I really dont see what the issue is with regards to using it on a desktop. Ive installed it on a Dell Latitude ST tablet, and for that the metro interface and apps are fine, but on a laptop, Ive removed all the metro apps from the 'start' menu, pinned server manager, run, and cmd to the taskbar, and have a few icons on the desktop.
Ive been using it as my main laptop now for 2 days at work and there really is minimal difference in useability. Obviously using it in Desktop mode, but I have actually had 0 reason to even go into metro mode.
For those who launch their apps with windows+R, which is what i do mostly, this still works.
There are only minimal additions that make it better than windows 7, apart from the ribbon in explorer (enabling hidded files and file extensions was 2 clicks, rather than drilling down through tools, folder options, etc etc you just click view, and theres a tick box for hidden files), and a few other things like task manager and file transfer windows etc, I really dont see the big deal a lot of you are making.
Im not sure if Im using it the wrong way, but to me it seems obvious the metro interface and the metro apps are for a tablet, and desktop mode with normal programs are for the desktop mode. EG, windows+r, mstsc, to run remote desktop is exactly the same on this as it was in win7. Now on the tablet i use the remote desktop app, and its a nice easy touch interface to connect through to the servers.
Im gonna be using this for the forseeable future on my laptop. Just need to find a way to get it to load straight to the desktop mode rather than the metro interface, anyone know if thats an option?
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Been so busy with Moodle I've only just seen this!
Just looking at that Ars Technica article... right now I've got a nice and stylish Windows 7 desktop, high bit colour icons and for an "upgrade" I get this insult on the eyes... 2 different primary colours is bad enough but >6 is painful to look at... really hope there will be a way to skin that to remove the colour glare.
Downloading at the moment so can't yet say what the UI experience is like but it doesn't look radically different to what I've seen before... is it fair to say it still feels disjointed on a desktop but good on a tablet?
@RabbieBurns Is there anyway to remove the desktop watermark?
That would get annoying after a while...
Anyone got a key i can use? I wrote the generated one down and have lost it over night
Cheers @RabbieBurns i must have missed it
NF32V-Q9P3W-7DR7Y-JGWRW-JFCK8. is the one for installing from media
DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J is another key which im not sure what was for
There are keys here.
Originally Posted by HaleStorm
They're for the ISO versions, the key for the setup is automagically done for you.
Also, FAQ says put in this: NF32V-Q9P3W-7DR7Y-JGWRW-JFCK8 [If you made installation media.]
Awesome. If it's possible, let me know.
Originally Posted by RabbieBurns
I may move to Win8 CP as my main OS. [Hacked Win7 and no Vista install I can actually use.]
That's the ISO key.
Originally Posted by RabbieBurns
And you can continue to do exactly the same thing with Windows 8.
Originally Posted by caffrey
I think that's the point caffrey was making.
Originally Posted by AngryTechnician
It's not an incentive to upgrade as it's not a new feature.
not sure if anyone else has posted this yet, but earlier on in the thread i asked how to close a fullscreen metro app on a non-touch device.
Solution is to click at the top of the screen and drag down, and it closes the metro app.
how do you boot into safe mode ?? Im stuck in a boot-loop ;/
F8 is now Shift + F8 to get into Safe Mode.
You have to hold down Shift, btw.
Interesting to note:
Can't get SIMS to install and if you have UAC off in GPO (I have) then metro app don't work!
I agree with other comments here in as much as:
I think during the install process and as a control panel later MS should offer:
A Metro or Desktop with Start Button option
To use Metro on a desktop computer is just plain dumb imho.
What I like:
The speed it installed
The speed of booting
Any other stuff I will post here as I discover and if Server 8 doesn't have a Start Menu either as a previous post said I won't be upgrading anytime soon, linux anybody - ubunto here I come....
All this fuss over a slightly different looking Start menu. It's ridiculous!!!