Software Install and Usage
We were fortunate enough to have quite a large mSATA SSD drive on hand (240GB MemoRight), so we decided to just install Windows 7 directly to that instead of the need to install a separate SSD like we would normally. The main reason for choosing Windows 7 was because it continues to be our operating system of choice and for benchmarking it's the best option. It wasn't until we installed the system that we realized we were dealing with a touch-screen capable device.
With that discovered we headed into Windows 7 and split our drive into two 100GB partitions and installed Windows 8 to the free partition. Both operating systems were installed from a USB drive and installation was flawless.
The main difference in the install process was that under Windows 7 we had to install a few drivers once we got in including the normal chipset one and one for the HD 4000 graphics on our Intel I7 3770K CPU. Under Windows 8 on the other hand, once we got into the OS, everything was running perfectly as stock. Both operating systems had no issues with the touch-screen and that worked straight away.
Using the touch capabilities under Windows 7 and Windows 8 is like night and day. You can see one operating system is clearly designed with touch in mind. Touch works fine under Windows 7, don't get us wrong, but you move into Windows 8 and you can clearly see you're dealing with an operating system that has touch in mind.
For the first time I found myself really enjoying Windows 8. I'm not delusional to the fact that it could be a novelty thing more than anything else. Touch function can't replace the keyboard and mouse at the moment. You simply can't type as fast on the touch keyboard making serious work on it as a sole platform almost impossible for someone that needs to type as many words as I do.
Finally getting to use Windows 8 the way it's meant to be has really brought me to a certain level of fondness for the new operating system. The operating system is seriously crippled when used with just a mouse and this is really Microsoft's fault. The more I use Windows 8 and the more I use this AIO PC, I find that it could play a greater part in my life, but it could not replace my main PC.