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Your outlook on Win 8 from day one until now.

  1. #11


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


    DEVELOPER PREVIEW...

    Jumped enthusiastically onto the DP..

    And....HATED it. Totally unintuitive and almost unusable.

    BSODs galore. NO driver support. At all.

    Removed it very quickly.


    CONSUMER PREVIEW...

    Installed upon release on my 'old' laptop (2g dual-core/3g RAM/Intel GFX)
    and it LOVES it!! No openGL issues on this machine.

    Ditto 64-bit.

    THIS is what they should have tweaked and released....IMO.


    RELEASE PREVIEW...


    Major install issues, and the openGL issue continued on this machine.

    Nice OS when sorted.


    RTM ENTERPRISE...


    No openGL issues with the new Nvidia drivers. Rock-solid.

    Ugly. A pig without lipstick (but the lippy can be applied).

    Start screen finally works properly and is actually useable.

    Worth keeping.


    VERDICT...

    IF ... I could get the $49 upgrade, I'd get it.

    But the $49 upgrade will probably be $149 here.

    Or even $249......

    We get ripped-off badly in this country when it comes
    to software prices.......(and almost everything else...:-(



    So...although I'd LIKE to get it, I probably still won't be able to afford it...:-(

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  2. #12


    Posts : 636
    Windows 7/8


    Initially excited.

    After using it, serious concern and disapointment.

    When RTM shipped, shocked at the bleak colorforms interface.

    Now, the more I use it the more annoyed with it and the broken versions of IE and the lousy ad ridden metro apps I get, and I wish the entire metro universe were simply gone forever.
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  3. #13


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Day one > perplexed and confused, and lots of WTF moments.
    Today > while I don't mind using it I have no intent on upgrading either of my two desktops or laptop from Windows 7.
    I don't want a tablet OS on a non tablet device. Not this one anyway.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I really couldn't care less about Metro or the metro apps. I do kind of like the new Metro messenger app, and I keep it snapped to the side of my desktop. However, I don't use metro at all otherwise.

    What I like about Windows 8 has nothing to do with the UI. Things I like:

    * Faster Boot time
    * More secure BitLocker
    * Storage Spaces
    * Client Hyper-V
    * File History
    * New Task Manager
    * Multi-Monitor support (particularly multiple wallpapers)
    * Better SSD support
    * Lower resource usage (memory and cpu)

    Some of these can be achieved with third party tools on Windows 7, but I like having them built-in.

    Regardless of Metro, Windows 8 is a very good upgrade to Windows 7 for me.
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  5. #15


    Have been through the various previews all the way to RTM, always in a virtual environment with the exception of a brief foray into a netbook installation.

    They have all worked reasonably well for me. I could (and usually do) forego the new start screen. I tried IE10 in Metro form and never did like it, so IE runs from desktop if at all.

    RTM: windows are ugly and often rather colorless. No more Aero glass and I miss that. I find nothing compelling about Windows 8, and though I get it "free" through my TechNet subscription, I will continue to run it only as a VM. Windows 7 remains and will remain my primary OS.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by TerryE View Post
    RTM: windows are ugly and often rather colorless.
    You do know you can change the colors, right? No, it's not glass... but I'm guessing a company like Stardock will modify WindowBlinds to bring glass back.

    Since you use VM's, you may find client Hyper-V to be very useful. I like it more than any of the other VM software.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 636
    Windows 7/8


    Can you make all inactive windows not grey though? AFAIK you can only change the color of the ONE active window, all others are purposely devoid of color, even if it were say a 50% or even 25% of the value of the same color of the active window would look loads better..
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  8. #18


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Well, there are a bunch of settings here: HKEY_LOCAL_USER\Control Panel\Colors

    One of those is InactiveTitlebar which should set the color of the inactive titlebar. Changes only take affect after you log off and log in again though, and I don't want to do that right now to test it.
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  9. #19


    Posts : 207
    Windows 8.1 update 1 Pro X64 with WMC


    always liked windows 8 here using windows 8 pro and loving it only thing I would change is bring back areo or at least allow a option to do so
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  10. #20


    Posts : 40
    Windows 8 Enterprise


    Well, as a matter of fact it did change a bit.

    My first impression was "this is a sick joke", then it was "I am going to be sick", really struggling not to vomit looking at this Metro screen, now it's like "Meh" with the occasional "I am sick NOW", when I get the occasional BSOD because Windows itself doesn't have proper default generic drivers for most devices, and now I am like "I am going to be skipping this in favor of Ubuntu", when Steam complete porting their titles to Ubuntu, because at home I use my PC mostly for gaming and this will save me money from replacing hardware Windows 8 doesn't like.
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