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Living with Windows 8: On the desktop, it's just a better Windows 7

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    Living with Windows 8: On the desktop, it's just a better Windows 7


    You only really get to know an OS by living with it. After using Windows 8 for over a year, I've seen it evolve, and found that - on the desktop at least - some fears are exaggerated.

    It's been over a year since I first installed a build of Windows 8 on a test machine. Since then, I've run it on a wide range of hardware, including slate-format tablets, hybrid touch/pen/keyboard tablet PCs, traditional laptops and multi-monitor desktop PCs – hardware that mixes the old (with Vista and XP-era devices) and the new (a recently upgraded Core i5 desktop system). It's been on Intel processors, on AMD, on physical, on virtual: on pretty much every machine I could find in the office.

    Testing and benchmarking is all very well, but you only really get to know an OS by living with it, using it every day to do everyday tasks on your everyday PC. For me, that means the good old-fashioned desktop PC.

    Most of my time is spent in front of a multi-monitor desktop machine, exactly the configuration that many people have worried about in comments to various Windows 8 posts. While desktop users may soon be in the minority, there are still plenty of us around. I rely on tools like Office and Adobe Lightroom and they rely on the desktop – and that’s unlikely to change until the tools change. So for my desktop PC, there’s very little change between 7 and 8 in the way I work.


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    It is better in some ways with a new touch based version but in terms of the desktop experience it's gotten a bit worse but I agree that it overall is a better windows 7 minus the changes on the desktop that weren't actually helpful or useful. I'm wondering though if the better performance is simply windows 8 being stripped of the effects and aero of windows 7 or if it would all be just as fast if they had all the same gloss and aero effects on. Supposedly(though I haven't tried) it boots up just as fast as windows 7.
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    I found that Windows 8 is faster in basic OS functions - file transfer, for example (on my dual-boot machine if I need to copy large files I go to Windows 8, it's faster than 7, and 7 is installed on a SSD, while 8 on a HDD).

    On the other hand, I never understood why anyone wants to run a program full screen, unless it's a monster that has its own internal window structure or if the screen is too small. But even on my laptop, the only time I ever did run my browser full screen, was when I used it to display instructions while building my new rig. This is to say that I see no point in "Metro Apps", at least not on my desktop with 24'' monitor, which is not the biggest monitor by any measure. Maybe on a 7'' tablet Metro looks good, but what do I care?
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    Having used Windows 8 in a production environment as an enterprise desktop support technician with dual 24" widescreen displays, I can say that the snap feature is your friend. My secondary display was portrait with Outlook and SCSM. My primary display was my active workspace, where I could swith between Modern and Desktop UI or snap OneNote or Bing search results while having plenty of space for desktop applications.
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    As Unifex said, that's the Metro Apps part which is tricky because they are non-Windows apps.
    Bringing non-Windows apps in a Windows environement is non-sens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fredledingue View Post
    As Unifex said, that's the Metro Apps part which is tricky because they are non-Windows apps.
    Bringing non-Windows apps in a Windows environement is non-sens.
    If you were referring to my post, please re-read it. I clearly addressed how I dealt with the Modern UI applications (which, by the way, include Bing Search and OneNote).
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    it's just a better Windows 7
    Exactly what I have been telling everyone.
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    I'm going to say what's on everyone's mind about this: of course it is!!
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    With the addition of classic shell, 8 is just fine fore the desktop environment. Rock solid, in fact.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rickkins View Post
    With the addition of classic shell, 8 is just fine fore the desktop environment. Rock solid, in fact.
    What is the classic shell?
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