The Dell Vostro line of computers is great for business large and small and the Dell Vostro 230 is a great machine. I had to wonder how it would work with Windows 8 especially since we also had a Dell SX2210T touchscreen monitor. I use this computer almost every week and figured if I use Windows 8 at home on non touchscreen computers why not on this one as well.
It was easy to install Windows 8 on Dell Vostro 230 and I even got the Dell SX2210T Touchscreen Monitor working. For the install I used Windows 8 Professional and did a clean install keeping nothing. You can also do an upgrade from Windows 7 keeping your files, installed programs, and settings. After Windows 8 was done installing the device manager was pretty clean except for the Dell SX2210T touchscreen. So I first made sure that the computer was up to date using Windows Update. Then you will want to download the driver for the Dell SX2210T touchscreen. This will download a Zip file, extract the file (right-click on it and click on Extract All) then in the extracted folder double click on dpinst64.exe this will install the driver needed for the Dell SX2210t Touchscreen Monitor. Now using Windows 8 on the Dell SX2210T is ok there is no room to swipe in from the side to bring up the Charms Bar or any other experiences that have to be swiped in from the sides, top, or bottom as the bezel is too close to the screen. Other than that it is not bad and I like being able to reach out and touch the screen and have it respond. This monitor will not replace a mouse and keyboard on this machine but it compliments it nicely. So once you have the driver installed that is it you are done you should have a clean device manager.
Windows 8 runs very well on this Dell Vostro 230 and it is going to stay on here, I have noticed a speed increase over Windows 7. Now you will not be able to install Client Side Hyper-V 3.0 on this machine as the processor does not support SLAT, I thought that the Intel E8400 did, if your Vostro 230 has a different processor then your mileage may very. I did run the PassMark Performance Test and the Dell Vostro 230 got a 599 with Windows 8 installed on here. Below you can look at the Windows Experience Index.
So my conclusion is you are thinking about an upgrade to Windows 8 on your Dell Vostro 230, go for it, you will love the performance. If you have a Dell SX2210T monitor and want to use it with Windows 8 why not but I would not buy one just to use with Windows 8, I would look for something else that is going to allow you to swipe in from the edge of the scree. Still it is pretty cool to have a touch screen desktop now. It was easy to install Windows 8 on Dell Vostro 230 with the Dell SX2210T Touchscreen Monitor and I do suggest the upgrade.