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7. Januar 2013

Hendrik’s Windows 8 Review – First Report


Buying Windows 8 is relatively easy. Just use Google and type “Buy Windows 8″ and you get to the upgrade page. There you can buy your license for 30€ and get an upgrade tool which guides you through the process. But this is not all the same. The question is: Do you upgrade a 64bit or 32bit system? Because: You get what you had. When you upgrade a 64bit Windows 7, than you get a 64bit Windows 8. There are tricks to upgrade from 32bit to 64 bit but I don’t wanna scratch that topic. Just google it.

However: The whole process went without any problems. The system boots very fast (also thanks to my SSD hardrive) and after logging in with my necessary Windows account (registered on my Google mail adresse ^^) I was in the middle of the metro design. The first impression is clean and nice. I always wanted to let my Windows 7 look different and more “geeky” so I tested many different rainmeter designs (which helps you to let your desktop look like a computer in a science fiction movie). I found out that the whole UI seems to be opted for touch control. Top right corner lets you open up the side menu. Top left lets you close opened apps (which is is still a secret to many other people on the net which still think there is no way to close apps). I installed a bunch of software (Skype, Steam, DirectX, StarCraft, Spotify, Office, Dropbox, Teamspeak, Chrome (first one to install) – and probably even way more) and put all the icons on my metro overview.

However, I installed all that from the standard desktop view. So I left the Metro design with one click (you can go back to it with clicking the “Windows” key) and did my thing on the standard desktop screen as I did it all my live after formatting my Windows.

After that I checked the Windows Store which is like the Apple App Store or Android App Store…. but for Windows. You can install funny mini games or apps which do suit the metro style. But after trying the Skype app I actually almost threw up. Seriously: As a PC user, you don’t want to have a Skype up filling your complete Display. No one is using Skype – and NOTHING else. Maybe a Tablet user but I’m not one of that. So I uninstalled that and installed the standard Windows 7 Skype on the desktop. So I want back, away from Metro, to the desktop. But I didn’t want to give up yet. I downloaded some of my Steam games and installed a Windows app. It is called “Pin Steam” and it lets you pin your steam games in your metro menu. One might think that is an option from the very beginning but since Gabe Newell (head of Valve) said that he hates Windows 8, there might not come more Windows 8 support than what there presently is available. So this app made my Metro thingy look like the one of a real gamer…. and still I went back to the desktop and used Skype, Spotify and all the other, normal Windows 7 programs. I just couldn’t find a proper need for Metro.

Don’t get me wrong: Windows 8 looks nice (very… basic and without a lot of stuff, I’d say: resource friendly), it runs smoothly, I didn’t have any problems so far. But on the other side… it didn’t offer more than my Windows 7 did until that point.

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