Windows Consumer Preview - Bugs and Annoyances

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I thought that I'd create a thread where we can list all bugs and annoyances that we find in WCP. I know that some are listed elsewhere on the Forums, but this should keep them all in one place.

I'll start off with the following:

1) Multiple generic icons (and sometimes folder icons) appear in the Taskbar. When moused over, they are blank and clicking, either on the icon or Taskbar (doesn't matter whether left-click or right-click), removes all of them.


2) Most users like to customize IE so that it automatically adds the suffix of their choice to be appended to the URL when using the Ctrl/Shift/Enter shortcut. For me, this is co.uk. I click on Save, but when I go back, it hasn't saved and the shortcut doesn't work.
 

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Good catch on that one! I think I've been on most every other news site however looking at varying tip and tricks blogs.
 

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Besides the Metro UI work around of clicking the desktop button each startup the new lock screen is one large annoyance without any autologin to desktop method or option found as of yet.

Shutdown or restart is even worse with the need to logoff first to unlock the lock screen one more time and then click on the tool gear wheel icon to restart.

The lack of a Start button was a simple add a new toolbar onto the taskbar selecting "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start\Programs\" as the selected folder.

What many will find baffling is the change in the repair tools when booted live from the USB Install Key or 8 dvd used! If you set up a dual boot but keep the present host/OS drive unplugged to see 8 go on as a stand alone and then go to use a program like EasyBCD to add a new boot entry into Vista or 7 BCD store you will need to use the 8 version of the Startup repair tool or see "winloader.exe missing".

The big annoyance at finding the renamed Startup repair option is finding a totally new layout for the repair AND other options now found in the additional screens added! And no you still won't find Startup repair but "Automatic repair" instead. Have a look!

View attachment 4035

You still see the repair options link under the Install Now button as expected. But wait until what? No OS detected and selected before arriving at a menu of options?

View attachment 4036

Continue, User another OS, Turn off your PC, and Troubleshoot are what you find instead. So naturally you select the Troubleshoot option but find yourself looking at...

View attachment 4037

Refresh your PC? sounds like an Upgrade to repair option for an OEM machine. Reset your PC wiping all files out suggests a full clean install or recovery, and one more Advanced option...

View attachment 4038

And finally you arrive at a screen with some familiar items seen on it! System Restore, System image Recovery for restoration of a full system image, command prompt, and what? no Startup but Automatic Repair is now seen for any startup issues only after you go through the extra screens to find what you were looking for was renamed.

Is automatic repair the same as Startup repair?
What little I found searching, it sounds like it's not as good. Guess we'll have to try it and see.

Did find a way to get into Safe Mode.
Finding the Safe mode option.
If you hit Shift+F8 during bootup you should get the advanced recovery mode.
First screen click 'See advanced repair options'
Next - Troubleshoot
Next - Advanced Options
Now you should see another option for 'Windows Startup Settings' that wasn't in your last picture.
Next - Windows Startup Settings
Windows Startup Settings
Restart to change Windows options such as
. Disable driver signature enfOEcement
. Disable automatic restart on system
. Enable low-resolution video mode
. Enable debugging mode
. Enable boot logging
. Enable Safe Mode

If you hit the 'Restart' button it will start in 'safe Mode'.
 

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I had a bug today which would freeze the mouse pointer into the lower corners of the screen when ever you went there. Because of this you could not access the Metro page or the charms bar using the mouse. The strange thing was that this problem only occurred when using Windows 8 with my SSD drive. No such problem occurred when using a standard hard drive.

After some trial and error I discovered that when I unplugged my Logitech G15 keyboard the problem was gone completely. The Logitech drivers installed in compatibility mode made no difference.

Changing to a different standard old Logitech keyboard fixed the problem completely.

So we can conclude that Logitech G9 gaming keyboard + SSD drive + Windows CP 8 = freezing mouse in corners therefore no mouse access to Metro or charms bar.

Problem solved by using a different keyboard. :)

This was also confirmed to be a bug at the Logitech forum with the G15 keyboard.

Re: G15 freezes Windows 8 - Logitech Forums
 
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This works well - it also has an optional start orb for win8 users:

Start Menu 7




That's on a VM however not the install to HD as you still have to unlock the lock screen and type in the password, click arrow to arrive at Start screen first. But then you simply click the desktop shortcut which is minor but annoying still.

So far no automatic login options have been found in the CP>System>Advanced while a new reg value similar to what was seen with XP is a thought. That would have to come later however once more is learned about the final not CP version we see now.

There will likely be more then one 3rd party tool available as well as one company is working on a Start8 utility still not available to solve the lack of Start menu which has been a concern.
 

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I sometimes use my TV as my secondary monitor for Netflix, games, etc. I still haven't gotten the hang of the corner based popup menu system with dual monitors. Also there are some weird things going on running the Catalyst Control Center. Other than that, it feels really good. I took the leap and made this my main OS (did the same for Win 7 preview) and I'm really impressed.
 

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This works well - it also has an optional start orb for win8 users:

Start Menu 7




That's on a VM however not the install to HD as you still have to unlock the lock screen and type in the password, click arrow to arrive at Start screen first. But then you simply click the desktop shortcut which is minor but annoying still.

So far no automatic login options have been found in the CP>System>Advanced while a new reg value similar to what was seen with XP is a thought. That would have to come later however once more is learned about the final not CP version we see now.

There will likely be more then one 3rd party tool available as well as one company is working on a Start8 utility still not available to solve the lack of Start menu which has been a concern.

Starsoft is working on a Start8 freebie presently. When going to see the x64 version installed on a VM there was no ProgramData folder to find on the VHD where the Start7 may be what is needed presently! :D

I'll still be waiting for the Start8 item in the meantime.

The BIG annoyance of the day however was finding I could not connect online or even hear sound once the VM install was complete! I dismounted in order to connect with a usb flash drive easy enough but cannot directly install any drivers for the host nic card on a VM to start with. The shared NAT default on every other VM so far has always worked instantly but not the CP for some reason. :(
 

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