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#1 thebigeast44

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 03:29 AM

I'm considering upgrading my laptop from Windows 7 to Windows 8. If folks could post their experiences as they move to Windows 8 particularly concerning popular astronomy apps, I'd appreciate it. Thanks in advance for any and all replies as others consider this transition as well over the next several months!

#2 rmollise

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 07:06 AM

Don't ask me. I have a policy: Don't upgrade to a new O/S until you have to...IOW a new computer comes with one or old software will no longer run. Frankly, I don't see much advantage to using Win 8 for astronomy. Not _unless_ you are using a touch screen computer or handheld. I would CERTAINLY at least wait for "Windows 8 Service Pack 1." :lol:

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 08:03 AM

Don't ask me. I have a policy: Don't upgrade to a new O/S until you have to...IOW a new computer comes with one or old software will no longer run. Frankly, I don't see much advantage to using Win 8 for astronomy. Not _unless_ you are using a touch screen computer or handheld. I would CERTAINLY at least wait for "Windows 8 Service Pack 1." :lol:


The early adopter gets the bugs.

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 09:54 AM

Go for it! We need ground breakers like yourself. :whistle:

#5 thebigeast44

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 11:02 AM

You were talking to Rod right rboe :)

I'd like to take advantage of the $39 upgrade deal MS has going until 01/31/13 - so I have some time.

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 11:41 AM

The early adopter gets the bugs.


This is my new favorite phrase of the day.

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 11:47 AM

The only enticement that could motivate me to migrate to Windows 8 is if Southern Stars ported SkySafari to Windows.

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 11:51 AM

The only enticement that could motivate me to migrate to Windows 8 is if Southern Stars ported SkySafari to Windows.

Not likely.

#9 okieav8r

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 12:43 PM

The only enticement that could motivate me to migrate to Windows 8 is if Southern Stars ported SkySafari to Windows.

Not likely.


Aw, c'mon!

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 02:49 PM

The early adopter gets the bugs.


This is my new favorite phrase of the day.

dave


They're not bugs, they're "undocumented features"

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 07:51 PM

Can you run Windows 8 in Parallels?
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Posted 26 October 2012 - 09:14 PM

The only enticement that could motivate me to migrate to Windows 8 is if Southern Stars ported SkySafari to Windows.

Not likely.


How about Linux ? :praying: :flower: :lol:

I won't use Windoz with my wife's fingers, can't stand it.
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Posted 27 October 2012 - 02:30 PM

I upgraded yesterday and TBH it works pretty well. Still undecided about MS new built-in backup tool; I run on a laptop so the backup drive isn't connected and the new tool seems to not allow manual backups.

Specifically regarding Astro software, there is one program I might have occasion to run that's not compatible. That is the Celestron NexRemote software, and also the Hand Control and Motor Control Update Utilities for my CG-5. None of the three will even install under Windows 8, despite trying to run as admin or in Compatability Mode. And even if they're preinstalled under Win 7, they still won't run in Win 8. Fortunately, my firmware is up-to-date, and I don't use NexRemote anyway. SkyTools seems to work just fine but havent' hooked the scope up yet to test ASCOM.

I did have an issue at first with Virtual Moon Atlas running REALLY slow and jerky until Windows Update gave me a new video driver for my IntelGMA card. This was all due to VMA being written to use OpenGL; and just guessing but Stellarium will have the same issue, along with Starry Night. Maybe just me but I still don't know why Astro software is being written for OpenGL.

Overall though, not bad for a brand new release.

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 02:35 PM

The only enticement that could motivate me to migrate to Windows 8 is if Southern Stars ported SkySafari to Windows.


Wouldn't that technically be CarinaSoft Voyager? The two are very very similar, and IIRC that's where SkySafari originated from, or spun off from though they're no longer associated in anyway.

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 05:44 PM

OpenGL is a better choice for astro software since it allows the software to be more easily ported to run on other operating systems.

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 07:12 PM

Perhaps that is an advantage, I don't have any experience in software design. But my user and Admin experience has been that it's much more contrary when it comes to video cards and drivers, and often seems to be somewhat of a resource hog.

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 05:11 AM

I upgraded my laptop and I have found no issues with any of the astro software I run and it was a very old laptop. So this is Guide , SkyTools, megastar (4&5) Astroplanner etc.

This is with the 32 bit version.

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 09:23 AM

I'm worked in IT for over 30 years and one of my rules is "Upgrade to every other Windows OS". This is the one to skip.

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 09:47 AM

A agree with Darren, skip it!

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 10:58 AM

LOL, wait till its been out for a while to see how many people complain.
if what u have works for you then why change it :)

#21 simpleisbetter

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 03:40 PM

I generally agree with you there Neil. The reason I upgraded was because I got in for the $14.99 upgrade deal and am not really out anything. So I can definitely recommend it for those who just bought new computers and qualify for the $14.99 upgrade. I also like Win 8's integration a lot more, especially wrt the capability to integrate my Live/Hotmail and my Google account within the apps. I'm curious to see what MS does on the phone and tablet platforms, and if their phone will equal my Galaxy Skyrocket; although it appears there's no movement in the SkySafari camp to port to WinRT.

As a former network admin, I do tend to agree with the sentiment to skip every other version, but that's usually due to cost more than capability. Vista gets a bad rap and is actually a lot better an OS than most complain about. For me Win 7 basically fixed the few things wrong with Vista while building on its strengths. Nothing has equaled the mess or folly of ME, and I doubt Win 8 will.

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 04:24 PM

I'm worked in IT for over 30 years and one of my rules is "Upgrade to every other Windows OS". This is the one to skip.


When my Dad bought a new laptop at Best Buy earlier this summer, it came with an upgrade to Windows 8 when it came out. It was either for a free upgrade, or it was ridiculously cheap, something like $15, I can't remember. He's trying to figure out whether he should get it or not.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 07:13 PM

I'm also considering upgrading my laptop, from vista to windows 8. That $15 deal doesn't have to be installed on the windows 7 computer, so I would use it on my older imaging laptop, IF it'll run ASCOM and PHD.

Can anyone with Windows 8 try ASCOM and PHD? Vista slows the laptop down a lot, and it'd be great to get rid of it.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 07:42 PM

Vista to win 7. If you really want to try windows 8 you can dual boot it and revert back to your other os if you don't like it.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 04:17 AM

For anyone interested, I enjoyed Pogue's review of Win 8:
http://www.nytimes.c...personaltech...






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