Windows 8 discussion

By SNGX1275 · 258 replies
Feb 29, 2012
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  1. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,668   +1,101

    Mictlantecuhtli, did you install the latest version of the video driver for your computer? (not the one that comes with windows, or from the windows update).

    metro uses hardware acceleration and the blur might be from a faulty driver.
  2. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    I'm using GeForce 304.79 driver (dated Jul 3) that says it's for Win8.
  3. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,668   +1,101

    try looking for the beta driver from nvidia. it might solve your problem. tell me if it worked.
  4. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

  5. zorg

    zorg TS Rookie

    I have just got the real Enterprise (we are under Software Assurance) version, and have upgraded my not very old pc to windows 8 now... been using it for about a week, and to be honest I am very pleased with the changes.
    The start menu is a non issue actually, since the only time I use it in windows 7 is to search for something, like a program or a document/mail etc. What I get with the metro start menu is just a bigger result pane, so to speak, which is really not bad at all.

    It took me exactly 20 minutes to upgrade the machine, which is really bloody fast (i7 with Intel 320 SSD/8GB Ram) and the only 2 programs it ordered me to remove before it was able to upgrade was MSE (weird, but seems to be build into win8) and Total Commander (works fine after install).

    The things I like better than before would be, better jumplist control, and the file explorer is better, both in regards to view-ability and customization. Also the pc is overall definitely not slower, rather the opposite.. and lastly reboots are bloody fast (12-18 seconds).

    Would like to hear from someone who have been testing storage spaces, it sounds interesting enough for personal use.

    So overall my experience is great, so far :(
  6. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,811   +472

    Curious about this one myself...
  7. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Exactly, a non issue, which has been constantly been drum beaten on the pretext that the new UI 'discourages' multitasking. I think anyone who knows/use Alt+Tab, would never have any issues with multitasking.

    In addition to above blog/newspost contents, I remember reading somewhere that they have also reduced number of services running at the start-up, and move many services from 'Auto Start' to 'Manual Start' which can also increase boot speeds.

    For more details check this article.
  8. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Yes, I just got the Windows 8 Enterprise installed, and I love the "open source" changes!
  9. alexe3831

    alexe3831 TS Enthusiast Posts: 29

    Only problem I have had with Win 8 so far, would be that my computer doesn't want to use a accelerated OpenGL mode with Win8, when it worked fine on Win 7

  10. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Ok, after installing Win8 again today and testing Nvidia driver 306.97 I finally figured what was causing the blurriness and wrong colors... I like to set FXAA on from global settings and DWM (Desktop Window Manager) isn't compatible with it. I can't set an exception for it as it says it's not supported by the application (I'd think that's what the exceptions are for), so I had to disable FXAA from global settings.

    Anyway, back to Win7.
  11. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Yeah, I like Windows 8, but for this desktop, I'll stick with Windows 7... for now, Windows 8 has been removed
  12. Vollezar

    Vollezar TS Booster Posts: 105

    I read that there is going to be a discount to those who are using Win7 and/or pre-order Windows 8. But what about those who are using Windows 8 preview? I haven't seen anything about it. Does anyone have any info on that?
  13. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Win 8 pricing >>>Here<<<
    You might have to hit the MS W8 site for the small print on upgrades
  14. Vollezar

    Vollezar TS Booster Posts: 105


    Found a bit of an answer on Windows blog (

    It's in the comments. Fella "Jarhead1407" asks:
    and Brandon replied:
    The price isn't mentioned, but I am guessing that it will be the same as upgrading from Win 7.
  15. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 7,673   +413

  16. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

  17. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Topic Starter Posts: 10,742   +421

    Since the upgrade path is artifically restricted to disallow the preview versions (which is lame if you've spent a lot of time using it and have things you'd like to keep) I looked into a way to make it work. I found out we can upgrade to that $40 version by changing the cversion.ini file. Located at <installation media>:\sources\cversion.ini, change the two numbers from 8508 to 7100 and save and close the file.

  18. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    I installed the Windows 8 upgrade adviser on my Windows 7 Pro PC and it took me to the $39.99 Windows 8 Pro download
  19. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Likewise. Just did a Win8RP (no previous OS installed) to Win8 Pro upgrade for a customer. Once the ISO was set up on the USB drive it took ~ 60 min all up including optimizing for SSD (reduce page file, turn off drive indexing, system protection, prefetch/superfetch etc), all drivers, disabling unneeded services, setting up system maintenance, migrating files since it was a clean install (fonts, Favorites etc), and installing some basic programs (CCleaner, MBAM, VLC etc). Pretty straightforward. No muss, no fuss.
  20. g4mer

    g4mer TS Maniac Posts: 310

    Windows 8 is nice but I you have to travel more with my cursor to do some things and it's annoying if you use laptops touchpad. Also if I'm in browser (fullscreen) I have to minimize it first to open I.e. My Computer and W8s start screen makes it harded to multitask because it's fullscreen. Also when I want to shutdown in Windows 8 I have to hover mouse in the upper or lower right corner, click settings, click power and then click shutdown while on Windows 7 I just open Start menu and click Shut Down. Log off button in Windows 8 is separated from Shut down, Sleep and Hibernate options which makes no sense.
  21. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    All I do is press Alt+F4 then press Enter for shut down - no mouse involved. You'd also find Hibernate, sign out, switch user and restart though the same two keyboard buttons.
  22. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    I just hit the power button to shut down ...........
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  23. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,730   +3,703

    I was wondering if it could be so simple. I've not tried Windows 8, so I didn't know if it worked the same way as I use for powering down Windows 7.
  24. g4mer

    g4mer TS Maniac Posts: 310

    Yes there is a shortcut, but that still doesn't change the fact that they made some things harder to find and you have to click and travel more to get to some options. Search is also harder because you have to go in corner, click search, type something like mouse, click Settings and click mouse. On 7 I open Start type mouse and hit Enter.
  25. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    In Win8 you just start typing at the Metro screen and it live searches what you're typing

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