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Can windows 8 look like a real OS?

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    Can windows 8 look like a real OS?


    Before I consider upgrading to 8 can anyone tell me if I can make it look and work like a real operating system and not a mobile phone?

    I use my pc for design work and have no need for touch screen or windows apps.

    I run software for writing embedded applications eg Visual Studio, IAR workbench ....

    Thanks in advance

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    I don't know if you can completely eliminate encounters with the Charm Bar and the Metro interface, but some programs can make things much better, e.g., Stardock Start8 and Classic Shell. Are you running Win7? Why mess with a good thing? Win8 has some good new features, but that a great many don't care about them if the tradeoff is having to encounter Charm and Metro very frequently.
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    I hate to break it to you, since I can tell you've already made up your mind, but Windows 8 does act like a "real OS" (whatever that's supposed to mean).
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    Yes it does.

    I have no interest in touch screen or Metro apps either and so just use it as a desktop like previous versions of Windows. The only real difference is the Start Menu items are now displayed in a Start Page, instead of a Start Menu (which I prefer after unpinning everything and just pinning the items I want there). Oh and it boots directly to the Start Page, instead of the desktop.

    As I put Shutdown and Restart buttons on the Start Screen, I don't use the Charms menu either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clayender View Post
    Before I consider upgrading to 8 can anyone tell me if I can make it look and work like a real operating system and not a mobile phone?

    I use my pc for design work and have no need for touch screen or windows apps.

    I run software for writing embedded applications eg Visual Studio, IAR workbench ....

    Thanks in advance
    You are just two clicks away from real OS, as soon as I hit the Desktop I forget about the new start screen and all those Metro, I have no Touch screen and not expecting as a X'mas gift from anyone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    I don't know if you can completely eliminate encounters with the Charm Bar and the Metro interface, but some programs can make things much better, e.g., Stardock Start8 and Classic Shell. Are you running Win7? Why mess with a good thing? Win8 has some good new features, but that a great many don't care about them if the tradeoff is having to encounter Charm and Metro very frequently.
    Start8 gives you the option to disable the Windows 8 "hot spots" (including Charms) when you are on the desktop so it's quite flexible.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    It's a real OS out of the box, and quite fast as well. Just because it's different, doesn't mean it's bad or worse. If you need to restore the start menu, you have a large list of free and paid apps to choose from. I'm using StartIsBack, and it boiled down to $1 per computer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mbratch View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    I don't know if you can completely eliminate encounters with the Charm Bar and the Metro interface, but some programs can make things much better, e.g., Stardock Start8 and Classic Shell. Are you running Win7? Why mess with a good thing? Win8 has some good new features, but that a great many don't care about them if the tradeoff is having to encounter Charm and Metro very frequently.
    Start8 gives you the option to disable the Windows 8 "hot spots" (including Charms) when you are on the desktop so it's quite flexible.
    Thanks mbranch. I know about hot-corner (spot) disabling, but if I am on the Desktop, then move my cursor directly to the right center, does the Charm Bar appear? Regardless, I don't think I can completely avoid Metro when staring up or shutting down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
    It's a real OS out of the box, and quite fast as well. Just because it's different, doesn't mean it's bad or worse. If you need to restore the start menu, you have a large list of free and paid apps to choose from. I'm using StartIsBack, and it boiled down to $1 per computer.
    I Agree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clayender View Post
    Before I consider upgrading to 8 can anyone tell me if I can make it look and work like a real operating system and not a mobile phone?

    I use my pc for design work and have no need for touch screen or windows apps.

    I run software for writing embedded applications eg Visual Studio, IAR workbench ....

    Thanks in advance
    You might investigate some of the other threads in the "General Discussion" forum that deal with issues like you are wondering about. You hit some "hot corners" when mentioning "look and work like a real operating system and not a mobile phone."
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