Windows 8 Consumer Preview: The Review

Windows 7 was a vast upgrade from windows Vista but some people still viewed XP as the superior Windows OS. The main problem with windows operating systems is that the security is as good as swiss cheese and often uses up large quantities of system resources.


Windows 8.

The computer I tested the consumer release on is the HP Mini 210-1092dx. I’ve tested many operating systems on it and can safely say Windows 8 is a great solution for this little netbook.

Of the many problems users faced in earlier releases of Windows for this netbook, the only problem I had during it’s testing was the screen resolution. Microsoft, as of now, is not catering to the netbook crowd and did not allow apps to be used on resolutions smaller than 720 in height.

As a solution to this problem you can find ways to edit the registry value to force windows 8 to use a higher resolution.

The startup time is reduced when compared against Windows 7. Average boot up time for my netbook was around 30 seconds. Windows 7 Ultimate x86 on my netbook took closer to a minute or more.

After the startup you’re greeted with the logon screen, a background with the time/day, and asking you to sign into a windows account (Windows Live username/password works).

After you have been granted access the signature Windows 8 “Live Tiles” appear. They are apps like you would find on a phone or similar to what you would find in the Joli cloud OS. The “Store” is where you will find apps to download. If you can’t find an app for something you use to have under Windows 7, such as disc cleanup or adobe Photoshop, you can go click the “Desktop” app. It will bring up something very familiar, the classic Windows Start/task bar. Here you can install any program you want, as long as it meets the generic windows requirements.

If you would like to try out the Consumer Release of Windows 8 here is the link: Windows 8



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