As many people will now Windows 8 RTM’ed a few weeks ago, and became available to TechNet and MSDN folks yesterday. I spent some of yesterday evening downloading the wrong version (d’oh). I got the regular install, when I really wanted Enterprise. Well.. at least I had a spare 10 minutes today to download that.
The installation I thought was going to be nice and smooth. I had decided to overwrite my OSX Mountain Lion external USB drive. It’s ‘only’ 90 Gb, but it’s a decent enough size and speed. Mountain Lion flies along on there.
First issue is that (evil) Windows 8 won’t install on to that type of drive! What? Why? Anyway.. a little trip around the internet later, and I followed the instructions in this article:
Essentially you drop a particular file on to the utility mentioned and ‘burn’ it to the disk.. make it bootable using bcdboot, boot off it, wait a while, and hey presto.
I was mightily impressed with a few things :
a/ Nice rolling install of colours:
b/ It remembered me.. from all the beta versions I tried.
I just logged in using my Windows Live account and hey presto.
c/ It wasn’t THAT long (longer than Mountain Lion though I think) before I got the metro interface:
d/ You also get a very nice Bing Internet Explorer front screen:
So far .. so good. Now I’ve got to go through the multitude of installs of things like Dropbox, Evernote, etc, etc.