Alright I couldn't resist and went for the $39 upgrade. I did a CLEAN install.
First impression is it's pretty. Second impression is, I have no idea what I am doing and I suspect this thing is spying on me right and left. I don't like it being tied closely to a Microsoft account but that's another story.
The default applications suck BTW.
Other than that, the UAC and permissions are driving me crazy. For example, I like to create a shortcut to my download folder. Can't drag and drop it to desktop so I have to create one manually. Tried changing drive permissions and got all kinds of errors. Seems Microsoft really locked this one down tight. REAL TIGHT. From what I'm reading on the net, turning off UAC isn't really turning it off.
As for applications, Studio One
2.5, Addictive Drums, Ivory II, EZ/Superior Drummer, iLok all seem to work fine although I have gotten a few crackles with Ivory running on full steam. Never happened with Windows 7. The machine is n i7 3.0ghz with 8GB and 7200 RPM Seagate drives. Samples on their own drive.
Also having twin LCD monitors makes for a lot of mousing around to do things that were easy to do with Windows 7. It almost seems like I am running 2 operating systems at the same time, which I suppose I sort of am. Metro and classic Windows desktop.
I guess the good news is, nothing broke and all those drivers I had to manually enter for my Gigabyte X51a-UD3r board loaded on install fine.
That was nice.
Also my printer was added and all functions like fax, copy etc work without loading the manufacturers bloatware. That's nice too.
Delta 66 card also works fine.
So, I dunno...... Am I happy?
I feel like there is a lot going on that I have little control over.
Has anyone put up a blog on how to streamline / tweak Windows 8 for digital audio yet?
That might be something to try but it has to be a professional, reliable person and not some basement dwelling hack type.
Just thought I would report in.