Are you getting Windows 8?

Are you getting Windows 8?
 

 
 
 
 

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Anonymous

Initially I thought Windows 8 was excellent, in some ways I still do, but as soon as I jumped back to Windows 7, I swear I felt like It was just a lot easier to get things done. The amount of clicks required on Windows 8 to do certain tasks is too much compared to Windows 7..

Shortcut's can make it easier, but honestly at the moment I'm much happier with Windows 7. Although I'll admit I haven't really given the same amount of time to Windows 8, but I feel I got an initial impression. I was using it for a little longer then 1 week..

Have to admit I do love the Minimalist Desktop UI on Windows 8..

Anonymous

aaaahaaaa....exactly...you didn't have to give much thought to windows 7...cause it works logically ...I dont want pc to be dumbed down too far...minimalistic approach is a big fat suck to intelligence ... your love of 7 is basically because it's stable and easy to navigate(with a little pc knowledge...) 7 is like a more stable XP with some of the complicated stuff put right where it makes sense...it's a sensible mans operating system IMO

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I voted "Yes", though not with the exclamation point mostly because I bought the $40 upgrade to try it out (I can afford to drop 40 bucks to evaluate software). The first time i installed, I hated the Metro interface and ripped it back off within 6 hours. Spent 2 days getting my Win 7 back because Microsoft will not let you 'downgrade' to a back level.

Did a little online scouring and found I am far from alone in my loathing of this Metro interface, but there is a (dull) pearl inside this ugly oyster if you don't mind cracking it open. Using 3rd party utility add-ons is is possible to install and use Windows 8 on your desktop without ever having to look upon the fugly face of "Metro". Yay!

The only remaining gripes I have with Win 8 are the following:

1. Microsoft's lack of eye candy for the desktop. Windows look flat and 'blah!'. There is no Aero theme with it's out-of-focus transparency, all corners are squared off and all 3d eye candy like scroll bar buttons have a flat, boring look. Understandable when you consider Microsoft is subtly working to move you away from a beautiful windowed desktop to a one-program-at-a-time flipping paradigm (kinda a dumb move for an highly successful operating system named "WINDOWS" ay?).

2. The "Metro" code is still loaded side-by-side with the classic desktop wasting resources and CPU cycles that could better be used somewhere else. It is a inexcusable waste.

I understand Microsoft's motivations. One OS for both the mobile and desktop markets is an attractive ideal. Everybody wants to get to that holy grail. It just doesn't work. Desktop users use pointing devices and keyboards. They like to see all of the tasks they have going on right there. While you could find out what all you have running in Metro, it is a side process that you have to do. With a windowed desktop, all that information is right there all I have to do is click on whatever I want to do right now while I simultaneously monitor what else is going on in my other windows. That isn't all that important to phone and tablet users, but it is a critical concept for desktop power users that do heavy multitasking. THAT is why you need entirely different GUI systems for each. They do not play well together because each is targeted to entirely different users.

Microsoft have forgotten what it was that got them where they are now. They could have handled this a lot smarter. Instead of cramming both GUI systems down everyone's throat and trying to make them work together (a total failure that), why the hell did they not simply allow me to choose which one I want? If both share some code under the covers, fine, install the shared bits and leave the rest off. just don't force them both on me lock, stock and barrel. I don't WANT both!!

/today's microsoft rant

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i used it for 2 weeks on my laptop and then got back 2 win7.
so i can say that i atleast tryed it once.

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I would like to point some very good points about windows 8

Firstly it uses less memory than windows 7, I found this out but setting up a duel boot on my system. I found that windows 7 used 5 gig of memory where windows 8 only used 3 gig.

Secondly the search engine is fanatic, you can search per app or the whole system, Now i know that windows 7 search engine was right then at the start button, How ever for things like Netflx you can search for thing just within that part of the system is great.

third point Now I know alot pf people hate the tile system, and you can setup windows 7 to do most things that you can do with a tile, however for people who need a much more user Friendly GUI, this system really break it down for them.

forth point The task manager is great I love how it shows how much each program has downloaded, it makes it so easy to keep track of those programs that cause you lag in MMORPG.

firth point the program compatibly is fantastic, it checked for you what settings work best for every program, and wills ave those settings, makes it easy again for people who run old programs.

Anyway I could keep going on about this, take care :)

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This is what I am using Win 8 on now.

This pic is a tad old running heaven as I tested nVidia surround on my SLI 680's.

It's working great. And seeing my GPU's used for more than games is pretty cool. Win8 taps into them a lot. Never more than about 10-15% load. From what I have read, most of metro is run on the GPU and more compute work is being done via DX11 on the GPU's. Very handy for the little APU machines out there.

Anonymous

C'mon Rod, make an effort here! My 8 year figured out Win8.

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So M$ is targeting Windows 8 at children? It actually does kinda feel like that as well, a kiddie OS. All kidding aside... I've used most OSs (Apple, Linux, M$, Android....), but I find Win 8 just plain cumbersome. I'm not saying I can't figure it out, rather I'm making light of the fact that it'll be a foreign OS for most.

Anonymous

close Rod...Close...

W8 is just aimed at our DUMBING population...in general and en-mass people are wanting everything to think for them... They want an easy, non-challenged lifestyle....therefore it would go really well into the lifestyle of today's children, for eg...my children are not any different to the average children today and are mentally challenged to sort out a day of entertainment by their own choosing... ie ..in my day we made our own fun, we sorted out our own games and just had fun, we used thought to entertain ourselves....these modern day kids are to put it simply, "the I'm bored generation"... what can I do now Dad generation....slowly I'm making mine get out and figure life out...but many parents let them sit inside on consoles and tablets and take the easy parenting route... M$ is cashing in on the DUMB/Lazy non thinking just give me visuals and I'm happy generation.... and unfortunately previous generations are melting into this way of life...

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I 100% agree with you Rodney, Windows 8 is horrible for us tech people. I don't have a touch screen and won't have it. I tested it on VMware and hated it. The start-up and shutdown speeds are good but other than that, I don't like it and will probably just learn it but won't be using it.

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Anonymous

I 100% agree with you Rodney, Windows 8 is horrible for us tech people. I don't have a touch screen and won't have it. I tested it on VMware and hated it. The start-up and shutdown speeds are good but other than that, I don't like it and will probably just learn it but won't be using it.

Anonymous

Windows 8 isn't compatible with Visual Studio 2010.

Microsoft can't even manage to keep backward compatibility for an expensive software suite they shipped 2 years ago?

Major fail for any software developer who doesn't feel like spending thousands of dollars to get the latest VS 2012.

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I'm already running Windows 8.

Anonymous

You have an embedded trojan horse on your website, aka DeanEdwards. Please advise.

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Finding no evidence of this... possible Ad injection?

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maybe in 6 months, need to get money first

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I can't afford a touch surface for my computer, so definitely no. Though with touchscreen AND a possibility to use all windows 8 functions on the desktop (not switching to metro layout) than this OS looks quite good, I think.

Ideal setup: A toch screen integrated with a desk, so you can put a keyboard on it and than a normal monitor standing at the end of the touchscreen so you can easily switch from 1 monitor to the other, for gaming purposes by example

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Anonymous

Absolutely no. I found it HILARIOUS that they're trying to push it by only releasing DX11.1 on Win8, but Steam just went into beta on Linux. I smile :). The moment I've been waiting for is fast arriving, no more Windows to play games.

Anonymous

I agree 100%, now I would be verrrrry happy if the Linux kernel natively would support Trim and get more hardware manufactures on-board for native wireless device drivers and firmware support for ALL Linux distros through the kernel.

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Linux is just a few years away from being awesome and it's FREE.

Anonymous

once linux is sorted, and everything is compatible with it...especially games...I'm so THERE.... if this si the route M$ is taking then they will lose me and almost every gamer I know...we are all waiting for the day linux becomes completely compatible with todays games

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Steam on Linux will not get people flocking to Linux. If anything it will hurt Valve if they abandon Windows. Aside from Valve titles, there are a plethora of places to get games from. Valve is the best right now, but they are not the only source. I have no desire to go to Linux. I have played with it in the past. More pain in the ass than it's worth.

Anonymous

I don't suspect the average user will use Linux. Most distros are too complicated for the moms and grandmas of the world, and the grunting 12 year olds of Call of Duty. But for the tech saavy gamer, this will be a huge boon. While the average person doesn't care that Windows is becoming more and more like a gated community, those of us who know better don't want that. Getting "AAA" games to Linux will be a great thing for a lot of people who actually care about their technology and freedom.

I also don't expect Valve to stop supporting Windows and never entertained the notion. Being multiplatform is just one more way to make money, and more power to them.

Anonymous

"While the average person doesn't care that Windows is becoming more and more like a gated community, those of us who know better don't want that."

That makes me sound a little self-important, but what I mean to say is "people like myself who don't like the direction of Windows and Mac OS X being locked down and only being able to use an app you bought off their store will find this advancement toward Linux to be very important for freedom in software and technology." or something to that effect. Sorry.

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The issue is hardware. I work at Microcenter, think Newegg in an actual building where you can touch stuff. lol When Linux stuff comes up we need to be careful what we do in a build. Things like a NIC can be a pain. Only good thing about having gone down that road is I know what to get people. It's kinda funny saying "Ok, we have your $80 AMD CPU, your $20 mobo, but we need to replace the on board NIC with the Intel one because the Realtek one on the board sucks in Linux." Reason for the suck, drivers. Some printers also have issues. Video cards are an issue as well. Everything is more of a pain from a hardware standpoint and everything needs tweaking and fiddling to make work. I don't mind tweaking to get more out of my machine, I've spent hundreds of hours tweaking and overlocking my machines. What I don't like is spending hours on forums looking for the solution to get a piece of hardware to work that runs just fine on my Windows boot. It's been a couple years since I really dove into Linux. It may be a bit better now on some distro versions. I am just not willing to do that when Win7 and Win8 both function just fine. The only place I see people crying about 8 is online. Even the guys I work with that where foaming at the mouth with hate for it are now using it and like it. Granted, we all got a free copy from the company so we where all up to speed for customers, but still. One of those guys took his free copy. Then a week later picked up a second upgrade he paid for himself for a second machine he had.

I really take all the bitching with a grain of salt. If you actually try the thing for a bit, you find out it's not a bad OS. I have said this over and over. If you don't like Metro, don't use it. The rest of the OS functions as it always has and has lots of added little things. And there are a shit ton of mods out already. Just like win7.