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    Windows 8 Developer Preview Thread

    Moving on from the general Windows 8 thread I thought we could use a thread regarding the Developer Preview that has been made available for download.

    For those who have yet to download a copy here is a screen shot gallery of the install.

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    Works (kinda) in VMware Workstation 8 (out today).
    SIMS works.
    You can create a toolbar to get access to get a kind of old 'start menu' back in 'desktop'.
    Last edited by Theblacksheep; 14th September 2011 at 01:10 PM.

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    I like it. Seems more intuitive, however its a hell of a leap from W7!!

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    Doesn't run in Virtual PC which is kinda rubbish. Complains about HAL initialisation and no way to fix it.

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    all well and good everybody going for a touch interface with their new os releases but what about those of us who are going to actuall use a mouse still?

    and personally i think it looks like its been designed by a 5 year old just like the 2012 olympic logo...

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    Runs on VirtualBox 4.1.2 :-)

    Going to be having a play with W8 over the next couple of days... see how it works without a touchscreen enabled device etc.

    Socialite works pretty smooth also..

    James.

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    Had a little play with it. It seems very basic and some how to easy to use.

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    Just about to install it on a Acer Iconica Tab

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    Last edited by Arthur; 15th September 2011 at 07:28 AM.

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    One of the discussions on the articles came up with was actually very close to the core of the matter. It is not the replacment of the start menu that is the problem. It is the fact that it jumps to full screen causing a context switch and breaking up your train of thought/work in order to get to another application. If it was possible to set the new screen to a desktop mode where the start screen came up scaled down and transparent where the current start menu currently does it would be much better as it would not break your workflow. Also the using the metro apps in combination with desktop apps on large screens in combination with desktop apps will drop you out of the desktop context. Another solution sugested to this was windowing metro apps in desktop mode.

    This reasonably simple switch would allow you to keep your flow of work/context while working with multiple things on a desktop without wasting your time constantly filling your whole screen with stuff.

    As for me I'm still waiting for the preview to download, I hate NZ internet.

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    I am contemplating installing this side by side my W7 install or do I install over?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    I am contemplating installing this side by side my W7 install or do I install over?
    I'd dual boot - I installed the Win7 beta over XP and when the beta expired I was seriously wishing I had dual booted so I could just copy my stuff across and wipe the partition - instead had to spend a morning backing up, formatting and re-installing.

    No major hassle but if you have the space on your HDD then may as well save yourself some time in the long run!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    I am contemplating installing this side by side my W7 install or do I install over?
    Side by side would be safer, it is still pre-beta after all. If your machine is a scratch one anyway then an upgrade wouldn't matter though.

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    Decided to partition my machine, do a 100gb partition for a W7 system restore point with full back up....

    Then crack out W8 on a separate partition

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