Rumor: Windows 8 Release Candidate to Arrive in May

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smartnetadmin

Following is a list of functions that I would like to see native in the upcoming Microsoft Windows 8 Operating System:

Less Graphic User Interface changes. I would prefer greater focus on further developing Windows technology rather than the format or appearance of the User Interface. Changes to the User Interface should be optional.

More fully developed Integrity Check. System File Checker is a relatively simple utility. I would like to see a sophisticated utility that is able to check the default integrity of the MBR, Windows registry, policies, services, ASLR, DEP, SEHOP, WMI, DCOM, CAPI2, Security Center, Firewall, Visual C++, .Net Framework, Oracle Java, Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader and other third-party dependencies, etc. This utiility should have the ability to restore all file associations including EXE, COM, BAT, VBS and CMD to default values. Detection of rootkits like Mebroot, Sinowal, etc. should be native to the operating system.

More fully developed Email Import Process. At all times, native applications in previous versions of Microsoft Windows should be fully supported in the latest version of Microsoft Windows. Commonly, there is no import process support for a previous version of a native Email Client such as Microsoft Outlook Express or Windows Mail. Therefore, a number of steps must be performed in order to migrate this data to the latest version of Microsoft Windows. The process of transferring email from one version of Microsoft Windows to the current version should be extremely straight-forward.

More fully developed Error Reporting. Critical System Errors such as a failing Display Adapter, failing Hard Drive, Driver Conflicts, Application Conflicts, Converted Crash Dumps, Security Threats and Hardware Sensors should be brought to the attention of the User. Critical information should not be hidden in the Event Viewer. Error messages should be verbose rather than cryptic. Examples: A native Windows Service could be employed to monitor drives using SMART technology and alert the User when appropriate. Another example would be heat-related sensor information supplied by SensorsView Pro. Another example would be changes made to the System by an exploit which has compromised System Integrity.

More fully developed Windows Easy Transfer. There are a number of default data locations used by native and third-party applications in Program Files, Program Data, Application Data and Microsoft SQL Server Desktop Contexts. Windows Easy Transfer should be more fully aware of default data locations and convert data when required.

More fully developed Windows Update. A more advanced Windows Update process that is aware of security updates required for third-party applications such as Oracle Java, Adobe Flash and Adobe Reader.

Port scan. At the command line, a port scanner like NMAP and NETCAT.

More fully developed Ping. At the command line, a more sophisticated ping utility like HPING.

More fully developed Remote Control. At the command line, the ability to perform commands on remote hosts like Sysinternals PsExec.

More fully developed Network Map. The Network Map function within the Network and Sharing Center is extremely limited. NetworkView would be an example of a far more sophisticated application using SNMP and WMI.

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bigrigross

The only way I will buy Windows 8 is if they give me the ability to disable metro. The tweaks to the OS and the absolute fluidity of Windows 8 is amazing. Its runs well on a regular HDD but on a SSD is just very fast. My startups and shutdowns have decreased dramatically and its just snappier. But Metro is the only hindrance. Its great for a touch screen, but its too... cluttered. It reminds me too much of Windows Media Center. Sucked using it with a mouse, but a remote made it useable. Plus those charms suck.

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wolfing

When Windows 7 was coming, I was excited as hell. With Windows 8 I couldn't be less interested. It's not appealing in the least. Guess I'll be using Windows 7 for as long as I used Windows XP

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PawBear

I want to know about speed , safety, and practicality as a desktop OS. Any additional modularity in features, feature enhancements, simplified kernel?

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Papaspud

I guess I am in the minority, I really disliked W8 the first time I tried it, But after taking the time to familiarize myself with it, I like it. It is very smooth and I have had 0 problems with it, even for gaming.

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georgey

Is it substantial enough to pay for and deal with the headache of an upgrade (or fresh install)? Just curious, I was never able to get the Previews installed.

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AudioCraZ

Windows 8:

Removing the "start" bar.... Like Windows 3.1x
Square simple buttons.... Like Windows 3.1x
Everything located in one spot..... Like Windows 3.1x

Seriously, is Windows 8 move forwards, or backwards. The storage pool is about the only thing that is somewhat interesting, other than that, I see no reason to run Windows 8. It is making me want to run Linux as a default OS.

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SilverSurferNHS

less is more - simplicity is beautiful

what did you want:
octagonal icons that destroy your enemies and make you dinner
apps exploded into every nook and cranny of the OS

to some people it will be either or, depending on how open minded one is
i totally support jumpin on a linux distro though - Linux Love Here!

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livebriand

I REALLY hope they let me disable the fricking metro UI. PLEASE!!!!!

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JohnP

Heh, what Metro UI? I have not used Metro in a couple of weeks now. Bypassed by a start menu jump to desktop and no password to type, I only see it for 20 seconds or so during boot up. I treat like the birdy thing during start up, just killing time until the desktop shows up.
The other thing I am NOT using is a start menu replacement. I have it running but dang if I have touched it in more than a week...

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szore

OK, so then what about Win 8 itself? You like or not? BTW OPUS was great, but not $60.00 great (for me). The only features I used was duplicate finder and search, and it did those excellent. Id pay 10 bucks, not 60.

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RaptorJohnson

why would anyone buy win8?

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kevaskous

List of reasons too long to type, if you don't know then look it up, it improves on win 7 in every way, whether or not you like metro doesn't change that fact, period.

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GenMasterB

OK, I agree there are a lot of things to like about Win8 (I've used developer and preview), and I own a android tablet along with a iPad 2, so touch interfaces are the norm for me, BUT Radically changing the way we think about desktop environments are just going to freak out John Q. Public. I'm a IT tech by trade and I have already seen some clients sit totally confused in front of Win8. Whether you like it or not does not change the fact I can see IT dept's absolutely refuse to implement that OS just for the training expenses alone. Old school windows users by and large will not be happy with a simplified interface. I have clients that use multiple displays for engineering (3 38" lcd's) with 20+ windows open.. now tell me how is that going to work with our lovely 2 window max big button interfaces? M$ needs to look at this again and make sure the powerusers dont get left to look at pretty pictures while not getting any work done.. I feel you should be able to pick the interface you prefer with a simple click. nuff said..

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scoop6274

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I've been talking about IT shying away from Win 8 since I know metro was the start menu. Corporations aren't going to touch it if the IT departments won't endorse it.

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SilverSurferNHS

well said; moreover apparently its hip to trash on W8
uninformed users don't get it... while some gripes have good grounds and will probably be fixed/ amended, others are unsubstantiated hipster trash. i like the POTENTIAL for a unified OS among devices and the POTENTIAL idea of switching interfaces depending on the device - just a thought

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kevaskous

Agreed i don't follow the talk of the town, only what is better and isn't, I'm OCD enough to time my daily tasks if i really wanna know something is more intuitive to use, Win 8 is better on every regard.

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scoop6274

while it may be intuitive for you to use, this is not the case for everyone. I understand how to use Windows 8, I even embraced and endorse the ribbon interface in Office 2007, but metro is disjointed on a desktop (for me). I don't like 8 and will not be switching unless they bring back the regular start menu. Plus, I still think the average user will be lost in Windows 8.

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