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Windows 8 Release Preview: Review
Here is a quick review on my experience with Windows 8 RP.
I downloaded Windows 8 Release Preview and installed it on my HP NC6220 laptop and my tower, a Dell 420. I went to the Microsoft site and downloaded the ISO for the 32 bit operating system; this was very quick and simple. Installing Windows 8 was NOT, I used 2 different PC’s and 2 different environments. The first environment I installed Windows 8 RP was on Virtual Box. This took some fiddling around on the settings and about 2 hours but it finally installed. It installed all the drivers on my Quad core, 4 GB Ram, Nvidia GTS 250 Dell 420. But I can’t say the same for my 2nd environment.
I installed Windows 8 RP on my HP NC6220 and not all drivers were installed. The one basic problem I believe Windows 8 RP has is its installation on old computers. Now Microsoft is saying the opposite, its stating it can be installed on old PC’s with XP. That’s correct to a certain degree. When I installed it on my HP NC6220, Windows 8 could not install the video driver for this laptop. The video driver for this laptop is an Intel 915GM 128MB Chipset driver. Intel does NOT have a driver for this chipset for Windows 7 or 8. Intel created only a XP and Vista driver for the Intel 915GM. Now I tried multiple ways to install it on Windows 8 RP but it failed.
Is this Microsoft’s fault, no I can’t blame them but they can’t state either that Windows 8 will work fully on old PC’s. The laptop NC6220 works well, but the graphics card can’t push beyond 480P, it stalls on 720p and higher. I had Windows XP installed on this laptop and it worked well with video at 720p. So I did a lot of testing and configuring and it was the video driver that made a difference. I don’t want to get too much into details here but it was the video driver. I think windows 8 on a much newer PC will work much better as far as drivers are concern. I will keep updating this post.
This is a video demo of Windows 8; I have it setup on Virtual Box and its working very well. I’m still deciding if the metro user interface is worth buying with Windows 8 or stick to Windows 7. When I’m done I will write an article on Windows 8 consumer preview. Setting up on Virtual Box was a little tricky, but it worked. It too will be on the article. Here is a demo video from the Microsoft website and the links so you to can downloaded for yourself.
Here is the link: Microsoft Windows 8 CP
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