Windows 8 Now Available for Pre-Order, Are You In?

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znod

I'll be testing Win8 on a Win7 capable laptop via my Technet subscription. At this time, I am mostly a Mac user, but I might end up with a new Win8 laptop for old times sake. I won't be interested in upgrading my desktop for a long time if ever because of the potential software, firmware, and BIOS problems I might encounter. I am tired of solving unforeseen problems because of the complexities involved. The potential issues related to my desktop configuration are not something I want to face right now--e.g., dual boot/dual RAID 0's/bootable solid state drive, etc., etc., etc., etc.

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Meat_Juice

Installed Ubunto in response to Windows 8. Easier than I thought to migrate to.

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QuadraQ

I think it's time to learn Linux.

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znod

Apparently, you have to become one with Linux. :)

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Andrew.Hodge

One does not simply *learn* linux.

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LGA1156

No early adopter per-order discount like when 7 was released? PASS

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Vixremento

I've tried it a little and it's just not for me. I may change my mind if I get myself a touch screen for my desktop but without that I'd rather stick with Windows 7 for a bit longer:
- Metro screen is not fun to use (I just don't like it - having to navigate for your apps using it is a pain and even if I won't to go with it then why can't I have more control over it's customisation? Perhaps some of this is already possible (it's been a while) but I'd want fixed "tile groups" without the auto re-arranging thing it does, ability to change the size of specific tiles, a built in search text box right there at all times that just searches the metro tile stuff, etc.). Alternatively the option to just turn it off permanently would be good too.
- Accessing simple things now seems to take longer (moving your mouse to the four corners / edges of the screen to do something just feels painful).
- No Start button. Sure, we could get used to something new but having that little button/orb for so long in so many different versions of windows has kind of forced us into the habit - surely we can't be blamed for complaining about it's removal?).

I'll install a copy on a VM at work at some point to see if I can get used to it for that purpose...but for a personal OS I'll pass for now.

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cscamp20

I dont get why people keep saying that windows 8 is built for tablets. Maybe you guys haven't tried windows 8 yet. I went to the Microsoft store more than a month ago and the associate had a windows 8 installed in one of their employee tablets. Guess what! i think it is great! this is coming from someone who switched to a mac about 5 years ago. I own an ipod touch, iphone, Ipad, Macbook and and Imac . In fact way too many than i needed :) and guess what i actually think Windows 8 is great. definitely something different with the Metro interface.

Many will be a confused with the Metro interface but guess what? you dont have to use the Metro UI. THere is an option to make ot look like the old windows desktop and yes! to all the older people out there, it is the one with the start menu button....but why would i use want the old windows desktop. Metro is so much better.

Unless Apple shows something new with the iPad mini and if it is the same old OS ui like my old ipod touch 2nd gen then i will definitely buying a windows surface tablet and will be upgrading my windows 7 HTPC to Windows 8

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znod

"older people"??? Smile when you day that partner! :) I hate to tell you (not!!!), but your comment is so typical of younger people. It illustrates their complacency and complicity in accepting/supporting watered down-ness and superficiality (:

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dantfmly

I am not dogging you for having apple products, being somebody who likes apple products explains why you like Windows 8. With windows 8 Microsoft is trying to emulate the the interaction of Apple on their mobile OS's. They just work, and you are on lock down. What they want you to have is what you get. for all of us old windows users, and those of us that despise apple for that very reason (ME) hate windows 8. I do not like the look of metro interface, i do not like how it works, or anything about it. At least not for a keyboard and mouse none touch screen PC. It takes way more mouse movement to do the same things as before, and it has been dummified down for the average user (not me). I like the way windows has been up until windows 8 with more control, and works better for a mouse. But then again, if it has the eyes of apple fans, then maybe they are are the right money track, and attract the PC users they have been losing to apple over the last couple of years. The only real problem i have with it is that Microsoft did not make it built into the OS to be able to choose if you want the metro interface for your mobile and touchscreen devices and turn off the metro screen for your normal no touchscreen PC with mouse and keyboard. I downloaded the preview and tried it, it definitely concreted my opinion there is no way in hell i am putting it on my none touch screen PC until Microsoft builds that option into the OS. I should not have to pay for and download third party programs to turn off metro and to bring back the start menu.

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znod

See my above post. I mostly agree with you. But, I mainly use Apple everything--MacBook Pro, Mac Air, "new" iPad, and iPhone 5 (Mt. Lion and iOS6). Doing so is just plain convenient, and the quality of the hardware is excellent as is Apple support--even without AppleCare (i.e., via the forums and online help). Still, I am not a fanboy. I have always liked the newer Windows interfaces a tad better than that of OS X. But, please note that even Mt. Lion functions with the "old" interface without problem. That is, you can ignore all the pad-type junk. This stuff is OK for a pad/phone, but not for a computer. Ironically, the Apple OS is getting more like I used to think of Windows as being--in your face and arrogant. And, the most arrogant computer users I have ever encountered are the knowledgeable Mac users. Then, there are the Apple zombies--including many of the knowledgeables. They are the one's that think that Apple can do no wrong and use incredibly twisted logic to support their views. Unfortunately, those that become the lower-ranking zombies learn to parrot the more knowledgeables very quickly. And, the in-breading goes on and on and on.

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Nimrod

Most likely. If the bench marks show that the new improvements dont really pan out then i might skip it. But AFAIK NO ONE has tested the new DX11.1 UI because uh...duh no one has a DX11.1 video card yet. Ill reserve judgment till after the first of 2013 when the next gen DX11.1 AMD cards drop.

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maxeeemum

I wouldn't use Windows 8 on my main PC even if they gave it away for free. I won't buy a Win8 tablet, WinPhone 8, Xbox, Windows Store Apps, Office 2010 or even sign up for outlook.com e-mail. Microsoft's strategy for everybody to live in a M$ world under W8 is just delusional.

After using W8 previews on a spare PC it is a lesson in frustration and shows a total disregard to its customers. The average user will not be able to use it on a desktop/laptop. And big deal if it boots faster and runs games slightly faster when everything else takes longer to do.

The real question is will Steve Ballmer still be the CEO of Microsoft this time next year?

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machew100

Everyone below me is butthurt and annoyed. I'm getting Windows 8. As the name suggests, it's pro.

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Brechan

Pass

If I wanted my desktop to look like a smartphone, then I'd buy a smartphone.

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ShyLinuxGuy

If Windows 8 was divvied up into two versions: Tablet and Standard (which would basically be similar to Windows 7 UI), for instance, I would buy it. I would expect the Standard version to not have the Metro interface. The Metro interface should only be designed for touch/tablet-type devices. This isn't the case, and like Ubuntu with the Unity interface, they want to induce touch UI's all across the board (even with Windows Server 2012). Touch doesn't do well on a workstation or laptop PC. Those are always going to be point-and-click-and-type platforms. If Microsoft expects this to be a bigger success, they should have recognized that touch UI is to be divided from traditional UI. It's too late now.

On another note, the Windows 8 box looks something like Adobe or Apple would package their software in.

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itzabo

Been running Win 8 since RTM release.
I admit I missed the start menu.
I added Startdock's START8, Problem Solved.
Why do all these people insist on bashing it?
Might be because they are afraid of change.
Faster boot time... My system boots in 15 Seconds.
Resume form sleep.. less than 5 seconds, it takes my
monitors longer to turn back on.
Better Dual Monitor Support

I also use Linux and OS X
Linux Servers... Rock Solid
OS X, Ugh! Don't like it.

Change is good!!

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tkilian12

I think Windows 8 isn't as bad as people think it is, if you think of the metro start screen as a bigger, better start menu, then it's really not that bad. I was just like the majority of you, I thought that it was a dumb idea and was never going to be natural to use with a mouse and keyboard. But it is actually quite natural to use. What I am really scared about is that Microsoft is trying to make Windows 8 with more of a closed garden approach. That is the real threat with Windows 8. Forget about metro's little annoyances when you can't get certain games because Microsoft didn't approve them to be used with Windows. That is the real problem with the future of Windows. And when Microsoft decides to totally close off Windows, that is when I will be switching to Linux.

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DogPatch1149

He says, "Are you in?"

I say, "Are you kidding?"

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dantfmly

Hell No. I won't go. To windows 8 that is. Not until they get a desktop version that drop the former metro interface, and brings the desktop and start menu back in full. Android all the way for mobile. I had the squares on windows phone. I like icons and the ability to make it look the way I want. Which i can do with both windows 7 for desktop, and android for mobile. Apple and the new windows can screw off with the its going to be my way or the highway attitude.

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DocBogus

No. Productivity has to do with control, not with changing tools all the time. Boot times counts are for sissies and pussies.

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B.A.Frayd

Like many others have stated: What's the point when I am already running the best OS MS has ever made in Windows 7.

NO, I'm not in.

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pratikrawankar

I am sticking with Windows 7 on my monstor desktop
no headache

windows 8 is good for my secondary laptop __hardly use it less than 12 hrs a month <>

windows 8 is a next flop OS from MS
its a """"""""REBIRTH OF VISTA""""""""

bloody hell
die win 8 die

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warptek2010

Pass for now at least. If (big IF) performance on a Bulldozer significantly improves due to better scheduling then I might but only if it's a significant improvement. Win 7 is all I need for the foreseeable future and really, no current issues with the performance of my machine anyway.

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Architek9

You can shove that windows 8 disc right up your ass steve

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steven4570

going to pass on this, I'll be hopeful for Windows 9 and hope Microsoft has their head screwed on right.

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livebriand

Good luck getting me to adopt a tablet OS... NOT!

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DU00

So you are getting Win8?

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boidsonly

I have my original CD's for W95/98/98SE/XP (w/all SP's) but I will NOT be upgrading from Win7 to Win8.
I ran it in a virtual environment for all of one day. It infuriated me so much it was uninstalled that same night.
What in the hell are you thinking M$?!

Please delete the spambag who posted his ad below...

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Electrik

How long will Win 7 be sold? I think I'll buy at least one more OEM of 7 Pro.

XP disappeared immediately after Vista released, which in turn vanished with 7.

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_Jono_

I like the box metro design but the colors and art behind the windows is a turn off. Puke green and every shade of blue with slinkys and paint blobs... yuck.

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Mikey109105

Hey Steve, take your Windows 8 OS and shove it right back up into that hole form whence it came!

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Engelsstaub

I'm down. I could use a "better" version of Windows for virtualization. All I have right now is a copy of XP running in a VM on an OS X host. (Sold both of my PCs in the last month.) I would actually prefer Windows 8 over 7 for that...it seems less of a resource-hog.

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Donkey Fingers

Windows 7 is so good, why change? Just so Microsoft can force us all into their ridiculous, tablet-based ecostructure? To hell with Microsoft. Windows 8 pisses me off so bad that when I can't run Windows 7 anymore I'm going to move to Linux. Microsoft has become the evil empire as far as I'm concerned. They think they can bully us all into moving to tablets instead of desktops. Metro, lol what a joke. No thanks.

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Citizen Snips

I've been using it for the last couple weeks because my uni gives it to me for free. It's damn sexy.

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leo655

Played with a little no value over WIN7 unless you get a touch screen, and even then very little.

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Andrew.Hodge

I'll put it on the Velociraptor for gaming. I think it'll be worth it seeing as how I am running an 8150. Some good thread scheduling will be nice. I'll still keep Linux Mint on my WD 1TB, though, for REAL computing...

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someuid

"Remember a fresh install of win7 when it was released? And after a couple years of updates, look at it now."

You got that right. I keep a bare minimum of stuff on my gaming machine - Chrome, Java, Flash, Steam, and Avast, and after each patch Tuesday, it feels like it takes a bit longer to fire up to the point the hard drive stops grinding.

It used to be up and done in 30 seconds. Now it's 2 minutes. There's no reason for this, expecially with 16GB on board.

Edit: this was supposed to be in response to DAC. Moving too fast this Friday, waiting for the end of the work day.

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SilverSurferNHS

Maybe your not doing proper house cleaning. I wouldn't dare tell someone else how to use their PC, especially not on a PC enthusiast site, but i know what i do to keep my installs pristine and it boots the same after my list of essentials and fun stuff is complete. Even down the road after patches, and a set of apps i want to run at boot (like server services for remote, hosting, sharing and protection). That Java and Avast part of your statement doesn't help your position either :)
Again, not lookin' ta flame, just tryin' ta help a brutha out!

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Jeffredo

No, I just installed Windows 7 a year ago (yeah, took me that long to leave XP). Its running beautifully and I see no need to change. I'll wait for the next Windows version - much in the same way I sat out Vista.

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Happy

Not until I have to. I really hope Android and other OSes win because the way things are going we will soon have no ability to load other OSes on any major machine, we won't have encryption and we won't have any privacy whatsoever. It's really scary what the future is beginning to look like.

P.S. I'm not a conspiracy theorist.

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bloodgain

I'm probably going to pass on it. Aside from some minor Metro annoyances -- which you can almost certainly solve with registry hacks or shell hacks -- Windows 8 seems like it will be very usable and stable. However, as Windows 7 is most of the same without Metro, I don't see a compelling reason to switch. If I find there is some beneficial performance gain or great benefit, I may switch systems as it seems appropriate. For example, if it will make my HTPC a little better at its job, I might opt for it on my next build.

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Laszlo44

Maybe to update my Iconia Tab w500 tablet but otherwise no. Win7 is nice, solid and stable and my wife is finally understanding it. I don't want to spend another 2 years helping her understand a new OS.

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leonardtj

No I will not and I won't ever own a computer with it either. I love win 7 but hate the (interface formerly known as Metro) with a passion. I have migrated all of personal machines to linux mint. Over thex couple of years I will be migrating my wife and kids to linux as well. Good bye microsoft.

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sladeofdark

I dont plan on using it at all, i have to learn it a bit to fix it. but other than that, i dont plan on using it at all. i cant believe how many people are falling for this crap. they just went back to windows 3.1 with the graphics and presentation, and it is supposed to be this elegant, ground-breaking user interface. The colors literally make me sick. Blue and Pink? what the !@#$ man.

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philipa25

Already got it thanks to technet. Took a little getting used to, but once I did, I have to say, it's a really solid OS. I wouldn't update a windows 7 computer that isn't having any issues, but I would definitely instill it on any new builds.

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Justin.Kerr

I'm holding off for the $40 deal direct through Microsoft. Who needs a box these days?

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John Pombrio

I was wondering about that! Thanks, Justin. I was suspicious of that $70 price. When is the direct deal coming out? Launch day?

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Brad Chacos

Yep, available launch day. I'm waiting for that, too. I'm probably going to stick to Windows 7 on my main productivity PC, but install Windows 8 on my secondary computers/laptops.

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I Jedi

As much as I like using Windows, count me out on this one. If I see genuine reason for myself to use it, I'll bite.

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