Forget the CD and install Windows 8 with your flash drive
A guide? To install Windows? Slapping a new operating system on your desktop or laptop PC should be old hat by now, right? This is Windows 8, after all: Odds are pretty good that you, an astute and well-travelled Maximum PC reader, have been around the ol’ Windows installation block a few times before.
So, er, what does that leave us to talk about?
Plenty. Ditch your discs; we’re going all-USB for your first big Windows 8 installation.
A new survey conducted by The Associated Press and GfK reveals that the majority of American adults are completely oblivious to Windows 8. That's bad news for Microsoft, which is banking on Windows 8 and its touch friendly features to transform the landscape by unifying both desktop and mobile platforms under a singular UI, one that represents a re-imagining of Windows and a new era in computing.
Windows 8 is far and away the most “Bing Centric” operating system to ever come out of Redmond, and if adoption is as brisk as Microsoft hopes, Google should be quite nervous. Novice users might get sucked into Microsoft’s cloud by accident, and considering how great all the new services are, Google risks never getting them back. So what’s the solution? A hilarious new video showing how to “Get Your Google Back”.
Over the the past few years, Microsoft has tried to master the delicate art of vertical integration on several occasions, but none of those previous attempts quite measure up to the Surface in audacity. If the Surface succeeds, Microsoft stands to reap the financial fruits of vertical integration, but at the risk of estranging the many PC vendors with whom it has longstanding ties. So the big question at this point in time is: just how far is Microsoft willing to go?
After months of anticipation, sneak peeks, early looks, and even full blown reviews (including our own), the era of Windows 8 is finally upon us. Yes, general availability is still several hours away (Windows 8 formally launches on Octobe 26, 2012), but the festivities have already begun, starting with and ad campaign and continuing today with a livestream introducing the touch-friendly OS. You can view the whole thing after the break.
At its special “In Search of Incredible” Windows 8 event in New York, Asus on Tuesday officially launched its Windows 8 lineup. To no one’s surprise, the Taiwanese company’s Windows 8 product lineup is an assortment of mostly touch-enabled offerings — everything from the ARM-based VivoTab RT to the 23-inch ASUS ET2300 all-in-one PC.
As you navigate big box retailers like Best Buy this holiday shopping season, you're going to notice a uniform marketing drive when it comes to pushing Windows 8 PCs to the masses. In the U.S., you'll find Windows 8 systems configured to show emails, photos, and personal contacts from Allison Brown, a fictional character Microsoft created as part of an effort to humanize Windows 8 and to put the "personal" back into personal computers. In essence, Microsoft is flipping the script and telling retailers how to run their operations.
Bill Gates doesn't often talk about Microsoft products ever since riding off in the sunset as a retired billionaire. Sure, he remains a fixture of the company he co-founded, both as the Microsoft's iconic face and serving as a chairman, but these days he's much more interested in his philanthropy efforts via the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Perhaps recognizing all that's at stake with Windows 8, Gates recently sat down for an interview where he talked about the touch friendly OS, Surface, and other Windows-related topics.
You may not be a fan of the new Windows 8 UI, but is it too complicated for everyday consumers? If you answered yes then I think you need to take it up with this adorable little three year old. Adam Desrosiers has posted a YouTube video of his son performing basic everyday tasks common to the average Windows 8 user, and he does so with little to no difficulty or coaching.