Windows 8 First Impressions

Posted by · September 16, 2011 12:46 pm

This week’s member blog post of the week comes from Lee Wilbur (leew). Lee started with computers in 1989 with a Turbo 286 running DOS 3.3. Since then he has mastered Windows 2000 and XP operating systems, hard drives/storage and Small Business Server.

Follow Lee’s blog “Lee’s Tips, Tricks and Rants” on Experts Exchange, or you can follow him on Twitter. Today’s post (originally published here) features Lee’s first impressions of the soon-to-be-released Windows 8 operating system.

Once again, keeping in mind this isn’t even a beta and things I see could change or be removed before the final release…

So far so good. I have mixed feelings about the user interface… but I’ve been impressed with the stability. And the installation time – WOW – I installed the 64 bit version from an 8 GB Flash drive on an old Dell OptiPlex 330 with a new 500 GB 7200 RPM hard drive, 4 GB of RAM, and a Core2 Duo E4400, the installation time was amazingly fast. From the point at which I clicked next after selecting where to install to the point at which I could start running a program, it took LESS THAN 10 MINUTES. Imagine how fast the install might go with an SSD on an i7!

The biggest thing (outside of the obvious user interface changes) I see so far is that Task Manager has been significantly tweaked once again. And again, for the better I think.

I’ll post more later and try to go into some detail as well.