Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th Aug 2012 21:30 UTC
Windows Microsoft has made Windows 8's final release available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers, so if you are one of those - have fun. The 90-day trial has also been released, so us mere mortals can have a go at it as well. The evaluation version is Windows 8 Enterprise, so it contains a number of features regular users normally won't see. As far as I can tell - it's a bit unclear - the trial version cannot be upgraded to a final version a few months down the line. Happy testing!
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Why would you want it on your PC?
by kragil on Thu 16th Aug 2012 00:16 UTC
kragil
Member since:
2006-01-04

Is there anything you really need that it does noticably faster or better than Windows 7?
Going from XP or Vista to 7 is a move I can understand. Going from 7 to 8 .. not so much.

Ideas?

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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Well, there's a little more to Windows 8 than Metro:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Features_new_to_Windows_8

Granted, this isn't mind-blowing stuff, and you can get most of this functionality with 3rd party apps, but for a $40 upgrade, I'll probably bite. At least it's a few less apps I'll have to install, and I'm sure there'll be a few interesting apps for Metro... er, I mean Windows 8 over time ;) If it's not any slower than Windows 7, I think it'll do all right. If you install a launcher or something, you'll never have to look at Metro once you're booted into classic.

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smokeelaa Member since:
2012-04-19

I will definitely be doing the $40 upgrade from Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 8 Pro.

Hyper-V, Remote Desktop host, and Bitlocker FVE are well worth the upgrade price for me.

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bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

I think a more telling list is this one:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_features_removed_in_Windows_8

Especially the removal of WMC and gadgets as this lets them turn right around and charge you for what was once a free part of the OS, no different than how game devs will rip pieces of the finished product out and turn right around and sell it as "on disc DLC".

Also if you used the "previous versions" feature in Vista or 7 be advised you will HAVE to have a shared drive on another system to use the feature in Win 8, as it will no longer work on local drives...yay. take good ideas and break them, thanks MSFT.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Is there anything you really need that it does noticably faster or better than Windows 7?
Going from XP or Vista to 7 is a move I can understand. Going from 7 to 8 .. not so much.

Ideas?


Well, looking at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Features_new_to_Windows_8 the only thing on that whole list that matters to me is faster boot, nothing else; I don't care about integration with Microsoft-accounts, about Windows Store, the new family safety - features or anything else on that list. Increased performance wasn't mentioned on that list and that's the second thing that matters to me. Basically, not much.

But really, you should look at that list and see if there is anything that matters to you. No one else can quite tell you what you need or don't need.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

In a reply to myself: it actually seems Windows 8 isn't an upgrade over Windows 7 even performance-wise, atleast according to various benchmarks. http://www.techspot.com/review/561-windows8-vs-windows7/ was a good read if anyone else happens to be interested.

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tanzam75 Member since:
2011-05-19

You don't use multiple monitors?

The new multi-monitor taskbar is, by itself, worth $20. That's what third-party taskbars sell for -- and they aren't as good. (Not necessarily out of any fault of theirs, but owing to the fact that developers will test against the built-in Windows taskbar, but not against third-party add-ons.)

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bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

Be advised Werecatf that the "faster boot" is an ugly hack that could cause problems down the line. The way it works is it does NOT actually do a clean boot but instead loads the kernel and userland in a hibernate file at the front of the drive and from what I've seen unless you pull the plug or battery it doesn't do a full RAM flush either, but instead does more of a hybrid sleep kinda thing.

Its a pretty ugly looking hack and if your OS gets flaky it'll be that much harder to get a true clean boot. No telling what those extra I/Os are gonna do as far as wear and tear if you go SSD either. That said at $40 I'll pick up a copy of Pro just in the off chance I run into a program that requires Win 8 for some reason but I'm advising my customers that they'd be better off picking up one of the Win 7 Family Packs where you get 7 HP for $40 a copy for 3 installs and then if they need XP Mode simply use Virtualbox.

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moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

As a consultant I want to get some skills in,

- WinRT
- C++/CX

So yeah, I will eventually get it.

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