A Windows 8 Win
I got my work laptop just over 2 years ago, and had been using the same install of Windows 7 since then. This is actually quite a long time for me to go without reinstalling Windows. It was getting really slow and I had been planning on doing a fresh install once I got through a couple of projects. I would boot the computer, log in, go make coffee and get breakfast, come back, and still have to wait for programs to load. Although I am able to avoid malware, I still tend to bog down a machine with everything I like to try out.
Over Labor Day weekend, I decided to make the jump to Windows 8. I figured worst case I’d have to install a Windows 7 virtual machine in Hyper-V if I needed to target Win7 for development. Now I’ve been running a few days with Windows 8 Enterprise, Visual Studio 2010, and Office 2013. I can say I couldn’t be happier.
This machine is FAST now. I’m able to boot in seconds and be working within a couple of minutes. (Although I still think a SSD would make huge difference with my build times in my larger solution.)
The new UI hasn’t gotten in my way, either. Using the new Start has been a painless transition. I spend most of my time on the desktop in Visual Studio and Office anyways, so I just have my programs pinned to the task bar.
The biggest win was just this morning I was able to boot, open a project in Visual Studio, and run the project all in a few minutes. I was able to help someone out before I even left for the office just because I didn’t have to worry about waiting minutes just to get to the point where I could open Visual Studio.
So I guess my opinion on Windows 8 is really good right now. 😀
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