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Old June 6, 2012, 08:53 AM
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Default Windows 8 = Junk.

So I downloaded the consumer preview to get alook what all the fuss was about. I have to ask, what the heck Microsoft was thinking. I have been using windows for a long time. I am used to the layout. Bare with me.


1. It forced me to login in using an email upon fresh install. It does let you revert to a local account after install. But still, this is nonsense.

2. The new start menu/launch menu/ app menu is absolute garbage. I dont think I can ever get used to it. It seems like it was created for people who know nothing about computers at all.

3. I hate the launching of settings, start, recently used, open programs launch from the 4 corners of my screen. Half the time they dont show up and when they do, they dissapear before I can highlight or click something.

4. It took me a while to find the control panel. I use it often and do not like where it is located.

5. I like to have my computer on the desktop, but I cant figure out to put it there.

6. The window design looks very minimalistic and plain. It is too white. Too flat. Too big of a menu at the top. I just plain dont like it.

Honestly from what I have seen it is a huge step back. A step back in looks and functionality, especially for someone who knows how to use a computer and is used to finding things in certain places.

I think this pile of garbage will be a huge flop. It is just that bad.

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Old June 6, 2012, 09:26 AM
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I installed it on my new desktop. It takes some getting used to , and some of your rants are valid though (the login with a M$ account is BS). It has an Android feel to it I find, I do feel its going to flop but I do enjoy it myself.
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Old June 6, 2012, 09:29 AM
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"Windows 8 looks to me to be an unmitigated disaster that could decidedly hurt the company and its future."

Microsoft reinvents the wheel with Windows 8 - John Dvorak's Second Opinion - MarketWatch
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Old June 6, 2012, 09:30 AM
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2. The new start menu/launch menu/ app menu is absolute garbage. I dont think I can ever get used to it. It seems like it was created for people who know nothing about computers at all.

3. I hate the launching of settings, start, recently used, open programs launch from the 4 corners of my screen. Half the time they dont show up and when they do, they dissapear before I can highlight or click something.
From what I've read, they really don't expect people to use that method for accessing programs / settings. They want folks to use the search function so that they don't need to know where the icon / link is to a particular program / feature.

Unless windows 8 ships with the ability to turn metro completely off, it'll only be installed on my win7 acer tablet.
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Old June 6, 2012, 09:32 AM
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FRom what I have been researching today, MS is actively removing any and all code that will allow Win 8 to use a classic starmenu/desktop and removing the ability of hacks to do the same.
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Man, if they go that route they are going to completely screw themselves. Maybe it's time to buy stock in apple haha.
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OEMs like dell are probably dreading it... nothing like having to add an extra tier to your order process for selecting not only which version of OS a person wants, but what actual OS they want. Back in Vista's heyday Dell was actually offering either clean (no OS installed) or Linux boxes because of the pushback against MS.
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From what I've read, they really don't expect people to use that method for accessing programs / settings. They want folks to use the search function so that they don't need to know where the icon / link is to a particular program / feature.

Unless windows 8 ships with the ability to turn metro completely off, it'll only be installed on my win7 acer tablet.

I'll probably only dual boot it so I can play xbox games on my PC, really the only reason for me...
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Old June 6, 2012, 10:12 AM
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It's a disaster alright, both in implementation and developer support. This is like Coke trying to change their formula in the 80s, what a "success" that was.
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well i have been playing with windows 8 on my work tablet (dell latitude ST) and i can say that this is a drastic change in how the windows operating system is used. Change is bad for the enterprise segment. Plus the requirement of a ms live account to use an email client is utter BS.

Now on the tablet side of things it is more responsive and easier to use on a tablet computer. But on a desktop it would be a nightmare.

Honestly i don't know what kind of drugs they were on when they dreamed this one up.
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