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I've been using Windows 8 Dev Preview since a few days after it released and I got my SSD.

I like it, not much difference though at this point.

Being unable to run CPUID programs because they are crashing the system is a bit of a hassle though, and Dirt3 won't launch but that game got old anyways.

BF3 beta works perfectly, I get better resource management in W8 as well which helps since 1.28GB of vram and 4GB of system ram both seem to be getting maxed out.

Crysis 2 DX11 has a big, the resolution is "Undefined" and I can't change it, DX9 is fine though.
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I built a system to test Windows Developer Preview and have been running it since yesterday.

I will post a review of my experience in the Windows Developer Preview discussion thread later today, but this is what I have to say for now:


This new Metro style simply does not work for a desktop PC, and Microsoft knows it. If you look at this site, a registry hack is available to reenable the proper start menu, and for some an NDA is appearing on-screen, along with the usual Preview sayings, meaning it's there and will be available on the Beta.

This was just a test for Microsoft. On the one hand, by making the download available to everybody, without even requiring an MSN / Live account, they can test a lot more people's reaction; on the other hand, the fact that this is a Preview, lets them have the perfect excuse to experiment with whatever they like without having to start apologizing for any mistakes.

One thing is for certain: people who test this will be more accustomed to Windows 8 on a Tablet in an Atom /AMD APU at 22nm / 28nm later next year, and will more easily understand the layout on a smartphone too.

This strategy of making the Metro style UI the only one available in the Preview has that sole purpose. It doesn't make sense any other way, it's just not productive to work with it on the desktop, whichever way you look at it.

On a desktop you are able to do a lot more things than on a tablet. Given today's available interfaces, the keyboard and mouse combo, coupled with a large screen, enable you to to many more things than on a tablet or smartphone, and everybody accepts that. And with that comes the need for diferentiated GUIs.

Otherwise it would be like trying to apply the same principle do someone driving a car and someone driving a bike. For starters, you don't drive bikes, you ride them. Also, you don't have a steering wheel in the same fashion as in car. And there are a myriad of other differences, like safety, speed, etc. The common goal is to go from A to B.

But you can't pretend they are the same means of transportation, and pretend you can go from every point A to every point B in either means of transportation, otherwise you would be making a huge mistake. I sincerly doubt that everybody at Microsoft who worked so hard and well on fine tuning and making Windows 7 the generally acclaimed OS it is today suddenly left Microsoft or suddenly started making rushed decisions based on telemetry data that is meaningless unless it is properly interpretated, and taken with common sense.
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