|Windows 8 System Builder is for pre-installation on a new personal computer or installation on a computer that is not currently running Windows 7, Vista, or XP. This product is not an upgrade and does not provide solutions to help you keep personal settings or files as the product is installed. Windows 8 System Builder DVD 64-Bit can be installed on personal computers with a 64 bit capable processor.|
The new Windows 8 start screen is your personalized home for items you use the most and can be customized according to your user preferences. Windows 8 Live tiles provide real-time updates from your Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail accounts. Along with the new Start screen, the lock screen now includes e-mail, calendar, and clock widgets.
To access your PC, Microsoft has replaced a standard PIN or password with a swipe gesture; unlock your PC by clicking or swiping preset locations you’ve selected on the lock screen. New functions also allow you to search for your favorite software programs, open, close, hide, resize, or run multiple apps simultaneously with the swipe of a finger or a swipe of the mouse.
Windows has also made changes to make your PC more secure by boosting its existing security features and adding "SmartScreen," which acts to prevent suspicious programs or apps from being installed or running on your machine. Finally, Windows 8 also gives you the ability to "refresh" itself to give users a new starting point and a cleaner version of Windows.
I pondered whether to buy Win7 or Win8 for quite a while. I don't the look of Win8 so much and I love the performance and reliability of Win7. I decided to give Win8 a try when I found out the MS would be making the update 8.1 more like Win7. It was easy to install. It does take a little getting use to the layout of Win8, but It is manageable. I can't wait to get the update when it is released.
Horrible, confusing user interface2/15/2013
Okay, Windows 8 is not all bad. Windows 7 worked like a dream and 8 works even better. The problems with W8 is that it forgets that a desktop and a laptop are not a tablet!!! Different tools for different purposes. After using it for months I find myself hating it more than the day I installed it. W8 can be fixed by putting the start button back and by making it work and act like Windows 7. Also, I hate the design. The square edges are ugly. I can live with ugly; I cannot live with require me to unlearn and relearn and making something that is 2 steps in W7 is now 3 or 4 steps in W8. Do yourself a favor, but a Windows 7 machine online.
You better know what you're getting into1/4/2013
By now everyone probably knows about the poor UI choices of windows 8, so I won't go over that again. I only bought this because I needed a copy of Windows to occasionally run Windows software and games, so it really doesn't bother me to have to deal with the horrible metro interface from time to time. Maybe some people will like it and it won't be a problem for them, but for me it's just an occasional thing, so I don't care.