Installed Windows 8.......

Friday, August 10, 2012 by BoXXi | Discussion: Personal Computing

A few days ago I installed the Windows 8 Release Preview on a brand new SSD. I'm seriously unimpressed...... I don't use ANYTHING that is on that Metro desktop, except Internet Explorer, so it all just seems a waste of time to me.

Everything is difficult to get to, and doesn't make sense. I don't claim to be the most tech savvy person, but i'm not an idiot, even so I had to google how to shut the damn computer down!! So, I can't see me using this at all, and I am seriously toying with the idea of buying a Mac. Since I use an iphone and don't like Android phones maybe that is the sensible thing to do, as it seems Microsoft are trying to get PC users to consolidate their computers, tablets and phones, which I'm not going to do as I love my iphone.

So, maybe it's a case of "choose your side" now, and go with what you are comfortable with. I'll never be comfortable with Windows 8 or Android phones so maybe the Mac route is going to be best for me.

My new SSD is currently empty, awaiting a clean install of Windows 7, which I will run until I decide whether to switch platforms..........

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Jafo
Reply #1 Friday, August 10, 2012 10:18 AM

Bryan...Bryan....Bryan....there's nothing wrong with Win7 ....

Do what the clever people do....stay with 7 ....

Vampothika
Reply #2 Friday, August 10, 2012 10:38 AM

why did you even............ bother?

DrJBHL
Reply #3 Friday, August 10, 2012 10:52 AM

Indeed... W8 is a "No Joy" proposition.

Wizard1956
Reply #4 Friday, August 10, 2012 10:57 AM

Win8 is like a train wreck. Best observed from a safe distance.

PoSmedley
Reply #5 Friday, August 10, 2012 11:07 AM

I don't blame you for trying it out at all. If I had the extra HD I would as well.

The tile desktop is interesting to me and I think it has tremendous potential. Omino5 Rainmeter skin shows that much more could be done with it. Recolring and adjusting transparency of the tiles should be a given.

One thing I think would be amazing would be to turn the tiles into cubes that rotate with different apps or photos on each side. 

Without having seen it in action yet, why wouldn't they have a little bar with the power options and start menu button, similar to Omino5 on the desktop with the tiles?

 

It would/will (is it at all possible????) be interesting if the tiles can be skinned.

Philly0381
Reply #6 Friday, August 10, 2012 11:37 AM

I too have not tried Windows 8, but everything that you can read and look at points at pretty much what you all have been saying, if you don't have a real need to upgrade don't.  It's possible that after it's release and an update it may improve, or the next update to Windows 7 includes some of the improvements that are, so to say under the hood, in Windows 8 are added to Windows 7.  We can only hope and wait..........maybe for Windows 9.  

RedneckDude
Reply #7 Friday, August 10, 2012 11:49 AM

I have it on my laptop, dual booted with 7.  8 never sees the light of day. I was actually thinking of removing 8 and adding something a bit more useful. Like maybe Windows 95. Maybe 98.  

jwdR1
Reply #8 Friday, August 10, 2012 11:53 AM

Bryan...Bryan....Bryan....there's nothing wrong with WinXX ....

Do what the clever people do....stay with XX ....

 

where XX = 3.1, 98, XP, 7, etc.

 

the smart ones will move to something else, Linux, Mac...anything else. 

RedneckDude
Reply #9 Friday, August 10, 2012 12:15 PM

there's nothing wrong with Win7 ....

 

Well...I wouldn't go THAT far...hehe.  

 

But 7 is the best Windows to date, IMHO.      

Henry_Morgan
Reply #10 Friday, August 10, 2012 12:38 PM

I've yet to see a positive review for Win8.  Would Windows not be better served by dumping most of the current concept and starting over?  I don't know how any of that works or if it's possible, but just seems to me they aren't looking at a good release.  By the way, just read that they are having to dump the name 'Metro' for legal reasons.  I still have Vista and am fine with it and wouldn't consider upgrading to anything else unless I am getting a new computer. 

Wizard1956
Reply #11 Friday, August 10, 2012 12:51 PM

i'm not an idiot,

Ah. there's your trouble, you are over qualified to run Win8.

Fuzzy Logic
Reply #12 Friday, August 10, 2012 1:00 PM

A few days ago I installed the Windows 8 Release Preview on a brand new SSD.

The county of Yorkshire has just disowned you.

S J N
Reply #13 Friday, August 10, 2012 1:56 PM

Do what the clever people do....stay with 7 ....

Guess I'm clever, LOL. I will not move to 8!

benmanns
Reply #14 Friday, August 10, 2012 2:31 PM

 but i like it does - I guess im not clever.. am i banned from the club now ? 

DrJBHL
Reply #15 Friday, August 10, 2012 2:57 PM

PoSmedley
One thing I think would be amazing would be to turn the tiles into cubes that rotate with different apps or photos on each side. 

While that might free up some desktop space, why in the world do I have to stand on my head and whistle Dixie just to have my computer even be so kind as to deign to allow me to have a desktop?

I think it's a failure... but if you like it, Po.... it's all yours. I'm too old a dog to relearn and remember how to do in five steps what should be done in one.

Island Dog
Reply #16 Friday, August 10, 2012 3:05 PM

You can't call it a failure since it isn't even available yet.  

Windows 8 is a transition OS that's going to start merging the desktop, mobile, and tablets together.  Mountain Lion on OS X is doing it, and whether you like it or not, that's the future of operating systems.  You can operate Windows 8 in desktop mode and be just fine, and of course there's going to be customization of it.

 

Jythier
Reply #17 Friday, August 10, 2012 3:27 PM

But I have a PC.  I don't want a mobile or a tablet, and I don't want my powerful PC to be hamstrung because it needs to run on a tablet/mobile device that can't compete.

 

That being said, I think most tablets/mobile devices have higher specs than my PC.

gmc2
Reply #18 Friday, August 10, 2012 3:31 PM

jwdR1
where XX = 3.1, 98, XP, 7, etc.

I was just thinking the same thing.

Boxxi, Boxxi,

Island Dog
whether you like it or not, that's the future of operating systems.

there are quite a few of MS OS's that just didn't make it. It would serve them financially best to work with only OS, cuts costs, etc. In the long run they may find it won't work. I certainly don't want to be using metro and have no intention to do so.

DrJBHL
Reply #19 Friday, August 10, 2012 3:54 PM

Island Dog
You can't call it a failure since it isn't even available yet.  

Windows 8 is a transition OS that's going to start merging the desktop, mobile, and tablets together.  Mountain Lion on OS X is doing it, and whether you like it or not, that's the future of operating systems.  You can operate Windows 8 in desktop mode and be just fine, and of course there's going to be customization of it.

 

Yeah, I can. Just did. Tried it and couldn't stand it. Therefore, for me it failed.

Will Start8 work with it? Will SD create an app to force it to boot to the desktop? And why shouldn't I have the say what boots on a computer I bought? Why do I need an app to do what a consumer driven OS should be capable of modifying on its own by my choices?

I don't need to manage all those devices together: I can foresee the security breaches that'll wipe every account and email you have while taking over your identity when you unite all those devices across an OS. Remember: Your computer is only as secure as its weakest link.

I don't want a "smart" phone. I want an "el cheapo" that I can use for (of all things) a telephone call. And I want it to act and sound like a telephone. I don't need it to order me theater tickets and calculate how far I have to walk if I decide to eat a piece of pumpkin pie.

If I can't get an OS that's half way normal, I'll live without. I sure as hell don't want an OS that gives me no choice as to what boots, and looks like a Rubik's Cube with Schizophrenia. Since when does MS know what's best for me?

I'll use Windows 7 until MS with its planned obsolescence tries to push some other half baked idea to bloat its coffers. You'll have to buy apps and guess who runs the store?

If MS kills W7... I'll move to Linux. If I have to learn a new OS, at least it won't look like that pos.

 

the_Monk
Reply #20 Friday, August 10, 2012 3:55 PM

 

I like it!  But then when have I not ever gone against the grain

 

Windows 8 + Touchscreen PC + Windows Phone = everything I need and then some

 

I might actually be able to retire my existing phone an iPad and an iMac or two with the above scenario......hehe

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