A new computer arrived at my door yesterday. I purchased it without an operating system because I'd already purchased a copy of Windows 8 Pro upgrade, and I have lots of legal copies of MS operating systems I can use to upgrade from.
Here's the basics of the new computer:
Windows 8 Professional 64 Bit
Intel Core i7-3770K 4X x 3.50 GHz/8MB L3 Cache
MB: Asus P8Z77-V LX
16 GB RAM DDR3 - 2133 4GB X4 G.Skill Ripjaws X
SSD: Intel 520 120 GB SATA 3.0
Harddrive: Seagate SATA 3.0 2 TB 64MB Cache, 7200 rpm
Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 2 GB
I plug the new computer in, attach a keyboard, mouse, monitor, and network cable to it, and turn it on. I plop the Windows 8 CD into the drive and after I enter my product code, which it accepts, I witness the quickest, easiest OS installation I've ever seen before. I gather up my notes for optimizing the system for the SSD drive, as that is something that the User will still need to do manually in Win 8, unless you have a big SSD drive and don't mind lots of writes to it, and then I see an invitation to activate the new windows... I re-enter the product code that I entered earlier and it rejected it. I checked it once, twice, thrice, only to be sure that there were no errors. It still rejects the code. I put in a Windows XP full version CD into the CD drive. That doesn't make a difference. I run a search on windows 8 upgrade installations on another computer in the house and learn that the upgrade version of Windows 8 cannot be a clean install. It must be installed over an existing copy of a Windows operating system... so you can't format the drive prior to the installation as I normally would. You can choose to keep nothing of the old system if you so choose. I so chose. Nowhere in the packaging is the User informed of the upgrade requirements...
So I put a full version of Windows XP in the computer and try to install it... but it can't handle the new hardware... thinks the SSD is DOA. So I grab a Windows 7 pro upgrade CD and install it over the Windows 8 installation. No problems there. I really like Windows 7. I load only the ethernet driver so I can connect to the internet and I then activate the Windows 7. I am now in the process of re-installing Windows 8 Pro over that Windows 7. We'll see how it goes.
A side note... I initial impression of "metro":
This old tech guy couldn't figure out how to shut the system down without finding help and asking the question...