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New Win 8 Install on Main PC - 2 quick questions

  1. #1


    Sydney Australia
    Posts : 14
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64

    New Win 8 Install on Main PC - 2 quick questions


    As per title, I downloaded the x64 preview ISO today & want to install it on my main PC.
    Before I do, how long does the installation take & how long can I use the preview version for?

    Thanks

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  2. #2


    All beta versions of Windows 8 will shut down on January 15, 2013.

    Your installation time might include solving problems, so there's no telling. After I had downloaded, it took about half an hour to install, but that was me.
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  3. #3


    Sydney Australia
    Posts : 14
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64


    Thanks, I found the install time to be roughly the same as Win7 x64 HP.

    I didn't keep it long, I didn't like the way you have to keep swapping between that full screen interface and the normal desktop.
    I couldn't see what was open and what wasn't as the full screen apps don't show in the task bar.

    That said, everything worked fine and if it had start menu I would have kept using it.
    I know people are probably sick of hearing that but let's face it, there isn't even an option to have a start menu.
    Fine for tablet users but surely the bulk of PC users are using a keyboard & mouse.

    Anyway, I may give it another go later on, there's been features in other versions that I haven't liked at first but have gotten used to later.

    Cheers for the help.
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