Originally Posted by Image132
I've answered this before. It only applies to ARM devices and as far as I know all other tablet manufacturers are trying to stop people from booting other OS' on their devices. Besides why would you want linux on your tablet?
hmm I'm lucky enough to have not seen a Win8 bsod yet, I disagree about UAC since the only time I ever see it is when I install something and I haven't used that other stuff you mentioned but if that's true I'm rather worried. Sorry to keep driving at you but this is how we learn.
What NTFS features no longer work? Also how do you know so much, when I look on the internet for "negative things about windows 8" I get the usual metro hate?
NTFS savepoints and some other related APIs are gone.
Bootloaders are a big deal to a lot of people, even if you personally don't care. FYI, Android is linux. I'm sure I'm not the only person who has dual-booted their android devices into "real" linux on occasion. There is absolutely nothing stopping someone from doing that, So I'ma assume tablet (and phone) manufacturers really aren't trying THAT hard to prevent it. Not like android is new or anything.
With windows itself now supporting ARM, the increasing popularity of ARM based mini-computers like the raspberry pi, and AMD, Intel, and Nvidia all working on integrating ARM into their current lineups, is it really that hard to imagine a world where ARM has a desktop/laptop presence? Do you really want to tell people with such a device that they are not allowed to run any other OS?
There are ways around it, so whatever, but the point is microsoft's attempt at locking the bootloader serves no purpose other than to attempt to remove the consumer's choice to run multiple operating systems freely. At the end of the day, its an anti-consumer tactic that shouldn't be supported regardless of your own personal usage patterns.
UAC might not be actively bothering you as much, but it's now much harder to actually remove, and it completely blocks file and directory access / changes even when "disabled". It's less of a constant but easily avoided annoyance and more of dormant herpes infection that you just cant shake and while it might not rear it's ugly head for months at a time, it will eventually block you where it counts.
Sooner or later, you will probably find out the hard way. Hopefully you're not the type to ragepunch your monitor.
Anyway, this information is fairly easy to obtain, you just need to know what you're looking for. It helps that I actually do use some of these features (in fact, rely on some) and thus knew what to look for in searches or ran into a roadblock when trying to actually use these features myself.
Like I said, I imagine most users won't actually notice the majority of the changes made in Windows 8. It's really a much more radical change than the "Windows 7 with a new GUI" that most people think it is, but mostly in areas of the OS that people never knew about to begin with.
Oh... and just in case anyone is wondering "yeah ok I can sorta see that now, but why should I care? If I never even needed to know about it before, what loss is not having it?", well, how exactly do you think all those nifty programs and "hacks" work that let you do cool stuff to windows work? You know, like "Ultimate Windows Tweaker" for instance. Those are just GUIs that make use of these hidden windows features which microsoft now sees as "unused" and "unnecessary".
Expect to see a lot less of these kinds of things from now on. The next "hybrid AMD physx" or "joyinmotion driver" may never see the light of day (not specifically these things, in fact both would sill be possible to create, I'm just trying to give you a relate-able example, cause lets face it, most people here are really just gamers).Edited by Zero4549 - 11/10/12 at 1:49am