- Feels a bit faster (not sure though).
- Some good new features
- A lot of extremely annoying changes and new silly features (I hate the charms badly, argh, so irritating everytime it shows up accidentally)
- Metro who? (you hate it the first days, the you ignore it completely)
I can't help to stay always with the last versions. I will not go back.
Do I like W8 then? No, Windows 7 was just fine and without annoyances, but... I am a last version addict
True.Do I like W8 then? No, Windows 7 was just fine and without annoyances
Yet I'd still like to see W8 sans Metro and with everything W7 has for the simple reason that it seems faster and it is more efficient memory wise and real estate wise so to speak.
I do wonder what's that swapfile is for though....
For me, the only 'new' features of significant interest are, Hyper-V and Storage Spaces, both of which I'll probably deploy on a single PC, probably using Server 8. The start-up and shut-down times are really neither here or there, as I seldom turn off any of my systems.
The general consensus is that it's related to the hybrid sleep function, although there also some discussion about it being used in suspending Metro applications.I do wonder what's that swapfile is for though
Two features that are worth keeping an eye on areThe Windows 8 Kill Switch and UEFI Regardless of what Microsoft say now, there's plenty of room for abuse with both of these features.
Not happy at all, I can see why Windows Phones are losing marketshare. The OS runs fine but the UI is like playing a rubik's cube, average folks do not like this unnatural and mechanical tile design UI.
Aside from my initial reservations about the Start screen, etc., which I still hold, except for a few glitches that could be attributed to drivers in Beta, WIN 8 has proven to be extremely solid, fast and fluid on my PC. I don't care for tablets and will never own one. But I intend on having Win 8 as the OS in my machine from now on.
So, to comment on the initial observations on this thread, I like the developments in WIN 8.
Well I've had Windows 8: CP for a few weeks now and it's been a love/hate relationship, but yes I am happy with Windows 8. It's been a bumpy ride but now that I've gotten used to it and mastered the OS, I like it better than Windows 7 even though Microsoft needs to work on it a lot more before release.
What I like about it:
1. Windows Explorer Upgrades: This includes the Ribbon and ISO Mounting, both very useful features
2. Upgraded Task Manager: Makes it a lot cleaner and easier to use
3. Upgraded Windows PowerShell: Always A Good Thing...
4. Ability to sign in with a Microsoft ID: Makes things more connected and I like that
5. New Lock Screen: I used to never use the Lock feature and now I do all the time
6. Various New Metro and Non-Metro apps: Some great new apps to be had, my favorite being the XBOX LIVE app since I'm a huge gamer
7. Visual Login: That's just awesome...
8. General Performance: MUCH faster than Windows 7 for me
What I don't like about it:
1. WDDM 1.2: Great idea but it needs a lot of tweaking for legacy apps and drivers
2. Metro IE: What the f***? If I want a Cell Phone Browser I'll pick up my phone. Why would you not include plug-ins?!?!?!?!?
3. Secure Boot: A Dirty Monopolistic thing to do...
4. Windows Defender: Much more intrusive than MSE in my opinion
5. Lack of Simple, Easy to get too Shut Down, Restart and like shortcuts: I don't like pressing Control Alt Delete every time I want to Log Off, and yeah I know other ways are there, but it's too complicated for such simple processes
There are many ways to do this. See Shawn's tutorial and also the related tutorials on the bottom. I have put a 'switch' into the taskbar and on the start menu.5. Lack of Simple, Easy to get too Shut Down, Restart and like shortcuts: I don't like pressing Control Alt Delete every time I want to Log Off, and yeah I know other ways are there, but it's too complicated for such simple processes
I've set it up to boot through Metro to the desktop, and activated the Start Menu and
Quick-Launch, as well as the routine tweaks I always perform on a fresh installation.
Set-up like this, I quite like it, apart from a few minor niggles.
But, like Calico, I'm not at all happy about the 'kill-switch' and am certainly not happy
with the idea of UEFI. Unless they can be easily disabled/bypassed, I want neither any-
where near my systems.
And I want my files, progs and apps on MY HDD, not on someone else's server (cloud).
If I don't get the choice, I'll be staying with 7 or going open-source.