I've tried out Windows 8 for half an evening now as a dual-boot with Windows 7 on my laptop (I didn't want to risk all my data and game progress on the desktop), booting and installing from a Windows 8 disc made from the downloadable ISO. I think I messed up the boot sector by changing the default boot to Windows 7 from within WIndows 8 configuration menu right at the first startup. When my system didn't boot at all I rebooted with the Windows 8 disc, I chose repair and there was an option to repair if Windows doesn't start at all. After a boot in Windows 8 I restarted and chose to have Windows 7 to be my default from the settings option in the bootmenu.
So all is well that ends well as installing is concerned.
But Windows 8 is not so well in use:
When you start the apps screen shows: it's messy, things aren't ordered in folders like in the start menu, where you could have lesser used parts of a program like a weblink or BG config program stowed away inside the BG folder. You can sort it allright, but it still looked messy after sorting.
Apps can't be closed by a red cross in the upper right, I used ALT-F4 to close them.
Open apps don't show in the taskbar, so you can't see how many apps are open unless you use ALT-TAB and cycle through them or open the task manager.
Many tabs want you to sign in with a new concept called Microsoft ID, a mailadress and password you use for things like sharing photo's, mailing, etc. etc. Bye bye privacy. There's a reason I don't use social media and have different names and passwords for different activities! I DON"T WANT TO SHARE ALL MY STUFF, MICROSOFT!
And finally the system is a mish-mash between the new Metro apps-interface and the old interface that keeps you rummaging through the UI to see where they've hidden things. Old WIndows was bad in itself, with some managment hidden in right-click on My Computer, some in the Control Panel, which was even more confusing in Windows 7, but now they've added a third method of setting controls, which makes the whole even more fussy.
I'll update my XP desktop to Windows 7 before 7 goes out of sale, no way I'll pay for that hideous 8.
Post edited February 29, 2012 by DubConqueror