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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 13:11    Post subject:  Windows 8  

Anybody else running Windows 8 yet?
I expect there is a thread about it somewhere but I can't find it.

One interesting feature is a spell check overlay which runs on this and other forum as well as the chat window in some games.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 03:10    Post subject:  

my friend installed it but he could not play mw3 so uninstalled it.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 12:27    Post subject:  

regards mw3 ~

http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2996326
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 14:05    Post subject:  

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 14:15    Post subject:  

[DOH] Mick wrote:
my friend installed it but he could not play mw3 so uninstalled it.


I could live with that lol. Laughing
My friend said his University gave him a free copy of Windows 8 and said I can have it. Cool

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 21:56    Post subject:  

http://www.kitguru.net/software/operating-systems/benjamin/windows-8-proving-less-popular-than-vista/

Im not really sure, I have completely avoided Vista and Ill probably wait a while before considering a change to 8 from 7, I dont really see any improvements that are good enough that make the change worth it.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 04:58    Post subject:  

This IMO: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/hardware/heres-whats-wrong-with-windows-8/19027
Microsoft is just keeping with their every other OS release is a pile of steamy %@*& trend.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 09:37    Post subject:  

I wonder if we can put are icons in any order with drag and drop with the mouse, cause they removed that from Windows 7. Shocked
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 14:05    Post subject:  

Thats a difficult one for me to answer because the start up user interface is totally different to W7. Its more like an android intreface. You can select a conventional desktop view as on of the options on the start up.
You can pin and unpin prorgram shortcuts/apps from either the start screen or the desktop. The desktop works in the conventional manner.
Explorer gets a makover as well showing the home page of you recently browsed sites. You just click on the picture and it take you to the site. This is the default setting for explorer from the startup screen.
I found it got cluttered after a extended browising session but you can reduce the homepage view to thumbnail size.
I prefered to pin Explorer to the taskbar on the desktop and selected the explorer launch as a conventional browser screen.

W8 has been optimised for tablet use with the new startup screen but the conventional desktop is there as a "desktop app" I recon anybody that uses an android mobile phone should be able to operate a W8 system with
next to no training.

I have been using W8 since 25th December and ther is on thing I can say that is it is fast. I chose to install over a clean new drive and leave my W7 as a an option in dual boot. Its not a fair comparison because the W7 drive is a bit cluttered. The Windows native performance rating is however 0.2 higher running W8 than W7 even when W7 was first installed on the same machine.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 21:07    Post subject:  

Fast doing things or just booting up faster? Fast booting is one of the features but I did not read about faster general speed, according to benchmarks 7 and 8 are about equally fast.

examples:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/windows-8-gaming-performance,3331.html

http://kotaku.com/5935337/lets-see-how-windows-8-performs-against-windows-7

http://www.tomshardware.de/Windows-8-Performance-Benchmarks-Leistung,testberichte-241095.html

gtamike: it looks like there are solutions to this, for example: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/92758-windows-explorer-auto-arrange-disable.html

or http://www.unawave.de/windows-7-tipps/disable-sorting-auto-arrange.html?lang=EN

some other methods included here: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-files/windows-explorer-for-windows-7-how-to-stop/aa00df07-f5ea-4bd1-9644-6e1d3b82638c

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 16:45    Post subject:  

It depends on your definition of fast. Fast for a gaming rig it is determined almost completely by your hardware spec. (= how much money you spend on it). Migrating from W7 will therefore only give you a very marginal bost in performance - perhaps a few fps.
If you are are just using the rig for general computing then you will see the benifits straigt away ~ faster boot and shutdown, smarter and faster launch of programs and apps.
I have just installed a copy of W7 on a clean hard drive for direct comparison. The most obvious difference is the speed it launches programs. You see very little of the "egg timer" system waiting.

I found myself needing a larger hard disk and it seemed logical to migrate to W8 now rather than having to re-install my games for a second time at a later date. Yes, you have the option of installing over W7 but what's the point in importing years worth of clutter into a new operating system on a clean hard disk? I paid about 45 euros for the upgrade version and this I recon is money well spent. I would not however have paid the full retail version and would still be running W7.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 16:59    Post subject:  

Lawitz wrote:

gtamike: it looks like there are solutions to this, for example: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/92758-windows-explorer-auto-arrange-disable.html

or http://www.unawave.de/windows-7-tipps/disable-sorting-auto-arrange.html?lang=EN

some other methods included here: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-files/windows-explorer-for-windows-7-how-to-stop/aa00df07-f5ea-4bd1-9644-6e1d3b82638c


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 06:05    Post subject:  

I will be avoiding Windows 8 completely until they allow a feature to miss Metro. Metro is shit for desktops period, forcing people to use a bad interface designed for tablets is a bad idea. It seems a rush release just like Vista. They may well learn there lesson (eventually).
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 01:08    Post subject:  

the metro interface sucks, the OS is super lightweight has alot of streamlined features. otherwise once they give us a way to disable metro, i'd be happy again. running it on my laptop.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 17:25    Post subject:  

I have not tried this because I do not have issues with the W8 interface.
However for those that do, a free program called Classic Shell is avaliable.
(www.snipca.com/7907).
This restores a W7 type desktop taskbar and desktop with the good old start button in place and the power off options where they used to be.
It also allows you bypass the new start screen and display the old style windows desktop on startup and can aso disable some of the "active corners" It can also be configured to give the classic Explorer and clasic IE9. screens.
There are other free altenatives that do much the same job ~
Startmenu8 (www.snipca.com/7908)
StartW8 (www.areaguard.com/startw8)

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 21:52    Post subject:  

Yes I've looked into a few of them, theirs another called Pokki that's super slick, only problem is that they all gobble memory, and heard a few things like how they track the programs that you run Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 18:56    Post subject:  

My dad got this PC last week and it came with Windows 8.
http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/5089679.htm#pdpFullProductInformation

Couldn't find the Shutdown Button in Windows 8 Shocked
I find too much is hidden. Laughing

Had to google
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DueEtflxSEs

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 11:19    Post subject:  

Press Alt and F4 together - displays traditional style shut down menu.

Alternativley, create a desktop shortcut ~
Right click on a blank part of the desktop
Chose NEW then SHORTCUT and type shutdown/s in the box
Click next and then finish.
Duble clicking on the shortcut shuts the pc down in a matter of seconds.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 14:25    Post subject:  

I did make a Shortcut for him in the end, but having the Shutdown hidden is a problem when you see it as a recommended search in google what people have typed. Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 02:23    Post subject:  

TRY THE SPEACH RECOGNITION Smile
LOL ..
Its just about works

Got it to the basics in 20 mins

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2013 07:21    Post subject:  

I installed Windows 8 today and set it up to my old taste as I don't like many changes that came after Windows XP:

-Windows 7 startmenu with Startisback program. this also skips metro completely and starts right on the desktop. If you don't want metro you only have to see the metro interface once only each time you install Windows 8.

-Turned off corner actions with Startisback.

-Reenabled quicklaunch bar like default Windows XP (look it up on google)

-Taskbar setup like Windows XP with titles.

-Used some taskbar tweaks with the program 7 taskbar tweaker (old rightclick menu, no popup preview, no grouping etc.)

-Got rid of thick border bars of Windows 8 with Tinywindowsborders

The result is a mixture of Windows XP, 7 and 8. If you skip metro the boot time is about the same as with 7, so that is not really an argument for upgrading. I made the change because 8 is basically an improved version of 7 with unnecessary stuff tacked on that you can just get rid of.

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