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  1. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian
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  2. andruoid

    andruoid Android Expert

    downloading at 3MB/s right now ...I'll try in virtualbox, maybe I should get that 4GB stick of RAM ;)

    ...got it! might try with 2GB but its going to be close.
  3. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian
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    Lemme know how it goes - I have a world of homework, and I'm screwing with my Droid BIONIC, so I haven't had time to play yet.
  4. andruoid

    andruoid Android Expert

    I tried VirtualBox and VMware (full Workstation 7.1). I get the Loading Files > Windows Developer Preview > and then a light blue screen (lol) with a big sad face :( saying that something went wrong with your hardware. So either it won't load in virtual or I don't have enough RAM.

    For $21 I'm getting a 4GB G.Skill or Corsair module tomorrow. Even though I said otherwise, Win7 does need more than what came with this netbook. Too bad they don't make 8GB singles ;-)
  5. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    I'm gonna try it in VMplayer. Downloading now but wont get chance to try today
  6. gallandof

    gallandof Android Expert

    downloaded and installed last night, I like the look of it, very appealing but at first sue its very confusing, and multitasking seems to have gone way south. It seems like the metro UI is the default view windows sends you too, which is too impractical for normal use, So i have to keep switching to desktop mode. the biggest issue there is when I want my start menu i get metro instead :(
  7. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian
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    I have the 64bit dev preview running in VBox without any issues.
  8. 9to5cynic

    9to5cynic Android Expert

    @John: How are you liking it?
  9. karandpr

    karandpr Android Expert

    I have the 32-bit on dual boot .
    ISO mount is sweet so Is cmd anywhere .
    Boot and install is definitely faster than 7(reinstalled 7 a week ago )not as fast as Mint or Ubuntu though.
    I had to install many drivers manually(sound,graphics,android) which was a pain and it doesn't detect my DVD drive .
    MetroUI is like an extended WinMo desktop and a long browser .
    MetroUI apps cant be closed i.e they are "suspended" .
    New Task manager
    RibbonUI is ok,not a big fan.
    And you have to remember shortcuts for everything like rpg.(Win+R(not sure,can remember,I was pressing every key on keyboard to get to the shut down menu) =Super Combo Kick "Run")

    IE 10 asks me to upgrade to the latest and safest IE 8 version since IE 9 is not supported. :D :D (wow)

    It is Windows 7+ .
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  10. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Its not compatible with vmware player 3.x

    You have to use vmware workstation 8 which is $199USD. Even the trial doesn't let you power up a virtual machine (whats the point then?)

    But I'm going through the install, seems ok so far. You have to Custom>install OS later>win 7 and create the machine, then change the cd to the iso before power up. Otherwise it tries to read the product key which you didnt enter as its a preview.


    Ive been on a windows blackout recently. I was not expecting it to look like win phone 7


    Apparently it works in virtuabox (also Johnlgalt confirms) but I wont use it as its not industry standard (I'm liek that)
  11. 9to5cynic

    9to5cynic Android Expert

    I'll try it in Vbox then. Oh, my vbox is all F'd up (no gui). And I tried it in VMware workstation 7 and it just said there was an error... so I don't know. Maybe a reinstall of vbox is in order.

    I'm curious to try it out for sure.
  12. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Yeah has to be workstation 8
  13. andruoid

    andruoid Android Expert

    32bit works in VirtualBox 4.1.2, select Win 7 and its fine. Only thing holding me back in virtual is the RAM ...2GB total, approx 1GB used in W7 HP 64bit, 256MB for the video (AMD C-50 APU).
  14. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Similar. I got 4GB swap in ubuntu but not sure its being utilized well. Machine runs but not well
  15. andruoid

    andruoid Android Expert

    Linux runs well in VM as it barely needs 512MB RAM in general. Running Windows in Windows needs much more ;) Regardless, i got it working enough to see what its about. Not sure I like the large Lego look of it all. Every time I see tiles now I see azrienoch's video entry for that Win7 phone, lol
  16. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian
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    I haven't had much chance to play with it as I've been busy with a ton of other stuff...

    But I have a core i7 965 EE and 12 GB of RAM pushing it - so I can easily let this thing push itself dedicating 2 cores and 4 GB of RAM to it.

    TBH, though - the older leaked builds were much more fun.... lol
  17. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    I felt bored of it as soon as it booted. :)
  18. NYCHitman1

    NYCHitman1 Gun for Hire

    I kinda like it after playing with it for a good hour and change last night. Something tells me that this would be an AWESOME tablet OS though.
  19. 9to5cynic

    9to5cynic Android Expert

    I'm running 4.12 vbox, but I still can't do anything via the gui. I'll have to find the commands to create a VM with the command line. >.>
  20. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Yeah. That's pretty much what the whole tile interface is about. Makes no sense with kb though

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