After playing with computers since the 80's, even I know to never buy an OS until its first Service Pack edition comes out.
True Ovenmaster. I too have many years of experience (40+) and I am typically conservative in the same manner. But I had used the Consumer Preview version on another system and the upgrade price was very reasonable as opposed to waiting until the product had been out for a while. Not to mention the limited time free upgrade with Media Center. Besides, these are minor issues, not system crashing/earth shaking/data corruption problems. I've had more serious problems with Windows 7 even after three years of use, so waiting is no guarantee of stability.
Anyhow, it's all moot since I got my answers. The display problem is related to the different sized displays. And the app starting problem was resolved when I went back and reinstalled Windows 8 as a clean install on an empty SSD. It is purring along just fine now without any issues.
All of that said, I should know better than to expect any REAL help on these forums. In 5+ years as a member I have yet to see any resolution to any problem I have ever had with any OS. Usually just smart a-- answers and "You should know better".