not sure if I like this operating system, however, I am wondering if I can download the free mcafee?
Yup, there's no problems with McAfee and Windows 8.
However, just want to take the opportunity to mention that Windows 8.1 (currently available as a "Preview" build) is not supported and doesn't work with the McAfee provided by Shaw. We do expect to have Windows 8.1 support available upon its official\final release late this year.
Shaw Secure powered by McAfee is compatible with Windows 8. More information on system requirements can be found here. For help on installing Shaw Secure, there is Installing Shaw Secure.
Hope this helps,
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