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Old 10-17-2012, 10:12 AM  
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it's a good sale price if you ever order from Amazon to use $30 credit. I thought about doing a pre-order and then sticking it in a drawer until they fix the initial wave of issues.





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Old 10-18-2012, 10:24 AM   #16
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How's it do in virtualization? I wouldn't mind dropping it into my home lab, but I'm a little worried about system resources. My iMac is on its last legs waiting for the next upgrade and the current one is a little slim on RAM. Plenty for Win7 for my purposes and definitely XP, but I'm thinking this will require some additional horsepower.
Consumer preview is still available and doesn't lose functionality until January. I didn't try running it in a VM.
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The main difference I have been hearing is that Windows 8 is faster than 7.

Since I purchased my new laptop recently, I get Win8 for $15. Don't know if I will install it or not.
Really? I didn't see a performance improvement at all, especially with non- MS apps. For example, running Chromium browser would drop out of metro to the traditional desktop and THEN start. It was way slower than running it in Win 7.
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It's a little faster in startup and shutdown times. But not so much in general usage like opening apps, copying, and such. I don't really think it's enough to justify the upgrade at the moment.
Booting took about 1/3 longer on Windows 8 once all startup and login screens had been removed. That's one of the first things I tested.
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