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Windows 8.2. New Changes Are Coming

  1. #161


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Understand. No problem regarding the monitor - mine is 22". So bottom line is that Windows 8 or 8.1 does not offer much over Windows 7 for the desktop user. Right?
    Cosmetically no. If I didn't like Metro I'd still be running 7. I was (on my desktop PC) until just recently. There are other improvements, you'd have to look them up and decide if having them is worth putting up with Metro. Not sure if it factors in or not, but I use a trackball for navigation on my desktop PC. I might have a different opinion of Metro if I was moussing it.

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  2. #162


    Posts : 49
    win 7, 8.1, Ubuntu


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by corax View Post
    So just curious, which fix(es) did you like? I want to make I'm not missing any of the good new stuff
    In Windows 8.0 I could only open Metro on one screen at a time. And Metro snap wouldn't work on my two 1280x1024 LCD's. That meant to use snap I had to run metro on my main 1920x1080 center monitor. Now in 8.1 I can open Metro Apps on more than one monitor at a time, all three if I want. I can now snap 2 metro apps each on my 1280x1024 LCD's, and 3 on my 1920x1080 LCD. I often run Slacker radio and the Weather app on one monitor, and the Netflix App on my main monitor. Outlook will be running on my other monitor.
    Well, I guess I haven't seen anything too exciting in my case. One change I made in 8.1 was on lock screen and desktop background, now they're both the same and also the same as my win 7 background. I wanted to see what my wife and kids would do, if they could tell the difference. They still ask me to put it back to Windows 7.
    I was however able to bring back the lagoon screen saver that came with Windows 7 touchpack. That wouldn't work with Windows 8.0 but does with 8.1.
    On the minus side "Camera" doesn't work with my webcam I have to use a third party app with 8.1 for that (It worked with 8.0, I used it just before I upgraded). I've been patiently waiting for an update to fix that.
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  3. #163


    Quote Originally Posted by corax View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by corax View Post
    So just curious, which fix(es) did you like? I want to make I'm not missing any of the good new stuff
    In Windows 8.0 I could only open Metro on one screen at a time. And Metro snap wouldn't work on my two 1280x1024 LCD's. That meant to use snap I had to run metro on my main 1920x1080 center monitor. Now in 8.1 I can open Metro Apps on more than one monitor at a time, all three if I want. I can now snap 2 metro apps each on my 1280x1024 LCD's, and 3 on my 1920x1080 LCD. I often run Slacker radio and the Weather app on one monitor, and the Netflix App on my main monitor. Outlook will be running on my other monitor.
    Well, I guess I haven't seen anything too exciting in my case. One change I made in 8.1 was on lock screen and desktop background, now they're both the same and also the same as my win 7 background. I wanted to see what my wife and kids would do, if they could tell the difference. They still ask me to put it back to Windows 7.
    I was however able to bring back the lagoon screen saver that came with Windows 7 touchpack. That wouldn't work with Windows 8.0 but does with 8.1.
    On the minus side "Camera" doesn't work with my webcam I have to use a third party app with 8.1 for that (It worked with 8.0, I used it just before I upgraded). I've been patiently waiting for an update to fix that.
    Well you don't need that start/Lock screen at all check out these Group Policy Edits Windows 8 tips and tricks - part 1 My 8.1 desktop is just the same as my Win 7 desktop same gadgets and all. Some software that can't run will sometimes run in compatible mode?
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  4. #164


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    win 7, 8.1, Ubuntu


    Quote Originally Posted by Clintlgm View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by corax View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post

    In Windows 8.0 I could only open Metro on one screen at a time. And Metro snap wouldn't work on my two 1280x1024 LCD's. That meant to use snap I had to run metro on my main 1920x1080 center monitor. Now in 8.1 I can open Metro Apps on more than one monitor at a time, all three if I want. I can now snap 2 metro apps each on my 1280x1024 LCD's, and 3 on my 1920x1080 LCD. I often run Slacker radio and the Weather app on one monitor, and the Netflix App on my main monitor. Outlook will be running on my other monitor.
    Well, I guess I haven't seen anything too exciting in my case. One change I made in 8.1 was on lock screen and desktop background, now they're both the same and also the same as my win 7 background. I wanted to see what my wife and kids would do, if they could tell the difference. They still ask me to put it back to Windows 7.
    I was however able to bring back the lagoon screen saver that came with Windows 7 touchpack. That wouldn't work with Windows 8.0 but does with 8.1.
    On the minus side "Camera" doesn't work with my webcam I have to use a third party app with 8.1 for that (It worked with 8.0, I used it just before I upgraded). I've been patiently waiting for an update to fix that.
    Well you don't need that start/Lock screen at all check out these Group Policy Edits Windows 8 tips and tricks - part 1 My 8.1 desktop is just the same as my Win 7 desktop same gadgets and all. Some software that can't run will sometimes run in compatible mode?
    Hmm, I'll give that a look thanks for the tip.
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  5. #165


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Driver support for windows 8.1 is still hot or miss, let's hope with Windows 8.2/Threshold update Microsoft does not update the kernel again since that would mean going through a repeat drivers update and waiting hell process all over again.

    PS. I'm back on Windows 8.1 since Intel has released a new HD 3000 (Sandy Bridge) driver that works pretty much perfect with Windows 8.1, no more blurry text or such things (except in IE 11 which is Microsoft's text implementation at fault).
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  6. #166


    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    Threshold is the next "wave" of windows updates just as "Blue" is the current wave for all systems.

    Microsoft codename 'Threshold': The next major Windows wave takes shape | ZDNet


    Before Microsoft gets to Threshold, the company is on track to deliver an update to Windows 8.1 (known as Windows 8.1 Update 1) around the same time that it delivers Windows Phone "Blue" (Windows Phone 8.1). That's supposedly happening in the spring 2014/Q2 2014 timeframe, from what my sources have said
    .

    A spring update but not 8.2

    Jim
    Last edited by Phone Man; 03 Dec 2013 at 21:05.
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  7. #167


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    win 7 home premium 64 bit


    I didn't know you still can't disable the charms or hot corners if you select
    boot directly to desktop in 8.1? Is that so?

    I hope that M$ actually follows through with their claim of listening to their majority customers that want to have a desktop that operates exactly as it did in Windows 7...

    And just as importantly I want the old simple easy to use way of safe boot with F11 key instead of the cluster fluck now required with 8.1 and 8.0.
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  8. #168


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    My only current complaints about Windows 8.1 is there's no way of changing the login screen's wallpaper (only color change), the show desktop button (bottom right corner) does not animate or change color when highlighted/hover over with mouse (it's already smaller than it was in Windows 7 and there's no way of knowing when you mouse is actually over the button) and there's no option to disable the new Windows Start Button (gets annoying when running Metro Apps and hitting the button by accident especially with online Metro UI games).
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  9. #169


    Quote Originally Posted by legacy7955 View Post
    I didn't know you still can't disable the charms or hot corners if you select
    boot directly to desktop in 8.1? Is that so?

    I hope that M$ actually follows through with their claim of listening to their majority customers that want to have a desktop that operates exactly as it did in Windows 7...

    And just as importantly I want the old simple easy to use way of safe boot with F11 key instead of the cluster fluck now required with 8.1 and 8.0.
    well if you want your Win 7 desktop back put on ClassicShell. gpedit to not use lock screen, you boot straight to log on and desktop, turn off charm, corners, select your start button image. you are running 8.1 in Win 7 mode and if your running a SSD you can select to completely shut down/Restart, as you don't need hybrid shut down.
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  10. #170


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I agree with the no login screen wallpaper comment. I also noticed no wallpaper on my monitors if I let Windows boot to metro. The Metro Start Screen comes up on my main monitor and my other two just have the single color background. I don't get any desktop wallpaper until I launch a program or app. If I boot to the desktop instead, all my monitors show the desktop wallpaper right away.
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