WEI...? You're kidding me...some people actually miss this?... I didn't even know it was gone until someone in this thread reminded me. WEI would have been a lot more interesting, if that's the word, had it been tied to your fastest peripheral instead of your slowest one--lol, you could literally install a cpu and gpu that were 2x as powerful as what you had before, but if you kept the same hard drive and it was the slowest peripheral in your system--the performance number would not budge!...(If I'm not thinking of WEI then I don't know what the hell the WEI ever was...!)
I got Media Center *free* when Microsoft was offering it for free along with Win8/8.1 Pro for $39.99. But, if you are someone who somehow missed that sale when it was going on...you can still buy MC for $9.99--or just download any one of a number of freeware substitutes--my favorite of which is VLC. (Actually, with VLC I don't need MC, tell the truth, and I use VLC a lot more, these days.)
Microsoft Backup--never used. I don't use SkyDrive, either--mainly because my upload speed is capped to 1/10th of my download speed, and so it makes no sense for me--even with a 250GB data cap. I use multiple partitions and the only thing I've had on C:\ for years has been the OS and certain utilities--so I only *clone* (as opposed to simply BU) my c:\ partition, and there are much better programs for that than Microsoft Backup.
Win8/8.1 allows one to actually *mount* an .iso natively, without the the need for 3rd-party software hacks. 7zip allows one to look at files in an .iso, or copy them out--it does *not* mount the disk inside the OS. Mounting an .iso in Win8/8.1 means the OS thinks the .iso is in a physical DVD drive--and treats the mounted file exactly as though it were. For example, in a Win8/8.1 mounted .iso, I can run setup from within the mounted .iso and it will *run* and install the program exactly as it would from a physical DVD mounted in a real, physical DVD drive. With Win7 and before you had to use hacks like Daemon tools to hack the OS and fool it into believing the .iso was running from a physical DVD drive instead of only a software .iso. Often, Daemon tools didn't play nice with other software. Win8 ISO automount is much more handy than I would have thought it would be--going back to Win7 and actually having to run the hack or else use a physical disk in a physical DVD drive is a *real pain* by comparison. Very clunky, once you get used to the flexibility of having the OS mount the .iso for you.
**EDIT**On second look, it does in fact appear that 7zip will allow you to extract and run right from an .iso file. So what was Daemon tools all about?
A long story short--aside from these things and the start menu, every thing else that Win8 is supposed to be missing is actually present and accounted for, but in a slightly different place, or has been reworked into something better.
My *only* beef with 8/8.1 was the omission of the *start menu*--which could only have been accomplished by a deaf and dumb Microsoft. The start *menu* made the desktop the HUB of the entire OS. You could do *everything* and *reach everything* right from the desktop screen! Bravissimo, Microsoft! Boo, on having miraculaously forgotten all about that utility in Win8. Why should I have to boot from the desktop just to then go to the "start screen" to run programs and otherwise manipulate them? And not only *a* "start screen" but a side-scrolling monstrosity that could literally go on forever if you had enough programs and ram!
Otherwise, win8/8.1 is leaner, faster, sleeker and better--really, makes my trusty Win7x64 partition feel klutzy and awkward by comparison. But WHY?
Good question, considering how screwed up this whole "start-screen" for non-touch desktops situation is. Answer: Classic Shell...free and works splendidly (I advise using only its startbutton/menu function, however.) To think that an enterprising freeware author could embarrass Microsoft like this! Well, I, too, think Ballmer has "bombed" big time the last few years--and he knows it. That's why he is getting out so soon. No question about that.
With a competent start menu in place natively, and an OS install function allowing the end user to choose between the traditional desktop user interface and a touchscreen interface, Win8 would have been unstoppable this year! Sales would have been double, maybe even triple what they've been, had Microsoft not been in such a hurry to sacrifice Windows on the altar of portability and touchscreens--which a decade from now, millions and millions of people are *still not* going to have (because some want them and some don't)!
Hello? Does anyone here believe that the desktop user interface is perfect and cannot be improved beyond what was published in Win7? I surely think that the non-touch, desktop UI for Windows could stand lots and lots of improvement! It is nowhere near perfect as of yet. The problem is--as obvious as that is to practically everyone on the planet--Microsoft seems not to clearly understand it. Here's hoping the next guy in the top spot will recognize that the ~1.4B Microsoft non-touch, desktop Windows customers (that number is according to Microsoft) can't be wrong--and start making some smart decisions, again.
Any old unimaginative loon can try and make a go of things by copying Apple--but that's something that until the last couple of years Microsoft *never* did, which is what made the company so successful!
I think the company has a good chance of saving its bacon with the right Ballmer replacement, but if he/she/it signs on with the attitude of just continuing the damage Ballmer's already managed to inflict on the company--then I think Microsoft might be in some real trouble--at the very least getting relegated to an also-ran status. And for what? Change for the sake of change is lunacy, imo. Change to please your customers is the only kind of change that makes sense to me. But maybe I'm too old-fashioned about that...I think, though, that Microsoft needs to Listen Harder and then Work Harder to make up all of the needlessly lost ground it forfeited in its ill-conceived release of Win8 sans the start *menu.* (Adding insult to injury, and the thing that really makes me scratch my head, is that Microsoft got all excited about bringing the start *button* back to 8.1--with seemingly no recollection of how and why the start *menu* was an integral component of the start *button* since 1995! Did they somehow think no one would notice the missing start menu? Just weird.)
But when it comes to the Mobile Department, MS WAS getting left behind
They ARE catching up. I have WP8, Surface Pro, Laptop and Desktop all Win8.
The fact that I can easily set them up to access things across all of them, AND load 3rd party software? AND share files as needed with ease across all these platforms?????, IS a big deal!!!!!
And should be Seen, Touted, Promoted as such.
Not to mention that some of it can cross platform with 7, Vista and XP? with the same 3rd party software on all of them?????
Show me where Android or iOS can do that. Awww, bummer, you can't.
I don't want to see full 100% cloud centric computing, that would be bad in so many ways.
If you think privacy is bad now, forget about it in that environment. Talk about big brother stuff, haah yeah, enjoy.
Daemon tools will do a lot more than just extract/mount ISO's
But, there are many tools like this out there.
WEI (Windows Experience Index) was meant to be used by Software and Gaming Vendors to put on their titles along with the
Recommended Requirements to run said title.
it was a good concept and some of the Plays on Windows Titles did use the WEI on the box.
But not enough vendors went with it, not sure the real reason, or they didn't fully grasp the idea?
The difference between Recommend/Required was so big at one time, that if you tried using the Required stats
most likely you were going to have a very choppy lack luster experience.
It still holds true today for many people. You still want 1.5 times the amount of Recommended Stats to fully enjoy a title.
But at the same time, a lot of people have no clue what those stats even mean, they have no clue what is in their system to begin with, hence the WEI Score. It was a simple concept, know your System WEI Score and just look at the titles your want.
And no, it should not have been based on the highest score, but the lowest for that reason.
If your RAM was at a 2, but your system said 6 and the title you want says 4
You aren't going to be able to play/use it cause the RAM is just too low.
Apart from the fact that vertical menus make no sense when you have twice as much space horizontally (most monitors these days are 1920x1080), and that tiny menus are extremely difficult to use with non-mouse/keyboard inputs (not just touch, but gestures, game controllers, TV Remotes, etc.. Imagine trying to select an app in a start menu using a Kinect-like interface from your couch), but they're also very difficult for people with disabilities to use, which makes the classic start menu a target for a Americans With Disabilities Act lawsuit.
Then factor in the fact people are installing hundreds, if not thousands of apps nowadays, and your vertical space gets even more tiny.
This was the same reason for the Ribbon. The ever expanding number of functions in Office were simply becoming impractical for menus.. They literally had to take 50+% of the functions off the menus, because there just wasn't room. Menus as a general construct are essentially becoming extinct.
I agree,,, I have seen Start Menus that are so full of garbage that you could not literally see it all. Even with the scroll arrow at the bottom. or so large from those with bad eyesight that the cascades go off screen.
Much like Icons and shortcuts on a desktop that is so full you literally can not see all them cause they are off screen.
I will take the start menu any time over a start page thanks much.
Glad you like having w8 on your phone, surface and desktop. Of course the vast majority do not want anything to do with this if sales are any indication. I wouldn't want a windows phone if they were giving them away. Think I will be sticking to my S4.
At the rate they are catching up with Android in mobile, no one alive today will get to see it happen, lol.
And if you can clean out the unwanted tiles, you can do the same in a start menu. And besides, the vertical start menu in Win7 is not all seen at once, but scrolled through. And this pic is only showing half the monitor screen. Start menu occupies about 12%.
I've tried both ways extensively, and not just in desktop, but in tablets where you have no choice. But on desktop, to me it's a no brainer ... alhpha/numeric cascaded any day.
Last edited by Mustang; 17 Sep 2013 at 05:02.