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I actually like the new OS . . .

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    I actually like the new OS . . .


    First, a little background
    o I read about, but never tried, the new OS until upgrading my Win 7 desktop on 10/26
    o Purchased a new 23" touchscreen monitor, also on 10/26
    o Have used every version of Windows since Win 95 (except Vista). Actually tried even earlier versions of Windows, but did not stick with them
    o My system is an i7-920, 6Gb RAM, SSD primary drive, WD Velociraptor secondary

    My observations:
    o Start-up about the same, shutdown much faster
    o Using touch screen really brings out the best in new OS (changed my folders from detail view to tiles, allowing me to use touchscreen to navigate directory structure easier)
    o Realized that the Start Screen is really just the Win 7 Start Menu, only graphical and touch screen friendly.
    o Start Button hasn't gone away, it's just hidden. Hovering the mouse where the Start Button used to be brings up the hidden Start Button
    o Some of the new Metro Apps are lousy or need work, but some are very good. I just unpinned the ones I didn't like from the Start Screen.
    o Microsoft Account, Live Account, People App, Mail App, etc. interactions and relationships are confusing (at least to me). I kind of understand how the pieces fit together, but not completely.
    o I reorganized the start menu into three sections: Metro Apps, Non Metro Apps, Folder and File Shortcuts
    o "All Apps" screen is nice, but it's necessary to unpin a lot of unnecessary links. For instance, if an application's install program includes a link to their web site, this link is included on the "All Apps" screen.
    o Really like the new Task Manager
    o Some suggested changes that Microsoft should consider:
    - Add an option to bypass the Lock Screen and go directly to the Login Screen on start-up
    - Add a user option for system to automatically load the Start Screen when the last desktop app is closed
    - Touch gesture to see what Metro Apps are currently running is awkward and needs to be assessed
    - When you bring up a left panel showing Metro Apps that are running, it would be nice for each Apps icon to have an "x" that you could click to close the app.

    Those are my initial observations after a little less than two weeks experience with Win 8.

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    Palm Coast FLorida
    Posts : 370
    Windows 8 Pro ($39.99 upgrade)


    what 23" touchscreen monitor did you buy, is it the viewsonic model for $500?

    understand about the logins, i still cant get windows 8 and xbox account logged in under same account so i can use the smartglass app, its a real pain in the butt, also the email app is wonky for adding pop3 mail accounts.
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    Posts : 1,308
    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    If you place your 23" at good viewing distance, you will develop and shoulder problem in no time. The mouse carpal tunnel syndrome is nothing compare of what will happen to peoples using medium to large touch monitors and Windows 8, Windows 8 represent a serious health hazard on Touchscreen desktop monitor. I will not be surprise if Microsoft pay the price one day.
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    tcman50 . . . I bought the Acer T232HL at Best Buy

    area66 - Maybe, but I personally don't anticipate having the problem since I'm not using it continuously. I still use the keyboard a lot and use the touch screen primarily for navigation and starting / stopping apps. Also, scrolling news stories, etc., but the scrolling is maybe 2% and the reading 98% of the time.
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    What new OS ah! Windows 8 you mean I thought that was just a service pack!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarka Dal View Post
    What new OS ah! Windows 8 you mean I thought that was just a service pack!
    Windows 8 is far from being a service pack.
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    Posts : 1,308
    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Tarka Dal View Post
    What new OS ah! Windows 8 you mean I thought that was just a service pack!
    Windows 8 is far from being a service pack.
    first time I see it, I tough it was a malware or Anonymous hack my system
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    Posts : 1,127
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    we got my dad the acer t232hl monitor too. it's a pretty sweet monitor. even though IPS is expensive, it's still worth it. we need to upgrade all our monitors eventually to IPS.

    what's the viewsonic model, tcman?
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    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by area 66 View Post
    If you place your 23" at good viewing distance, you will develop and shoulder problem in no time. The mouse carpal tunnel syndrome is nothing compare of what will happen to peoples using medium to large touch monitors and Windows 8, Windows 8 represent a serious health hazard on Touchscreen desktop monitor. I will not be surprise if Microsoft pay the price one day.
    You do realize that you can use both a mouse and touch at the same time, right? So you can use touch for what makes sense and a mouse for what makes sense. Gestures and other kinds of things will make more sense with touch, while fine-grained actions make more sense with a mouse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtyvu View Post
    we got my dad the acer t232hl monitor too. it's a pretty sweet monitor. even though IPS is expensive, it's still worth it. we need to upgrade all our monitors eventually to IPS.

    what's the viewsonic model, tcman?
    Yes, love IPS monitors. They are worth the cost. My favorite being the Dell U2410.

    From an easier to swallow price standpoint, Maximum PC highly recommends the Asus PA238Q and they run around $260 these days.
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