A few weeks ago, my wife’s Macbook Pro died. Since she uses her computer for graphic design and creating websites, etc. I decided to give her my Macbook Pro (some separation anxiety). I put her hard drive in my MBP and she was happily on her way. I contemplated buying a new MB Air, but wasn’t really excited about shelling out $1000. I decided to get a cheap PC from Amazon and found an Asus X551MA for $250.
Since I have had a MBP for the past several years, I had never used Windows 8. I decided I would at least give it a try, which lasted just a few weeks. I grabbed an .iso of Linux Mint and put it on a bootable USB using Unetbootin so I could boot it up live and make sure the drivers worked. Then I ran into an unfamiliar obstacle UEFI which is the new style of BIOS. UEFI has a security feature that prevents you from booting from a USB or CD, this prevents someone from walking up to an unattended PC and booting from a live cd or usb and gaining access. There are a few steps in the recovery section of Windows 8 that allow you to turn this feature off. Once off, you need to go to the recovery section and locate the usb that you wish to boot from (it should already be plugged in at this point).
I then booted to my live Linux Mint usb and installed it on the machine, completely removing Windows from the drive. I am so much happier with Linux Mint on my new laptop and it only cost me $250! I did clone the drive before installing linux, in the event that I decide to pass it on to a family member who isn’t familiar with linux.
So, to sum things up, my relationship with Windows 8 was short lived. I think that Mint and I will have a lasting relationship.