Since the first public beta of Windows 8 I run it on a bunch of my machines (work and privately owned) and I must say I am very impressed. Even the much discussed (or flamed) interface works very well on my systems which none of them is touch enabled.
What I like about Windows 8? Many things but these are the main items:
- From a cold boot my system is up & running in less then two minutes;
- When recovering from sleep my system is up & running in less then 10 seconds;
- When recovering from hibernation my system is up & running in less then a minute;
- While running the applications are snappier and are fun to work with;
- Yes, I have a SSD drive BUT use it only for my VMs not for the OS itself which runs from an old fashioned drive.
- Is integrated with Windows 8 now;
- With a SSD drive, 16 GBs of RAM I can run 7 VMs with no sweat at all;
- When hibernating the system, the VMs enter a saved state. When the system is started again, the VMs are started from the point where they entered a saved state.
- My notebook runs for a month now without being switched off. Every time I am done I put the system into hibernation and until now, it wakes up perfectly;
- The RTM version hasn’t failed on me yet;
- All applications are running just fine, not a single glitch.
OK, as you see I am very happy and impressed with Windows 8. For myself no Windows 7 even though I liked that OS very much as well.
The good news is that I want to share is that Microsoft released a post-RTM update for it.
As Microsoft writes on their blog: ‘…We are pleased to be releasing a set of improvements to Windows 8 in broad areas of performance, power management and battery efficiency, media playback, and compatibility…’
The update can be downloaded from here, the Microsoft Update-Catalog website. Please download the proper version for your Windows 8 OS (x86 or x64). As you can see, there is a Windows Server 2012 update available as well. So back home my lab is going to be updated as well: