IOW this OS is designed for totally different hardware than your average PC. No wonder it feels so odd....
This is just not true. It took me half an hour to tune my start menu the way I want it. And I fail to see what could be counterintuitive to click on a tile. I always hated All Programs in the old start menu. All Apps is a lot easier. What I don't like are the 'PC Settings" - although it may be easy for casual users. But then you can always go with the Control Panel.As it stands the current iteration of how the OS is set up with it's "in your face" startmenu and ditto tiles is a counterproductive, counterintuitive detour from what we had before in W7 or W2K8S.
It just takes too many tweaking and digging to turn it into the practical tool a desktop computer is meant to be.
The new start menu is easier to use for me as well. Didn't really like the old start menu, too hard to find apps that weren't on the recently used list, too many folders.
Still have some apps pinned on the toolbar, use a third party app to organize and hide the icons on the desktop, just like I did in Win7. When I need to search for a seldom used apps it is easier with the Metro start menu.
I spend a huge majority of my time on the desktop, the Metro UI is not a hindrance for anything I have tried to do.
Well said! Windows 8 works well for all desktop, keyboard, mouse applications. The Start screen, properly organized, in conjunction with the Apps screen is easier to use than the old start menu. Windows 8 will work well for the power user.
Perhaps some metro apps will be useful enough to encourage an upgrade, perhaps not.
I have many things that I want to in Win8 That was easy to do in Win7.
For instance, how do you remove a place in the Weather App? Who wants the weather in Seattle to be in the Metro Screen?
Different apps APPS come up with different languages! My computer is set for Ireland, English, no sweat in Win7. but Win8 has a mind of it's which language it wants to use. Irish, German, Italian appears in some APPs.
Can't get my sound to work (No Drivers). Can't get Office 2010 Home & Student to reinstall, lost it when I loaded Win8.
Can't arrange the icons in the Metro interface the way I want them.
Good thing I printed out the list of shortcuts from the Forum.
I am 83 & can remember things perfectly that happened 50 years ago but can't remember what I had for beakfast!
The Metro inter face don't help that at all!
I seldom use the start button/menu in Windows 7, so the loss of it really doesn't bother me. However, organising and customising the menu really takes no longer than it does for Metro and once done, is considerably more fixable. It also doesn't require 'flipping' from one desktop to another just to launch a program. Regardless, if you like Metro, enjoy it. If, on the other hand, you think it's unnecessary and completely out of place on desktop PCs, try and avoid it.
As far as finding programs easily, I got this idea from Apple years ago. I have folders named "Games," Help," "Bible," "Spanish," and Storage," on my desktop. Clicking on one of them opens a desktop with only those apps.
If you open the device manager and then right click on the audio device needing a driver (or unknown device if it exists) - choose properties then details tab - now change the dropdown to say hardware ids. Copy/paste the results here and tell me if you're running x86 (32 bit) or x64 (64 bit) - I will get a driver for you.
I like that screen !!!!
Are you sure this isn't the console from the Roswell flying Saucer that is still being examined in "Area 51".
The other point about Touch screens -- OK for smallish tablets etc -- but AN ABOMINATION to use on large LCD panels etc -- and in any case I can't see muself wanting to put sticky fingers all over a 3,000 USD screen !!!!!.
A DESKTOP OS isn't suited to a lot of Touch screen stuff. Switching apps like an Android phone to chang windows (desktops) would be OK but the mouse and keyboard aren't going away any time soon.