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 Post subject: Windows 8
 Post Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 1:00 pm 
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Well, got a Win 8 and it works - fully activated etc... but I have to admit - it is certainly different. To be quite honest, I do love Win 7 (as opposed to Vista/2000 etc)... however, unless you are a total incompetent at PCs, I'd leave Win 8 alone for now. Mac has a far more intuitive interface, and Win 8 is not as obvious as MS would like you to believe.

So, my Win 8 is just a test - I was hoping for a more stable "Win 7" - instead I see glitzy, difficult and graphically chunky screen - there is no easy way to navigate (at least if you are used to the Win 7 interface). I think MS have changed their audience - an audience they aim at are the "non-technical"/"lesser able minded".

Oh - right-click means different things now - and there is no built-in START button/Programs etc - Need ClassicShell or equiv.


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 Post subject: Re: Windows 8
 Post Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 1:53 pm 
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...interesting to hear this.

Am on the cusp of upgrading but not sure of it's worth it - I have an iMac running bootcamp so enjoy the worlds of Windows and Mac OS.

MacOS certainly runs better but could do with a few windows style navigation prompts (probably just to help me as I'm a lazy arse when it comes to learning new stuff).

Win7 has been the most stable OS yet for me (pretty rock solid touch wood, although I lost reliable bluetooth facilities when Win 7 patch upgraded - Bootcamp didn't seem to like it) but the Win8 interface looks quite cool.

Have an upgrade lined up which also allows the free download of the media pack upgrade but am not sure it will give me anything extra or better ?

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 Post subject: Re: Windows 8
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Well, considering the new version is about $60 or so then the cost isn't too prohibitive. Perhaps a viable check for you would be to go to a store and geta hands-on feel for the new OS. Hey, I've used it for less than 24hrs now so I'm not entirely fluent. I am quite fluent with Win 7 though. My initial thought on Win 8 was "Leapster" style presentation/interface. Not obvious how to close something, not obvious how to start something, not obvious how to get to where I wanted to (like dev manager, task manager, IIS etc) there is NO START button where you have been used to finding it. I'm fortunate - I've plenty of spare drives to experiment with so this li'l 250gig can always be recycled - mind, by 2016 the'll probably have discontinued support for Win 7.


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 Post subject: Re: Windows 8
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Panchdara wrote:
mind, by 2016 the'll probably have discontinued support for Win 7.


lol - where I work they're still using WinXP and are just rolling out Windows 7 ! (I still haven't got it on my office desktop) there are about 7,000 staff users mind !

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 Post subject: Re: Windows 8
 Post Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 9:47 pm 
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Ubuntu all the way for me from now on :)
So much faster than windows
and a much better interface :D

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 Post subject: Re: Windows 8
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ashby001 wrote:
Ubuntu all the way for me from now on :)
So much faster than windows
and a much better interface :D


+1 - regex all the way! But Unix can be an "awk"wardly "grep"ing interface! :) But living in a k"sh"ell is comforting. Heee, heeee


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 Post subject: Re: Windows 8
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You guys think i should upgrade now from Dos 6.1 ? Or should i wait a bit longer?


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 Post subject: Re: Windows 8
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CD599 wrote:
You guys think i should upgrade now from Dos 6.1 ? Or should i wait a bit longer?


Heck, I just went to DOS 6.22! 6.1 is too old.


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 Post subject: Re: Windows 8
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what the hell...can we not just have a BASIC conversation on here ! :lol

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 Post subject: Re: Windows 8
 Post Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 9:27 am 
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According to Micro$oft you can switch 8 to the old style GUI?


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 Post subject: Re: Windows 8
 Post Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:56 am 
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Bilbo919 wrote:
According to Micro$oft you can switch 8 to the old style GUI?


Well, you can go to the "Desktop", but there is no start button on the taskbar. Here is a small excerpt from the Herald. FYI I am using "Classic Shell" and it seem fine...

"Windows 8 is coming to a desktop, laptop, or tablet near you, and it has some great new features. But did you know that Microsoft has hidden the taskbar and completely removed the Start menu in Windows 8? Windows 8 now relies on hidden features such as hot-corners and the charms bar, which are not necessarily intuitive. These changes have left many traditional Windows users wondering how to use Windows 8.

Read more here: http://www.heraldonline.com/2012/11/07/4396994/thinix-drops-a-bombshell-retroui.html#storylink=cpy"

ClassicShell at http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/


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 Post subject: Re: Windows 8
 Post Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 1:52 pm 
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Oh, when I installed Win 8 the keyboard changed layout. We use US style keyboard, but the UK style layout was used. So the @ was interchanged with " and the \ interchanged with the # and the # was the £....

Here is a screen dump on how to quickly change keyboard layout:

http://www.panchdara.com/Hornet/KeyboardChange.jpg


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 Post subject: Re: Windows 8
 Post Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 4:14 pm 
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Ineresting about Windows 8, I have had Windows 7 for two years and it will do me for a long time. Im sure when they get "8" sorted it will be worth an upgrade. Oldgit


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 Post subject: Re: Windows 8
 Post Posted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 6:15 pm 
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I went straight from XP to Win7, both stable OS in my opinion.

Over the years progressed through all the variants of MSDos and ?PCDos, original Windows, of which version 3.11 wasn't too bad. Laughed at my gullible mates and their problems with Vista. I'm afraid that these days fiddling with the operating system is a bore, nice to have a PC that boots up and shuts down reliably every time it is used.

This 8 thingy looks OK if you have a touch screen or tablet, seems quite pointless if you have a normal PC.

Anyway, who needs Apple or MS, when there is Android ICS. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Windows 8
 Post Posted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 3:21 pm 
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Installed windows 8 on my laptop yesterday just to see what all the fuss was about, it does seem that microsoft wanted to incorporate some mobile phone/tablet features with a windows os. they even call the programs Apps (I know you could download Apps to windows phones)
My wife has a nexus 7 which does everything she needs it to do and I'm thinking of getting one myself, but will be keeping my desktop (with Win7) for the serious business as it has very stableover the last couple of years. As for windows 8 well I think I will leave it alone for the time being.

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 Post subject: Re: Windows 8
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...good points above - We've got an old iPad (mk1) and an Acer tablet (similar to nexus) running the latest android OS - they really do most of the stuff you need to - PC is handy but not needed as often ...

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