re: Windows 8: Why I Won't Upgrade
Here's why I am in no rush to upgrade to Windows 8...because I already did...and already went back to Windows 7. Having an MSDN subscription I have access to Windows 8 prior to retail release. I recently purchased my computer hardware about 1 month ago with the intentions of going Windows 8 and for some other areas I'm going into such as HQ photography. Win 8 certified MB, 8x core CPU, 16GB ram, SSD drives, CrossfireX, 24" LED monitor, etc... Now since I just put this all together and re-installed there isn't any heavy lifting to be done on my system. Some things are installed but not a lot. MS Office, browsers, plugins, a few games, chat programs, etc. I spent 20 minutes imaging my system drive before upgrading to Win8...I spend the next 90 minutes letting Windows 8 upgrade my system. Upon install the overs-can on my video card was set to 15%; No big deal, driver setting, right? The driver no longer had the same options as before even though it was a direct driver, not the MS one. No where to change it back to 0%. For those who don't know, the over-scan turned on when not needed causes a black border around of the edge of the screen. OK, I'll just re-install the driver... a 100 MB+ download and in a few minutes I'm ready... ....run driver software... 1st file "uncompressing 100%" and stalls. 10 minutes later and it hasn't moved. Have to force close the installer. Ugh. This driver says it's for Win 8 (and 7)... So, maybe a reboot will do it... "Windows is restarting..." 15 minutes later "Windows is restarting..." Reset button, recover CD, re-image back to Windows 7. Bye-bye Windows 8. Yes, I'm aware this was an upgrade but I'm also aware that my hardware was certified for windows 8 and I had relatively little installed to cause a problem with upgrade. Win 8 even forced me to uninstall some Intel network card software that came with my MB to make sure things didn't go bad, which I did.
It was unacceptable to have a clean upgrade just go out to lunch in the first 30 minutes on trivial things like software install and reboot.
Under windows 7 I go from "Loading Windows" to desktop in 10 seconds or less and that includes me entering my password. I'm told Windows 8 is faster... I say, maybe it is if it works... but even if it's 8 seconds... Am I to complain about 2 seconds?
I'm contemplated a clean install but geesh, it's the principle here. I shouldn't HAVE to fresh install just to get it to work.
That's my 2 cents.