I could not find the shutdown or restart butten
If you can get the side-pane to open up, select Settings
and within the submenu is the option to shut down. Not very intuitive (to me at least), but that's where I think Microsoft will tell you to find it.
*Should I be using Win 7 drivers? I just built a new computer and installed it using Win 7 drivers...every single driver install ended with the computer freezing or crashing/rebooting.
*I've only used it for about 30 minutes (between the aforementioned crashes)...but it's been a very weird experience. Parts of it are more "basic" and I believe are meant to be more user friendly. To me, it seems more "dumbed down", but I can see where Microsoft is trying to compete with Apple. On the flip side, some of the functions are extremely convoluted and not very intuitive. Case in point, shutting down is one; getting that blasted side-pane window to pop up is another. Holy crap! I "know" I have to trigger it by going to the top right corner and I'm still having a heck of a time getting it to work.
*I'm not a big fan of the logging in. I understand some of the rationalization behind it (and the privacy concerns), but I'm not sure logging into your "own" computer helps the situation. If my computer is hacked, logging in doesn't help (because I was probably logged in when it was hacked). If I'm living with people and I don't want them to see "what I'm doing," then I'm either doing something I shouldn't...OR...I'm living with the wrong people (and in this case, it should be an option not a requirement). Finally, I don't have to "log in" to use my TV, car, radio, or refrigerator - I want to be able to hit the power button and start using my device. It's that simple.