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A few questions

  1. #1


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    Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit & Windows 8 RP 8400 64bit

    A few questions


    I'm a bit late but I finally got around to trying windows 8. After the initial shock was over I've managed to accept most of the changes.

    I would like to ask if there is any way to fix a few problems I have with the new OS:

    1. I can't find and way to make the metro menu start on a different screen to my main display. I run 3x 1920x1080 in 5760x1080 with the centre screen as the main display and it's extremely annoying that the metro menu is on my main screen whenever I start the computer.

    2. I can't find any way to have the taskbar clock on all 3 taskbars. This seems like such a simple feature and since I run all my fullscreen programs on my main display it seems necessary especially with the next problem.

    3. I nearly always run fullscreen programs on my main display which means the clock is hidden. Because of my monitor setup I run everything in windowed fullscreen when I can. In windows 7 I can just click on another screen and the taskbar would appear over the windowed fullscreen program on my main display. This doesn't happen anymore. It's extremely annoying as it's how I tell what is the active window especially since the IE10 colours are less contrasting between active and non-active in windows 8.

    Any help with these issues would be appreciated.

    I think overall windows 8 has a lot of good ideas but has alienated "enthusiast" users with a lack of customisation and too much focus on the metro interface which is fairly useless for everyone except the most basic user.

    The lack of a shutdown button has and will confuse everyone. I know how to make a batch file and put it on the links bar on the task bar but most won't.
    Last edited by jtmzac; 13 Aug 2012 at 10:29.

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    Palm Coast FLorida
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    Windows 8 Pro ($39.99 upgrade)
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  3. #3


    Posts : 15
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit & Windows 8 RP 8400 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by tcman50 View Post
    I have read that article and it was just a general overview of their plans for enhanced multi-monitor support. I realise there's probably no way to fix my problems but I thought I should ask anyway.
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    Posts : 534
    Windows 7, Windows 8 RP


    Quote Originally Posted by jtmzac View Post
    The lack of a shutdown button has and will confuse everyone. I know how to make a batch file and put it on the links bar on the task bar but most won't.
    The shutdown button is in Metro, bring up the charms, click settings and you'll see the power options.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    You can move Metro to another monitor by moving the mouse to the top of the screen of any metro app. When the mouse cursor turns to a hand, click and drag the metro window to the other monitor. Now when you hit the windows key, metro appears on that monitor.

    Regarding the clock, it's relatively easy to see it simply by accessing the charms bar, either by moving the mouse to a corner, or by using windowskey-c.
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    Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit & Windows 8 RP 8400 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by R0bR View Post
    The shutdown button is in Metro, bring up the charms, click settings and you'll see the power options.
    I'm well aware of where the shutdown button is. I was simply pointing out its harder to access then it used to be and the new location will confuse people.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    You can move Metro to another monitor by moving the mouse to the top of the screen of any metro app. When the mouse cursor turns to a hand, click and drag the metro window to the other monitor. Now when you hit the windows key, metro appears on that monitor.

    Regarding the clock, it's relatively easy to see it simply by accessing the charms bar, either by moving the mouse to a corner, or by using windowskey-c.
    I know how to move metro to another screen. I want it to start on another screen by default. It always starts on my main display when I boot up the computer.

    As for the clock I always have the taskbar showing on my other two monitors. It seems rather silly to have to use a keybinding to read the clock when you could just duplicate the clock onto the other taskbars.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    It takes all of 1 second to move it to another monitor, is it really that much of an inconvenience? Most people don't use the start screen much anyways due to taskbar pinning their common apps.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 636
    Windows 7/8


    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    It takes all of 1 second to move it to another monitor, is it really that much of an inconvenience? Most people don't use the start screen much anyways due to taskbar pinning their common apps.
    I don't know, put yourself in his place. Would YOU want to have to move it EVERY time you turn on your machine??? Sounds like a PITA to me. It should just stay where you put it no?

    I can see maybe having the metro screen on a secondary monitor and using live tiles is as a replacement for the missing gadgets while 99% of what I run is on the desktop on the primary.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Since I boot my computer about once a month, I do several things when I boot each time. It's not a problem for me. But really, how often do you boot? Especially considering hybrid sleep?
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    Australia
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    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    Heck I boot up anywhere from five to six times a day ... and sometimes more. When I've finished a session, I turn the power off at the wall, (having had two PCs nuked at the same time by a lightning strike); and press the start button on the PC to empty the capacitors of residual current. This prolongs the life of the solid state elctronic components and capacitors.

    I never use sleep or hibernation.
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