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Windows 8 Consumer Preview download now available

By Julio Franco
Feb 29, 2012
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  1. I think I invented a new game to play with these comments.

    I call it: "Spot The Mac Fanboys"
  2. aart12

    aart12 TS Rookie

    Win8 Preview Comments

    Well... That was without a doubt the most under-whelming experience I can remember. And time out of my life I will never get back.
    Really? That's it? What a pain in the ****.
    I'll be sticking to Win7, thank you very much.
    How the bloody hell is this an improvement?
    If you are a power user Win8 is hardly a step forward in terms of a GUI.
    WTF??
  3. aart12

    aart12 TS Rookie

    ...just saying... don't waste your time, unless you have some to waste.
  4. Win 8 Works like a Charm waiting for the full release
  5. Yes, It is truly, truly awful!!!!!
  6. I installed W8 on Asus Slate Tablet and it works great. The only items it did not accept from what I had installed were two print drivers that needed to be upgraded and a utility that needed upgrade.
    It took a few days to get used to the interface, but when I started to do some work it really provided a great way to work within a multiple application scenario - easy to pop into and out of tools.

    What the new interface does is to provided ready access to things you use the most and to give you information about activities going on within those tools at a glance (e.g. emails scrolling). You can work within the more W7 type interface if you wish in Desktop and you will do that often. The applications are the same and I find things to be just as fast or more than ever. Also, the new explorer really gives you a nice full screen presentation and has a tile interface too, but you can still use the old style if you wish. It is a whole lot more than W7 and is great on a tablet with the W8 tile interface. Virtual Keyboard is greatly improved. Anyone that says this is bad is simply an anti-MIcrosoft bigot and Apple robot. I have an iPAD. There are tons of things wrong with it.
  7. like I need yet another OS to get in the way of me just doing my thing..................
  8. Syraxtra

    Syraxtra TS Rookie

    im working with Windows 8 consumer preview since it's release
    and i must say i love it. Im a technial support mangager,
    wich means can work pretty fast with windows7, i mean realy fast but
    with windows8 . . . its like lightning . . . (im not a fan boy btw)

    ok at the beginning the missing start menu was quiet annoying but after
    all i do with start is pressing the windows button, type what i want and press Enter.(windows7)
    with windows 8 IT IS STILL THE SAME. how many ppl among the power users use their mouse to find the program in the start menu they want to use ?

    what i wanna say is, test it for few days and i can say u this . . .
    windows8 is awsome.
  9. Hello,wake up people it's all about the apps. Apps track every move you make. It won't suprise me if they don't set up stands on the side of the road and give Windows 8 away. Microsoft would be paid by the trackers.
    No thanks!
  10. I really don't miss the start menu, as I feel that was the most unintuitive aspect of windows that needed the most change. It has become an unorganized mess. How many people were running programs through the start menu and their respective program folders?? I usually run programs from either the task bar links or by using windows button and windows search. Most I know run it through desktop shortcuts, and some even using the Mac style rocketdock program. After an hour of it, I feel I have most of it down, just finding it a little hard to mouse over to top right corner to see app preview windows.
  11. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,256   +147

    Installed tested and uninstalled.

    Like 2 operating systems nailed together badly, Easy enought to switch between metro and default desktop. Removing the start menu was just *****ic in my opinion, All the original windows options are still in there, yet buried under multiple fancy graphics options pages and really a pain to navigate to,

    Graphics performance dropped by a frame using furmark,

    Offers nothing new over previous releases, does the same as previous releases badly.

    Dont bother unless you plan to use it in a cabinet mounted touchscreen pc.
     
  12. gooderguy

    gooderguy TS Rookie Posts: 62

    Installed great from DVD onto bare drive for me, runs pretty good to, though to be quite honest, I just don't like it. Don't mean to be negative, but, well, it's friggin ugly, really, after decades of doing this, and having billions of dollars, top designers and artists, and that's it? Starts off with a picture of a beta fish, of the quality you'd see on Windows 3.1 maybe, and the desktop tiles are really plain to, lacks much artistic value, and they changed so much, which wouldn't be so bad if it was actually for the better. I use both Windows 7 and XP daily, and Windows XP still way outperforms Windows 7 for all my tasks on half the RAM and slower CPU, still my favorite for production and customization themes.

    But that's just me, I know many of you will love it and that's just fine, have fun. Though I do have a question, I couldn't get the Windows USB tool to create a bootable USB, it copies all files and then gives an error about BOOTSECT unable to make USB bootable, anyone got this working from USB?


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