Thursday, January 3, 2013

WOW! Upgrade to Windows 8 EASY!!!

OK last night I upgraded to Windows 8 on my desktop. I learned two important things.

  1. It was EASY
  2. Don’t do it at 9:30 PM

First it was very easy. I had been running Windows 8 Preview and I was told a “Clean Install” so when I upgraded I expected to lose it all and have to reload my data as well as software. I guess I didn’t read between the lines. All my data remained. I had made the appropriate backups (which I recommend anyway) but all my data was there when I finished.

It took about an hour and when I went to bed I could not sleep as there were so many things I wanted to do.

Today I got up and after some coffee and some reading (like to do that everyday) I got back at Windows 8 and started installing. I am really impressed with how easy things were. I use a lot of apps like Evernote, Kindle Reader, Skydrive, Dropbox, and Google Drive. Everything installed without issue – and cleanly.

Office 2010 with no issue, Adobe Creative Suite (older version), as well as my CorelDraw.

With Skydrive I recommend you install Windows Live Essentials, it is part of the install. You will also get Windows Live Mail, Windows Move Maker, and Windows Live Writer – what I am using to write this blog post. There are other features and well worth it. Windows Messenger for one. The Messenger tool with Windows 8 is more Social than I need.

I really wish Microsoft would release Windows Live Writer as an app for Android, and or the iPad. However in their infinite Kodak wisdom they are saving it for Windows users only. Sad!

All in all it has been a really great day and my desktop is back up and humming.