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#61 cork1958

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 11:35

I gave the hardware part 5 of 5 and the others 4 of 5. Very seldom rate anything at max, especially with something brand new.

Windows 8 isn't bad for anyone who knew it would be slightly different to begin with, but most common users, I predict it to be unfavorable.

Personally,
I'm sticking with Windows 7 though.


#62 minoskid

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 16:22

How was installation? - 5/5
How is compatibility? - 4/5
The features - 4/5

I'm using Windows 7 now, until someone releases activator for Windows 8.

#63 deck

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 16:11

I installed Windows 8 when the Release Candidate was made available. I later upgraded to the RTM. Today I have re-installed Windows 7 and I feel like I'm home again.

After nearly 3 months of using Windows 8 I can safely say the following:
  • It didn't get any easier to use. Neither Windows as a whole, nor Windows 8 on its own was more pleasant.
  • After the first couple of weeks of playing, I never used the Metro Start Desktop Menu thing again.
  • Although I spent most of my time in 'classic' desktop mode, I was always frustrated about how Windows tried to default the application use to the Metro mode. Be it a movie or PDF or even opening Chrome, if I opened a file in desktop mode I would be thrust into Metro mode. (Music was the worst; I never figured that one out)
  • I didn't like the task management between the two modes. I frequently 'lost' my running apps because some would be open in Metro mode and others would be open in desktop mode.

I started this adventure with an open mind. I understand why MS has removed the Start Menu (stats show that people rarely use it, and chose to pin apps or use their desktop to access them). But when I wanted to find an application which wasn't pinned, I didn't want to jump to Metro and then use the very busy applications screen to hunt for what I was looking.

I tried using the Metro mode to manage my time and take advantage of the dynamic content. But too many things got in the way.
  • Integration with Gmail is crap and the Mail tile was always hours or days behind what was reality. And the email application just doesn't work well with the way Gmail works.
  • Similarly for the Calendar, it was always behind the times for me.
  • The news tiles that I selected were also days behind schedule.

The worst problem, though, was the fact that I couldn't have Metro running on my second monitor and the desktop running on my primary at the same time. The moment I used something on my Metro monitor, my primary monitor would display the application and I would loose focus on what I was really doing.

The Metro screen is basically a glorified widget desktop. But I don't want widgets to be the primary focus of my life. I wanted Metro to be my 'always' on news source, which I could consult alongside actually being productive on my desktop. But I couldn't do that.

Using apps in Metro was not intuitive. Bars to the left of me, bar to the right, bars below. Maybe on a tablet this will work more efficiently, but on a PC it was confusing and slowed me down. Perhaps I'm just too used to clicking File - Print to get to my Printer dialogue. It's a simple 2 step process, versus dragging my mouse to the bottom right, clicking on Devices, click in on my printer and then going. I don't know.

I would consider myself an advanced user. I know my way around a PC. And Windows 8, despite my best efforts, did not work for me on a PC.

That said, I will be buying Surface the moment it is available. I am going to be buying a Windows Phone 8 Lumia. I see the potential with Metro, but its application on the desktop just doesn't work. Not in the way Windows 8 did it. I think that Windows 9 (or whatever they call it) will address these issues, as Win7 did for Vista and XP did for ME. Sadly, despite their best efforts, MS has produced another mid-cycle product that needs another 2 years of public outcry before they get it right.

At least they tried something new, which is good. I guess I am just not ready for the newness that they are offering.

Good bye Windows 8. I'll see you again in a couple of years.

#64 Hum

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 16:12

Praise Buddah -- another Windows 8 topic :D

And you have reached the same conclusions as my intuition gave me -- not worth 'updating'.

The one silver lining: Windows 8 makes Windows 7 look great.


... and I feel like I'm home again.


Wasn't there a song like that for Windows XP ... :shifty:

#65 Mamoru-san

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 16:13

Well, and this is your opinion.



NEXT!

#66 slumdogtrillionaire

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 16:14

as soon as i saw ads in a fresh os install in metro apps it was byebye for win8 by me too.

#67 articuno1au

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 16:16

You know I would genuinely consider buying Neowin just so I could slap the people starting these topics.

I think we have well and truly covered whether people like or dislike the damn OS. I don't care if you like it or not, I just want the minispy to be something other than "WIndows 8 and how it murdered my entire family" or "Windows 8 saves small child".

It's beating a dead horse. Worse than that, it's beating the small stain where the horse used to be. Soon enough we will have beaten the ground where the horse was sufficiently to have dug through to China -_-

****.

EDIT::
This post is out of context as it was made prior to the thread merger.

Edited by articuno1au, 08 September 2012 - 16:48.


#68 FATILA

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 16:17

Yeah the mail 'app' is a total pos! I've had it on gmail and it gives me no notifications, and even when I opened it today it sat there on 4 day old email doing nothing. The only advantage of using that metro crap might be a mail notification, and if it can't even do that it is worse than useless.

#69 Mamoru-san

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 16:20

Why does my Mail App Works as a charm?

#70 hjf288

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 16:21

Guys sharing his opinion about how he couldn't get used to it, I'm half surprised the Rabid Win 8 koolaid drinkers havent come in and flamed you to hell.

I'm still undecided on the Start screen, it doesn't seem as bad as first thought.. and my mail app seems fine then again I'm not using Gmail

#71 Charisma

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 16:29

Good grief, chill out you guys. This wasn't a whinge-fest, the OP made his points very eloquently and shared his experience without much emotional bias at all. He said he was open-minded at the start, and based on the quality of the post, I believe it. I'm glad to have mature, honest evaluations like this on the site to read. Thanks, deck.

#72 deck

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 16:30

Ya'll are mean. And I sniff, ever so slightly. I could have posted in a Win8 topic... but I like the who singular feel to ones opinion.

Besides, there are as many of me as there are of people who really like Win8.

#73 yardmanflex

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 16:31

I installed Windows 8 when the Release Candidate was made available. I later upgraded to the RTM. Today I have re-installed Windows 7 and I feel like I'm home again.

After nearly 3 months of using Windows 8 I can safely say the following:

  • It didn't get any easier to use. Neither Windows as a whole, nor Windows 8 on its own was more pleasant.
  • After the first couple of weeks of playing, I never used the Metro Start Desktop Menu thing again.
  • Although I spent most of my time in 'classic' desktop mode, I was always frustrated about how Windows tried to default the application use to the Metro mode. Be it a movie or PDF or even opening Chrome, if I opened a file in desktop mode I would be thrust into Metro mode. (Music was the worst; I never figured that one out)
  • I didn't like the task management between the two modes. I frequently 'lost' my running apps because some would be open in Metro mode and others would be open in desktop mode.
I started this adventure with an open mind. I understand why MS has removed the Start Menu (stats show that people rarely use it, and chose to pin apps or use their desktop to access them). But when I wanted to find an application which wasn't pinned, I didn't want to jump to Metro and then use the very busy applications screen to hunt for what I was looking.

I tried using the Metro mode to manage my time and take advantage of the dynamic content. But too many things got in the way.

  • Integration with Gmail is crap and the Mail tile was always hours or days behind what was reality. And the email application just doesn't work well with the way Gmail works.
  • Similarly for the Calendar, it was always behind the times for me.
  • The news tiles that I selected were also days behind schedule.
The worst problem, though, was the fact that I couldn't have Metro running on my second monitor and the desktop running on my primary at the same time. The moment I used something on my Metro monitor, my primary monitor would display the application and I would loose focus on what I was really doing.

The Metro screen is basically a glorified widget desktop. But I don't want widgets to be the primary focus of my life. I wanted Metro to be my 'always' on news source, which I could consult alongside actually being productive on my desktop. But I couldn't do that.

Using apps in Metro was not intuitive. Bars to the left of me, bar to the right, bars below. Maybe on a tablet this will work more efficiently, but on a PC it was confusing and slowed me down. Perhaps I'm just too used to clicking File - Print to get to my Printer dialogue. It's a simple 2 step process, versus dragging my mouse to the bottom right, clicking on Devices, click in on my printer and then going. I don't know.

I would consider myself an advanced user. I know my way around a PC. And Windows 8, despite my best efforts, did not work for me on a PC.

That said, I will be buying Surface the moment it is available. I am going to be buying a Windows Phone 8 Lumia. I see the potential with Metro, but its application on the desktop just doesn't work. Not in the way Windows 8 did it. I think that Windows 9 (or whatever they call it) will address these issues, as Win7 did for Vista and XP did for ME. Sadly, despite their best efforts, MS has produced another mid-cycle product that needs another 2 years of public outcry before they get it right.

At least they tried something new, which is good. I guess I am just not ready for the newness that they are offering.

Good bye Windows 8. I'll see you again in a couple of years.



What an idiot!!! These post are so me too...

#74 articuno1au

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 16:41

Ya'll are mean. And I sniff, ever so slightly. I could have posted in a Win8 topic... but I like the who singular feel to ones opinion.

Besides, there are as many of me as there are of people who really like Win8.

I'm not meaning to criticise the point of view or even the absolute expression of the view. I am just sick of these threads in general.

My apologies if I offended you at all.

#75 HawkMan

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 16:41

The worst problem, though, was the fact that I couldn't have Metro running on my second monitor and the desktop running on my primary at the same time. The moment I used something on my Metro monitor, my primary monitor would display the application and I would loose focus on what I was really doing.


Are you sure you used the Release Preview and not the consumer preview ?
because I can have metro on one pof my screen and do my desktop or any other desktop app on the other as much as I want.