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1 Windows 8 on Sun Oct 28, 2012 1:53 am

damata_chip


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Who else has tried windows 8? It was officially released last friday but the preview has been available for quite a while. If you have windows 7 you can upgrade for only $40, and its free if you bought your computer since July.

I installed it last night and I really like it. The start screen is sexy, the built-in media programs are really good and I also like how it hooks into facebook. It's going to take some getting used to, but I think once I learn the keyboard shortcuts it will be easier to use than windows 7.

2 Re: Windows 8 on Sun Oct 28, 2012 2:00 am

Emilia


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I've heard that it is crap.

It is made for tablets, not desktops.


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3 Re: Windows 8 on Sun Oct 28, 2012 2:44 am

damata_chip


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It's made to kind of merge the two together. You can use it exactly how you use windows 7, except now the start menu is a full screen thing with cool (and optional) features.

4 Re: Windows 8 on Sun Oct 28, 2012 3:40 am

Mickle


Double Century
Windows 8 components are coded diffidently.
From an IT support perspective - **** you world.

But as Emilia said, it was developed for tablets, and the PC adaption isn't crash hot.
Stick with 7 unless you like fixing problems long term.

5 Re: Windows 8 on Sun Oct 28, 2012 3:55 am

MaJoR


Double Century
If they would of just put a damn disable metro setting, they would sell thousands more. A desktop doesn't need big buttons to click on, we have mouses. They are made for precise clicking, a finger isn't.

I will not be using windows 8 till some system for using normal desktop is added or hacked. We'll see what SP1 holds.


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6 Re: Windows 8 on Sun Oct 28, 2012 4:01 am

Emilia


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This was featured on Lifehacker to mod the Win 8 start menu.
http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/best-windows-8-start-screen-modifiers-start-menu-apps/
They do look quite nice.

Also, side note, I hate that everything is being called an app now.


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7 Re: Windows 8 on Sun Oct 28, 2012 4:30 am

damata_chip


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You can pretty much use the standard windows desktop for everything other than control panel and launching programs (and you still have the taskbar icons / desktop icons). 95% of my computer usage hasn't changed.

The main problem with windows 8 is that the average person will find the changes annoying (mainly because the start menu has been around for 17 years). It won't be a problem for power users as they tend to pick things up quickly and will learn all the keyboard shortcuts etc. I agree that it would absolutely suck from an IT support perspective. If I was a business I would avoid windows 8 completely.

I personally think that if you consider yourself good with computers and force yourself to stick to Win8 for a few weeks you won't want to go back to Win7 by the end of it.

8 Re: Windows 8 on Sun Oct 28, 2012 9:54 pm

Mickle


Double Century
Emilia wrote: I hate that everything is being called an app now.

The issue is, nearly everything now runs as an App...
I don't like it, I feel its not how my PC should be running specific things.

On the note of the layout / buttons.
I shouldn't have to download mods for my OS, just to change icon size. All my previous Windows installs have allowed me to alter icon size etc within 2-3 clicks of a button...

9 Re: Windows 8 on Sun Oct 28, 2012 10:14 pm

MisterBright


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I'm sticking with 7...

10 Re: Windows 8 on Sun Oct 28, 2012 11:00 pm

Torchwood


Double Century
Yep I think i'll stick with 7 and not Vista... oh wait 8 right i'm not getting Windows 8!!!

11 Re: Windows 8 on Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:34 am

Mickle


Double Century
Torchwood wrote:Yep I think i'll stick with 7 and not Vista... oh wait 8 right i'm not getting Windows 8!!!
I understand the confusion here.
What you have to get is that Microsoft have a habit of failing every second OS now ^.^

12 Re: Windows 8 on Fri Nov 02, 2012 5:07 am

self_slaughter


Official GE:S Clan Member
I've been running 8 for a week or two now and I don't mind it.

Hated it when playing with it in a vm but once I decided to just install it as my main os you get used to it pretty quick.

Dont use the metro apps though and I haven't modded in a start menu as there's really no point. It was always kinda bloated and useless anyway, especially compared to something more organised like on linux systems with everything laid out into categories and not just fifty million random folders with random names and 10 million random shortcuts to un-needed crap to sort through.

Right clicking the start button gives you access to most system tools you need and search in metro works great for finding seldom used programs quickly.
My main programs are pinned to the taskbar or desktop shortcuts as they have always been anyway.

It's about time Microsoft decided to try something different.
Sure it's not quite right yet but at least they are finally trying and kudos for that.
(note: I have always been rather anti m$ and a linux fanboy but 7 was the first good os since 2000 and I'm really looking forward to seeing how 9 evolves)

Tl:Dr just try it and don't be so scared of change lol

13 Re: Windows 8 on Fri Nov 02, 2012 7:02 am

Mickle


Double Century
< Networking student and I absolutely despise it still Smile

Relatable.

14 Re: Windows 8 on Fri Nov 02, 2012 7:08 am

self_slaughter


Official GE:S Clan Member
I'd be more worried about the stupid **** you need to remember for them Cisco tests then "ohnoes the 20 year old start menu that no one liked until now has gone" lol

15 Re: Windows 8 on Fri Nov 02, 2012 7:18 am

self_slaughter


Official GE:S Clan Member
Random question, who here on the windows 8 hate bandwagon is actually using windows 8 as their main os and not just regurgitating some other knobs opinion?

Once you get over the learning curve I've only seen a couple of stubborn pRicks that refuse to change and still say they hate it. Then they just install start8 or something and pretty much have 7 back but faster

Edit: man I've changed my tune in the last few weeks lol, can't believe im sticking up for microshaft. Bring on the steam linux beta already! Smile

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