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Windows 8 really isn't that bad

  1. #31


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Frank1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Windows 8 isn't real difficult to use with a mouse, you just use the mouse in a different fashion than you did before. It just takes using the corners.
    Coke--One of the problems that I have is the fact that it does not work most of the time. I can move the mouse at the corners, back and forth, over and over. If I'm lucky it Will bring up what it should the first time. Most of the times I have to keep on trying. I'll go to the left side, the right side and sometimes even at the top and nothing happens until it finally works. Maybe it's me--maybe I'm doing it wrong--maybe I have it setup wrong, but to tell you the truth, I've just about given up on it.
    I have the opposite problem.

    If I want to:

    • Close a full screen program, the "Charms Bar" always pops out and covers the window controls.
    • Start the first item pinned on the Taskbar, the "Metro Button" pops out and covers the icon.
    Are you moving the pointer down? That doesn't happen to me when I close full screen windows, it's just the white charms.
    If I may say so without offense, it doesn't take a lot of dexterity to accurately click on the first pinned item without hitting Start. Even if you do hover over the thumbnail preview of Start, move a few hairs over and it goes away and the pointer is right on the pinned icon.

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  2. #32


    I got the Wiin8 Enterprise Edition installed, the installation was 80% similar to Win7 and it went a little quicker this time because I had one of the fastest SSD I got recently.

    Honestly, without 2 screens or more this OS is not made for power users. We went from Aero UI, better organized and quicker Start Menu to this Kid's menu.

    I really don't know what to say except I don't think this UI belongs on a desktop. There has to be a better way to disable the Touch screen tile based UI and go back to a more streamlined and scalable design.

    Definitely won't use it on my work PC.
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  3. #33


    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    After getting the RTM installed I have been working at it a little more seriously and its doing great. I installed Start8 from Stardock and its real simple. First it does not replace the present Start Screen or the roll over Start corner as that still functions the same. It does add a Start button on the taskbar and which opens the Start Screen. A right click on it and it has a Shutdown button. Also has an option to boot to Desktop.
    I don't use that feature as usually the first thing I do when I boot up is to check my e-mail. When the Start Screen comes up I click my Windows Live Mail tile and it opens in the Desktop. I have been organizing my Start Screen and its looking fine. Still loading some apps but so far only minor glitches that I have worked out. Even got Dirt3 and Railworks 3 working through Steam.
    The more I use it the more I like it. Your millage may very.

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    Jim
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  4. #34


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    That pattern is so wild! I don't know why, but I bet Russian users will enjoy that!
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  5. #35


    Quote Originally Posted by RobR
    ....If you just put the mouse in the corner and leave it there after a slight delay you'll get the white charms then if you continue to drag you get the charms with the black background. However there is a delay doing it this way because Microsoft said they didn't want to trigger the charms if the user just happened to put the mouse in that corner unintentionally. If you put the mouse into and....
    Huh! How complicated! Why not leaving the Charm visible all the time to avoid all that mouse choregraphy? .... AKA "The Task Bar".
    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1
    Not unless you change the behavior. I don't want to SINGLE click a file under Windows explorer and have it open. When I single click it, I want to select it (perhaps for copy, move, delete, etc).
    Exactly and Microsoft forgot that we are doing this on computers. To open files you definetly need Explorer, or an Explorer's replacement, with a folder tree. + You can set it up to open files on a single click if you realy mean it (but nobody uses this option for obvious reasons). ====> Unless you always work on a single file (or maybe 2 or 3) there is no point in storing file shortcuts on the Metro Start Screen.
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke
    The UI seems non-intuitive or non-cohesive at first, but with a little effort, it's not.
    Yes that's the problem with w8: It requires efforts. And maybe in w9 it will also require new efforts to move from your old w8 habits. And you won't be allowed to say that you don't like it. Sorry I don't like products which play with my nerves. I don't want their "new way of computing" while I have an excellent, personalized computer already.
    Quote Originally Posted by Nick
    ....(I)have come to appreciate some of the new features, particularly the full screen IE.
    Me too... when I learned that pressing F11 did it on just about every internet browser since IE 4, more than a decade ago. Nothing new here except that you can't resize or minimize anymore with Metro's IE10.
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  6. #36


    Adelaide
    Posts : 1,338
    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Are you moving the pointer down? That doesn't happen to me when I close full screen windows, it's just the white charms.
    If I may say so without offense, it doesn't take a lot of dexterity to accurately click on the first pinned item without hitting Start. Even if you do hover over the thumbnail preview of Start, move a few hairs over and it goes away and the pointer is right on the pinned icon.
    It's possible.

    I have the opposite problem with the App Viewer (on the Left).
    It generally closes, before I can hit the App I want to close.

    It could be:

    • A glitch on my PC.
    • That I'm used to "slamming" the mouse pointer in the general vicinity of what I want to select and correcting if I miss.


    Missing in W7 (and earlier) doesn't provoke pointless battles with the GUI.

    It's like my friend's Arch Linux setup.
    He has infinite scrolling turned on (there is no screen edge) and his mouse set to "FTL" speed (OMG, I hate that setup)!
    It's a nightmare trying to turn his machine off (e.g. when thunderstorms roll in).

    I suppose I could:
    • Turn my mouse pointer speed down to "glacial".
    • Use the keyboard shortcuts for everything.
    • Run everything from the Command Prompt, PowerShell or the "Run" box.
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  7. #37


    Posts : 142
    Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (7 Ult, Vista & XP in V-Box)


    Tried the DP.....Rubbish! Bland, plain, and shockingly crash-prone (still is, actually, I have it in a VM).

    CP...meh, until I'd tweaked it, then very good and stable. Looked good, eye-candy just right. Both
    machines ran it happily with few issues, all of them minor.

    RP...won't run at all on the AS5735 (32-bit), and crashes or locks up constantly on the AS8951 (64-bit).
    Bland as a hospital breakfast, looks horrid.

    RTM...D/l-ing now, will try it, but am not optimistic. Not happy re no eye-candy.

    Sadly, if they'd released the CP as the finished product, I'd probably have bought it. Happily.

    I'll probably BUY Win8, but I can't see myself actually using it. Not yet, anyway.

    We'll see after SP1......
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  8. #38


    Posts : 11
    windows 7 32bit


    Hi

    I have a question

    I'm using 7 but I really would love to try 8 ....

    Is windows 8 really worth it to upgrade to?

    will this version progress or it's the last audition of 8?

    Is it the right time to install 8 or should i wait a little longer?


    thanks
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  9. #39


    Palm Coast FLorida
    Posts : 370
    Windows 8 Pro ($39.99 upgrade)


    It's not BAD, It's HORRID
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  10. #40


    Adelaide
    Posts : 1,338
    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)


    Quote Originally Posted by Kat View Post
    Tried the DP.....Rubbish! Bland, plain, and shockingly crash-prone (still is, actually, I have it in a VM).
    ...
    RTM...D/l-ing now, will try it, but am not optimistic. Not happy re no eye-candy.
    The DP and Enterprise are the only versions that can correctly install my sound driver.
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