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from what I have seen so far, windows 8 has some things I really like (things I think should have been in windows form the beginning) and a lot of things I can't stand. some of them, like the metro UI, are fixable and you can get your start menu back (including your programs's icons when you install something!).
about the real windows 8 system requirements
hd: about 51GB.
RAM: you are usually better off maxing out the system's RAM. whatever isn't used by the system will be used nicely for disk cache! or you can allocate it for ultra-fast ram disk!
SSD: windows 7 is the first OS that is SSD capable. and you should use it to your benefit. the $120 intel 313 is a 24GB sata II internal 2.5" SSD that can be used for SRT cache that should last longer than your computer, and SSDs are not susceptible to g-force shock (such as table bumps and cdrom vibration) like hard disks. but they ARE expensive.
XP Mode is a 32-bit Virtual Machine that runs in Microsoft Virtual PC and must be installed usually, has installation complexities for even getting it to work, and it once you do you can run 32-bit XP apps in it and dos apps such as dos compilers. what I don't know isif you can share a FAT32 filesystem with the outside world. if you can, this would be WONDERFUL!
I don't know what kind of drivers it needs to run, if any.
windows 8 products
windows 7 can be the base you upgrade from to upgrade to windows 8. windows 8 currently only comes as an upgrade.
windows 8 does not appear to have XP mode.
how to shut down windows 8
hitting the power button only hibernates or does sleep, depending on how your system is configured in BIOS/UEFI. doing that forever only results in a crash eventually is my guess.
to shutdown windows 8, do [windows-logo-flag-key]-I[shift-Tab][space] and then u for shutdown or r for restart. or, [windows-logo-flag-key]-I click the power icon and then pick shutdown or restart.
accessing ALL the settings,control panel, all that stuff in one place
this is usually called windows vista/7/8 "god mode", but that's silly - it has nothing whatsoever to do with God. well, maybe He inspired the idea of having all the control panel stuff in one place for convenience. it's what things should have been in the first place. having it fragmented is not productive. plenty of pages out there on it, I figured I would make it into a batch file and make it deployable.
after extracting the zip file, you will have to right click the .cmd file and pick Run as Administrator, and then give it permission, because anything that touches "All Users" requires Admin privs. I figured All Users should have this because pretty much everyone would want to be able to access all the settings on their system.
read comments here first before running.
seems to work in windows 8 but will cause 1 reboot.
if you have problems with it causing incessant reboots, have a burned copy of system rescue cd and mount your /dev/sda1 (or whatever) fileystem as -t ntfs-3g and then you can cd into the directory to remove the file.
apparently it causes problems with vista.