TS Community: Share your thoughts on Windows 8, win a copy

By on June 14, 2012, 7:30 AM

Our Diablo III/Max Payne 3 giveaway has concluded with mattfrompa (another Matt from PA -- not me, I swear) being randomly picked as the winner. 136 members were entered into the drawing, including those who participated in Dawn1113's thread before the event began on May 31. We won't mention any names, but a few of you were excluded from the drawing because you didn't post in Dawn1113's thread despite asking to enter. Just a heads up for future giveaways, including this one...

With the recent arrival of Windows 8's Release Preview, we're interested in hearing your thoughts on the OS. Longstanding forum member SNGX started a thread for the Consumer Preview in February and it's grown quiet in recent weeks. We're hoping you'll resuscitate it by posting your feedback, be it positive or negative. In exchange, one poster will be randomly selected to receive a free copy of Windows 8 when preorders go live, which could be soon if Windows 7's release pattern is any indication.

How to enter

Other stuff

  • You're welcome to participate no matter where you live
  • We'll preorder your copy of Windows 8 Pro as soon as possible
  • Only registered members can participate (sign up here for free)
  • The winner will have three days to reply via email before we pick another



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cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I've seen nothing to influence my desires in trying Windows 8. I'm wishing everyone good luck but I'm not interested, not even for a free copy.

Guest said:

I would post in SNGX's thread, but then I'd run the chance of having a copy of Windows 8 thrust upon me, and I really don't want that.

slayer357 said:

I am work in IT and as a developer. I am somewhat upset with Windows 8, because its useful for the common user. For us power users out their it takes a lot from us. The loss of the start menu is probably the most depressing factor, because I hate stuff on the desktop. As far as everyday users its perfect and simple, and allows my job as IT support easier in some cases. It seems as if Windows 8 was made for ID-10-T users, lol. I don't understand why they didn't make a Windows Tablet version like Apple did with iOS and merge features across both platforms.

Guest said:

I'll take the money!

Guest said:

World's most unsuccessful giveaway ever ? I don't want it, but if you have any 7 Ultimate upgrade keys... for that I'll become a member and try to win ;-)

dem harrison dem harrison said:

Looked good for the common user. Would give it a try if on a home unit. Not up to speed for a power user.

m4a4 m4a4 said:

For us power users out their it takes a lot from us.

As a power user, I disagree. If anything some things are easier, but some things take a little longer. And with the under the hood tweaks, most things will be quicker than with Windows 7.

Otherwise, I love how pessimistic people are that they totally ignore the fact that you can add a start button and get all the familiarity with the power and speed of Windows 8... Oh well. Less people for me to go against xP

1 person liked this | Ranger1st Ranger1st said:

nothing is easier when more keystrokes are required to get to it or more crap is on your desktop cluttering up YOUR space.

If I win, can I get a crips envelope with a white powdery substance inside and a label on the outside saying " enjoy the anthrax "...

ooop, now there are 20 sirens going off and homeland security..

Guest said:

Does being a so called "windows power user" mean that you're a "leet registry hack0r"?

yRaz yRaz said:

I don't think it'll be as bad as everyone says it will be. What I'm most interested in seeing is the integration between windows phone 8 and windows 8. I like the metro UI but I really don't see the purpose of it not defaulting to the desktop or having a start button. As far as tablets are concerned I think it will be a great OS. It's MS trying to combine tablets and desktops that worries me. Touch interfaces are going to become increasingly more common, which is where it will shine. However, many of the readers on techspot are not interested in that aspect of it. W8 should be able to determine if it is being run on a desktop or tablet and adjust itself accordingly.

I'm not sure how I feel about the lack of a start button. Having only watched demos of it and not actually using it I can't form an unbiased opinion of it. When in the metro UI I've heard people can just start typing and it will start searching for related programs. I'm constantly hitting the start button just to use the search feature. So, will that save me a step? I'm not really sure. I think that I will need about 10-15 hours of using the OS before I can really decide if it's a help or a burden.

Windows 8 wont be the vista 2 everyone is talking about. Vista was a resource hog that was unstable with countless driver problems. It wasn't until I did a complete upgrade where all my hardware was vista-era hardware that my problems went away. That's all well and good but I shouldn't have to drop $1200 on a new system just for it to work right. Seeing as how so much of the windows 8 kernel is based on windows 7's, I don't think we will have any of those compatibility errors. I'm impressed with MS adding ARM support to W8. Being able to run a full desktop environment on a tablet is quite impressive. As long as it manages resources better than android then it will be worth considering. I'm curious about none ARM software running on ARM hardware. Will there be an "app store" for ARM only software? What kind of support can we expect from the ARM side of things?

@everyone who posted who doesn't want windows 8, why even bother posting?

1 person liked this | gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I believe the contest was "share YOUR thoughts on Windows 8" not share the opinion of the internet...

I've seen nothing to influence my desires in trying Windows 8. I'm wishing everyone good luck but I'm not interested, not even for a free copy.

Not having even tried it why are you posting here? At least try it and form an informed opinion.

Guest said:

The last two posters didn't read the article - you don't post in this thread to enter, you post in the thread linked to in the article. ;)

Guest said:

Microsoft:

Windows 8 - ?

Windows 7 - OK

Windows Vista - Not OK

Windows XP - OK

Windows ME - Not OK

Windows 2000 - OK

Windows 98 - Not OK (ok the second edition improved it, but it was still a crash fest)

Windows 95 - OK

Windows 3.1..... :D

See the pattern...? now if I were a betting man...

Guest said:

Windows 8 will be as big a flop as Windows ME.

Mantrhax Mantrhax said:

why changing the UI ? ill be far away from windows 8

Guest said:

I tried the 32 and 64 bit preview editions and I'm NOT impressed. It was like the execs at Microsoft said, let's take our flagship OS and rip out all the things that users have wanted over the years and force them to learn a new user interface AND MAKE THEM PAY MORE CASH FOR IT! Windows 8 will be an epic fail and I'm not interested in a free copy. I don't want to take 3 steps back by installing it on any of my systems.

1 person liked this | jjbeard926 said:

I agree with the first few comments, I have seen nothing even slightly enticing in Windows 8. I will give them credit for designing a decent mobile interface, but even as an interface for mobile devices it seems ugly and poorly designed. But usability should be better on tablets and phones than previous Windows Mobile versions.

I think this might finally be the OS that kills the Windows dominance in the market. If they push it hard enough and kill off Windows 7 with the release of 8, they will see the use of Windows decrease. As much as people have tried to say that they hear the death knell of the PC for years now, the vast majority of PC's in use today are still traditional desktops and laptops. Mobile devices are the wave of the future, but there will always be a place for at least a laptop PC and my house will probably always have at least 2 desktops. For those of us on desktop PC's this OS looks horribly ill conceived. On top of being ugly, one of the main reasons Windows retains the top spot in market share is that it is familiar. People know what to expect, they know how to use the Start button and the menus at the top of each window. Removing the familiar format in this OS and switching to a "widget" format will get some people thinking "gee that's different and kind of fun". But for most business users it's a deal breaker.

I won't buy Windows 8, I don't even want to try out a free copy. But like someone else said, if you have a Windows 7 Pro upgrade key, I'd love to upgrade my last XP machine to 7. 7 is a great OS.

9Nails, TechSpot Paladin, said:

On the desktop, I'll stick with Windows 7. Microsoft made a nice OS in Windows 8, but it's not for every computing device.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I believe the contest was "share YOUR thoughts on Windows 8" not share the opinion of the internet...

Not having even tried it why are you posting here? At least try it and form an informed opinion.

My apologies, the title was to share thoughts and that is what I did. My thoughts are, I don't want to try Windows 8 based on what I have read. There is such a thing as knowing you will not like Windows 8 without having to try it.

The article ask for thoughts, whether negative or positive. I'm sorry you don't agree with my answer but that doesn't invalidate my opinion from being an acceptable response.

MrBungle said:

I'll take the free copy, it will be like an electronic version of clear pepsi in a few years...

Guest said:

Thanks TechSpot for another give away.

As far as Windows 8 goes, I think the GUI changes are not good for the desktop experience. Basically Microsoft decided to take a phone GUI and apply it to all platforms. I believe this is a very bad idea and don't see people using this unless they have touch based platforms. Microsoft has trained everyone for years on the desktop and instead to just taking what works and adding to it, they bascially throw it out and you have to start from the begining.

Since I have to learn something new in either case, I'm trying out another system that has always been free, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I admit, I'm pretty anal about how my UI looks and I absolutely detest the ribbon layout. It drives me crazy when I'm forced to use it in one of the MS Office products, and I sure as hell don't want to see it as part of my operating system.

And I also hate a cluttered desktop. I have one icon on mine - just one. This gaudy mess they've put on the desktop for Windows 8 just makes me want to puke.

Lastly, it's clear that they're gearing Windows 8 for maximum functionality with portable devices. And I don't use those - no smart phone, no netbook, I don't even have a laptop. Strictly a desktop user, so that functionality is lost on my computing needs.

Great that TechSpot is doing these give-away's, but I'll pass on this one.

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

My apologies, the title was to share thoughts and that is what I did. My thoughts are, I don't want to try Windows 8 based on what I have read. There is such a thing as knowing you will not like Windows 8 without having to try it.

The article ask for thoughts, whether negative or positive. I'm sorry you don't agree with my answer but that doesn't invalidate my opinion from being an acceptable response.

I suppose you are right, but I think the point of this discussion was for people who actually have used the software to share what they feel is good or bad about it. Your opinion, while "yours" is not based on your experiences with the product, but that of other people.

By this point the "Windows 8 is like Me cause good MS OS's skip a generation" imbeciles have already appeared in the thread, and it all turns to shit. And unfortunately when people open this thread, they read your opinion, and so feel the need to also share their own "I haven't tried it but it sucks" thoughts also based on other people's experiences.

Look at half the posts here...they proudly announce that they haven't tried it because it sucks...a free OS, that costs you nothing but maybe two hours of your time to install. But honestly people who keep adding that they haven't tried it, really add nothing new to the discussion that hasn't been said before the first leaked copy started spreading.

My apologies to you for singling you out, I just think that particular post kinda set a tone for the rest of the conversation that would not result it in being the most informational for people like myself who are really curious about real life experiences of users.

Arizonian said:

If gaming provides FPS increase and one can opt to use standard 'classic' desk top then I'd like to try Windows 8.

Guest said:

I've tried Windows 8 (64 bit) in Virtualbox and on a HDD, it wasn't a rewarding experience either way, but may well be for mobile devices?

LNCPapa LNCPapa said:

I've been using it without much issue for some time now and I switched over to the Release Preview when that came out. There are definitely things I like and dislike about it so I'm still on the fence. I'm forced to test some of this stuff because of my job so I think by this time next month I should have a pretty good handle on what is still good, what has gotten worse, and what's better since Win7.

Guest said:

Windows 8 seems to be geared primarly towards tablets and touch screen. In doing so they have forgotten their business desktop user, which is a large portion of their market. I would not upgrade to Win 8 in our small business, the support required would be too expensive, even if Win 8 were free. I would however consider using it on a tablet, but Win 7 is so user friendly, intuitive and stable, it would be a backward step to upgrade to Win 8 on a desktop. I will wait on Win 9 which will have a menu, or MS will be the PC equivalent of Nokia.

Alternatives will gain ground, Ubuntu 12.04 have also removed the traditional menu and lost ground to Linux Mint. PC-BSD is a more stable user friendly and free system, based on FreeBsd which is little known but is a very viable replacement. The reason we stick with Windows is that we are framiliar with the windows enviornment, if we are forced to learn a new system then free alternatives begin to look extremely attractive, given the current economic circumstances. So MS give the customer what they want the start menu.

Guest said:

So you want to buy a new car, and you look at the new MS version, it has no doors, the start button is in the trunk, the steering wheel is in the engine compartment, there are other controls, but no one knows where they are. How long will you spend on the test drive? How much are you willing to pay for the new MS version?

Jure Kolar Jure Kolar said:

I like th improvements Windows 8 brings to Desktop, simplified graphics, file and task management. I am amazed on the boot speed and really like the new login options and the integration with Live account.

The Metro UI Start is not wrong on first look but I do not like the new Metro apps. They are just not fit for the desktop computer and are simply not ql...

soldier1969 soldier1969 said:

Uhm ugliest UI ever and I dont want anything on my Desktop with crapbox 360 related to it at all.

Guest said:

I've been using Windows 8 for around 2 weeks, and I love it, its has everything I want, Speed,low resources usage, supports all my hardware, all my apps, all my games run, I love the metro interface, its fresh and looks great, feel just like my windows phone 7 interface and xbox 360 interface.... Bills boys are on to something here!.

pmcardle said:

I down loaded W8 beta - hated it. I thought Metro was the stupidest thing I ever saw so I removed the partition and went back to 7. I've since down loaded the latest preview and have been using it since it was first released. I'm now starting to get use to it and like it over 7. Basically, Metro is your start button. You can easily stay on the normal desktop or toggle back and forth. I only used 7's start button for the run command. I can easily do that now while in Metro - just start typing. All of my games and applications like Office are either on my desktop or in the task bar- just like it was in 7. What's the big deal? There are many reasons to upgrade to 8 when it's fully released. It's just a matter of getting use to it like anything new. MS is trying to bridge the gap between the PC and Smart Phone. I find it a good fit between the two. I for one will be buying the new OS like I did for every other major OS since the first release of WINDOWS 95!

flakefrost said:

I love the minimalistic GUI. It's from the future, sent back in time to enlighten us!

Guest said:

I wont buy windows 8 for desktop because this new interface is always fullscreen. You can't for exemple see 3 or 5 windows simultaneously, which make it a non-windows experience. They should call it "Screen 8" or something like that.

Imagine.. wow, your calculator look great on your 30" inch monitor of 2560x1600.

hmmm yea, that's what I call money well invested...

nigel said:

Looks like a duff release from Microsoft - touchpad users may want it - but desktop users are unlikely to want it unless there is a transition mode.

Microsoft however will probably take the view as they did with Office 2007 when they changed the menus that they know best and you have to live with it. It appears they improved it a bit with Office 2010 though - but I still prefer the old look and feel.

If the apps are available my new platform will either be Linux or Android - and if I am feeling rich maybe OSX

MrBungle said:

I wont buy windows 8 for desktop because this new interface is always fullscreen. You can't for exemple see 3 or 5 windows simultaneously, which make it a non-windows experience. They should call it "Screen 8" or something like that.quote]

one of the reviewers on ExtremeTech refers to it as "Window 8" for that exact same reason. lol

Jason C Hall said:

Over all Windows 8 seem to be a descent OS. I think my not so literate end-users will be able to use it with little to no added training. I am looking forward to the ribbon. the metro start menu not so much. do not like opening a full screen to get to an icon and don't like a ton of icons on my desktop. I only wish with windows 8 is for Microsoft to add a classic mode.

Guest said:

I wouldnt even take a free copy of Windows 8 thats how bad it looks. It looks like they took out a lot of features that smarter than average noob computer users used, trying to make it simple but failing. They got rid of many good features and added stupid things like Metro. Its like designed for tablets and ported over to PC's.

NightAngel79 said:

I not crazy about 8 but glad to see MS switching it up some

Guest said:

actualy windows 98 OK

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Like LNCPapa, I'll be using Win8 on one of my machines. If this is the future then best to jump in and get to grips with it. I'll no doubt have a few customers asking for Win8 builds- or bringing in sick machines already running it - diagnosing faults is hard enough without having to compound it by going through a crash course in navigating an OS.

Guest said:

I have installed win8 release preview on my desktop (feeding onto my tv display).

I understand what people are saying about win 7 vs win8, however, the two are not much different under the hood and if you think of the Metro interface as a really really big start menu then it all seems to fit ...

I too have only 2 items on my desktop - keeping the clutter to a minimum.

I will be buying win8 as everything just works for me straight out of the box (even the unknown devices under win7's device manager are now listed as recognised items with drivers ...

In fact, this post was made using win8 ...

fightertoad said:

Have been using Win 8 since the CP. The Release Preview is much smoother and more stable an experience as compared to the CP. Still the fundamental issues with Windows 8 remain the same - the whole experience feels entirely disjoined with the Metro UI close to unusable with a KB&M interface. It's presence is not integrated well into the rest of the desktop experience at all. On a positive note, the OS does boot much faster than Win 7 , latches onto Wi-Fi much quicker and is on the whole more efficient experience than its predecessor.

Overall , Win 8 I feel is just a first step but is nowhere close to bringing about a seamless integration of mobile and PC devices, a future that I believe is inevitable but still a bit far off.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Overall , Win 8 I feel is just a first step but is nowhere close to bringing about a seamless integration of mobile and PC devices, a future that I believe is inevitable but still a bit far off.
Thats the way I see it too.

Guest said:

First prize: a copy of Windows 8.

Second prize: two copies of Windows 8.

c3h899 said:

Omnimo (the Rainmeter Skin) is as close to Windows 8 as I plan to get. The forced Metro interface is analogous to the forced integration of schools of the Civil Rights Era in terms of response. Alas, if he analogy holds true it puts myself and many others in a rather sad position. Instead of a copy of Win8, a set of WinXP Pro Licensees would be much celebrated. (I assume those who want/like 7, self-included already have it)

Cozmodo said:

I have tried Windows 8 and whilst I don't like how they have changed the main desktop, I think the UI has some potential. I tried it on a laptop with a touchscreen (fujitsu lifebook), quite an old model, and it worked flawlessly. Much better using the touchscreen than the actual keyboard buttons. I will probably upgrade, but I would like to see Microsoft develop the desktop a bit more for power users.

Oh yes, I think Windows 8 works much better with eyefinity as well. I haven't tried games yet but it was much less of a pain to set up than in Windows 7.

So yes, free copy would be sweeeet.

Guest said:

Amongst all the Windows version window 8 makes me crazy. It's like you are just expose to window os. Where to start and end really a big headache. I have tried it twice installed on my laptop but don't know how to use it. I try to install edius 6 on window 8 preview cannot install. So I just format my laptop and install back window 7, maybe for the time being win 7 is better.

SayWhatt!!! said:

Just got it installed and on my network not bad Micro, not bad. Took a while to get used to getting around the OS without the iconic start button sigh yet all things must come to a end kinda like the jump from 3.11 to 95, but I digress I put the 64 bit on my Think Center and it runs smoothly it found and install all the drivers for the system. I downloaded Chrome, and a few games and they too ran great. Will try a few more apps, but as for now it looks great like the way you can jump from one screen/app to another. As for the way they have the desktop now I like keeps it hidden away so all you people out there with a clutter on your desktop now you can hide it like the clutter in your closest.

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