Weekend Poll: Have you installed the Windows 8 RTM?

We think it's about time for another weekend poll, especially with the Windows 8 RTM having been released earlier in the week to those with MSDN and TechNet subscriptions. It's a huge milestone occasion for Microsoft as it means Windows 8 is now finally ready for the public eyes as a completed operating system.

This weekend we want to know whether you have installed the Windows 8 RTM yet, either through the official channels or through one of the many leaked copies that are floating around on the internet. Alternatively you could be waiting for the retail release later down the track in October, or perhaps you have tried out the Eval version of Windows 8; or maybe you don't want to install Windows 8 at all.

Anyway, you can leave your responses to the poll below, and as always you can also leave any comments. Have a great weekend everyone!

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Have you installed the Windows 8 RTM?

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I've been using Windows 8 since the first developer preview. I work at a school where we I've been using it as my main OS to operate daily administrative tasks for our network and I have not had a single issue to date (well.... going back to consumer preview at least. We all know Developer preview was a little quirky...) . Everything so far has worked fantastically.

I'm now on the Win8 RTM as my main OS at work thanks to Microsoft Software Assurance and KMS I honestly don't think I see myself going back to Win7 anytime soon...

Edited by mDaWg, Aug 20 2012, 7:43pm :

I gave the consumer preview a go for a week, don't have access to RTM but I doubt very much I will get it. There are some nice back end changes but I was really not happy at all with the UI. Now if I were to ever buy a tablet I think it would probably be a very nice OS for that type of device.

Did my full backup then an upgrade from win7 ultimate to win8 pro. So far no issues, my only complaint is AMD dropping driver support for their 4000 series graphics chipsets but the win8 rtm built in drivers that installed for my 4200 series are more stable than those with the preview versions. I can now play Dragon Age without artifacts in the game. So far, so good.

nhjay said,
Did my full backup then an upgrade from win7 ultimate to win8 pro. So far no issues, my only complaint is AMD dropping driver support for their 4000 series graphics chipsets but the win8 rtm built in drivers that installed for my 4200 series are more stable than those with the preview versions. I can now play Dragon Age without artifacts in the game. So far, so good.

installing amd latest 12.8 win8 drivers and my 7600 series doesn't even get the new driver

korupt_one said,

installing amd latest 12.8 win8 drivers and my 7600 series doesn't even get the new driver

My Readeon Mobile HD 5870 drivers from Microsoft play BF3 better than the AMD....
I had nothing but issues with firmwares and drivers.

I might be in the minority but I really like W8. After I Installed the DP version it was gone in like 5 minutes. I didn't even bother with the CP. But since I had a Technet subscription I figured I might as well get my money's worth out of it so I installed W8 Pro x64.

After the initial, WTF is this crap was over and I delved into it head first I like it. Yes, it would be better on a device where you can swipe. Yes the Desktop/Metro switching sometimes drives me nuts, and yes there are some inconsistencies regarding the way things work on the Metro side.

However the improvements under the hood is enough to justify the learning curve IMO. W8 is definitely 'snapper' than W7 even though W7 was snappy for me.

Change is hard to accept especially coming from W7 where MS finally got the OS right. But let's face it, all future goodness will come to W8 not W7. Unless W8 becomes MS's version of Apples' Lisa.

I say give W8 a try and give it more than 5 minutes of your time. Maybe a week will make you a convert.

Not really excited about Windows 8.
WIndows XP got me wanting to upgrade from Windows 95.
Kind of reluctant to upgrade to Windows 7 when it first came out but upgraded anyway as I got a free copy from school.

Perhaps until the next PC build.
Perhaps sooner if I get a legit free (not evaluation) copy from somewhere

So far it's a bit of hit or miss.. for the most part I'm rather liking it, but there's a few things that needs improvement. Right now still using 7 for my main desktop.. undecided yet if I'll switch to 8 now or wait a bit for updates. 8 has a crapton of potential, not bad for the first official release, but needs a bit of refinement yet.

Got the leak first then activated with my MSDN key. Hating it more and more. At this point I'm using it mostly for Visual Studio 2012 playground as I don't want to mess up my main OS with VS2010. Desktop looks absolutely horrible. I tried very hard to like it. I think this will be the first time since Windows Me that I will actually be skipping a Windows release. I even enjoyed Vista to a certain extent but this? I don't even see it being so great on a tablet. Full screen Metro without at least a tiny title bar at the top to show me the time and other quick info is retarded. In Metro you need to now wear a watch and have a calendar on your desk if you need quick access to the time or date. Talk about just about every facet of Windows 8 being counter-productive.

Well, maybe a "Installed yet Used other Operation Systems More" option should be added to the Poll.

This is the 4th time I tried to adopt Windows 8 as a main OS but failed like before. I just hate it.

No,

This will be the first Windows version since Windows 3 that I have absolutely no intention of ever installing

Nope! Will be running Windows 7 on 2 desktops and 3 laptops. I have a TechNet account and haven't even asked for a key. Will wait and see what Windows 9 has in store in a couple of years.

I did some serious work on Windows 8 Pro 64 bit RTM running the Office 2013 Preview this weekend at my Data Operations Level 1 & 2 class (9 am to 4:45 pm). It was intense and both products stood the test.

Already loaded main and secondary laptop. Works awesome, brings phone experience to the desktop.

Can they do better, yes they can and should. Take the feedback and release some patchs.

I installed it using VMWare Player. Works pretty dang well.

For those wondering choose Windows 7 (x64) if using 64-bit ISO then install the VMWare Tools stuff once in. The video driver might crash once during install but it should be fine. I was able to play the new stuff that used 3d graphics and it worked pretty well.

Nope.
First version that i have avoided the RC's and alpha's
and the RTM is of no interest to me whatsoever even pirated.
Never mind actually paying money for it lol

If i asked people to stuff a thumb up there butt and walk around like
that for the rest of their life they should not complain !
You will get used to it

W8 to me is shocking and vulgar and i'm stunned at the atrocity that it is
*compared to Win 7.
I just can't wrap my head around the type of people who are loving this and paying money for it.
It's insane !

I've been able to view first hand probably 100's of other people desktops
and i have never seen 1 that i did like though. They have traditionally all had
this dumb noob icons & crap all over the place crap going on. and think that right
there is your WHY *some people like this windows 8 release.
I bet most of the people that like it are "those" kind of people lol
And then you got the legions of people who are lucky if they can get on facebook.
I had a house call for a PC repair once because the girl's facebook was broken
and when i got there she said the page wasn't loading and when we launched it
the page loaded fine and that was that.. done LOL
Had a beer and went home. And yeah i KNEW it was gonna be like that too
but since this was a hot single blond chick friend of mine i went anyway

I also have done work for businesses and i can't fathom how they would tolerate
this Win 8 crap on their business machines... not happening lol

This is all like some sick joke that doesn't end..

Congrats Microsoft and enjoy your Champagne
..while you can

I am Not PCyr said,
Nope.
First version that i have avoided the RC's and alpha's
and the RTM is of no interest to me whatsoever even pirated.
Never mind actually paying money for it lol

If i asked people to stuff a thumb up there butt and walk around like
that for the rest of their life they should not complain !
You will get used to it

W8 to me is shocking and vulgar and i'm stunned at the atrocity that it is
*compared to Win 7.
I just can't wrap my head around the type of people who are loving this and paying money for it.
It's insane !

I've been able to view first hand probably 100's of other people desktops
and i have never seen 1 that i did like though. They have traditionally all had
this dumb noob icons & crap all over the place crap going on. and think that right
there is your WHY *some people like this windows 8 release.
I bet most of the people that like it are "those" kind of people lol
And then you got the legions of people who are lucky if they can get on facebook.
I had a house call for a PC repair once because the girl's facebook was broken
and when i got there she said the page wasn't loading and when we launched it
the page loaded fine and that was that.. done LOL
Had a beer and went home. And yeah i KNEW it was gonna be like that too
but since this was a hot single blond chick friend of mine i went anyway

I also have done work for businesses and i can't fathom how they would tolerate
this Win 8 crap on their business machines... not happening lol

This is all like some sick joke that doesn't end..

Congrats Microsoft and enjoy your Champagne
..while you can


This!

For those of you with nvidia cards, stay away from the newer beta 304.79. It BSODs Windows 8 RTM in most games. The older 302.82 WHQL works perfectly, both for desktop and games.

My company will be staying with Windows-7. We like its nice unified look. Besides, it will be a very viable OS at least until 2020--maybe longer. The Metro UI looks as if designed for a kid's game or toy. We certainly are not going to replace perfectly good and serviceable hardware just to have (the dubious) touch-screen capability. We certainly are not going to go through a dual OS support hell again. As for the very slight decrease in Windnows-8 bootup times, not a concern.

I installed the free trial evaluation. I'm a little ****ed off that I can't just pay the $40 and upgrade in October.

Doesn't make any sense to me. I couldn't stay on Release Preview since it was still buggy and didn't have all the new apps. But now that I'm running the evaluation version which I'm willing to pay for I'm going to be punished and not allowed to upgrade to an official Pro version?

I'm really happy with it. I didn't have a preview release on my main machine so I didn't live in Win8 but the rtm is a work of art. Very happy with it. 1 flaw with it - No time showing on the start screen and nobody seems to have made an App with a time live tile.

At first during the "beta's" I did not like Windows 8 and the loss of the Start Button and apps on the Start Screen.

I must say that I have grown to really like Windows 8. RTM is smooth and I have not had one issue thus far. Performance is great and so much so over Windows 7.

Windows 8 takes some time to get used to but I think most people will like it and adopt it...but it does take some time to get used to.

ArialBlue said,
Neowin has a lot of bans to hand out

i pirate stuff ban me who cares..

but i sure as hell don't think windows 8 is worth using even if its free

ArialBlue said,
Neowin has a lot of bans to hand out

Its legal in my country tho to obtain the software, using it without a license however is illegal But I have no msdn/TechNet, I have made 0 attempt to crack it (and I wont). Just waiting until I can go buy myself a license.

Why not just a simple "Yes" or "No." Come on some of us are just a little to slow in the head to figure out all that B.S.

Pam14160 said,
Why not just a simple "Yes" or "No." Come on some of us are just a little to slow in the head to figure out all that B.S.

what part of "are you using it ?" and "did you steal it ?" did you now understand ? lol

I am Not PCyr said,

what part of "are you using it ?" and "did you steal it ?" did you now understand ? lol


None. That is the reason for my comment. . .

I got it installed and I am finding it impossible to multitask!!!
How do I get two explorer windows side by side? they go fullscreen and I dont even see an option to minimize

Titoist said,
I got it installed and I am finding it impossible to multitask!!!
How do I get two explorer windows side by side? they go fullscreen and I dont even see an option to minimize

Drag one to the left and the other to the right, just like Windows 7. Desktop programs work just the same as they did in Windows 7. There is no explorer in Metro UI. The three buttons on the top right are also still there. Are you actually using Windows 8 or repeating some BS?

Titoist said,
I got it installed and I am finding it impossible to multitask!!!
How do I get two explorer windows side by side? they go fullscreen and I dont even see an option to minimize

I'm going to guess you're not a complete idiot and you're trying to put two IE metro browser windows side by side. In which case you'll have to use IE on the desktop. If you're a complete idiot and somehow think Windows Explorer has changed at all, then there's no helping you.

mrp04 said,

Drag one to the left and the other to the right, just like Windows 7. Desktop programs work just the same as they did in Windows 7. There is no explorer in Metro UI. The three buttons on the top right are also still there. Are you actually using Windows 8 or repeating some BS?

Yes there IS an explorer in the Metro, sorry, Modern UI: It's called INTERNET Explorer. That's what he's talking about, and he is right. For those of use who do serious work, especially using internet websites, there is NO way to do side by side explorer windows if you want to use the "Modern UI".

Perhaps YOU are not actually using Windows 8, much?

Go to the Internet Settings in the good ol' control panel. There is a there setting to completely disable Metro Internet Explorer.

BeoStyx said,

Yes there IS an explorer in the Metro, sorry, Modern UI: It's called INTERNET Explorer. That's what he's talking about, and he is right. For those of use who do serious work, especially using internet websites, there is NO way to do side by side explorer windows if you want to use the "Modern UI".

Perhaps YOU are not actually using Windows 8, much?


Funny that your right, Modern IE just allows you to start it once. Kinda lame.
However, click the desktop button or just start desktop IE and there you go

BeoStyx said,

Yes there IS an explorer in the Metro, sorry, Modern UI: It's called INTERNET Explorer. That's what he's talking about, and he is right. For those of use who do serious work, especially using internet websites, there is NO way to do side by side explorer windows if you want to use the "Modern UI".

Perhaps YOU are not actually using Windows 8, much?

Firstly, anyone doing any "serious" work won't be using the Metro interface.

Secondly, pretty sure you can run multiple IE windows on the desktop - http://i.imgur.com/2M4EI.jpg

BeoStyx said,

Yes there IS an explorer in the Metro, sorry, Modern UI: It's called INTERNET Explorer. That's what he's talking about, and he is right. For those of use who do serious work, especially using internet websites, there is NO way to do side by side explorer windows if you want to use the "Modern UI".

Perhaps YOU are not actually using Windows 8, much?

Why would anyone doing any serious work be using Metro? Heck, even Office on RT runs on the Desktop. This shows that the Desktop is meant for serious work and Metro is meant for content consumption.

Why would you even want two Metro IEs open? Metro only allows 1/4-3/4 splits, not 1/2-1/2

It is also standard convention to call the File Explorer "Explorer" and Internet Explorer is usually called "Internet Explorer", I haven't seen Internet Explorer called "Explorer".

What they've done to Windows is bordering on insane. Too much of a stark contrast, too quickly. I've been devoted to using Windows and all things Microsoft for over 20 years.

Under the hood Windows 8 is an awesome piece of work. But the presentation just plain sucks. Monochrome icons, total lack of customization, or any indication thereof. I do like the squared off edges of the windows now, but with Windows 8 I simply do NOT enjoy using my OS anymore.

Unless they have some kind of customization pack secreted in the wings, this is truly one version of Windows I will not miss skipping at all. I was looking forward to building a new computer and enhancing all my systems in anticipation of the new release, but now I will regroup and plan on the best utilization of Windows 7 I can.

Seriously, I'm even feeling that Windows Surface may not be a good idea for me anymore. I WILL plant Windows 8 on my 5 year old laptop to play with occasionally, but for serious day to day business crunching, eager to open up and challenge the day stuff? Nope.

BeoStyx said,
What they've done to Windows is bordering on insane. Too much of a stark contrast, too quickly. I've been devoted to using Windows and all things Microsoft for over 20 years.

Under the hood Windows 8 is an awesome piece of work. But the presentation just plain sucks. Monochrome icons, total lack of customization, or any indication thereof. I do like the squared off edges of the windows now, but with Windows 8 I simply do NOT enjoy using my OS anymore.

Unless they have some kind of customization pack secreted in the wings, this is truly one version of Windows I will not miss skipping at all. I was looking forward to building a new computer and enhancing all my systems in anticipation of the new release, but now I will regroup and plan on the best utilization of Windows 7 I can.

Seriously, I'm even feeling that Windows Surface may not be a good idea for me anymore. I WILL plant Windows 8 on my 5 year old laptop to play with occasionally, but for serious day to day business crunching, eager to open up and challenge the day stuff? Nope.

Bah have you even used desktop in Windows 8? It's the same thing other than the new start screen. Just treat it as a full screen start menu and it's fine.

mrp04 said,

Bah have you even used desktop in Windows 8? It's the same thing other than the new start screen. Just treat it as a full screen start menu and it's fine.

Jesus. did you miss the part about being a Microsoft devotee for over 20 years? Or should I add that I have a MSDN account and analyze just about everything Microsoft throws out there?

Yes, I have used the desktop in Windows 8. But from your comment I seriously doubt you have used the RTM. The same? GTFOOH.

BeoStyx said,

Jesus. did you miss the part about being a Microsoft devotee for over 20 years? Or should I add that I have a MSDN account and analyze just about everything Microsoft throws out there?

Yes, I have used the desktop in Windows 8. But from your comment I seriously doubt you have used the RTM. The same? GTFOOH.

I'm using RTM right now on my computer. I find desktop to be nearly the same but with some great improvements like task manager, file copy dialog, and explorer. I miss transparencies but they're just some fancy eye-candy and the other improvements outweigh them.

How is this any harder to use? Just don't use the Metro apps on non-touch enabled device. Desktop programs work the same and launching desktop programs from the start screen is the same, press the start button, type a few letters, and press enter. Same thing.

BeoStyx said,
What they've done to Windows is bordering on insane. Too much of a stark contrast, too quickly. I've been devoted to using Windows and all things Microsoft for over 20 years.

Under the hood Windows 8 is an awesome piece of work. But the presentation just plain sucks. Monochrome icons, total lack of customization, or any indication thereof. I do like the squared off edges of the windows now, but with Windows 8 I simply do NOT enjoy using my OS anymore.

Unless they have some kind of customization pack secreted in the wings, this is truly one version of Windows I will not miss skipping at all. I was looking forward to building a new computer and enhancing all my systems in anticipation of the new release, but now I will regroup and plan on the best utilization of Windows 7 I can.

Seriously, I'm even feeling that Windows Surface may not be a good idea for me anymore. I WILL plant Windows 8 on my 5 year old laptop to play with occasionally, but for serious day to day business crunching, eager to open up and challenge the day stuff? Nope.

MS's decision to NOT let users customize the "look and feel" of Windows-8 was major change in corporate philosophy, which will come back and bite them. At the very least, it will extend the viability of Windows-7. Maybe SP-1 will have the missing features--Aero display, W7 Start Menu, Orb, etc.?

TsarNikky said,

MS's decision to NOT let users customize the "look and feel" of Windows-8 was major change in corporate philosophy, which will come back and bite them. At the very least, it will extend the viability of Windows-7. Maybe SP-1 will have the missing features--Aero display, W7 Start Menu, Orb, etc.?


Yeah big whoop that people cant really pick their theme.
The general population sticks with the default theme the OS comes with. Barely anyone changed it. In Win7, some just changed the color. Its a very few that went back to classic or a custom theme. And whatdoyaknow, custom themes are still available!

Yes, from TechNet. Finding it pretty good. The only thing that I don't like in the Start Screen (as a replacement for the Start Menu) is the All Apps view, which I find annoying to navigate and difficult to find what I'm looking for.

I may be in the minority here but I think the new Desktop visual style is way better looking than Aero. Wish I could turn off the transparent taskbar though.

virtorio said,
Yes, from TechNet. Finding it pretty good. The only thing that I don't like in the Start Screen (as a replacement for the Start Menu) is the All Apps view, which I find annoying to navigate and difficult to find what I'm looking for.

I may be in the minority here but I think the new Desktop visual style is way better looking than Aero. Wish I could turn off the transparent taskbar though.

Just start typing as soon as you get to the all apps view (windows +q).
BTW, I LOVE the Desktop visual style too !

I know, the problem is when I forgot the name of the thing I'm looking for (and I have a ton of things related to my job installed that have obscure names).

virtorio said,
I know, the problem is when I forgot the name of the thing I'm looking for (and I have a ton of things related to my job installed that have obscure names).

If it's for your job you should have groups since the tiles are customizable...

virtorio said,
Yes, from TechNet. Finding it pretty good. The only thing that I don't like in the Start Screen (as a replacement for the Start Menu) is the All Apps view, which I find annoying to navigate and difficult to find what I'm looking for.

I may be in the minority here but I think the new Desktop visual style is way better looking than Aero. Wish I could turn off the transparent taskbar though.


agreed on the last paragraph, I <3 the new Desktop style

Matthew_Thepc said,

agreed on the last paragraph, I <3 the new Desktop style

yes the actual desktop visual style is much better than aero, very clean and is not filled with crap you just don't need.

I'm really enjoying this OS although I understand the complains about the new UI. In my opinion, if you start using the keyboard shortcuts (specially windows + q to quick search apps) you wont notice a big impact in usability (to bad my dad will never do that).

I only wish I could disable the "hot corners" features.

Ice_Blue said,
Works fine. Just wish I could disable the taskbar transparency

I wish I could enable window border transparency :-)

I

McKay said,

I wish I could enable window border transparency :-)

I know me too. I am not a fan of flat layout. Loved the aero . SuckS!

Ice_Blue said,
Works fine. Just wish I could disable the taskbar transparency

This is insane. The whole point of Metro is to remove things like transparencies and gradients and now they take away the ability to remove the transparency from the taskbar? What idiot decided this?

Everyone is now forced to use an Aero-style taskbar with Metro-style windows and Aero-style icons. How lazy are the Windows desktop designers that they couldn't be bothered to create Metro-style icons for all of the apps?

Avatar Roku said,
Everyone is now forced to use an Aero-style taskbar with Metro-style windows and Aero-style icons. How lazy are the Windows desktop designers that they couldn't be bothered to create Metro-style icons for all of the apps?

not saying it excuses their obvious lack of perfectionism, but in practice, it's really just all the techies (read: not the majority of Windows' userbase, and also the people who should know how to change icons & use the AeroTuner app linked above if they so desire) that are forced to use an Aero-style taskbar with Metro-style windows and Aero-style icons.

average joes (read: Windows' main target audience, who usually end up using whatever they're given as long as it fits their needs) will (should) only ever see Metro

Brando212 said,
I'm still waiting to gain access to it in my DreamSpark account next Saturday

I'm waiting for my key from DreamSpark Premium. According to some forum posts it won't work on my leaked "RTM" version, though, so it looks like I'll have to reinstall
Oh well, I barely installed any programs other than the ones I automatically install using ninite

Brando212 said,
I'm still waiting to gain access to it in my DreamSpark account next Saturday

I'm waiting until I go to university next month so that I can use DreamSpark. XD

Meph said,

I'm waiting until I go to university next month so that I can use DreamSpark. XD
I've been signed up for a few dual-credit courses at my high school through a local community college. I've used DreamSpark before