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Old 11-05-2012, 04:45 PM   #1
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Anyone else using it? Apart from having to overcome the start up screen stuff, what's the difference? I havn't really noticed anything so far.

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Old 11-05-2012, 04:49 PM   #2
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This weekend I updated 1 computer at home that I use for recording tv (I have a cablecard tuner) and I already knew it was just ok. It's not as bad as some make it out to be and not as good as MS says it is. Windows 7 is fine for me.

I would suggest spending the $5 and using Start8 or at least, the free, Classic Shell which makes it look and act more like W7. However, if you want it to look like W7, why upgrade?

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Old 11-05-2012, 04:51 PM   #3
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Supposedly quicker than Win 7, but I've not seen any numbers on it. I'm probably going to skip it unless there is some really compelling reason to pick it up.

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Starts up MUCH faster on my tablet, compared with Windows 7. Just waiting for Acer to release some updates/patches for it.

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Supposedly quicker than Win 7, but I've not seen any numbers on it. I'm probably going to skip it unless there is some really compelling reason to pick it up.
Yeah, the supposed quicker boot and supposed less memory usage is why I bought it for my work computer. I see nothing yet that makes me think it would be worth the small amount of cash to update any other of our computers.
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Oh....And I can't find out how to avoid having to log on with a user account at start up!!

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Yeah, the supposed quicker boot and supposed less memory usage is why I bought it for my work computer. I see nothing yet that makes me think it would be worth the small amount of cash to update any other of our computers.
Costs me $0 to get it. I have a TechNet subscription, so I pay
My Windows tablet took at least 60 seconds to boot up under Windows 7. It takes less than 10 seconds to boot up with Windows 8.

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Oh....And I can't find out how to avoid having to log on with a user account at start up!!
Solution was just a google search away (search for "automatic login windows 8")...
http://www.howtogeek.com/112919/how-...automatically/
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http://www.ghacks.net/2011/09/16/win...ically-log-on/

I've not tried either since I have no issue entering my password on login.
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I installed it on a PC I rebuilt for the local animal shelter over the weekend. I couldn't really tell much difference... Still a piece of garbage like all those before it.

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I installed it on a PC I rebuilt for the local animal shelter over the weekend. I couldn't really tell much difference... Still a piece of garbage like all those before it.
I think you'll see more benefit on tablets or systems with either SSD or hybrid drives. Older, barely within spec, systems will probably see little (if any) benefit. I also see Windows 8 geared more towards tablets than regular systems. I suspect that enterprise adoption rates will not be all that fast. Especially since I know of more than a few places that are just getting onto Windows 7 (not the abortion that was Vista).
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On my 2-year-old laptop, with 6-month-old hybrid HDD, bootup and even general performance is notably faster under Win 8.

I'm eager to see how the cross-device synchronization works once Windows Phone 8 and Surface Pro come out.

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