Neoseeker : News : Microsoft Studios PLAY launches for Windows 8, with Xbox-like features and 15 games
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harbin Jan 18, 13
So Microsoft just completely abandoning Windows 7 then? Their loyalty to their customers is worse than EAs at the minute. I can't blame them wanting to push Windows 8 but no more service packs for the OS, no more added features, nothing.

I'll stick with Steam thanks. I'm sure an Xbox emulator exists around the net someone, I should just be able to put an Xbox game in my Bluray drive and play it there.
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THM Jan 18, 13
Nah...Console is the best to enjoy these days...Heyday of PC games are so 90s!!
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Nagare Jan 18, 13
harbin where did you read they are completely abandoning Windows 7? It still has main support through 2015 and lame support through 2020. Also, it came out four years ago now...
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Northern49 Jan 19, 13
Yet still no option to navigate Windows 8's start screen using an xbox 360 controller. Those fools!

THM - Consoles are glorified DVD players.
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harbin Jan 19, 13
quote Nagare
harbin where did you read they are completely abandoning Windows 7? It still has main support through 2015 and lame support through 2020. Also, it came out four years ago now...
Just what I've perceived.

There are no more planned service packs for Windows 7, the desktop gadget gallery (although more people have started using Rainmeter instead) is now closed they may be giving extended support until 2015-2020.

Now I'd have upgraded to Windows 8 had they not forced the Start Screen on me. It has it's uses for tablet PCs but on the desktop, it just makes alot of common tasks less convenient to carry out. The start screen could've easily been used as a dynamic desktop which could be disabled in the 'Add/remove Windows features' for those like me who wouldn't use it.
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Northern49 Jan 19, 13
harbin, check out ex7forW8. It takes the original Windows 7 explorer.exe (which includes the start menu) and replaces Windows 8s entirely. The Start Screen and all Metro apps are not even accessible, and you still retain all of the other positive features of W8. You just need a copy of the Windows 7 install files for the program to make a copy of the original explorer, either on disc or on a flash drive.

BTW, I agree. Windows 8 should have been a scrollable desktop and not a overlaying application. I don't think it should be uninstallable, just disable-able. Hence the show desktop button could have easily replaced the Start Button.

I've been using this "Start Screen" alternative for months. http://rainmeter.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=14556
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harbin Jan 19, 13
Northern49 without wanting to turn this into a discussion between Windows 7 and Windows 8 that program will look like it will do the job but it is obvious Microsoft didn't listen to feedback with the interface. I don't see why I should have to download a unnofficial 'hack' just for the interface I desire. Not sure if there is any performance, security or other hit on the system but I'll try it out in my W8 VM.

If the key is still working
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Northern49 Jan 19, 13
You shouldn't have to, but you can.
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Nagare Jan 19, 13
Northern49, I am also confused by the lack of 360 controller support in the start screen.

harbin it really isn't that bad. Have you actually given it a chance? You aren't really forced to use it at all other than first boot up. Windows key still allows you to quickly access apps by hitting then typing except its full screen now.
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Northern49 Jan 19, 13
^ Ex7forW8 boots Windows 8 to the desktop instead.

I don't see the Start Screen as an improvement on the Start Menu. It contains little additional functionality, and is in many ways harder to use. There are a lot of oversights done by Microsoft, and I wouldn't blame anyone for sticking to 7 right now, or waiting until Microsoft admits and fixes its failures in Windows 9 in the same way 7 fixed the problems with Vista, and XP fixed the problems with ME. Microsoft just can't get it right the first time.

I'm running Windows 8 atm with Start8, but once the trial expires I may either try to use the Start Screen again, or use Ex7forW8. The only thing I can say I love about Windows 8 is the new login screen and the Netflix app. (which deosn't run on silverlight)
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