I just have to say I totally agree with HPDeskjet. I have just started evaluating Windows 8 for our IT department in a government facility. There is no way this will ever work on any of our desktop pcs. This should be marketed ONLY as a Touchpad or WinPad OS and even then, I see problems. Thanks for all your great input.. Glad to see I am not alone. cethaemert
Have been using Windows 8 Consumer Preview for several days (upgraded from Windows 7), and have read forums for hints tips shortcuts etc. Finally have it set up pretty well on my laptop.
But there is one major thing that really has me baffled beyond belief. The Metro desktop doesn't do windows!!! Microsoft is making Windows non-windowed? Unless you bounce to the old style desktop. The "magic" of Windows on a nice big screen is having multiple programs open at once in various windows and moving from one to the other easily. I don't get it. I have an iPad2 and love it, and understand that the Windows 8 experience on a tablet will eventually be similar. Of course the iPad doesn't do windows either. Maybe that concept isn't appropriate for a tablet, but Windows 8 is meant for PCs as well.
But Windows without windows?
I find myself using the old style desktop most of the time. I have installed and tried many of the free Metro apps, and most of them simply are not appealing. For instance Evernote on my iPad and laptop is fantastic, but the Metro version is positively dreadful and unusable. I assume this was a first attempt to create a Metro version of the app and that it will eventualy be as good as or better than the iPad app.
While keeping an open mind understanding this is not the final release, so far I am not overwhelmed. But on the bright side every part of my laptop, all devices and every one of my applications work fine with one exception and I found a somewhat tedious work around that even got that app working properly.
For me at this point, Metro on a PC doesn't cut it. And based on my experience with my iPad2 for the past year, the Metro desktop is not as intuitive or efficient. When I move app icons on my iPad, they go where I want them to go. On Metro they bounce all over the place and change positions of icons I had the way I wanted them, very frustrating. And unless I missed something, I cannot make folders of app icons as on my iPad. The endless scrolling side to side to try to locate an app out of say 200 eventually is going to be BRUTAL in Metro. But again, I accept that this is not the final release and all these comments from previewers is what Microsoft wants and needs to hear. I do like the live icon feature for weather and the stock market apps. And so far Windows 8 has been rock solid for me.
A tutorial would have eliminated 90% of the concerns I've seen. Certainly there will be one in the Final Release, but there should have been something to help previewers get oriented and find their way around. The main thing I would like is to be able to start in the standard desktop mode rather than Metro, but then again it is just a click away right now and it will probably be doable in the end product.
So far it installed perfectly, all but one minor app worked, all devices worked and it has been running rock solid. My overall opinion? This is a cleaned-up Windows 7 base platform with the Metro UI slapped on top. But bring back the darn Start button on the old desktop.
What is my major concern as a retired IT guy and someone who helps friends who have mucked up their system? PLEASE get rid of that uninstall option when you right click on a Metro app. I dread to think of what such a simple uninstall capability is going to do in the hands of many users. ARGH!!!
Will I buy the final release of Windows 8 for this laptop? Yup, you bet!
Will I be a happy camper with the final release on my old laptop and using my familiar trustworthy applications? Yup, could keep me content for a couple more years - or until the laptop kicks the bucket!
Is it an upgrade I would recommend to the average home user who is content with Windows 7? Nope!
Would I push to replace Windows 7 on my network if I was still in IT? Nope! Not for at least a year or so. On top of the obvious IT concerns, I would give it that much time for many workers to experience Windows 8 on their home devices to cut down on training time and user frustration.
Would I run out to buy a Windows 8 tablet? Nope! Happy with my iPad2. Metro UI and most of the apps I've tried so far pale in comparison. But it will be interesting to watch the evolution of Metro apps.
Would I eventually replace my current Windows laptop with a new one sporting Windows 8? That depends on how well Apple blends IOS features into Mountain Lion OS due out this summer which might make a switch to a MacPro enticing. And of course on how well PC manufacturers produce hardware to handle Metro. Time will tell.
Windows 8 app to bring back Start menu on desktop
As far as I can tell, most complaints are merely personal preference (cars, gadgets, software, etc.).