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Using it I found this to be a fine OS for tablet or phone, but not good for Desktop/Laptop use.
Unless of course they were touchscreen, which I don't have or want.
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Well I installed this onto my sig rig and I have to say, I'm actually beginning to like this OS. Installation was quick at around 15 minutes from USB, and the first boot into the desktop seemed pretty snappy too.
I have been using Windows 8 since the very early builds, and to be honest, after using the Developer Preview build on a day to day basis I wasn't entirely impressed with it. From a usability standpoint, getting to most used applications and settings took longer than Windows 7, and the Metro Start Screen didn't work all that well with traditional input methods.
For me, comparing the Developer Preview to the Consumer Preview is like night and day. The OS is now blazingly fast, the Start Screen can now be customised and organised to your liking, and also works much better with keyboard and mouse. If you are a power user like me then you will be happy to know that Microsoft have also included a quick access menu in place of the Start button, simply by right clicking in the bottom left corner you can get access to most commonly used functions within the OS.
Although the Metro Start Screen is much criticized, it really isn't THAT bad once you get into the flow of using it. In fact, I would go as far to say that it is now just as quick to find and launch applications when compared to Windows 7. I personally think that for most, it is just getting used to that bit of change, and accepting that things never stay the same and move on.
Right now, I'm managing a few work VM's in HyperV, extracting some large files, checking email, listening to music, browsing the web and talking to family on Skype. Everything is running as smooth as silk!
Surely I can't be the only power user that actually enjoys using this OS?
Bring on the Release Candidate I say! smile.gif

Your not, I like it as well, it really not as bad as people make it to be. All they need to do is take time and get adjusted to it. The corner side bar search option is a handy tool to go directly to the program your trying to run or the control panel just by typing the first part of the name. It instantly go right to it. You can still send the programs to the task bar shortcut as well.

Most people on this forum don't like change, they rather stick to the old, But I agree compare to Dev preview, the consumer preview is fast. But yea sooner or later the people who has no plans to go to windows 8 is gonna move on to it, like those who had no plans of going to windows 7 but did any way.
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Your not, I like it as well, it really not as bad as people make it to be. All they need to do is take time and get adjusted to it. The corner side bar search option is a handy tool to go directly to the program your trying to run or the control panel just by typing the first part of the name. It instantly go right to it. You can still send the programs to the task bar shortcut as well.
Most people on this forum don't like change, they rather stick to the old, But I agree compare to Dev preview, the consumer preview is fast. But yea sooner or later the people who has no plans to go to windows 8 is gonna move on to it, like those who had no plans of going to windows 7 but did any way.

I'm sorry, but I don't think you can compare the jump from xp or vista to windows 7 to the jump from windows 7 to 8!
There a big difference in these 2 OS's that people are having a hard time with. Metro UI !!!!!!mad.gif
 
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All of the benchmarks I've come across regarding video games show 7 & 8 to be equal in framerates. I have 7, so until 8 shows it can be 12%+ faster in the framerate department, I see no reason to switch. Autodesk Maya scores a 2% difference over windows 7. Photoshop CS3 scores less than 3% higher on Windows 8. Is that kind of performance boost worth the $100+ it will release at?

If I had a tablet, I'd use this, but I don't own a tablet!
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Surely I can't be the only power user that actually enjoys using this OS?
Bring on the Release Candidate I say! smile.gif

Yeah, first time I installed it, I formatted it in about 5 mins....I gave it another go a few days later and am beginning to like it.

Thing is you dont HAVE to use all the metro UI stuff, I just use a local account and dont link my hotmail(microsoft) account. Have removed all of the crap from the start screen I dont want and am finding that it generally is quite fast and an improvement over windows 7...had a few crashes though...and pretty much am always in desktop mode.

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If you are a power user like me then you will be happy to know that Microsoft have also included a quick access menu in place of the Start button, simply by right clicking in the bottom left corner you can get access to most commonly used functions within the OS.


This...I think some people just haven't explored it as much, its actually much quicker to do some things in windows 8. I think there was a link someone posted which went over the new functions, people should give it a read and learn how to use the new UI before ditching it....


I also have to LOL at people trying to hack the start button back in...come on...you dont really need it...move on...what do you actually use it for that cant be done quicker in windows 8?
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When windows 7 was first announced, when i was a pompous pubescent teenager, and I was trying out the beta, I remember loathing it. I liked xp way better because i was familiar with it, but as time went on and i actually used it for more then a couple hours it really grew on me.
Now as a more mature version of myself, having downloaded the dev. preview when it first came out, keeping an open mind, and using it as my secondary OS, have also grown to like windows 8.

That being said, one of the reasons is that XP and Win7 have broadly similar interfaces. Start button on the left, taskbar on the bottom, tray on the lower right and you access your computer and programs in a similar manner.

Win8 basically throws all that out and tries for some kind of bizarre hybrid of gnome or KDE and Windows.

EDIT: My roommate looked at Win8 and asked if it was a kiddie's toy. I personally thought in addition to the aforementioned bad smushing together of different OS interface concepts that it really seemed more suited for a touch screen with limited CPU/memory capabilities.

People seem to keep forgetting that Win8 was first trumpeted as a new OS for portable devices. MS appears to have decided they can use that same style of usage on desktops without stopping to ask if this is really necessary.
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That being said, one of the reasons is that XP and Win7 have broadly similar interfaces. Start button on the left, taskbar on the bottom, tray on the lower right and you access your computer and programs in a similar manner.
Win8 basically throws all that out and tries for some kind of bizarre hybrid of gnome or KDE and Windows.
EDIT: My roommate looked at Win8 and asked if it was a kiddie's toy. I personally thought in addition to the aforementioned bad smushing together of different OS interface concepts that it really seemed more suited for a touch screen with limited CPU/memory capabilities.
People seem to keep forgetting that Win8 was first trumpeted as a new OS for portable devices. MS appears to have decided they can use that same style of usage on desktops without stopping to ask if this is really necessary.

Most if not all of the classic desktop is still present in Windows 8. The Start Button position is still on the left, which brings up the Start Screen, the Taskbar is still at the bottom, and the classic notification tray is still at the right hand side of the Taskbar. rolleyes.gif

Yes, many people may hate it but standard desktop based Operating Systems are becoming a thing of the past. This was relevant in the mid 1990's, not so much in 2012 as technology is consisting more and more of mobile devices, cloud based services and social media interaction.

Things change and technology will always be changing. wink.gif
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Most if not all of the classic desktop is still present in Windows 8. The Start Button position is still on the left, which brings up the Start Screen, the Taskbar is still at the bottom, and the classic notification tray is still at the right hand side of the Taskbar. rolleyes.gif
Yes, many people may hate it but standard desktop based Operating Systems are becoming a thing of the past. This was relevant in the mid 1990's, not so much in 2012 as technology is consisting more and more of mobile devices, cloud based services and social media interaction.
Things change and technology will always be changing. wink.gif

I know about the classic desktop. I tried the OS last night. I found that even using the classic desktop still felt clumsy and less intuitive. To access programs I was constantly forgetting no real start menu existed any longer, so to initiate new IE instances I had to use ctrl-N, which I dislike because it re-instantiates the last URL accessed (as one example of a necessary workaround).

To shut down, I ended up using winkey + r, and then a shutdown command line.

I didn't feel anywhere near this cramped-in and frustrated when I used the Windows 7 public beta umpty years ago before it went RTM. I wasn't crazy about it, but it felt like a cleaner version of Vista, basically. Which was nice.

Win8... is not nice.
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Had to use restore after installing the latest nvidia driver rendered my optimus laptop unable to display anything other than the mouse cursor. Has anyone gotten optimus to work in windows 8?
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Didn't care for it at first, but it's grown on me.
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