Windows 8 Not Hawt!

On October 25, Microsoft will launch Windows 8 in New York City. Paul Allen, one of Microsoft’s founders weighs in on Windows 8 - Paul Allen likes Windows 8 — well, except for a few things.

There are two modes one targeted at tablets “Windows 8 style” (formerly referred to as “Metro Style”) and one targeted at conventional PCs. One of the most significant changes in Windows 8 is the lack of the familiar Start menu. Instead, Windows 8 features a Start screen. and that’s just the beginning. Read more about the features in Features I Like in Windows 8.

Windows 8: Preview

Watch a short video to see some of the new things you can do with Windows 8.  For detailed product and feature information, download the Windows 8 Release Preview Guide PDF (available in English only).

Windows 8: Upgrades

According to this official Microsoft blog post, if you own a Windows XP, Windows Vista, or a Windows 7PC, you are eligible for a downloadable upgrade to Windows 8 Pro.

According to the Buy a Windows 7 PC and get Windows 8 Pro for $14.99 upgrade offer you must purchase a qualifying Windows 7 PC between 2 June 2012 and 31 January 2013 to be eligible for this offer. The last day to register and order your Windows 8 upgrade is 28 February 2013.

The purchase of Windows 8 includes 90-days of no-charge support from Microsoft, commencing when Windows 8 installation and activation is complete.

Windows 8: System requirements

windows 8Here are the basic hardware requirements from Upgrading to Windows 8: What you need to know (FAQ):

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
  • Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver

Additional requirements to use certain features:

  • To use touch, you need a tablet or a monitor that supports multitouch.
  • To access the Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768.
  • To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768.

Wrapping Up Windows 8

Bill Gates may be excited about Windows 8, but I’m not. Paul Allen co-founder of Microsoft has struggled with some of the more “puzzling aspects” of the new Windows 8 OS.

I am a long time Windows XP desktop user who is comfortable but not impressed with my partner’s Windows 7 OS. I do need a new computer before the year ends but I won’t be upgrading to Windows 8.

Unlike Windows 7, Windows 8 takes the OS in a very new direction. Gartner research analyst, Gunnar Berger reviewed Windows 8 – Bad is his one word summation for desktop users.  He found Windows 8 easy to use and remarkably fast, but tough to navigate on anything other than a touchscreen-enabled tech device.

Well, I don’t own a touchscreen device. I’m a desktop user who doesn’t want to be a BETA tester in this Windows tablet/desktop transformation experiment. I’ll be waiting for Windows 9 or maybe even Windows 10.   I might even check into what Apple has to offer.

19 thoughts on “Windows 8 Not Hawt!

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  2. Hmmm…I have an old XP PC and a Windows 7 laptop, both working well right now. One thing I don’t like about Windows 8 is the progressive migration toward the cloud as a default file cabinet. Other than for some Kindle ebooks, I’ve been avoiding the cloud. I know Microsoft has stated its intent to go this way for years, but as I understand it, cloud files are stored multiple places to prevent loss – so when you delete a file… it’s probably not really deleted (just like on a hard drive.) And I’m not completely sold on the privacy/security of cloud files yet, so I’m not ready to have any personal info stored there. For now, I think I’ll stick with my unbroken Windows 7 and my portable hard drives (which also work even if my internet server goes down)!

    • Hi there,
      Thanks for your comment. I think there will be a substantial number of us who will be on Windows 7.

  3. I’ve used Windows XP for years and have enjoyed it other than the constant updates and the vulnerability to viruses. Working with Windows 7 at work I wasn’t really that impressed. I was excited to try out the Windows 8 beta when it came out a few months ago. I used it for less than a week before deciding it wasn’t for me.

    Over the last six years I’ve been using various versions of Linux such as Fedora, Ubuntu, Linux Mint and many more. I’ve made the decision that I won’t be upgrading my Windows XP. I only have a couple of old programs that I use it for.

    Linux offers me most everything I need and all the applications as well as the operating system are free. Plus you have the added bonus of not being as vulnerable to viruses as Windows or Apple’s OS X. For me, it’s one of the many versions of Linux and I plan to keep it that way.

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  5. I think I will probably never upgrade to windows 8. I’ve read several reviews of it, some good, some bad and I don’t like what I see. As someone who is still using windows xp in classic mode, you can guess I don’t adapt to new technologies on my computer very well anymore. When I need to change – and it will be soon because, as we know, eventually one will not be able to use windows update, or most browsers or many programs with xp – I’ll get windows 7. And when that gets phased out – heck, I’ve no idea.

    • Hi Val,
      We are on the same page re: windows 8 and windows 7 and I can’t say I’m surprised by that. Friends of mine have panned it. I read a raft of reviews and also watched videos of people using it for the first time. I can tell that windows 8 is not for me.

  6. I may be a bit of a Luddite, but after upgrading to iOS 6 on my ipad2, I will never upgrade speedily again. I have always been reluctant to upgrade in windows and I think I have 2-3 xp’s around here and one windows 7. Don’t know why I succumbed to the speedy upgrade on the ipad but I mourn my missing google maps with lovely street views. Thanks for the heads up on Windows 8 as one of my xp’s is on its last leg and needs replacing and I think I will happily stick with 7 for the replacement.

    • Hi there,
      I don’t think we will be alone when it comes to sticking to windows 7. because I haven’t heard many rave reviews of windows 8. Even those running the earlu releases weren’t impressed.

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  8. It wasn’t that bad. Consumer preview is actually quite solid. Although a lot of people will find it confusing.

  9. I generally don’t jump on the bandwagon until after it has been around long enough to get the bugs out. I went from Windows XP to Windows 7 and found Windows 7 to be wonderful.

  10. Hi TT, I purchased a new desktop in May, so I didn’t qualify for the reduced price upgrade. At first I was annoyed that I had missed the upgrade window by 30-days, but now I think that it was probably a good break.

  11. windows 8 commercial launch will be on 25 October. Their are lots of glitches in developer preview and enterprise editions. Users can use both metro UI as well as desktop view(like windows 7). Windows xp no doubt was good but windows 7 came up with lots of advance features which overshadowed xp features. And you can make your desktop or laptop touchscreen by purchasing a device which will cost approx 48 usd. But according to me Linux is coolest and i am currently using ubuntu.

  12. I generally skip every other release. I’m happy with 7 and see no reason to upgrade. This looks great for tablets, but I’m happy with my Nexus 7, so I don’t need it for my tablet. Overall, I think the next version after this will improve on this release enough to make the next release more interesting. For now, 7 rocks, and has been the best release since XP. I think MS should have simply marketed this as a tablet version of Windows. But they didn’t ask me. They seldom do.

  13. I’ve been trying Windows 8 on a touch screen system and I’m not impressed. Admittedly it does appear to be faster than 7 but I just couldn’t get used to that interface and most of the “metro” applications i didn’t need. One of the things Microsoft were touting was location based services but I couldn’t even set my location correctly, instead Windows 8 fixed it where my ISP was located. Not much good when you are trying to get weather or tide tables. The new mail app wouldn’t work with POP3 email so to get my email using just Windows 8 I opened a new outlook.com account and used that to fetch my POP3 email.

    I sincerely hope Microsoft sort all these things out before going for final release on 25th October. As for me, I’m going to stick with Windows 7 which, hopefully,Microsoft will support for a good few years yet. That’s if they are still around.

  14. Thank you this is very useful. I did not know about upcoming release of W8 until now. I have W7 on my laptop and, after reading your post, not likely to change to W8.
    Kind Regards,
    Daniela

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