so i pulled out an old acer aspire 1 netbook that had been gathering dust and thought why not pop windows 8 on and see how it goes.
prior to doing this i booted it up to see how quick or slow it was and it wasn't very impressive with xp and 2gb ram.
win8 installed easily minor issue with the display driver but if thats all i had to deal with i was not worried.
did some checking to see how it performed.....i was stunned to silence (also got it on my desktop spare hdd).
boots to start in 12 secs
shuts down in 3 secs
from sleep to start is 2-3 secs
uses less ram....a lot less
runs nearly everything and fully integrated with all hardware right away (bar the display driver).
minor issues doesn't run the apps due to resolution being 1024x 600, couldn't force it to 1024 x 768 but i suspect that will be sorted in the beta version or at least i hope it will be.
overall it runs smooth despite the age of the netbook the applications that do work with the resolution run brilliantly and there is little difference to my far more powerful desktop, sure there is some but no where near what i was actually expecting, the lag before opening apps and such is minimal.
while i'm not a big fan of the whole OS i have my reservations on my netbook the OS really shines through as a very well coded piece of software...if only bioware could optimise swtor to this degree.