Windows 8 – After Day 1

Well, I have been toying around with Windows 8 for almost a day now.  Has my impression changed since my First Impression?  Yes, a little.

First let me say that my 12 year old son and I have both noticed an increase in responsiveness and shorter boot time.  My machine is an old Dell Inspiron 1720 laptop.  Sure it cannot play Battlefield 3, but it keeps up with everything else I like to do with it.

Second, the interface really isn’t that bad.  Keep in mind that I went into this thinking the Metro UI was better fit for a tablet or phone than a real computer.  One presumption I had was I would have a cluttered mess of tiles on that Start page.  I still might as I have not finished re-installing everything, but it is fairly easy to clean up and organize.  If you remove tiles from your Start page you can alt click see a button to click that will show all apps.  Plus you can pin other apps to your Start page and move the tiles around.

I still have not installed Visual Studio 2012 which is my main motivation for using Windows 8.  I hope to get to that this week.  I have been focusing more on getting my son’s and my favorite games up and running.

So far games have not been an issue, at least not due to the OS.  Lord of the Rings Online had some trouble with its updater, but a decent search on their forums found how to fix that easily enough.  Second my DVD/CD drive must be dying.  I could not re-install NWN/NWN2, luckily I install games on a second drive and could simply run the exe from there.

I do want to get Windows Live Photo Gallery on there fairly quickly, so I’ll probably do that before I do VS2012.  I use Windows Live Photo Gallery to organize, tag, and share most of my photos.  Oh, I have to install my Belkin router software so I can print via the router!

Getting things back to normal will probably take a few more days, but as I do more with the OS I will get a better feel.  So at this point, sure it is different, but I really think it might be a good change.  It just has a big learning curve.  I really could not imagine a person who does not live and breath geek/computer stuff sitting down and figuring this OS out.  You know, I could try that; I could try to get my wife to use it.  Even if it was just for Facebook, Email, and general browsing.

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About SheldonS

Web developer for over 15 years mainly with Microsoft technologies from classic ASP to .NET 4. Husband, father, and aspiring amateur photographer.

Posted on August 27, 2012, in First Impressions and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Sounds like you’re approaching this without an bias which is a hard thing to do for tech-minded people. I’ve played with the Developer Preview, Consumer Preview, Release Preview and now the Enterprise edition. Performance is rather amazing, but for those who aren’t ready to take the plunge to Windows RT, Windows 8 Pro is a good way to transistion since the full version of desktop is still there (though its technically there in RT, just can’t be used except for Office).

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