"Worst excuse for an OS since Windows ME"1.0 starson by 5cmorris5
Pros: the install disks make nice drink coasters for your desk
Cons: too many to mention with only 5000 characters
Summary: Windows 8 is the worst scam perpetrated by Micro$oft on its customers since the release of Windows ME. Let me first say I actually DO like MS products. Since the early days of MSDOS I have used MS products. The latest being XP Pro(sp3). Fast, reliable, solid - I was able to do all my work fast and efficiently. Then because XP will lose support in 2014 I decided to go to Windows 7, but 7 was nowhere to be found at the local retail stores. (I was told they were recently ordered by MS to pull all remaining copies of 7 and restock with 8 instead - so I missed the bandwagon by about a week). OK. Whatever. My PC well exceeds the sysreq, so I went with 8 Pro. Yesterday afternoon as a matter of fact. The first thing that dissappointed me was the fact that I would have to REinstall ALL my apps (even though this was an 'upgrade' and using the same BIT version.) This made me think - What's the point of an 'upgrade' if you just have to reinstall everything all over again? I may as well have gotten a Full Install disk (which oddly enough no one seemed to have by the way). This now forced me to spend the next 2 days reinstalling drivers, all my software, all the updates to them. Yes I said 2 days. Doing video, audio, graphics, animation and web development I have a-> LOT < of stuff (over 2,200 fonts alone). The first thing I noticed was the really awful layout of the entire 'scheme'. Not at all intuitive by any means. A completely convoluted system to say the least, turning even the simplest of tasks into a time consuming, logistical nightmarish maze to be navigated everytime you wanted to do something (that took no time at all to do in XP). XP was layed out just fine, but I guess the guys at Redmond (smoking that 'Dy-No-Mite' stuff) never heard of the saying 'If it ain't broke don't fix it', so they had to do something - even if it was wrong. On top of that it quickly got to the point where it was asking my permission every time I inhaled, exhaled or even thought about passing gas. It was WAY beyond being 'ridiculous'. By now I began to think 'What have I gotten myself into?' and was starting to get a 'bad feeling' about the whole thing. Then, as luck would have it after getting only about 6 apps reinstalled (with MANY more still to go) the OS decided it was now time to take a dump. After much useless cursing and swearing and then some troubleshooting (which proved equally useless) I decided to reformat and go BACK to XP (which was working perfectly before this nonsense). It seems this OS is really only geared for people who:I would have given this only 1/2 a star (like I see some are), but I don't know how you do that. And will you look at the 'drippy', 'goo-goo eyed' reviews! It's almost like girls going ga-ga over seeing Elvis or the Beatles for cryin' out loud.
A) need a computer that's protected from themselves,
B) want to play videos, mp3s, and games,
C) be on Facebook 23 hours a day
because Windows 8 SURE isn't meant to be a platform for getting serious work accomplished. And the sad thing is - I can't get a refund on it even though I just bought it yesterday afternoon. I guess I now have a 32-bit drink coaster and a 64-bit drink coaster for my desk now. eh?
Updated on Nov 7, 2012