Is it worth the move?,
This review is from: Windows 8 Pro, Upgrade Edition, N Version [upgrade from Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7] (PC) (DVD-ROM)
Windows 8 Pro, Upgrade Edition [Upgrade from Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7] (PC)
Having first tried the Consumer Preview beta version I would have been inclined to agree with the person who claims that it is only suited to Tablets or Touch-screens but since the Pro Upgrade came out on general release at a very special price I decided to take a gamble and buy. I still have reservations but not because of the touch-screen issue. To overcome that I found there are various ways around getting back to the Windows 7 desktop view, in fact at very little cost you'll find Stardock Start8 is an excellent product to get you back to the more familiar Windows working environment.
However, my reservations are that Microsoft seem to have taken a step in the wrong direction by ignoring the fact that for those countless XP users who may have contemplated upgrading there has been no option open to easing them in to this entirely different OS. The shock of having an entirely different Start feature will completely throw them, especially as there isn't even an active Start button anyway. To have to find the software to make this possible isn't likely to encourage them to buy WIndows 8 if it means paying more of their hard earned cash, no matter how small the cost. Also, I guess that most XP users will have at some time or other used some of their spare time playing Solitaire or Freecell but they will now discover this has been removed. If you want these games you now have to visit the Apps Store to download them ... maybe that's why Windows 8 runs faster, it doesn't have all the extras that came with its predecessors!
If there is anything I should praise this new OS for it is the fact that it smoothly upgrades Windows 7 with all its files and folders and it certainly runs faster, but here again there is another downside. I found that some of the device drivers still need to be upgraded, and as it was with Vista, they may never become available. As to paying extra for the 'N' version what's the point, it doesn't seem to have anything more to offer?