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Old June 23rd, 2012, 08:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm downloading the Release Preview and plan to install it. Anyone tried it? Any problems with it?

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Old June 23rd, 2012, 10:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm downloading the Release Preview and plan to install it. Anyone tried it? Any problems with it?
Havent tried it yet I did download the Release Preview as you have but I left windows and come back into my Linux to do some things I may try to install tomorrow. Keep us informed of what you find and think. I'll do the same as I get it installed.
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I've played with it about an hour. It looks like Windows 8 is trying to be an android or windows phone. The start menu is a whole screen similar to a windows phone. You can pin things there you use a lot. It looks like a good setup for a touch screen monitor.

I'm still trying to navigate things. Move the cursor to the right side of the desktop will open different settings menu. Move to the left side will open the start page. Move it up the left side will show everything you have open.

Internet Explorer 10 seems very fast. My biggest problem is just figuring out how to close things I have open.

One thing to remember before installing. If you have a partition with an disk image for restoring like I do with my Dell laptop, you can't use that to go back if you don't like win 8. When you install win8, it changes the boot.
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The start screen.





Programs are now apps.


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Yes the thing is very Phoney I got it installed today and played with it for a bit. I'm working on a different machine so I went back to Linux to finish up with what I can on it today. So I am not ready to give a review of what I think I have seen some things I like and some things I don't like. Definately looks like they are gearing up for more of a mobile application. Some of the things I am thinking I don't like may very well be good things in a mobile than on my laptop. Curious to see the end product. I'm going to jump back on it here in a little bit
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I like the look and feel of it however I'm not liking the start "Page" that much. I guess I'm to use to the start button It's not a total hatred thing just isn't that appealing to me.

I'm not a big bing fan I do admit its one of Microsoft's better search engines I still think its a bit to abrasive, I also don't like tool bars galore. The Weather app is Bing driven however I am liking it. It gives you a lot of information, radar, maps, and history

I would like to see the Open App Bar become more like a tool bar that I can pin open instead of having to go all the way to the corner to get it to show.
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The start page took some getting used to but the more I use it the more I like it. Some problems with it:

If I use IE10 from the start page I don't have the top section with favorites and navigation. I only get that if I use it from the desktop.

Shutdown doesn't work for me. I have to use the power button to shut down.

I am finding it easier to navigate the more I use it. If you right click in the bottom left corner you will find all the system options. I really like the new task manager with the new options. If you right click at the bottom of a screen, it will bring up all the windows you have open. No more need to tab.

I think it still has some bugs to work out, or I need to learn to use it better, but I think I'll like it.

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Its a piece of dross. I am not looking forward having to roll this out across my organisation.

Hopefully we'll skip this incarnation
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i used the consumer release for a while i liked the dual monitor support but im a fan of aero so im iffy show us the desktop side?
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The start page took some getting used to but the more I use it the more I like it. Some problems with it:

If I use IE10 from the start page I don't have the top section with favorites and navigation. I only get that if I use it from the desktop.

Shutdown doesn't work for me. I have to use the power button to shut down.

I am finding it easier to navigate the more I use it. If you right click in the bottom left corner you will find all the system options. I really like the new task manager with the new options. If you right click at the bottom of a screen, it will bring up all the windows you have open. No more need to tab.

I think it still has some bugs to work out, or I need to learn to use it better, but I think I'll like it.

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I'm going to play with it more here in a little while. I havn't really had any issues yet. so it will be interesting. I'm still to much of a diehard Linux fan to leave it for winblows but on occasion I need the old gates ware
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Its a piece of dross. I am not looking forward having to roll this out across my organisation.

Hopefully we'll skip this incarnation
I hear ya just will be interesting to see if MS keeps the looks of this or will go back to what people are used to on their systems.
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Havent tried it yet I did download the Release Preview as you have but I left windows and come back into my Linux to do some things I may try to install tomorrow. Keep us informed of what you find and think. I'll do the same as I get it installed.

I have been using window8 for about a month. So far everything is going great.
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I have been using window8 for about a month. So far everything is going great.
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im a fan of aero so im iffy show us the desktop side?
Essentially the same. You can still use Aero themes.

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Essentially the same. You can still use Aero themes.
I believe that, in the original beta(?) version released, you could go back to the normal desktop on windows 8, which included a typical start menu. So you essentially just had an upgraded version of windows 7.

However, in the more recent versions, they removed the start menu and forced you to use the metro, tablet-like menu in its place.

Is that still the case with the release preview? I want the start menu back; I don't like change
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However, in the more recent versions, they removed the start menu and forced you to use the metro, tablet-like menu in its place.

Is that still the case with the release preview? I want the start menu back; I don't like change

If you can go back to a regular start menu I haven't been able to find it. I would also like the normal start back. Metro's fun for the newness factor, but I think MS will find most PC users don't want a tablet on their PC. They should make Metro widgets people can put on their desktop and leave the normal Start IMO.
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they kept aero YES!
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I will look here in a bit when I log into windows. I am really hoping there is a way to get the start menu back. I like the "Lock Screen" but it still a bit tablety on my laptop.
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im playing with it on vmware fusion
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Don't believe the lies, you can have a Start menu on Windows 8 Release Preview

try that for start menu
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the start8 one worked beautifuly
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i just googled "enable start menu on windows 8 relese preview"

i like the start8 it keeps the metro feelf to it but brings back the start menu
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Thanks Cammy. I'll give that one a try. The question is will MS take away that option in the final release?
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if they do someone will find a way to add it back
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I tried the Start8 but I like ClassicShell too. Its closer to 'normal'.


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i dont like its orb
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metro apps+27' iMac retna display=beauty <3
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I want Gnome for my desktop in windows that would be ok but if I could get Gnome Launcher for my phone and tablet that would be so sweetly great.

I think MS is just trying to insure perfect integration with their phones, tablets, and desktops. I think they want to get a universal look. Also the "Start" menu is very old and people have been changing it for years. The look is basically the iPhoneish look with a twist (different size "Boxes" etc) I would like to see better integration between the Lock screen and the Login Screen. I like the Lock screen just add the login boxes to it when i wish to log back in. get rid of the old Login Screen that is not very user friendly (easy to change backgrounds, and other elements)
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If anyone is using an Nvidia card (laptop or notebook) they have new WHQL drivers out for the Windows 8 preview release. They came out on June 27. I just saw it today.

I didn't have much time to check everything but it fixed a couple of problems I was having, such as right clicking on my desktop and having to wait 30 seconds for the popup to pop.
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Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99

We set out to make it as easy as possible for everyone to upgrade to Windows 8. Starting at general availability, if your PC is running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 you will qualify to download an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99 in 131 markets. And if you want, you can add Windows Media Center for free through the “add features” option within Windows 8 Pro after your upgrade.


Upgrades are getting pretty cheap.
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I wish they didn't differentiate between upgrades and clean install prices. If you ever have to wipe/replace your hard drive, you'll have to reinstall the older version of windows first. Which is a bit of a pain, but even more so for people with pre-built PCs that often don't come with the OS instalation discs.
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I'm running the windows 8 pre-release. I found the answer for that.

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a previous version of Windows needs to be on your PC to upgrade. If you are on the Windows 8 Release Preview, you can upgrade via the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant but will only have the options to migrate your personal files or keep nothing at all when upgrading. You will need to make sure you have an underlying license for either Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 as well.
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Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99

We set out to make it as easy as possible for everyone to upgrade to Windows 8. Starting at general availability, if your PC is running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 you will qualify to download an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99 in 131 markets. And if you want, you can add Windows Media Center for free through the “add features” option within Windows 8 Pro after your upgrade.


Upgrades are getting pretty cheap.
I think they have set the price so low because they know they are going to have a hard time selling Win8. It is just too drastic a departure from classic Windows for most users; people don't like having to "relearn" an OS.
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It is just too drastic a departure from classic Windows for most users; people don't like having to "relearn" an OS.

Except for the start menu and a few differences in navigation I don't notice a lot of change. I stay on the desktop and rarely use the metro page. I tried a couple different start menus but I'm back to stock start now.
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Still, pushing metro seems to have made a lot of people hesitant or even lose interest, in more tech-savvy circles, at least. It may be unfounded, but it certainly seems to be a common opinion.
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Still, pushing metro seems to have made a lot of people hesitant or even lose interest, in more tech-savvy circles, at least. It may be unfounded, but it certainly seems to be a common opinion.

I can understand that but after using it a while its just not a big deal to me. Of course, I haven't seen the final product either.

I just downloaded Civ V: Gods and Kings so I'll go see how it works with that.

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Except for the start menu and a few differences in navigation I don't notice a lot of change. I stay on the desktop and rarely use the metro page. I tried a couple different start menus but I'm back to stock start now.
But the start menu is a huge difference, especially for people who aren't technically inclined. While it may be easier for someone who hasn't used a PC before and has used mobile devices, most people will be frustrated at not being able to do what they knew what to do in Win 7.

As one example, can someone tell me (without going to the executable in Windows Explorer) how you can start Notepad or WordPad from the Start Menu? My Win 8 RC does not have icons for either anywhere I can find (though I suppose I missed something).

In my case, I realized this because I wanted to jot some quick notes and couldn't find how to launch them from an icon. I ended up going to the "legacy" desktop, right clicking and selecting New>Text Document. But most users I know, since they can't see the icons, will just assume they aren't in Windows anymore and won't know how to start them.
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I agree its not easy to find some things. Actually I'm replying on my phone because I'm installing win 7 again. I had problems running Civ V Gods & Kings.
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Change always comes at a price. I think Microsoft realizes that and that is one reason for the cheap upgrade. I do prefer a full install to an upgrade as clean installs are much better than upgrades.

Microsoft wants a universal look on their systems this isn't surprising. Actually this would be even more appealing to the technology challenged. Also the start menu on a phone is very hard to see. I mean put it on my EVO and no problem put it on my wifes Optimus S and yeah I couldn't see it. So going with a single look across the platforms is really a great way to market the newer versions.
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