My Windows 8 experience

Today, I bought Windows 8 Pro. Yes. You heard it right, I did buy a software.

For people who know me, I would never buy any software, especially when there was an option available. But somehow I went ahead this time and bought a licensed copy of Windows 8 Pro for INR 1999. This is my install experience from buying to writing this post.

The first thing I did was to Google for sometime trying to get an understanding of problems faced by others. This gave me a sense of the potential issues as well as some so idea about the entire process.

Now it was the time to download the Windows 8 Upgrade assistant. The assistant correctly displayed Windows 8 Pro as an option to checkout after scanning my pc for Windows 8 compatibility. I was doing this from a laptop belonging to my uncle. When I choose to do a checkout, it gave me an error.

“We can’t get that info right now….”

I tried the option repeatedly but to no avail. The error kept on coming every time. Then I decided to switch to another machine. This time it worked, and within minutes I was charged for INR 1999. Then the download process began. The download took over two and a half hours to complete. Post the download I used a USB stick to create a bootable media and installed Windows 8 on my new desktop.

The installation process was good, more human than the previous Windows versions. The messages on-screen were easy to understand with a large font making more easy to read. I liked the changing background colours, it was something different.

I had an idea that Windows 8 would be different and Microsoft showed this before I could begin. I decided to login using my live id/Microsoft Account. During the time my user was being created, I was shown an animated graphic explaining how to bring up the charms using the mouse.

After login, all my profile along with my contacts and¬†pictures were in sync from my Windows phone, ready to use. This is my start screen…

My Start screen


All in all the experience was good, I am exploring all the option I an explore. I must say this tough, Windows 8 Pro for INR 1999 is a good deal.