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I am all for trying out a new OS. I love tinkering with new stuff, and trying out new things... I'm downloading the Win 8 Dev now to try out on a VM, so I haven't actually tried it yet...

But...From watching vids and reading numerous forums and articles, it seems to me that Windows 8 isn't offering anything that Win 7 hasn't already simplified. Sure it has the touch capable options and all that, but I am not a fan of touch screen PC's, as I don't see the point in it. So I won't have one.

It looks like it's just an OS they made to run on a tablet, that they are marketing as a new PC OS as well. (Which wouldn't shock me, really.) Where is the selling point behind it? If it's like the previous OS's it will be released full of bugs and be incompatible with everything under the sun for months, cost far too much, and with this new "idea" it looks as though they have turned the new Windows into a big gimmick.
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It's OK. It has a new control panel, login screen and of course the metro program starter. I generally feel it's better than Windows 7 overall, although it is only a dev. preview and things WILL change between now and the final release.
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It's OK. It has a new control panel, login screen and of course the metro program starter. I generally feel it's better than Windows 7 overall, although it is only a dev. preview and things WILL change between now and the final release.

What do you think makes it better than Win 7? I'm installing now, so I'll have my own initial opinions soon.
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Notice all new OS's are exactly like this. No real new innovation, a few minor tweaks and changes, and some major marketing that goes behind it.

I'm always hesitant with new operating systems. But, in the end we never really have a choice. It's where the market goes.
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Well the login screen is real nice. A large photo, you have to drag it up with the mouse to reveal the new login panel (or press the space bar). Metro is.... well, it's not there yet. It seems to do well with hardware drivers etc. and I had absolutely no problems. Best of all its based on Win7 and so all Win7 programs run fine on it apart from the odd few.


Generally I thought that after a few months of work it would be quite good. Feels more modern.
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What do you think makes it better than Win 7? I'm installing now, so I'll have my own initial opinions soon.

You can't really compare a beta to a full finalized OS
specially when considering the maturity of the W7.

Yes W8 seems to be more "tablet" oriented because of its touch-based interface
but those beta builds (on MSDN) are mostly oriented towards developers for showcasing
the new features the OS will come with and for them to familiarize themselves with.
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I don't know what type of tweaks they made, but it runs just as fast (if not faster) on an old 5400RPM laptop drive compared to my RAIDed Caviar Blacks.

However, from what I've read, the idea behind Windows 8 was that it wasn't going to be a full overhaul of 7. Instead, it is designed to be a universal OS to be run on tablets, smart-phones, and computers for constant synchronization. As a college student with a laptop, smartphone, and desktop, I would love for this kind of feature and would upgrade all of my computers in a heartbeat to have access to it (provided it worked).
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Yeah it is a LOT faster in installing it and the day to day running. This OS could be a goer...
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It just looks like a glorified Win 7 to me.

Vista was released as a new OS, when it was pretty much just a way to charge people for beta testing 7. And now it's looking like 8 is going to be just a dumbed down version of 7.

Synchronizing everything is a great idea that should be a part of Win 7, rather than having to install a bunch of extra junk to get your phone synched with your tablet and PC.

Using the same OS on every device would bore me, honestly. Like I said, I like playing with and learning new OS's and figuring out how to do this and that. I know not everyone gets the same joy out of digging themselves out of a hole of confusion and building an understanding of how to do this, and how to simplify that, like I do. But it seems that (yet again) MS is trying to corner the market on something that Apple does better than them with.
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Or just trying to keep their releases coming so people don't use MAC OSX or Linux. Think of it as a placeholder, as if to say "we will be back with a good OS in 2 years."
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