graeme_p - 7:34 am on Mar 1, 2013 (gmt 0)
@dstiles, it does provide some protection against root kits, but that is just one threat among many, so does not do much to justify the disadvantages (no dual boot, needing to go into more BIOS settings to run a live USB/CD, harder to run Windows 7 and below on WIndows 8 hardware and no WIndows 8 even on high end Windows 7 hardware), all of which get much worse is any PC vendors fail to provide a BIOS option to turn it off.
@SevenCubed, you experiment with Linux is looking interesting. You were quicker than most Windows users to realise how much better and easier the Linux way of installing software is. Given the dual boot problem, can you cold turkey off Windows? I almost did (kept and old Windows box for about month to run software for a course I was doing), but dstiles (genealogy etc.) needs obviously make it a slower process.
To me the difficulty of getting off Windows is a reason to do it. The vendor lock-in needs to be broken as it will only increase over time.