You can put Windows 8 into a virtual machine, or make a partition on your hard drive and install 8 on that new partition. I'd go with the latter as it's the most simplest way and the best way to see how Windows 8 handles your PC.
As of now, you can actually download and use Windows 8 Enterprise for a 90 day trial and see how it ranks for you. It really depends on your interest with Windows 8 on when to install it. Theoretically, by around October or November, there should be new updated drivers to use that work best with 8. But if you REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, want to see what the fuss is about, go for it! Chances are that 8 will handle you PC as is without third party drivers.
Still drivers are unreliable.
Just look at all of the driver problem threads on the Internet.
You will often see a group of people complaining and another group saying that the driver works perfectly.
W8 CP and W8 RP both reported the sound driver as correctly installed, but they would only make buzzing noises.
I tried reinstalling the RP 3x (and I checked the hash numbers) just in case it was an install failure.
I think that MS screwed something up in the CP and RP and it has been fixed in the latest releases.
I should point out that I am running W8 (DP, CP, RP and ENT) on VHDs.
If you don't install real programs, the Apps will hijack your session.
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thank you all for your answers to my question.
Yes. Especialy since not every computer will have w8 installed. And for every OS you have to learn specific ways to work. Here I have side by side a W98SE and a W7 machine, but I can easily go from one to another, the principle is the same: You double click icons on the desktop or the Quick Launch, the Shut Down button is somewhere in the Start Menu on the bottom left screen, ... no big deal.Originally Posted by CokeNow with w8 we have something completely different, or starting to be different. The first thing everybody will do is to use apps in the old way: resizable windows and coming back to the desktop everytime they can't find stuff on the Start Screen, Using Explorer (or a replacement) etc. This alone will defeat the new concept Microsoft is trying to push. I don't know if you realize but one week after the first RP was released there were already hacks to disable Metro. Starbuck is making a killing with Start8. Millions of download in a matter of days. Not because Metro Start Screen is bad or ugly. But because Microsoft doesn't want to change one iota from their original design. They don't want to correct the mistakes everybody is talking about.Originally Posted by CokeMicrosoft has changed the name and location of the Document/Library/Whatever-it-s-called-today forlder at every single new version of Windows since W98. And at every new version of Windows there are new stuffs to learn. I'm not saying it's good or bad, just pointing the fact that Microsoft has caught the change obsession syndrome. W8 as we know it will last only one season. W9 will be *again* different and will be *again* the new future.Originally Posted by Coke
So putting in a few hours of effort is FAR too much to learn a new UI that potentially will be the basis of Windows for possibly 17 years??? Can you tell me, what happened when Windows 95 came out?
What a lazy nation we live in...... [/QUOTE]
Coke--I remember when Windows 95 came out. Yes there was some apprehension about it. People were a little worried about learning to use it since it was different than Windows 3.x. It was not that they did not like it, they just were a little apprehensive about being able to use it. It wasn't long before everyone liked it. I don't think you can compare jumping from Win 3.x to Win 95 the same as Windows 7 or XP to Win 8. With Win 95 most everyone liked it. But, with Win 8, there are a great number of users who are not worried about learning to use it; they simply do not like it. I'm sure I could learn to use it if I had to, but if you use a keyboard and mouse, what's the point? What's the advantage?
OML!!! Did pparks1 ACTUALLY say Windows 8 isn't BAD??? HEY!! Isn't he the guy that wanted it to die since the DP days of Windows 8? (muffled grin)
I'm not sure that i said I wanted it to die back in the DP days, but I haven't been a big fan or supporter.
It's not bad, from a pure operating standpoint as I said. What matters is whether you can get along with the Start Screen, lack of start button on desktop and like the bland new look.
I don't intend to upgrade my own computers to Windows 8 though, so my opinion hasn't changed there.