Having finally caught up with most of the urgent jobs following my return from HK, I've spent a little time evaluating Windows 8 over the last day or so. My main concern/interest was to see whether it would be able to talk to my trusty "old" printers. It's quite a different environment from XP, where I currently am, but using various tweaks it can soon be made more desktop-friendly than it is at initial install.
It comes with a driver for the Ricoh AP3800c, which is the good news, but the Xerox 7300 is not so lucky. The first phaser model included is the 7400. However I have found a work-around, which I will write up on the 7300 page in due course. So far I've had less success with scanning, as the TWAIN drivers for both my scanners are 32bit only, and I'm testing a 64bit Windows 8. I've not given up on that yet, however. I was diverted away from the testing etc. when the hard drive in the Ricoh failed last night ..... fortunately I had a suitable spare drive in a pile of stuff I had put out for recycling ..... a good job it had not already been taken away! It was a simple job to swap out the dead one, and all is well again now, so I will return to the challenge of the scanners