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Microsoft to shake-up Windows 8 Start screen

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    They could always change the name to Boxes! lol

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    YOU do KNOW, you can change the Metro tile colors, right? I like mine in the nice blue I have them in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Lonewolf View Post
    YOU do KNOW, you can change the Metro tile colors, right? I like mine in the nice blue I have them in.
    Although I know this, I would take this contribution as a joke!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    There is the question of Metro interference in other areas - will you need to have Metro enabled to use some of the system recovery options ?

    I hope not.
    Sadly, this was true with the Windows Developer Preview. I disabled the Metro using Brink's tutorial but when I went to the Control Panel to test System Refresh and System Reset, a dialog box appears saying those features were disabled. I enabled Metro again, then tested those recovery options again and they seem to launch this time. This led me to believe that using those two recovery options are hard-coded with the Metro. That gave me a bad impression.

    I also believe that they better make the System Refresh and System Refresh usable even if Metro is disabled and without the need of inserting the Windows installation media.
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    I also believe that they better make the System Refresh and System Refresh usable even if Metro is disabled and without the need of inserting the Windows installation media
    I must agree with that
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    Quote Originally Posted by vrosa View Post
    I also believe that they better make the System Refresh and System Refresh usable even if Metro is disabled and without the need of inserting the Windows installation media
    I must agree with that
    This would never happen. First of all, I predict that MS would not make the Metro Start Screen optional. This became clear now in some of the later builds that are called in general "consumer review". MS is in a public relations push to outline the advantages of the "Metro" Start screen. So, all of you who dream of an easy way to disable Metro, I think that you would be disappointed. Yes, some hacks will be developed to disable it, but with it, one would disable other parts of Windows.

    Since Windows is no longer windowing, the previous suggestion of renaming it "Boxes" is a good one.

    Anyway, I have been saying that Android ICS certainly looks more interesting than Win8 Metro. In fact, there are number of downloads that allows one to transform the Win7 start screen to something resembling ICS. If you are interested, check this URL
    The Ice Cream Sandwich Desktop

    The result certainly looks a lot more animated than the Win8 tiles.
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    I think a better name would be "Tiles"
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    Quote Originally Posted by vrosa View Post
    The beta will ship with minor changes to the Metro screen, making desktop with monitors of 20 and upwards feel like oversized phones. When the howling begins, Microsoft will then start issuing patches like crazy. But they are going to test the waters first to see how much abuse current users can take.
    So, Metro haters will still sufer with the next public build
    Seems like....
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    Quote Originally Posted by ADRz View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by burtie View Post
    Metro is just dumbed down computing for novices, big bright colours and big boxes everywhere! Yeah it looks clean and simple and will work great on a touch screen device like a tablet but it just doesn't work on a desktop. They need to have the two options in there otherwise I won't be touching with a barge pole!
    It is also not engaging in the long term. The desktop is designed with the idea that the person would be interacting with it continuously throughout the day. Telephones and tablets are designed for occassional use. I would challenge those who like Metro to discuss with us their impressions after running for multiple hours and how all the green wears on them. Let's not go even to the fact that the operating system is called "Windows" but it does not do any windows???? If the desktop is gone as a task, there is not a single windowing applications in it.
    I'll have that discussion. I've literally been running Windows 8 for days now. And no, I don't get worn down by the green, I've already changed that to black tiles and a marroon background with a tile pattern. I've done heavy data transfers, hard drive checks, PhotoShopping, and such. The OS is called Windows. Windows has a Taskbar and an interface to start programs. Windows 8 boots into an interface to start either a desktop program or an app. Either way, you get into the desktop without harrassment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vertex View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    There is the question of Metro interference in other areas - will you need to have Metro enabled to use some of the system recovery options ?

    I hope not.
    Sadly, this was true with the Windows Developer Preview. I disabled the Metro using Brink's tutorial but when I went to the Control Panel to test System Refresh and System Reset, a dialog box appears saying those features were disabled. I enabled Metro again, then tested those recovery options again and they seem to launch this time. This led me to believe that using those two recovery options are hard-coded with the Metro. That gave me a bad impression.

    I also believe that they better make the System Refresh and System Refresh usable even if Metro is disabled and without the need of inserting the Windows installation media.
    Again, Developer Preview guys! No one ever said an OS that is at this stage was final. For crying out loud....
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