Well after trying multiple times to use the Dell Recovery to put the machine back to default I finally downloaded the Windows 8 90 day evaluation and tried it. Machine is faster than it was with Windows 7 and everything is working like a charm. Now I just need to look and see if I have the DVD to do a full restore of Windows 7 and then upgrade it to Windows 8. I will NEVER purchase a machine with only a recovery partition again. What good is the recovery if it is faulty from the factory?
Thank you for your assistance! At least you confirmed what I had already tried and that it was not just me.