Yeah, right. The DVD arrives, and I discover that the hardware of the IBM 6221 isn't going to cut it with Windows 8, because of BIOS, CPU, and IDE controller obsolescence. So that computer will get Windows 7, which has no such pretenses. In the meantime, what to do with this Windows 8 DVD?
My own workstation is an 8-core, water-cooled IBM 9228 with a couple SSDs and a huge spinning-platter HD for file storage. It runs Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit perfectly, and does everything I could ask of it, lightning-quick. That includes Adobe Creative Suite 6, SolidWorks, Fallout New Vegas, NOAA Weather Research Forecast models, anything I can throw at it. It would be silly to mess with it, no?
Silly, but I did, anyway. That's me - if it ain't broken, keep fixing it until it is well and truly broken. Still smarting from the hardware issues that thwarted me from installing Windows 8 on the other IBM, I ran the Upgrade Compatibility Checker and found no issues. That was a good sign. I diligently backed up everything that meant something to my basement file server, then stuck the Windows 8 DVD in the big IBM, waiting for upgrade hell to break loose. It didn't.
The upgrade went on without so much as a hiccup. Since I really didn't want to spend a ton of money replacing my 28" LCD monitor with a touch-screen version of the same, I bought the Logitech T650 glass touchpad for the Windows 8 touch experience. That was a good choice, considering the new Start Screen of Windows 8.
All my applications made the move ok. All of my hardware made the move ok, from the HD TV tuner, to the USB Bluetooth dongle, and even the FireWire recording and audio interface. Windows 8 attempted to create another pagefile on the main SSD drive, but I quickly relocated that to the second SSD drive where it belongs, no problem.
The old Windows Start Button and Start Menu is gone. You have to use the pretty Start Screen to run things, or bring up the Desktop and use the old Taskbar icon trick to stash your favorite programs. I'm getting better at all the touch gestures needed to run the system, and can actually do everything from the touchpad, including a touch keyboard. I do still have my Microsoft Natural Keyboard and Logitech Trackball, because carpal tunnel. Otherwise, the transition really isn't as bad as I though it would be. Everything works, and Windows 8 does a better job of utilizing system resources, with
much lower CPU idle numbers than Windows 7. Oh, and it's a lot more colorful!
|Kinda pretty, ain't it?|
|32 Degrees Celsius on a warm summer day - Nice!|