re: Windows 8 Fizzling, Time For Windows Classic?
The article and comments are amusing and entertaining. I don't think the actual market is in upgrades. As hardware improves, the operating system must be improved. And there are many, many new users (first time users) buying the currently available hardware with preinstalled operating systems. These users are learning OS for the first time. And many are already familiar with the iPads and Smartphones, so their learning curve will not be as steep as that for someone upgrading.
I'm retired now, so I don't have to be efficient in my use of time. And I am more concerned about cost of things. If I have an older system with a Microsoft OS installed, I can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99. Way to go.
So I dug out a dual core laptop I had laying around, put in a new hard drive, and started to install a legitimate copy of Vista Business 64 bit. This was on a Dell Inspirion. It took me three days to get it running. Problem is you forget things. Where do you look for the specs on a system? Go to Dell, put in the Service Tag number and go from there. Except the service tag number is on the bottom of the laptop so you have to turn it upside down and get a magnifying glass to read it. Another problem is that you can't connect to the Internet without installing the network drivers first. So you need another system and a USB memory stick. Enter the tag, get the configuration information, select the drivers, save them to the USB device, then transfer them to the installing PC and run them.
However, other than general titles, it wasn't clear which drivers I needed since the configuration data was neither accurate nor clear.
So I copied them all and tried to install them all. It took a while.
Then (a bit too late), it occurred to me to look at the BIOS set up screen. The Service Tag number was right there on the top. And much of the installed hardware was listed. Too bad I didn't think of that first. But to get that far, my eyes had to be good and finger fast. The first time, as it flashes by, you see that F2 is required. Then cycle through restarts trying to hit F2 fast enough. Ah, for the good old days.
You would think the detail data would be in Device Manager but it isn't.
Then the problem of running the driver install exe files. Unpacking, creating new directories, storing, and then running setups. Of course they don't all apply and they don't always run the first time. You can't simply point to a driver directory through Device Manager and expect it to work.
And you are continuously restarting so that the drivers "stick". More amusement. Finally, believing all installed, I can verify through Device Manager that I have no yellow exclamation points. Hurray!
Some of the drivers or applications don't work because the system doesn't have the required environment (which you can't get until you have connectivity).
Finally. Oh, but wait. We have to get authenticated. I was lucky with this one, still had the DVD in the envelope with it's product ID on it. That is not always the case. I wish I had a clean Code Generator just to cover the software I already own. I've started a database to record the product IDs when the software arrives. If on DVD or CD, I write the code on the disk using a silver indelible ink pen. I'm not the most organized person.
Now, automatic updates. I click to get the Dell updates, but that takes me to the Microsoft updates. It runs a while and then presents over 100 required updates. Wow.
So they run and the system recycles a few times.
Is that it?
No, now that the first wave of updates is complete, I get another list of more that 100 updates of the updated files. Etc.
And now that I have it set up, I am very reluctant to buy and upgrade to Windows 8.
What we need is an AI program that can run on a system, identify all the hardware or merely test the hardware to determine interface requirements and then create appropriate drivers for each device. Sort of the way universal remote controllers are supposed to work, but never do. Maybe then I'd be able to use the unusual items I bought for earlier systems where the manufacturers went out of business and therefore current drivers are not available.
And all the while, my wife is yelling at me about playing on my computer all the time.
Now I have to find out if I can set up a dual boot so I can buy the $39.99 upgrade and not lose all the effort I just went through.