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The Complete Win 8 Rundown

Do you care enough about Windows 8 to read 3,900 words? If so, click here.

If you're just mildly interested, you can read the next  words and get a quick run down of Redmond news editor Kurt Mackie's fine report on Win 8 licensing, client management, security and more.

Most Windows upgrades are great for existing machines and technically any PC that supports Win 7 can run 8. That doesn't mean it should. Win 8 is really all about touch. No touch screen equals no fun. If you have a desktop you'll clearly want a touch-ready monitor.

Licensing for virtual machines is another consideration. Win 8 comes with Hyper-V but if you want to do anything with it you need to buy an extra license to run another instance of Win 8. Hmmm.

There are really two  versions of Windows 8: Windows 8 itself and its close cousin Win RT, which runs on ARM. Win 8 is managed just like Win 7, while Win RT is not Active Directory-friendly and is managed through Intune or even through the Windows Store. Weird but that's the  way Microsoft wants it.

Posted by Doug Barney on 12/04/2012 at 1:19 PM

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Reader Comments:

Wed, Dec 5, 2012

I really wish editors would stop saying you need a touch screen. It's simply not true. In my opinion Win 8 has been a great experience on my desktop, laptop and Surface tablet. I found it fun to learn how to use it and it doesn't take a genius to use. This is good solid OS and will be widely accepted it is just a matter of time. Don't wait go out and buy Win 8 you will be glad you did. I know Iam.

Wed, Dec 5, 2012 John UK

Not sure what the fuss is about. I use Windows 8 all the time without a touch screen and have no problems. I have also installed Windows 8 on new computers for clients who I thought would say no to it, again no-one has any issues. The new start screen is fine with a mouse and the desktop is just as they know it. In fact people seem to quite enjoy the new start screen and apps.

Tue, Dec 4, 2012 I Kinal NYC

It is not true that any PC that supports Windows 7 can also run Windows 8. Certain old processors are not supported by Windows 8. I speak from experience.

Tue, Dec 4, 2012 sj

Hyper-V requires extra Desktop virtualization has been around for almost 20 years and has always required extra licenses to run Windows VMs.You're damning MS for including a free feature?

Tue, Dec 4, 2012 Tom Minneapolis

I have a Windows 8 and a Windows 7 machines on my desk. Win 8 is my hands down favorite. I do not have a touch screen monitor. The tiles are really a big start menu. Most of the time I am in the desktop. The mouse handles "touch" just fine. What I really like about Win 8 is how fast Win 8 boots and the apps load and run. It uses memory much more effectively. Starting from "off" to "on" is faster than my iPad 3 and from sleep they are about a tie. My x230t (500G SD) has won out over my iPad as the device I take with me to meetings.

Tue, Dec 4, 2012 Dan Iowa

"No touch screen equals no fun. If you have a desktop you'll clearly want a touch-ready monitor." ??? If you have a desktop, and you're installing Windows 8, maybe all you really need is a mouse with a scroll wheel. Sure being able to use touch with Windows 8 is cool, but I've run into a fair number of people who don't like the idea of moving their hands between keyboard and screen while using a desktop. They typically have their monitor further away. For them a mouse and keyboard work just fine for Windows 8. Just because you can use touch, doesn't mean you have to.

Tue, Dec 4, 2012 80's Rocker

I totally disagree, Win8 works fine on a desktop/laptop once you learn how the mouse is used. And also knowing some of the main hotkeys does not hurt either. A touch screen would be nice but is not needed and articles like this give users a misguided view of Win8. I personally am upgrading my home desktop and my parents desktop, and think that once they get use to it my parents will like Win8 better than Win7. Just like any new OS there is always a learning curve and I think that is what most people do not like, there is a learning curve for Windows 8 that users have not had with previous versions.

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