Even as management, I still enjoy messing with new technology. If there is a new gadget I must at least see it, but most probably have it.
Having said that I have a lab at the house with different Pc’s Routers and such that I mess with as time permits. As time was running out to get a “cheap” copy of Windows 8 pro to evaluate, I bought one to put on a PC that was sporting “Vista.”
While I would compare Vista to ME as in the “not very well thought out” category, I have been happy with Windows 7 and 8 seems to be on equal footing. I have installed 7 on several PC’s which were at their end of life cycle as they were dog slow with XP. Windows 7 makes them viable once again.
Pro’s: runs well on 2 gig or ram with a 2.8ghz processor. Machine indexed at 5.4 because the video card rates a 3.5. All in all, the machine is responsive. Windows defender is included but I am not sure how that compares to Eset Node 32. My hunch is not to well.
Cons: One of the secrets of Microsoft’s success is its GUI. Once you get the basics of “start and find the program” even the slowest grandmother can be sending e-mails in no time. 8 has the e-mail icon on the start page so that might even be better. Intuitive software is key to their success story.
After a few moments of playing with it, I had no issue doing what ever I wanted to do. That is me; someone who can install UNIX and mess with it. Since I have been doing this since DOS was 1.0 and before Good old Al invented the Internet (cough), I cannot judge adequately how others will perceive it. It looks as though it would do well with a touch screen device.
Huge Con: I added some memory to the machine and 8 promptly crashed. It went into a loop of trying to repair itself and crashed again and again. It would not even boot in safe mode. With all of the normal tricks tried, I re-loaded 8 from scratch as it would not even let me repair it.
I am not sure if the additional memory which came from Crucial http://www.crucial.com/ has issues but, I had to remove it before I could even get the PC to go into the defective loop. The Bios recognized the extra memory but, the machine did not like something about it.
I have used Crucial for years and have promoted them as their hardware scanner works well for the non-techie person and even for someone like me. Anything to make life a little easier deserves to be supported.
As your mileage may vary, I would be interested in hearing your thoughts and experience with 8.