So like over a million others, I downloaded the Windows 8 Consumer Preview yesterday. I have since been trying to install it without it doing very strange things to my Mac Pro.
I’ve been using the ISO image and Parallels. It’s really weird. I first installed in such a way that Windows could see my Mac’s applications. After answering a few questions (Parallels), I click a Continue button, the screen slides over like it’s going to start showing the install process, then slides back like it failed. My computer’s CPU’s start getting heavy usage yet nothing from Parallels.
I quit Parallels, it tells me doing so will stop the VM currently running. What VM? I stop it. When I start Parallels back up, I see the Windows 8 VM starting back up followed by the continuation of the installation process.
Anyway, after it finishes, I see the famous Metro start screen. I try to access it and it doesn’t appear responsive. Then I start seeing all kinds of new tiles appearing on Metro’s start screen. It’s adding all the Mac application shortcuts it’s finding on my Mac. I think that the reason it’s not responsive is because it’s adding over 700 shortcuts.
I kill the VM, delete it and try again. This time isolating the two OS’s from each other.
After the install finishes, I see the Metro start screen again, this time no new shortcuts appearing. Yet, I still can’t seem to access the start screen.
Normally, I can access Windows VM’s easily. I tell Parallels to use the USB mouse I have connected to my computer in case my Magic Trackpad’s batteries dies. I can finally access Windows, but I lose access to the Mac. What? I try the usual keys to release Parallels control over the mouse and it won’t release.
Also, after a few minutes, I lose the cursor image in Windows. Not long after that, I can’t even move the mouse around in Windows. So I can’t access my Mac Pro and Windows VM.
I’m now going to try the 32bit version of Windows 8 to see if maybe the 64bit version was causing the problems I was experiencing.
Cut to about an hour later…
I finally have an installation that is working fairly well. The mouse will only work if I make Parallels take full control of it. I still have my Magic Trackpad for the Mac so that’s better.
I’m going to spend some time with it to be fair, but first impressions of the UI is: Why would any enterprise user switch to Windows 8?
Here’s my logic. Windows has been a staple for enterprise because it was millions of “home” users used copies that were installed on their “PC”‘s for years and years.
Cut to 2012 and Windows 8. Pepsi Co. needs new computers for their offices. They have hundreds of applications that they use regularly that ran on Windows 7 or XP. Now, they are faced with a decision. Purchase 1,000 new computers with Windows 8 pre-installed, or maybe ask the company that they are buying these Windows machines from to install Windows 7 on them if that is even possible, or…
Here’s the deal. If you are forced to use Windows 8, do you stick with Windows and train all your employee’s to use Windows 8, or maybe think about using a new OS since you are going to have to train your employee’s anyway.
I’m not saying Mac OS here. Heck, even Apple seems to be on this kick to combine Mac OS and iOS into one new hybrid OS. There are other options that have been around for many years and have become way more stable than they used to be.
I am just wondering if Microsoft is really thinking about what they are doing here with Windows and really want to move to a centralized single OS for Phones, Tablets and Desktop computers.