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Windows 8 Rant / Review

Ludono

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  1. 1. Are you planning on upgrading to Windows 8?

    • Yes, as soon as circumstances allow.
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    • Maybe, I'll wait to see how it turns out over the next few months/years
      1
    • No, I prefer a previous OS more.
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    • No, I usually skip a generation.
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    • I don't use Windows
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So Windows 8, Microsoft's attempt at breathing new life into their traditional OS, to put it bluntly; SUCKS.

 

Now, I'm not one to be against change, quite the opposite rather, I welcome it, embrace it, give it ...well anyway I think change is good. Change keeps the ball rolling, helps things improve upon previous mistakes and all that fun stuff. So I decided to give Windows 8 a fair chance.

 

The Boot Up Time

 

Never before has an operating system started so quickly and so seamlessly. From the moment I press the power button to the moment I am on the "desktop", it takes under 15 seconds. Now, I upgraded to Windows 8 in conjunction with installing an SSD into my system, which likely also helped the boot time, but I am told the Win 8 boots fast no matter if its an SSD or HDD.

 

The OS itself...

 

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So much wasted space

 

Now to the real meat and potatoes of Windows 8. The UI. The Metro UI. Probably the most controversial change Microsoft has made to their tried and true Windows platform.

 

Lets take the standard Windows interface, the desktop with icons and a taskbar at the bottom. To the left of the taskbar you have the start button, a nifty button that lets you access a menu to get to other regions of your PC. The right has a clock with the date, as well as icons for programs you use. Simple, effective, easy to use and understand.

 

Now lets take away that pesky Start Menu (You didn't really need that did you?). Lets get rid of the standard desktop as your starting point and replace it with a bunch of tiles of various shapes and sizes for different programs and apps. Lets take that useful little desktop and turn it into an app to be run alongside other apps.

 

How do I switch between programs if I don't have a task bar you might ask, well Microsoft has replaced the oh so annoying taskbar with a much simpler option. To see which programs you have running (because apps are fullscreen and can't be put into windowed mode) simple move your mouse to the top left of the screen, then swipe down. Voila all your open apps appear down the left hand side! Ingenious!

 

What about shutting your system down? The Metro UI main interface has no power off button anywhere. Or does it? Simply move your mouse to the top right of the screen, swipe down and voila there are those essential Windows functions you've been looking for! Search, Start, Options, and whats this? A Power button! Simple click that, which brings you to another menu, then click "Shut Down". So much simpler right?

 

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Notice the third party start menu, the odd shape/spacing of the taskbar

 

Back to the desktop, which functions as an app, meaning every program you run in the desktop (Non-Win 8 native programs) will essentially be a program running within an app! Appception am I right? Not to mention the lack of a start button which means find programs, or anything really is incredibly out of your way as the "Search" function in the left side menu (known as the Charms menu) only searches your apps, if you want to find a program to run on your desktop app, you'll need to search within the desktop app itself (an advanced search if you will).

 

The taskbar it gives you is about 50% thicker than the Win 8 default taskbar, and the icons on it are about 50% larger as well making everything seem like you're running at a lower resolution than you actually are. And did I mention, you can't customize or change any of that (Well, you can...by installing 3rd party software)? Fun stuff eh?

 

The Apps

 

Now the apps themselves. The new start menu has a bunch of default apps already on it, such essentials such as mail or messaging or games...etc. It's safe to say all are generally terrible. All have terrible UI's and almost every app with prompt you to "log in using your Microsoft account". The Games app for example, looks and acts very much like the Xbox 360 dashboard, complete with advertisements! Because we all want advertisements in our Minesweeper right?

 

The only, slightly, positive...actually I won't even say positive but amusing thing I discovered was that these Windows games have achievements. Which amused me for a good 5 minutes trying to get an achievement in Minesweeper. Other than that. Garbage, the whole lot of apps.

 

I'll specifically throw Skype under the bus here. Skype (being Microsoft owned) has a Win 8 app, which WON'T LET YOU LOG IN WITH YOUR EXISTING SKYPE ACCOUNT, that is unless your existing Skype account is your Microsoft account. So I ended up having to install the Windows 7 version of Skype, on the desktop app, to be able to sign in with my Skype account and have Skype windowed while I worked on a Google Doc with someone, something the app would not let me do.

 

Sure, the Metro UI looks nice....at first, sure the boot time improvement is nice as well. The search (when it worked) was also seemingly a bit faster (though once again that may have been the SSD not the OS) but other than that, Windows 8 seems not like a step backward but rather a step out of the world of Desktop OS's into the world of Tablet and Mobile Phone OS's where the Metro UI actually works WELL. WITH A TOUCHSCREEN. ON A DEVICE NOT MEANT FOR EXTREME MULTITASKING. Imagine that.

 

I feel slightly obligated to give this a score now because I did put review in the title of this post, so I'll give Windows 8....

 

3/10

 

How about you guys? Anyone made the leap yet? Anyone planning to? What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below !



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Geez, Windows 8 sure seems... bad. A desktop app so you can run all of your programs? Why not... have a desktop? Microsoft is so silly.

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I always skip a generation so I wont need to deal with all that nonsense. Yay first vote and comment!! :)

 

Edit: Wait what? how did Gaiages magically appear before me :(

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I'm planning on buying a new desktop soon, but it's going to be a Mac and I plan to run Windows 7 on it for games.

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I plan to run Windows 9 on my Mac Leopard OS 27.45 XZQ.

 

Just kidding. In all regards, I really hope Windows 9 (or whatever it may be called) is good. Please Microsoft, please! D:

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I bought it since I skipped widows 7. I'm not loving it but as I have a tablet and another PC I haven't really attempted to figure it out yet. I have a pop3 email account which Microsoft felt the need to not support in windows 8 so now I can't even use outlook to get my mail!

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I'd suggest trying to return it for a copy of Windows 7 if possible Laddie, Windows 8 just isn't quite useable yet for PCs. Otherwise it looks like you'll have to tough it out!

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I haven't upgraded and probably won't unless I buy a new desktop/laptop that comes with it preinstalled. It looks bad. It is the same OS as the window phones which looks bad too. All it is are just a bunch of quicklink.

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I always skip a generation so I wont need to deal with all that nonsense. Yay first vote and comment!! :)

 

Edit: Wait what? how did Gaiages magically appear before me :(

 

I'm that cool :D

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I'd suggest trying to return it for a copy of Windows 7 if possible Laddie, Windows 8 just isn't quite useable yet for PCs. Otherwise it looks like you'll have to tough it out!

Luckily I didn't install it on both of my computers so I'll suffer through it and hope they make some changes. As for the email there are ways around it or other email clients I can download but I don't really feel I should have to. I have a Roadrunner email address, many people do so I'm confused as to why they stopped support on pop3 accounts.

 

Lately I've thought a lot about getting a Mac, Windows 8 isn't exactly changing my mind either.

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Windows 8 is basically for tablets. Whatever genius thought it made sense on desktops and laptops is an idiot. But not as much as John McAfee, who's now wanted for murder!

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Luckily I didn't install it on both of my computers so I'll suffer through it and hope they make some changes. As for the email there are ways around it or other email clients I can download but I don't really feel I should have to. I have a Roadrunner email address, many people do so I'm confused as to why they stopped support on pop3 accounts.

 

Lately I've thought a lot about getting a Mac, Windows 8 isn't exactly changing my mind either.

See, people defending Win 8 say you can easily install third party start menus.. or mail clients etc. But you shouldn't need to install basic functions of an OS from a third party!

 

I'll always be a Windows guy, well, as long as they don't continue with crap like this. Hopefully Win 9 will be better again.

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Looks and sounds terrible. People like to say "You don't like it because it's different" when in reality different doesn't automatically mean better. Although I already disliked windows, but Win8 is just ridiculous.

 

You should try Ubuntu. It is way better and faster than Windows or Mac could ever be. It's free and you can dual boot if you don't want to give up Windows for games.

 

The easiet way to give it a test drive is to use wubi, it will install like any program would and you can just uninstall if you don't like it or want put it on your machine properly.

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Looks and sounds terrible. People like to say "You don't like it because it's different" when in reality different doesn't automatically mean better. Although I already disliked windows, but Win8 is just ridiculous.

 

You should try Ubuntu. It is way better and faster than Windows or Mac could ever be. It's free and you can dual boot if you don't want to give up Windows for games.

 

The easiet way to give it a test drive is to use wubi, it will install like any program would and you can just uninstall if you don't like it or want put it on your machine properly.

I've used Ubuntu in the past, and while I do like it, Windows is still my go to platform for not just games but a lot of programs. Dualbooting is a possiblity but I find it to be annoying to have to switch boots just to play a game.

 

Plus I'm running off an SSD now so it's pretty fast in Win 7.

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I tried it, and it felt like they slapped a new UI over Win7 to make some money. I realize there is more under the hood going on than that, but I honestly don't care. Win7 is useable, accessable, and doesn't need to be phased out yet. I'd be much happier if MS changed their model to releasing a new OS every 5 years or more; or at the very least waiting for technology to NEED a new OS.

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