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New Windows 8 system? Hope you're not in a hurry to use it

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    New Windows 8 system? Hope you're not in a hurry to use it


    Yesterday started with excitement only these three words can create: out for delivery. My ThinkPad Tablet 2 was going to be in my hands shortly and I was as anxious as a cat in a catnip factory. Opening the box after it arrived was like Christmas morning, my new toy, er, work system, would soon be rocking my world.
    You could cut the excitement in the air with a knife as the tablet powered up. The Windows 8 first boot routine cranked my enthusiasm up a notch as I started to get my precious configured.
    Then reality set in as it does with every new Windows machine. My new Tablet 2 apparently sat in a warehouse for months waiting for someone to buy it. That's what I figure anyway, as the tablet flashed an error indicating that the internal battery was depleted so much the system couldn't continue running even though plugged into the outlet. It promptly shut down.
    All in all it took a little over five hours from hitting the power button the first time until I had a totally updated system ready for action. My new toy was useless to me until this updating was performed, and it happened so slowly it was like watching paint dry.
    The purpose of sharing this experience is not to bash Microsoft or the OEM (in this case Lenovo). I understand why the OOBE is this way and that it's necessary. It is what it is, and unfortunately for new system owners it's not very good. It's like slamming your hand in the door of your new Ferrari. Making your first trip in your new sports car to the emergency room is not the best of experiences.
    New Windows 8 system? Hope you're not in a hurry to use it | ZDNet

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    First of all, an OOBE should be just that. If necessary, plug the device in and turn it on. The act of doing updates has nothing to do with an OOBE. Secondly, why is this individual getting so excited about a device that uses an Atom Processor?

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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    The check for Windows Updates unsurprisingly showed 59 available. Most were security updates but there were some others mixed in. I told Windows to apply the updates and then the fun really began
    That guy is a DOPE! You NEVER Install ALL of the available updates at once! Some of them, are pretty involved, and can take 15 minutes to download and install just by themselves.

    I would have done it a few at a time, starting with what is the most important. And I NEVER install "Security Downdates". Not unless it is a Combo Update, or a Sec Update for Dot Net. THOSE are important.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Forget about the Windows updates, the whole first time use setup is what takes forever. For my ASUS laptop I had to select the language "English" then site back and watch endless reboots and "Installing Programs" prompts. It was over an hour before I could actually log in and then do the Windows updates. I just did a factory restore on a friends laptop and it was the same story only it took even longer as it had to reimage a partition or two before even getting to the language selection screen.
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    I'm a compulsive updater !

    Lol...
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    I really wish MS would make a condensed roll up pack about every six months which Windows update could utilize instead of downloading hundreds of individual updates. Considering all the time spent updating stuff in Windows, it seems like this would be a worthwhile effort for a small group of developers to manage
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    First of all, when you get a rechargeable battery powered device, always let the battery charge until fully charged and a bit beyond, most of them need time to form properly. Failing to do that can shorten it's life a lot (it's usually in the manual).
    When installing W8 you have an option to update before it is completely installed if connected to internet at the time. As mentioned before, the best way to update is doing it one by one (in the order of release) or at least in small batches as a small glitch in transmission can make problems and only when you are sure that everything is running all right. MS does release updates in batches, they have so called Tuesday, Thursday or whatever batch updates and you can find their descriptions on numerous sites.
    And oh yes, i was in i hurry to use win8 (just as much as for as for all previous ones including ver.2 ) ever since Alpha, on the dual boot with older version and never regretted it.
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    Another case of monkey see monkey do. This monkey sees other monkeys criticize a particular product, so this monkey desperately finds a reason, any reason, to criticize this product as well.

    It has always been the case that a new product that is rechargeable require several hours of recharging before use. It has always been the case that a new product has a kazillion updates. I've never bought a single computing device without these two characteristics, including Google and apple products. But now that its a windows 8 device, it is the end of the world.

    Monkey see monkey do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goodintentions View Post
    Another case of monkey see monkey do. This monkey sees other monkeys criticize a particular product, so this monkey desperately finds a reason, any reason, to criticize this product as well.

    It has always been the case that a new product that is rechargeable require several hours of recharging before use. It has always been the case that a new product has a kazillion updates. I've never bought a single computing device without these two characteristics, including Google and apple products. But now that its a windows 8 device, it is the end of the world.

    Monkey see monkey do.
    My thoughts exactly, coupled with the fact that little knowledge is worse than none and you get that syndrome. Will someone at least read a manual please .
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    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by goodintentions View Post
    Another case of monkey see monkey do. This monkey sees other monkeys criticize a particular product, so this monkey desperately finds a reason, any reason, to criticize this product as well.

    It has always been the case that a new product that is rechargeable require several hours of recharging before use. It has always been the case that a new product has a kazillion updates. I've never bought a single computing device without these two characteristics, including Google and apple products. But now that its a windows 8 device, it is the end of the world.

    Monkey see monkey do.
    My thoughts exactly, coupled with the fact that little knowledge is worse than none and you get that syndrome. Will someone at least read a manual please .
    Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not saying windows 8 devices are perfect by any stretch of the imagination. I've got my own list of gripes about windows 8 and windows 8 devices.

    But this monkey see monkey do criticisms of windows 8 and windows devices are getting old and annoying.

    When android tablets first came out in competition with the ipad, I remember reading criticisms of android tablets everywhere. Some are legit and some are just downright monkey-see-monkey-do bandwagon.

    I kid you not, one time I even read a criticism of the xoom because it was "cold when first picked up". Yeah, like the ipad in the middle of December is always warm when you first picked it up.

    Tech bloggers and reviewers have a lot of authority in the tech world simply because most people are tech illiterate and so they depend on these articles to decide what they need and what they want. Take me, for example. I'm usually the go-to guy among my friends and family. They always come to me and ask me what they should get, I tell them what they should get, and they actually would go out to best buy the next day to get that very thing. I've recommended everything from a Celeron laptop to an android nexus device to an ipad. My next door neighbor came to ask me which PC he should get from best buy. I asked him what he'll be using it for, he told me everything he needed it for, and I told him a couple of models from his options. Last night he told me he actually got the PC I recommended.

    The point is tech bloogers and reviewers need to be more impartial than this. They have a responsibility to the average user to be impartial. I don't care if they tell people to get a mac or ipad. I really don't. What I do mind is this monkey-see-monkey-do business form of criticism.

    There have been reports of iOS devices taking hours and hours to do upgrades. And all rechargeable devices require an initial charge of at least 5-8 hours before use if people want to maximize their battery lifespan. It's simply astonishing that this piece of article actually got published at all. It's even more astonishing that this made it to the news section of this forum.
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