Jump to content



Photo

Poll: Windows 8 Experience (How do you like it?)

win8 win7

  • Please log in to reply
285 replies to this topic

Poll: Did Microsoft do gooder? (1143 member(s) have cast votes)

How was installation?

You cannot see the results of the poll until you have voted. Please login and cast your vote to see the results of this poll.

How is compatibility?

You cannot see the results of the poll until you have voted. Please login and cast your vote to see the results of this poll.

The features

You cannot see the results of the poll until you have voted. Please login and cast your vote to see the results of this poll.
Vote Guests cannot vote

#151 BeerFan

BeerFan

    Neowinian Senior

  • Joined: 19-July 06

Posted 15 November 2012 - 03:11

Now it seems like search is not searching my indexed locations like in Win 7.

Checked the folder in "Indexing Options" and it doesn't search there.
Unchecked all the picture file types but it still show them in search results.

Is Start screen search and search charm different from the Win7 start menu search?


iron2000, this poll on Windows 8 general experiences isn't really the right place to ask for support on specific issues. You'll have better luck getting responses if you make new topics for your questions (Y).


#152 hcsprakers

hcsprakers

    Neowinian

  • Joined: 12-August 04

Posted 15 November 2012 - 03:30

Was doing fine untill live update caused it not to restart. Had to refresh to get it backup.

#153 MikeFu84

MikeFu84

    m0o!

  • Joined: 09-December 03
  • Location: Fredericton, NB
  • OS: Windows 8 x64 Pro
  • Phone: Samsung Galaxy S4 (Kangakat 6.0, KK 4.4.2)

Posted 27 November 2012 - 13:12

Overall I am please. Performance from my use so far is on par or better than I experienced with Windows 7. My only dripe as with most is the new start menu. I am sure I will get used to it but after 15+ years of using the same interface, I find myself having a difficult time adjusting.

#154 daniel_rh

daniel_rh

    Daniel R. H.

  • Joined: 31-July 05
  • Location: Venezuela
  • OS: Windows 8.1
  • Phone: Samsung Galaxy SIV i9500

Posted 27 November 2012 - 13:18

They need to polish some details, I guess in the future we're gonna get major updates to parts of the OS in order to solve some annoyances

#155 vetneufuse

neufuse

    Neowinian Senior

  • Joined: 16-February 04

Posted 27 November 2012 - 13:18

I almost hate saying anything about windows 8 because no mater what your opinion is, someone rips you a new one about it...

but the desktop, everything is awesome, however the UI just feels bland... even with color applied to the window chromes it just feels like it's unfinished, almost like designers never made a UI and this is just a temp placeholder type of feeling.....


Kernel wise, fast as heck, love it

Boot wise, fast as heck, never had windows boot in a whole 2 seconds... UEFI made this almost too fast

Windows desktop features, feel snappier, new progress monitors on file tasks are awesome to see the bandwidth usage and graph it

task manager is defiantly better, but feels like it needs some UI work

the fact I have invisible interaction points drives me nuts though... too much moving the mouse to a place where there is a hover location forgetting about it to have the charm bar pop up or a side bar pop up...etc..etc..

I wish the start button was still there, notice I didn't say start menu, I said button, having an empty space just feels unfinished, and most of the people that I've seen use it feel the same way (normal people, not tech people) it would be nice if in desktop mode you had a charm bar like start screen on the left side with the *option* to go full screen not just forced into full screen mode

having two task switchers is also annoying... one for the "modern" UI and one for desktop... they need combined in some way

#156 StrikedOut

StrikedOut

    Outside the box

  • Joined: 09-December 08
  • Location: Southampton

Posted 27 November 2012 - 13:19

4/5 for all.

Install wasn't an issue due to me not familiarising myself with it did make a small error but easily corrected.

The only app that I am having issues with are VM cloud services but hopefully there will be an update soon. Having Hyper-V installed has been a big help too so I just run VM cloud in a VM running XP, issue solved(ish).

#157 BeerFan

BeerFan

    Neowinian Senior

  • Joined: 19-July 06

Posted 02 December 2012 - 00:23

After months and months of using 8 as my main OS on multiple machines (two desktops and 1 laptop, plus serveral VMs), I still hate the Start Screen. It is completely useless and pointless to me. It would make sense on a tablet or a touch-sensitive device, but mine aren't. Full screen apps make absolutely no sense on my 30" desktop monitor. So the Start Screen is just a waste of time and is actually a reason to dislike win8.

Aside from the crappy Start Screen, Windows 8 is 3/5 in my opinion. I like the faster boot and wake times. I like the way you can authenticate to a WIFI network using your windows login credentials (great at work!) I like the new pause-able file transfer dialog box.

I hate the removal of desktop gadgets. I use them a lot, and have installed 3rd-party software on 8 to make them work. Tiles can not come close to replicating gadgets in many cases.

The Search function has been dumbed down so much it's now almost useless. I have a file called "reference.txt" on my PC that i access regularly. In Win8, if i hit the Windows key, then start typing "r-e-f-e-r", i have to click on Files, then it thinks for awhile and gives me a list of 12507 files in a horridly ugly full screen view that is incredibly hard to find something in, and 99% of which mean nothing to me. In Win7, the same process is so much simpler... it just takes me right to the file i want in the start menu list. The "improved" search function in windows 8 is a huge failure. but, to be fair, the Windows search function has been getting worse and worse since Windows 2000.

#158 NightScreams

NightScreams

    Neowinian

  • Joined: 16-October 12

Posted 02 December 2012 - 01:38

what's so worse about search. works perfectly fine for me. You can also add more places to have indexed if needed.
I just now made a reference.txt and stuck it in documents folder. Search yielded 1 result under files. I don't get your issue.

#159 Growled

Growled

    Neowinian Senior

  • Tech Issues Solved: 1
  • Joined: 17-December 08
  • Location: USA

Posted 02 December 2012 - 05:16

Aside from the crappy Start Screen, Windows 8 is 3/5 in my opinion. I like the faster boot and wake times. I like the way you can authenticate to a WIFI network using your windows login credentials (great at work!) I like the new pause-able file transfer dialog box.

I hate the removal of desktop gadgets. I use them a lot, and have installed 3rd-party software on 8 to make them work. Tiles can not come close to replicating gadgets in many cases.


I think your points are very valid. Windows 8 has some very good points but it's bad points are very bad.

#160 Reisen

Reisen

    Touhou / vn fan

  • Joined: 02-August 12
  • Location: United States of America
  • OS: Windows 8 Pro with Media Center

Posted 02 December 2012 - 05:30

I really am glad I bought a copy of it. The SQL server part of Visual C# 2010 express gives a compatibility error, but it works. Everthing else just works and I don't see any crashes or errors.

#161 Javik

Javik

    Beware the tyrrany of those that wield power

  • Tech Issues Solved: 2
  • Joined: 21-May 12

Posted 05 December 2012 - 23:44

Finally taken the plunge and actually installed it on proper hardware in place of Windows 7 and my thoughts haven't really changed that drastically

Pros

- Very fast and responsive
- Great out of box driver compatibility
- No software that hasn't worked properly yet
- When Microsoft said the new hybrid boot mode would impress on an SSD they certainly didn't lie. Combined with UEFI it's insanely fast.
- After swapping the default visual theme with the theme from the RP, the loss of glass didn't annoy me as much as I thought it would. The theme from the RP looks pretty decent

Cons

- The start screen. Installed Start Is Back straight away, and disabled the charm bar hover function
- The theme. I still think the default desktop theme is ugly as sin, thankfully the theme from the RP is not
- The fact that files open with metro apps by default even when you're on the desktop

I still stand by my grievances over Microsoft's design decisions with Windows 8 but with a bit of tweaking it's still worth upgrading just for the performance enhancements.

#162 Javik

Javik

    Beware the tyrrany of those that wield power

  • Tech Issues Solved: 2
  • Joined: 21-May 12

Posted 06 December 2012 - 20:35

Well that was a fun 1 day experiment. Got bad_pool_header bluescreens when trying to use Vlite to master a Vista image. Back to 7

#163 dre2112

dre2112

    Neowinian

  • Joined: 06-August 08

Posted 18 December 2012 - 19:06

To me it feels like 2 different operating systems in one. You have the standard Windows UI and then Metro/Start and all it's apps.

Call me crazy, but I have no real use for Apps. I love my software and I love the way it works and I love how my software actually has options and is customizable. So to me the whole metro thing is pointless but I don't mind it as some eye candy with the time/calendar/news/stocks/mail all scrolling. Everything else is rather redundant and time consuming for a PC user

#164 *RedBull*

*RedBull*

    skippy de do da

  • Joined: 30-March 06
  • Location: Everywhere and No where
  • OS: Windows 8 professional
  • Phone: Android

Posted 18 December 2012 - 19:30

After months and months of using 8 as my main OS on multiple machines (two desktops and 1 laptop, plus serveral VMs), I still hate the Start Screen. It is completely useless and pointless to me. It would make sense on a tablet or a touch-sensitive device, but mine aren't. Full screen apps make absolutely no sense on my 30" desktop monitor. So the Start Screen is just a waste of time and is actually a reason to dislike win8.

Aside from the crappy Start Screen, Windows 8 is 3/5 in my opinion. I like the faster boot and wake times. I like the way you can authenticate to a WIFI network using your windows login credentials (great at work!) I like the new pause-able file transfer dialog box.

I hate the removal of desktop gadgets. I use them a lot, and have installed 3rd-party software on 8 to make them work. Tiles can not come close to replicating gadgets in many cases.

The Search function has been dumbed down so much it's now almost useless. I have a file called "reference.txt" on my PC that i access regularly. In Win8, if i hit the Windows key, then start typing "r-e-f-e-r", i have to click on Files, then it thinks for awhile and gives me a list of 12507 files in a horridly ugly full screen view that is incredibly hard to find something in, and 99% of which mean nothing to me. In Win7, the same process is so much simpler... it just takes me right to the file i want in the start menu list. The "improved" search function in windows 8 is a huge failure. but, to be fair, the Windows search function has been getting worse and worse since Windows 2000.


There are great apps out there that will give you a start menu and have access to start screen. wintunin or something is what I use.

#165 Astra.Xtreme

Astra.Xtreme

    Electrical Engineer

  • Tech Issues Solved: 4
  • Joined: 02-January 04
  • Location: Milwaukee, WI

Posted 18 December 2012 - 20:02

Well it's back to Windows 7 for me. Have been using 8 since the Preview versions and it's just too much of an inconvenience compared to 7. I think I lasted this long because I thought the Apps were neat, but the novelty has now worn off.

I've been using Start8, which definitely made it bearable, but If I'm going to pretend that I'm using Win 7, I might as well just do it natively. I also was having random ping problems, which is likely a driver issue, but still an annoyance.

I really wanted to like 8, but in my opinion, it was executed very very poorly. Hopefully Blue will have something attractive in store for us.