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How's everyones Windows 8 experience going?

  1. #61


    Australia
    Posts : 716
    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    Quote Originally Posted by mbratch View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Mustang View Post
    I am able to run W8 in what I call Win7 mode, with Metro totally disabled...
    How did you disable Metro?
    Hi mbratch, I used a hack called Ex7ForW8 found --> HERE.

    When you run Ex7ForW8, it asks you to put the Windows 7 installation disk in your burner, and it imports Explorer 7, and the Orb Start Menu and Aero from Windows7.

    You can then run Windows 8 in one of two modes:

    1. Explorer 7 Shell with Orb Start Menu; and Metro totally turned off.

    2. Explorer 8 Shell with Metro and Ex7/Start Menu totally turned off.

    But you can't run both at the same time.

    There is a toggle switch in the Orb start menu to change over to Metro. And a similar toggle switch in the Metro start screen to toggle back to Explorer 7 shell and Orb Start Menu.

    It is the only hack that truly duplicates W7 Orb Start Menu with full functionality. Only way to go as far as I'm concerned. Been using it now for nearly a month and all good; and not borked by updates.

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  2. #62


    Webster NY US
    Posts : 325
    Win 7 / Win 8


    Quote Originally Posted by Mustang View Post
    Hi mbratch, I used a hack called Ex7ForW8 found --> HERE.
    Brilliant. Thanks!
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  3. #63


    Australia
    Posts : 716
    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    ps if you want, you can get the full suite of Windows 7 games --> HERE from the same site; and the're also totally free.

    Download the code https://hotfile.com/dl/156447161/4da4ff2/mgms_x32x64_1.2.rar.html which comes at the end of the blurb on which games are included. Using Regular Download you have to wait a while for the download to start. If you're a member it's a lot quicker.

    Quote Originally Posted by mbratch
    One other thing to consider is attached hardware. Probably not an issue for most people, but I have a couple of somewhat older HP laser printers on my network. Windows 7 has drivers for them, but Windows 8 does not
    I'm using a different HP printer but I was able to get specific drivers for that printer from HP to use on Windows 8.

    Have you tried searching the HP driver download site by plugging in the printer model you want drivers for, and choosing the OS as W8.

    I totally agree with your comments in your post re Metro start screen. I don't use it at all. But I wanted the increased functionality of the W8 OS kernel. Really should have been Service Pack 2 for W7.

    I don't use a M$ account but log in with a local account so I'm never online to M$.
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  4. #64


    Webster NY US
    Posts : 325
    Win 7 / Win 8


    Quote Originally Posted by Mustang View Post
    Have you tried searching the HP driver download site by plugging in the printer model you want drivers for, and choosing the OS as W8.
    Yeah, I did. The site says that a Windows 8 driver is coming toward the end of this year. It's getting very close... Although the strawman date they posted was 10/29/2012. But I'm ever hopeful...
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  5. #65


    Australia
    Posts : 716
    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    Quote Originally Posted by mbratch View Post
    Yeah, I did. The site says that a Windows 8 driver is coming toward the end of this year. It's getting very close... Although the strawman date they posted was 10/29/2012. But I'm ever hopeful...
    Don't want to be negative, but wouldn't hold my breath. When I went from XP to Vista I had an HP printer that was 6 months old, that cost near $600, and Vista would not allow the driver package from HP to install, but insisted on putting in it's own drivers.'

    Problem was you needed the original HP Driver package to get the tool box to align new printer cartridges. I had to keep XP loaded on a separate partition just to align new cartridges. Once aligned the memory was retained in the printer, not in the OS, so I could then use it on Vista.

    HP kept promising me new drivers were coming out to overcome this problem ... and that went on for about two years, until finally I upgraded to a newer model. However, later models have kept pace with Win7 and now very quickly with W8. You're unlucky I guess having an older model.

    The thing I like about HP is the print head is actually in the cartridge for deskjet. So when you change cartridges you change print heads. I had a multi-purpose Canon a few years ago, that was over $700, and just out of one year warranty the printer heads went, and the cost to repair was more than the cost of a new machine. That's why I swung over to HP, and apart from the XP to Vista problem, have been very happy.
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  6. #66


    Webster NY US
    Posts : 325
    Win 7 / Win 8


    The funny part is I have an even older printer that has a Windows 8 driver.

    I was half-tempted to try using my Windows 7 64-bit driver to see if that works. Maybe if I'm feeling lucky...
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  7. #67


    Australia
    Posts : 716
    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    Quote Originally Posted by mbratch View Post
    The funny part is I have an even older printer that has a Windows 8 driver.

    I was half-tempted to try using my Windows 7 64-bit driver to see if that works. Maybe if I'm feeling lucky...
    I actually ran a Win7 chipset driver on W8, both 64bit, on same PC, and it loaded and ran OK. Might be worth a go, because a couple of times when I tried to run stuff, especially in the earlier months, it simply wouldn't permit the drivers to run, and gave the error message that they were incompatible. But it didn't bork the OS.

    In the words of Dirty Harry: "Are you feeling luck! Well are you ... " Difference is there's no 0.357 magnum pointed at you! I hope!!! lol!
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  8. #68


    Posts : 3
    windows 8


    I am new here to the forum, and hesitant to share my experience with the Win 8 platform, because I am not impressed at all with it.
    There are many things that I am finding irritating, and unacceptable in a new OS.
    If the moderators encourage me I will share this here, and politely so. I do not and will not encourage any form of flaming or aggressive discussion, wanting only to have my experience "helpful" to other readers.
    That said, I will only share I give this OS a 2 out of 10 right now.

    Harlan
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  9. #69


    Quote Originally Posted by Harlantk View Post
    I am new here to the forum, and hesitant to share my experience with the Win 8 platform, because I am not impressed at all with it.
    There are many things that I am finding irritating, and unacceptable in a new OS.
    If the moderators encourage me I will share this here, and politely so. I do not and will not encourage any form of flaming or aggressive discussion, wanting only to have my experience "helpful" to other readers.
    That said, I will only share I give this OS a 2 out of 10 right now.

    Harlan
    Welcome to Eight Forums, Harlan. Good to have you.

    LOL! Not to worry about posting your rating on Windows 8. No one will shoot you for that. Most will respect it. A fair warning to you, though. If/when you post your reasons why you rate it as such is when you'll probably face the firing squad!
    Last edited by HippsieGypsie; 06 Dec 2012 at 17:35.
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  10. #70


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Can we please avoid having every thread taken over by ranting about the same things?

    Please post in an existing rant thread, or start a new one.
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