Me,My Laptop and Windows 8…

Many of you might have already upgraded to Windows 8 and many of you might be pondering on it and also many of you might ignore it…. For all the initial reviews I read on the net I was skeptical whether my Windows 7 Home Premium laptop would need the new Metro-y / Modern-y UI of the Windows 8 which is more attuned now to a touch screen based system. But the new Windows 8 OS is not only about the looks but also about how it’s revamped from the base…

So when I read about the upgrade offer for Rs.1,999/- (40 US$) for a license of Windows 8 Pro (which in retail costs about Rs. 11,999/-) I thought I will take the risk and take up the offer. First step, I downloaded the windows 8 upgrade assistant and after running it checked upon the existing system’s hardware and software requirements. It listed out some programs that will be incompatible with Windows 8 and also gave a option to migrate the files and settings. I chose to start afresh…

Second step, there is a option to buy a DVD media for another extra Rs. 1,060/- buy I chose to ignore and there is a option to pay via credit card / paypal. After successful payment, the download starts. It’s almost 2 GB and thankfully the download is resume-able as with a limited speed broadband connection this was very thoughtful of them.

After the download is completed there is a option to create a ISO based image which can be then burnt on to a DVD. And then the installation procedure starts. It barely took 20 minutes and the new Windows 8 booted up …After initial personalization steps, the Modern tile based interface comes up. It’s beautifully done…and the tile based UI and the apps which run on the Metro interface looks excellent …

But when I fired up chrome browser it automatically switches to “Desktop mode”..yes there are two modes and softwares which run on the old traditional / desktop mode automatically switches to this mode..thankfully switches are quick..

A touchscreen would be best to use this Windows 8 and a lack of start button confused me somewhat, but now I am getting the hang of it. The “Windows” key on the keyboard along with “Windows + E” key to call up windows explorer lets me use my laptop as easily as before…but it will take me some more time and more metro based apps to make it a much more friendly experience in the future on Windows 8 🙂

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