Admittedly, I’ve since upgraded to the Consumer Preview, but then decided that not enough changed from the Developer Preview, and am back here on Windows 7 right now.

Now, don’t get me wrong – I fully intend to purchase a Windows 8 machine at some point in the near future, but I’m waiting just a bit longer before I make up my mind and drop too much money on one of the new hybrids or convertibles. I want to squeeze a bit more life out of my old laptop, and I want to wait for the Windows 8 market to mature (and for prices to come down a bit).

But in the meantime, I’ve found the perfect ebook to occupy my spare time and get me prepared for Microsoft’s new take on personal computing: Windows 8 for Dummies. And it’s also completely free.

The book is divided into chapters about the new Start screen, the traditional desktop, storage (including “in the sky”), apps, and a list of 10 things you’ll hate about Windows 8 and how to avoid them. Granted, this book isn’t the most detailed, and Windows power users like William probably won’t get much from this book. But it’s a nice introduction for lots of us, and you can’t really argue with the price.

The 147-page ebook is available at the source link below.

[Wiley Publishers via CNET]