Last edited by mdmd; 31 Oct 2012 at 15:51.
Still familiarising myself with windows 8 so not yet ready to claim it is useless. Have just bought a laptop (old fashioned keyboard/mouse/touchpad one) with w8 installed so had no choice, but struggling to understand why I get put into a start screen which, out-of-the-box, consists mainly of apps clearly designed for a phone or tablet. Mainly 'timewaster' apps in a work environment.
My laptop has much more power than either of those platforms and my home page on switching the thing on should make it as easy as possible to take advantage of the multi tasking and vastly superior amount of screen real estate available for applications. I certainly do not need reduced functionality apps because lower spec'd platforms cannot cope with the full app. No problem with the principle of one OS for all, but the OS needs to let users make the most of their own platform.
Still persevering, though, and am mainly finding acceptable workarounds for most shortcomings. It does smack of being an opportunity missed, though. I should not need to have to fight the OS. After all, the OS knows I am using a computer not a tablet or phone.
I agree with most of your comments. I myself have become quite frustrated at times. There are two points that you mentioned that I have found workarounds for. My responses are inline.
Start8 for Windows® 8 - Bringing back the Windows Start menu
Power - Add Cascading Desktop Context Menu in Windows 8
I hope this helps!
Stripped down Windows or small better for embedded touchscreen OS? You wouldn't be using Media Center on a Tablet or playing dvds in WMP on a Tablet either! Why keep what won't work for a hand held?
Your conclusion is accurate as well since 8 has turned out to be nothing but a major disappointment as far as the desktop is concerned being a filler until MS actually does come out with the next "Desktop" version and not simply a quick toss of the RT on pcs! 7 was an automatic winner from the start being a working desktop version 99% were satisfied with upon first sight while 8 has been a major turnoff with MS going off into the mobile fantasy land somewhere abandoning a working success formula realized in 7.
Once the RP which refused to install on VM Player at all went on all H broke loose when trying out the PC Refresh option which then saw 7 added into the 8 boot options automatically as that clean installed the RP all over again. Good Bye both versions! when the volume of drive errors ended up seeing both versions frozen solid until bailing 7 out with the Disk Check tool until that was to later see a clean install. Both versions could not work together in any dual boot as far the 8 BCD config there!
I paid out $319.99 a few years ago for a "working OS' and wouldn't be planning to buy an Android competitor even if it was open source type available meaning simply download free from MS! It's not a working formula as any actual replacement OS as far as 7 is concerned! It was desgned with the Surface Tablets in mind but ended being slapped onto the new OEM machines since MS lacked a working desktop edition!
You get power menu options much more conveniently from many of the start menu replacements.
Some of them also skip that awful start screen thing.
Classic Shell is free. It is highly customisable, too.
Some oem's are putting their own start menu variants into their machines.
Ludicrous how MS say they removed it due to lack of use ( as if ).
Sony and Toshiba were the first in line for the Start substitutions. With Classic Shell you can also change the default grey seen in the Start menu there too. Note this from their FaceBook entry. "If you prefer white sub-menus over grey, you can go to the 'Skin' tab and turn on the option."
For right clicking on the desktop you would normally do that for the Personalization section but is also a fast way to get at the Control Panel without any main Start menu where "Settings>Control Panel" had been seen! As far as shutdown options as well as the Setttings and Apps bar, Crawler tool bar?
You can spend all day on the VBox RP install and never even see that popup regardless of how many times you move the cursor over this or that spot showing a guaranted to fail method for the main items besides programs you need access to! If MS want to dump the single menu start orb concept as far as a desktop edition the main task bar could have been reworked to see multiple jumps and still allow you to pin items at the same time much like adding on a Quick Launch tool bar for divding things up and still retain the jump list methology only with a new look as well as ease of use.