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Hi.   Just wanted to know if there is anyone experiencing the new Windows 8 yet and how is it?  I just bought a new computer and am able to upgrade to the new Windows 8 but wanted some feedback on this new Window 8 before doing so.  To find out how it is and if it is better then windows 7 and if it's a good choice to upgrade.  Always worried about new things so try to get some feedback from people and see what they say about it first.  Thanks for any comments.

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Re: Windows 8

There is a win 8 helpful link HERE. But if your getting the upgrade cheap, grab it. It still early days yet, but I prefer win 7, don't like that metro.

      

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Re: Windows 8

Read this and this emoticon.Wink.title

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Re: Windows 8

Robin - I don't thnk your link is available to the general public because it's in the RS forum, but you do type faster than I do!

EDIT: That same info is available at the link in my post.

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Robin - I don't thnk your link is available to the general public because it's in the RS forum, but you do type faster than I do!

EDIT: That same info is available at the link in my post.

Your right, was not thinking, brain a bit slow tonight.

      

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Re: Windows 8

But fingers are fast!

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I have it and I hate it absolutely.

You can still get a preview version until Oct 30?

Windows 8 Release Preview

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/release-preview

ISO images

An ISO image must be converted into installation media stored on a DVD or a USB flash drive. Instructions are provided on this page. Developer tools are available for download from Windows Dev Center.

Important: If you decide to go back to your previous operating system, you'll need to reinstall it from the recovery or installation media that came with your PC, which is typically DVD media. If you don’t have recovery media, you might be able to create it from a recovery partition on your PC using software provided by your PC manufacturer. Check the support section of your PC manufacturer’s website for more information. After you install Windows 8, you won’t be able to use the recovery partition on your PC to go back to your previous version of Windows.

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64-bit (x64)                    Download (3.3 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0xD76AD96773615E8C504F63564AF749469CFCCD57

32-bit (x86)                    Download (2.5 GB)                    Sha 1 hash — 0x8BED436F0959E7120A44BF7C29FF0AA962BDEFC9

Product Key:   TK8TP-9JN6P-7X7WW-RFFTV-B7QPF

System Requirements

Windows 8 Release Preview works great on the same hardware that powers Windows 7:

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster

  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)

  • Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)

  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver

Additional requirements to use certain features:

  • To use touch, you need a tablet or a monitor that supports multitouch.

  • To access the Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768.

  • To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768.

  • Internet access (ISP fees might apply)

How to install Windows 8 Release Preview from an ISO image

The easiest way to convert an ISO file to a DVD in Windows 7 is to use Windows Disc Image Burner. On a PC running Windows XP or Windows Vista, a third-party program is required to convert an ISO file into installable media—and DVD burning software often includes this capability. One option is the USB/DVD download tool provided by the Microsoft Store.

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From what I'm reading I don't think I want it either.  There seems to be so many complications and errors and things happening that shouldn't.  That isn't good so why did they come out with this windows 8 then?  It should be better then windows 7 don't you think?  Not worse, doesn't make any sense.

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Everything is moving to touch-screens and tablets so that's why they need Win 8.

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My neighbors son downloaded the trial version of Windows 8. After seeing and playing around with it I bought a  new computer before they starting shipping computers with Windows 8. I was due a new computer anyway.

It may be alright for a touch screen, but to me not for a regular computer. The kid removed it and went back to Windows 7.

He is only 18 so it's not just us old toads that don't like it.

My new computer came with a $15.00 upgrade to Windows 8 and none of my friends or family want it.

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I've been using it since the end of July, and while it may be appropriate for tablets and touchscreens, it's a step back for desktops.

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I've been using it since the end of July, and while it may be appropriate for tablets and touchscreens, it's a step back for desktops.

 
i agree, that it's a 'step back for desktops'.
 
Ran Windows 8 on a desktop for couple of months, then reverted back to Win 7.
 
Bev.
 
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Now have a desktop running Window 8 Professional, guess now I will have to adapt to it.
 
 
 

 


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Re: Windows 8

installed it, every thing runs pretty sweet, only thing i have an issue with is DELL items, they dont seem to see windows8, The "Quick set" no longer works right, i went on their site to install new drivers but their system scan only sees windows7, then it tries to install and tells me that i should upgrade my OS to windows 7.. it also offered me a free health check, so i ran it.. basically it found every difference in the registry from Win 7 to Win 8 and said they needed fixing.. i ignored it all as i thought it would break the OS. Simply put DELL do not seem to be supporting Win8 on anything older than 12months, my Laptop is an XPS l501, built in April2011 its more than capable of running win8 fine but all the Dell stuff thinks im out of date.. HAHA.. and then their website is so annoying and frustrating to get help on that you just want to cry..  and since im out of warranty it seems i cant access new drivers for some reason..

i did manage to download new Win7 driver for the Dell quickset but it wont let me run it (its an .exe) cos it thinks my system is out of date and i need to install win7.. so now i have a great laptop that has some nice lights that used to be helpful buttons that now do nothing.. thats the only issue i have,,, DELL!!

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Add Windows Media Center to Windows 8 so you can watch and record live TV.

windows.microsoft.com/.../feature-packs

* Offer valid from October 26, 2012, until January 31, 2013, and is limited to five licenses per customer per promotion. To install Windows 8 Pro Pack, you must be running Windows 8. Internet access fees may apply. Prices shown are estimated retail prices; actual price may vary by retailer. If you purchase a new PC with Windows 8 preinstalled and you later upgrade that PC with Windows 8 Pro Pack, Windows 8 Media Center Pack, a volume license edition, or a retail edition, you will no longer be able to install apps that are provided exclusively from your PC manufacturer through the Windows Store. Get the full details on our special offers.

** Windows 8 Media Center Pack is available at no charge for a limited time only through this promotional page on Windows.com. If you obtain Windows 8 Media Center Pack through any other location fees might apply. Offer valid from October 26, 2012, until January 31, 2013, and is limited to one product key per email address. You qualify for this promotion if your PC is running Windows 8 Pro. Additional hardware may be required to watch and record live TV. You must provide a valid email address to receive your Windows 8 Media Center Pack product key. Your product key must be activated no later than January 31, 2013. Microsoft will only contact you at the email address you provide to send you your product key and to remind you when the activation period for your product key is ending. Catalysis Corporation is a third-party company we use to collect subscription information and process the delivery of these emails. If you purchase a new PC with Windows 8 preinstalled and you later upgrade that PC with Windows 8 Pro Pack, Windows 8 Media Center Pack, a volume license edition, or a retail edition, you will no longer be able to install apps that are provided exclusively from your PC manufacturer through the Windows Store. Get the full details on our special offers.


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**EDIT**  uninstalled Quickset, then installed the WIN7-64bit as a single file download (rather than using the dell DL manager) this ran the install ok and now it works..

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Always use the "single file" download option.  The Download Manager is a buggy piece of junk. emoticon.Wink.title

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I had to buy a new computer as mine had crashed. The one I purchased came with Windows 8. I absolutely HATE it! I feel totally computer illiterate and if I could return it I would! I do not recommend Windows 8 at all!

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Your thoughts are what I hear from everyone I know that has Windows 8 on their computers. They hate it. A friend of mine has to try everything new that comes out and put Windows 8 on his HP computer. He tried it for a couple weeks, formatted the hard drive and put Windows 7 back on it. My son on the other hand has a windows cell phone and really likes it. I think touch screen was what it was designed for.

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lynne4270

I purchased two upgrade copies of Windows 8 Professional, installed one on a desktop and been running it for several months with only a couple of small issues.

Check out Start 8, this installs the Windows 7 start menu and may make Win 8 easier to use.

Bev. 

 

 


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Thanks for the suggestions! I will certainly check them out!

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I guess my problem with Windows 8 other than what I have been told is. I started with Windows 3.1 and have had every version since. Windows 8 is such a difference from the others. In the next couple months I will have to buy a new laptop so like it or not I will be using Windows 8. I know from what I have been told, the start button was a big issue. Maybe in the next couple months some add-ons will come out to take care of the complaints.

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Download Start 8 and Firefox for Windows Desktop.  Start 8 is not free.  

Then get flash and Java and the directx June 2010 patch.

I hate windows 8 but with start 8 and Firefox its livable.

I started out with CPM then MSDOS 1.0 to 6.22

Windows 1.0 to 3.11 for workgroups.

Then Windows 95 and Windows NT 3.1 then 3.51 then 4.0

Then Windows 98 then ME then 2000 then XP.

Hated Vista until Service pack 2 stability.

Windows 7 definitely needs Service pack 1 for stability

Windoes 8 just released and already has issues.



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I had to buy a new computer as mine had crashed. The one I purchased came with Windows 8. I absolutely HATE it! I feel totally computer illiterate and if I could return it I would! I do not recommend Windows 8 at all!

really? i find windows 8 simple and easy, it dose everything win7 did and has a much simpler UI, its so simple that my my 84 year old nan gets it, she likes the fact that she just clicks email rather than having to open a browser, log in, for each account, she likes the App style activity of win8 and i have to agree it makes things so much faster to access and use. it takes a little bit of getting over the loss of the start menu but once you realise you can just press the windows key to go back to metro from the desktop or that the corners of the screens activate helpful menus that you would not use every day i find it to be a good, powerful and smart os. Live tiles are brilliant and great for having all the info in one place.. i would easily peg this as the best os`s i have ever used for an every day home user. 

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Do it, dont be scared of change, take the time to go through the new OS and see that it offers much more than just being a boring place where you launch programs from. It offers so much more in terms of easy of access to information and live news, data, communication, social networking and email.. i really like, so glad i made the leap

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Start 8 is not free but it helps.  Then get Firefox for Desktop and Java and Flash etc.

Start8™ for Windows® 8 - Bringing back the Windows Start menu

www.stardock.com/products/start8/

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I'm not scared of change but I think I'm going to wait until I get a touch screen, I think it will be so much easier to use Windows 8 with that.  I've heard so much stuff about Windows 8, it's really not helping at all.  So I will probably end up waiting till I get a touch screen and by then who knows I'm sure another windows will be available.  I don't understand why they would make a windows (Windows 😎 which really should be used with a touch screen.  If you have a regular desktop you end up having to download all kinds of things just so you can navigate through things.

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I have not downloaded any add on`s and i find it easy to navigate with mouse or track pad, the Roller button on the mouse slides the tiles along so its quite easy. i can see the idea of a touch screen but its really not a big requirement of the OS. i think there is a lot of negative press because people are just stuck without the start button.. well Macs dont have one or linux so must windows have one?. I think its a fear of new to be honest. not saying with you but in general. I have added nothing to my OS to change the way it operates to make it more or less like another OS. If you can install a copy, you get 30 days to trial it i think, you can always ask the Windows peeps on twitter about that. The thing is, if you open it up and sit there moaning at your screen that its not windows 7 then you are asking for trouble, you are hating on it for the want to moan. i dont buy a new car and moan about it not being like my old one. it is the same as windows 7 with the exception of missing a start menu and having the tiles. All the tiles are, is a great big start menu but with live feeds. Added bonuses.. you can slide apps to mini side screens and navigate between them and say the desktop, i have nothing i cant install that i used on win7. its faster to boot, operate, its smarter at logging in and it keeps you in all your blogs and sites, if you wish it too. honestly i can not recommend trialling it enough. People hate everything,.. if there was a forum asking about the ipad it would be mostly people moaning when its clear that its great as it sells units like there is no tomorrow. Get it while its cheap cos the price goes back from £25 to £120 at the end of Jan, where as now Pro is cheap.  Even if you dont want to install it.. it could be worth getting a licence.. but really play with it, make up your own mind. its simple and great and fresh..  good luck

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I disagree.  The  Black Apple Icon in the top left corner is like the start menu.  And Macs dont Hide everything behind a screen full of playschool Icons or Pop Up the Playschool Metro interface at every opportunity.

The dock at the bottom is easily used and understood on a mac.

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play school.. haha, its the same concept on all MS systems now, Phone, xbox, tablet and win8, a good move to make it universal.. so Mac has the tiny black apple and a dock, well win 8 still has the dock on the desk top (task bar i guess) and the menus are just hidden in the corners. i think beople hate on it cos its fashionable to hate windows.. but the reasons people give are always so basic and childish. it used to be that it crashed or froze or took years to load.. but since none of that happens on an hourly basis any more.. people dis the most point less things..  

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Hi and thank you for your input on this.  I have purchased my upgrade to windows 8 and hope it's everything your saying and am anxious to use it.  I read that before installing this upgrade that I should ask if my computer is able to upgrade to this or do I have to install any drivers?  I just bought this computer in September of 2012 and was told I am eligible for the windows 8 upgrade when it becomes available.  I have a Inspirion 660s Fast Track 0205.  Do you or anyone know if this is okay to do the upgrade to windows 8 as it is or do I need to download any drivers or anything else or should everything be ready for the windows 8?  I don't want to download the upgrade unless I'm sure that everything is fine.  Also, I have a lot of programs I bought for windows 7 and was wondering if all those programs are going to work on windows 8?  I hate to not be able to use these programs as I have paid for them.  Please let me know anything you have on all this before I download to windows 8.  Thank you.

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Hi Ben500 and thank you for your input on this.  I have heard so many negative things about window 8.  Some people say that I have to install all kinds of things just to use it, is this true?  I just bought a new Dell in September and am eligible for the ugrade to windows 8 so I don't think I need to worry about having to install any drivers when I upgrade to windows 8 do I?  People are also saying that it's only good for touch screens.  I have my installation code to install the windows 8 upgrade but want to make sure that my programs I have now which I paid for everything will work on windows 8 because I'm hearing a lot of people say they don't and end up going back to windows 7.  I just want to make sure that I am doing the right thing in purchasing this upgrade and don't know much about whether I have to install this or that to make it all work.  Please let me know your opinion on all this and thank you again for your support.

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Windows 8 will tell you to uninstall Bluetooth and Wifi Drivers because they are not compatable.  It even says this when upgrading from WIN8 home to Win8 pro.  This is quite annoying.  It also makes the downloaded version of win8 upgrade crash half way thru leaving your system dead.


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I don't have bluetooth but do have a WI FI installed on my computer so does that mean I can't use my WI FI with windows 8 when I install it?  I would think having a WI FI modem wouldn't interfere with anything.  Mostly everything takes WI FI.

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Given that you have a windows7 pc and comes with an upgrade for windows8 i doubt you will have any issues. When you come to install there is a pre install tester that will go through your drivers and software where it will tell you of any issues where you can then investigate if there is a new driver etc.. but i think you will be ok.

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