For what it's worth:
I've been running the preview of windows 8
since the first day it came out. I love the OS. It takes a while to get used to the UI. but once you do, it honestly is much faster to get around and you won't miss the start menu. I consider the start menu more of a habit that people are not going to want to break. It took me a good month or so to get used to not having it and finding my way around the new OS. Yes, it was frustrating, but after sticking it out, it makes a lot of sense if you take the time to figure out the shortcuts and what-nots.
I am running ProTools 8.0.1 on it with no problems. it actually runs better on 8 than on 7, IMO. But I had to do some .net framework hacks to get it running. Surprisingly they worked and it's amazingly quick, especially since upgrading my hard drives to all SSD.
Have patience with it. I don't understand all the uproar from people that haven't even used it. It's nice. I plan on getting a surface and already bought a Windows phone (Nokia 920 - white
) and I can't wait to see all of the benefits of having all of these using the same ecosystem that I have trusted and used since Windows 3.1. I switched to Apple for a few years, but honestly, OS X became more buggy than Windows, as Windows became more stable (IE: Win7). Plus the hardware has become cheaper on Macs and I don't like not being "allowed" to swap out parts myself. (I had terrible issue after issue on my macs, but that's another thread. Flame away fan boys
Basically this is Win7 stability with a strange new interface layer. You can still be a power user and enjoy Windows as much as you did with win 7, only with some minor enhancements of performance, and a new start screen instead of a menu.
Try it out if you are curious. If you don't want to completely lose your OS, buy a new HD and install Windows 8
on it and play around with it for a while. But don't immediately pass judgement on it before you give it a chance! Also, understand that there will be a few minor things that will be updated shortly, as with all OS releases on every platform. Waiting for updates before installing is totally justifiable.
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Intel i5 2500K 3.3ghz (OC'd to 4.0ghz)
16gb Crucial 1600 (OC'd to 1866)
3 x OCZ Agility 3 128gb SSD
BFG Nvidia GTS250