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Windows 8 - An early-adopter view

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  • Doesn't live up to the hype.
  • 'Start' menu with tiles is a waste of computer processing power.
  • Tiles are not interactive, misleading, and have to be 'set up' for each use case. Understandable, but disappointing. Currently Microsoft app store doesn't have much of a selection!
  • Navigation from 'Start' to 'Desktop' not intuitive. Worse, NO obvious navigation back from Desktop to Start.
  • Fortunately, the 'Windows' key does the navigating back and forth - but nobody, least of all Microsoft - explains this at installation!
  • Microsoft want you to concentrate on moving your cursor (or finger for swipe tablets and mobiles) to each of the corners to access 'menus'. PITA. Win-key+C is easier to bring up the 'Charms' menu. It's just a menu - nothing 'charming' about it.
  • When you switch to desktop - and you HAVE to, to be productive - you realise you are still working with a Win-7 desktop. That deflates expectations!
  • Some new features have been added. Some good, some yuk, a couple 'brilliant' (and why couldn't we have had them in an SP2 for 7, huh?).
  • They dumped the Aero look 3 weeks from launch, but not for any aesthetic reason. They probably figured that Aero was a bit of a battery-hog and would cause problems for portables!
  • IE10 looks promising. Fast, intrusively 'secure', and has adopted HTML5 and CSS3 (all - I think!), e.g. text-shadow now works in IE10. More about IE when I've used it a few times.
  • Price for upgrade was a deciding factor. $40 (€30) upgrade to Pro from ANY previous version, and they throw in Windows Media Center for free. Not that I've managed to install the latter as yet, but I have the activation code so I can sit on it for a while!

More later. But Apple is looking good from where I sit …!!

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Thanks for your views.

I'm a Mac user primarily, but I boot into Windows for gaming. I like Windows 7, and while it doesn't have the intuitiveness of Mac OS, it is a solid release.

Mac OS has these 'hot corners' that you flick your cursor into to activate shortcuts. I use it constantly, and I really like it.

I'll try and check Windows 8 out if the price is right.


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I don't want win 8 for now. I use win 7 and yes its the best version I had. So for me the first five years no win8


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Robbie Goacher said

Mac OS has these 'hot corners' that you flick your cursor into … I'll try and check Windows 8 out if the price is right.
Robbie,

Your description of 'flicking' your cursor into the hot corners got a belly-laugh from me and Maria. I tried the 'flicking' trick when I first installed it, but all my cursor managed to achieve was a sorry abandoned look on the second monitor. More practice necessary, I guess!

No better time to 'buy' into Microsoft's latest if that is your wish. At $40/€30 it is the best deal going for an upgrade to Pro (+ WMC free). As you may already know (or may not, being an Apple user), all OEM releases come with Win8 Standard which can be upgraded to Pro before 31 Jan. And if you buy a Win7-loaded computer you can get the upgrade for $15 (offer also expires 31 Jan). After that it jumps to $70 and $120 (Pro+WMC).

Personally, I am underwhelmed. Worst release since ME in my opinion. But I suspect there's no turning back if one intends to stick with Windows.

It can only get better. But at a huge cost, I suspect. In the mean time, early-adopters are being thanked by Microsoft with a perfectly aimed kick in the gonads …!!

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Update: 7 Nov 2012

Will be absent from Forums for a few days due to Windows8 'hosing' my computer.

The instructions for 'Refreshing' the installation, if it didn't appear to be working correctly, warned that all settings and personal information would be retained, but that all 'installed' programmes would need to be re-installed!

Since my upgrade seemed to be clashing with something that was previously installed, I slept on it and came to the conclusion (after gathering together all the disks and downloaded software)  that I was better off doing clean installations of all my proggys as they had probably collected a multitude of c**p over time.

The 'Refresh' went well. Too well. It wiped out all my previous personal settings, including all my email accounts!

Now I am up the proverbial creek without even a Tupperware lid to paddle with, because I didn't 'save' my keys and activation codes in a different location. Now in a feverish state of total confusion, hunting down backups 'n' stuff, and trying to reinstall stuff. Will have to contact the suppliers begging them to re-send my keys and codes for some programmes, and that is going to take forever.

There is a glimmer of light at the end of this particular tunnel. The upgrade saved all my previous files and folders in a Windows_old and a Windows7 Recovery folder. 'Upgrading' back to Windows 7 is a distinct possibility!

Moral of the story: Be careful with this release. It appears to have been designed to catch out the unwary …!!

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Wow sorry to hear about your woes but thanks for sharing your experience!
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ai ai ai, thats not good. But thats why I say before I stay to Win 7, because many graphical and photographic programms are not accepted by version…..  :S

Hope you get everything back… success!!


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Duck said

Wow sorry to hear about your woes but thanks for sharing your experience!
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Not completely BAD news methinks, Duck, but thanks for the sympathy vote.

I keep popping in to the ocP Forum each time I flash up a 'new' browser (new = fresh download, without any add-ons or extensions) and set up my pinned tabs, etc.

I've 'found' my stored email in the 'windows.old' folder (where I expected hoped it to would be), so I am breathing easier as I expect I will be able to access all the keys and validation codes stored there.

This time I'm NOT going to rush things. I'll install the proggys I used most in the past, and reconsider seriously whether I need the other 'goodies' I downloaded like a kid in ye-olde-sweetie-shoppe - and hardly ever used!

I'll update as I go along, and mention any other 'gotchas' that might help another user to avoid the self-imposed traps!

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Thank you for sharing your progression, Fletch. :thumbs:

It is quite disconcerting  to find out that Microsoft still cannot do a seamless upgrade from a solid version like Win-7 without nightmarish consequences.  I will wait for at least one year or if I have to buy a new computer before getting on that bandwagon.;)
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Jean,

It comes as an unexpected surprise when, after a 'Refresh' that explains all your personal settings will remain intact, to fire up your email client and find there's nothing there!

However, a bit of DEEP drilling down into the windows.old folder produces results. Not that I was successful initially! Despondency soon set in. Then I remembered that I've got into the habit of using 'Everything' as my desktop search tool, downloaded a fresh copy (it's FREE), and that magical little devil pointed me unerringly, to where my files were well hidden, within 30 seconds of firing it up.

Deep sigh of relief. All mails and folders are back in place. Now to go get Roboform and put back all the login passwords and secure notes. Once that is done I can slowly start to restore the 'useful' and 'often-used' programmes, for most of which I've laid out the installation disks and identified where the on-line downloads are located.

I'm actually quite excited that after many years I will be running a 'clean' installation of an OS. This poor computer has gone from Vista-Home, to Vista-Ultimate, to Win7-Home, to Win7-Ultimate, and now straight to Win8-Pro & Media Center, and they've all been 'upgrades'. Perhaps that is the real story!

I shall be back in a day or two …!!

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I've tried it on a WinServer 2008 in a virtual machine, and found it to be absolute crap.
Glad I didn't have to actually 'pay' for the liscense, my copy was a bonus from MS for buying 15 seats of win7 pro. :)
If you are really looking to try something new, try it in a virtual machine environment first so you don't hose your primary working install.
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