The long wait is over . Now the world knows how the new version of windows look like. Microsoft claims the new product to be the a drastic change from the normal looks and feels of the windows. So after my migration from windows 3.1 to windows 95 date back in 1995 , I am ready to experience the new change which was eagerly waited by tech enthusiasts around the world.
The download link for the Microsoft Windows 8 Developer preview is available here . I preferred the 32 bit version so that it will be easier to download. Still my internet connection does not hold good to download a file with the size of 2.91 gb and thanks to Nirmal who downloaded it and burned a DVD for me .
It is a basic review on the installation process and initial user feed back from the point of view of a normal user. We can not make a final conclusion on the product as the release is for developer preview and not even the beta release. So I do not make hasty judgement on the product.
The installation went straight with out any issues and the whole process took less than 20 minutes on a core 2 duo with 2 GB. Nothing much to say about it as the whole process look just like that of windows 7. May be a change in the steps will be nice as it can give a fresh feel to a user who is upgrading from windows 7.
installation on a physical machine went well but the same software on a virtualized environment crashed , so I stop trying it with the vmware workstation and stick on to the bare metal. After the initail boot up , there are some changes when compared to windows 7 but all of them are self explanatory and does not worth mentioning.
here are some of the screen shots which are almost self explanatory. I just skipped the initial screens which are just like windows 7 instalation and focusing on the screen shots after the restart.
during the user creation process I opted for creating a local account than logging in using my windows live account. I am using a Lab machine and did not wish to ran in to trouble if the operating system saved my live account for automatic access to my hotmail account so I deferred the process after I get more familiar with it.
and I finished installing the product. The initial impact will be more if i used a touch screen because the metro UI is optimized for multi touch.
this post is not covering any aspect of the user experience of the windows 8 or what is new in windows 8 . Let me understand the product fully so that I can write a more accurate review on the product than jumping in to any early conclusions