Interesting morning here at KitGuru central. While we do know several people who have managed to download and install Windows 8, many of us had not given it any thought yet – waiting instead for something closer to a Release Candidate. But, this morning, we thought “What the hell” and clicked on an invitation from Microsoft. Not good.
We had spent a while with our fingers in iced water, while the KitGuru keyboard engineering team went to work with air canisters and cotton buds. At the same time, Zardon was in maintenance mode and we had a team of shoulder/neck specialists on standby – should the need for back rubs become overpowering.
The reason for ‘special preparations’ being taken was simple.
We’d expected to be banging out a huge article on Windows 8 and let you know what we thought about it.
However, trying to install it on an Intel Core i7 980 machine with GeForce graphics proved problematic – despite the fact that this same rig has been purring along with Windows 7 for the best part of a year – with no issues.
This was the extent of our initial ‘Windows 8 user experience’ testing:-
We clicked on the ‘Help’ feature and were presented with what can only be described as ‘a page of marketing b*ll*cks’. For example, checking to see if we have the 1GHz processor necessary for such an advanced operating system.
Let’s just stress that we were only looking at the ‘Average user experience of the Windows 8 trial’. It could still be the greatest operating system ever launched. But this is a poor start.
We’ll revisit this topic when (a) we’ve stopped laughing and (b) we’ve managed to get an answer from Microsoft.
KitGuru says: When Microsoft did a pre-release with Windows 7, it installed first time on every machine we tried it on. So far, with Windows 8, it has refused to install on any of the machines we have tried it on. Given that Microsoft is now in the same market as Apple when it comes to operating systems, we pity the fool who tries to run their life with this version of Windows 8. We have personal numbers for Microsoft engineers – so will do a little digging and let you know what we find. Is ours an isolated experience?
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