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Windows 8 Pro Retail impressions.

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    Windows 8 Pro Retail impressions.


    As a bunch of us just got the retail Win8 Pro version off of TechNet, good time to start a discussion of what actually is there vs. what was rumored.

    1. Aero IS gone.
    2. Gadgets ARE gone.
    3. Windows store has a lot more stuff. I don't see anything that smacks of payment yet.
    4. As rumored, Games for Windows is being directly linked to my XBox account. No wonder Valve/Steam is upset over Win8.

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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Can you post a screenshot of Xbox Music please?
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnpombrio View Post
    As a bunch of us just got the retail Win8 Pro version off of TechNet, good time to start a discussion of what actually is there vs. what was rumored.

    1. Aero IS gone.
    2. Gadgets ARE gone.
    3. Windows store has a lot more stuff. I don't see anything that smacks of payment yet.
    4. As rumored, Games for Windows is being directly linked to my XBox account. No wonder Valve/Steam is upset over Win8.

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    Aero is NOT gone. Only transparency. But so what??? Aero uses your graphics cards hardware capability to make things quicker.
    Gadgets are also not gone, only hidden. They are horrible anyway IMHO.

    MS are just trying to integrate all their technologies into one OS. GFW, Windows Phone, XBox etc. They are trying to protect their property. Same as what Apple has tried to do with their horrible OSX.....
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    ged, I looked into gadgets and yes, sidebar is still in there but there is NO add gadget to desktop any more. Do you have instructions on how to use them on the retail version? I have tried adding them to the sidebar and no luck.
    PS there are three gadgets that I love and miss them terribly so any help...
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    Manchester CT
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Oh happy, happy, joy, joy! Thank you! This link works great! I have my gadgets back!
    PS the other link is busted for me..


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    Gadgets ARE gone. It is just possible to add them beck by copying the files from 7.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnpombrio View Post
    Oh happy, happy, joy, joy! Thank you! This link works great! I have my gadgets back!
    PS the other link is busted for me..


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    No worries man. Glad to help!!!!
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