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    Angry Windows 8.1

    Note before you download: If youíre using an English version of Windows, you can only install Windows 8.1 Preview from the Windows Store if your OS base language is English (US).
    Has anyone actually got a copy of the 8.1 preview running?

    I was wondering about setting up a VM, or reinstalling my PC at home (Depending how masochistic I feel tonight), but wondered how much difference there actually is?

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    I installed the preview on a VM when I had a few spare minutes. They've completely scrapped the start menu. It's bad, really bad. We'll be sticking to Windows 7 for the foreseeable future..

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveMurphy View Post
    I installed the preview on a VM when I had a few spare minutes. They've completely scrapped the start menu. It's bad, really bad. We'll be sticking to Windows 7 for the foreseeable future..
    I'm guessing by that you hadn't tried Windows 8 then! Also seems putting the start button back isn't going to make anyone happy - MS are really screwing this up, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VeryPC_Tom_M View Post
    Has anyone actually got a copy of the 8.1 preview running?

    I was wondering about setting up a VM, or reinstalling my PC at home (Depending how masochistic I feel tonight), but wondered how much difference there actually is?
    It works just fine on VirtualBox, just a shame that it's no real improvement on 8 in my opinion.

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    but there are some improvements in managing it tho. this makes me happy...

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    is there a free download or is it only on msdn?

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    Download Windows 8.1 Preview - Microsoft Windows

    I'm playing it cautious, as if you install the preview, when the full version comes out, you'll only be able to migrate data, not apps and software (Windows 8.1 preview: Guidance for enterprise users | ZDNet)

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    You don't need the old style start menu! :-) no requirement for it what so ever. The new UI does what you need it to. I have seen corporate companies current deploy windows 8 out to users and they have no problems.

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    Agreed. Start screen is awesome. thats coming from someone whos never used win 8 on a tablet/touchscreen device.

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    It's Windows 8.1. It's from Microsoft. It's still sh!te. Let's hope they can get it right finally with Windows 20.0....

    ...by which time I'll be dead. Hopefully.

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    it is right. Works better than any other OS. Goon. "Oh macs dont crash"... no they just sit on a ball of death for half an hour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EduTech View Post
    You don't need the old style start menu! :-) no requirement for it what so ever. The new UI does what you need it to. I have seen corporate companies current deploy windows 8 out to users and they have no problems.
    If the start screen had the same level of functionality as the start menu, I may agree with you. However, it doesn't. For the desktop user, it is a huge step backwards.

    Yes, you get live tiles but for a desktop user these are a distraction at best and useless at worst.

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    I totally agree as well with @EduTech and @jugglerjoe there is nothing wrong with Windows 8 or 8.1 using a mouse/keyboard or touch screen. Iíve been testing 8.1 and really like all the improvements as well as finally being able to open the right click on bottom right hand corner menu (not sure its exact name) on a touch screen by holding down on the start button that now exists again.

    Now Microsoft just needs to get its act in gear and give Windows Phone 8 some Windows Blue love

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    Yup, I have not used Windows 8 on a TouchScreen Device at all myself. I use Windows 8 and currently the 8.1 preview on my primary laptop for work and I don't have any issues. It's a small 14" Elitebook and I use various pieces of software and i do everything that i need to do on it both business and personal.

    James.

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    Still no real start menu, if the search works fine in 8.1 then that might be ok but it most certainly doesn't in 8. Try searching for printers and faxes in 8 you won't find them that is because you have to search and then say oh sorry no don't search there try here instead which is stupid and retrosteping as in 7 you could just search printers and faxes and you got them so why go back

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