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Windows 8 (first look)

Started by Data, October 18, 2011, 17:50:23 PM

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Will you buy Windows 8?

Yes
1 (9.1%)
No
5 (45.5%)
Maybe
2 (18.2%)
Undecided
3 (27.3%)

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Data

Have just purchased a copy of win 8  :o, I had to for my work really, need to learn it.

I did the £25 up-grade option and it worked, at the end of the download it gave me 3 options.

    Install Now

    Install by creating media

    Install later from your desktop


I did the second option "Install by creating media" than I could save the windows8.iso file to my computer for burning to disk later, apparently you can install windows8 onto a second drive if you have the disk.

So it's looking pretty good so far, for £25 you can get a windows 8 pro up-grade disk, if you burn it yourself.

Freddy

Cool, let us know what works or more importantly what does not work...  :thumbsup:

sybershot

Congrats Data, Hopefully everything works well, and if not may it be a easy fix :)
I sent a request for the free media center key, it said it could take up to 24 hours which has passed by. I may have to request for it again for I did not receive my key yet :(

Data

Syber, my media center key took over 24 hours, you still might get it.



I have a dual boot with 7 and 8, both OS's are on SSD, Had a good few hours getting used to win 8.

This is what i think about 8 so far:

It doesn't boot any quicker then 7

It takes longer to shut down than 7 (quite a shock that)

I really miss my desktop gadgets, they are not available in 8

I miss windows aero, having solid none transparent borders round the windows feels like a backward move to me.

The lack of start button on a desktop PC is a really stupid idea.

Then we get to the apps, I have tried lots of them and to my mind they are very lacking, they just seem to be webpages with limited functionality, i have uninstalled all the apps simply because I can't find a use for them at all.

I am desperately trying to find a plus point to win 8 but its not easy, maybe the ability to have an image as a password rather than type something in is a plus point, so far that's about it.

I am sorry Microsoft, I loved win 7 when it came out and was full of praise for it but win 8 is going to annoy a lot of people and is just not suited to the desktop PC.  

Freddy

Most interesting comments my friend, thanks for sharing your thoughts - I don't think I will bother then.

sybershot

Sorry forget to mention that I did receive my key finally, and it took over 24 hours here as well.

I'm gonna quote a few lines hope ya don't mind, if you do Send me to sin bin so  I can work on getting a metal  :P
Thanks for keeping us posted on your experiences with windows 8 hope to see more in the future :)

QuoteIt doesn't boot any quicker then 7
when I had it on my laptop with a hhd it booted close to same time as winndows7 on ssd. I would think on ssd it would be faster
QuoteIt takes longer to shut down than 7 (quite a shock that)
something not right there....my laptop shut down atleast 10-15 seconds faster than my desktop
QuoteI really miss my desktop gadgets, they are not available in 8
I never used them, and did not even see/notice if they where available, thanks for the info...I can see that being an issue for someone use to using them though.
QuoteI miss windows aero, having solid none transparent borders round the windows feels like a backward move to me.
I liked the simple clean look, though earo should be an option..Agreed
QuoteThe lack of start button on a desktop PC is a really stupid idea.
I agree to disagree only because I have Trinity << lol rimes  :P
QuoteThen we get to the apps, I have tried lots of them and to my mind they are very lacking, they just seem to be webpages with limited functionality, i have uninstalled all the apps simply because I can't find a use for them at all.
basically that is what they are, besides the games I did not really find any use for them either.
QuoteI am desperately trying to find a plus point to win 8 but its not easy, maybe the ability to have an image as a password rather than type something in is a plus point, so far that's about it.
If one does not have a web cam that point goes down the drain. I can think of one off the top of my head that should not be capable of dispute but you never now....you get to use the latest windows operating system...I know I know joy  ;D oh w8 the new sapi5 voice is pretty sweet  :thumbsup:
QuoteI am sorry Microsoft, I loved win 7 when it came out and was full of praise for it but win 8 is going to annoy a lot of people and is just not suited to the desktop PC.
I really liked the consumer preview so I'm sure I will like the new release as much if not more. Do I think a lot of people are gonna hate it? yes I do.

I played with window8 for over a week and granted the first days I was not too pleased. But after using it and being familiar with operations I found it quite nice. and I can't w8 to get it.

Data

Yeah, they seem a bit slow at giving out the keys for media center, glad you got it in the end  :)

I have my code for media center and its working well in win 8, looks identical to the win 7 version which works well too.  

I don't think there is anything much wrong with my 8 install but there is something right with my Win 7 install  ;D I'm not talking large amounts slower, maybe a second or 3 but win 8 is taking a little longer than 7 to shut down, for me.

I have the SSD running in AHCI mode with the latest Intel drivers for the controller in both win 7 and 8.

Honestly there is isn't much in it, but after being told that it boots and shuts down quicker than 7, I simply can't agree, at least not when using a desktop PC with an SSD, 7 boots in about 10 seconds, I did think 8 would have to fly some to top that.

If I was to sum win 8 up I would have to say its not aimed at all at the powerfull desktop PC market. This is why it has had some of the nice features of win 7 removed so it will work better on a tablet or laptop. The apps are there for kids to spend their parent's money on but have no or very little use to the power user.

Here is something that I'm getting quite a lot in 8.

I install a program from the desktop, I then want to run the program.

No shortcut is made on the desktop or the task bar. I have no start menu to browse for the new program, so I have to run metro, from there I can run the program or pin a short to the taskbar, The best bit is when you run the program from metro what do you think it does? Don't laugh ... it closes metro takes you back to the desktop and runs the program. Now hang on, why did I have to go to the metro part again  :scratch-head:  

Using 7 now, our last and best hope for the desktop PC.  

sybershot

no changes and now they want to charge media player, that's odd, I figured there would be some major changes there.

That does stink about the speed your experiencing, I know where you coming from though for all over you hear of the start up and shut down speeds being faster. I'm actually shocked to here those results.

metro is designed to be a start menu, a place to launch your programs and or apps, I agree it is a slower way than the older style. I however was not forced to use the new start menu for I just spoke to Trinity telling her to open a program for me. (She also came in handy for os navigation) Though I did have to use metro to try out and play with the apps, but that was not too bad for apps did not have to close out of metro.

QuoteThe apps are there for kids to spend their parent's money on
:rofl: So true


Data

Quote from: sybershot on October 29, 2012, 20:52:20 PM

QuoteThe apps are there for kids to spend their parent's money on
:rofl: So true


I thought you might like that Syber :)

Today I have got the start menu back in windows 8, it is a third party thing, nothing to do with MS and I have to say its very good, more customisable than the win 7 start menu, it also enables you to boot win 8 straight in to the desktop, no need to go to metro first.

A massive improvement.

http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/

DaveMorton

StarDock also has an app for that, called Start8 (or something like that), and I used it while I was checking out the consumer preview. I gotta say though that the app you found looks more like the 7 start menu that we're used to.
Safe, Reliable Insanity, Since 1961!

Freddy

This makes me laugh a little.  So we're gonna spend money on upgrading the OS, programs and hardware, spend hours figuring out the new system, fret that there are no performance improvements....and after all that then we are going to spend time converting it back to be like windows 7

:hmm:

DaveMorton

What can I say? I'm a creature of habit! :P
Safe, Reliable Insanity, Since 1961!

Data

Quote from: Freddy on October 30, 2012, 14:19:02 PM
This makes me laugh a little.  So we're gonna spend money on upgrading the OS, programs and hardware, spend hours figuring out the new system, fret that there are no performance improvements....and after all that then we are going to spend time converting it back to be like windows 7

:hmm:

I would love to say, don't be silly Freddy, Win 8 is amazing and is going to improve your desktop PC in ways that you can't imagine.

Yeah that would have been cool.  8)


Freddy

Great video  :LOL:

If I get a tablet PC it will be the Google Nexus 7 incidentally.

sybershot

 8) Nice menu addition Data, color is nice as well.

I agree with Freddy about the video being great, however wanting a Google Nexus 7  :o