Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 22nd Nov 2011 21:39 UTC
Windows The Windows 8 blog has a post about the improvements in Windows 8's installation process. "For Windows 8, our goal was to continue to improve reliability while also improving the installation experience and raw performance. Not only did we want it to be rock solid, but also faster and easier to use." Thankfully, the features us geeks like are still there.
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As for Windows 8 Installations...
by Construct1545 on Thu 24th Nov 2011 20:38 UTC
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I find it best to start out from scratch when I install an operating system (whether it'd be Windows or Linux). I keep important files backed up and I make lists as to what programs I want (although anymore I have those in my head and I remember them as I go along). Having to upgrade from an older OS is a pain and has cost me a lot of important files in the past (Windows Vista to Windows 7 upgrade). Luckily this was just a free upgrade from college and not something I bought.

Windows 7 never was a pain to me in terms of installation except when upgrading, but I had the right version and architecture when I did try it. The second time I tried to upgrade to Windows 7, it succeeded.

Working on Mac installs and upgrades was easily the best experience I've had in terms of installs. There was little to worry about other than the usual requirements (time, user name, Wi-Fi access, etc.) I've yet to have a Linux distro upgrade work as well as it would when installed on a clean disk. Some of the Linux custom options would trip me up in how many options that they had, but I went through the installs with little hassle.

As long as these install on clean disks okay, that's fine by me, and I think that users should know of the option to do a full install (even though it costs more to buy a Windows full install disc, it is worth the extra money compared to upgrading). Besides, there are many applications that may not work with the last version of your operating system that you had (or a package that is either non-existent in the repository or too new may break your application.)

As for Windows 8. I think I'll skip this one this time round. I don't have a touch screen and I don't think there will be any reason to install it unless they don't allow new Directx versions on Windows 7.

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