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Install start8, get a nice theme, spruce it up with Rainmeter, and enjoy the real improvements made to the OS.

I think the taskbar across all monitors, as well as the new task manager, makes it worthwhile. Not to mention the lockscreen with a clock, notifications, and wallpaper of your choice (that thing is damn useful).

And then there are the under-the-hood improvements that make it noticeably faster.

Microsoft really screwed up by forcing Metro on us, because apart from that they made a damn good OS. Even for mice and keyboards.

Start8 is the best 4 bucks I ever spent; it gets rid of all the hot corners while on the desktop, lets you boot straight to the desktop, and is extremely configurable.



Anyway, I guess anyone who has Windows 8 already can use this thread to post screenshots of their de-uglified desktops and talk about their favorite new features.
    
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Still thinking of skipping Windows 8?
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Answer in a nutshell. Resounding Yes
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Congratulations? Not sure what point you're trying to make here. Skip over metro and it's a great OS.
    
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Yes 100% skipping it :-) Have tried to use it. Can't stand it. I would use Vista before Windows 8...
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Congratulations? Not sure what point you're trying to make here. Skip over metro and it's a great OS.

I think we need to remember to respect the choices made by others, but. I am pro Windows 8, however I can see the reasons behind people not wanting to use it. Some of that is because of they are following the bandwagon, and some of it is because they legit do not like it. I agree with you that it is a great operating system and I would go so far as to say that I love Metro - however others may not see change as openly as you or I.

I have Windows 8 installed on all of my computers except my development machine - and I must say, I am really impressed, especially with the Microsoft account linkage. One thing I really like is having my whole desktop theme synced across all of my computers! (Although it does mean I have to watch out that I don't NSFW pictures as my wallpaper - as my work computer is also joined tongue.gif).

For those who might be on the fence (because lets face it, the ones that aren't hands down non-Windows 8 will not be changing any time soon, and I can respect that), this is just a small insight into Windows 8:
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Windows 8 is used exactly the same way as Windows 7 (x86, not Windows RT) once you are away from the Metro side of things. Some UI concepts on the desktop have changed (for example the removal of Aero Glass in favor of a more solid desktop theme, likely to reduce the eye-sore caused by switching between Metro and desktop mode). And of course there is not just the Metro "page" (Start Screen), but a whole new application framework called the Windows Runtime (or WinRT) which enables these new "Metro" apps.
Windows Explorer (now renamed to File Explorer) now incorporates the Ribbon UI known from Microsoft Office applications (starting with Office 2007). Other enhancements of the shell and File Explorer include new file operation (copy, move, etc) dialogs which provide much more detail as from previous versions of Windows and also have a new stacking feature, allowing multiple operations to be displayed in the same operation dialog - minimizing clutter and enhancing ease of use.
While Windows 8 is based off the source tree from Windows 7, there have been more than just UI improvements and/or changes - there have been a few under the hood aspects changed also, one of which is the new fast boot mechanism which, in a nutshell, saves kernel memory contents to disk to allow prompt start up. Contrast this with previous versions of Windows which would load the whole kernel and initialize it every time during start up. This feature has been called Hybrid Boot.
Other changes include integration with Microsoft online services such as SkyDrive. You can now sign in to your PC using a Microsoft account (aka Microsoft Passport or Windows Live ID) - this allows for various settings of your user profile to be synced across multiple PCs if you sign in to each one with the same Microsoft account.
MORE Other changes include the removal of gadgets, Windows Media Center (available as an add-on in Windows 8 Pro) and a new enhanced Task Manager (primarily to support new Windows Runtime apps), native USB 3.0 support and native disc image mounting (reducing the need for tools such as PowerISO, Daemon Tools, etc).
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Its got nothing to do with the bandwagon for me. Metro is not a mouse and keyboard minded part of the OS. It is meant for touch screens. I can see it working great on tablets and such but I shouldn't have to spend more money for a mod so I don't have to use win 8 metro on my PC. So it is more of I love won't and all its features and really 7 has just got off the ground. No need to change yet or until they allow metro to go away with a setting I won't go to 8. I respect his choice to go with it. I am saying everything here in a goodhearted manner. I think it will be great for touch screens just not for those who can't afford them. thumb.gif
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Congratulations? Not sure what point you're trying to make here. Skip over metro and it's a great OS.

Pardon me for being blunt ...

But maybe you shouldn't ask a question if you don't like the answer that you already know, unless you've had your head in the sand here on the board, will be given.

As for me, I will upgrade a couple of my Windows XP machines to Windows 8 for $39 ... THEN, I will IMMEDIATELY "downgrade" them to Windows 7. I'm not going to use Windows 8, nor will I put up with that HORRIBLE interface, formerly known as Metro, but I will take the opportunity to exploit Microsoft's pricing plan to upgrade a couple machines to Windows 7.
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I'm quite intrigued by the performance upgrades (expecially boot time) and the new features, but I find it hard to justify over 7 and the Windows 8 UI is horrible (IMO). I probably will get a Microsoft Surface Pro (Win 8) and a Lumia 920 (Win Phone 8) though.
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Tried 8 and uninstalled after an hour of using it. The interface IMO is annoying. So yes skipping it 101%!
Back to old and good 7 wink.gif
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