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5.0 out of 5 stars
An excellent upgrade process and worthwhile upgrade, 15 Dec 2012
I purchased this upgrade to update an existing Windows 7 Home Premium laptop.
The process was better than I expected. I selected the keep everything (user data and applications) option, and it worked. Saved a day or two of re-install work, tailoring backups, tailoring network access and so on.
There were only a few things I had to do; biggest job was download and install new HP Printer drivers; Windows 8 drivers were available from the excellent HP site - this takes just a few minutes. Also I needed latest version of Rapport (online banking security software). Every application worked, including Norton Internet Security. I had a DVD player, so don't miss the fact that the Win 8 Media Player won't play DVDs.
I already had a microsoft outlook account, so I was able to use this for my login.
There is much written about the nature of Windows 8, particularly its 'two' faces; 1) New User Interface & Start Screen and 2) the desktop (without its start key). I use both; The desktop for most of my application work, and the Start Screen for general apps such as mail and calendar.
I have set-up the Start screen with tiles for the applications I use - this is a simple thing to do and a better solution than using icons on the desktop. The general apps are useful as they can integrate a number of my accounts; I can access each without logging into each one using browser, much like the function available on my Android Smartphone. I have not found any 'killer' apps in the Win8 store yet - no doubt these will arrive over time, but I have everything I need anyway.
The desktop works better; In Windows 7 I used the 'jump lists' from the application icons. I have pinned these applications to the task bar, which is a better place than off-the-start-button. SO I think I am more productive in the Win8 desktop than the Win7 desktop.
There are a number of improvements in Win8 for the 'techie;
- task manager is much improved, so I can dispense with some of the gadgets and tools I used in Win7
- access to admin functions now better, just right click bottom-left-corner and select the tool.
So, I would recommend the upgrade - just in case the price goes up in 2013.