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Windows 8: The disastrous result of Microsoft’s gutless equivocation

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    Windows 8: The disastrous result of Microsoft’s gutless equivocation


    My favorite title yet! Were these people scarred by Microsoft as children?

    This is it. Today, Microsoft will release Windows 8, the fat fruit of more than three years of last-gasp labor to produce an operating system that can ensure Microsoft’s continued relevancy in a touch-oriented world. With PC sales stalled, and smartphones and tablets on target to outsell PCs in the next few years, Windows 8 must succeed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
    My favorite title yet! Were these people scarred by Microsoft as children?

    This is it. Today, Microsoft will release Windows 8, the fat fruit of more than three years of last-gasp labor to produce an operating system that can ensure Microsoft’s continued relevancy in a touch-oriented world. With PC sales stalled, and smartphones and tablets on target to outsell PCs in the next few years, Windows 8 must succeed.
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    A Guy
    No, it sounds like the same sort of rubbish that people were spruking when I first came to this website, don't know if its still going on, we'll see. I downloaded and bought this morning and I'm happy with my $40 purchase, and I'll buy another two licences. I couldn't care less what these nimrods have to say about it.

    i would have paid more, but I'm very happy to be getting 3 licenses for the price of one. I didn't even have to install over the older Windows, just straight over Windows release preview.
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    I'm seeing more stories where people are saying it's the best OS yet. They are still far outnumbered by the negative though. I expect these stories will die down fairly soon as the OS gets out and they turn their eyes elsewhere. And 8F will turn more towards helping new users. A Guy
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    Let's hope so
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    Quote Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
    I'm seeing more stories where people are saying it's the best OS yet. They are still far outnumbered by the negative though. I expect these stories will die down fairly soon as the OS gets out and they turn their eyes elsewhere. And 8F will turn more towards helping new users. A Guy


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    Quote Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
    I'm seeing more stories where people are saying it's the best OS yet. They are still far outnumbered by the negative though. I expect these stories will die down fairly soon as the OS gets out and they turn their eyes elsewhere. And 8F will turn more towards helping new users. A Guy


    Jim
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    Quote Originally Posted by BillWindows View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
    My favorite title yet! Were these people scarred by Microsoft as children?

    This is it. Today, Microsoft will release Windows 8, the fat fruit of more than three years of last-gasp labor to produce an operating system that can ensure Microsoft’s continued relevancy in a touch-oriented world. With PC sales stalled, and smartphones and tablets on target to outsell PCs in the next few years, Windows 8 must succeed.
    Source

    A Guy
    No, it sounds like the same sort of rubbish that people were spruking when I first came to this website, don't know if its still going on, we'll see. I downloaded and bought this morning and I'm happy with my $40 purchase, and I'll buy another two licences. I couldn't care less what these nimrods have to say about it.

    i would have paid more, but I'm very happy to be getting 3 licenses for the price of one. I didn't even have to install over the older Windows, just straight over Windows release preview.
    Is this true, on my computer I have a legal copy of windows 7 dual booted with the last preview edition of windows 8 that was offered, can I upgrade my windows consumers preview for $39.99 in dual boot mode?

    thanks
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    "Is this true, on my computer I have a legal copy of windows 7 dual booted with the last preview edition of windows 8 that was offered, can I upgrade my windows consumers preview for $39.99 in dual boot mode?"

    Yes it is true, not only that, I formatted the RP partition while installing through my Windows live account and it kept all my settings. I think a lot of people are going to be amazed at this as I'm sure that most thought they were going to have to jump through hoops. I checked this morning and my installation is activated, best $40 I've ever spent.

    Just make sure when you are going through the procedures to keep your key and create an ISO to burn onto a DVD or USB. Makes life a lot easier. After you have your DVD you can do what you like.
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    USA, Idaho
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    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    Just another uninformed critic.
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    Australia
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    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    I bought W8 Pro 64bit OEM with disk in shop in West Australia yesterday for $149. Wanted a disk and couldn't wait for slightly cheaper version to be mailed out. And didn't want downloaded software.

    Installed on backup machine with Intel i5 2400 CPU, 120GB SSD SATA3 HD and 8GB RAM. Overall good and very fast. Tried to live with tile start screen but gave up after a couple of hours, and installed Ex7ForW8 hack to restore original Orb Start Menu. Metro is still accessible via toggle switch.

    Did this because for a number of 3rd party apps, various sub-menus which show in program files and are normally found in start menu, were missing from: C: drive > Program Data > Microsoft > Windows > Start Menu. These included Office 2010, Nero, etc. Also overall found installation of programs and creation of desktop shortcuts easier this way. Maybe it's just that I'm used to doing it that way, but Orb Start Menu works best for me.

    In fact if the hack to restore Orb Start Menu hadn't been there I wouldn't have bought W8. In effect I'm running Explorer 7 on the W8 kernel and getting all the benefits of W8, but in practice identical to W7. So it's more or less like SP2 for W7 ... only you pay.

    There are a number of minor glitches but hopefully these will be ironed out with updates. For example, running a DVD in optical drive would not allow "list" view of contents.

    Drivers for W8 were available for Hewlett-Packhard printer & Inel mobo, but big disappointment is Acronis 2012 is incompatible and won't load on active OS. There is a work around to create and use Acronis rescue CD to create/restore backup image of hard drive, but continuous auto update of folders/files from OS to storage partitons is impossible.

    Did a simulated forced system crash/restore using Acronis rescue CD. OS restored OK, but boot files failed. Ran W8 installation DVD and used "Auto repair" option and boot restored in literally 5 seconds.

    Will continue to trial and hope hack for orb start menu is not borked by updates. Only other negatives is the folders, forward/backward arrows, etc, have very bland graphics. And when I ran CPUID it blue screened.

    The biggest obstacle for acceptance for W8 will be with traditonal desktop tower users confronted with the major GUI changes. Persons using tablets/smartfones will adapt a lot quicker.
    Last edited by Mustang; 27 Oct 2012 at 06:52.
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