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#672527 - 3rd Mar 2012 6:19pm Windows 8 Preview
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Anybody downloaded and installed the Windows 8 customer preview?

Did this yesterday, very different windows platform from the norm, you can download the OS from their website as a kind of BETA. Very little support but if you know what you're doing you can make it work well. Very confusing at first, be interesting to hear your opinions.

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#672540 - 3rd Mar 2012 6:58pm Re: Windows 8 Preview [Re: Bench]
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I DL'd it and been playing with it in a VM for a few days. It makes me weep for the future of Windows as an OS.

I guess it's a good thing, the more people shun it for *nix distro's the better driver support we'll get and hopefully people will be able to move away from Windows fulltime.
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#672546 - 3rd Mar 2012 7:22pm Re: Windows 8 Preview [Re: Bench]
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Would of used it on a VM myself if I knew I wouldn't be able to roll back to 7.

Now counterstrike wont work! smirk

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#672550 - 3rd Mar 2012 7:47pm Re: Windows 8 Preview [Re: Bench]
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I read that they are awaiting feedback from us the public to home in on the final release.

I may give it a download tomorrow on a blank Hdd.
Im sure win 7 will be the last of windows as we knew it.

Im trying out ubuntu and mint of the linux kind.
But windows love it or hate it, is my preferred choice.

Just wish the compatibility with linux for desktops would speed up and the utility names become more human lol

I would love to love desktop linux.
Its not too far away.

Windows 8 jury is out. (for now).
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#672551 - 3rd Mar 2012 7:51pm Re: Windows 8 Preview [Re: Bench]
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Any ideas how long the preview will last? If I can't roll back, then id just be stuck with an expired version of a preview of 8? smirk Hmmmmm

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#672562 - 3rd Mar 2012 8:25pm Re: Windows 8 Preview [Re: Bench]
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Windows 8 will self distruct before the final release. Thats the norm with previous versions.

Ive not downloaded it yet,
Did you install 8 over 7 or into 7 using vm or clean install?

Going to look for the download now,
Try it out tomorrow.
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#672568 - 3rd Mar 2012 8:31pm Re: Windows 8 Preview [Re: Bench]
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http://www.forumswindows8.com/windows-8-download/

If you want to give it a try.
You should download the consumer version. (its said).


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#672570 - 3rd Mar 2012 8:33pm Re: Windows 8 Preview [Re: Bench]
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I`ll stick with 7 thanks, if it`s not broken don`t fix it wink
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#672588 - 3rd Mar 2012 9:12pm Re: Windows 8 Preview [Re: Mark]
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Originally Posted By: Mark
Windows 8 will self distruct before the final release. Thats the norm with previous versions.

Ive not downloaded it yet,
Did you install 8 over 7 or into 7 using vm or clean install?

Going to look for the download now,
Try it out tomorrow.


Fresh install over 7 on my laptop HDD. sick

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#672605 - 3rd Mar 2012 9:48pm Re: Windows 8 Preview [Re: Bench]
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You're screwed =p Just format and chuck win7 on top.
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#672683 - 4th Mar 2012 1:26am Re: Windows 8 Preview [Re: _Ste_]
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Originally Posted By: _Ste_
I`ll stick with 7 thanks, if it`s not broken don`t fix it wink


More like if its broke and you cant fix it, bring out another smile

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#672686 - 4th Mar 2012 1:35am Re: Windows 8 Preview [Re: ASE71]
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I`ll stick with 7 thanks, if it`s not broken don`t fix it wink


More like if its broke and you cant fix it, bring out another smile


i have not had any problems with 7 (apart from certain old games not working which is to be expected), only operating systems i have liked are Win Me, win XP and 7.

Vista was a total joke, having bought a new machine with Vista installed it was removed right away and replaced with XP (few years back).

The likes of NT etc are of no use to me so i cannot comment on those operating systems.
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#672705 - 4th Mar 2012 4:30am Re: Windows 8 Preview [Re: Bench]
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Vista is just fine, I run both and neither are perfect, but Vista with all the updates edges over 7 in terms of functionality and also there is a memory bug in 7 (32bit) that does not seem to affect Vista. More pointless GUI changes in 7 make it harder/tedious (out of the box) to use. Fortunately, a lot of these changes can be reverted, but only with a big of digging, to the average user, 7 is very alien and Microsoft's dictatorship means they don't know how to change it back.

Vista was bad when it first released though.

Windows 8 will excel on tablets thanks to the Metro (Windows Phone) interface. Microsoft insist they are going to make Metro the compulsory start-screen on non-touchscreen PC's and laptops as well, which if they do, they will get ridiculed for.

The future is more cloud based services, though as we've seen over recent years with various services, including Microsoft's own Sidekick mobile phones in the US, cloud is not to be relied upon if your data is important. Broadband also needs to improve (across all technologies and companies) if a true cloud service is to be introduced. Personally, I think the concept is good, the reality is a whole different ballgame however.

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#672782 - 4th Mar 2012 12:11pm Re: Windows 8 Preview [Re: Bench]
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may take a look at it in the next week or so

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#672898 - 4th Mar 2012 6:02pm Re: Windows 8 Preview [Re: Bench]
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I just installed it on a Spare HDD and its flowing, i can see the benefits of a Tablet enviroment but after a 20min play i think its OK, only beacuase i cant use it properly its took me 5 mins to work out how to shut it down lol

I think i will like it, but my concerns are over this ARM thing, and to my understanding (I'm probably wrong) apps and such cant be migrated between computers, im not sure if im understaninding that as a tablet phone install and confusing it with what would be a Desktop install. Is this goodbye to a Physical Disk and everything is from the App store? I just dont know, and if that's the case then i wouldnt not be purchasing 8 i'm happy with 7. I like the potential of 8 its a new look.

Its worth a download.

I like what i see, but will it be what i want it to be think
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