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I can reuse the Windows 8 Product Key with the same ISO download on a different hard drive, right?

The product key will work on all Consumer ISO's.
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Apparently you've never seen a search bar. Or for that matter figured out how to organize start menu folders. I chock that up to PEBKAC.
MetroUI does cut into productivity.
MetroUI is good for computer noobs. (And I take it you're not one, which baffles me even further as to why you'd prefer a fade in point and click system over a more lean start menu.)

I reckon the Metro is pretty good for searching fast. I use a lot of keyboard gestures so it might just be me, but I usually hit the 'start' keyboard button and start typing three letters of the program i want to open and hitting enter straight away. Metro really doesn't bother with my working. I like it. Windows 8 is very smooth, so much so that it's my primary OS for a few weeks. The Music and Video hub needs lots of work though, they feel really clunky with a mouse at the moment. To be honest, they should just bring back Zune and put it in the marketplace. It's oh so smooth.
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I think the way Windows 8 switches between Metro and Desktop, is odd, it doesn't seem integrated in the fullest way. It could work like this maybe: ?

Imagine if when you click "start", the Metro UI comes up on the Desktop like this:

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Having the Metro animation sweep up from the bottom to the top.
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I just went through the New folder trick + Vistart to regain the Start menu in Windows 8, worked like a charm!
I must admit Windows 8 is rather fast and a refinement again on top of what already is a solid base [Windows 7]. I'm excited to see more of what's new, but I'm overjoyed I have my start menu!
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Wow! Thanks, made all the difference in the world!!! smile.gif
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I used windows 8 for 1 hour and i liked it. It has many improved features like i installed nvidia drivers without restarting. The task manager is also vastly improved. iso monting & burning oob is great.

Will have to play with it more.

Metro is okay, not a deal breaker.
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When I get the time maybe I will develop an application for re-implementing Windows 7 full functionality and removing Metro in Windows 8. Not sure of a public release, more over a licensed application (there's a few people here I wouldn't give it to in million years). Also depends on demand. :) Might wait until Q4 when Windows 8 officially launches, since there are to be more changes to the OS between now and then.


Would be smart to do IMO. Probably a licensed version with free preview?

 

    
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I just went through the New folder trick + Vistart to regain the Start menu in Windows 8, worked like a charm!

I must admit Windows 8 is rather fast and a refinement again on top of what already is a solid base [Windows 7]. I'm excited to see more of what's new, but I'm overjoyed I have my start menu!

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Link to said instructions? I musta missed it in the deluge of responses...

 

    
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Link to said instructions? I musta missed it in the deluge of responses...

http://www.ghacks.net/2012/03/02/vistart-restores-start-menu-disables-metro-ui-in-windows-8/


Once it is installed and running, you will notice that the start menu orb has been placed in its original location. You can click on the icon to bring up the start menu. A side-effect is that ViStart maps the Windows key to the opening of the start menu, so that the operating system won’t switch into Metro anymore when you press that key. Metro UI is however not completely turned off, and you may be able to get back in via Alt-Tab or the Charms menu.

The icon overlaps with the first pinned taskbar icon on the other hand which you may not like. Here is how this is resolved:

-Create a new folder on the desktop or another location.
-Right-click the Windows Taskbar and select Toolbars > New Toolbar from the context menu. Select the newly created folder. You will notice that the new toolbar is placed on the right end of the taskbar.
-Right-click the taskbar again and select Lock The Taskbar. This unlocks the Windows Taskbar so that you can move the taskbar elements around.
-Now drag the new toolbar to the very left of the screen so that starts before the original toolbar with the pinned taskbar items.
-Right-click the taskbar again and uncheck Show Text and Show title in the context menu.
-Now move the original toolbar with a double-click on the separator near the start menu orb.

I might make a guide on OCN about this later, will be easier to have it in one place tongue.gif
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I typed "Windows update" in metro and in contrast with Windows 7's start menu, I got no results. I then right clicked on the bottom left corner, went to control panel and then used the search box to get to windows update. Sad.
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I typed "Windows update" in metro and in contrast with Windows 7's start menu, I got no results. I then right clicked on the bottom left corner, went to control panel and then used the search box to get to windows update. Sad.
You think that's bad, try launching Office applications or something like that...it takes forever! Bad UI for desktop is bad, no ifs or buts about it. With screen switching it takes twice the time to launch an application on Windows 8 compared to Windows 7. If you do not know what you are looking for, well it gets even worse! To make any sense of all of the tiles you have to right click the Metro launcher, then select "All apps" at the bottom, then find your category (which is no small feat mind you with the poor organization and the fact that everything gets displayed) and then finally click to launch your application.

Metro UI is pretty terrible for productivity. Otherwise, the OS is very sleek. I love the ribbon actually and the overall performance improvements are significant.

Edit: Here is the excerpt from Microsoft's own tutorial for new navigation built into Windows 8...and I think it very well illustrates the target audience and devices.
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It's Windows reimagined and reinvented from a solid core of Windows 7 speed and reliability. It's an all-new touch interface. It's a new Windows for new devices. And it's your chance to be one of the first to try it out.

All built-in help documentation also discusses touch interface with mouse/keyboard references buried in the content.
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