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#31 BoDEAN

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  • Joined: 04-May 04
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • OS: Windows 8.1
  • Phone: Iphone

Posted 17 August 2012 - 03:58

My auzentech prelude soundcard drivers do not work, which sucks. So I am back to using onboard audio.....


#32 +Frank B.

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 10:35

I'm in the process of setting it up. First impressions:
  • The installation process went ok. For some reason it failed to use the native resolution of my ThinkPad display; I had to install a driver via Windows Update first. Speaking of which, it shows me four additional driver updates - which then fail to install.
  • I installed the English version, with the regional settings including keyboard layout set to German. For some reason this leads to a hybrid of English desktop and German locale for 'Modern UI' apps. Any hints how to force the Modern UI apps to be in English are welcome.
  • The 'hack' of exporting the window metrics registry key from a 7 installation and importing it into 8 still works. Yay, no fat title bars:

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  • The aforementioned 'hack' consists of exporting HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics from the registry of a Windows 7 install, then importing it into Windows 8. Works like a charm.
  • What's with the ugly scrollbar arrows and the gap above/below them in desktop IE 10? Why doesn't it use the standard scrollbars?
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More impressions to follow once I've set up the OS.

Oh yeah. Minesweeper is a 100 MB download from the Windows Store? Errrrr...

#33 +d5aqoëp

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 10:53

Installation: Completed in 4 minutes. Source hard disk and destination SSD.
But it could have been better if Microsoft employed a part timer to remove the faux aero install window and replace it with something current.

Compatibility: Atheros Bluetooth driver does not work and remains as an unknown "Bluetooth Peripheral Device" in device manager.
Some steam games like Max Payne 3 and Train Simulator randomly crash.

The Features:
Liked ALL new features added in desktop (Except the theme). Disliked every default ModernUI based apps and related features. I find myself sliding mouse frantically and stressing myself a bit.

#34 jezj

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  • Joined: 11-April 09
  • Location: UK
  • OS: Windows 8

Posted 17 August 2012 - 11:02

1 - 5/5 Raid0 SSD worked a charm, amazingly fast install

2 - 5/5 Compared to CP and RP, everything works now, even crisis 2 DX11 and MSI afterburner (used to hang ie10)

3 - 4/5 Themes need some improvement, like the start menu but needs some tweaking (grey squares around apps). Hyper-v was easy to setup and install xp again but need a product key now compared to windows 7 pro

Overall, gaming wise its great, work wise is more productive with fast switching (remote desktop and connecting to hyper-v os's)

#35 ZakO

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 11:08

I avoided using it because all the screenshots over the last 6 months looked awful, however, after installing the RTM a few days ago and using it as my primary OS, I like it, won't be going back to 7. There are quite a few nice enhancements on the desktop UI, I don't particularly like 'metro' apps, but apart from the few seconds you spend on the start screen (win [+ w] + type -> enter) I rarely see them.

5/5, 5/5, 4/5.

#36 TrickyDickie

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 19:53

I avoided using it because all the screenshots over the last 6 months looked awful, however, after installing the RTM a few days ago and using it as my primary OS, I like it, won't be going back to 7. There are quite a few nice enhancements on the desktop UI, I don't particularly like 'metro' apps, but apart from the few seconds you spend on the start screen (win [+ w] + type -> enter) I rarely see them.

5/5, 5/5, 4/5.


Here, here!

I was exactly the same when I first tried it - Now I wouldn't go back, and I absolutely loved Windows 7!

I'm getting used to the Metro apps too - I use the Music / Video players more often now (Rather than changing the file associations to Media Player).

The only real thing I was ever ****ed off about was the lack of DVD support - It took a few seconds to sink in when I first tried that it isn't supported in Windows 8. A quick install of K-LITE (and MPC) and all was good again.

#37 xankazo

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  • OS: Windows 8.1 Pro
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Posted 17 August 2012 - 20:48

My auzentech prelude soundcard drivers do not work, which sucks. So I am back to using onboard audio.....


Did you try compatibility mode when installing or disabling driver check (or something like that) at boot? I'm gonna try the Enterprise Evaluation tomorrow and it would really suck having to use onboard sound instead of the Prelude.

#38 +devHead

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  • OS: Windows 8.1 Pro
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Posted 17 August 2012 - 21:12

I have to say I'm enjoying it; I have nearly all my apps working except for BeJeweled 3 for some odd reason. Still waiting for the knuckleheads at Asus to release Windows 8 drivers for the Xonar Essence STX sound card, but installing it in compatibility mode for Windows 7 worked fine. I'm kind of rediscovering how to organize my shortcuts to exploit the Start screen more than in the past. It actually enables me to keep an even cleaner Desktop since stuff I used to keep there I can pin to Start now.

#39 +Quillz

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  • Location: Los Angeles, CA
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  • Phone: iPhone 5

Posted 18 August 2012 - 07:50

Installation was fine, everything that worked under Win7 is working for me on Win8 and overall, I like it. I have no issues using it whatsoever.

#40 .Neo

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  • Location: Amsterdam, NL
  • OS: OS X Mavericks
  • Phone: iPhone 5s

Posted 18 August 2012 - 08:36

Get rid of start screen and metro and this would be the best OS MS has released.

If you strip Metro from Windows 8 you have a release with virtually no new end-user features.

#41 Thingol

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 08:50

5- Very fast, no problem.
3- Some compatibility problems, but I think it will be okay in a few months.
1- I hate it. Too much click. Jump to metro, back to desktop. Again and again. There is no reason for me to swich to Windows 8. Windows 7 does the job well right now. Maybe Windows 9.

#42 contextfree

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 08:53

  • What's with the ugly scrollbar arrows and the gap above/below them in desktop IE 10? Why doesn't it use the standard scrollbars?
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More impressions to follow once I've set up the OS.

Oh yeah. Minesweeper is a 100 MB download from the Windows Store? Errrrr...


IE10 desktop is just IE10 Metro with some chrome around it, so it's using the same scrollbars as the Start screen for example, instead of the standard desktop ones. The gap is to make the buttons bigger I guess, which is especially important if the button is near one of the "hot corners" (like the scrollbar buttons on the Start screen are).

#43 Arceles

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  • OS: Win 7 Ultimate / Win 8.1 Pro (With Start Menu Start8, otherwise is UNUSABLE) / Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
  • Phone: XT890 Motorola RAZRi (x86 processor)

Posted 19 August 2012 - 18:13

Ha, lost my windows 8 activation due an USB 3.0 driver upgrade, thank god exists system restore... rolled back and good as new.

#44 Tal Greywolf

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 19:45

Downloaded the evaluation version of the OS, just for testing purposes.

Installation: 4/5 (yes, it was quick.)
Compatability: 3/5 (will need a lot of updated drivers and soon)
Features: 2/5 (and I'm being generous here)

After two hours of working with the OS, rebooted back into Windows 7 and wiped the test drive clean. Personal opinion is that this was clearly not ready for release to the general public, and that it may be fine for a tablet OS but it fails in nearly every usability respect for a desktop OS. For productivity, you want one desktop to work from, not have to switch from ModernUI to the desktop constantly if you're trying to do real work. As for corporate adoption, I think this will be just like Vista, companies will refuse to adopt it until there are massive fixes to the desktop UI put in place.

#45 PGHammer

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  • OS: Windows 8 Pro with Media Center x64

Posted 19 August 2012 - 21:25

I have to say I'm enjoying it; I have nearly all my apps working except for BeJeweled 3 for some odd reason. Still waiting for the knuckleheads at Asus to release Windows 8 drivers for the Xonar Essence STX sound card, but installing it in compatibility mode for Windows 7 worked fine. I'm kind of rediscovering how to organize my shortcuts to exploit the Start screen more than in the past. It actually enables me to keep an even cleaner Desktop since stuff I used to keep there I can pin to Start now.


Was Bejeweled 3 installed already (and you upgraded) or did you install clean? I did a clean install, and Bejeweled 3 (and Bejeweled Blitz) work just fine.