Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 30th Oct 2012 18:10 UTC
Windows Steve Ballmer has just announced that in the first three days of being on sale, more than 4 million people have bought the Windows 8 upgrade. This doesn't count OEM installations or Microsoft's own Surface - just individual upgrades. Definitely a promising start for Windows 8, but then, these are most likely enthusiasts (I'm one of those four million), so we still don't know a whole lot. I'm patiently waiting for the response from regular consumers.
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Not Ringing My Bell So Far
by HappyGod on Wed 31st Oct 2012 01:04 UTC
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Windows 8 is the first version of Windows I actually bought with money since Windows 95. And even that I went in thirds with two other student friends.

The experience so far has been less than stellar:

int msUpgradePointsTally = 0;

1. I download the "upgrade assistant" app to check whether I could upgrade. This made me a bit nervous as I was running a pirate version of Win7. And ... it didn't work.

The .exe kept crashing as it tried to "unpack its box". Executing my Google-fu, I quickly learned that this link is duff, and that you have to download it several times before it will work: msUpgradePointsTally--;

2. I start the install, and it provides me with a few options about keeping all my crap. Essentially: upgrade with your programs, with just your personal stuff, or with nothing.

I choose "with my programs", and it informs me that Windows Media Center isn't supported, and therefore that whole option is unavailable!! So because 1 app isn't compatible, I have to re-install everything!? msUpgradePointsTally--;

3. I "choose" to upgrade with my personal stuff, and get to the payment screen. I choose PayPal. Crash. msUpgradePointsTally--;

4. After the upgrade Windows politely explains that my screen resolution is too low for "Windows Snap" to work (or something like that). I think to myself; "Who cares. Sounds like something I don't need anyhow, Right?".

Wrong. Turns out that if your resolution is too low for snap. It's too low for everything! As a consequence I cannot run any Metro app. The entire Win8 start screen is just a bunch of pretty boxes of no bloody use whatsoever. msUpgradePointsTally--;

5. I finally get the damn thing installed. It's my media PC, so it's time to get MS' free Media Center pack. I jump online and fill out the form. It says, "Your product key has been sent to you!". So I wait. Hours go by. Days go by. Nothing.

Time for Google-fu. Turns out that the screen did in fact warn me that my key could take "up to 24 hours". There was some MS guy trying to defend this wait. But there is no defense. It's ridiculous. Anyhow, day 3, and I finally got it in my inbox this morning.


Epic fail.

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