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| p.3 #18 · Windows 8 for wedding photographers |
Just wanted to share my experience with Win8.
Let's get the first thing out of the way. It's a feeble attempt by Microsoft to simply throw an app store on your PC; in hopes you will spend money. That's the bottom line where any "upgrade" is concerned.
Now, to the meat n' potatoes. The OS is leaner and faster. That's obvious. On my system, it's really flying with LR, PS, etc. I've noticed a considerable increase in speed in LR 4.2. Of course, this is a completely fresh install. LR is moving along somewhere around 15-20% faster for me. That's across the board. Everything's faster. That alone was worth the upgrade.
That said, the metro addition is complete garbage. It's useless. It truly needs to be an option. Since this is a photo forum, I won't go too far into it, but for those that still haven't wrapped your head around what Win8 really is, it's simply taking your start "menu" and turning it into a start "screen". That's all. It's very hard to find apps. You'll spend time searching and adding them to the start screen. I pretty much blitzed everything that came with the system and simply put all my photography related app launchers on this start screen. I'm a big fan of using the keyboard and G13 shortcuts, so 95% of my launches are all on a button. The only reason I added links to the start screen was for my son and wife. Otherwise, it'd be blank and used purely for system links. (control panel, etc.)
So, is it worth it? If you have a killer system that's being a little held back by a previous bloated version of Windows, I think it's worth the hassle. (if you feel like spending a day going through it) Don't let the pretty mail, calendar, etc. apps hook you. They're useless. There are far too many features not implemented for any of them to be really useful. I deleted them.
I agree with the above comment regarding other system speeds. copying, etc. seems much faster as well. I'm one of those that gets rid of the recycle bin and sets "delete" to "delete". When I delete something, it's instant now. As in the instant my finger hits the button.
The bottom line; the speed was worth the money and hassle. If I weren't a photographer, I'd be pissed. lol