Attention Windows Purists: Thinix RetroUI Lets You 'Terminate' Windows 8's New Interface

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Rift2

I can't even install it on my PC CPU is outdated but runs win 7 fine....
Read about it here... nice job MS =)

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-windows_install/error-when-installing-windows-8-release-preview/a2c11f2c-d43b-44fc-9bc0-61805a2d95ef?tm=1338816862951

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Rift2

I'm going to try the consumer preview took me about 8 hours to download on my 156k connection. The problem I have with old PC iswindows 7 it doesn't shut down all the time So maybe win 8 will fix it if it doesn't I'm screwed I gotta reformat and put window 7 back on. I don't think I have room for a partion I'll check again.

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Baer

The only thing I do not like about the new interface is the optimization for touch screen. I have a touch screen Lenovo Notebook that works fine with Win 8 but I have no intention of reaching across 30" to my three monitors to use the interface and I hate fingerprints on my screens so that has taken away my enthusiam for going to Win 8 on my main workstation(s)

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Shalbatana

This sounds good, and if it comes down to it, I'll put it on my home computer.

My only issue with it is that in a few more months there'll be ways to do this for free from other people (indeed, see below for part of the solution).

That said I'd gladly pay such a nominal fee if the company offers lifetime updates.

On the other hand.... what if it turns out I don't actually mind metro on my desktop?

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pennystocksgo.com

That is nice windows and good perform, I like this windows, cause that is new products from windows.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Dee duh dee!

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pennystocksgo.com

That is nice windows and good perform, I like this windows, cause that is new products from windows.

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whr4usa

I'd just like to point out how all you need to do is place the "show desktop" shortcut into the "startup programs" folder in order to achieve identical behavior for $0 [free]

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Ledoubleu

Genius.

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cr8n

"But Daddy, I'm scared of the future"
"See honey, you just have to press this little windows button once and look - back to how it was"
"But noooo, I'm scaaaaared. I want everything to stay just the way it is, forever."
"But you have all these icons on your phone honey and you like them there, and soon you'll have a touchscreen computer too and you'll be able to do the same, see?"
"Nooooo, I'm scared! Make it go away"

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

And to think, Microsoft marketing has had to resort to trolling forums and news sites to counter public perception with a campaign of insults and false testimonial.

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JeffDenver

So you are basically saying "the future" is superfluous, uglier, more annoying to use, and annoying to bypass? Yay future.

In other news, all mice will now have only one button. Simpler is better! Don't be afraid of the future!

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MarioJP

I know a friend that is still on windows 98. Must be one of those type of situations where he works. Its just weird. I was like holy crap lol.

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Xessive

Hmm, so you can get Windows 8 and then buy RetroUI to make it function like a more traditional Windows desktop style. Is it really worth the trouble? It makes a lot more sense to just stick with Windows 7.

The features of Windows 8 are not significant enough to warrant a change from Windows 7; at least not as grand as the change from XP or Vista to 7.

RetroUI just comes as off as an opportunist trying to fish for cash from gullible customers. Save your $5 and stay with Win7. If you bought a PC with Win8 pre-installed, you may as well set it up with Win7.

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MarioJP

The problem there is that it does warrant the significant changes. For starters. It looks and performs better than 7. Not sure of many is aware. But windows 7 transfer window has a glitch where you can't really tell when it is done. Looks like the progress bar is complete but its not really complete. Only way you know for sure is when it disappear. In other words. The transfer meter is not accurate and does not seem it is optimized for flash drives either. I did a test on this between 7 and 8. For some reason 8 seems to copy files faster off the flash drive than 7 does.

It has been fixed on 8. Just thought i point that out.

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jonnyohio

You can get a program called teracopy for windows 7 to solve that problem and it is free...I'm still not sold on upgrading yet. Doesn't seem like its worth the price.

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bpstone

I have Windows seven and don't need or want eight.

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whitneymr

+1

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maxeeemum

They should rename the "Metro" UI to "Mystery" because it's a mystery how to use it on a PC/laptop for an average user.

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/youtube_video_shows_how_real_people_react_windows_8

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maxeeemum

Tell that to the guy in the video!

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Philippe Lemay

I thought Stardock had fixed this already with Start8.

I haven't tried it myself (haven't moved onto Win8 yet), but I had heard it worked just fine at effectively removing the Interface Formerly Known as Metro.

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John Pombrio

It does, it works, it's free, and Start8 still lets the user interact with Metro. Retro UI is a poor imitation and it costs money to boot.

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nadako

Try out INFUpdate it will change the desktop back to windows 7 style.

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WilliamAngelo

Microsoft already blocked a workaround once before.

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9230024/Microsoft_blocks_Windows_8_Start_button_boot_to_desktop_hacks

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MarioJP

they didn't block it they rip out the start menu code which is no issue with me though.

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MarioJP

I really don't see what's the complaining about. Windows 8 desktop is better than 7. I got used to the metro already. So whats the fuss really?

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biggiebob12345

I'm sure you were also first to jump over to vista and think it was great too...

Newest != best.

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MarioJP

Not really but eventually did. The issue with vista was with lack of driver support which later got fixed in SP1. The main reason was that when i built my rig it has 8GB of RAM exceeding what XP can handle so went to vista 64.

I really don't see the issue with metro. To me its much easier to search for stuff quickly.

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Chronologist

I don't understand the windows 8 hate. Do you guys just not like metro?
I'm more than fine with it. I just start up my computer and click the desktop mode tile. Would I spend the extra money to upgrade from windows 7? No, probably not. But is it a good OS to upgrade older XP-Vista machines to? Of course it is. And with these new 3rd-party software out on the market, I won't be surprised to see a free cracked version floating around on torrent sites in the months after win8 officially drops. And even if we don't see that, I'm not that stingy to the point of refusing to pay 5 dollars for a 3-pc license. Come on guys. This is maximumpc. We're willing to drop down a couple hundred, to a couple thousand on gaming rigs, but too miserly to pay that extra 5 dollars on top of a $40 upgrade? And that besides, no one's forcing you to go windows 8. Like windows 7? Stay on it. Microsoft won't be axing support for it for at least 5 years. By then, the so-called good OS/bad OS cycle dictates that in 5 years we'll all have a lovely new Windows OS that we can stick to Apple's face.

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MarioJP

Yeah i don't get it with these people. Its only software. Its not like its unusable or anything like that. Everything is practically there. I bet these people if they could would run xp forever and ever and ever not realizing how outdated that OS is becoming. It is one of these situation, just going to have to let these people go, as they refuse to change.

With that said I really could see Windows 8 selling, including those all in one PC's especially.

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igoka

I don't get it what is the point of this , that it would look like win7 ? Why not just to keep using win7 , instead of using win8 and pretending that it's win7 . Huh ? What benefits win8 has that you would pay additional money for make up ?

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John Pombrio

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/261955/five_reasons_to_make_the_switch_to_windows_8.html#tk.hp_fv

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illusionslayer

Tell me, is the ignorance really bliss?

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SpaceyJacey

This is effectively the same as forcing your new girlfriend to wear you old girlfriend's clothes. Get over her and move on!

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don2041

My old girlfriend is awesome, she runs my household, takes care of my finances,fetches information for me, she even plays games with me,and she does this all with ease. She does not wrap herself in flashy clothes, or pretend to be something she is not. I don,t drop my old girlfriend Just because some flashy new broad moved into the hood.

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don2041

I like my old girl friends clothes.

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Engelsstaub

I sometimes wear my old girlfriend's clothes when my new girlfriend is away.

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Neufeldt2002

I am voting with my wallet on this, no Win 8 in my house. By buying Win 8 and then disabling Metro you are telling MS that they won with Metro and they won't change anything, they probably won't anyway but the only true tool we have to show our disapproval is by not buying.

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Scatter

I feel the same way as you do but I know damn well that Microsoft will pull some bullshit and purposely make their next Direct X Windows 8 only.

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igoka

I don't know about you but I don't buy that bullshit about Direct X anymore . Transition from version 8 to 9 was big I mean you could really see the difference . Now from 9 to 10 or 11 the difference is so subtle that I don't see reason to upgrade . Yea you can say "look there are some feathers looks better " or something else but when I play the game I don't pay attention to those details.

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biggiebob12345

More like "here's some feathers that look better if you magnify your screen 200x".

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igoka

Exactly , lol.

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germanogre

Oh, it'll do a fine job blocking metro. Until MS sends out a "security update" that disables it and forces metro on us again. Windows 7 sales were huge. The only way MS can continue to see those big sales is to F$#k up windows... and then make windows 9 great. Cut off security updates to windows 7, get people to think of 9 as their escape from metro, and rake in the $$$. I highly doubt they will support 7 as long as XP.

Maybe I'm paranoid / bitter of corporations right now, but it seems a likely scenario to me.

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WilliamAngelo

Windows 7 is supposed to be supported until Jan. 2020

http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/?LN=en-us&x=9&y=11&c2=14019

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Bullwinkle J Moose

"Seeing a serious business opportunity in disabling Metro UI features in Windows 8 PCs owned by businesses and other large organizations, Thinix has announced separate pricing for them."

Good thing businesses like spending all that money to make the desktop more like XP's out of box config

Too bad Windows 7 & 8 users can't run about 20% of the software that runs on XP just fine

Hey look, Newegg still has XP compatible Hard Drives without the new crap format

so...

what were we talking about?

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poee

And too bad XP can't run 24% of the software that Win7 runs just fine.

BTW, why did you upgrade from Win98se? You clearly wasted money on that fancy new XP when 98 worked perfectly fine...

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Bullwinkle J Moose

So I should buy all the new software that I already have working on XP again and buy newer hardware to run it? (even though it runs fine as it is?)

Can't help you on that other stuff
I never used DOS 4,6 or 98
(Not compatible with what I had)

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The Corrupted One

Terminated.

Bitch.

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loozer

Costes muchos casholaz. I really can't approve of this while there are many free alternatives. (classic shell, start8, vistart, etc.)

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keyzs

seriously with all that talent at MS... why cant they just allow users to select the UI during the install stage and perhaps make and option within Control Panel like add / remove Windows features and stuff?

just wondering how many ppls will be willing to pay $5.00 for a third party software just to override the default UI; personally i for one will NOT. it frankly doesnt make any sense. this payment doesnt not enhance the OS's performance nor does it contribute to anything significant. this UI thinngy should be a SETTING!!!

it is so true that this wasnt the case when Bill was running the company. nowadays its pencil pushers who are thinking with another part of the anatomy while screwing up an almost perfect OS.

integration with multiple devices is fine, just make them add ons. who the fxxx needs a touch screen interface if one doesnt own a touch screen panel????????????

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