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Would you guys be interested in trying Windows 8.1 and providing some feedback if I can purchase some additional keys from Microsoft to give away? 

I'd be willing to give it a shot (unless I haven't been around long enough.) I ran the RC of 8 for about a month and it kind of put me off, then again at first windows 7 did the same until I got used to the new taskbar setup and came to love it. Anyway.. from what I saw 8 IS something I could live with, and from what I have seen of the 8.1 update it might even be something I could actually get used to, eventually. One thing is for sure.. the ridiculous amount of time I spend on this computer I would find PLENTY of little nitpicks.

I am definitely curious to see what all has changed since the RC.
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Does anyone know why I can't get that Enterprise trial from Microsoft? It appears to be totally legitimate and everything, I just can't use it after 90 days. But it won't let me past the... twirly green thing.
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Now just get rid of that crummy flat look and bring back Aero glass and it might be usable.

That's one of the three things that make me steer clear of Win 8. That flat blue is not attractive at all. Aero was much nicer IMO.

So basically, why I won't touch Win 8:

- Tiles are useless and ugly as sin to me (no matter where MS puts them)
- Metro is more of a step backwards for productivity and useless on the desktop
- Flat blue task bar and windows borders are an eye sore compared to Aero Glass

Basically, Win 7 is has all the things I want and none of the crap I don't aside from the slight performance increase of Windows 8 which I do acknowledge.

Scrap the entire Win 8 look completely. Start over with something COMPLETELY different from it, yet still reminiscent of Win 7 without being another Win 7 (if that makes sense)

Keep desktop mode default no matter what.

Will this happen? Of course not. I know better than that, which is why Win 7 will be my last rodeo with MS operating systems.

Go ahead, MS. Prove me wrong. I'd love that.

I'm so glad I'm not alone on this. I think this overemphasis on simplicity led to UI designs going to flat and 2-dimensional looks. but it is just SOOOO BORING to me. It doesn't look sleek or interesting at all. It looks unoriginal and basic. Shadows, bezel, emboss, reflections in the right amount can look really beautiful.
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XP

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Vista

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post #234 of 423
That blue is rather disgusting. I wish it was darker and less... pastel.
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By the time Windows 8 is fully really for me to use i will probably be using Windows 9
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This is exactly what I'm talking about. The majority of people that claim they don't like 8 never used it. I have no problems using 8 and I see the metro menu less than once a week. Too many people are scared that there is a different menu screen (even though in daily use you can avoid it altogether). Is Win8 perfect? No. But its a far cry from what most people with no experience in the matter have to say about it.

I don't recall stating I never used it. My spouse installed the release candidate on his computer, I tried it for a while, and found it to be a horribly difficult interface to use. Perhaps things have changed since then, as it has been almost two years since the release candidates. I was merely speaking about my experiences that I've had with it so far.

Biggest reason why I never switched (next to it's... "intersting" choice of user interface) was that for the longest of times a number of the audio programs I use (or plugins) just didn't play well with Windows 8.

As OC'ing Noob has mentioned - I could probably get used to the new interface, but it's the fact I have ~NO~ choice in the matter if I upgrade to Windows 8. There is no dipping your toe in the water to see if you like it, there is no ability to slowly transition, it's brick wall to the face, Eve Online "cliffs of insanity" learning curve of death... It's all in or nothing. People in general like choice, even if it's just the illusion of such but a good enough illusion to help them handle the transition.
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Would you guys be interested in trying Windows 8.1 and providing some feedback if I can purchase some additional keys from Microsoft to give away? 

I'd be interested, as I'm definitely curious about how things are with Windows 8.1 these days.
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Awesome news. And its too late for April Fools so it must be true... Good thing they changed their mind.

Microsoft has changed its intentions, biggrin.gif"Microsoft says let's break the window in the midst of a storm to see how that looks. Ups ok wait a minute someone screwed up, so it was a very dumb move forgive us no one is perfect".applaud.gif
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Looks perfect. biggrin.gifthumb.gif
Might actually make me begin to think about switching. But I probably won't smile.gif
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Would you guys be interested in trying Windows 8.1 and providing some feedback if I can purchase some additional keys from Microsoft to give away? 

If you can arrange something with Microsoft directly I'd give you feedback regardless of a free copy. Can't speak for everyone though, so have at 'er.
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I would definitely be down for a free copy of Win8.1 and would be happy to give my feedback on it.
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