Summary: I can only recommend it if you don’t already have Windows 7. The key will not activate unless you perform an actual Windows upgrade. It will not activate from a clean install. The Windows 8.1 update takes forever and I have to say that I like it more than the regular Windows 8.
Pros: It is faster than Windows 7. All my drivers were downloaded automatically. I am starting to like the start screen … mainly because of the customization.
Cons: You can only upgrade within the same “bit version” of windows. For example, you cannot upgrade from Windows XP 32-bit to Windows 8 64-bit. Half of the apps do not work unless you provide Microsoft with an e-mail address. Want to use the calendar app? Yeah, give us your e-mail first. Other feature...
Summary: There are many good things about the OS and many bad things. Basically if you don't mind an OS that will be obsolete in about 5 year Windows 7 will work fine. Otherwise you need to go with windows 8 (now 8.1)
Summary: I work with a lot of different Operating systems on a daily basis for fun and for work. with that in mind my main PC is a Alienware M14xR2 (intel 3610QM, 8GB of Ram, 120GB intel 525SSD, 650m 2GB) and after 2 weeks and 4 different clean installs on Windows8 im officially moving back to Windows7.
Pros: Boot times under 10sec. "feels" snappier
Cons: track pad gestures cause all kinds of input errors. no start menu frequent hangs in several areas hotter temps (making my fan run almost constantly) battery life went from 6-7 hours down to about 4 hours?
Summary: Not Microsoft's fault, but Apple's. My favorite app, itunes, was only designed to work up to W7, and, apparently on purpose to get back market share. So, being hooked on it (itunes), I had to go back to W7 because W8 kept crashing itunes, but everything else was phenominal with W8, after the...
Pros: Grew on me quite a bit after a few months or so. And, is the top tier Windows O.S.
Summary: Wasn't happy to upgrade but I got it for $70, I'm content with it. No complaints really.
Pros: Basically windows 7 with better aesthetics. Pretty convenient to throw my mouse in the top left for mail or what ever you have it set to. All my online games work and all my steam games work. I'm not sure why people spam how no games work with it.
Cons: Takes a little to get used to. Some things could be easier to get around.