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General Chat Thread, I just don't get Windows 8? in General; We have bought one of our governors a laptop and it came with Windows 8 pre installed. This is the ...
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    I just don't get Windows 8?

    We have bought one of our governors a laptop and it came with Windows 8 pre installed.
    This is the first time I have had a chance to play with it and sor far it has me flummoxed!
    There doesn't seem to be any control on the main menu where you have all the tiles, sometimes i try to view the all apps icon but it appears randomly and then disappears. I can't always get a menu to control the order of the tiles.
    I'm not convinced I could give it to the governor without it coming back in a week asking for it to be changed for Windows 7.

    Is anyone a convert yet?

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    Im running windows 8 my desktop and on my tablet.

    on my desktop i have had to install a 3rd party app, and use it solely in desktop mode, never entering the Metro interface.

    On the tablet, i use it in metro mode, and never drop to the desktop

    IMO they have messed up by not offering a toggle switch to set which mode to work in.

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    Hasten to add, that I love it now ive 'fixed' it.

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    I hate it! .

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    I went from hating it to loving it and now I'm hating it again.

    I just don't get Windows 8?-tard_windows.jpg

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    you cant control the start screen. If you want to view all installed programs then right click view all shows everything. As to ordering them abandon hope all ye who enter here i asked about this at a recent ms event and you cant. I have a script that will pin programs so they show on the "normal" start screen but it just adds it where it wants to (so i cant create say a literacy section or even just sort by name) its designed for the end user to put whatever rubbish they want there and not to be managed.

    as a home os i like it. AS a managed os its a home os aimed at people who want constntly reminding when their "friends" post stuff on twitter/facebook
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    Quote Originally Posted by RabbieBurns View Post
    on my desktop i have had to install a 3rd party app, and use it solely in desktop mode, never entering the Metro interface.
    What would that app be?

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    I love it until i cant find something!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    I love it until i cant find something!
    start typing its name and it shall appear lol

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    On a touch screen, I think it's pretty good. Can't stand it on anything else though, and I found it to be a nightmare on a domain. It will improve, but until SP1 or at least some major fixes, it's not going near this network.

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    I'm doing a "Vista" and not even going to bother looking at it and will wait for the next one.

    Speaking of Windows 8, isn't that TV advert annoying? Apple got a cutesy catchy upbeat song - Handstands - for their advert. Windows have used awful annoying music and very odd video:

    Windows 8: Lenka - Everything At Once (TV Spot) | Microsoft - YouTube

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    Quote Originally Posted by reggiep View Post
    What would that app be?
    StartIsBack.com - real start menu in Windows 8

    it says it doesnt install any runtimes or services like the other alternatives suck as the stardock start8 etc, i tried to run procmon to see if it just modifies registry or settings etc but it logs you out as soon as it installs so i cant tell.

    It doesnt seem to be free but its the best one ive tried so far for sure.

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    Used the RTM for a few months on my desktop gaming PC at home - Never, ever using Windows 8 again for personal use! Windows 7 is now back on running nicely

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    Quote Originally Posted by RabbieBurns View Post
    It doesnt seem to be free but its the best one ive tried so far for sure.
    just checked, its $5 for a 5 pc license... Ill defo be buying this

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    Simple fact is (IMO) Windows 8 should have been called Windows Touch - coz it's made for touch screen. It just doesnt work well with a mouse.
    I'm sure i read somewhere that MS has already acknowledged they don't think it will be received by commerce very well. Says it all, really!

    These start menu options may be of interest:
    http://lee-soft.com/vistart/windows-8-start-menu.html

    http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/


    And this:
    http://reviews.cnet.co.uk/software-a...ws-7-50009546/
    Last edited by detjo; 5th December 2012 at 10:13 AM.

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