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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 31, 2012 #61 of 130
    RasputinAXP

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    hello from my new surface RT tablet that showed up in the FedEx truck today. still getting used to the keybord but i'm midding auto-caps amongst othr things. it's going to take a few days to learn hoeto type on this keyboard but overall it's not horrific.

    yet.

    :)
     
  2. Oct 31, 2012 #62 of 130
    hdtvfan0001

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    Looking at that spelling...or the lack of spell checking....now there's enough reason alone to avoid it... :D :lol:
     
  3. Oct 31, 2012 #63 of 130
    dpeters11

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    Going from Windows 3.1 to 95 seemed like a bigger change.

    I know they did, but I still seem to call it Metro. But then I still have an HR34, not a Genie :)

    Oh and for anyone that uses Powershell, be sure to run update-help. Still getting one error for BitLocker.

    One more edit, Paul Thurrott just released part 8 of his review, The Verdict.
    http://www.winsupersite.com/article/windows8/windows-8-review-part-8-verdict-144708
     
  4. Oct 31, 2012 #64 of 130
    RasputinAXP

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    Seriously. It'll take me a few days to get used to it, but it should be doing a better job correcting my oopsies.
     
  5. Nov 1, 2012 #65 of 130
    lparsons21

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    If the current batch of Metro software is any indication, I don't think that will be a factor at all. Every one of them I've looked at is mostly the same as apps on a tablet. Full screen always and somewhat simplistic in what they do.

    Yeah, I wasn't going to get Win8, but I got to thinking that I've always got the newest OS on any computer I've owned, I don't use Windows much so one OS or another isn't going to make a big deal, and it was only $40. So what the hell, I bought and downloaded it.

    After fiddling around a bit, it turns out I don't hate it as much as I would have expected. I had gotten the consumer preview, but put it on a virgin drive which wasn't personalized for me very much. But after the upgrade I noticed that when you go to a normal desktop app, the icons for the apps I already had there were still there and functional. The only thing lacking is the 'start' menu.

    Right now I've not gotten one of the 'start' menu add-ons to see if it really is needed. I've got to say that I never used the start menu very much anyway, and frankly at this point, I don't miss it. I've got the apps that I want/use pinned to the Metro screen which you really can kind of think of as a big full screen start menu and that seems to be fine.

    One thing they've killed off is Windows Live Mesh. Yeah the app is still there, but it doesn't actually do anything anymore. Since MS has killed off Live Mesh I suppose that shouldn't surprise me. The odd thing is that the Mac OSX version of Live Mesh works just fine.

    The other oddity I've noticed is that when I access a document with the SkyDrive app, it opens it in the Office Starter Pack versions instead of the online versions at Skydrive. And for some odd reason creating a new document isn't an option.

    The switching of screens back and forth is a bit irritating, but not enough to lose sleep over.

    All in all, it doesn't change my opinion about Win8 much. Yeah it does things quicker, but the Metro UI really doesn't bring anything compelling to desktop/laptop.
     
  6. Nov 1, 2012 #66 of 130
    Drew2k

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    Metro Apps are now Windows Store Apps. Long live Windows Store Apps.

    But I much preferred "Metro".
     
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    Stuart Sweet

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    I have been forcing myself to use Windows 8 for 10-15 minutes a day minimum on a secondary computer. It will take a lot of time for me to get to the point where I like it, but it is getting to be more useful. Without a touchscreen a lot of it really doesn't make sense, but I did find out there are a huge number of keyboard shortcuts, including Windows-F1, which replaces F1 for help. I'm not sure why Search can't just search everything like it does on the Windows 7 Start menu. As a second screen sitting next to my regular computer the start screen makes sense, although I have some complaints. It's too animated and distracting and as I said before I know my name but I don't always know what time it is.
     
  9. Nov 2, 2012 #69 of 130
    lparsons21

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    Well, just as I thought all apps were working fine, I just had to try out DirecTV2PC! It has worked fine on this laptop I have win8 on, but now it has decided that the damned thing doesn't support "screen capture protection"! :(

    I've had a love/hate relationship with this app for a very long time. It is written in the poorest manner and is very picky about what it will run on. Other streaming apps, including with Dish don't seem to have these issues. It's kinda like the programmer wanted to make it more difficult than it has to be. And since they really haven't done squat with it for a very long time, it seems this will be the first app to get uninstalled! :(
     
  10. Nov 2, 2012 #70 of 130
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    If I'll have to spend a lot of time learning a new OS like that I might as well consider making the switch to mac as I'm already a bit familiar with it from my phone and tablet. Excellent move by Apple and dumb move from Microsoft.
     
  11. Nov 2, 2012 #71 of 130
    PCampbell

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    I have a 6 month old HP win 7 and it works fine, I see no need to spend money to update a new machine. Yes I have used win 8, If i need to learn a new interface I think I will go Mac like my wife did.
     
  12. Nov 2, 2012 #72 of 130
    dpeters11

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    Mac OS X is very different from iOS. Windows 8 is closer to Windows Phone 8 etc than OS X and iOS.
     
  13. Nov 2, 2012 #73 of 130
    RunnerFL

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    For now... Every OSX update gets us closer to one OS for all Apple products.
     
  14. Nov 2, 2012 #74 of 130
    Drew2k

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    I now have the HTPC and a laptop running Windows 8, and neither is touch screen, but I'm getting more used to it. I still spend all of my time in desktop mode, though, and have most of my quick-access apps pinned to the taskbar, so I rarely need to go to the Start screen.

    When I do go there, though, I can't stand when I accidentally launch a Windows Store App and have to go through a lot of motion to close it. Is there no shorter way to close a Windows Store App than return to the Start Screen, click in the top-left corner to show the most recent app, and then right-click and pick Close??? Uugh.

    I did learn today that PG UP and PG DN work great in the start screen to scroll left and right, so that makes it easier to use.

    But the whole approach of seeing all program shortcut at once on the All Apps screen just bugs me. I blame Apple and Google for this: the Apps drawer/tray in iDevices and Android devices shows all apps at once and users have to scroll through them to launch them, so Microsoft decided it needed to be a copycat.

    On the good news side, though, I was able to get my three ancient ATI Home Theater Pro tuner cards to work in the HTPC with minimal fuss. Instead of running the legacy ATI Catalyst Control Center installer, I just right-clicked on the "unknown devices" in device manager and picked "update driver", and then navigated to my ATI folder and had it find the driver from there. Windows 8 Media Center is up and running.
     
  15. Nov 2, 2012 #75 of 130
    Stuart Sweet

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    Drew, to close a fullscreen app click and hold on the top of the screen and drag the entire window to the bottom.
     
  16. Nov 3, 2012 #76 of 130
    wilbur_the_goose

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    Is there a way to lock the tiles so they don't move once I have everything the way I like it?
     
  17. Nov 3, 2012 #77 of 130
    lparsons21

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    Not from what I've seen or read.
     
  18. Nov 3, 2012 #78 of 130
    Getteau

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    you can also go old school and do Alt-F4.

    For those who don't have a keyboard with a Windows key, CTRL-ESC brings up the Metro interface.
     
  19. Nov 3, 2012 #79 of 130
    Drew2k

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    Wow ... so much easier than what I had been doing - thanks! I never noticed the mouse cursor changed shape when moved to the top of the screen for Windows Store apps - I guess I never moved the mouse there! I wish MS had a few more visual cues. Could then not have shown an [x] in the top left corner? :p

    On a different note, I installed Chrome and set it as the default, but now anytime I open a link from outside of the browser it doesn't open my desktop edition of Chrome, it opens the full-screen version. I've googled for a fix, but haven't found one. Any thoughts on this?
     
  20. Nov 3, 2012 #80 of 130
    Drew2k

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    LOL - I never thought to try that one! :p
     

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