CyberNerd - as far as I know noone has ever claimed that W7 uses less resources than XP. What had been claimed is that W7 has lots of stuff that XP does not like DX11, better handling of memory, CPU resources when doing multiple things, security and lots of improvement from a managment and hardware support point of view.
Its even fast enough to run Folding@home SMP units within the alloted time with its 'spare' cpu cycles.
Intel® Desktop Board D510MO
(they cost around £100 ea - £50 board, £40 case, £20 memory)
The one I tested with 7 wouldn't run more than a few apps at once and took ages from boot to login/access anything, We currently PXE boot them into linux, and then run citrix. bootup is a few seconds and it logs straight into the terminal server.
Just read all the posts, you can turn the metro UI off but running a command or there is a desktop gadget on codeplex for you to switch between the two.
All i'll say for now is that is not a beta, its a pre-beta and is there for development of apps rather than anything else.
I like what Microsoft have done with the new Task Manager...
Using Task Manager with 64+ logical processors « Building Windows 8
Below is the Windows 7 Task Manager CPU performance tab on a system with 160 logical processors.
As you can see, it is really hard to compare the cells in the CPU Usage History table to each other. The graphs are hard to read, and if you want to compare instantaneous CPU utilization, it is nearly impossible because each cell is showing a moving 60-second graph. Moreover, all the graphs in the CPU Usage History table look identical, so you can’t easily find the processor ID for a specific graph. In our previous post on Task Manager, we discussed the benefits of using a heat map as a visualization to convey and compare large amounts of numerical data. When we looked at designing the graphs for the “many-core view” of the new performance dashboard, a heat map was a natural fit.
In the screen shots below, taken from a current build of Windows 8, it is now easy to see all the logical processors at a glance and know which are being utilized to high and low capacity.
Note: The screen shots below show Task Manager on a system with 160 logical processors with a simulated workload.
A couple of features which could prove to be quite handy...
Q. Will it be possible to pause the copy operation and resume it after reboot/sleep/hibernate?
A. In the beta, when a system sleeps or hibernates, the copy operation will automatically pause, and when the machine wakes, you can choose to resume the copy by clicking the depressed pause button. (We decided not to have copies automatically resume on wake, as the system environment may have changed significantly in the interim and we do not want to cause an error).
Q. You know when you start a big copy job and realize that you are doing it over the wireless so you grab a network cable and plug it in? Does the file copy know to utilize the faster connection now?
A. If both sides of the copy operation are on Windows 8 machines, yes, it will be able to take advantage of the increased network throughput on the fly, thanks to advancements in the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol to support multiple channels.
Although there are some nice features with Windows 8 (especially with Server 8) I still can't get around the idea that at first glance it is (primilary) tablet orientated.
Maybe it's because I am just old skool! ( <- purposely spelt).
Yes, have the Metro mode, Yes, tablets are great and are very popular but I hope that (Metro) can be disabled by default for the millions of PCs still left in the world! ;)
Change happens, some like it, some don't I just hope that Windows GPOs will allow us all to make the transition easier, and allow us to configure the OS to meet the needs and requirements of our clients (whether that is on a PC, tablet, mobile or a combination)
Windows 7 will not be the new XP because Windows 8 is not Vista | TechRepublic
Windows 8 is just the half way house between old desktops and new tablets. I reckon it will be another vista to be honest.
I'm sure Microsoft will allow us to skip metro on startup just like they let vista users go back to the "classic" start menu.
That solid green interface is horrendous.
What happened to the rule of having one common UI? I don't understand why you need to switch to an entire blank screen to search the start menu. Crazy.
Looks nearly as bad as the windows mobile home screen :)