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Yes overall: Speed is better, a lot of decent, handy improvements. It is almost worth the cost of upgrading just because the wacko file explorer tree behavior introduced in Vista, whereby expanding a folder results in the folder whose contents you wanted to see jumping down to the bottom of the window (thus hiding exactly what you wanted to see by scrolling it off the screen), has finally been eliminated. Also, multi-monitor support is better (don't seem to need Ultramon anymore), bootup on my new laptop is almost indistinguishable in speed from waking up from sleep, and some other nice features. Task manager is better, some useful keyboard shortcuts for power users.
Weaknesses: If you don't get about a half-dozen of those shortcut keys in your head, you'll spend way too much time wandering around because settings and actions are in some cases scattered weirdly. The Metro-style apps aren't all that useful unless you have a tablet, and often they have so few UI cues that you seriously have no idea how to navigate them, and they suffer from the disease introduced by Apple and Android of never wanting to quit, only switch away. You have to alt-F4 them all the time. (Well, if you use them anyway, which I don't all that much, since the whole paradigm is, when used on a normal computer screen, inferior to a windowed one.) The start screen itself is a red herring, everyone is afraid of "oh no, no start menu" but effectively the start screen is just a full-screen start menu, with the one main drawback being that it isn't hierarchical (well, except to a single level of grouping).
The ISO mounting is handy but still needs a little tweaking- there's no way to control what drive letter is used. So if, say, you're installing something that comes on a whole set of discs, from ISO images, upon getting the "insert the next disc" prompt you'll unmount, then mount the next one, and only have about a 75% chance of getting the same drive letter and the installer being able to continue properly.
Biggest engineering failure I've encountered yet on it: product keys are stored in the BIOS and then can't be seen or touched, which created one really stupid money waster for me. As I typically do, I bought my latest system intending to completely swap out the HD it came with and install Windows from scratch. To do this, I needed installation media, which practically nobody sells anymore with computers, so I separately ordered a Windows 8 Pro OEM disc. Having thus already paid for Windows 8 Pro once, I felt it was silly to pay extra to HP for the license coming with the PC that I wasn't even going to use, so I got it with Windows 8 Standard pre-installed. But guess what: this meant that the product key for the Standard edition got embedded in the BIOS, so later when I was installing Windows from scratch, the activation process didn't prompt me for the product key that was on my OEM disc sleeve, it just automatically looked for, found, and read the one out of the BIOS...which wasn't a Pro edition key, causing Windows to revert to the Standard edition upon activation. I called MS support on this, talked to a tech who didn't even understand their own product offerings, and finally had to give up and buy and install (from within Windows) the Pro Pack, leaving me out another $69 and owning an entire OEM license that I paid for but am not using. Hard to believe they didn't foresee the system builder re-installation scenario. So don't make that mistake, but otherwise, I'm mostly pleased with the OS so far.
So the half-deified leader of a crazed religion is resigning due to ill health.
No doubt to die within a few weeks.
The brainwashed followers cry that it'll be okay but know in their heart of hearts that everything's changing.
It's a wonder Apple don't sue for copyright.
--------------------------------- I will never again mention that I was the poster of the One Millionth Lounge Post, nor that it was complete drivel. Dalek Dave
Panic, Chaos, Destruction. My work here is done.
Drink. Get drunk. Fall over - P O'H
OK, I will win to day or my name isn't Ethel Crudacre! - DDEthel Crudacre
I cannot live by bread alone. Bacon and ketchup are needed as well. - Trollslayer
Have a bit more patience with newbies. Of course some of them act dumb - they're often *students*, for heaven's sake - Terry Pratchett
It has been snowing now for 4 hours non stop, is it lying on the ground?
No it is elephanting not...
On the good news front, the ski centres up the hills are all closed and snow gates shut on the roads as the areas are all stormbound. Forecast is good for tomorrow, and up the hills is where I'm planning on being! GoPro chesty is also ready and raring to go
We had snow here on monday (difficult to drive, ca. 20 centimeters), and now it's beautiful sun down here, with snowy mountains right above us (southern Switzerland). I didn't go skying for a while, but was quite good 20 years ago.
The best planning in the world is indistinguishable from pure dumb luck.
"People who bite the hand that feeds them usually lick the boot that kicks them." Eric Hoffer
"The failure mode of 'clever' is 'a**hole'" John Scalzi
"Only buzzards feed on their friends" Patrick Dorinson