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post #1 of 126 (permalink) Old 03-10-2012, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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I've got it up and running with a dual boot setup. Been playing around with it for the last couple of days and I've gotta say, even with a normal desktop (no touch), I really like it! It took me a little while to figure out where everything is, but now that I've familiarized myself with things, it's growing on me. Haven't any any issues at all running my games with the latest Nvidia drivers (can't speak for the ATI/AMD guys)... all my favorite software (Photoshop, Cakewalk Sonar, etc..) runs nice and smooth.

Can't wait for the retail release!

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Not really impressed with it so far. Maybe when I get the retail version? I doubt it though. Just a lame rehash of Win7 with a "cell phone" interface from what I can see so far.
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From what I've been reading that's pretty much what it is as far as the GUI goes.
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That's pretty much what it is... Win 7 with a cell phone interface (the "Metro UI"), I think the "Metro UI" is exactly what I like about it. It's a new and refreshing look, instead of the same old Start Menu, Start button or "Orb"... I mean, how long have we been playing with that thing... since '98 (when Windows 95 was finally released)? Honestly, I never really use the Start Menu. I think I probably quit using it back in the XP days... I usually run things from a shortcut on the desktop, or from a folder I'm in, straight from Windows Explorer... so, what did we need the "Start Menu" for again?

Now the "Start Screen" (Metro UI) in Win 8 gives us a whole new front end look. Although at first glances, the Metro UI Start Screen might look like it was designed by a three year old, but after poking around in it for a few days, I realized the simplicity is what makes it so intuitive.Today when I got home, I booted up right into Win 8 and the Metro UI Start screen. Without having to do anything, the "Live Tiles" displayed my latest emails and messages. Other tiles, showed the latest files I had been using and any updates that I may have. The Desktop is only one click away (or one keyboard shortcut), and of course so is Windows Explorer... and everything else, Control Panel, Task Manager (Which is new and improved!) and you name it, it's all still there....... except for the old cluttered "Start Menu". To me, Metro UI and it's tile interface seem to have bridged the gap between the traditional "Start Menu" and the Desktop (shortcut icons). I'm sure that when the retail release comes out, there may be a "use classic start menu" option for non touch desktop users that don't want to be bothered by anything new or different. If not, there's already third party software that'll do it... but I don't know why anyone would want to.

I don't understand what's not to like about it. It's going to be the standard anyway, so we all might as well embrace it now and get used to it. (or go be a Linux or Apple user) Hey, I didn't like Windows 3.0 when it came out. I had everything I needed with DOS 6.22. Then later on, I never asked for a "Start Button" and I don't think anyone else did either... but we all got one, and it turned out that Microsoft knew what we needed all along.

If it's going to be as seamlessly integrated across the board as they say it is, then I'm all for it. All the performance and stability of Win 7 at the core with a brand new interface sounds like a Win Win to me. I'll drop the iPhone like a hot potato once the new generation of Windows Phone gets rolling, and Windows 8 has actually got my interest in tablets stirred, something that the iPad, and definitely nothing that Android OS's had to offer, could do.
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I keep finding little things that are like "oh that's new!"

In this screenshot, you can see not only the "Office Style" ribbon toolbar in Windows Explorer, but notice the progress bar now gives you a graphical representation of the transfer rate during copy/move.

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Win95 wasn't so bad. I agree 98's REAL version (was that 98 SE? - gods, it's been so long!) was top-notch but, hey, it was all new to everyone including programmers. Even M$ had trouble getting some older stuff to work right when it was re-written for Windows.
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Not really impressed with it so far. Maybe when I get the retail version? I doubt it though. Just a lame rehash of Win7 with a "cell phone" interface from what I can see so far.
I couldn't have said it any better. I am not impressed at all so far...
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nothing better than personal reviews,,, ill be sticking with XP a while longer
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nothing better than personal reviews,,, ill be sticking with XP a while longer
I would recommend Windows 7.

XP is still a strong and reliable OS though.
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this old pc,, I dont think it would handle a newer version,, maybe someday ill break loose with some funds and upgrade,, truck first.
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always liked winxp. My dell here is almost 10 yrs old. pent4 3gigz.2gig ram,500gig hdd. 128mb video. 2 dvd burners, 3 hp printers,21inch monitor, 2 scanners. I wont part with it. Scared of windows 7 and now 8. jesus soon there will be a 9. I wont upgrade cause im affraid my games and buring software wont work with it.
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I couldn't have said it any better. I am not impressed at all so far...
Have you actually been using the Win 8 Consumer Preview Dave? I mean how much time did you give it before you decided you weren't impressed? Like I said, I've been using it for about a week now for my everyday computing tasks, putting it through the paces, running every application/program scenario that I can think of.. and I love it! I say, it's gonna be Win 8 FTW!

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this old pc,, I dont think it would handle a newer version,, maybe someday ill break loose with some funds and upgrade,, truck first.
The desktop system requirements for Win 8 are exactly the same as Win 7's,

1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

Of course to use "touch" in Win 8, you'll need a mutli-touch display... but it's not required.
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i would recommend windows 7.

Xp is still a strong and reliable os though.
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i haven't been following this much. i mean i use Vista which after the 1st service pack wasn't terrible. but after seeing this personal review i am very interested. i do alot of the same thing so having the option to have my day to day things show up right away is pretty awesome!
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Have you actually been using the Win 8 Consumer Preview Dave? I mean how much time did you give it before you decided you weren't impressed? Like I said, I've been using it for about a week now for my everyday computing tasks, putting it through the paces, running every application/program scenario that I can think of.. and I love it! I say, it's gonna be Win 8 FTW!
Off and On for about a week as well. Not as much as you have but I have had my fair share of messing around with it.
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