Is Windows 8 Worth the Upgrade?

Is Windows 8 Worth the Upgrade?

By Leo Notenboom

Windows 8 has caused a fair amount of excitement on the interwebs and some of it seems to be fairly polarized – there are those who already love it and those who can’t stand it, often without having even seen it in person.

It’s not surprising really because Windows 8 represents a fairly radical change in some of Windows’ most common user interfaces.

Should you upgrade? Well, that gets you my most common answer ever:

It depends.

System Requirements

Make sure your system meets the minimum requirements for Windows 8 before you even think about it.

Microsoft lists those requirements as:

Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2

RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)

Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)

Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver

To automatically check if your system meets these requirements, you can run Microsoft’s Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant.

As with most minimum requirements, they are indeed a minimum. In practice, a faster CPU, more RAM, a larger hard drive and a more powerful graphics card help make the Windows 8 experience something better than “minimum”.

If you hate Windows 7, Windows 8 won’t help

I’ve already had at least one question asking if Outlook Express would be present in Windows 8.

No.

Windows 8 is most definitely built on Windows 7 and only moves forward from that point.

If you’re a Windows XP user and you’ve reacted negatively to Windows 7 – whether you’re using it or not – Windows 8 isn’t going co change your mind. The types of changes that are present in the Windows XP to 7 transition are still there, with even more in the Windows 8 transition.

Sorry, but if you dislike Windows 7, my bet is that you’ll hate Windows 8.

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This post is excerpted with permission from Leo Notenboom.

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8 thoughts on “Is Windows 8 Worth the Upgrade?

  1. I recently bought a new laptop that had Windows-8 as its OS. I cringed when I first started it, but determined to “learn” how to navigate. One should probably capitalize that to LEARN because it is a definite learning curve. After two weeks I have mixed feelings about it… but over all wish for Win7 or XP back. In fact, if one will take the time they can reconfigure much of the stuff to work like REAL windows. Navigation is the pits, however, with an extra 2-4 steps required to get to where you may have stored a file or sorted out pictures into something other than “My Pictures” or “My Documents”. If all one wants is Internet-explorer and mulitimedia stuff then it is passable. Windows 8 is NOT for serious production work.

    If I were going to summarize for simplicity, I would tell Microsoft “If I had wanted a tablet, I would have bought a tablet.”

    A sour Windows-8 user

  2. I like windows 7. I loaded windows 8 on one of our laptops and have been playing with it for a few days. I do not like it. I even found a half assed start menu (bundled with daemon tools lite) and it still sucks. Its a downgrade from windows 7 as far as I can see. I do a lot of photo editing in adobe products on a 27 inch monitor. MIcrosoft has releases a piece of crap…a blunder. I would think they would have learned a lesson when they took a bath on windows ME. I’m not computer illiterate either..I build my own machines…overclock and tweak them to specs I prefer. I never thought Id say this but windows 8 makes a Mac look attractive, and I don’t like Macs much.

  3. I like windows 7. I loaded windows 8 on one of our laptops and have been playing with it for a few days. I do not like it. I even found a half assed start menu (bundled with daemon tools lite) and it still sucks. Its a downgrade from windows 7 as far as I can see. I do a lot of photo editing in adobe products on a 27 inch monitor. MIcrosoft has releases a piece of crap…a blunder. I would think they would have learned a lesson when they took a bath on windows ME. I'm not computer illiterate either..I build my own machines…overclock and tweak them to specs I prefer. I never thought Id say this but windows 8 makes a Mac look attractive, and I don't like Macs much.

  4. I love Windows 7 but absolutely hate Windows 8. The GUI in Windows 8 is clumsy with no logical sequencing of tasks. The insufferable necessity of having to search for common Windows features to reach your final destination is beyond frustrating. Windows 8 is worse than Windows Vista(at least Vista didn’t require an all new learning curve)

  5. Relunctant to install Win 7 on my 2 years old XP, because incompability, I decided to install Win 8. Off cause evry software had to be reinstalled, but all my old software was put on a windows.old folder as a hepl.

    My PC is significaly faster in every way. Start-up, shutdown and software. I could not run Pinnacle Studio 14 before, now it runs smoothly.

    Glad I upgraded.

  6. The moment I saw the new Windows 8, instantly I knew that it is not a computer I would buy, nor install on my computer. What us wrong with the people at Microsoft? When I started working with Windows 7, I had to figure out a way for it to work for me. I sectioned off the hdd to my liking and it worked. My first love is XP. It was so easy to get around.

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