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Got Windows 8 32-bit Installed On Netbook, Most Tiles Don't Work

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    Windows 8 on my netbook, Windows 7 on my desktop, Ubuntu Server 10.04 on my servers.

    Got Windows 8 32-bit Installed On Netbook, Most Tiles Don't Work


    I installed Windows 8 on my netbook last night, I chose the 32-bit version since I only have 2GB of RAM in the ASUS Eee PC 1015PN. Windows 8 installed fine, I installed it so it would keep all of my settings and files although it only was able to keep the files.

    For some reason or another the tiles in the Metro UI don't actually work. At least most don't work, the control panel one does and a few others. But the Metro version of IE and those sorts of things won't even open. Anyone else have this problem? Anyone know how to fix this?

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    Windows 7/8 x86/x64, Ubuntu 11.04


    I am having the same exact issue on my Asus 1015PE with Windows 8 Devloper Preview x86.

    I registered just to bump this post.

    I think the 32-bit version might just be hosed. One person said that you need a resolution of at least 1024x600, but the 10XX series of Asus netbooks run natively at that resolution.

    It's either hardware or software but until the code improves and people start talking about issues and more testing is done, there is no way to tell.

    My desktop is quite a beast, so I will try installing the x86 and x64 versions in virtual machines to see if I can reproduce the issue. I'll report my results in this thread... if I remember to.

    If 32-bit is borked for now, 2GB is enough for a x64 OS, we'll just need an 8GB SD card to install... already tried a 4GB SD card, literally about 200MB short of what you need.
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    Windows 8 on my netbook, Windows 7 on my desktop, Ubuntu Server 10.04 on my servers.


    Quote Originally Posted by AnsuzThurisaz View Post
    I am having the same exact issue on my Asus 1015PE with Windows 8 Devloper Preview x86.
    I think the 32-bit version might just be hosed. One person said that you need a resolution of at least 1024x600, but the 10XX series of Asus netbooks run natively at that resolution.
    I tried plugging the netbook to a bigger monitor and it now will open more tiles like Internet Explorer. And will at least show some animation and show the logo going full screen on all the others. But most of the apps don't open, they just make the screen turn all green and I have to go back to the home screen.

    I have a friend with a Mac that installed Win8 on his computer and he installed it first in a virtual machine and it didn't work and then again on his actual mac and it worked. So I tried reinstalling it on my netbook and there still isn't any change.
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    Windows 7/8 x86/x64, Ubuntu 11.04


    Really hoping some folks "in the know" hijack this thread and provide some advice.

    Good to know that reinstalling won't do anything, too. Will definitely save me some time.

    Sometime between now and the end of the weekend I am going to try running x86 and x64 in VM with a max resolution of 1024x600 to see if resolution is the real issue or if it's the x86 version being funny.

    Remember though, this is a Developer Preview, not a Beta. It's meant for Developers to get their feet wet with the new system and tools to make apps for said system. So, despite Microsoft having promised that Windows 8 will be optimized for smaller screens and that Metro should be able to run on anything, they are quite a long ways from fully attaining that goal.

    Windows Update seems to be running and pulling updates so maybe we'll get heavy code revisions in the Pre-Beta to Beta cycle much like OS X did with Snow Leopard and Lion; install preview code, get major updates through an updater without having to do a full reinstall.

    We might get lucky and a Windows Update might fix this down the road. My bet is on an early 2012 Public Beta, once Developers have had some time with the Developer Preview build and there are third-party apps that take advantage of Metro and all the other new bells and whistles. By the time Windows 8 hits Beta, it should be pretty rock solid. Vista was crap, but the Beta cycle was great and the same goes for Windows 7, except Windows 7 was rock solid and awesome from Beta 1 to release.
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    Windows 8

    Same problem on the MSI U100


    I am having the same issue with my netbook MSI U100.

    Interestingly enough, the IE tile does not work but when you switch to the desktop you can bring up IE. SO it is installed and functional.
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    Windows 8


    me aswell, asus EEE pc 1005hab
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    Having the same issue, but the odd thing is, every tile/app was working fine around 9am this morning. I went to lunch, and now nothing works. I'm running on a Dell D630, non virtual environment. 3gb DDR, and 2.0ghz core 2 duo.
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    Windows 7


    From what I have read you need to be using a 1024x768 resolution at the least. I have this installed in VirtualBox, but it is stuck at 800x600 and none of the tiles work.

    I've been hunting for a fix for this and haven't found one yet... I'd love to get my VM working in the right resolution so I can try out the tiles.

    And just like that, reinstalling Win8 on virtual box I was able to change the resolution this time... weird.

    lol... I edited my post to say that and now they don't work... weird.
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    Ok, this is getting strange, the exact same .iso runs perfectly in virtualbox, yet using the win7 dvd/usb bootable tool I've installed it on a D630 as the only OS, and the tiles don't work......I've even tried the full blown dev build and still nothing.

    How many people here have installed using the USB method? I'm thinking the USB method corrupts the install?
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    Windows 7


    What is the resolution set at, 1024x768 or higher? That seems to be the biggest culprit of tiles not working.
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