Windows 8 Consumer Preview vs. Release to Manufacturing version.
The wait is over, Windows 8 final release to manufacturing version is now available for IT professionals; perhaps you've already tried out the consumer preview of Windows 8, thus, you've must have made up your mind about what you like or dislike about Windows 8. If you, like many other non-it professionals are looking to purchase Windows 8, you'll need to wait until October for its commercial release. Given the fact, you've already tried out the consumer preview, you won't be surprised by the changes between the CP and the RTM version, as there aren't many distinguishable ones.
Are you new to Windows 8?
If you are completely new to windows 8, then be prepared to be flabbergasted. Windows 8 has appreciably changed the dynamics of how a traditional Windows OS works. Ascetically, Windows 8 has a clean, polished, sleek and smooth GUI with virtually no jagged edges. One of the key changes you'll see is that there's no start button, meaning you'll need to re-learn how to navigate Windows without it.
What you need to know about purchasing Windows 8 on the internet.
When you purchase windows 8 on the internet, your installation and setup of windows 8 will be guided step by step. Windows 8 upgrade assistant will warn of potential software or hardware compatibility issues, so if you're PC is not up to the mark in terms of hardware compatibility, there can be issues. Furthermore, non-compatible software will be deleted by Windows 8 depending on your existing Windows OS. To really break it down on what to expect during the installation process, upgrading from Windows 7 to windows 8, you can expect to keep your programs, Windows settings and files; upgrading from Vista to Windows 8, you'll only be able to keep your setting and personal files with the exception of few compatible programs; Finally, if you are upgrading from Windows XP, expect to keep only your files.
One of the most prevalent complaints is related to the majority of encryption software being non-compatible with Windows 8; thus, if you are currently using windows 7 or later version of Windows OS and have confidential data encrypted or locked with data security softwares, chances are it won't work with Windows 8. Consequently, you may be risking the security of your private data. Sadly, there aren't many data encryption and locking software that are proven to work with Windows 8; however, one data locking and encryption software that has been tested and proven to work is Folder Lock.
How long does it take to install Windows 8?
It all depends on the specs on your personal computer, an average Windows 7 PC takes around approximately 10 - 15 minutes; if your PC has a lot of programs installed, expect the installation process to take around an hour; for PCs that are jam packed with data with little or no disk space available, anticipate the installation process to take at least two hours.
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