OK.. I've just tried to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8.
Now I know that the machine I am trying to install it on is not totally compatible... To the point where the Sony have told me the drivers are available, but they do not support Windows 8 on the machine.
Fine, I'm a techie, a tinkerer and I want Windows 8 (even without the touch screen!). So I thought I'd give it a go today.
Back up the SSD (I'm not that insane!) to my server and hit the go button.
OK, there are three drivers that have to be unistalled before starting the process. Fine. They, the install process gets rid of them for you.
Hit the go button and inside 10 minutes it's done and Windows 8 is loading.
Unfortunately 40 minutes later it's still loading :) I have a good idea what the problem was, so I have to have a go again on Sunday.
But that's not why I love it.
No. I turned off the machine and thought, "right, let's see if the backup worked!" Restarted the machine and:
It looks like to windows installation was not successful, as your machine was OK before the installation this has been restored.
Brilliant! A non destructive OS installer!
So typing this on my main computer, 5 minutes after a failed OS upgrade.
I never thought I would be so happy after a failed upgrade :)
(And no, I don't count the Apple service pack installer as the same thing at all - I would not expect a windows service pack to kill a machine any more than an new "version" of OSX would kill my MacBook Pro ;p )