Will any of you upgrade to Windows 8 when it's out next year?

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Windows 8 will probably be out before Christmas next year, so I want to know if any of you guys will be planning to upgrade.
For me, yes I may upgrade, but if I can get a hand on the RTM build early, I will test it in a virtual machine or do a dual-boot to test things, then after around a month of testing, I may decide to erase my Windows 7 and replace it with Windows 8; if my testings were good. But if not, I will stay with Windows 7.
 

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Definitely, assuming they improve the experience of the OS when using a mouse and keyboard. Metro as the start menu isn't mouse/keyboard friendly at all.

I'm hoping a public beta and/or RC will be available sometime during the first half of 2012, similar to Windows 7 Beta/RC during 2009.

In 2009, I ran Windows 7 RC via dual boot with Vista and used it as my main OS during the RC period. I'm planning to do the same for Windows 8.
 
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Absolutely not. I feel that Metro is a huge step backward for Windows and plan to stay with Windows 7 as long as possible, even if I end up being a technological hermit in the process.
 

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You guys shouldnt have a problem running windows 8 ... I called up Microsofts Customer support to see if I could get an Idea if Windows 8 would run on my Windows 7 machines and they told me there is very little to no difference in Windows 7 and 8. They said the system requirements will be the same and any windows 7 capable machine will run 8 no problems.
 

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Betas don't, no -- they're not released products. There's usually some restriction on getting them (like an MSDN subscription or being a member of the BizSpark program, etc.) and there may be a cost to that part of it. Your license to use the beta (or release candidate, etc.) evaporates the minute that the product is released in your market.
 

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Definitely, assuming they improve the experience of the OS when using a mouse and keyboard. Metro as the start menu isn't mouse/keyboard friendly at all.

I'm hoping a public beta and/or RC will be available sometime during the first half of 2012, similar to Windows 7 Beta/RC during 2009.

In 2009, I ran Windows 7 RC via dual boot with Vista and used it as my main OS during the RC period. I'm planning to do the same for Windows 8.

A public BETA has been around for a while now, in the form of the Windows 8 Developer Preview...
 

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Anybody watched this preview Microsoft posted on YouTube?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p92QfWOw88I

Looks a bit tablet and not specifically designed for keyboard/mouse. Obviously keyboard/mouse still work..... hmmm..... not sure if I'm so keen with the whole 'touch' idea.
 

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Are Micro$oft buying shares in screen wipes I wonder?
 

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A public BETA has been around for a while now, in the form of the Windows 8 Developer Preview...

It was labeled as a pre-beta. It seemed more like a preview of the Metro UI and development for Metro. Without a touch screen, the experience of using the developer preview isn't that great.

Anybody watched this preview Microsoft posted on YouTube?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p92QfWOw88I

Looks a bit tablet and not specifically designed for keyboard/mouse. Obviously keyboard/mouse still work..... hmmm..... not sure if I'm so keen with the whole 'touch' idea.

You can try it out yourself here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/apps/br229516

Microsoft seems to want to create one OS for both regular keyboard/mouse and touch, which I personally think is a great idea. This might create a lot of tablets that come with a keyboard dock, similar to the Asus Eee Pad Transformer.
 
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The Beta is free from MSDN ... the only stipulation is you have up to 6 months after the final release to use it after that time they disable it on your computer unless you pay for a new Key
 

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I may decide to erase my Windows 7 and replace it with Windows 8; if my testings were good. But if not, I will stay with Windows 7.

Obviously, unless you need to go from 32bit Windows 7 to 64bit Windows 8 there is no need to erase anything, since Windows 8 is compatible with the Windows Vista - 7 drivers and software, you'll be able to safely update.
 

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It's still a bit too early to say whether or not I will put down the money to get a copy of Windows 8 for a PC in my home. Sure, if I build a new machine I might either stick a copy of Windows 7 on it or I'd pay for Windows 8, but unless they change the OS a bit to not be so centered around Tablets and Touch Screens, the answer would probably be a no. I don't have a use for extra tablet functionality here, since we all use Keyboard and Mouse besides the occasional use of our iPod Touches (2nd Gens, no need for a newer generation with out use).

Sure, I'm a technically savvy person, and I love getting my hands on the greatest and newest things. I've currently got Windows 8 installed on a Virtual Machine which has been there since the Developer Preview was released, so I am checking it out as I go along. But still, probably won't get it unless it has something huge that Windows Vista or Windows 7 do not offer already. The same way I turned down Windows XP when Windows Vista came out, Vista offered many things I wanted that XP simply did not have, so I purchased a copy of Vista to run on a newly built gaming computer in 2007.

Time will tell to see what Microsoft decides to do.
 
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