I downloaded windows 8 thinking that it would be a great operating system, after all, microsoft could not possibly make the same mistake twice as they messed up so big with vista I never thought any company that is suppose to be that technology advanced they could not possibly make the same mistake again.. I very quickly realized I was so wrong.
Aside from the hugely disappointing promises of 'ready' etc, this so called 'ready' operating system on install (as stated by the install screen) still took another half hour to install with lots of promises to finish soon despite the % 1 to 100 coming up several times.
Once you have been through that nightmare you suddenly realize why its like that, because Microsoft have been really kind in throwing loads of junkware on the metro screen that conveniently belongs to their services and even more conveniently you have to have a hotmail account in which to use it properly, that's not forgetting the very ability to change colour options etc in certain places requiring that account otherwise you are stigmatized without relent the refusal to allow you to use certain features.
I did not manage to fully test the operating system as much as I would have liked and there is a very good reason for that, its because I had a serious issue with it the next morning after installing it (indecently finishing late at night due to its inability to install in a decent timeframe - I might also mention that I have an i5 processor and 8 gig ram so its definitely not because I lack power that these issues happened) before I go into the error or serious issue I had, I have to make a note here of at least one or two issues when you do have access to it.
Its all well and good having an app for internet explorer and I can certainly understand that this is a new operating system and some other browsers have not caught up with the app ability of windows 8 (not really my area so I could be wrong) anywayz.. I decided to do the most horrifying thing ever, I decided to use firefox. When I installed it I had no issues but when I went to use it, it had to be used in desktop mode and the text within the webpages I was viewing and even videos were scrambled, impossible to read.. strange, so I decided to experiment with IE to be fair in desktop mode and it was exactly the same ?.. bug spray time I think
Next I decided to remove all the junk from metro and replace them with my programs, you know the ones, they are the ones you choose and not microsoft. Removing the junk and placing mine there was reasonably simple although you could only add one link at a time and not several although you can remove several at once if you wished.
I logged off for the night, excited at the possibility of playing with it the next day after uni.
I got up and switched on the pc early as I wanted to check the news etc,for some reason I did not get the mouse curser on screen so I rebooted several times to no avail. I tried a mouse and the pad, nothing made it come back, So, even though I had to be at uni because all my course work was on it I called microsoft who were useless
I spoke to a lady who, after several 'I will be right back to find out's' suggested I use another computer to download the windows 8 update again and suggested that it may have been due to an issue with the download (why on earth would I re-download it then?) ( she suggest a second computer for this..as if that is something everyone keeps in their back pockets) After 20 minutes of translating what this lady was saying to me from broken English to legible English and being put on hold 3 or 4 times I suggested that I reboot the system and purposely turn it off during boot so the computer thinks there is a startup error to offer me a fix, after being put on hold she agreed and I did it.
The computer when through the whole install process again (near enough) and my mouse was back.
The reason it was such a silly fault was simple, when you boot up windows 8 you are met with this redundant, completely useless screen with a clock, the date and a few icons on it, in order to get past that screen to login you need to click it with the mouse, so if your mouse mucks up and you don't have an alternative, lets say you have no money or its late at night, you now cannot even log into windows to do any work.. a mouse with windows 8 is now all important.. get three, just in case.
suffice to say I uninstalled windows 8 and re-installed windows 7, I wont be going back..
windows support are useless and their only answer is to re-install everything
lastly, save your money and go purchase something more useful for your computer instead, like a fluffy cover.
just my opinion.