Revisiting this thread: Win 8 32 bit did finally install on my desktop machine, with the Foxconn mobo, etc. After I had just about given up, I said I'd try it once more. This was the downloaded version, that somebody said would not install on top of XP--but it did, at last. I bit the bullet, since I can live without XP on that machine, and I wanted to see it in person. Mainly curiosity. Requested report here:
Important observation: When I got done with the install, the Linux grub bootloader was still working!!! (The install requires a couple
of reboots, so I'd always get the grub menu, scroll down to Windows, and enter.) I was prepared to "Redo MBR" as the expression
says, with a live disk in hand, but I didn't have to!
I have an NVidia card with an HDMI output. At first I had a lot of trouble getting the display on my local monitor. Finally, when I did, I
found an NVidia set-up program on the system, which must have been upgraded from XP, and set it to one monitor.
That worked for a while, then I rebooted and the d*** thing wen to the TV again, so I disconnected the HDMI line.
I got Classic Shell and installed it, and it looks and works pretty much like Win7, but with the added features of mousing to a right corner and bringing up some W8 features--and it's possible to bring back the bix square boxes, if you're in a goofy mood. Tried to download KDE for Windows, but without success. (Other research leads me to believe they're having some kind of trouble.)
BUT! Now the DNS recognizer has failed, and I don't know how to fix it. I can ping the ip number, but not the hostname. Also, the
clock reads the minutes right, but I have reset the time three times, and it always has the wrong hour. And I have tried repeatedly to log into/or get an MS help account (from this machine) with no success. They promise to send me an email, but it never comes!
I have almost never used Windows on that machine--or for that matter, on the machine I have "dedicated" to Win 7, for WordPerfect
and AutoCAD--but I am just stubborn enough that I'd like to see it work. End of promised report. If and when I get it working, I'll
report back, but I think the people who said forget Win8 were correct!