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  1. #11


    California
    Posts : 1,714
    Windows 7 Home Premium S 64 bit


    After reading all the posts on going form 7 to 8 I decided to sit here and wait until
    those that grab the beta (in February) and see what the consensus are.

    Not being a mobile user and with Win 8 OS directed to those, this is one I probably will pass on.
    I appreciate everyone's input whether it is pro or con so my hat is off to all of you.
    THW

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  2. #12


    Posts : 476
    WCP / Win.7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1.


    Quote Originally Posted by ADRz View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by vrosa View Post
    If you are already on windows 7, then i think you should just wait, until the full, final and stable version of windows is released and then you can go for the upgrade. From a general user perspective, I dont find anything much interesting or new in windows 8, its just a casual update so dont bother and dont risk your important data!
    A dual boot is safe, and from an enthusiast perspective every new build is an oportunity to play !
    I find it funny that people regard operating systems as play things. I guess that they are not doing anything serious with their computers. For the rest of us, many of the machines are mission critical and not part of any game play. I concur with ReganWaters, as you know, that Win8 is totally uninteresting in the laptop and desktop arena. It is just a glorified mobile OS that runs the desktop as a task. As such it has very little to offer to most users who just do not have time to waste in games.
    Depending on one's priorities & time allocations one " plays" with an Alpha or Beta program.
    It would be a very bland world if some people did NOT think & operate outside the "norm."
    Think of them as the "guinea pigs" for the masses who will surely follow!

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  3. #13


    Posts : 162
    windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by JMH View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ADRz View Post

    I find it funny that people regard operating systems as play things. I guess that they are not doing anything serious with their computers. For the rest of us, many of the machines are mission critical and not part of any game play. I concur with ReganWaters, as you know, that Win8 is totally uninteresting in the laptop and desktop arena. It is just a glorified mobile OS that runs the desktop as a task. As such it has very little to offer to most users who just do not have time to waste in games.
    Depending on one's priorities & time allocations one " plays" with an Alpha or Beta program.
    It would be a very bland world if some people did NOT think & operate outside the "norm."
    Think of them as the "guinea pigs" for the masses who will surely follow!

    From the perspective of people who need computing for the completion of every day tasks or who serve the computing needs of a team, evaluating a new OS makes sense. But I have the feeling that several persons here are "groupies", they try something new because of the "fun" factor. OK, I understand this, I guess but their reactions are not particularly educational to others. For example, very little info here is no how Win8 facilitates running typical Windows applications. Isn't this why we buy Windows? Most of these persons do not know that the WDP has problems with certain elements of Office 2010 or with certain 64-bit applications. OK, it is just a preview but the least I want to hear is how people are re-organizing the tiles of the Metro screen.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 476
    WCP / Win.7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1.


    Quote Originally Posted by ADRz View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by JMH View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ADRz View Post

    I find it funny that people regard operating systems as play things. I guess that they are not doing anything serious with their computers. For the rest of us, many of the machines are mission critical and not part of any game play. I concur with ReganWaters, as you know, that Win8 is totally uninteresting in the laptop and desktop arena. It is just a glorified mobile OS that runs the desktop as a task. As such it has very little to offer to most users who just do not have time to waste in games.
    Depending on one's priorities & time allocations one " plays" with an Alpha or Beta program.
    It would be a very bland world if some people did NOT think & operate outside the "norm."
    Think of them as the "guinea pigs" for the masses who will surely follow!

    From the perspective of people who need computing for the completion of every day tasks or who serve the computing needs of a team, evaluating a new OS makes sense. But I have the feeling that several persons here are "groupies", they try something new because of the "fun" factor. OK, I understand this, I guess but their reactions are not particularly educational to others. For example, very little info here is no how Win8 facilitates running typical Windows applications. Isn't this why we buy Windows? Most of these persons do not know that the WDP has problems with certain elements of Office 2010 or with certain 64-bit applications. OK, it is just a preview but the least I want to hear is how people are re-organizing the tiles of the Metro screen.

    Your observations / comments noted & appreciated.
    IMHO Pre Beta is but a "twinkle" in the "programmers eye."

    The "fun factor" is voluntary testing & putting up with ALL the trials & tribulations of " problems" on a "new" OS. {that may or may not be "solvable."}

    I would suggest that once Beta arrives you might see a more serious side to what goes on here.
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  5. #15


    Quote Originally Posted by director71 View Post
    HI I want to up great from win 7 to win 8. do you know if i will loos my files and emails from outlook
    The Beta (which will have to be re-installed) will be out in about 3 weeks. I would wait for that.
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  6. #16


    3rd Rock
    Posts : 21
    WinX Pro x64 IP v14986


    Quote Originally Posted by ADRz View Post
    From the perspective of people who need computing for the completion of every day tasks or who serve the computing needs of a team, evaluating a new OS makes sense. But I have the feeling that several persons here are "groupies", they try something new because of the "fun" factor. OK, I understand this, I guess but their reactions are not particularly educational to others. For example, very little info here is no how Win8 facilitates running typical Windows applications. Isn't this why we buy Windows? Most of these persons do not know that the WDP has problems with certain elements of Office 2010 or with certain 64-bit applications. OK, it is just a preview but the least I want to hear is how people are re-organizing the tiles of the Metro screen.
    Part of the reason that you're seeing less factual information is that this is a developer preview - meaning that it's great for devs to get their hands on to test things like interfaces, commands, etc. for their own apps, but it is not by any means a full product, and M$ even states the following from the Developer Preview download page:

    The Windows 8 Developer Preview is a pre-beta version of Windows 8 for developers. These downloads include prerelease software that may change without notice. The software is provided as is, and you bear the risk of using it. It may not be stable, operate correctly or work the way the final version of the software will. It should not be used in a production environment. The features and functionality in the prerelease software may not appear in the final version. Some product features and functionality may require advanced or additional hardware, or installation of other software.
    So, reporting about how things work in this particular version would be taking a chance that you'll have to revisit and revise what you write now - b/c something changed.

    The jump from Longhorn to Vista proved that point - until it's an actual public Beta, don't count on anything staying the same. Thus, reporting on the facets of Windows that you're looking for would be, at this time, premature.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 993
    Windows 8 pro Retail


    I have no ideas about you guys, but for me this is a step forward in getting my resume updated with a MCTC in Windows 8.
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  8. #18


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    my son and I both have set up separate hard drives for each operating system. (me with Win7 and Win8, him with Linux and win7). We found that the easiest way to "dual boot" was to just go into the BIOS and select which drive to boot from. Takes seconds and both drives are completely accessible. Of course, that was when hard drives were cheap, heh.
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  9. #19


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    I used to also like to install multiple operating systems on independent drives ans boot via the BIOS boot order. But that always meant to disconnect the other HDs = gymnastics under the desk.

    Since I found EasyBCD which makes it so easy to manipulate the bootmgr, I like this method better. The gymnastics are now confinded to operating the mouse. LOL.
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  10. #20


    Wanaka, New Zealand
    Posts : 74
    Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64


    Your observations / comments noted & appreciated.
    IMHO Pre Beta is but a "twinkle" in the "programmers eye."

    The "fun factor" is voluntary testing & putting up with ALL the trials & tribulations of " problems" on a "new" OS. {that may or may not be "solvable."}

    I would suggest that once Beta arrives you might see a more serious side to what goes on here.
    I agree I love playing will .dll files and finding how to change it up a little bit. There is a buzz when you find something that has not been used just yet but is there for a later build. Tweaking and customising your OS can burn the midnight oil too.......
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