From The Forums: Cool Windows 8 desktops by members

It's been over a month since Microsoft released the Windows 8 Release Preview build to the public. This will be the last pre-release version of the OS before Microsoft signs off on the final shipping version of Windows 8, which is expected to be completed sometime before the end of July. However, a number of our forum members have already been showing off their Windows 8 Release Preview desktop setups in our forums.

In the Flaunt Your Windows 8 Screenshots here thread, forum members have been busy posting screenshots of their desktops since the Developer Version of Windows 8 was released in September 2011. The Release Preview build has added a number of new screenshots to the mix.

Member Dot Matrix has posted up an impressive image of Star Trek: The Next Generation's Enterprise-D in what looks like a two monitor-based viewpoint. Microsoft has already talked about its improved multi-monitor support in Windows 8. We have no idea if this is Dot Matrix's actual desktop but it certainly is cool looking.

Another forum member, DJGM, posted up images of both his Windows 8 Release Preview Metro start screen and his more traditional desktop screen in our forums.

Neowin member bogas04 posted up a Mac OS-themed desktop screen made from the Windows 8 Release Preview. There are plenty of other examples in that forum thread. If you have a Windows 8 Release Preview desktop that you want to show off to our community members, feel free to upload it to our message boards.

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OMFG. That XP-look screenshot is hilarious. It looks like someone's grandma's PC! "Would you like to add an icon to the desktop?" Oh, well sure, why not? Add two.

Looks pretty generic to me... I mean, the "Metro" interface can't be personalized anyway except for different backgrounds.

And the "desktop" part is a mess.

THolman said,

Even Apple stuff looks messy in beta (and yes, I know Windows 8 isn't technically beta at this point, but it's still not a finished, released product): http://images.weiphone.com/att...2947103_d05d83a7fee41aa.jpg


A) The picture you posted isn't an iPad running an iOS developer preview, but in diagnostic mode not meant for the end-user in any way. Completely different situation.
B) There's really nothing messy about OS X Mountain Lion's appearance while it pretty much reached the same point in development as Windows 8.
C) Windows 8 is nearing completion, it's highly unlikely things will drastically change.

Is this really the best you could come up with?

I have dual monitors. Has anyone figured out how to keep metro open on one of them all the time? If i start anything on the other monitor, web browser, starcraft 2, anything metro closes.

NerdyTech said,
I have dual monitors. Has anyone figured out how to keep metro open on one of them all the time? If i start anything on the other monitor, web browser, starcraft 2, anything metro closes.

Good! That horribly ugly, Fisher-Price colored waste of screen real estate should be gone 100% of the time, IMHO. 8)

It can't current and (unfortunately) probably won't for release. (Another symptom of the schitzo treatment of the desktop 'app'). I agree though, it makes perfect sense and is better suited to an 'off-maindisplay where available.

The fact that you cant customise Windows 8 UI the way you want at the moment as the UI itself is incomplete. Hopefully soon better screenshots will emerge. It's limited to the wallpaper and border color at the moment!

sanke1 said,
The fact that you cant customise Windows 8 UI the way you want at the moment as the UI itself is incomplete.

Sure you can, it's just like previous versions.. just don't expect a bunch of them before it's even released yet. There's already a few out for the RP. Look over on DeviantArt and the like.

mehta708 said,
Am the the only one who finds these horrendous?

Was expecting to see better, no offence to users of them.

These look like 10 years ago.

mehta708 said,
Am the the only one who finds these horrendous?

Me too, and my first thought was that picture 2 and 3 are the same, somehow...

stevember said,

Was expecting to see better, no offence to users of them.

These look like 10 years ago.

yeah I was a bit shocked, I still loathe the new start screen

Lastwebpage said,

Me too, and my first thought was that picture 2 and 3 are the same, somehow...

Well, they are... that person customized them both to fit together and look the same.

mehta708 said,
Am the the only one who finds these horrendous?
I think we're in the twilight zone. But once again no one cares about the power users and people who use their computer to do other stuff and not making it a facebook machine.

Totalaero said,
I think we're in the twilight zone. But once again no one cares about the power users and people who use their computer to do other stuff and not making it a facebook machine.

I agree 110%

stevember said,

Was expecting to see better, no offence to users of them.

These look like 10 years ago.

honestly I can't believe this is the sort of trash excuse for an article. Its got no substance, just a bunch of bad wallpapers and themes from DA. Stop posting nonsense Editor, by all means start doing proper journalism when you feel like it...

I haven't gotten around to installing W8 yet, but something I use a lot in Windows 7 is 'Press Windows Key and type program name, press Enter' to open programs, can you still do that in Windows 8?

helios01 said,
I haven't gotten around to installing W8 yet, but something I use a lot in Windows 7 is 'Press Windows Key and type program name, press Enter' to open programs, can you still do that in Windows 8?

Of course!

helios01 said,
I haven't gotten around to installing W8 yet, but something I use a lot in Windows 7 is 'Press Windows Key and type program name, press Enter' to open programs, can you still do that in Windows 8?

Not sure if sarcastic...

helios01 said,
I haven't gotten around to installing W8 yet, but something I use a lot in Windows 7 is 'Press Windows Key and type program name, press Enter' to open programs, can you still do that in Windows 8?

hit start, the start screen opens, start typing. This is the only difference - the results show on the start screen and free as you type, but they are split into catagories with apps being the default, if you want to quick start computer management you have to type a bit then click on the settings catagory.

duddit2 said,

if you want to quick start computer management you have to type a bit then click on the settings catagory.

Or you can press 'Windows-key' + w. That will open the start screen search directly to settings.

helios01 said,
I haven't gotten around to installing W8 yet, but something I use a lot in Windows 7 is 'Press Windows Key and type program name, press Enter' to open programs, can you still do that in Windows 8?

It's even better. Using shortcuts, you can specifically look for files, apps or system settings.