Is Windows 8 worth installing on a non-touch screen Laptop?

I am really curious on how the new interface and apps look/work on the new Windows. I know I won't get the full experience without a touch screen, I'm just not sure if its worth installing...

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  • 8 years ago
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    Did you know that Windows 7 has multi-touch support? Anyone you know say that you couldn't get the full experience in Windows 7 without a touch screen? Of course not! Same thing with Windows 8. It's simply another input option. You'll get the same experience if you have touch screen or not.

    Anywho, you'll want to upgrade if you like a longer battery life. Here's an article where a laptop got a whole hour more battery life after upgrading.

    http://www.zdnet.com/windows-8-the-road-to-rtm-700...

    You can always test out Windows 8 on a virtual machine to see if you'll like it. If you laptop isn't all that powerful then the experience will be a bit laggy so keep that in mind.

    http://www.labnol.org/software/install-windows-8-a...

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/jj55451...

    https://www.virtualbox.org/

    Anywho, there's all the stuff you need, including a copy of Windows 8 for evaluation purposes. When you install the VirtualBox guest extensions and run it in full screen mode you'd think you were running Windows 8 on your PC. It's pretty nifty to play around with if you have the time.

    - Dominic

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  • 8 years ago

    Yes, because it is definitely quicker and 'lighter' than previous windows versions, but it will be a little bit harder to navigate (you will have to simulate touch gestures with the trackpad. It's better if you have a multi-touch trackpad).

    You may not want to install if you need a perfectly stable system, however. Windows 8 still has its flaws (my laptop won't shut down sometimes, or will randomly freeze and i'll have to manually restart).

    Either way, if you want to try it out, make sure you back up your current hard drive first. Better safe than sorry.

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