Let me also add that you should never do a windows update. Always do a clean install. There is so many things that could go wrong with an update; ie, drivers break, programs don't work, renaming folder structures, etc.
Windows 8 as far as I am concerned is not worth the hassle or time. Stick with Windows 7. It will be another decade or so before they stop supporting it. By then they might have something better out.
I guess the software engineers they have now are the same kids that were walking into open manholes and running into walls while they were texting 5 years ago. God help us.
I beta tested too. Luke layed it out well. It will be too weird for most people unless they make some changes. I tell folks to stick with XP or 7. When we beta tested the various increments of Win 7 they actually seemed to listen to and act upon our (the beta testers) input. Not so much with this version. I like fast intuitive and hands-on. I'd pass on this one.
Do NOT get windows 8, all they did was take the xbox 360 dashboard and the windows phone OS and made it into the desktop OS. Seriously, every program is ran in an app form even the "desktop" view with the start menu etc. is an app. You have to ask yourself why is it only 70 bucks, when all the other OS's have been 150ish, except for windows 7 for me I totally had a student discount and got it for 32:P
1. So far every new version of Windows is full of code errors, security problems, driver problems, and bugs, that require a good number of months to fix, and Microsoft falls waaaaay down the list of software companies that are really responsive to customer problems and providing the methodology and one-on-one support capability. They seem to think that their customers have nothing else to do than wade through hundreds of website pages to devine the solution to a problem (if one exists).
2. Microsoft has the annoying history of writing and selling one very good version of Windows, followed by one that is a total disaster.....ME is a good example. There are some exceptions........Win2000 (which was the last version built on the NT kernel) and followed by XP (which was also good about 9 months after its release) Hence, the desire to always run the version that is one edition back from the current version if you need the systems to run relatively dependably and stable. In an environment where your systems absolutely have to run right every day, day-in-and-day-out, stick with the proven OS. I would add that I'm not totally impressed with Windows 7, even now mine still has some annoying bugs that Microsoft hasn't fixed yet........
As a matter of information, before I retired, I was still running Win2000Pro on (32 bit) technical devices and servers long after Microsoft stopped supporting it because it was probably the most stable, and trouble free OS that they have come up with.......only when drivers became difficult to obtain and update did I finally transition to XP, and then only reluctantly. I've always been a believer in the old sage that "if it ain't broke, don't fix it"........
YMMV.......for what it's worth.....
I did like Windows 2000 Pro and Windows 2000 Server also. There were a nice, and stable. That is where I learned most of my server set up from.
It is the same principle with Mac Os X Server. They discontinued X Serv, and now have it minimalized to Mountain Lion Server. They went from have a full fledged server environment to having a little setting box with things taken out or condensed.