I've installed win8 three times (once as an RC). I really hated it the first few days I was playing with it, as I LOVE a traditional desktop like Win7. I maintain 50 Windows 7 pro machines where I work, and pretty much love Windows 7 as the perfect OS.
The second time I installed it on a machine, I hated it about the same as the first time, and quickly rejected the notion of upgrading all our work machines, which I had done on day 1 for Windows 7, and Windows Vista before it. Well, Day 1 came and past with no production windows 8 machines on the LAN. Recently, an employee asked if he could have it, and I said sure, as long as he wanted to be the company guinea pig. Well, after a clean install, adding office 2013, a ton of work related software suites, (including CS6), and being forced to play with Windows 8 for a few additional hours, I have to modify my first two impressions.
Instead of 100% pure hatred for Win8, I would say I only strongly dislike it now. Maybe it will continue to grow on me?
P.s. The employee mentioned above really likes Win8, a spouse of a different employee I did a win8 install for also really likes, and also I have to admit I LOVE my Windows Phone HTC 8x. My recommendation would be to stick with Windows 7 for your desktop, and get a windows 8 phone.