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    slightly?

    That's a joke right?

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    As usual the Reg is spot on with its views on Windows 8

    Windows 8 is at times refreshing and delightful, at times puzzling, and at times awkward and annoying. Microsoft is presenting it as the next generation, but in truth it will be a transitional release.
    Windows 8: Sugar coating on Microsoft's hard-to-swallow tablet ? The Register

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    I Agree, the reg is....spot on that is...

    I quite like it but from an education POV the desktop may need some tweaking I fear.

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    I'm still deciding - the desktop mode feels really disjointed on the PC that I'm running here, although when using Metro and a touchscreen it's actually quite good.

    It took me an age to find Control panel on the desktop...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Ben View Post
    It took me an age to find Control panel on the desktop...
    Once I discovered the right click where the start button used to be and found that hidden menu it became a lot easier.

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    Been playing around in the local gpo, can't really find much new (no real metro options except local proxy settings) - also noticed that windows classic theme has gone now too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RabbieBurns View Post
    Once I discovered the right click where the start button used to be and found that hidden menu it became a lot easier.
    The idea of a UI with hidden options that aren't immediately obvious to the user seems counter-intuitive to me. Unless that's deliberate to force users to a certain way of working...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gshaw View Post
    The idea of a UI with hidden options that aren't immediately obvious to the user seems counter-intuitive to me.
    Sounds like you've not used a Mac for any significant amount of time. The OS X UI is packed with this, especially on settings dialogues. The number of times I've found the 'magic' hidden options screen by holding down Cmd to find that a particular button changes into a different button!

    Photoshop is the same, try holding down Ctrl or Alt next time you're in something like the Curves dialogue.

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    Anyone know if there is a GPO/reg tweak to launch IE in desktop mode by default?

    edit: nevermind i found it! Theres a GPO for it under Internet Explorer > Internet settings > Set how links are opened in Internet Explorer.
    Last edited by Dave84; 2nd March 2012 at 06:02 PM. Reason: found it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave84 View Post
    There's a GPO for it under Internet Explorer > Internet settings > Set how links are opened in Internet Explorer.
    Also under Internet Options...


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    Quote Originally Posted by ndart View Post
    if Server 8 doesn't have a Start Menu either as a previous post said.
    For Server GUI install I can confirm it doesn't. When you logon you get the Desktop and of course Server Manager with a few new bells & whistles and a dash of TPB (touch-pixel-bloat) , otherwise the UI is much the same as the client version - just without any Metro Apps on the Metro start menu. Some interesting new roles/features to explore .. or at least I think they're new! Data Deduplication for instance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Also under Internet Options...
    Aye I didn't see that option

    I tried promoting my server 8 VM to DC and realised they've removed the dcpromo command. Seems like everything needs to be done in server manager itself now.
    Last edited by Dave84; 2nd March 2012 at 08:43 PM.

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    Seems like everything needs to be done in server manager itself now.
    Or powershell Having done it via DOS command line for the last two Windows releases I struggled a bit with the GUI DC (new forest) making.. a lot of warnings to ignore that I didn't immediately know you could just ignore re. DNS when you've ticked the AD DNS etc.

    Did previous Server Mangler have the Tools pull-down menu? Only that pretty much saves you from having to go near the Metro start menu. [Doesn't save me from thinking it's all a bit of a UI mess though]

    At a glance quite a bit of Win8 CP group policy to play with and Preferences haven't vanished (well you never know).. there's even GPP for IE 10 & 11

    Active Directory Administrative Center.. will that be Centre when we get proper English?

    Powershell via a browser (PSWA)

    Microsoft Online Backup Service (takes you to Connect beta page) in Windows Backup
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    Windows 8 is the new Vista, in my opinion. Server 8 is equally just as bad as the client version. You can't run DCPROMO from the run command and everything has to be achieved through Server Manager, even though relevant roles were enabled I could not even create a new forest/domain in my test environment.

    MS should have taken a leaf out of Apple's book and created a two tier OS - an OS X-like OS for desktops and laptops (Windows 7 in this case) and iOS (Windows 8) purely for tablets.

    Let's face it, in the working environment, Windows 8 is going to be a hindrance to end users that actually sit at a desk and type. I'm already looking forward to Windows 9.

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    Is anyone using windows 8 on a Dell Latitude ST tablet?

    Its only an atom so Ive had to use the x86 version, but I think one of the drivers is causing it to crash and then get stuck in an endless bootloop.

    Cant even boot to safe mode.

    Ive used the win7 drivers off the dell website as Im guessing they are close enough, just not sure which one is borking the install.

    It crashes with IRQ_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL or such

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