Windows 8 on Arm – Everything You Need To Know About WOA

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hackmaster

While I'm glad Windows is still using Intel, it's disheartening how many changes are being made. I flipped out when I heard legacy software won't work. Well, I hope this doesn't kill Microsoft. At this point, self-respecting programmers have two choices: This or Unix.

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Michael Ellis

*stockpiles copies of Win7 in preparation...

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pcmaximus

i already know everything i need to know about windows 8, and 9 and 10 and 11 and...., you betcha i'll be running it on a x86 platform...

forget about arm.

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illusionslayer

9, 10, and 11 might be looking at an entirely new architecture.

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riopato

Forget WOA. I want to know about windows 8 on Medfield! Would this be considered as an x86 or arm alternative install?

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Cregan89

Intel only makes x86 based chips, Medfield is no exception. So Medfield will run the x86 version of Windows 8.

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illusionslayer

Well shit, Intel's going to dominate in this market then. Any tablet running medfield's going to be preferable to anything ARM because Intel can dump advertising on it and it will be able to do a lot more than ARM equivalents.

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Cregan89

Yeah but ARM devices will be cheaper, thinner, lighter, cooler (temperature wise), and have better battery performance for at least a couple years still.

I personally won't be getting a WOA device any time in the near future, but for the average PC user, WOA will be more than enough once the Windows Store starts to fill out.

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riopato

That would mean android runs on x86 since Lenovo and motorola has an android phone on Medfield?

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Cregan89

Yes.

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riopato

?

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Teody

They don't need to change the colors. They just need to make everything 3D - the logo and Windows8 and more window-like not like a tile. After all we are in 3D age.

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seeker00

I spoke to some Microsoft techs. I had an idea, I told them they ought to create a Linux/Windows Hybrid. I got a call back a few a days later but couldn't get to the phone in time. Caller I.D. said Microsoft. I tried to call back but HAD a s_it load of problems getting through so I hung up and said,"forget it". I still think my idea is a FANTASTIC one. Just think, a Windows/Linux Hybrid Operating system. If what is being said about Win 8 is true, I want no part of it. Did you know Microsoft has a Linux Program (OS)? I think it is called
MS Linux and has a penguin on the box. Check it out, I copied the url http://www.mslinux.org/ Microsoft PLEASE don't screw up Win8!

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nbrowser

Windows 8, the OS where Microsoft didn't take user advice on the product.

Yet when Windows 7 came out they were overjoyed to show they listened. then again the travesty known as Vista was a memory they'd soon like to forget.

I'll wait til someone takes Windows 8 and learns how to shut crap like Metro off before I'll even look at it.

I want a PC, not a mobile interface plastered on to my dual screens !

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JohnP

Turn off Metro UI in Win8. Let me Google that for you:

http://techwalls.com/news/how-to-enable-disable-windows-8-metro-ui/

It takes, oh, 30 seconds to download, 30 seconds to run.

Next bitch? Start menu changed back to Win7 style? Let me Google that for you- no,wait, perhaps you are smart enough to do it yourself...

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Cregan89

John I'm pretty confident that Microsoft isn't even going to include the code for the old Start Button and Start Menu in the Windows 8 Beta and going forward to the RTM. It's probably going to be significantly more difficult to disable Metro and enable the old interface, and will probably require completely 3rd party code to do so (not a simple RegEdit). So I think people should get used to the idea that Metro isn't going anywhere and is here to stay.

What I wouldn't be completely surprised about though is if Microsoft offers an option to choose the default login interface between Metro, Desktop, and Media Center. That way when you login you could be brought to the Desktop interface, but it will still be tightly integrated with the Metro Interface. The Charms bar will still be there, system prompts will still be of the Metro style, and clicking in the bottom left hand corner will still bring you to the Metro Start Screen. I doubt such a feature will exist in the Beta since we would have heard leaked info on it by now, but I could see such a feature being implemented by the RC. We'll see though.

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maxeeemum

But you shouldn't have to do that!!!

I did this and what I have now is an extremely striped down version of Win7 (not much pre-installed software). So striped down that WMP will not play a DVD. I had to install VLC.

If you want Win7 get it before it's gone or wait for Win9.

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szore

Agreed.

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livebriand

I'd be happy if Office Home and Student was included for free with Windows x86 (that's basically what's included with ARM). Also, due to compatibility and stuff, I kinda feel that Windows for ARM will end up like NT4 for PowerPC - no one cared. But then again, it sorta sounds like they want regular machines and things to sorta compete with android tablets with some similar codebase... I guess we'll see...

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loozer

No Flash!

Locked down Extremely limiting WinRT with incomplete language and API support=
Not going to be fixed; Mandatory!

App store=
Closed; not open!

Expected result:no 3rd party browsers.

Conclusion:WOA is dead from birth. Long live Wintel!

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maxeeemum

After reading the story WOA looks kind of shaky but anything Win8 does. Like DOA!

This reminds me of the Zune that was put out to compete against Apple's iPod. Remember how that worked out!

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Ashton2091

Hey....it worked for apple lol

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Hey.That_Dude

Really, no off? Jeez even the iPad turns off. Or at least enters "won't accept input except from one button to wake me" mode.
This part just sounds terrible to me... IDK maybe it's just me.

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poppy211

stay away from this super lemon arm are a failure now win 8 wont help
it tablets for windows are a big failure now this os is junk i used it for one day preview and got rid of it i dont want this garbage o/s
tiles on a pc are you kidding me very hard to turn off what a joke

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Peanut Fox

ARM is the biggest threat to Intel. How is it a failure? Heck. I bet you've got 10 devices in your home right now running on ARM based hardware.

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Ashton2091

Arm a failure? U sure about that?

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457R4L

What about windows media center functionality?

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poppy211

this is a new feature there is none if you want to do anything in win 8 you buy a tile program like apple ipad

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Justin.Kerr

Unless they make a metro version of media center you won't find it on WOA.

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