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post #11 of 23
I am going back to Windows 7 when I have time to do a clean install.

Windows 8 Metro is just clunky. The Skype installation that comes with it is the full screen metro version, you must download and install Skype Desktop. The tiles are pretty much worthless unless you have a touch screen. As for indexing, my god they ruined the experience for me. I loved clicking my windows key and searching for EVERYTHING - files, settings, programs, etc. Now if I hit my Windows key, the Metro UI pops up and I can still immediately start typing but it's not the same. You have this crappy panel on the right hand side to select what your search criteria is.

I'm a fan of keeping it simple. I do like WP8, and I like the Metro interface concept - but not on my desktop. I was a big advocate of Windows 8 to my friends. I used the beta, told my friends about it, got them on the band wagon - and boy do I regret that. It sure has it's advantages, but the disadvantages outweigh them for me.

Unless you mod Windows 8 to your liking with some of the tweaks out there, I would suggest against it.
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I really dont like it, this OS annoys the heck outa me. On the other hand, I have NOT tried any mods out there. With something like Classic Shell, it may no longer be that annoying. Basically, the OS was made for a touch device. With a mouse and keyboard, it gets very redundant. I am a fan of the Modern App (Metro) style. The Metro layer is also a great addition, it just hate how they basically try to center everything off of it.

I would install VS2010, VS2012, InstallShield, MicrosoftOffice, other apps, then i hit the start button and i will see pages and pages of icons in no particular order. Basically, hit your start button, and imagine if you did not have folders in place. Everything is now in 1 massive list without any folders for which you are forced to clean up after you install anything.

Hitting start button, opens up the metro start which covers the whole screen and has a transitional delay which becomes annoying.

Control panel and other settings are somewhat mixed between native and metro. When trying to change how you do windows updates, you have to select it trough control panel. If you go trough start, Windows Updates, it will bring you to the metro junk. Finding settings tends to get annoying at times.

I also have to work with these as VM's on my server. When remoting in with full screen, its not that bad, but when you have multiple monitors, getting the charms to pop up becomes a pain. If I'm NOT full screen, then i cant hit the start button, my only hope is through the charms which is hard to do.

Also, the Metro enviroment... it sounds secure... but I'm a bit worried. I have found workarounds for a few things, just imagine what some serious hackers could do.


Once again, maybe Classic Shell will remove these annoyances. I wish i could use them at work.
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post #13 of 23
I've been using Windows 8 since a couple of days after the launch and I quite like it. I'm running it on sig rig at the minute and it does everything I want tongue.gif I don't use any of those start menu replacements either, just the Modern UI. I only really use the Modern UI for the normal start menu functions though, I don't take advantage of the apps.

If you're not paying anything then I'd definitely give it a go smile.gif
     
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I'd say if your content with Win7 don't bother. There really isn't enough enhancements to entice you to have to learn how to use the new system.
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post #15 of 23
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Originally Posted by Mrzev View Post

I really dont like it, this OS annoys the heck outa me. On the other hand, I have NOT tried any mods out there. With something like Classic Shell, it may no longer be that annoying. Basically, the OS was made for a touch device. With a mouse and keyboard, it gets very redundant. I am a fan of the Modern App (Metro) style. The Metro layer is also a great addition, it just hate how they basically try to center everything off of it.

I would install VS2010, VS2012, InstallShield, MicrosoftOffice, other apps, then i hit the start button and i will see pages and pages of icons in no particular order. Basically, hit your start button, and imagine if you did not have folders in place. Everything is now in 1 massive list without any folders for which you are forced to clean up after you install anything.

Hitting start button, opens up the metro start which covers the whole screen and has a transitional delay which becomes annoying.

Control panel and other settings are somewhat mixed between native and metro. When trying to change how you do windows updates, you have to select it trough control panel. If you go trough start, Windows Updates, it will bring you to the metro junk. Finding settings tends to get annoying at times.

I also have to work with these as VM's on my server. When remoting in with full screen, its not that bad, but when you have multiple monitors, getting the charms to pop up becomes a pain. If I'm NOT full screen, then i cant hit the start button, my only hope is through the charms which is hard to do.

Also, the Metro enviroment... it sounds secure... but I'm a bit worried. I have found workarounds for a few things, just imagine what some serious hackers could do.


Once again, maybe Classic Shell will remove these annoyances. I wish i could use them at work.


Heh, I don't remember what I installed first, but the first two applications didn't require a restart. Then I installed SQL Server 2010 and had to restart and when the start screen came up that first time I was like, "What the heck is this ____________!!!" It was a mess. Stuff all mixed up and icons were everywhere. I had to uninstall everything and start over. Then I sorted things as I installed them one at a time

What exactly are trying to do on the VMs? Unless you have it disabled you should be able to tap the Windows key to get the start screen to appear. I had an issue getting the restart to show...the left sidebar thing. I put a restart button on the desktop. Right click and create a new short cut and type:

shutdown /r /t 0

This should make a button to restart the OS without having to restart the VM instance (which is something you may not want to do or can't depending on what you are doing.)
Edited by Vagrant Storm - 3/20/13 at 12:59pm
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post #16 of 23
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I'd say if your content with Win7 don't bother. There really isn't enough enhancements to entice you to have to learn how to use the new system.

Agreed. Took me 10 minutes to figure out how to restart the computer. Even after figuring it out, i prefer to do Win+R Shutdown /r /t 0 instead.
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post #17 of 23
Had it, loathed it, got a refund from Microsoft, threw the discs in the bin. If you have a touchscreen then maybe you will like it, otherwise don't touch it with your worst enemies bargepole. mad.gif
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Heh, I don't remember what I installed first, but the first two applications didn't require a restart. Then I installed SQL Server 2010 and had to restart and when the start screen came up that first time I was like, "What the heck is this ____________!!!" It was a mess. Stuff all mixed up and icons were everywhere. I had to uninstall everything and start over. Then I sorted things as I installed them one at a time

What exactly are trying to do on the VMs? Unless you have it disabled you should be able to tap the Windows key to get the start screen to appear. I had an issue getting the restart to show...the left sidebar thing. I put a restart button on the start screen. Right click and create a new short cut and type:

shutdown /r /t 0

This should make a button to restart the OS without having to restart the VM instance (which is something you may not want to do or can't depending on what you are doing.)

LOL yeah, i know. With the VM's i had to google how to properly Log Out , NOT disconnect. I use them as automated build machines at work. I have 6 or so VM's with a mix of Win7 and Win8.
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I rather enjoy the new start screen once I got use to it and find myself using the built-in ISO and VHD mounting a lot.
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Thanks everyone thumb.gif In the old days I would just automatically upgrade to the latest OS, just so I'd be ready when my clients started using it. Also MS tools have a funny way of working better on the latest platforms rolleyes.gif All fine and dandy until Vista came along frown.gif My new laptop (20" HP beast) came with it and both SolidWorks and our CAM software choked on it, not to mention there were no DesignJet drivers - what a mess!! mad.gif No way to back into XP64 either frown.gif I eventually came up with workarounds, but the whole thing left me with more of a "If it ain't broke..." mindset rolleyes.gif
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