Windows 8 Update
Windows 8 has been available for six months now, and I have had some more experience with it. There are some things to like about it, as it is much faster on all the machines I have used it on than any other Microsoft operating system. If you’re used to a Smartphone, it works well. And on a “Surface Tablet” it works very well, with the combination of a touch screen and attached keyboard.
Like a new version of any software, there is a learning curve, this one being higher than most, especially from the tech side. I installed Windows 8 on a client’s PC after installing a new hard drive. Microsoft has always had two installs for Windows; one, an upgrade from previous versions of Windows, and another, for a new install, for new PCs or as in this case, a new hard drive.
But my client had purchased the software as an upgrade, as we both thought I would be able to upgrade to Windows 8 and fix the problems with the old drive. It did not work that way, and it would not allow the install of Win8 on a new hard drive. I could install all of Win8 on the drive, but then when it came time to activate it with the product key, it would not work, and it did not tell me what the problem was from the setup screen.
I had to finish the install then try to find the activation screen, enter the product key, when it came back and told me the product key was only for an upgrade. Ok, no problem, I thought, in the past when I installed Windows on a new hard drive, the install would ask for a CD from the previous version of Windows, read the CD and continue on with the install. Not Windows 8; it did not give me that option.
I had to reinstall Windows 7 on the new hard drive then install Windows 8 over it. As a tech, this is what I have found throughout Windows 8: they have gone to great lengths to hide the workings from the clients, so much so that it is very hard for average users to work on their PCs themselves.
I still cannot recommend Windows 8 for most of my clients; it is very different, but if you are adventuresome and like challenges, then I can recommend it. It is fast, but confusing.
‘til next week
Robert - 360-497-3130 Cell
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Index to Past ComputerFAQ Columns:
March 20, 2013 Windows 8 UPDATE
March 13, 2013 Helpful Equipment
March 6, 2013 Build Your Own PC
February 27, 2013 Build Your Own PC
February 20, 2013 More Help with Viruses
February 13, 2013 VIRUSes How Did I Get It?????
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January 2, 2013 Randome Loss Of Interne
December 19, 2012 Recovery Disks
December 12, 2012 Warranty Service Part 2