Windows 8 Speed Tests: It's Faster at Pretty Much Everything.
I know, I said that Windows 8 was best installed on a computer with a touch screen. And, that I would wait until it had been out a while before upgrading on my main machine. However, the fast performance on my old Dell Duo was so great on an underpowered Atom processor that I couldn't help myself. And, I live to be a human Petri dish for my readers. So, yesterday, I did an in place upgrade to Windows 8 on my ultrabook from ASUS. Windows 8 is screaming fast on a Core I7 chip. It boots so fast that I can't even get up to get a cup of coffee anymore while waiting for my computer to boot. I had a couple of minor hiccups. My display graphic drivers from a third party didn't work, so I had to use the generic drivers. And, one of my cloud services, PaperPort Anywhere, started running in the background, slowing the system to a crawl. I thought it was a problem with 8 for a while; but, once I disabled it, the machine took off like lightning. After installing Start 8, the machine boots to my desktop; but, I am finding that I like the tiled Metro interface a lot. And, using a mouse to navigate is no problem at all. I installed 8 over all my Programs and data, and everything works perfectly. At $40 for the upgrade, and $15 for a backup DVD, this is a must have upgrade to your Windows 7 system. I don't recommend an in place upgrade for earlier OSes, however. I figure this is going to save me at least 30 minutes a day in wasted time; and, at my age that is big. I might go out and smell some roses.