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Just an update, I was able to do this per Microsoft's instructions. Everything activated fine.

Now, for Windows 8, there are many unnecessary steps to doing the same things I used to.
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Windows 8 does have some nice new features. Once you get past the Start Screen / Metro interface familiarity phase, here are some of the benefits I've made use of:

- Significantly faster boot times. Not exactly sure how it works, but Windows 8 writes some type of partial hibernation file when it shuts down, and load it back up when you start up. My SSD-equipped X79 platform will boot Windows 8 Pro in under 7 seconds. Windows 7 Pro x64 on the same exactly hardware was never faster than 13-15 seconds.

- Better self-protection via Windows Defender. Yeah, it's not a real anti-virus, anti-malware solution, but it's better than nothing. I still run AVG on top of that. The Windows 8 Defender is supposedly about the same as MSE + Windows 7 Defender combined, but with tighter integration with IE 10.

- The built-in Hyper-V in Windows 8 Pro is fantastic. If you have the RAM and CPU power to spare, you can do some serious VM work under Windows 8 with no other software needed.


Good stuff!

Greg
post #13 of 17
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Just an update, I was able to do this per Microsoft's instructions. Everything activated fine.

Now, for Windows 8, there are many unnecessary steps to doing the same things I used to.

You can try Start8(comes with a 30 day trail) if you don't want to mess with the Metro UI, I am using it as a temporary crutch until I learn how to navigate Metro.
Edited by sherlock - 4/3/13 at 10:44pm
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just used the Start screen as an app launcher. You can easily access the control panel and cmd etc from the desktop with a right click in the bottom left hand corner of the screen. Like with anything else, once the mouse patterns and clicks become second nature it is just as easy if not faster than W7. You can also make use of the windows button and other KB shortcuts. I really dont mind the direct boot to the Start Menu as the split second that it takes me to click on the desktop button allows me to briefly see any updates from people that I've put on my start screen or maybe the weather or even the shell shocker from Newegg. Take a bit to really configure the screen to make things simple to how you move. Be patient, you'll find yourself whipping around in no time.
And btw, if you have dual monitors you can keep the start screen on a second monitor if you want or just extend your desktop etc.
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I hate Windows 8 so bad I can't get rid of it fast enough. It's staying on the laptop and the desktop is going back to 7.

What absolute garbage. I shouldn't have to take 10 steps to do one thing.
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I hate Windows 8 so bad I can't get rid of it fast enough. It's staying on the laptop and the desktop is going back to 7.

What absolute garbage. I shouldn't have to take 10 steps to do one thing.

That's an over exaggeration if I ever heard one. 10 steps?! which task might that be? In fact most things take the same amount of steps as before...some even less. If you're refering to one more click to shut down. Big woop...it's literally a difference of less than a second. Restart, Sleep etc, all the same amount of clicks. If you're refering to the one click it takes to get to desktop. It is actually quicker in that W8 boots faster then W7. And the time it takes to click on the desktop tile or a keyboard shortcut is again less than a second. What about accessing Control Panel, cmd, etc. One right click in the bottom left brings up these options along with Device Manager etc. again ONE click....just like W7. In fact, some things are easier. If I was in the photo app or in the Skydrive app, and I want to email a friend a picture, song, or link to my skydrive folder. I just go to the charms, hit share, choose the method(email or FB etc) and then BAM done. I certainly can still do it the old fashioned way too if that's your preference.

So please stop using the epitome of hyperbole for your rants...it's not nearly as bad as your response to it.
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post #17 of 17
Just format the drive and find one MSDN version of windows 8 and install it with your key.
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