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Windows 8 First Impressions

  1. #91


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I use VLC player for DVD playback, WAY better than WMP or WMC will ever be. And free too! I use it from time to time to play .iso rips of DVDs.

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  2. #92


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I use VLC player for DVD playback, WAY better than WMP or WMC will ever be. And free too! I use it from time to time to play .iso rips of DVDs.
    Yep, I never used the built in Windows tools for media stuff. Always better options out there.
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  3. #93


    Posts : 1,308
    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    Ya but I listen may be 3 or 4 dvd a year on my PC, I would like to do so without installing third party
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  4. #94


    Pembrokeshire, South Wales, UK
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    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit/ Windows 8.1 64 bit


    I can't get the Media Player as my version is the Home version not Pro. I'm sure there's something by Cyberlink that Asus included with this Notebook but haven't sorted it out yet, plus I downloaded the Microsoft Essentials pack from Microsoft which included the DVD Movie Maker.
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  5. #95


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8


    I've recently upgraded to Windows 8, I figured that for 24.99 if I ended up hating it the amount of money lost would not be huge.

    The thing is I don't hate it but I do find it unnecessary and occasionally annoying.

    Now the Metro UI is okay but I find it annoying that I must get a third party program to enable me to have an image as the background instead of a solid colour.

    Another annoying thing is that when I install programs that have "sub-programs" all of them get added to Metro, meaning I have to spend time removing all those entries. For example I install Word and Frontpage and not only do they get added to Metro but everything from the Microsoft Office Tools gets added as well.

    For me this doesn't seem like a step up from the start menu where items were neatly categorised into folders on install, rather it is a back step where Metro can become cluttered very quickly indeed.

    The unnecessary part comes from that it doesn't offer me anything that Windows 7 did not other than Metro, which as I mentioned is annoying on more than one occasion.

    For me Windows 8 is only an upgrade you should make if you are still running Windows XP. If you have Windows 7, or even Vista with its service packs installed, Windows 8 is an incarnation you could safely ignore.
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  6. #96


    Pembrokeshire, South Wales, UK
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    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit/ Windows 8.1 64 bit


    Well I can play DVDs and it's through a program that is included with the Notebook, AsusDVD which I think is actually by Cyberlink, I put the DVD of my daughters wedding in the drive of my machine it came loaded into that program and played. I must say the quality of it was really good.
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  7. #97


    Posts : 142
    Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (7 Ult, Vista & XP in V-Box)


    Yes, CyberLink Power-DVD.

    I'm using version 10 on this, and the W7 machine has version 9.

    Both work well on W8.
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  8. #98


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    it's different for everyone that uses it, some customers i've seen this week can't figure out why they have a white screen...turned out it was ie10 which had crashed, others don't know how to close apps or get into new ones properly.

    there is a distinct problem here, no close or x button.

    change is good but too much change and change in such a drastic direction without anything familiar seems to cause more problems than it solves.

    there is no point in telling people on this forum how inept windows 8 is, your here so chances are you know more than most users out there how to use it, you came here to seek help or offer help to others, given how many users of windows 8 there are already and don't know how to use it or get help with it i'd say there is a bigger fall out to come yet.

    as a quite adept user i enjoy using windows 8, i know my way around and how to solve it's problems when it goes haywire...oh and it does and when it's bad it's really really bad...and were only 4 weeks after launch and security issues are already plagueing it, now imagine someone that's come from windows xp never used apps doesn't care for smart phone apps or tablets (guess what there are plenty of people out there like that) and they get windows 8...no close application button, no typical start menu just huge change and what is in some ways a quite restrictive o/s.

    those are my favourite customers, they hate windows 8 from the outset, think apps are pointless and don't understand why the start screen isn't optional and why they can't resize apps.
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  9. #99


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    Windows 8


    That's part of my problem with Windows 8 to be honest gazz. Though to be fair many of the same things could be levelled at Vista and Windows 7.

    I've gotten W8 to run how I like but I dislike that I am having to get third party programs in order to do it. Simple things like a replacement for the File Types tab, toolbar buttons or restoring a Start Menu, options that should be included.

    Now I could understand hiding them by default but why not have an Advanced Settings option in the control panel where such things could be restored for those who want them.

    Edit: In regard to the closing of the Metro apps I think that is another example of the step back for desktop users. With the interfaces previously becoming mouse driven, Metro seems to want you to go back to the keyboard shortcuts to do things. Not an issue for me but for many of those I know they don't know their ALT+F4 from their CTRL+SHIFT+ESC.
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    I think the problem is and one they didn't want to consider yet probably should have.

    desktop users just don't need tiles as fun and mildly pretty as they are most desktop users have massive amounts of screen real estate compared to those that use laptops or tablets as their computer, the flow of the metro ui isn't great on multiple screens either which also reinforces the point they just didn't consider desktop users at all.

    they should have released a desktop version which was far more open to customisation....would have solved all their problems.

    on tablets windows 8 is actually rather good and feels far more intuative than on a desktop where it just feels badly designed.


    It will take a far bigger shift in the technology market for touch based pc systems to see greater implementation and some serious price drops as well, it's not just touch screens that need to change, it's our workspace and the programs we use that need to change as well, when all of that happens then touch based home computers will power more than just the pc monitors anyway, at least on such a large scale as the target audience for an operating system.
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