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Windows 8: Release Preview

Postby Logic3 on Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:27 pm

Hi everyone!

Just curious if anyone has downloaded and installed the Windows 8 Release Preview at all!



Personally I really like it!

I like the aspect of keeping all your contacts in one place, however it's frustrating when someone uses several emails and therefore creates multiple contacts!

Along with this, I really enjoy how there are instant tabs for such things as Weather, Sports and Mail updates!



Any thoughts/views/suggestions on it?
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Re: Windows 8: Release Preview

Postby Deathtaker27 on Fri Jun 08, 2012 7:43 am

I havent used it but I will have to support it for work soon, my only issue is that I love a command prompt and dislike GUI (Yes Im weird!) and this is another thing I will have to learn, I expect this to end up like Vista however, as a flop but the next one will be great
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Re: Windows 8: Release Preview

Postby Ger-h on Fri Jun 08, 2012 11:37 am

I think the same as dt. it will work great on windows phones (nokia) plus the tablets. but on normal computers who don't have touch screen's who will be moving a lot of lego blocks with your mouse i will stick with my windows 7 for now :D
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Re: Windows 8: Release Preview

Postby Logic3 on Sat Jun 09, 2012 10:42 am

I'm running Windows 8 on the laptop for that exact reason, there's something about it that doesn't seem "right".

I totally agree with you Ger-h on how it'll run nicely on the windows phones/tablets rather than a computer itself.

I've just ordered my Nokia Lumia 900 so i'm hoping it'll give me more of an insight!
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Re: Windows 8: Release Preview

Postby Security on Mon Jun 11, 2012 4:54 pm

Not going to use 8 as said above, the interface is not for mouse and keyboard.

I also hate the fact that everything is linked through your live or whatever it's called account, not to long ago I read about someone not being able to use his Windows based phone, email and even limited in some ways with his desktop as he was running the Windows 8 preview and MS decided he had something on his Azure (MS' cloud platform) they didn't like and blocked his complete account. It took personal attention from a MS app developer who happened to be active on the same Dutch forum to even figure out why his account was blocked as they refused to even tell him that...
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Re: Windows 8: Release Preview

Postby The-Monk on Wed Jun 13, 2012 2:34 pm

I will be boycotting Windows 8 and with Steam coming to Linux it might be a viable alternative.
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Re: Windows 8: Release Preview

Postby nevvy on Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:55 pm

im fairly open minded about windows 8. i havent tried it yet and probably wont unless i buy it outright. I'm yet to see what it will offer me as a standard desktop user compared to windows 7.

I do think metro is good though. I've got a lumia 800 and it works a treat. I cant help but feel that the internet is getting a bit too excited about metro. As far as i can tell it's just a presentation style, plain colours and a common layout to all apps. this is no different to grey windows with common buttons that we saw on XP in intent. if done properly it works well. It doesnt always work as the bbc have proved.
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Re: Windows 8: Release Preview

Postby Security on Thu Jun 14, 2012 5:46 am

The-Monk wrote:I will be boycotting Windows 8 and with Steam coming to Linux it might be a viable alternative.

I really cannot wait for this. :)
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Re: Windows 8: Release Preview

Postby Seven. on Fri Jun 15, 2012 9:26 pm

Going to try it on virtualbox. From what I've seen so far I'll stick to Win 7 for gaming purposes.
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Re: Windows 8: Release Preview

Postby Deathtaker27 on Sat Jun 16, 2012 12:27 pm

on this note, server 2012 look amazing :D
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Re: Windows 8: Release Preview

Postby heuji on Thu Jul 26, 2012 8:42 am

http://www.ngohq.com/news/22137-gabe-newell-windows-8-is-a-catastrophe.html wrote:Looks like we're not alone with the Windows 8 hatred. Valve's CEO and co-founder Gabe Newell has recently criticized Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 operating system. "I think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space. I think we'll lose some of the top-tier PC/OEMs, who will exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people." said at the Casual Connect game conference in Seattle.

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Re: Windows 8: Release Preview

Postby n0rd on Thu Jul 26, 2012 10:10 pm

Deathtaker27 wrote:on this note, server 2012 look amazing :D

I must agree dt :) will be fun to move on from server 2008 however I might have some troubles to find the different tools such as the AD when installed:P
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Re: Windows 8: Release Preview

Postby Deathtaker27 on Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:08 am

Tools?

One word PowerShell ;)

Also work has told me to build a Windows 8 Box and test it, any suggestions on what I should test on it besides the normal day to day programs we use?
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Re: Windows 8: Release Preview

Postby adz on Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:14 am

Maybe with this release I can stop having to support old versions of IE...

Nope, people are still ******** annoying.

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Re: Windows 8: Release Preview

Postby Security on Sat Jul 28, 2012 1:08 pm

Deathtaker27 wrote:Tools?

One word PowerShell ;)

Also work has told me to build a Windows 8 Box and test it, any suggestions on what I should test on it besides the normal day to day programs we use?

It's ability to download porn.
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Re: Windows 8: Release Preview

Postby Security on Fri Aug 17, 2012 7:46 am

When I saw this comic I straight away thought about Windows 8... :P

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Re: Windows 8: Release Preview

Postby Kaelan002 on Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:23 am

I wish people would stop complaining about how it looks different and actually go and use it properly for a few weeks. Once you get past the "its new, therefore I hate it" stage it is a really quick and fluid system.

As for the back end, Windows Runtime (aka, metro) is very nice, its not just a new interface, its a completely new framework and is awesome:
It takes the "app" approach to applications, meaning everything is in a sealed container, like a .apk, no more messy /program files/ or installers
It sandboxes EVERYTHING and manages restricted channels through which apps can communicate with the outside world = great security
A metro app is given access to only two folders, one which synchronizes across everything your user name is linked to meaning: settings, game progress, etc. is automatically synced between your devices. The other is bigger and local.
8 handles all the app to app functions for you, for example "share", the app just send a dump of data to it, it will work out which applications can make use of this data and present them to the user. Same applies to settings, searching etc.
I could go on..

Basically: Stop repeating what the media says, use it for a week as your primary os, then you can complain about it. :)

Also they haven't removed the start menu, they just made it bigger and, once you get used to it, better.
Also2 they have also added a lot of features and improvements to the "desktop" win32 side, its not just metro. eg. Native iso mounting, woo!
Also3 The final ready-to-ship version was released to devs yesterday and is a big improvement. [If you are a consumer, you have to wait another two weeks, sorry.]
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Re: Windows 8: Release Preview

Postby Security on Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:44 am

Lol suggesting I follow the media... :P
I was hating on 8 way before anyone except a hand full of "geeks" was talking about it.

I am a power user which means I like to have freedom and access in my OS for example to be able to customize it or do unusual workarounds so I can get some unusual or old software working (I am one of those people that modded the MSN installed so it worked on XP x64, have scripts running to let FTP servers show up in My Computer and am able to download stuff from the internet through Console for example).
MS sets out to restrict users from doing anything that isn't standard, force to use the cloud and market place.
Also if your Live account gets blocked you lose most features of Windows 8, email (if you use MS mail) and if you also have a Windows phone it effectively becomes a dumb phone. Having a link to a porn site in your bookmarks and it accidentally syncing to the cloud or a picture of your own child taking a bath (AKA being naked) is enough to have the full account blocked.
Add a tablet/phone interface combined with Ribbon and the fact that it treats everything as an app hurting multitasking with the forced full screen stuff and you have a PC horror, I would rather use OSX at that point.

People should stop with the claims of me just having to get used to it and stop complaining as I might actually have a valid case. ;)
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Re: Windows 8: Release Preview

Postby Shuriken on Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:48 pm

Installed on a test box yesterday. I do not like.
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Re: Windows 8: Release Preview

Postby misteedi on Thu Aug 23, 2012 5:19 am

Can you upgrade FROM the windows 8 consumer preview TO windows 8 Retail when it releases later this year? So I am planning to put Windows 8 on my machine, but later this year when Windows 8 launches can I upgrade to it without having to do a fresh install? This is all keeping in mind that it will be the same bit editions, (64 bit to 64 bit), and just the regular Windows 8, not pro.

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