Windows 8 woes got you down? We have your support forum ready

Microsoft has finally put the Windows 8 Consumer Preview out for all of us to enjoy. We know that not everyone had a pleasant install experience, while others simply need help fine tuning everything - and for that, we offer up our forums.

If you need a little extra help, head on in to the forums where users are actively chatting, diagnosing, and tweaking Windows 8. We already have a tips and tricks thread up and running where you can learn shortcuts about how to improve your efficiency in Windows 8.

If you don't see something you need answered, create a thread and more than likely our large forum base will be able to help you get your question answered. Below is just a small sample of what's currently being discussed. 

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Got Win 8 CP installed in virtualbox. Anyone have any issues trying to install VS 11 beta (any edition) in the CP? It says that it stopped working and ends.

Has anyone tried to use the "PC Reset" function from within Windows? Where you can either restore, repair, or reset your PC...
Well I tried testing the "PC Reset" function .... and its taking a REALLY long time... Its been going at it for over 2+ hours so far and it's only at 48%.. Obviously this is not good. I thought this was suppose to be a quick process. Its quicker to do a clean reformat from the disk then to wait for this thing to finish!

anyone else test this out yet ?

how does one close a metro 'app'? alt-f4 the only option? does that even actually close it? am I missing something obvious?

accused said,
how does one close a metro 'app'? alt-f4 the only option? does that even actually close it? am I missing something obvious?

When the app is open you will be able to view and select thru them using alt-tab function (will display all open windows) I use alt-f4 to close them once I quit out (I read somewhere that this doesnt work for all apps but so far it has for me) Youll know they are closed after you hit alt-f4 and then alt-tab to look for them and cannot find them.

este said,

When the app is open you will be able to view and select thru them using alt-tab function (will display all open windows) I use alt-f4 to close them once I quit out (I read somewhere that this doesnt work for all apps but so far it has for me) Youll know they are closed after you hit alt-f4 and then alt-tab to look for them and cannot find them.

ooo good this is so much easier then seeing running tasks on the taskbar and closing with an X button... glad metro is making life easy! </s>.... ugh so much refining left to do yet for some reason I don't think MS will do it in the end

neufuse said,

ooo good this is so much easier then seeing running tasks on the taskbar and closing with an X button... glad metro is making life easy! </s>.... ugh so much refining left to do yet for some reason I don't think MS will do it in the end

Never know... perhaps we are truly in a different era now and Microsoft will apply some of these constructive criticisms into their final version of the OS. Overall I think its a very good OS but like you said, some refining will make it much better.

este said,

Never know... perhaps we are truly in a different era now and Microsoft will apply some of these constructive criticisms into their final version of the OS. Overall I think its a very good OS but like you said, some refining will make it much better.

I think this is a sign that MS believes the future is tablets. The popularity of the iPad has put the writing on the wall. I do think Metro is superior to iOS, on a tablet or touchscreen.

accused said,
how does one close a metro 'app'? alt-f4 the only option? does that even actually close it? am I missing something obvious?

You can close an app by dragging from the top of the screen to the bottom.

adriann said,

You can close an app by dragging from the top of the screen to the bottom.

And how is ANYONE, in particular grandpa and grandma public, supposed to know that...or remember it week to week.

I was shocked when the XPS420 I have played sound out of the on-board Sigmatel sound! I couldn't get the audio to work with Win7 to save my life. Simply shocked Win8 picked it up. Color me impressed.

ir0nw0lf said,
I was shocked when the XPS420 I have played sound out of the on-board Sigmatel sound! I couldn't get the audio to work with Win7 to save my life. Simply shocked Win8 picked it up. Color me impressed.

Very weird. I am in the exact opposite boat here. But when my headphones are plugged into the jack I get sound. From the on-board speakers... nothing. odd.

I thought at first that my sound did not work (no sound coming from laptop speakers) but the driver says its fine and I plugged in headphones to the port and it works fine!
My question is why would there be no sound coming from the laptop speakers, but the headphones out put the sound just fine ? Is there something I should change here ? (I dont think there should be)

este said,
I thought at first that my sound did not work (no sound coming from laptop speakers) but the driver says its fine and I plugged in headphones to the port and it works fine!
My question is why would there be no sound coming from the laptop speakers, but the headphones out put the sound just fine ? Is there something I should change here ? (I dont think there should be)

quite a number of people seem to be having this problem on the CP...

FalseAgent said,

quite a number of people seem to be having this problem on the CP...

Hmm alright. Thanks. I was trying to search around but I couldnt find this exact problem. This seems to be the only issue I'm encountering so far.
Dell Vostro 1400 lappy here.

Is there any place to see updates on new apps available at the Windows Store ?

The first few hours with Windows 8 is confusing but then you realize that you can use it pretty much like Windows 7, with eventually some good metro apps.

Philippe Pomerleau said,
Is there any place to see updates on new apps available at the Windows Store ?

The first few hours with Windows 8 is confusing but then you realize that you can use it pretty much like Windows 7, with eventually some good metro apps.

The store has a "new releases" section/tile, if that's what you mean? It also tells you in the store when your apps have updates too.

BumbleBritches57 said,
LOL @Trolls.

I've tried the CP,and I AM moving to Mac when Mountain Lion comes out. Get mad.


Why would anyone get mad? Both OSX and Windows are heading towards the same future, just 2 different paths.

BumbleBritches57 said,
LOL @Trolls.

I've tried the CP,and I AM moving to Mac when Mountain Lion comes out. Get mad.


Not mad at all, couldn't care less. Go and enjoy your Mac. Really.

Edit: Grrr... what's up with Neowin recently. Click Add Comment, and nothing happens. Click it again, and I get two posts the same. Posting on the forums is also taking a long time too

When I attempt to click on the Xbox LIVE Games app it says: switch from your local account to a Microsoft account on the Users page in PC settings.

How do I find and do this ?

este said,
When I attempt to click on the Xbox LIVE Games app it says: switch from your local account to a Microsoft account on the Users page in PC settings.

How do I find and do this ?

I did a search for users, just start typing, 'users', it'll come up with a settings, click that then click users.

JaredFrost said,

I did a search for users, just start typing, 'users', it'll come up with a settings, click that then click users.


Indeed, the option to link a Microsoft account to your local account is right at the top of the Users settings page.

Thanks, its working now. Cool idea IMO. Need to play around with it a little more but its an interesting way to login to the OS...

Well, hopefully the Xbox (anything) tiles are out of the default Metro desktop once it's installed on a domain, as for now it's showing. Will also need a way to divide SkyDrive Files and Apps being installed at all on a domain computer for non-domain users. I'm also interested in how Metro and desktop apps are "sharing" things in the registry. At this point in testing it, there may need to be a vastly different version for the business world, or we are going to need an army of techs.

Is there any way to get this metro/start megapplet to run as a large widget, with transparent background, etc. so that it can pop up on say Monitor 1 (layered over a real desktop) and leaving Monitors 2, 3, etc. for real applications and desktop use?

I ask because these are great screenshots (thank you! for the other post/thread with tons of screenies) but they REALLY show what a complete waste of space an HD resolution monitor is with 99% of these metro apps.

More like this...

http://fediafedia.deviantart.c...4-1-for-Rainmeter-158707137

Gonna make great tablets. But it is horrendous on the desktop. No need to upgrade from Win 7. Excited about Win 8 Tablets. Performance is snappy so drop Metro on the desktop and make it a Service Pack for Win 7 and we're good on both fronts.

Seriously, this just isn't going to work on the desktop with a mouse.

MorganX said,
Gonna make great tablets. But it is horrendous on the desktop. No need to upgrade from Win 7. Excited about Win 8 Tablets. Performance is snappy so drop Metro on the desktop and make it a Service Pack for Win 7 and we're good on both fronts.

Seriously, this just isn't going to work on the desktop with a mouse.

Seems like a half-assed tablet OS and Desktop, the best of neither worlds, they either need to make a full tablet OS(full metro) and/or desktop(no metro), the two really don't go together.

And I love how all the xbox companion stuff isn't active for Canada, can't even play with anything, I sure as hell am not going to change my region for that.

MorganX said,
Gonna make great tablets. But it is horrendous on the desktop. No need to upgrade from Win 7. Excited about Win 8 Tablets. Performance is snappy so drop Metro on the desktop and make it a Service Pack for Win 7 and we're good on both fronts.

Seriously, this just isn't going to work on the desktop with a mouse.


i agree - MS really needs different SKUs for different devices. This Metro interface and the giant Start Menu just doesnt work on system w/ a kb/mouse. Removing the "start" button makes no sense to me either.

while some of the Metro apps, like Weather, are very nice looking and functional, that means there's no multiasking. youre either in the Videos program, or youre in the Weather program, not both at once.

MorganX said,
Gonna make great tablets. But it is horrendous on the desktop. No need to upgrade from Win 7. Excited about Win 8 Tablets. Performance is snappy so drop Metro on the desktop and make it a Service Pack for Win 7 and we're good on both fronts.

Seriously, this just isn't going to work on the desktop with a mouse.


I disagree. I have not found a single thing I cannot do with the mouse that can only be operated by touch. Sure it's different and takes a bit of getting used to, but it's been well advertised as such. Going into Windows 8 expecting it to function identically to Windows 7 is more a failing on your part, than with the OS.

TCLN Ryster said,

I disagree. I have not found a single thing I cannot do with the mouse that can only be operated by touch. Sure it's different and takes a bit of getting used to, but it's been well advertised as such. Going into Windows 8 expecting it to function identically to Windows 7 is more a failing on your part, than with the OS.

+1 - agreed..

TCLN Ryster said,

I disagree. I have not found a single thing I cannot do with the mouse that can only be operated by touch. Sure it's different and takes a bit of getting used to, but it's been well advertised as such. Going into Windows 8 expecting it to function identically to Windows 7 is more a failing on your part, than with the OS.

I didn't say that there was something you "can't" do with a mouse. It's horrendous to do. Just side scrolling and entire screen. That's a ridiculous amount of work and it makes you realize how much screen real estate is wasted. It's even worse on a laptop with a touchpad. It's a ridiculous amount of mouse work and movement to do simple things like scroll to the next screen. Touch screen, sure just swipe a whole screen, mouse, drag the scrollbar, for daily navigation? And open app navigation, makes flip 3D look genius. Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should or that its anything approaching efficient.

It doesn't take getting used to at all. It's basically just like Windows Phone and will rock on tablets and I suppose touchscreen PCs. But it's laughable and ridiculous at this point on a desktop with a mouse or touchpad. Windows is about productivity, and this interface drops it down to damn near 0. They should treat this interface just like the pen computing interface that exists now. It should be buried and hidden and only reveal itself when it detects Windows has been installed on a tablet or touchscreen device. I believe they will make a major adjustment before RTM or this will FAIL, on the desktop. I can tell you right now we won't consider rolling it out unless we can completely disable this interface with a GPO.

The reall issue is if developers focus on metro apps, which are fullscreen, then you have fragmented destkop app development. MS should just make the metro interface for tablets and call it a day IMO. Having said that, Windows 8 does appear to be quite a bit more optimized than Windows 7.

I will say this; I agree with MorganX to some level. I tried to use a popout of a youtube video in IE10 Metro and while the video didn't play, there was absolutely no way to close it out without closing IE10 all together losing all my other tabs. In addition, I can't think of any non-techy that will be patient enough to remember to click on the lower left edge to get back to the Start screen as my observation indicate that people assume they have to click the center of the Start screen preview that pops up.
Otherwise, kudos to MS. Windows8 is really so much better than on a touch enabled tablet/screen than any other OS out there.

TCLN Ryster said,

I disagree. I have not found a single thing I cannot do with the mouse that can only be operated by touch. Sure it's different and takes a bit of getting used to, but it's been well advertised as such. Going into Windows 8 expecting it to function identically to Windows 7 is more a failing on your part, than with the OS.

Some people just like to complain. They confuse beta with RTM. Meanwhile, we have a new OS to play with until January of next year. Thanks Microsoft!

Colin McGregor said,
Warning: There's alot of trolls in that subforum posting how they are moving to linux or apple in almost every post.

They're all talk.

Colin McGregor said,
Warning: There's alot of trolls in that subforum posting how they are moving to linux or apple in almost every post.

Couldn't the same thing be said about nearly every forum on the interwebz?

Colin McGregor said,
Warning: There's alot of trolls in that subforum posting how they are moving to linux or apple in almost every post.

Indeed. If they've already made up their minds not to use Windows 8 and to stick with Windows 7 or move to Linux, then WTF are they doing even posting in a Windows 8 help forum if not just to troll? They should have their posts deleted and a warn put on their accounts.

Colin McGregor said,
Warning: There's alot of trolls in that subforum posting how they are moving to linux or apple in almost every post.

That's just sad