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  1. #21


    Posts : 636
    Windows 7/8


    Sure, if you get the metro crap out of the way, Windows 8 can be productive. NO ONE can be "Productive" running/viewing one app at a time full screen. (No one I know anyway).

    Windows 8 is a great OS with a piece of crap UI bolted onto it. Shame really... There should be a "consumer" version and a "Professional" version, with and without Metro. Simple. Brilliant. Shamefully not so...

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  2. #22


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


    Now half-way through the 90-day trial.....

    I've had no issues at all that weren't related to the fact that 8 is new and different.

    They've been sorted and the OS itself is running just fine.

    Compatibility issues are virtually non-existent, and even some stuff that wouldn't run on Vista/7 will run.

    All-in-all, I'm very happy with it, Metro does not hinder my productivity to any appreciable degree.

    In fact, I've gone full-circle, 8 is now my main OS, and Windows 7 (64-bit HP) is now in V-Box....I
    did try Hyper-V, but couldn't get USB to work. V-Box and Hyper-V don't play well together, either.

    Will I upgrade? Almost certainly. But I'll be keeping 7 on at least one machine.



    **EDIT: - I was working on my brother's machine the other day (Win 7 HP 32-bit) and he was very
    amused to see me getting annoyed because I kept going for the bottom-left right-click 'guts menu'
    and it wasn't there....:-)
    Last edited by Kat; 15 Oct 2012 at 06:13.
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  3. #23


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I'm mildly surprise at you Kat.
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  4. #24


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


    I'm rather surprised myself, CR.

    I was SURE that I wasn't going to like the RTM as soon as I saw it, but was
    determined to persevere with it as I had the free 90-day licence.

    Unlike the RP/CP, I did a lot more to it and with it, and tested a lot more
    progs, experimented with different custom hacks etc.

    I wanted to see if I could set it up to suit ME. And I could. Apart from getting
    transparency Win 7 style back. And that WILL happen eventually as soon as
    someone codes a decent 3rd-party app.

    Now, unless I whack the mouse cursor into a corner, I sometimes find
    it hard to be sure whether I'm in 8 or 7.......:-)

    I haven't found anything I could do in 7 that I can't do in 8. Maybe done a bit
    differently, but can still be done. Power DVD takes care of DVD playback, and
    this machine came with Acer Clear-Fi, which functions somewhat like WMC if
    required (not currently installed)..

    That right-click 'start' menu option should have been in 7, tho.
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  5. #25


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


    I have the OS rocking along nicely, usability-wise, and have been
    doing some experimenting with customisation.

    Now, thanks to srg84, I have my desktop gadgets back...:-)

    The actual Win 7/Win 8 CP ones, not 3rd-party.

    Better and better.

    Now for transparency, and I'll be happy as a pig in s#%t...:-)
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  6. #26


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


    WARNING: Some may think 'TL-DR', but no-one ever learned anything by not reading...


    Gidday, trendsetters.... been a while since I updated this thread, but things didn't turn out the
    way I originally thought they might.

    I originally anticipated that this thread would be a litany of woes and hassles.

    BUTT....., the bullet has finally been bitten.

    The Enterprise trial has gone for a Burton, and I am now running the Pro RTM.

    All activated and legal.

    Also, for Mystere and the other nay-sayers, it is an UPGRADE over my W7 installation.

    But then, I KNEW everything would work cos I tested the CP as an upgrade.

    And, it did.

    Funny thing, but I was running the W7 install last night, and it aggravated the s#1t out of me.

    Love the Aero in 7, but kept looking for W8 features and couldn't find them.

    Got very 'browned-off' very quickly.

    Pulled the 32-bit CP off the AS5735 last week due to there being no more updates for Defender.

    And put it back again last night (Yep! Another upgrade. Over W7 Ult). Banged Avira and
    MalwareBytes on, and am laughing.

    I'm the first to admit that I knocked the s#1t out of W8 at first, but then so did most who only
    ever tried the (absolute crap) DP. But I've always found the CP to be rock-solid and (for a beta)
    pretty-well bugless. Almost as good as the W7 beta.

    Give me the option to put the CP Aero into the RTM/OEM/Retail version, OR let me put Metro
    into W7, and I'd be a very happy man.

    I haven't, as yet, installed ClassicShell or any other Start Orb replacement (but probably will, as
    I tend to use both the Ord and metro) and find this Pro version to be perfectly useable with a
    mouse (no version works very well with a laptop scratch-pad, and mine is better than most).

    No, trendsetters, I'll be staying with W8, and W7 will be installed on my long-suffering P4HT along
    with all my other OSes (it has multiple HDDs, each with a fully-working OS, ranging from DOS/Win
    3.11 to Vista, as I will NOT dual-boot. I just plug the relevant HDD in, and I'm good to go... ).

    Next step, getting WMC installed and working.

    TTYL....
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  7. #27


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


    One p1sser, though....


    I wish I could have imported my Start Screen from the Enterprise RTM trial to the Pro RTM.

    As it is, I have to set the S.O.B up again from scratch.
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  8. #28


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Well then, I must say bravo!!

    Also, this is why we take screenshots when we upgrade, Start key and PrintScreen, have yet to fail me.
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  9. #29


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


    No worries, mate...
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  10. #30


    Posts : 39
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Kat View Post
    WARNING: Some may think 'TL-DR', but no-one ever learned anything by not reading...


    Gidday, trendsetters.... been a while since I updated this thread, but things didn't turn out the
    way I originally thought they might.

    I originally anticipated that this thread would be a litany of woes and hassles.

    BUTT....., the bullet has finally been bitten.

    The Enterprise trial has gone for a Burton, and I am now running the Pro RTM.

    All activated and legal.

    Also, for Mystere and the other nay-sayers, it is an UPGRADE over my W7 installation.

    But then, I KNEW everything would work cos I tested the CP as an upgrade.

    And, it did.

    Funny thing, but I was running the W7 install last night, and it aggravated the s#1t out of me.

    Love the Aero in 7, but kept looking for W8 features and couldn't find them.

    Got very 'browned-off' very quickly.

    Pulled the 32-bit CP off the AS5735 last week due to there being no more updates for Defender.

    And put it back again last night (Yep! Another upgrade. Over W7 Ult). Banged Avira and
    MalwareBytes on, and am laughing.

    I'm the first to admit that I knocked the s#1t out of W8 at first, but then so did most who only
    ever tried the (absolute crap) DP. But I've always found the CP to be rock-solid and (for a beta)
    pretty-well bugless. Almost as good as the W7 beta.

    Give me the option to put the CP Aero into the RTM/OEM/Retail version, OR let me put Metro
    into W7, and I'd be a very happy man.

    I haven't, as yet, installed ClassicShell or any other Start Orb replacement (but probably will, as
    I tend to use both the Ord and metro) and find this Pro version to be perfectly useable with a
    mouse (no version works very well with a laptop scratch-pad, and mine is better than most).

    No, trendsetters, I'll be staying with W8, and W7 will be installed on my long-suffering P4HT along
    with all my other OSes (it has multiple HDDs, each with a fully-working OS, ranging from DOS/Win
    3.11 to Vista, as I will NOT dual-boot. I just plug the relevant HDD in, and I'm good to go... ).

    Next step, getting WMC installed and working.

    TTYL....



    I agree with everything you said, you hit the nail on the head. I too have done the same exact things you mentioned but only I ran RP instead. I loved the aero in RP, I believe it will be back someday and as for now I'm not focusing on it and just enjoying using win 8.
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