Windows 8 Operating System can be legally downloaded in several ways. Computer users should not bother with the illegal way since it will not be of much use any way especially on a long term basis. While there is a free option which allows users to have the trial version for a limited time, there are paid versions depending on the nature of use.
If the computer in which Windows 8 is not new wherein it usually comes pre-installed, computer users will be looking into upgrading. Before this can successfully be done, it has to be determined if the PC is compatible to the use of the new OS. Microsoft’s Windows Upgrade Assistant can easily determine this.
Once compatibility is established and the existing apps and devices of the PC have been cleared for compatibility as well, then it is time to buy and download the Windows 8 upgrade over the Internet. There are participating retailers that have the upgrade on DVD although this option is not available in all countries. It has to be noted that whether one chooses to download Windows 8 online or buy it in DVD form, running the Upgrade Assistant is recommended.
Advantages of Using Windows 8
Although shifting to Windows 8 will not be possible for everyone due to computer limitations, there are a number of advantages provided to computer users who are able to successfully make the shift. Some of these are:
1. Faster Load and Boot Up Speed
The difference in speed is readily appreciated when Windows 8 is compared to its predecessors. It starts up at least twice as fast as Windows 7. Waiting time for computer action is almost nil.
2. Touch Experience
Although this is admittedly not the first in terms of touchscreen experience, it more or less “forces” the issue towards a more friendly way of accepting changes that are bound to be inevitable. Touch support is expected to be at the forefront of products to come. That said, Windows 8 still provides a pleasant user experience for users who do not have touch-enabled hardware.
3. Unified Devices
Windows 8 can be used in computers, game consoles, and other devices making everything less complicated. SkyDrive integration is also seen as advantageous as it provides more ways to save and access files. This has also made possible a reliable back-up of files.
Not everything new is advisable to use. Some seem not to appreciate the “newness” of Windows 8 specifically in the way of doing things computer users have been accustomed to. Whether Windows 8 is for you or not, only your experience can answer.
Teresa is a researcher-writer who covers a wide range of topics in search of useful information.