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mojoman0
02-29-12, 01:57 AM
Well the Windows 8 consumer preview is available starting Feb 29. Anyone going to run it? Main OS/dual boot, VM? I might VM it or try it on my laptop for fun. I think the dl is supposed to be available at 6am PST

AthlonXP1800
02-29-12, 03:11 AM
I will install it on VM and also on 7 years old Samsung Q1 UMPC to see how well it will run with 512MB RAM and 30GB hard drive. :)

PeterJensen
02-29-12, 05:27 AM
Gonna fire it up as primary OS. Later today.

Yaboze
02-29-12, 09:42 AM
VM

AthlonXP1800
02-29-12, 09:47 AM
Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISOs now gone live. :D

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/iso

Wow I am downloading x64 at full speed 1.2MB p/s. Now at 10%. (nana2)

Yaboze
02-29-12, 09:56 AM
Nice, thanks.

PeterJensen
02-29-12, 10:06 AM
10 MB/sec :D

AthlonXP1800
02-29-12, 10:34 AM
Whoo download completed.

Now I am so excited to install it now. :D

Yaboze
02-29-12, 10:51 AM
Post some screens when you get it up and running. :D

ViN86
02-29-12, 12:06 PM
10 MB/sec :D

Same. Mine will be done in 4 minutes. I'll try it out on VMWare once I get it.

ViN86
02-29-12, 12:29 PM
Installing on VMWare 8.

ViN86
02-29-12, 12:59 PM
Hmm it's tied to your MS account now, including email and password. I hate Metro. I don't see what's new lol...

Vardant
02-29-12, 01:52 PM
Gave it a try, sticking to Windows 7 until the support dies most likely.

Cylphid
02-29-12, 03:20 PM
Gave it a try, sticking to Windows 7 until the support dies most likely.

That uninspiring? :lol:

I think I'll pass on the download until I see some favorable feedback.

ViN86
02-29-12, 03:39 PM
I don't understand why it has to be tied to a MS Live or w/e account.

This is a computer, not a cell phone. I'm not going to 'misplace' my desktop. I don't need location settings for my desktop, it's not going anywhere.

My crystal ball tells me this Windows version won't be received very well.

Vardant
02-29-12, 03:43 PM
It feels like you're having to fight the UI, settings are randomly scattered, you have to constantly switch between Metro and desktop etc.

Tried playing a movie, the default player takes forever to load and looks really bad. Didn't even bother to look, if it has some kind of options, but it didn't look like it.

That uninspiring? :lol:
I would have to really force myself to try and get used it, but so far, it really looks like MS finally found a way how to ruin PC gaming. At least for me.

EciDemon
02-29-12, 03:53 PM
Meh.. Win7 is going to be the new XP :D

ViN86
02-29-12, 03:55 PM
Umm, this is probably the worst UI I have ever seen for any OS. First off, I can't disable Metro UI. All the ones that worked in the Dev preview seem to be broken.

The layout of things are all over, it takes more button presses to accomplish the same thing. This is awful. I won't be leaving Windows 7 for a long time. And from the looks of it, they are trying to integrate everything with the GFWL system. They really need to remove this Metro **** and bring bang some classic Windows feeling if they want people to buy Windows 8.

If this is the future of a PC, then I will be getting a Mac.

EDIT: apparently you can change the metro color settings, but I couldn't find it. I don't know, I'm lost lol...

lduguay
02-29-12, 04:33 PM
It turned my PC into a freakin phone... VM Destroyed!

Cylphid
02-29-12, 04:49 PM
It feels like you're having to fight the UI, settings are randomly scattered, you have to constantly switch between Metro and desktop etc.

Tried playing a movie, the default player takes forever to load and looks really bad. Didn't even bother to look, if it has some kind of options, but it didn't look like it.


I would have to really force myself to try and get used it, but so far, it really looks like MS finally found a way how to ruin PC gaming. At least for me.

I am going to take you fine gentleman's words at value and pass on Windows 8.

7 is doing everything I ask it to do just fine. XP7 it is :lol:

EDIT: At least they're consistent.

Win ME :thumbdwn: Win XP :thumbsup: Win Vista :thumbdwn: Win 7 :thumbsup:

:thumbdwn: was supposed to be next. :D

Toss3
02-29-12, 04:50 PM
Don't get it why you guys are so negative, you really should use it for more than five minutes before making up your minds. I hated it too at first, but when I got used to it, it turned out to be much faster than Windows 7 ever was. This includes changing settings etc. The only thing that really bothers me is the inclusion of the WP7 browser inside of metro. Why do I need two browsers when one of them is clearly a thousand times better? It is really irritating when it opens up instead of your default browser. Other than that I really have no complaints.
One really benefits from learning the basic key commands in Windows 8, as it improves efficiancy tenfold. Was planning on getting an iPad 3, but after seeing just how great Windows 8 is, I might just wait for a proper tablet.

ViN86
02-29-12, 05:01 PM
Am I missing something? I guess I just don't want to use Metro. I liked Vista (honestly, after SP1 Vista was fine if you had enough RAM) and the changes they made in 7, but this new UI isn't even windows based. The point of Windows is that programs run inside Windows on your screen.

I just want my desktop view back and I want all the nice things in Metro condensed into a button in the corner of my screen that I can open without moving away from my desktop. It's a computer, not a tablet. These features would be really nice with a touch screen, but I have a mouse and keyboard. I had the same criticism of OSX when they introduced gestures and iOS-like features.

Toss3
02-29-12, 06:22 PM
But OS X takes good features of iOS and makes them available on the Mac in a way it makes sense!
Ok, fullscreen apps on a Mac is stupid, I agree, but the other iOS inspired features are well "ported" over to the Mac. Some of them might not be used a lot, like the Launchpad, but concepts like the Multi-Touch gestures, improved Mail client, Notification Center, App Store are well made with the Mac and its peripherals in mind.


MS just fails in this regard but I posted that already in the 10.8 thread ;)

Metro on the PC is non-sense. And the normal Desktop on a Tablet is also questionable. It might seem like a good idea but keep in mind that most tablets will be ARM based so Desktop software will not run "out of the box". Even MS won't port everything...

Personally I find that Windows 8 has a lot more functionality than OS X. The idea is the same, but I never find myself using launchpad on my MacBook Air nearly as much as I use metro on my iMac(dual booting). Windows 8 would be a lot better if they changed the looks of the desktop mode to better match those of metro, because now the whole experience feels inconsistent. Gestures would also be a great addition for laptops without touch support. Windows 8 seems more suitable for a desktop, while OS X is the perfect fit for a laptop.

While I do enjoy Windows 8 more than I did Windows 7, it still feels like they could have done so much more, design-wise.

ViN86
02-29-12, 06:28 PM
But OS X takes good features of iOS and makes them available on the Mac in a way it makes sense!
Ok, fullscreen apps on a Mac is stupid, I agree, but the other iOS inspired features are well "ported" over to the Mac. Some of them might not be used a lot, like the Launchpad, but concepts like the Multi-Touch gestures, improved Mail client, Notification Center, App Store are well made with the Mac and its peripherals in mind.


MS just fails in this regard but I posted that already in the 10.8 thread ;)

Metro on the PC is non-sense. And the normal Desktop on a Tablet is also questionable. It might seem like a good idea but keep in mind that most tablets will be ARM based so Desktop software will not run "out of the box". Even MS won't port everything...

Well this thread isn't really about OSX, but I agree, not all the iOS-like added features are bad. Apologies if it seems like I implied that. The gestures is fine if you have a magic pad or w/e they call it and it doesn't interfere with usage with a mouse. So I shouldn't have said gestures, I was more referring to the launch pad, which I find rather bloated and inefficient, similar to Metro.

But I really dislike this shift to making PC's more like handheld devices and tablets. The strength of the PC is its faster hardware. Don't give it mobile options and dumb it down to satisfy the masses. It should stick to what it's good at, which is high performance computing and the ability to use larger peripherals (keyboard and mouse).

Yaboze
02-29-12, 10:30 PM
It boots up into Metro, which sucks with a Mouse/KB, but looks nice for a tablet or Intel tablet like machine (Gizmodo's demo showed a i5 tablet). It looked slick there.

But immediately I looked for the Desktop, which was Explorer. Then it looked like Windows 7, but there's no Start Menu. Hmmmm. So I hit the Windows key and Metro came back. It got a little frustrating to find programs other than Mail, IE and Solitaire. :\

My verdict so far is it looks great for tablets and tablet like PC's using TOUCH, but it's total suckage for Mouse/KB users who want a regular desktop.

Some pros: It installs quick, seems to have a small footprint, boots up quick and has a minimalistic install. It has a bing-like login screen which is your Windows Live account (?).