What Microsoft is doing right in Windows 8.

The past few weeks have been great for Windows 8 leaks on the world wide internets. (The first two leaks had enough people downloading it that the site it was leaked to went over it’s 3TB data allotment in 13 days).

The first thing people were warned is that as of kernel version 6.2, VMWare and Windows Virtual PC won’t boot it. And here’s why: hardware emulation. The way that VMWare and Virtual PC emulate hardware is different than real hardware looks. Instead of VMWare and Microsoft Virtual PC emulate the latest in hardware, they were using older technologies. With Windows 8 (Kernel version 6.2), they are removing legacy compatibilities. This means that we will no longer have people complaining about how slow Windows is on their computer from 2001. They’ll be stuck with Windows 7 as the most modern system that they can use. This has been confirmed to lock you out of using Windows 8 on the first and second revision Pentium 4 processors and below. I haven’t tested my old Sempron box with Windows 8 (I haven’t gotten home to try it) nor have I tested on my old Athlon X2 laptop, so I can’t say how AMD systems are going to fare. I can say that the first revision Atom systems do work well.

I’ve seen many people complaining that this means they’ll need to buy a new computer, and they should if they want to use the latest OS. They are the people who will most likely pirate the OS anyways so that they can say they have the latest OS. The ones who realize how good this will be for computing as a whole are the ones who understand this by removing legacy hardware compatibility in the Kernel, it makes it lighter on the system, makes it faster, and allows more flexibility.

To those who were hoping to see how low of specs Windows 8 will install on, prepare to be disappointed. The oldest systems will be from around 2001. This means we (those of us who fix peoples computers) will finally have an excuse to push a new system out to people, and those who aren’t computer people will have an excuse to use with your parents to finally have them replace their old XP tower.

To those who complain about how buggy Windows 8 is: Live with it. They aren’t selling it now for a reason. There’s still over a year for development. Enjoy what you have and realize there are bugs galore.

Personally, I want a Ribbon’d explorer and a Metro login on my Netbook. Until 8 RTM’s, my Technet will remain expired.



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One Response to What Microsoft is doing right in Windows 8.

  1. Traxxion says:

    I’m all for a clean break in OS design, but there was less bloat in Windows from the get-go it really shouldn’t be a problem to include a legacy emulation layer supporting programs all the way back to DOS. I mean if the open source developers around the world doing this in their spare time can do it, then it strikes me as pretty embarrassing that MS cannot take care of their customers needs.

    Clean break – legacy emulation layer – good quality integrated virtualisation = everybody happy

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