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Windows 8 OS Review

The Windows 8 operating system has been out a while now. It’s reaching about a year now and its been through a lot of trials and tribulations but only because people are reluctant to change. There are very few disadvantages to Windows 8. I’m really writing this article to open the minds of those who don’t want to give 8 a chance. So sit back and get ready to have your mind blown by Windows 8.

Windows 8 Compared to Windows RT

I’m not really reviewing Windows RT but I’m including it in the article to shed some light on what it is. Even though Windows 8 is featured on many tablets, the OS on a tablet gives you the feel of a portable PC, and not to stop there. Windows 8 tablets are full blown computers without the optical drives, and some don’t feature USB ports. A lot of laptops now are also getting rid of optical drives but that is beyond the point of this article. Windows RT is exclusive to the windows web store, so if your not getting it from the web store, just like the iPad and any android tablet you can’t use what your downloading, because the OS won’t read the file. Most likely an Executable file, RT devices can’t read these, but Windows 8 devices can. So the difference is Windows 8 devices are computers that can run software like you could on Windows 7. RT devices can only run web store apps.

Why You Hear So Many Bad Things

Windows 8 has been a target of hate since its release, most people bashing the fact that they got rid of the start button and replaced it with the start screen. “I don’t need Windows 8, I don’t want a Touch-Pc, I just want Windows 7.” First of all good luck finding a Windows 7 Pc being sold in retail stores and second 8 works perfectly with None-Touch Pc’s. “I want a Pc not a tablet.” Come on people, the start screen was designed for touch-screen but it doesn’t make it any less of a computer. It actually adds great features that I will be getting to soon.

People are misinformed, most not actually giving the OS a try, they bash at first sight and most also bash based on what they have heard from people who hate change. I call these people, “Reluctant to change people” they hate the fact that the start screen is gone, they hate the fact that it was designed for touch-screen, they hate the start screen, but most of these people haven’t given the OS a real chance to prove itself.

Microsoft Account with Windows 8

First I want to say that a Windows 8 Pc without a Microsoft account is a dead Pc. It doesn’t have nearly the amount of features that one with a Microsoft does. “That’s how they get you, they force you to make an account with them to track your information.” Every time I hear this I just want to slap the person saying this. First of all you don’t have to make an account, if you want a Pc without a Microsoft account, just do you. Microsoft will not share your information unless you allow them to, also this paranoia non-sense is getting old. Your Pc will work just like Windows 7 did without a Microsoft account, there are certain features you do get though with a Microsoft account attached to your PC. I’ll get to these features in just a second, I want them to all be spoken of together.

Touch Vs. Non-Touch

All touch does is cut the steps of everything you do by half. Instead of taking your cursor to the top right hand corner, you slide your finger in from the right of the screen to bring up the charms. Yes it was designed for touch but it doesn’t make a non-touch Pc any less viable. I own a non-touch 8 Pc and I love it. It works to perfection and I have never had a single problem with it. I will also say that if you can grab a touch Pc, GRAB IT. Especially convertible pc’s that convert into tablets, there is a level of productivity you can reach with a convertible it is unbelievable. I am currently writing this article on the Lenovo Yoga provided by Microsoft. I feel the need to be productive nearly every second of my life now. From doing research while in tablet form, to writing on the touch screen, and even exploring the possibilities of SPACE EXPLORATION. Space.com, go check it out. Windows 8 on a touch screen gives you a whole new level of interaction with your Pc. Not everyone needs it nor wants it but I highly recommend it. Found a cool website you want to show someone? Holding it in laptop form is awkward, flip it into tablet form, now it feels natural and responsive. Without having to carefully click a certain area of the screen, just touch the screen, fast and fluid.

The Features

  • Share Charm

Back in the olden days these where the steps you took to email someone a cool article, video, or picture.

  1. Copy URL, or download picture
  2. Go to your email service providers website
  3. Log-in
  4. Click on compose new mail
  5. Paste URL or attach a Picture

That was 5 steps, might as well run the 100 meter dash. We are all used to this method but come-on, lets cut it by half at least. These are the steps you would take on Windows 8,

  1. Slide your finger in from right, or take cursor to top right hand corner of screen
  2. Click or press Share Charm
  3. Press Mail, BAM THATS IT!

Sure it’s 3 steps vs. 5, not a HUGE DIFFERENCE. Yes it is, as I’m testing it now, it takes me a good minute to do the first 5 steps, it takes 3 seconds to pop up your Share Charm while on a website.

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The Share Charm

  • Microsoft Account

With a Microsoft Account, all your personalization, contacts, email, pictures, apps, wallpaper, tile placement and sizes are backed up. So if you buy a new Windows 8 Pc that Pc will come to life with your old stuff. If you dropped or if a mad girlfriend tossed your Pc out the window, buy a new Windows 8 Pc and again watch it come to life with who you are. This feature is so powerful your new Pc’s CURSOR will be located in the same spot you left it when you broke your Pc.

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Sync Settings

  • Apps

Apart from your traditional programs you also have the choice of downloading web store apps usually only available on tablets. This gives simplicity to certain aspects of your Pc. Instead of logging into your Netflix account or opening your browser each time you want to access Netflix, all you have to do is download the app and launch from start screen. Things like this makes it easier and faster to get to where you want to get without the hassle of launching your browser each time. The same applies to your email, facebook, Skype, and all your social networks.

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My Favorite Apps

  •  File Transfer

This is a small but beautiful feature. Before if you wanted to stop a file transfer because maybe you needed to do something else, you would have to abort the process and restart it later. On Windows 8 you can pause file transfers, that way if it was a large transfer and you don’t want to completely restart all you have to do is pause the transfer and resume it later.

  • Better Support For .DLL Files

While this isn’t confirmed by Microsoft I swear it’s the case. While on was running Windows 7, some game mods and graphical mods wouldn’t run or run correctly because of .dll files. When I upgraded to Windows 8 the problems where gone. When I went back to 7 the problems came back, so again I went back to 8 because it helped me and fit what I needed, it took me 4 days of running Windows 7 to realize that Windows 8 really did have amazing features so I went back to it in no time.

  • Smart Glass

One of the coolest new apps on Windows 8 and RT, the ability to control your media on your Xbox from the couch and even extend your gaming experience. Mini map too small? Smart Glass will put the mini map on your tablet or pc that way you have an edge above your enemies. Browse the web using smart glass also, the feature is really powerful.

Windows 8 Vs. Windows 8 Pro

Just like on previous Windows PC’s there was always different levels of feature you would get depending on what version you have, but it was a mess before. Vista had 4 different versions and so did Windows 7. Windows 8 only has two versions, and there isn’t a ridiculous 400 dollar price on any of them.

With Windows 8 Pro you have things like Bit Locker to protect your date and information, you can create a remote access connection to another PC to access it while your not there or even if you just want to see what your kids are doing. It also allows you to connect to your work domain and private corporate servers, that way when your not at work you can see what’s going on

Windows 8 has a price tag of $119.99, while the Pro version is at $199.99. A lot of the features provided by Pro would only come in handy to business owners or business people in general.

Windows 8 Final Thoughts

Windows 8 has an onslaught of new features, that’s what we all need, new features. When a new OS comes out it needs to prove itself with new features and on top of that it needs to run smooth and not be very cluttered with bugs. I haven’t come across a single problem with Windows 8, all of it is good. Everything about the OS is pure perfection. Again people need to stop crying and give the OS a real chance to prove itself. People need to stop writing it off, when they see and start using its features they will not be able to go back.

UPDATE: If you are a Developer, this review doesn’t apply to you. Developing for the Windows Store is a tricky road full of holes you could fall into. Simple, don’t buy Windows 8 if that is the case. For everyone else, this is a nice addition to the Windows family.

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13 Responses so far.

  1. I stopped reading at the third sentence and I didn’t bother reading forward.

    Here is what I don’t like about Windows 8. It’s really confusing to navigate, things aren’t in places that you’d expect them to be, and overall its not user friendly. Half the time when I’m doing absolutely nothing sometimes the news or weather apps keep opening. And even to this day I don’t know an appropriate way to close these apps other then ending their tasks in Task Manager.

    Oh and another thing that made me rage about Windows 8 is one time I got a Watchdog violation crash on frequent bases and I heard I can stop this issue by restart the OS without erasing all of my files. Well that is not entirely true. When I rebooted my OS, half of my stuff was gone and went through hell and back to get all of them back. My Google Chrome bookmarks were erased, some programs I transferred from my old computer got erased, and all of my Steam games I had to redownload. And thank god all of my save files were in the cloud because I would have gone crazy if it wasn’t the case.

    Statements like: “well get used to it,” really isn’t going to cut it. When you have a complete overhaul and change everything that people were familiar about Windows is a big problem. There is the popular saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” This applies very well to Windows 8. It takes away everything that was good about the previous Windows Operating Systems and replaces those things with confusing navigation and less ease of use. And I’m not the only person that is not a fan of Windows 8. Heck even Microsoft themselves lack faith in their own operating system! Don’t believe me? Look back to this years Microsoft E3 conference. Microsoft stated that they were running the games they showcased on Xbox One dev kits. However many gaming journalists found out that was a lie. The games were running on high end gaming PCs with Windows 7. Not Windows 8, Windows 7. Their best operating system since Windows XP.

    The only major plus that I will give to Windows 8 is its really fast to boot and since it doesn’t use as much resources as other operating systems, things are a bit faster. That is the only big positive I will give Windows 8. Other then that its a mess. And I had to rely on 3rd party software such as ClassicShell so I could at least navigate the way I’m familiar with. And to this day I have never touch the charms bar or the metro screen. Windows 8 is an Operating System that’s best designed for smart phones and tablets, not for PCs.

    • Michael Silvera says:

      If you didn’t bother reading forward than that just shows that your one of those people that wont give it a chance. Another thing, I didn’t once say “well get used to it” on the article. Also if people keep saying that “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” non-sense, I’m going to lose my stuff. You cant have that mindset, if everyone had that mindset we would still be rocking classic phones, we wouldn’t have cars, we wouldn’t have to advance in the sense of console gaming, there wouldn’t be any need to advance what so ever. Simply because none of that stuff was “broken”. The features on 8 are a step forward, read the entire article then speak.

      • Won’t give it a chance? I’ve been using Windows 8 on my new laptop for 2 months and I simply can’t stand it. The bad far outweighs the good.

        • Michael Silvera says:

          That isn’t giving it a chance. You have had it for two months and you still don’t know how to close an app. That says enough for me.

  2. Bobop YT says:

    “There are really no disadvantages to Windows 8, none, zero, nada. There is nothing but advantages, even with a non-touch Pc. ” I am going to stop you right there and tell you how and why you are wrong. First off of I have developed games for windows 8 and I understand all the DRM and abuse placed on the users. First of off a chipset was released on some motherboard’s funded by microsoft to disable you from installing anything other than windows 8, so if you wanted to install a older windows, or another os you have to trick that chip with a work around. Also for developers they can expect it to be more difficult to make their games and hope it goes through their publishing process. Along with that reading over the user agreement you own nothing you purchase through their store and they can take away any thing you install if they want to for any reason they want to. In the developer agreement they can claim the app as their property, and they are allowed to use. Also .DLL files is uncompiled code files used by binary files as a resource, many many games used them and ran just fine, so did programs, and even the base operating system applications use DLL files. File transferring dates back to early versions of dos. Also just letting you know there are windows 7 & windows XP tablets with x86 processors which are less restrictive and less abusive tors the user. Who cares about innovation when that innovations and features abuse the users and those features are not new and there are alternatives that do not abuse the users. Don’t believe me just start reading the user agreement, and developer agreement for windows 8 which you can not self publish and is in a very controlled environment.

    • Michael Silvera says:

      You can’t stop me there, being as I already wrote the entire review. I also don’t need to read anything, everything you said to me, I already knew. It’s something that doesn’t really affect the users, also everything you purchase from any store is subject to certain things just like that. The publishing process is something a regular user doesn’t go through, it only affects the developer. In that case, hats off to ya, stay with windows 7. The reason why they don’t allow self-publishing is a reason that isn’t as sinister as you might think. Being as windows 8 was designed with touchscreen in mind, mainly tablets, it was made that way to keep their store clean from any apps that could potentially compromise someones well earned tablet. It was mainly made that way to keep RT tablets from getting any malware from their store. Another thing, OF COURSE there will be DRM on the windows webstore. It’s not like you can trade, sell, or share your games on IOS, or even android. So even those platforms are subject to these ridiculous “DRM IS STUPID” ridicules? So on that note, every tablet you purchase will be subject to DRM, all of those purchases are tied to your account on that platform. It doesn’t just work like that on Windows 8, so the reason why there is DRM implemented is because they had tablets in mind. NONE of what you said affects the average everyday user, I’m sure people have a mind that is more at ease, knowing that the store they are navigating isn’t full of apps that can destroy their tablet.

      • undeadbobop says:

        1. Replying to a comment without reading it is pointless and avoiding the point. If you can not defend what you had to say than clearly you do not even believe what you said.
        2. Developers are users, not only that but anything that effects developers inhiertienly effects the base consumer. If you actually read what I posted you would see I pointed out issues with developing, and the user end of the matter.
        3. Malicious software is everywhere and no that is not the reason for abusing the developers and not allowing self publishing. It is so they can remain the only metro-app store, AND charge developers $50 a year NOT to keep malicious software out because most places that allow self publishing SCAN for malicious code and remove it from their file server. Also windows 8 itself has malicious spyware(in search functionality), adware(on the metro interface), and UEFI chips in newer computers to make sure you never use any os other than windows 8.
        4.The DRM found on most tablets still allows you to modify files, so if I want mods for minecraft pocket edition I can still modify the files to do so. Also “Another thing, OF COURSE there will be DRM on the windows webstore. It’s not like you can trade, sell, or share your games on IOS, or even android.” Can share on android, also DRM doesn’t nessarily effect just those few things. It can stop you from using your games for any reason the developer or microsoft see’s fit. Meaning if they wanted to they could place in timebomb drm that prevents you from playing your games after X amount of time. But if you read my whole comment instead of skimming you would realize I stated they can take PAID FOR APPS away from you AT ANY TIME FOR ANY REASON THEY SEE FIT. They can also pull developers apps off the store and claim IP ownership.
        5. Windows XP & 7 are on x86 tablets

        • Michael Silvera says:

          The DRM on most tablets, no. The DRM on Android tablets, Yes your right. You can share on Android, because you can share APK files. You can also share digital movie downloads, and music with your friends, but doesn’t mean it’s legal (it’s not). I did read your entire comment, your argument petruded that because Windows 8 isn’t Dev friendly, it therefor isn’t an optional OS for anyone on the planet. At the end of the day, you would find it better to stop with all these new features in Windows, and ask Microsoft to stop making new OS’s in general. If you can’t make an OS like windows 7, don’t make one at all, which is absurd. If you don’t love the development environment on Windows 8, then stay off of it, it’s simple as that. My entire review was guided to the everyday consumer that doesn’t walk into Best Buy asking me “what platform can I most easily develop for?” If that where the case, I would obviously guide him to something else. Since that never happens, it can easily be seen, since I not once mentioned a Dev in the review, that the review is intended for others. If you can relieve your Dev mind for a second, and realize already that the review isn’t intended for them (otherwise it would obviously be a completely different review) then you could see where I’m coming from. All of this DRM you are seeing as well, that is implemented in things like Steam, and The Windows Web Store, isn’t something that is gonna be phased out. As things continue to progress into a digital age, where all things are digital. You will see DRM everywhere, it’s gonna happen. It is here to stay in other words, it’s something we must all get used to. I understand your need to defend Windows 7, though I never attacked it. Windows 7 is a great OS, I give my customers everyday at work a Windows 8 demo, 80% love it, 20% still hate it. I guide those 20% to more suitable alternatives. If your going to continue stop the Dev talk, because they where not on my mind when I wrote this review.

          • Bobop YT says:

            “You can also share digital movie downloads, and music with your friends, but doesn’t mean it’s legal (it’s not).” Actually it is based on the licenses that is used determines weather sharing is legal, do not try to speak for content creator legalize if you do not understand the purpose of a licenses. For instance any content under public domain, creative commons, or GNU GPL can be shared, modified, and even redistributed. Its not the new features that are the problem. Its how they abuse the customers with them by incorporating malicious aspects in them, such as spyware. No your not going to go into a best buy and ask them that because best buy employee’s wont know that. They are paid to product push, and no we the consumer should not have to get use to DRM abusing us taking away our rights and not allowing us to use a product as we want to that we paid for. When you say there is zero flaws with something when there is obvious flaws for anyone who uses it doesn’t matter weather or not your talking about just the consumers. Like I said before developers are users. Not to mention the countless bugs with the OS you seem to be missing on purpose and avoiding to glorify a OS that you feel is getting reviewed unjustly wrong.

          • Michael Silvera says:

            So your saying, 200 years in the future, when EVERYTHING is digital. There won’t be some way of controlling your digital purchases to make sure people who haven’t purchased the game don’t get a free copy? I’m all in for a more fair alternative, maybe DRM that allows you to sell your digital games, movies, or songs. I’m sure that would make you happier. Also yes I will say that, because I’m OBVIOUSLY not talking about content that is free, I’m talking about content that you have to pay for, in which it is illegal to make copies of that content, and distribute it. I reviewed the OS based on what I have experienced with it, and so far I haven’t experienced any bugs, AT ALL. Also explain the spyware you are talking about. Yes developers are users, but what you are saying and I’ll say this once more, DOES NOT apply to the EVERYDAY (non-dev) users. What would make you feel better buddy? Me adding to the review, “Also the OS isn’t Dev friendly, SO DO NOT BUY if you are a dev.”? Actually don’t reply at all, if you don’t enjoy the OS or like it at all, that is fine. That is why we have a little thing called opinion, and I should probably respect yours. I love the OS, and I will write a review based on what I feel about it. since I am not a Dev, I can’t write on the downsides to developing for Windows Web Store, not will I try. I write what I have experienced, it is the readers job to either agree or disagree with what I wrote, not bring in a completely different matter. The OS isn’t abusing anyone, purchase on the store, at your own risk, when you do purchase you accept the terms and conditions, duh, maybe more people should read the terms. You can keep posting your 8 neglect on here, I’ll keep approving, I just won’t be replying anymore until you can come up with something else.

        • Michael Silvera says:

          I think you will like the update I posted on the end of the review. Hopefully that makes you happy. I know if it does, it will make me happy. CATER TO THE PEOPLE. Anything else?

          • Bobop YT says:

            So your saying in 200 years in the future when EVERYTHING is apparently digital no one will have rights to anything they buy and if you use it outside microsofts dictations (assuming they are still around in your imaginary universe). Also I wasn’t only talking about things that are free, all of those licences can be sold. How about you do some research instead of making things up inorder to glorify something and yes these restrictions do apply to every day consumers, the average consumer never reads what they agree to. Often they are the ones mostly effected by abusive restrictions as they unknowly violate the licences agreements put in place.My hole point in which you seem to miss is the DRM and licences put in place are heavily restrictive and abuse developers and consumers a like. Its not that its hard to develop for unlike your insisting its that the method is abusive and requires the developers to hand over all their personal information even for making free apps. Also the spyware is in the search bar, when you type in a search feature that information is stored and compiled for marketing data and that marketing data is sold off also sent to the NSA. I understand your review is based off your opinion, but when your opinion is that windows 8 has no flaws that is a down right fabrication as you try to provide a opinion not backed by facts and attempt to say it is a fact. I use a lot of software on my computers, most of the bugs seem to happen with random software older than 2010, including microsofts SQL server 2008, microsofts web expression 3, Microsoft visual studio 2008 professional (randomly would crash out of no where) heck half of my pc games did not work until a recent patch. At the end of the day this is just your opinion. I am merely just trying to explain to you how there are flaws as you claim there isn’t.

          • Michael Silvera says:

            You keep adding more. I agree with a few things, a lot of what you said is just add-ons. I’m not going to explain what I mean about that, I hope you see that I have updated the review. About me doing research, that was an unnecessary request, as what you said about those licenses being sold is something not everyone is willing to do. The 200 years in the future statement is not a fictional scenario, it will happen. Don’t comment on here again, if you want to continue, contact me privately.

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