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nnnddd101010 Mar 7, 12
Like I said: This is more like Windows Mobile than traditional Windows for PC. And that isn't (IMHO) a good thing.
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Fury Mar 7, 12
quote Liege
Alright. I installed Windows 8 yesterday afternoon and have spent about an hour with it. As I feared, this UI is the Gnome Shell of Windows. It manages to complicate the simplest of tasks and makes locating things as frustrating as possible. I must admit I sat here and laughed for several minutes when I pulled up "All Apps" on the Start screen and saw the Ease of Access Center.

Ease of Access. Oh, the irony.
I think the Metro UI accomplished what it set out to achieve, which is simply to make a good touchscreen UI. Icons are easy to press, the text is big and clear, navigation for common tasks takes fewer clicks, etc.

However, I've been using it for quite a while now, and it's rare that I even encounter the Metro interface anymore. At first I did, simply because I was exploring the new Metro apps and such.

Now, the only time I encounter it is when I press the Window key to use the search function. To me, this has essentially become Windows 7 with a much faster boot time and a better Windows Explorer.

Basically, you can use it however you want to. There's no need to allow the new UI to impede on anything you do.
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Liege Mar 7, 12
monkey_ninjas316

It's a VM on a desktop. As I said in my first comment, my worries were for a traditional interface and that this shouldn't be their flagship OS. For tablets I would imagine it works well.
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monkey_ninjas316 Mar 7, 12
quote Liege
As I feared, this UI is the Gnome Shell of Windows. It manages to complicate the simplest of tasks and makes locating things as frustrating as possible.
What kind of PC did you install it on? PC, Notebook, Tablet??

I installed this on my HP Touchsmart TX2, which is a laptop/tablet hybrid, and I really like Windows 8. It makes navigating very easy when I'm at University and on the go.
But, I don't think they should call this Windows 8 or even release this as a full retail purchase. If anything, this is Windows 7: Tablet Edition. They promised tablet users that Windows 7 would get an overhaul to make navigating and using tablets easier, instead they released this and are marketing it as Windows 8. All this does is show that Microsoft has to throw out a new OS every once and a while like Apple. Windows XP worked for years and years, Windows 7 can do the same.

Also, I would not recommend this for a desktop. Stick with Windows 7 and ignore the fancy GUI. A regular desktop interface with a start bar is far superior when you have a physical mouse and keyboard.
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Liege Mar 7, 12
Alright. I installed Windows 8 yesterday afternoon and have spent about an hour with it. As I feared, this UI is the Gnome Shell of Windows. It manages to complicate the simplest of tasks and makes locating things as frustrating as possible. I must admit I sat here and laughed for several minutes when I pulled up "All Apps" on the Start screen and saw the Ease of Access Center.

Ease of Access. Oh, the irony.
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Liege Mar 2, 12
quote Shadow of Death
"...the best thing to ensure the same level of quality for all of our customers."
Or lack thereof.
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monkey_ninjas316 Mar 1, 12
I have an HP Tablet\Laptop hybrid I really want to try this on. I'm sort of afraid I won't be able to find all my drivers though. Anyone know if that may be an issue? It's currently on on Windows7 64bit.
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Shadow of Death Mar 1, 12
I'm sticking to the regular desktop mode, assuming they don't have a 'brainwave' and decide forcing the bloody smartphone+XBL Marketplace business all the time is "...the best thing to ensure the same level of quality for all of our customers." or some such nonsense.
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faden999 Mar 1, 12
I have been waiting for this moment of life. Windows 8, i'm coming for you
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Northern49 Mar 1, 12
^ ? It doesn't give me the option to enter my own code. It searches for its own code, but fails.
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Fury Feb 29, 12
blackpantha Northern49

Did you try DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J? Just saw that on Gizmodo.
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Northern49 Feb 29, 12
I'm looking forward to it. I don't like how it looks like it'd be a Windows 7 with a big flashy Windows 8 file manager running in the background, but I like some of its features, like App History. It will replace some of the network monitors I currently use. Some of the new features are subtle, but I think they'll help up my productivity at home.
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nnnddd101010 Feb 29, 12
Gosh this is fugly. Looks like it was meant for a phone, not my desktop!
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blackpantha Feb 29, 12
quote Northern49
Installer can't find product key.
Same here...its not finding a product key :/ I'm actually really excited to try this!
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