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Windows 8 System Builder is for pre-installation on a new personal computer or installation on a computer that is not currently running Windows 7, Vista, or XP. This product is not an upgrade and does not provide solutions to help you keep personal settings or files as the product is installed. Windows 8 System Builder DVD 64-Bit can be installed on personal computers with a 64 bit capable processor.
The new Windows 8 start screen is your personalized home for items you use the most and can be customized according to your user preferences. Windows 8 Live tiles provide real-time updates from your Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail accounts. Along with the new Start screen, the lock screen now includes e-mail, calendar, and clock widgets.
To access your PC, Microsoft has replaced a standard PIN or password with a swipe gesture; unlock your PC by clicking or swiping preset locations you’ve selected on the lock screen. New functions also allow you to search for your favorite software programs, open, close, hide, resize, or run multiple apps simultaneously with the swipe of a finger or a swipe of the mouse.
Windows has also made changes to make your PC more secure by boosting its existing security features and adding "SmartScreen," which acts to prevent suspicious programs or apps from being installed or running on your machine. Finally, Windows 8 also gives you the ability to "refresh" itself to give users a new starting point and a cleaner version of Windows.
System Requirements 1 GHz processor 2 GB RAM 20 GB available hard disk space 1366 × 768 screen resolution DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM driver
Additional Requirements to Use Certain Features Internet access (fees may apply) For touchscreen, you need a tablet or a monitor that supports multi-touch Microsoft account required for some features Watching DVDs requires separate playback software Windows Media Center license sold separately To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768
First let me say I’ve never done a Windows “upgrade”. By that I mean install the latest OS on top of the current one. It may not be a big issue these days, but old habits die hard and I just prefer to start with a clean slate.
That said the install went flawlessly. Windows 8 was up and running in 15 minutes, a marked improvement from previous versions. And booting into Windows from a cold boot takes about 10 seconds, another great improvement.
But let’s talk about the most critical issues of Windows 8. While I applaud Microsoft for taking a risk and trying to blend their OS’s (desktop with portable), I do agree with others that there is room for improvement when it comes to a desktop system. Of course I’m referring to the Modern UI. For a desktop system it really is unnecessary, not because it’s really all that bad, but because you really don’t need full screen apps on a desktop system. But if you think of it as a launch pad for your most used applications, and want to keep a clutter free desktop, it works.
The other major criticism is removing the Start button. It is strange to remove something that’s been a staple of Windows since Windows 95. It’s what people know and use, regardless of it’s practicality. That said, most of what you did with the Start button is easily accessible with a few simple steps. If you drop make into the Modern UI and just start typing the name of the product you’re looking for it appears. Windows-X brings up several commands more advanced users might need (Command Prompt with Admin Access, Control Panel, etc.). Want to search for a program on your computer or in the Windows Store? Simply type Windows-C or go to the Charm Bar by moving your mouse to the upper-right corner.
Now, if you despise the Modern UI and really want the Start button then there are options for you. While you can’t remove it completely you can bypass it. There are a slew of programs out there that can drop you to the desktop and re-instate the Start button so you get the power boost of Windows 8 while minimizing the more visual changes Microsoft implemented. A free program called Classic Shell exists that will put the Start button back. It gives you a slew of “skins” that can make the Start Menu look like Windows 7, Vista, XP, 95… whatever you want. I don’t know if it has the ability to drop you to the desktop though. If not, I’m willing to be they’ll add that option soon.
A commercial program I like and use called Start 8 is also available. It doesn’t give you the wide range of skins Classic Shell does, but it does give you the Start Menu with a Windows 8 flare, or reverts it to something more like Windows 7. This program also bypasses Metro completely, disables the hot corners, and more. It’s worth the $5.
So the big question is Windows 8 a needed upgrade? No. But should you? I think yes for several reasons: it’s less resource intensive (i.e. snappier), and it’s more secure, another big plus. And for the price (at least for the time being) you really can’t beat the upgrade.