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Windows 8 fully previewed, available for download tonight

By Julio Franco · 42 replies
Sep 13, 2011
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  1. It's been a long while since Microsoft appeared as excited - and to a certain point desperate - about an upcoming Windows release. With Vista the expectations were not met…

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  2. unf0rgiving

    unf0rgiving TS Rookie

    I really want to check that instantaneous boot up times xD And I also like the interface. I haven't read the whole article, but I'm wondering if I will need to reformat, or can I upgrade from windows 7?
  3. unf0rgiving

    unf0rgiving TS Rookie

    Ok I'm thinking i'll have to reformat according to what I see :(
  4. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,977   +15

    Why cant you resize your partition and install it on a second partition? Hopefully the bootloader isnt different / it doesnt overright the Windows 7 boot loader. But if it does there are programs to easily fix that (EasyBCD).

    The metro UI looks like the 1980s have been resurrected.
  5. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,977   +15

    overwrite* sorry I cant believe I typed what I did.
  6. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    Holy crap, that's an amazing feature list. I might use Windows 8 after all. Seems they're putting all of their blood, sweat, and spirit into this.
  7. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,635   +696

    Meh...still no interest. It's geared toward portable devices and will have that stupid ribbon UI that I detest. There's nothing in that list that has me even marginally excited about upgrading.
  8. what's the difference between dev preview and public beta, if both are available to public?
  9. drivers for it? and when will it have only 64 bit version ?
  10. Eddo22

    Eddo22 TS Booster Posts: 161   +6

  11. batmang

    batmang TS Rookie

  12. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    The dev preview is more of a pre-beta (although not an alpha). The public beta is well, a beta, but a lot more polished than its predecessors.
  13. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 828   +32

    You must not have read the article about the ribbon that stated it would be collapsible. I am glad to see that everything is more accessable, though. And since I got my Win7 from a friend for free, i'll have no problem upgrading to Win8 (if I like it). It'd probably be a different story had I paid for Win7, though. It's still too early to tell anything.
  14. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Evangelist Posts: 706   +69

    It doesn't look bad, but considering I threw down so much money for windows 7, windows 8 better be $30 or less.
  15. I've already seen a "Preview"...in Ubuntu 11.04's goofy Unity interface. Good god, when something works, can't dev's just leave it alone?? I understand the growing need for "Goofy" interfaces on small screen touch devices, but I'll be sticking to Debian on my home box and XBMC on my media server. Windows 8? Sure I'll have to have it on a partition and use it..I have to be able to fix it, IT's my job, but when I get done working on other peoples crap, I'll settle back and unwind on Linux.
  16. Anyone know hardware requirement?????
  17. Security notifications have been made more subtle. Windows Defender has extended capabilities.

    Damn you Microsoft. No more Defender. Just integrate MSE already!
  18. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,044   +793

    Agreed, MSE disables Defender and takes over anyway? Microsoft, this would be a nice change. saves me a couple of minutes when i'm building my rigs! :)
  19. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    Its unlikely MSE will ever be integrated into the OS because it would be unfair for other AV companies. Its the same scenario as the IE lawsuits in Europe - where users are now asked what browser they wish to install to prevent MS having a monopoly.
  20. Downloading it now. Can always restore my Win7 image if I don't like it.
  21. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    Going to have to give this a spin on my very neglected netbook.
  22. Tomorrow_Rains

    Tomorrow_Rains TS Enthusiast Posts: 156

    I'm Running This on OPENBOX and i must say, i'm actually pretty impressed. i was never a fan of the tablet and now..i definately could see myself getting a windows 8 tablet
  23. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    Thought I'd give it a run in Virtualbox before committing it to my laptop, and I have to say I'm really not sure about it now.

    I don't mind the dashboard, but if I'm on the desktop I want to use it like a desktop. Hitting start just brings up the dashboard, I'd have expected the normal menu to work when in desktop mode.

    I'm sure it would make great sense on a touchscreen, but it just feels totally wrong used with non-touchscreen computers.
  24. Pretty sure you mean "virtualbox"?
  25. AlanCasseb

    AlanCasseb TS Rookie Posts: 20

    Just type in what you need, from what i've heard...

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