Downloaded the ISO and used the Windows 7 Tool to install from Flash Drive.
The Install was easy
The Install was fast
I miss the days where you could go to advance and tell Windows what not to install: P
Installed the OS, pretty straight foward.. Windows installs have come a long way..
Oh, the most fun part right? Downloading your favorite apps and testing to see how well they work.. It was an experience much like you would expect from any OS install really... Just download your software, and install it... Found some apps in the Windows Store which makes it easier for updates and what not..
Asus Rampage II
Intel Chipset drivers work 100%
Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium work 100%
2x Cruical M4 512GB Raid-0 work 100%
2x GeForce GTX 680 SLI work work 100%
Plextor DVDRW PX-891SAW work 100%
Logitech G15 Keyboard work work 100%
Logitech G700 Wireless Mouse work 100%
Logitech G930 Wireless Headset work 100%
I am not going to go into every software that I tested on 8.1, but it is worth noting, that I have had a lot of issues with software..
Chrome - Crashing - Slow
Filezilla - Crashing Slow
Firefox - Slow
Putty - Slow
I am not sure what the deal here is, but hopefully it is just me and if not, hopefully the devs will fix these issues.
Counter-Strike: GO works great
Battlefield 3 works great
Call of Duty Black OPs 2 works great
No issues with gaming or my SLI setup
The Windows Experience
I'm not going to lie, I really can't stand it and this is my third try to give Windows 8/8.1.. It isn't just the start menu, it's just about everything. I feel like I have no control over the system.. I know that isn't the case.. But it is just the way it feels.. I can't really explain it. I find the metro apps just plain annoying. When I open a picture or video, I don't want it to take up an entire monitor. I know you can fix this, but still.. I don't like the direction of this.
Task Manager - I really like the way the new task manager works
Boot Time - Not sure how, but it sure boots up A LOT faster than Windows 7
Store - I enjoy searching the store for apps I need
I just can't get into the new swing of the direction of Microsoft. I have been using Microsoft's products for over 23 years and have beta tested since Windows 95. I really enjoyed seeing Microsoft grow and mature over the years. I have read some post on Neowin about members not being able to catch on to the new Windows, and they get called out for being "dinosaurs" or unable to cope with change. It isn't that at all; think about how much Windows has changed from Windows 3.1 to Windows 7, no one really complained then. Again, I want to stress, it isn't just the start screen I don't like; it is the default metro apps, the entire feel of the OS. Am I jumping ship and never using Windows again? Of course not, I still like Windows 7 as it is a great platform.
This is a tough transition to the future of computing, I understand their direction. It is going to take time to get everything fine-tuned. Until then, I will give Microsoft some time and hopefully they will continue with good improvements.
As a thank you for reading this entire post, I will leave you a present. It is a picture of two official Windows 98 Beta CDs.