Windows 8 - Should I notice the difference

  woldsweather 20 Jan 13
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Have upgraded from 7 to 8 this afternoon, and can't tell any difference other than my internet connection keeps falling over every 5 mins which may or may not be connected. I had classic shell installed before I upgraded, so when the upgrade was done my desktop looked exactly as before which is how I like it. According to Microsoft :

Internet Explorer 10 starts and loads sites almost instantly

...but my experience is that it takes at least 5-10 seconds to load most pages, and certainly no quicker than before.

I know most people will recommend firefox or chrome, but they won't keep my favourites open at the side like IE so are a no no.

  Forum Editor 21 Jan 13

You should notice a faster boot time, and faster performance generally. Browser performance is dependent on so many variables it's difficult to talk about load speeds without knowing a lot about your specific set of circumstances.

Chrome is my personal favourite as far as browsers go, I like its clean look and its speed; having my favourites in a bar along the top of the page doesn't worry me - no sidebar allows more space for web pages.

  woldsweather 21 Jan 13

SO could have just done a re-install of 7 to speed things up. Can anyone advise what I do when I need to reinstall 8 as I now haven't a copy of the OS?

  woldsweather 21 Jan 13

Yes I have the serial number, but wondering how I would get another copy if I needed to reinstall.

The reinstall presumably involves reinstalling all my software agin, something I have down three times in the last year with 7 and reall cant face again as it involves many hours and weeks of getting back to normal.

  woldsweather 21 Jan 13

I'm finding Twitter is not working with mt IE 10 is this a known problem?

  woldsweather 21 Jan 13

Now finding Faqcebook not working properly in IE10 - anyone else?

  woldsweather 21 Jan 13

The tools link in Twitter doesn't work either so can't change that.

  Forum Editor 21 Jan 13

Can anyone advise what I do when I need to reinstall 8 as I now haven't a copy of the OS?

We see a lot of posts in which people mention reinstalling their operating system, and I always wonder why. I run six or seven machines, and cannot remember when I last needed to do a reinstallation of Windows. With reasonable care and regular maintenance it should not be necessary at all, and it certainly shouldn't be necessary to do it three times in a year.

That said, if you do need to get back to a clean slate situation in Windows 8 you can do using the refresh process, as mentioned by Jock1e.

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