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I'm giving Windows 8 a test run for the lulz on a (sorta) new HDD (my old Win 7 HDD crapped out at last... after 4 months of SMART errors, damaged sectors and whatnots tongue.gif) performing a totally fresh install, and since all critical stuff has been installed and overclocks replaced, i decided to install BOINC, only to receive a nasty surprise:

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I know i could install BOINC with the "Protected application execution" flag, but that would make my 450's useless (and let's face it, BOINC isn't so good with CPU's as it is with GPU's). I've tried with the x86 and x64 versions of 6.12.34, 6.12.43 and 7.0.20 to no avail. I've also tried to manually add my user to the boinc_admins group, no go (i think i even messed my user account, after a reboot it's now detected as a Guest account).

Has anyone else tried to run BOINC on W8?

EDIT: So far, it seems like i've completely messed up my account. My account started as a Cloud account, then changed to Local, no go. Then re-reverted back to Cloud account, then it got bricked when i manually added my user to the boinc_admins group. Seems to be a Guest inside the Boinc_admins group, not even Limited account. Plus, since there is no Admin, any attempt to give Admin rights is unsuccessful, and every trick to get back Admin status (legit or not) seems to be incompatible or unsuccessful. Seems this is a bad time for MS to put their stuff together and actually work on security rolleyes.gif

Reverting back to W7. Hopefully the official BOINC v7 release can cope with W8. If anyone tries this, make sure to have a secondary Admin account to fall back into, and a data backup just in case. I'll try and see other ways of installing BOINC with GPU support though.
Edited by Starbomba - 3/11/12 at 4:24pm
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I tried installing 8 over top of an installation of 7. BOINC ran fine until it came time to report completed tasks and get new ones. Imaged back to 7. I did read somewhere that someone got BOINC to run on 8 but it was more trouble than it would be worth to me. If I can find the article again I'll link to it for you.
    
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Well, I'll stick with windows-7 a long time I think... at least until windows-8 SP1 comes out. I tried the Beta and hated it, even with the stupid default desktop thing disabled...

On a better note, I can report that next generations kids are great! I got to meet DarkRyders 1 year old daughter and she is a smart cute kid! I can imagine her taking over the computer projects in the DarkRyder home eventually and telling Dad how to do things...

LOL!

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Well, I'll stick with windows-7 a long time I think... at least until windows-8 SP1 comes out. I tried the Beta and hated it, even with the stupid default desktop thing disabled...

You're lucky, i HAVE to get familiar with it since i will be giving support to it sooner or later... thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif

Other than this BOINC fluke, it's not so bad. I found it a biiit easier to navigate compared to W7, and Metro is an interesting design, but maybe i'm too used to having this round, fat, four-colored icon on the bottom left of my screen.
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On a better note, I can report that next generations kids are great! I got to meet DarkRyders 1 year old daughter and she is a smart cute kid! I can imagine her taking over the computer projects in the DarkRyder home eventually and telling Dad how to do things...
LOL!
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We have the duty to teach the younger generations what is good after all... biggrin.gif
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Yes, that Metro this is the pits... an attempt to make windows act like an I-Pod or something... Of like Ubuntu with the Unity thing...

My systems run max performance, no 3-D stuff, nothing to slow it down or drag on resources. I click and a window POPs up, with no frills... but that's me I guess. Windows Classic desktop fine with me.

OTOH, DarkRyder has a super pretty background and such on one of his systems... really nice and all BOINC'ed out! He let me have a copy of it too... I've seem some really pretty desktops, customized and they are outstanding. But again, that metro thing was a PITA to me... first thing I did was turn it off...

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Well, I'll stick with windows-7 a long time I think... at least until windows-8 SP1 comes out. I tried the Beta and hated it, even with the stupid default desktop thing disabled...
On a better note, I can report that next generations kids are great! I got to meet DarkRyders 1 year old daughter and she is a smart cute kid! I can imagine her taking over the computer projects in the DarkRyder home eventually and telling Dad how to do things...
LOL!
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I tried windows 8 beta.....and yeah I uh formatted and reloaded windows 7 really quickly. I think they are trying to be too much like apple with the dumbed down user interface.

Yeah my girl is really smart. She already has her priorities in order too. She took her first steps to get my PS3 controller lol. She already trys to play on my wifes laptop, she pretends like she knows what she is doing. here is the video, i threw it up on the tube..
    
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And she has the prettiest deep blue eyes! Real cute baby girl there DarkRyder!

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why thank you sir! smile.gif
    
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Easy to tell the truth! She's a cute kid! Lot better looking than you! (and me too come to think of it... )

LOL!

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Funny I had zero issues running W8.
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