Windows 8: The ultimate guide to BUILD and more

This morning, Microsoft changed everything with the announcement of Windows 8, showing off their latest OS which really is their "biggest bet yet." The company unveilved it's new touch interface, developer tablet PC's and talked about some other new features. The amount of news coming out of the BUILD event is staggering, and we've written this constantly updating guide so you can keep track of whats going on.

Downloads:

Windows 8 Client/Server developer preview now available to public

 

Feature articles:

Windows 8 app store guidelines outlined

What's new on the Windows 8 desktop experience

Introducing Windows 8's tablet interface, Metro

A look at Internet Explorer 10

Improved security, fast boot

NFC built into Windows 8 already

The rigorous testing, stats and assessment console

Windows 8 Server: Screenshots/Whats new

Metro Control Panel video walkthrough

Windows 8 installation process screenshots

Windows 8 gets a new Boot Manager

The "Windows Store" for Windows 8 detailed

Troubleshooting Windows 8 startup and system refresh

 

Reviews:

The first Windows 8 tablet by Samsung

 

Other news:

Windows 8: What's in store for developers

Windows 8 blog site talks about testing touch features

Download the Windows 8 developer preview tonight

Microsoft to detail Xbox LIVE support this week

Windows 8: what Microsoft didn't talk about

More big Windows 8 news soon, sessions to watch at BUILD

nVidia shows off Tegra-based quad core Windows 8 slate

Former Microsoft Product Manager: "Silverlight is Dead"

Windows 8: How to re-enable the classic start menu

Over 500K downloads of Windows 8 in under 24 hrs

IE10 to drop plugin support in Metro

New file system uncovered in Windows 8, "protogon" to be the next big thing?

Windows 8: Want the classic menu? There's an app for that

This guide will be updated live throughout the course of BUILD, in Anaheim, California this week. You can also follow us on Twitter for up to the minute updates, and if you want up to the second updates (not maintained by us) follow the #bldwin hashtag on Twitter.

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Ribbon looks horrible! HORRIBLE!!! If they leave it like that i'll be disabling it, oh please say you can. Reminds me of the newest MS Office, which I hated.

So the "build" is officially just a Developers' Preview. Regrettably, it seems that some basic wrong decisions have already been made. The Metro interface (designed for tablets) will be the default interface. What about the millions of serious PC users who need/want to use the traditional interface? Silence. What about being able to select the default interface--Metro or Traditional--to use when booting up? Silence. It is this "silence" that gets frightening, as if Microsoft doesn't care. While Microsoft doesn't have to demo the traditional interface, at least go on record that it can be the selectable default interface and that it will be fully functional.

TsarNikky said,
So the "build" is officially just a Developers' Preview. Regrettably, it seems that some basic wrong decisions have already been made. The Metro interface (designed for tablets) will be the default interface. What about the millions of serious PC users who need/want to use the traditional interface? Silence. What about being able to select the default interface--Metro or Traditional--to use when booting up? Silence. It is this "silence" that gets frightening, as if Microsoft doesn't care. While Microsoft doesn't have to demo the traditional interface, at least go on record that it can be the selectable default interface and that it will be fully functional.


i loaded yesteday in vmware, and i was thinking how the hell can be used without touch screen. can't even shut down... the side bar didn't came out (probably because in vmware). but it was fast... just unusable...

TsarNikky said,
So the "build" is officially just a Developers' Preview. Regrettably, it seems that some basic wrong decisions have already been made. The Metro interface (designed for tablets) will be the default interface. What about the millions of serious PC users who need/want to use the traditional interface? Silence. What about being able to select the default interface--Metro or Traditional--to use when booting up? Silence. It is this "silence" that gets frightening, as if Microsoft doesn't care. While Microsoft doesn't have to demo the traditional interface, at least go on record that it can be the selectable default interface and that it will be fully functional.

This is all I have to say to you:
http://gizmodo.com/5840704/if-...-8-then-you-hate-technology

AlexMagik said,


i loaded yesteday in vmware, and i was thinking how the hell can be used without touch screen. can't even shut down... the side bar didn't came out (probably because in vmware). but it was fast... just unusable...

Unusable because the charms did not fly into your side screen due to the fact that its not a TOUCHSCREEN or on a TABLET. I wish people would just read a little before making comments about anything. For one it is a Developers Build which is really ALPHA and probably not the last ALPHA before even they upgrade it to BETA.

Your start menu is in the lower left corner. Hover your mouse near it and you will see it. Get used to the RIGHT MOUSE CLICK as well it adds other functionality. Shortcut keys have been published as well. There is a program that will enabled your start menu and "Windows 7" looks but at a price. Look it up.

Yes there are "missing" features of it.SILENCE. Yes there is getting used to the METRO UI and its DEFAULT.SILENCE.

If they went ahead and defaulted to the Non-METRO UI then you won't get to experience what they are trying to move towards hence defeating their purpose for releasing this Developers Preview to the public. They would look at it and say what is the difference? Hence the METRO UI interface being the first and only interface MS wants you to experience when you start it up.

I have installed MS Office 2010, QuickBooks 2011, VMWare, MS Security, Adobe CS 5.5, etc and nothing has made a hiccup yet. They all run very fast and very stable.

The Bootup times are about 20-30 seconds faster for me than before on my Dell M6500 with SSD's. My Adamo with a 256SSD seems to boot up much quicker. Probably less BIOS Process time. It boots up consistently at around 10-14 seconds from a shutdown.

I closed the lid last night on the M6500 and popped it open this AM. It was instant on. Which is never did before. A very nice and welcomed change.

They will make A LOT of tweaks and changes. I am sure the default start menu might be one. I like the Desktop as an APP instead as a default. The customization for the Metro UI background and perhaps the tiles will be really nice.

The Weather APP is pretty cool with the live motion background.

Decided to put this on my secondary SSD Drive on my M6500 Dell and it went flawless so far. Really liking it. I like the fact that it detected my Win7 Install on the other Drive and asks me to select. The Video Drivers updated and it is just working very nice.
Continuing to like what I see.

Desco - it's really an Alpha not even near Beta. There are features MS introduced that are not enabled on the Developers Preview. If this is a preview of the BETA then the BETA will be incredible. I can't for a Slate to try this on.


Looking good but I hope there is a standard and expert mode for the file manager ribbon. Most users won't need a full ribbon and it will just complicate things for users who don't know any better.

I thought the same yesterday. Ive been thinking about it carefully. I think that obviously, this is a huge change of direction for the leader of OS's called Windows. I think we will have to wait and see instead of being so critical. What they are trying to achieve here is massive. I really hope for them that their efforts are rewarded. I also hope we do see android make it to general x86 availability and drivers too so that Windows has a real competitor. I have faith in MS but i think a kick up the bumb to make sure Windows 8 is supremely good will be a welcome.

Playing with it a little more and WOW is the OS snappy. I mean really SNAPPY. Office 2010 loads up almost instantly. I have a very powerful Dell Dual Xeon Powered Quad Core Workstation and it doesn't feel as snappy.

Installed Office 2010 and the Apps were loaded to the Tiles. Still learning this UI and liking it as I go.

I have UNINSTALLED the News APP from the Metro UI Start Screen.

Now I cant find it anywhere ! But the APP is still present in my girlfriend account.
So its still somewhere in there.

How can I reinstall the News App in my account ?

Thanks for the help !

errrrrik54 said,
I have UNINSTALLED the News APP from the Metro UI Start Screen.

Now I cant find it anywhere ! But the APP is still present in my girlfriend account.
So its still somewhere in there.

How can I reinstall the News App in my account ?

Thanks for the help !

I don't want it back but that is a good question for adding, removing and re-adding things.

I have not installed this - but I can't seem to find the answer anyway. Since the traditional start menu is gone - how do I launch misc programs I have installed? Like anything from Paint, Notepad, to Windows Live Writer, iTunes, etc? There's no list? You just have to search for them? (I hope not, I would probably forget which programs were installed).

Thanks..

scotters83 said,
I have not installed this - but I can't seem to find the answer anyway. Since the traditional start menu is gone - how do I launch misc programs I have installed? Like anything from Paint, Notepad, to Windows Live Writer, iTunes, etc? There's no list? You just have to search for them? (I hope not, I would probably forget which programs were installed).

Thanks..

I'm running it now and wondering the same thing. I wanted to find the snipping tool and paint and had to go to explorer to search for them. How do we find the start menu. I found paint in the start menu folder and snipping tool in system32. I've only been running it for about an hour.

scotters83 said,
I have not installed this - but I can't seem to find the answer anyway. Since the traditional start menu is gone - how do I launch misc programs I have installed? Like anything from Paint, Notepad, to Windows Live Writer, iTunes, etc? There's no list? You just have to search for them? (I hope not, I would probably forget which programs were installed).

Thanks..


mouse over the start button then hit search

The Metro UI is SWeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeT!!!!!!!!!!!
i cant imagine how well it works with a mouse keyboard
also the old UI and the whole OS is snappier.
and the ribbon is a no go for me..
i can actually see it useful for touch.
but for mouse it takes too much space and u can actually do with smaller icons.
Rest.. cant find the pictures and videos app for some reason. The Metro App i mean. And also waiting for some guide. Like hidden features or tricks.

I really don't see myself buying this any time soon till they do a very very low deal some where. As of now its just Win7 under the hood which many of these new features can be patched over on added thru SP2 for Win7 soon after Win8's release.

sava700 said,
I really don't see myself buying this any time soon till they do a very very low deal some where. As of now its just Win7 under the hood which many of these new features can be patched over on added thru SP2 for Win7 soon after Win8's release.

A lot of users said that they could make Windows 7 a service pack update for Vista. You know what? You are wrong. Not everything can just be 'patched' over easily. There are a LOT of under the hood changes between OS versions that can even change core components that could handle things that would cause it to fail an upgrade. Not to mention all the hard work they put into Windows that they deserve to make money for.

Just because people feel that its not worth the money to buy it doesn't mean Microsoft should make it free, if you don't like it, don't buy it when its released. Plain and simple.

Four jays. At first after installing I felt like you did. But after playing with it for a few I started to understand the concept and like it. It's a developers preview and missing many many features and design elements. It's a preview not a beta so criticism should be kept to a minimum in design. It's a very very strong development release for MS. Load it up and give it a go. It is worth the efforts. I want a slate now to give it a try

Anyone else feel this is turning into an inconsistent mess?

I'll make it clear I am going by articles, screenshots and videos, as I have never liked experimenting with development builds the same way others do, but it seems they are making the same mistake they did with Vista - inconsistency.

I like Metro UI, I like the ribbon. But they do not go together. I've read through loads of the information on the Metro UI design principles and the ribbon is completely anti-Metro IMO. I personally don't see much need for it either, as the actions shown on the screenshots here (what is on the other tabs?) seem to do the same things as the current menus but take up twice the space. Yes, yes, I know it can be hidden but that isn't the point - what is there currently is more Metro than that ribbon, and does the same tasks. A tabbed explorer would have been far more useful (not seen any screenshots, so I presume it doesn't exist).

Overall though it seems like a bizarre mix of two different interfaces. I think they are right to head down the Metro road. But frankly they should ditch the old desktop experience and focus on making Metro work well for everything you currently use the desktop for. It is like they got so far, then couldn't be bothered to redesign everything for the Metro UI design principles and gave up. Or maybe they just couldn't make their mind up.

As it stands, if I was to get Windows 8 I'd probably end up just using the desktop UI. I couldn't stand flicking between two competing and conflicting interface styles. If I just used the desktop UI though, it seems I don't get anything really worth £100 either. So for now my plans are to stick with Windows 7 and wait and see what Windows 9 brings.

Really good point. I feel the same. I feel as if they are moving in the wrong direction and it's turning into a mess just like Longhorn did..

Fourjays said,
Anyone else feel this is turning into an inconsistent mess?

I'll make it clear I am going by articles, screenshots and videos, as I have never liked experimenting with development builds the same way others do, but it seems they are making the same mistake they did with Vista - inconsistency.

I like Metro UI, I like the ribbon. But they do not go together. I've read through loads of the information on the Metro UI design principles and the ribbon is completely anti-Metro IMO. I personally don't see much need for it either, as the actions shown on the screenshots here (what is on the other tabs?) seem to do the same things as the current menus but take up twice the space. Yes, yes, I know it can be hidden but that isn't the point - what is there currently is more Metro than that ribbon, and does the same tasks. A tabbed explorer would have been far more useful (not seen any screenshots, so I presume it doesn't exist).

Overall though it seems like a bizarre mix of two different interfaces. I think they are right to head down the Metro road. But frankly they should ditch the old desktop experience and focus on making Metro work well for everything you currently use the desktop for. It is like they got so far, then couldn't be bothered to redesign everything for the Metro UI design principles and gave up. Or maybe they just couldn't make their mind up.

As it stands, if I was to get Windows 8 I'd probably end up just using the desktop UI. I couldn't stand flicking between two competing and conflicting interface styles. If I just used the desktop UI though, it seems I don't get anything really worth £100 either. So for now my plans are to stick with Windows 7 and wait and see what Windows 9 brings.


No. You know why? Its a developer preview. Far too early to say

Owen W said,

No. You know why? Its a developer preview. Far too early to say

I know it is a developer preview and a lot will change, but it seems some basic concepts are already set in stone. Such as the inclusion of the non-Metro ribbon, and the bizarre switching between two entirely different and competing interfaces.

The tile based operating system will run on top of Windows 8 full desktop experience, but allow for users to switch back and forth between the two, allowing for maximum productivity without the need for multiple devices.
From Lyle's article on the Metro interface.

I hope I am wrong and it will be possible to use Metro exclusively, including for productivity, but the more I read the more it seems it is not going to be that way.

Guys i have a question here..
I found out the easiest way to make a USB boot drive. I downloaded the WINDOWS 7 USB/DVD DOWNLOAD TOOL.. it allows us to make a bootable USB in just 4 steps.

Now.. i am going to use this to make a WIN8 drive. Can this be used successfully to also install WIN7???? anybody tried it?

Zain Adeel said,
Guys i have a question here..
I found out the easiest way to make a USB boot drive. I downloaded the WINDOWS 7 USB/DVD DOWNLOAD TOOL.. it allows us to make a bootable USB in just 4 steps.

Now.. i am going to use this to make a WIN8 drive. Can this be used successfully to also install WIN7???? anybody tried it?

It's the way I had to install it on my Adamo. No DVD drives. It works fine.

Zain Adeel said,
Guys i have a question here..
I found out the easiest way to make a USB boot drive. I downloaded the WINDOWS 7 USB/DVD DOWNLOAD TOOL.. it allows us to make a bootable USB in just 4 steps.

Now.. i am going to use this to make a WIN8 drive. Can this be used successfully to also install WIN7???? anybody tried it?

Well it is called the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool .

But yes, it does work for both operating systems and very well.

Here's my 2 cents.... There are definite issues at work here.

Speed and Agility - The OS feels very fast, faster than Windows 7 in just navigating the UI and with the animations. Good job here.

Metro / Metro Apps - Excellent idea, but I think that ultimately, it's too simplistic. Maybe that's just me but when I am using my PC, im not expecting a minimal experience like that, I am expecting a machine that can do more heavy lifting.

I really hope that the desktop mode is just a place holder for some more functionality and that they want to drive developers into metro mode using this preview as a way to force the direction and that there is more to desktop mode, I honestly can't see enterprise users and IT admins liking the idea of metro mode anyway and it does not seem to be an extremely rich development environment (I am not able to see how huge applications such as office quicken or photoshop could run effectively with the new metro start environment due to the difficulty with switching windows) - I really don't like the idea of being forced into metro mode and the start panel when I just want to be able to launch a program or get to the control panel quickly. I don't know about you, but I have really little desire to search for an application each time that I want to run one, its faster to click on a menu of some sort that I can organize and choose the application.

The fact of the matter is this, Metro and Metro apps should be just an add-on, I hate to say it but lets face it, programmers program for the lowest common denominator. Maybe they will develop a nice metro app to augment their web application or Win32 app - say a facebook metro application or what have you but they are not going to develop specifically for it an leave out all of the other active Windows users in the cold.. and leaving them unable to collect dollars from software sales to the legacy users.

Anyway thanks for reading the rantings and mumblings of a tired geek.

Chris


So far I like it a lot. I installed on my Dell Adamo 1.6Ghz with 4GB RAM and 256SSD and it was smooth as butter. I like the METRO UI interface and I can see where it will really shine on a Windows Slate PC. I can't wait to get a hold of one to play around with. I have been waiting for a truly functional tablet/slate. I have an IPAD 2 and a Galaxy 10.1 and while they are functional they are not "business" functional for me.

MS really got it right with a boot times. I booted from a full shutdown in 10 seconds. Tried it 3 times and same each time. Really impressive on the boot times. The ADAMO feels more alive than before. I don't use it much but its nice to have it to experiment. I think I will keep it and use the laptop more. Going to install Office 2010 now.

Also IE 10 is a nice change up.


5 More hours to go!!..
Till i install this baby..
im gonna post if i find or discover something really cool.
Right now im just wondering if there is a guide to help Mouse users with all the touch gestures.

Neowin and Microsoft on fire with these articles.
Lit up my feed box like crazy all of a sudden

Although not too impressed with desktop UI, hope it gets better.
I like Metro but UI on screen shots shown is hardly real Metro, its just mashed up pseudo-Metro done badly.

DOOOMKULTUS said,
Neowin and Microsoft on fire with these articles.
Lit up my feed box like crazy all of a sudden

Although not too impressed with desktop UI, hope it gets better.
its just mashed up pseudo-Metro done badly.

Nop. Desktop' clean, flat and squared UI is more than perfect. And the metro too.

I'm buring on DVD. GOgogogo Desktop mode in a few minutes! No more creepy curved corners! Yay!

DeoDomuique said,
Win8 is out and I'm downloading with full speed... 2MB/s Nice!

nvm

Edited by sava700, Sep 14 2011, 2:35am :

Where do I go tonight at 8pm PST to get the Developers Preview when its released? I'm thinking of testing it on an old IBM laptop tomorrow.

I think the classic windows look is not the final one.

I think that the will match Metro also in the desktop and that is why they are letting the windows button black as a clue.

iCeCLoW said,
I think the classic windows look is not the final one.

I think that the will match Metro also in the desktop and that is why they are letting the windows button black as a clue.

Yeah, the desktop UI is obviously a work in progress. The squared off windows and min/max/close buttons don't match the untouched taskbar buttons. Some windows have Metro looking scrollbars while others don't. The new task manager looks like it's going a different direction with its UI.

Microsoft hasn't always been the best in consistency, but I'm sure what we see now is very different from what the RTM (even beta for that matter) will look like

JonathanMarston said,

Yeah, the desktop UI is obviously a work in progress. The squared off windows and min/max/close buttons don't match the untouched taskbar buttons. Some windows have Metro looking scrollbars while others don't. The new task manager looks like it's going a different direction with its UI.

Microsoft hasn't always been the best in consistency, but I'm sure what we see now is very different from what the RTM (even beta for that matter) will look like


Microsoft is horrible in consistency. They did not manage to get rid of the Win95 legacy UI elements in Windows 7 and now with Metro it's going to be a disaster.

For more that I hate Samsung support I can't talk much against them since I own a Samsung Focus and I want their Windows 8 tablet >_<

Just wondering, how does the non-Aero interface on the classic desktop look?

My *ahem* workplace disabled Aero to save *ahem* resources, and that pale blue theme is awful.

Viper550 said,
Just wondering, how does the non-Aero interface on the classic desktop look?

My *ahem* workplace disabled Aero to save *ahem* resources, and that pale blue theme is awful.

Nice, so in reality they have no idea they are using more CPU resources by doing that huh? You should slip some Aero info under the IT Dept door/mailbox every other day.

FMH said,
When will the desktop changes be revealed for Windows 8?
The Ribbon looks pretty unfinished.

I thought it looked pretty good to me, he had it minimized during the presentation, Im hoping they tweak the start button on the classic desktop, having a matte black start button tacked onto an Aero Superbar definitely looks unfinished.

McKay said,

I thought it looked pretty good to me, he had it minimized during the presentation, Im hoping they tweak the start button on the classic desktop, having a matte black start button tacked onto an Aero Superbar definitely looks unfinished.


You know how there is a new "automatic" color scheme that alters the chrome color based on the wallpaper? I'm hoping they do the same thing with the Start button. While I like that it's now a simple square, it would be cool if it also blended into your taskbar, instead of always being a fixed black.