windows 8? what make and model of computer? You should have heard me when I started windows 8. then I found the stupid windows key, learned some shortcuts, setup autologon and scheduled a task to flip me into the desktop. Now everything I want works as expected.
Note: some computers will go into low power mode for the usb devices and actually turn them off depending on the BIOS settings. If you have this you can plug in a flash drive and the stupid port is actually powered down and will not detect the device. Last time I looked at this it was a EU setting on a ASUS motherboard (it actually powered off USB ports during sleep if it was enabled, makes it very hard to wake the machine with a USB keyboard)