Windows 8, Are You Ready

windows8Ok, so I’ve been test driving Windows 8 for a few days now just to get a feel for it, identify the changes and to decide if it’s a practical change from Windows XP or Windows 7. Up to this point, Windows 7 has been my favorite release, but that’s a whole other story. I was skeptical when first installing Windows 8. I wasn’t installing it on a brand new machine. This machine has some miles on it, but I’ve kept it upgraded fairly well and by todays standards, it’s a pretty beefy machine. This also wasn’t an upgrade from Windows 7, it was new install. Therefore, a lot of time was spent backing up “stuff” that I’d need to put back once the new install was complete. I’m not going to list a lot of pro’s or con’s, I haven’t been working with it long enough to do that, instead, I’m giving you my first impression.
I must say that this has been the easiest install to date. It installed fairly quick, found all of my peripherals and I was up and running in about 15 minutes. I did have (and still have) an issue with my Sound Blaster X-Fi card. Therefore I’m using onboard audio for now. The Windows 8 (beta) driver provided by the manufacturer of my sound card consistently crashes every time it tries to install. I’ll have to revisit this at a later date. Other than that, everything installed no problem. If you’ve worked in the IT field for as long as I have, you know that the thing you hate most is a lot of change in the administration side of a new OS. Well, prepare yourself, there are a lot of changes within Windows 8. But if you’re savvy enough, you’ll quickly find your way around with little effort. Everything quickly becomes familiar again. Setting up your desktop is a breeze and moving around the OS is so simple, you’ll soon question whether or not that this is truly a product from Microsoft. The App Store is surprisingly full of useful apps, most of them being free. Though navigation through the App Store is somewhat cumbersome. However, if you can install an app on your iPhone or Android phone, you can certainly install an app on Windows 8. I really love the library setup for your pictures, documents, music, etc. Once you know where to put your files, everything else is a breeze. To be honest, my biggest disappointment to this point is that there is no Facebook app for Windows 8. Researching this reveals that Microsoft is expecting Facebook to create it and visa versa. Therefore, we’ll have to wait a bit on this one. So that’s it for now. My first impression of Windows is surprisingly positive. I look forward to digging into the core of Windows 8, looking for the good, the bad and the ugly….I’ll keep you posted.

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