Windows 8 is no doubt Microsoft’s most ambitious release recently. However, since its debut on October 26, things went quite the opposite. People had quite a bad rap about it. Complaints are everywhere:
1. The Start menu is gone. The Tile Interface is Really Lame.
It’s quite understandable, people hate changes. People hate most things when they first come out, all we need is time to adjust.
2. There Aren’t Any New Desktop Features!
I am not really sure. There are several highlights:
Faster boot up, new Windows Explorer, new Task Manager, better security, clean installation of Windows with a single click of a button, the Windows 8 store, file history, etc.
3. It’s Bad for Gaming.
It’s a little too soon to say so. There’s no evidence that Valve’s anger will make its support the gaming on Windows 8 any less than gaming on Windows 7.
Considering all changes made to Windows 8, chances are that people will definitely hate Windows 8 at first! Price plays an important in making this decision.
But, on a second thought, it’s not all that bad, why don’t we give it a whirl?
How to Upgrade to Windows 8?
• Processor: 1GHz or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2
• RAM: 1GB for the 32-bit version, 2GB for the 64-bit version
• Hard disk space: 16GB for the 32-bit version, 20GB for the 64-bit version
• Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX9 graphics device with WDDM driver
These are the minimum specs. If you intend to run Windows 8 well, the computer you’re upgrading will need to have Windows XP(SP3), Windows Vista or Windows 7 installed. The version you are running has a lot say in determining how much can be transferred.
Windows 7: Windows settings, personal files, and programs
Windows Vista (SP1): Windows settings and personal files (If you don’t have the service pack, you won’t be able to transfer settings)
Windows XP (SP3): personal files only
Back Up your Files
If you’re going the digital route, you’ll of course need an Internet connection and some time for the download to complete. The whole package is about 2GB, and will require around 90 minutes to complete over a broadband connection.
Though Windows 8 installer is perfectly capable of transferring your personal files over during the upgrade, you can’t be too careful! Before upgrading, make sure you’ve got all the documents, pictures, software, videos backed up to other devices.
To get started with the digital download, download and run Windows 8 upgrade assistant.
If you want a physical upgrade disk, you have a couple of options. When you purchase the upgrade through the Assistant you’ll be able to get a disk mailed to you for $15; even if you’re paying the full $40 for the download, that’s still cheaper than buying a boxed copy. You can also put the installer on your own writable DVD or USB drive using an option in the Assistant.
If you like getting your software the old fashioned way, or feel more comfortable buying a boxed product, you’re going to have to pay a bit more.
It’s very nice to see that Microsoft is making the upgrade process easier and cheaper than ever before.
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