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Windows 8 Thread, Hands up...who has got Windows 8 running succesfully in school in Technical; If you have....how on earth did you do it? The desktop part works just fine for me. It's the bloomin ...
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    Hands up...who has got Windows 8 running succesfully in school

    If you have....how on earth did you do it?

    The desktop part works just fine for me. It's the bloomin Metro Start Screen nonesense thats causing me a headache!!

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    you can only lock down the metro interface with 8.1 Enterprise & RT. (NOT PRO!) I say lock down you can specify what apps appear and stop users from customising it. I exported an XML and forced a pupil to use it and only the calculator appeared

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    I'm not going to be moving to Windows 8. I do really like it actually I know a lot of people don't but we've only just put in Windows 7 from XP this year so will wait till the Windows after as I'm sure will be a better version of what we currently have now anyway

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    so this is sounding more and more like i need to redo my image and change it to enterprise and not Pro....

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    Personally I'll wait until the Threshold update is released and see how the (supposedly) returned Start Menu works.

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    I can only think of this @Little-Miss

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    We've just started rolling out Windows 8.1 - We are using Classic Shell to bring back the windows 7 start menu (which is free). This we have controlled through GPO and a quick registry edit, works really well and we've also rolled it out on several Windows 8.1 tablets.

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    I think the answer to your question is 'not many', which is why Windows 8 or 8.1 for that matter have hardly taken off in schools or businesses. It hasn't even left the airport...

    On a serious note, Windows 8.1 does allow you to boot to desktop - but it's unclear whether or not you can do this via GPO or possibly a regedit at a push.

    There are practically no tools or GPOs to properly manage Metro. It appears scripts may be the other way (as far as I know).

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    I still cant get past the proxy issues that come and go as they please, especially the metro app niggles.

    Sticking with 7 here for the forseeable

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    See zero reason to move from 7 here. Zero reason.

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    @Michael
    It is a gpo setting. Can't remember where it is, def a user one.

    I've had staff asking if we are looking at it. I say no and they are glad. A few got laptops over xmas and say its a real struggle to use. I wouldnt mind it for the desktop hyperv. Since it took 2 years to go to 7, 8 seems like a waste of time unless we get any touchscreens etc.

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    Sticking with 7 here.

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    We will be staying with 7 on the majority of machines, just using 8.1 with touch devices. Only using Enterprise, we've found it pretty good, and it works well alongside 7 too. I really don't mind it. I have to say that 8.1 is far superior, and fixes some big problems with 8. Even IE11 seems to work well.

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