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Windows 8 - Any first hand experiences?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by wilbur_the_goose, Oct 26, 2012.

  1. Oct 26, 2012 #1 of 130
    wilbur_the_goose

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    Does anybody have first hand experiences with Windows 8, especially on a non-touch screen?

    I'm wondering if it's usable on a desktop.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Oct 26, 2012 #2 of 130
    RasputinAXP

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    In a desktop or laptop non touch it's awful.had the gold master for a while.
     
  3. Oct 26, 2012 #3 of 130
    yosoyellobo

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    Am in the process of installing it on a desktop.
     
  4. Oct 26, 2012 #4 of 130
    dpeters11

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    I mostly use Desktop apps, other than the lack of the traditional start button, I almost don't notice it. All that changes when I hit the windows key or bring up the Charms bar.
     
  5. Oct 26, 2012 #5 of 130
    HDJulie

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    I installed it a couple of months ago. I fortunately found Stardock's Start8 program which gives me back my start button & menu & boots me directly to the desktop so it still looks & mostly feels like Win 7. I have to use HP's printing app to scan but can print normally. I avoid the tile interface as much as possible.
     
  6. Oct 26, 2012 #6 of 130
    RunnerFL

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    Yes, been playing with it here at work. It makes ZERO sense on a non-touch screen device.
     
  7. Oct 26, 2012 #7 of 130
    klang

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    I installed it into a VM on my iMac last month just to check it out. I don't plan to upgrade my Win7 VM unless they give us a way to turn off the touch interface.
     
  8. Oct 26, 2012 #8 of 130
    harsh

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    For those like me that turn your computer off:

    1. Move pointer to upper right corner (Start menu should appear)
    2. Choose Settings
    3. Choose Power
    4. Choose Shut down

    And to think we said bad things about having to press the Start button to shut the computer down.
     
  9. Oct 26, 2012 #9 of 130
    Drew2k

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    I played with two Win8 laptops at Costco today: one touch, one non-touch. The touch-screen was much easier to use, of course.

    But I found both to be non-intuitive in one regard: I was looking at the Win8 tiles and wanted to see what happened if I pressed WINDOWS-E, and it did bring up File Explorer, and showed the traditional task bar, but there was nothing I could to get back to the tiles.

    I have an MSDN license and may download and install to play, but I really do need a new laptop and if I'm going to get Windows 8 then I want something I can use as a tablet or laptop, something like the Dell XPS 12 convertible ultrabook. I will do a lot of research before I make a decision though...
     
  10. Oct 27, 2012 #10 of 130
    billsharpe

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    I installed an early release version of Windows 8 as a dual boot option on my laptop and used it for a few weeks. The Metro interface is a disaster for mouse users. I removed Win 8 after a couple of weeks.

    The good news is that MS will support Windows 7 through 2020.
     
  11. Oct 27, 2012 #11 of 130
    TBoneit

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    For what it is worth, www.bleepingcomputer.com has posted a bunch of Windows 8 Tutorials and is still creating more. I also saw a Windows 8 Operating System forum.

    I saw them and thought that will be handy for the early adopters.

    Personally I think I'm going to stay with Windows 7 for a while longer, 2 to 5 years. I went from XP back in 2003 to windows 7 when it came out. I like my Mouse.

    Cheers
     
  12. Oct 27, 2012 #12 of 130
    dpeters11

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    Extended support is through 2019, security patches will end in January 2020. Still a lot of time though.
     
  13. Oct 27, 2012 #13 of 130
    djlong

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    There are lots of "under the hood" things I want Win 8 for (like Storage Spaces so that my 10TB+ of disks will look like one volume on the network) but that Metro UI is just god-awful for a desktop.
     
  14. Oct 27, 2012 #14 of 130
    Drew2k

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    I broke down today while I was at Costco and picked up an HP Envy Windows 8 laptop. It's not touchscreen, but has a huge touchpad, and using two-fingers on the pad you can do screen swipes to scroll up/down or left/right. Dragging a finger from the right edge opens the charms, dragging from the left opens swaps to the most recently used app.

    This helps a LOT, but I think I will still be returning this to look for a touchscreen laptop.
     
  15. Oct 27, 2012 #15 of 130
    Drew2k

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    Yeah, seeing all installed apps and accessories in a huge list is just confusing and messy. But... it's one click to get to the Desktop, and my plan is to pin my favorite apps to the task bar and just ignore the Start Tile screen
    unless there's some obscure program I want to open.

    My ultimate hope is Microsoft will relent and let users choose to use a Start Menu or the Start Tiles.
     
  16. Oct 28, 2012 #16 of 130
    Nick

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    From AllThingsD.com:
    More: http://allthingsd.com/20121016/windows-pushes-into-the-tablet-age/
     
  17. Oct 28, 2012 #17 of 130
    hdtvfan0001

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    Thank goodness.

    The Windows 8 UI clearly was designed by Barney from Sesame Street.

    Clunky on a tablet...a mouse-maze on a PC.
     
  18. Oct 28, 2012 #18 of 130
    Chris Blount

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    Just installed it as a virtual machine on my iMac. It's not really useless if you have a mouse. There is a desktop mode that has the feel of previous Windows versions. So far its running pretty smoothly.
     
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    HDJulie

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    Y'all should check out Start8 by Stardock. I think it is only $5. Works great & I almost forget that I am in Windows 8.
     

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