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How was installation?

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How is compatibility?

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#76 Eric

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 16:42

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#77 deck

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 21:14

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.


To clarify, as I may have gotten my names confused, I used the Consumer Preview and the RTM. I could not have Metro run exclusively on one monitor. Whenever I used an app on my desktop monitor, Metro would disappear and the desktop would appear on the second monitor.

#78 Kaze23

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 21:31

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


No, this was the XP song.



#79 Frogboy

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 02:17

I wonder how many people who said "awesome" about installation were doing it on a clean machine versus an upgrade of an existing Windows 7 partition. The experience I had in both cases was night and day.

#80 deck

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 02:39

I wonder how many people who said "awesome" about installation were doing it on a clean machine versus an upgrade of an existing Windows 7 partition. The experience I had in both cases was night and day.


My upgrade process was quite good. I started the install and 30 minutes later it was done... maybe sooner. Installing RTM fresh took a little longer.

#81 deck

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 03:13

I also want to point out that at first I was very pro Win8. I argued with Windows, Linux and Mac friends about the merits of Win8 for 2 months even though I was having doubts after the first few weeks. I gave this system a good try and ran it exclusively.

#82 Stoic Joker

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 17:13

I wonder how many people who said "awesome" about installation were doing it on a clean machine versus an upgrade of an existing Windows 7 partition. The experience I had in both cases was night and day.


Which is somewhat irrelevant as the same could be said of Win7/Vista/XP/... Upgrades always take longer, especially of one has many large/complex applications installed. My upgrade from Vista to 7 took 8 hours. Clean loading Vista on the same machine only took about an hour.

The Win8 install is indeed quite fast.

#83 PGHammer

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 13:47

Which is somewhat irrelevant as the same could be said of Win7/Vista/XP/... Upgrades always take longer, especially of one has many large/complex applications installed. My upgrade from Vista to 7 took 8 hours. Clean loading Vista on the same machine only took about an hour.

The Win8 install is indeed quite fast.


What was your source and what was your destination?

We already know the preferred destination for an OS install (any OS install) is an SSD - however, sources for the install vary as much as users themselves. In all my installs (bare-metal and otherwise), I've found that the best bare-metal install to a hard drive is from a thumb drive (4GB or larger).

Okay - why *larger* than 4 GB?

Simple - I chose a larger thumb drive so I can add things like motherboard drivers, utilities, etc. to the thumb drive (since slipstreaming is a non-starter at present).

Also, there is little price difference between 4GB and 8GB thumb drives - especially when you buy more than one.

#84 CAP-Team

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 07:15

My desktop PC had a clean install of Win8 RTM, no problems, runs like a charm.

My laptop was upgraded from Win7 Ultimate to Win8Pro, A new account and my own account worked just fine, but my wife's account didn't. Couldn't start the Store app. Not even with a new profile.
Then I did a fresh install and then it worked just fine.

#85 contextfree

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 07:29

To clarify, as I may have gotten my names confused, I used the Consumer Preview and the RTM. I could not have Metro run exclusively on one monitor. Whenever I used an app on my desktop monitor, Metro would disappear and the desktop would appear on the second monitor.


The reason for this is that the Start screen is not really a "Metro mode", it's basically just a different UI for the Start menu. As such, it works like the Start menu always has - click anywhere outside the Start menu in Windows 7, or press the Windows key a second time, and it goes away. Click anywhere outside the Start screen in Windows 8 (i.e. on a different monitor), or press the Windows key a second time, and it goes away. Windows 8 hasn't actually changed anything in this regard, it's just the same as before - except Start now looks a lot different of course ...

#86 Luke777

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 07:52

I like it now, after I got this theme
http://nighthawk-f22...t.com/#/d5d6ma9

#87 vetCalum

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 08:18

5, 5, 4.

The installation and compatibility were awesome. The features are brilliant, and the operating system is great overall, but I just wish there was no need for the old Desktop mode. As there's still need for that and the transition between "Desktop" and "Metro" isn't as good as it can be, I went for option number 4 on the last question. Further, one contributing factor to me going for option 4 was the lack of toast notifications (especially for Facebook Notifications) and auto-refresh of What's New in the People app. I was pretty devastated that those features weren't included, especially because I'd like to dock the app to the side to stay updated on my Facebook News Feed and OS X has toast Facebook notifications :/

#88 Sergey "hb860"

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 05:56

5.5.2
I don't like some of 'improvements'
I want to have built-in 'Boot to desktop' option instead of writing Skip metro suite. I don't like the way to force everyone to use Metro :(

#89 joep1984

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 06:49

I'd like it more if I could run it on my actual machine, and not a VM. My Aurora R3 doesn't support x64 WIndows 8...something about the processor. Thanks Microsoft and/or Dell.

What I've seen, though...I likes.

#90 nekrosoft13

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 17:28

5/5 on first two categories, 1/5 on featues, don't want tablet GUI on desktop



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