Most here know I'm a faboi and have been since I first booted up 8 RP back in early June. I liked the idea, looks of the Start Screen, and the Live tiles for at-a-glance info rather than the Start Menu and desktop gadgets. I think it to be safer and more resource efficient.
It is definitely faster than 7 on my older Acer. No need to buy a new machine, although I will upgrade to a video card and a HDD along with a touch monitor, which has been long coming anyway. The onboard video on this machine has always been the lowest score. I will use my present monitor to dual monitor with, which will be a first for me.
I have always been a shortcut keys guy, so navigation speed in 8 is no different for me, in fact I think I get around faster. I just never took a liking to the mouse, not to say I don't use it at all. Shortcut keys to me is a saving grace for 8 on a desktop PC that's meant for other touch devices. I think the touch monitor will aid greatly.
All in all, I'm enjoying the experience greatly. Thanks for starting the thread, LovingWindows.
Last edited by HippsieGypsie; 28 Nov 2012 at 13:58.
I consider it a side-grade. There's nothing really that I am overly excited about. I upgraded, and quickly realized that for me personally there's no need for the start screen, it's pretty much a huge waste of space for the 10 seconds of "eye-candy" you get while launching an app. It's disabled and I'm in desktop full time, so I'd say it's just like Windows 7, without Aero visuals - and with a new taskmanager/filecopy window. Barely noticed a difference in boot times either. Was it worth $40? I don't know, to me it's borderline...but I've spent $40 on worse things.
I've had 3 stages of experience with it. Stage 1: I hated it. Stage 2: I didn't mind it. Stage 3: I like it.
The OS itself, I love. Apart from the butchery MS has carried out on it.
But there's a LOT that I hate.
EUFI, secure-boot, the cloud, the arrogant way they pulled Aero and gadgets, and
the unacceptable activation hassles.
As does the direction it is trying to push me (subscription services, everything in the cloud and only
accessible after PAYING, removal of control, touch-screens etc).
And I simply won't go there. NOT gonna happen.
Best-case scenario....a hack to put Metro and the new file copy/move and task-manager into Win 7.
Likely scenario....Staying with 7 and brushing-up on my Linux skills.
I demand FULL access and control over MY OS, which is why I chose IBM/Windows over Apple
in the first place and now Microsoft IS taking that away.
That's OK, I'll simply take my patronage away.
MS has a potentially great OS here, but their attitude and direction SUCKS!
And once in a while I play around with it for a few days running, and it seems not so bad. I'm to the point now where if I could just do some decent theming on the desktop I'd be a lot happier, but the "flat" look is unpleasant to me.
I use StartIsBack, and never see even a flicker of Metro unless I want to, which is seldom (and only out of idle curiosity - I have found no app with any utility to me, unless you count Solitaire :-) . I've tried to give it a chance, using tips from Coke Robot and a couple of other of the enthusiastic folks around here, but it's just too much a yank.
In any case, I'm still dual booting with Win7 for the time being... I have to believe that further tweakability will come to the desktop. It would be so easy for MS to facilitate, and make a lot of people very pleased.
So far it seems fairly OK but I haven't played around with all of the important little details yet. I am using Classic Shell and I find myself trying to avoid Metro UI like the plague because it really IS counterproductive for the typical "non touch" type of user IMO, but that's pretty much old news by now I guess. Another major annoyance that simply shouldn't have been there IMO is the fact choosing a dark color for the taskbar and windows borders results in the user being forced into reading invisible text. Switching to high contrast theme resulted in most of my Metro tiles being replaced with empty solid white boxes. Bummer, eh?
One of the things I DO like is that Netlimiter Pro 3 appears to be capable of controlling traffic caused by Windows Printer and File Sharing, something which AFAIK is not possible in Windows 7.
EDIT: The problem with the blank Metro tiles in the (white) high contrast theme was apparently related to a theme that I had downloaded from another thread on this forum (and installed by simply unzipping the .deskthemepack file and then doubleclicking on it). When I deleted this theme from Windows, the problem went away.
Last edited by hdmi; 28 Nov 2012 at 17:30.