Windows 8 Experiments

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After I downloaded the bits and I tried to install it for the first time on a Virtual Machine, I sadly discovered that there was something wrong with the ISO image because it gave an error while extracting files at %62. A quick hash-check (which should have been done right after the download) showed that the file was corrupt and there went the 5GB of my bandwidth down the drain! Lesson learned: Always perform a hash-check and verify the file if a hash is provided by the source.

Anyway, after downloading it successfully, I installed it on a VMware virtual machine. I followed the step-by-step guide at http://vlkn.me/q5jyJN, but there aren’t any tricks actually. I started using it a on the virtual machine a little bit and as everybody else, I hated it! Obviously, the tile interface is designed for tablets or touch-enabled screens to be more generic.

So, my first interaction with it was negative for 2 reasons:

  1. It’s always a bit off-putting testing out a new OS on VM. Because you always revert back to your original OS all the time and you don’t have the entire experience.
  2. In this case, it’s clear that without a touch screen I wouldn’t enjoy using it much. (I’m not sure how well people will react when it RTMs)

Then I suddenly remembered that I already had a touch-screen notebook! 3 years ago, i bought an 12.1” screen notebook which back then was called a tablet PC because it had a rotating screen. Until this day I only used its touch capabilities a few times for experimental purposes. My initial intention to use it as an e-book reader soon proved to be preposterous as it weighs a solid 2.2 kg.! (An iPad 2 is 600 grams by the way)

But my long wait to find a legitimate use for it is over! Finally I can use it’s tabletish functionalities!

First I installed it on a VHD and booted it off of it. Scott Hanselman has a great blog post walking you through the steps: http://vlkn.me/n5Opva

So I immediately installed it but again i was not satisfied! The performance wasn’t so good and it also messed up with the boot loader. Even though I could opt to boot from my old Win 7 installation, it just restarted and couldn’t load it. I tried to repair using Win 7 DVD but to no avail. But using the repair functionality of the Windows 8 did the trick and I could boot it to my Win 7 again. And to fix it once and for all, I changed default OS from system settings

BCD

Now I could freely choose the OS I wanted but the performance issues still remained. Then I decided to use the hard drive of my broken PS3. So I switched disks and installed it for the third time but on its own personal disk this time!

Performance is still not outstanding but then again my notebook never had a outstanding performance regardless of the OS running. Finally, here’s a little video I took. Screen is resistive so it’s a bit hard to use with finger but still it’s the closest thing to a tablet I have at the moment running Windows 8.

I will be playing around with it now and hopefully post more on this subject later.

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