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#16 singularity87

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 10:51

The 24hr delay, which is pretty minor, is so they can get people to test the newer store upgrade system first which is how most Windows 8 users will upgrade to 8.1 when the final hits.  It's important to get feedback and people testing it that way instead of just doing a clean ISO install which should work regardless.

 

 

Unfortunately for that plan, I'm too patient for this to work. If I could I would put Windows 8 in a VM then go through the Store update, but I've made the assumption it won't work if it's not activated (which it wouldn't be because my license is activated on the host).




#17 BeerFan

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 11:24

Is it just me, or does it suck that they removed the option to create and sign on with a local account during the installation?



#18 Buendia

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 11:30

Is it just me, or does it suck that they removed the option to create and sign on with a local account during the installation?

 Just disconnect from internet during OOBE (or go back when asked to provide MS account during OOBE) and disconnect network cable or whatever. Then you will be able to log in with a local account.



#19 amnesiality

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 11:35

8.1 is horrible. I had to do a clean install twice, but that's not the problem I have with it. I know it's a beta and I'm used to all kinds of problems.

 

The main problem with 8.1 are separate search fields. App list has one, metro control panel has one, xbox music, etc.

 

I mean, seriously? WTF are they thinking? I understand a search icon (like in the mail app), it's there as a shortcut or a visual clue.

 

To me, the search experience in 8.1 is completely broken. When you open the store, you can't just start typing anymore. You have to click that ugly search field first.

 

Tiles for desktop apps are ugly as hell and I really hope they'll fix them in the final build.

 

I assume they'll also fix how start screen customization works. Right now, you choose a background and set a color scheme. When you pick another background, the color scheme resets to default.



#20 Sulphy

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 11:51

So far... pretty impressed! 16 minutes install time till i was on the desktop... needed to kick off a windows update to get graphics sorted... but so far.. i like! personally.... classic shell installed first thing! really dont enjoy the modern ui! but its something thats overcome so easily... :)

 

I look forward to final release! 

 

new fish is a little girly tho! :p



#21 jesseinsf

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 11:51

Installation went great. I enjoy the new features. The only thing is, I had to reinstall a few programs like PerfectDisk, j.river media center, an encoder, my Ceton InfiniTV app/drivers, as-well-as my HP printer/scanner. Digital Cable Advisor doesn't work in Media Center. IE11 is a little glitchy. I get screen flicker only in YouTube on IE11. Also I cannot turn off the Charms Bar (Hot Corners). I check the boxes to disable but nothing happens. Graphics can be jerky at times.



#22 +LimeMaster

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 13:46

Getting the store to display the update was troublesome. After a lot of messing around and installing the US language pack, it allowed me to install the update meaning I finally got the Preview. :D

 

Most of the changes are welcome expect libaraies being hidden by default and the removal of system images. 



#23 winlonghorn

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 13:58

Does anybody know where the animated dragon and robot tattoos that they showed off are? Are they not releasing those for us right away? Other than that, I am very happy with this release.



#24 Dot Matrix

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 14:08

Just found that there's a setting to permanently display the address bar and tabs in Modern IE. Actually doesn't look too bad, but doesn't that break the chromeless UX Microsoft was going for?

#25 br0adband

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 14:09

If only the poll had the important question: do you like it and plan to use it?

 

I swear, I've been a "loyal" Microsoft Windows user for 2+ decades now and their progression through all the versions (I used a pre-alpha Windows 1.0 a very very long time ago and absolutely everything since) has been a logical one for the most part. When the very first beta of Windows 7 came out within 15 minutes of installing it and booting the first time I was "Ok, this is what I've been waiting for, this is how to make an OS that works" and I still feel that way even at this moment. That was in October of 2008 and I was running Windows XP Professional x64 Edition since the day that OS became available - I never used Windows Vista as my own day to day OS, couldn't stand it so I went from XP to XP Pro x64 directly.

 

But then the first preview of 8 came along last year and I checked it out, saw a little promise perhaps but I knew from the gitgo where Microsoft was going - or so I thought because those really early betas and previews were still somewhat useful to me to a degree.

 

And then 8 actually came out and I've still yet to use it because I simply can't tolerate it at all - and I say that as a guy that's used touch or pressure sensitive devices for almost 20 years solid: I've been using tablet PCs since before day 1, basically, and all sorts of other tablet style hardware that is just now becoming popular.

 

And then yesterday I snagged the 8.1 ISO off Technet and installed it and... all that I keep wanting to scream out as loudly as possible is "Microsoft, what the hell are you people doing?!?!" because it's just utterly disgusting to me, even more so than 8 is (RTM). I know it's considered a preview and that things will change in some ways but, I can't even get the words to say just how completely totally crappy I felt as I was staring at this laptop of mine as it booted the final time and got to the Start screen.

 

I have been saying that with 8 out I'll be running Windows 7 for a long long time to come, and now with this preview of what 8.1 is going to offer in the next few months, I'm very glad that I haven't shelled out a dime (aside from my Technet membership) for Windows 8 - I even use the Enterprise trial edition for testing Windows 8 so I don't have to waste one of my rather precious Technet Product Keys (things were nice years ago but then idiots realized they could get a Technet sub for $250, get 10 Product Keys for everything Microsoft sells for the most part then they'd dump those keys on eBay or craigslist and use the proceeds to buy another Technet sub, get more keys, repeat the process and finally Microsoft caught on so now we only get 2 Product Keys per product).

 

Once again the few screw things up for the majority.

 

Regardless, I'll be using Windows 7 for an even longer period of time now. Can't tolerate Linux at all in any distribution, and while I have a very checkered and somewhat public past with OSx86 as one of the first people to actually make it work on a regular old PC, I wouldn't use that OS if Apple paid me and gave me free MacBooks.

 

I'm just saddened to see what Microsoft is doing with this OS, I really am. I know it's just one opinion and many many people love Windows 8 - I won't fault them if it's what they like and it serves their needs.

 

But damn... Microsoft, seriously, what the hell are you people doing?!?! :argh:



#26 lashtal

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 14:14

Installed on 2 PCs, my impressions so far:

- Start button: looks slightly out of place. Useful on touch devices to open power menu. Wish I could hide it.

- Start screen: desktop app tiles now have color background, now its harder to distinguish them from modern apps. Also, some background color choices are weird (e.g. powerpoint, origin)

- On my Surface pro, Services snap-in is bugged

- How do I open All Apps screen with a shortcut? Before upgrade I could press Win+Q, now it opens search everywhere

- Libraries. I want to enable 'show all folders' to see Recycle bin, etc, BUT hide libraries. The thing is, when 'show all folders' is checked, 'show libraries' checkbox does nothing at all.

- IE11. Now with loopback restriction enabled by default on the desktop version, had to search how to override it to open locally hosted websites.

 

Other than that, I think the update is solid and a must have.



#27 Dot Matrix

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 14:14

If only the poll had the important question: do you like it and plan to use it?

 

I swear, I've been a "loyal" Microsoft Windows user for 2+ decades now and their progression through all the versions (I used a pre-alpha Windows 1.0 a very very long time ago and absolutely everything since) has been a logical one for the most part. When the very first beta of Windows 7 came out within 15 minutes of installing it and booting the first time I was "Ok, this is what I've been waiting for, this is how to make an OS that works" and I still feel that way even at this moment. That was in October of 2008 and I was running Windows XP Professional x64 Edition since the day that OS became available - I never used Windows Vista as my own day to day OS, couldn't stand it so I went from XP to XP Pro x64 directly.

 

But then the first preview of 8 came along last year and I checked it out, saw a little promise perhaps but I knew from the gitgo where Microsoft was going - or so I thought because those really early betas and previews were still somewhat useful to me to a degree.

 

And then 8 actually came out and I've still yet to use it because I simply can't tolerate it at all - and I say that as a guy that's used touch or pressure sensitive devices for almost 20 years solid: I've been using tablet PCs since before day 1, basically, and all sorts of other tablet style hardware that is just now becoming popular.

 

And then yesterday I snagged the 8.1 ISO off Technet and installed it and... all that I keep wanting to scream out as loudly as possible is "Microsoft, what the hell are you people doing?!?!" because it's just utterly disgusting to me, even more so than 8 is (RTM). I know it's considered a preview and that things will change in some ways but, I can't even get the words to say just how completely totally crappy I felt as I was staring at this laptop of mine as it booted the final time and got to the Start screen.

 

I have been saying that with 8 out I'll be running Windows 7 for a long long time to come, and now with this preview of what 8.1 is going to offer in the next few months, I'm very glad that I haven't shelled out a dime (aside from my Technet membership) for Windows 8 - I even use the Enterprise trial edition for testing Windows 8 so I don't have to waste one of my rather precious Technet Product Keys (things were nice years ago but then idiots realized they could get a Technet sub for $250, get 10 Product Keys for everything Microsoft sells for the most part then they'd dump those keys on eBay or craigslist and use the proceeds to buy another Technet sub, get more keys, repeat the process and finally Microsoft caught on so now we only get 2 Product Keys per product).

 

Once again the few screw things up for the majority.

 

Regardless, I'll be using Windows 7 for an even longer period of time now. Can't tolerate Linux at all in any distribution, and while I have a very checkered and somewhat public past with OSx86 as one of the first people to actually make it work on a regular old PC, I wouldn't use that OS if Apple paid me and gave me free MacBooks.

 

I'm just saddened to see what Microsoft is doing with this OS, I really am. I know it's just one opinion and many many people love Windows 8 - I won't fault them if it's what they like and it serves their needs.

 

But damn... Microsoft, seriously, what the hell are you people doing?!?! :argh:

 

Perhaps if you actually list the problems you faced, we could better understand this post...



#28 +scumdogmillionaire

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 14:25

I like it! Surface RT installed just fine.

 

My desktop however was a different story. Ended up having to uninstall SQL Server 2012 then finally the install worked.

 

Features are good. The desktop background on the start screen is much nicer. Like the new tile size, too.



#29 Dot Matrix

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 14:26

The new Modern Control Panel is drop dead sexy. Simple, clean, and sharp. Also FINALLY UNIFIED. :D

 

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#30 +sanke1

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 14:27

Ok W7 style System Image Recovery has been removed.... What the FU*K Microsoft? How am I supposed to restore if I mess up?

FU&K MICROSOFT. Couldn't be more angrier.



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