After the final reboot, we were presented with the message that the system was getting ready.
We decided to time the boot times of Windows 7 and this offering of Windows 8 on our ASUS K43S. We turned off all unwanted start-up programs and services in the Windows 7 environment and kicked off this competition. The boot time for the incumbent operating system was one minute and ten seconds. The Windows 8 challenger shaved off about half the time its predecessor took. And we've not tried an SSD yet!
The Boot Manager has a simple and elegant look. It's evident from the icon/tile layout and color scheme that it has picked up the Metro design language. By default, the new Windows 8 operating system was selected, but the default values can be configured to your liking.
After customising our Windows user profile and other system settings, we were ushered into the Metro environment with abated breath.
Our first impression of the Metro UI was it was as if we were viewing Windows Phone 7's Live Tiles in landscape mode. Scrolling from left to right (or vice versa) on our laptop's 14.4-inch display using a mouse (by clicking the navigation arrows on the bottom) was a clumsy affair. It's obvious once we tried it that Windows 8's horizontal scrolling tile operation is designed for touch-based devices, such as tablets.
Of course, don't expect all of your favorite apps to go Metro. As Microsoft Windows President Steven Sinofsky pointed out, some apps are best left as desktop apps. For example, Adobe's Photoshop image editing software.