Windows 8 Consumer Preview Tops 1 Million Downloads in 24 Hours

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TechLarry

Microsoft has released their own version of the Pontiac Aztek.

I'm predicting a major, epic FLOP on release day.

And change is not bad. STUPID change is bad. Just like those productivity-sucking ribbons in Office.

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cer789

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JohnP

Been using Win8 developer Preview and now Win8 Consumer Preview. I liked the developer preview better as it was faster in boot and multitasking. I think MS still needs to optimize Win8 CP.
There is a LOT to like about the CP version. I already got to try out the REFRESH option (It works! I did not lose any data but had to reload everything again). The Metro interface is OK but like someone else said, jumping back and forth between Metro and the desktop gets old pretty fast.

There are plenty of workarounds for whatever you dislike (replacement start menu, True Launch bar to run programs without going to Metro, quick ways to get to settings without the Charm Bar, etc.) and are easy to implement.

Once someone finds a way to bypass Metro on boot up, then I will be sitting in front of a Win7 machine with the ability to tap into the new improvements that comes with Win8.

Win8 will sell and sell well as it has got some compelling underlying fundamental improvements that folks will come to appreciate. Give it time...

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kixofmyg0t

I was surprised by your comment. I figured you were gonna go into a power rant about it and condemn anyone who didn't use Windows XP or Linux.

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igoka

My first impression after installing and using a little bit was I like it. After three days I can say it looks pretty but absolutely useless. I have already removed it and got back to Windows 7.

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Merkury

You know, I was actually excited to try out Windows 8. I thought that it would be a similar experience to when I used the Windows 7 RC. The Windows 7 RC was so good that I actually installed it on two PCs in my house and used it solely without a dual boot. I installed Windows 8 on Virtualbox and after looking at it for a couple hours, I feel bored and somewhat cheated. This experience that I was looking forward to is simply flawed and less than expected. Microsoft had better start polishing this turd faster because I can't see myself in it yet. Windows 7 is looking pretty good to me now. Maybe Windows 8 will be the new Vista.

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Duck Dodgers

It all comes down to that scary monster called "change". People just down right hate it! And it's not like windows 8 becomes the law and previous systems vanish in thin air upon it's release. If it wasn't for the 20 percent rule, we would all be satisfied with stone wheels and crapping in bushes. So, hold on to your XP's and Windows 7 systems as long as you can, but you will (and should) have to adapt eventually, like all intelligent human beings.

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kixofmyg0t

+1 Exactly.

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damicatz

For the love of all that is sane, Steve Ballmer needs to be fired. And he needs to take Steve Sinofsky with him.

This is a pathetic attempt to Microsoft to leverage their desktop operating system monopoly for the purposes of taking over another market. They did the same thing with Internet Explorer and got in big trouble for it because it's illegal.

Microsoft could never compete in the tablet or smartphone market on its own accords so they are instead railroading desktop users into using a tablet operating system so that they have an instantly large user base.

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TheMiddleman

As opposed to Apple leveraging their mobile OS monopoly to achieve laptop dominance, via OSX 10: iOS 6 uh I mean Mountain Lion? Please.

Get a life.

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damicatz

Uh what Mobile OS monopoly?

Last time I checked, iOS and Android were neck and neck.

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kixofmyg0t

When's the last time you checked? 2010?!

Android took over a long time ago dude.

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kixofmyg0t

Exactly! Microsoft is using their Windows monopoly to take over the Windows market. THEY SHOULD BE HUNG!

Btw what size tinfoil hat do you have?

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Merkury

tinfoil hat... that is funny

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TechLarry

900,000 downloaded to see is the Metro Interface is as bad as the first 100,000 reported.

It is. It's pathetic. Has no business being on a desktop/laptop machine.

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DoctorX

^^^^ This ^^^^

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austin1789

I'm torn at this point. I like the new metro style, I just wished applications launched in it would run in it instead of dropping me back to the same old Windows 7 desktop view. It's kind of like playing Gears of War 3 and between levels playing a single level of Contra on the NES. It's a little jarring going back and forth. New or old, doesn't matter to me. Just pick one please. Preferably new.

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kixofmyg0t

From the time I've spent with it I can say this is the most welcome change in 20 years(besides the NT kernel). For 99% of people this will be a faster easier way to navigate a PC.

I love Metro, but then again I've been using Android as my daily driver PC wise for a year now so I'm used to the experience.

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damicatz

"For 99% of people this will be a faster easier way to navigate a PC."

No it won't.

Forcing everyone to relearn everything by constantly changing around the interfaces doesn't make a PC easier to navigate.

A lot of people use PCs for this thing called work. They want to be able to sit down at their computer and get their work done. They do not like it when everything is constantly changing because they do not have time to relearn things.

I *still* have people asking me questions about the Office ribbon interface and how they can't figure out how to do something anymore because it's changed.

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TheMiddleman

Only if you're using it with a touch screen. Otherwise, it's a pain in the butt to navigate. Don't get me wrong, I love Metro on my 360 with Kinect, but on my non-touchscreen laptop, no deal.

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kixofmyg0t

This is the first major redesign of the Windows "experience" in almost 20 years guy. Yeah "constantly changing" alright.

You are right alot of people use their PC's for work, but they will be using Windows 7 for years and YEARS to come. By the time the corporate world finally decides to update to Win 8 people should know how to use it from their personal PC's.

Btw cool story bro about people asking you about the Office ribbon interface. Windows 8 is moving towards that so it'll be familiar to them. What's the problem?

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DoctorX

let me know when you actually use a pc for more than the web. Like work and gaming.

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kixofmyg0t

OK I do.

Actually I don't use my PC for web browsing anymore. That's what my tablet is for. Gaming on the other hand....yeah not so much. I have a FX-4100 and Radeon 7770 and the only games I play are StarCraft 2 and Red Alert 2 Yuri's Revenge.

I just prefer to game on PS3.

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DoctorX

well some of us that prefer more than a 5 year old pos to game on. ps3, xbox360,wii are all crappy systems. I do everything on my pc: movies, tv, gaming, internet, sports, and most importantly work. I do a bunch of things at once... for instant, I am downloading, websurfing, watching tv, and im'ng at the same time. Can you do that on a PS3? I can tell you that you cannot on Windows 8 as of this time. Unless someone can put a different interface on it, i will pass. Besides, metro is freaking ugly. Looks like my damn commodore 128.

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kixofmyg0t

Cool story bro. Some of us just prefer to game on console.

Btw you cracked me up when you listed all the cool things you do on PC.

Movies? Check.
TV? I'd rather watch TV....ON MY TV.
Gaming? Check.
Internet? NOO WAY DOOD! YOU USE YOURE PC FOR INTERNET!?! You don't say?
Sports? If you use ur PC for "sports" you're doing it wrong. Mouse clicking isn't a sport.
Work? Roger got it.

Oh I especially like when you tried to trump my PS3 with a list of multitasking on ur PC. Well I'm here to ask you can you cook an egg, whistle "The boys are back in town", hop around on one foot while juggling bean bags on ur PC? YEAH I DIDNT THINK SO.

I use my PS3 for what its designed for John. Listing all the things ur doing right now doesn't impress me one bit. Also we all know that comparing Metro to a Commodore 128 is outlandish and just plain wrong.

Nice try though.

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DoctorX

grow up... did you even have a commodore 128? If you get your jollies with ps3.. that is your right. But dont bash others who could care less about consoles. Once you do more than one thing with Metro, it sux. I really dont give a fuck for your opinion and childish remarks. I make a very good living from my PC and I get enjoyment outside of working. Windows 8 is a screwed up mess which looks like romper room had their hand in designing it. That interface has no place on a serious desktop that can do more than 2 things at a time. This interface is such a step back, it reminds me of ProgMan, or for you who are a little young to even know, Windows 3.1. Actually the colors remind of the CGA days. I have beta tested every version of Windows since Windows95.

I have dual 28" panels and trying to run win8 is a jarring experience. For the first time, I will be skipping a release of Windows.

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kixofmyg0t

My childish comments? You're the one who felt compelled to "impress" me with all the neat things you could do with ur PC. You prefer to game on PC, nothing wrong with that. But you get in such a hissy fit and try and bash my preference yet "don't bash others who could care less about consoles". Way to be a hypocrite there guy.

No I did not have a Commodore 128, I preferred my Atari 1040ST. What's ur point? Neither come even close to being comparative to Metro so I still don't see why you brought it up in the first place. That's cool that you've beta tested everything since Win 95, I still remember DOS 3.3 and Windows 2.0. If you're gonna skip this version of windows fine. Shut up about it already. You don't want people bashing you but think its OK to bash everyone else. Grow up kid.

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DoctorX

i tried using it for over 3 hours on download day... and the verdict is meh! I tried to like the interface, but it just gets in the way. Thurrot said all the problems have been fixed, but i see it only got worse. Metro still sux and it is just too hard to do the simplest things. On a touch screen interface, it would not be as bad, but horrid for a desktop still. Reminds me of the braindead moves on linux of Unity and Gnome3. Who are you writing this for microsoft,gnome project, Ubuntu? I will say this.... it is a damn shame on the interface choices because the underlying improvements are must haves... but I still need to be able to use the damn thing.

I actually love the start menu... but I would prefer the old xp style, but the win7 one works fine. To everyone who asks how many times a day do you actually go the the start menu? 10-50 times.. maybe several times in a few minutes.

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TraceyC

"Reminds me of the braindead moves on linux of Unity and Gnome3. "

Exactly. This is just another example of a window manager trying to force what works decently on a mobile small screen platform onto the desktop. It's not a good fit for the destop and only gets in the way. This is not a matter of learning something new, as demonstrated by Unity and Gnome3. This is a matter of trying to force a square peg in a round hole.

I loved Windows 7 from the RC, and am running it on my desktop. It didn't take long to learn what was new, and after that I found it a better fit on the desktop than XP. I use xfce for Linux desktops instead of Gnome3 / Unity because of how much of a PITA the latter are (and I tried to like them). Before that I hadn't used xfce, but again, after I learned it I found it works very well, enough so that it's on my work and personal boxes. Same story as what others are saying - I downloaded, I learned, I uninstalled.

I'm glad there are alternatives that allow us to use what works on our PCs for our needs. From comments and professional articles I've read, Windows 8 just isn't what works for many, many folks at this time.

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kixofmyg0t

I remember people saying almost the exact same thing close to 20 years ago.....

Everyone and their brother complained about the "New" Start menu in Windows 95. Now Microsoft is making another dramatic change and yet again people are so resistant to change.

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DoctorX

uhhh... no... I never heard any complaints about windows95 outside of it being unstable as hell. Windows 95 was a big improvement over win3.11. Windows 98 was a little better... 98Se was the benchmark for a long time.

I am not hesitant to change. In fact I embrace it, but I do not like change for change sake. Hell, I have an android ICS tablet, Gingerbread phone, and a Gingerbread tablet. Not one has the same interface, but they are all touch. Android it totally horrid for a keyboard and mouse. Win8 is in the same boat as with Ubuntu and Gnome3. The interface for touch has no place on a desktop and conversely, a desktop interface has no place on touch.

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Espresso77

I have an Asus transformer. I'd liked to see windows installed on it or something similar. Windows 8 looks like it's trying to straddle all the way from desktops to tablets. Maybe in a couple generations we'll have something intelligent enough that it adapts depending on platform and the hardware you connect. But for now, meh...

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I Jedi

I tried to get a CD key from Microsoft for Windows 8 on day one. Jeez, talk about timing out constantly. I had to wait until about 1 A.M. my time before I could even attempt to try to get a CD key.

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Keith E. Whisman

did you get one or did you get it the way I got mine? By installing windows 8 and having it give you one automatically as it was preparing to install.

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