After downloading Microsofts preview edition of Windows 8 from their developer site, I thought I’d give it a go on my Acer tablet/netbook in the hope that I could test drive the new touchscreen interface.
Not wanting to wipe my current Window 7 harddisk, I’ll be swapped it out for an unused SATA drive i have. Its only 80gb but should be fine for testing. I suppose I could dualboot but this way it’s a lot less messy.
My Acer netbook is without cd/dvdrom drive therefore I’ll be booting the Windows 8 installer from a 4gb USB pen drive.
I think I’d left my regular pen drive at work therefore i had to nip out to get this one. These things are so cheap nowadays it’s a shame they didn’t have any 8gb in store, I would have liked the extra storage space!
There are many ways to create a bootable pen drive including manually or via software apps.
For me, I though it would be fun to do it via command line. You can find a great tutorial here for Windows Vista or Win 7.
Apart from using my favourite Daemon Tools for mounting the .iso file, the above tutorial worked out pretty well.
Last task before installing Windows 8 was to swap over the internal hdd, insert my USB Pendrive and select USB boot options from within my Netbook’s BIOS settings.
At the kitchen table nearest to the coffee pot….and making a mess 🙂
Installation was pretty straight forward and at this stage mirrors Windows 7. You can pretty much leave it alone for this bit. At the first reboot, don’t forget to remove the pen drive (or change the boot order back to HDD).
Heres the new setup page. Looks like MS have ditched blue in favour of green.
After an initial setup, you’re presented with the familiar Explorer desktop. Everything looks a little less cluttered and the Start menu has been streamlined and doesn’t contain as much crap as before
At the moment I’m still finding my way around! Where’s my crap 🙂
Here’s the new tablet mode which resembles Windows phone interface. It’s early days yet but I’m really liking it and the touch control is
miles better than on Windows 7 with the same netbook.
Here’s a quick video I did whilst messing around with the preinstalled apps.
iOS looks dated!