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Clearing Up 5 Windows 8 Confusions

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    Clearing Up 5 Windows 8 Confusions


    Windows 8 is not your conventional Windows upgrade. With Windows 7, Vista, and XP, you got an upgrade that added new tools, more capabilities under the hood, new interface options, and a new look. But all of these were variations on the basic Windows theme, and ran all your existing Windows programs. Windows 8 changes all this, because it has a bigger mission—to extend Windows for use on touch tablets while still keeping its ability to run your existing Windows programs. This way, Microsoft can tap into its installed base of over a billion users, bringing them

    With this goal came a whole new class of apps that run on the operating system, and that brings us to our first point of confusion: Metro apps vs. desktop apps. But even before delving into which types of apps run where, you have the choice of which kind of machine you want—tablet or desktop/laptop. In fact the lines between tablets and laptops start to blur with Windows 8, and many manufacturers are coming out with convertibles that start out looking like laptops but detach or swivel to transform into tablets.

    As with the earlier major Windows releases, we still have the "which edition?" question. Thankfully, this time around there's actually a less-confusing array of choices than we had in the past for Windows 7: It's pretty much Pro vs. standard Windows 8, unless you're in a developing nation or in a large enterprise's IT department. Also in the past, you had questions of upgrade or buy new, 64-bit or 32-bit, and upgrade or clean install. But those are more familiar and less existential than most of the dualities we cover below.


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    Tropical Island Pair a Dice
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    A good clarification of the differences in the new versions.
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    Brink quoted.... "this time around there's actually a less-confusing array of choices than we had in the past for Windows 7: It's pretty much Pro vs. standard Windows 8, unless you're in a developing nation or in a large enterprise's IT department."


    I've been using the Enterprise RTM for about two months now, and I'd
    be quite comfortable continuing to use it as my 'home' OS.

    I have tweaked it, and added/replaced much of its 'lost' functionality
    with 3rd-party apps. My preferred x86 progs all run without issues
    and the thing is absolutely rock-solid.

    Apart from Media Center (which I never really used), and the loss of
    DVD playback in WMP (got around that with PowerDVD 10), I can't
    see that I'm missing much using Ent as opposed to Pro.

    (Apart from the bloody thing being only the 90-day trial...GRRRRR!!!!)
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Hi there
    Free Full DVD playing is quite easily managed by downloading FREE VLC. Works fine --been using it since Windows 2000 daya. Regularly updated and plays almost ANY codec you throw at it (including Sound too -- although I use Winamp for purely audio playing).

    VideoLAN - VLC: Official site - Free multimedia solutions for all OS!

    W8 Enterprise works fine as a desktop -- language packs now decently available too. Incidentally it's available for TechNet subscribers. Another "Goodie" with W8 enterprise is the Windows to go.


    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Not a big fan of VLC, I'm afraid, but, having said that, I usually
    keep a copy on hand for that odd file that simply WON'T open
    in anything else.

    My video of the hanging of Saddam Hussein is a
    good example, it'll ONLY play in VLC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kat View Post

    I have tweaked it, and added/replaced much of its 'lost' functionality with 3rd-party apps.


    Ref the bolded red text: Here's my biggest issue with Win 8. I don't want to have to rely on a slew of 3rd party apps to restore functionality that has been common since 1995. Microsoft needs to add options during installation that allows users to set up the system the way THEY want, and not be forced to settle for this ridiculous 'metro' bull s..t. Microsoft is taking a stance with this and basically telling customers 'screw you, you're going to do it OUR way'.

    Give us a little more flexibility; thats all those of us who bash Win8 are asking for,
    Last edited by acr731; 28 Oct 2012 at 08:49.
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    did you ever ask yourself WHY with it being the 21st century....
    and WHY it not being "rocket science"......

    do we still need to "add a slew of 3rd party apps to restore functionality" to windows 7/ windows 8 /etc.

    ever help someone setup a Mac....I was amazed...it just works....didn't have to add this, add that..etc
    MS seems to still be in the 1970-1980 time warp....when will they ever come out of it???
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    Quote Originally Posted by fgdn17 View Post
    did you ever ask yourself WHY with it being the 21st century....
    and WHY it not being "rocket science"......

    do we still need to "add a slew of 3rd party apps to restore functionality" to windows 7/ windows 8 /etc.

    ever help someone setup a Mac....I was amazed...it just works....didn't have to add this, add that..etc
    MS seems to still be in the 1970-1980 time warp....when will they ever come out of it???
    Actually, what you seem to regard as a flaw in Windows is really one of its greatest strengths.

    Who really wants to be locked into someone ELSE'S idea of what the computing experience should be?

    Certainly not me.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kat View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by fgdn17 View Post
    did you ever ask yourself WHY with it being the 21st century....
    and WHY it not being "rocket science"......

    do we still need to "add a slew of 3rd party apps to restore functionality" to windows 7/ windows 8 /etc.

    ever help someone setup a Mac....I was amazed...it just works....didn't have to add this, add that..etc
    MS seems to still be in the 1970-1980 time warp....when will they ever come out of it???
    Actually, what you seem to regard as a flaw in Windows is really one of its greatest strengths.

    Who really wants to be locked into someone ELSE'S idea of what the computing experience should be?

    Certainly not me.......
    "one of its greatest strengths" ??????????

    to have it's users who just want something to work have to figure out which driver...which version
    of java..which this and which that....

    whatever...I want something that "just works"....MS Windows isn't there...even Linux is much better at
    finding and installing 95% of what you need...with MS it's like 65%....and that's only an improvement of about 20%
    since 1975-1990..........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kat View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by fgdn17 View Post
    did you ever ask yourself WHY with it being the 21st century....
    and WHY it not being "rocket science"......

    do we still need to "add a slew of 3rd party apps to restore functionality" to windows 7/ windows 8 /etc.

    ever help someone setup a Mac....I was amazed...it just works....didn't have to add this, add that..etc
    MS seems to still be in the 1970-1980 time warp....when will they ever come out of it???
    Actually, what you seem to regard as a flaw in Windows is really one of its greatest strengths.

    Who really wants to be locked into someone ELSE'S idea of what the computing experience should be?

    Certainly not me.......
    Have to agree here, users have ALWAYS had the option to make Windows more personalized through 3rd party tools. Could Microsoft have given users more options with Metro, sure...but it doesn't change anything in regards use of 3rd party tools.

    The OSX argument is a weak one also, you have Apple that controls the hardware AND software so they can guarantee that it always works since they control the whole process. Why do you think when Steve Jobs came back to Apple he stopped all the Mac Clone companies from making Macs? they need that control. When you think about how many different types of Windows computers are out there, Dell, HP, SONY, home assembled etc with so many different variations in graphic cards and other hardware, it's amazing how well Windows does JUST WORK with everything. This is something Apple could NEVER do.
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