I wasn't sure I was going to start a blog area but
finally decided to with the coming of Windows 8. So here are my
impressions from initial usage.
Windows 8 installed fine on an older system 4g Ram,
Athlon II X4 640 with an average video card. Installation started
normally to Windows 7 but eventually went different. It had a lot of
screens during install that talked about things to do and how to do
them. Small hints, it was somewhat helpful.
Once installed Windows 8 boot to the "Metro" Screen
which looks like it would be more at home on a Ipad/Tablet type
machine not a desktop. All the applications are there and you have
to scroll side to side to find them. This to me for a desktop/laptop
computer is not reasonable. I find it annoying. Once you figure out
where the tile for Desktop is it gets a little worse. There is no
longer a "Start" Button. Now you cannot just run through the start
menu and find your programs that were installed. Instead you have to
go back to the start screen and find them. One thing I do and have
done for a long time is use the bottom taskbar to put my programs.
Windows 8 allows you to "PIN" your programs there much easier. Once
I figured this out it made my desktop experience in Windows 8 more
bearable. Additionally some programs do not open the same when you
go from the Metro screen to them. Internet Explorer is the one I
noticed the most. Rather than give me the usual desktop IE Window it
gave me a modified one with no menu and no actual buttons to exit.
Took me a bit of time to get out of it. If I start IE from the
taskbar on the desktop it acts more like we are all used to.
I have been tweaking it some and working to make
it feel right to me but it is constantly being frustrating. The
biggest is the shutdown. With no more start button it took me awhile
of rooting around to find where the power off/shutdown was. Some
things should be easy to find and straight forward not hidden
in a few layers.
On the plus side it runs much faster and better
than Windows Anything Else on the system. It is already sent out to
the Manufacturers and will be offered soon. I believe the end of
September is general release.
My opinion is it changed to much and to many basics.