That really does not sound appealing. It sounds downright dreadful.
I was doing some reading and it seems that Windows 8 doesn't even provide much of a media player. The Windows Media Player doesn't even offer DVD playback capability. It seems like Microsoft is stripping out features just to make more money from app store sales. It also sounds like they are trying to make the OS difficult to use.
The first thing that comes to my mind is that somebody in management probably making over $1,000,000 per year gave the go-ahead to this project. I just read that there is no more X button at the top right corner of windows to close the program. It sounds like you have to use keyboard shortcuts for everything.
Microsoft is kind of famous for not giving people what they want, but telling people what they should want and then forcing it onto them. Windows 8 sounds like they took that policy to an extreme degree.
I really do not see how anyone working in an office could find Windows 8 to be anything other than a detriment.
I have to wonder why Microsoft didn't build this functionality into the OS.
It doesn't sound like the new features come close to offsetting the inconvenience of the new desktop, or whatever you call it. I guess they call it "modern user interface". It sounds more like "pain in the butt". I am thinking that Windows 8 might be Microsoft's biggest blunder ever.
So the backup disks can be used to format a new hard drive and install the OS and factory software on it? Restoring your computer to its original state doesn't necessarily mean being able to install the OS on a new hard drive. I want to be absolutely sure that I will be able to burn backup DVDs and boot to them to format a new drive, install the OS and factory software.
Maybe I missed it before, but it looks like you can choose to have Windows 7 installed on a new Dell. Windows 8 isn't something I am going to do.
I need to have a basic computer that I can run stuff like Open Office, Apache web server, MySQL, PHP, and any programs I might use to make a website like a PHP IDE, GIMP, and the like. I don't need anything fancy for gaming. And I would like to get back into C++ so I will need to run Visual Studio Express. The question is whether I can get by with Windows 7 Home Premium or do I need to fork out the extra $70 to upgrade to Windows 7 Professional.
Any ideas? I don't want to pay an extras $70 for something I don't need.
Thanks for taking the time to clue me in on Windows 8.