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Windows 7: Windows 8 "Release Preview" Released

01 Jun 2012   #31
highroyds

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
 
 

Just installed it on an OLD Dell D610 lol, Windows 7 ran fine on that but gave it a WEI of 1 which I just laughed at.

Now its got Windows 8 installed and thats given an WEI of 2 lol. Now it does take a bit of getting used to, but I'm enjoying it. Dont get me wrong I love Windows 7 - I also use Windows XP still. But I have found little tricks and found out where things are without haing to go through the start menu.

Though some apps don't work, like I'm having trouble with Manycam and MS's own software for my webcam states theres a problem with the webcam VX-2000, but Skype works perfetly with it all and even see's and works the webcam.

But did take me a while to understand you have to point in the corners of the desktop to get any menu's up lol. I do miss the start menu, but if everything is there in the little shortcuts it should be fine with me lol.


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01 Jun 2012   #32
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

^ Well, I certainly couldn't like it any less. No, I haven't downloaded it yet. There has been nothing about the metro interface that I have yet to like. I cannot imagine how this is any better, unless they dropped metro completely. I will take a look at it sometime though, gotta give everything a fair shake. But spending money on it, is another story.
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01 Jun 2012   #33
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Well, I reluctantly installed it twice. Both times it failed. It kept trying to repair itself but could not do so. I am not that disappointed, as I don't like it anyway. I don't own an Iphone and certainly don't want one on my desktop. Why Microsoft is trying to force everyone to use this Iphone GUI is beyond me.
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01 Jun 2012   #34
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

I just installed Windows 8 RC last week. Now I have to do it all over? That suxs.

I think I'll pass.
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01 Jun 2012   #35
Tekno Venus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (O.E.M)
 
 

I'm downloading this now but I don't think I'll get much enjoyment out of it.

It all seems far to disjointed, almost like they've tried to stick a touch screen friendly skin on top of Win 7. Some apps open in Metro but other through the desktop. Running apps in Metro don't appear in the desktop screen. The desktop and the Metro interface don't mix.
The interface does work very well on tablets well but when using a keyboard and mouse, it doesn't. Charms for example, don't mix with the desktop interface.

IMO, there should be two options, one for tablets/touch screen PC's and one for keyboard based machines. The tablet version should be the same as the current version of Win 8 but the desktop would be an improved version of w7 but without the Metro UI. Remember, this is just my opinion!

Stephen
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01 Jun 2012   #36
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tekno Venus View Post
I'm downloading this now but I don't think I'll get much enjoyment out of it.

It all seems far to disjointed, almost like they've tried to stick a touch screen friendly skin on top of Win 7. Some apps open in Metro but other through the desktop. Running apps in Metro don't appear in the desktop screen. The desktop and the Metro interface don't mix.
The interface does work very well on tablets well but when using a keyboard and mouse, it doesn't. Charms for example, don't mix with the desktop interface.

IMO, there should be two options, one for tablets/touch screen PC's and one for keyboard based machines. The tablet version should be the same as the current version of Win 8 but the desktop would be an improved version of w7 but without the Metro UI. Remember, this is just my opinion!

Stephen
My sentiments exactly. Well stated if anyone is listening.
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01 Jun 2012   #37
Katanyavich

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

I'll be upgrading my Win 7 H/P machine..

To Windows 7 Ult 64-bit.

I'll be doing an 'M-E & Vista' with 8, it sucks.
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01 Jun 2012   #38
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Downloaded and installed, dual boot with windows 7. I won't be spending any extra cash to upgrade any of my desktops, or even my laptop for that matter, from Windows 7 to Windows 8. It "might" be usable on a tablet, but on a desktop with no touch screen, I don't think so. I think it would be a pain on a desktop PC even with a Touch screen. For me that's a lot of reaching that I think would get old very quickly. There seems to be some kind of 5 click rule or something? Things that took 1 or 2 mouse clicks in windows 7 seem to require 5 or 6 now. I guess its time to relearn some keyboard shortcut keys. =(
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01 Jun 2012   #39
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Stratos View Post
Historically speaking, Windows releases seem to have a pattern of being good-bad-good-bad. I can't say Win2k was bad as I thought it was a huge plus over NT4, but XP was better, Vista was too intrusive/slow/unsecure until SP2, then Win7 was clearly an excellent product. Win8... if MS follows this pattern,... well let's say I'll be sticking to Win7 until it's clear that 8 is the better choice.
Some would certainly disagree on which versions were better then others. For those who ran 2000 some skipped over XP into Vista and were satisfied but were reluctant at first with 7. Others simply found XP as they would call it a crap OS and wanted Vista plus went with 7.

Here I went Dos, 3.1, 95, 98(at first thought 98 was doggy over 95 being larger in size!), XP, Vista(Large but not a blue screen special like XP was for many), 7(all time champ), and now 8(Developer Preview failed to install) CP on VM plus removed from second drive in prep for the RP. Still have to get motivated and get some free moments to slap the RP on both a new VM and second HD.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
^ Well, I certainly couldn't like it any less. No, I haven't downloaded it yet. There has been nothing about the metro interface that I have yet to like. I cannot imagine how this is any better, unless they dropped metro completely. I will take a look at it sometime though, gotta give everything a fair shake. But spending money on it, is another story.
Once I click the desktop button as soon as 8 loads up I then have the Start menu 7 addon that provides the Start orb and list of programs. Going back and forth to the Start screen is a royal pain while some adore it!

I will be looking over the RP to get the general idea of what the retail will be like before considering any dual boot as well as which edition I would consider based on what other new things like Hyper-V support 8 would be bringing in. But for a main OS with no dvd playback in WMP or not that I use Media Center gone and pay extra to buy makes 8 sound more like a large leap backwards seeing the OS stripped down!

It just goes to show what I had been saying all along is that the next version to come after 7 would have to be a milestone to surpass 7 since it would otherwise turn into a hard to sell item. Instead of following 7's lead as a success MS is taking leaps and bounds into a deep pit with 8!

When comparing the amount of interest initially seen with any new version of Windows 8 is now getting a bad rep right off the bat! People had more interest in Vista when first seen in RC1, RC2 form while many didn't realize the MS goof of understating what the actual minimum system requirements were.

Many have actually gone back to Vista having tried 7 briefly to stay with the previous version. Vista wasn't a bad OS like 8 is headed for once you had both SPs on as well as having 2+gb of ram. Or removing all but 2gb when installing the 64bit flavor while the 64bit 7 goes on with 8gb present without a problem!

Features, what it supports as well as what is now gone, how it looks and feels as for style and appearance as well as performance will all weigh in. With workarounds to the Metro UI it will be the other things that will either make it or break it!
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01 Jun 2012   #40
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
I guess its time to relearn some keyboard shortcut keys. =(
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