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post #7426 of 9460

Windows 8 is an OS designed for tablets, not desktops. I really don't have my hopes up.

post #7427 of 9460

Exactly. The desktop version is awful.

 

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Originally Posted by chewy4 View Post

Windows 8 is an OS designed for tablets, not desktops. I really don't have my hopes up.

post #7428 of 9460

I have it on my netbook, got it for free as a student. IMO if you have Windows 7 already wait for Windows 9. I have start8 installed so I don't have to deal with Metro.

post #7429 of 9460

actually after putting on classic shell, I can now get used to the changes more gradually since I have my fallback to the desktop and actual start menu to use most of the time, then go putz around in the 'metro' interface.  There is some getting used to the...experience, but otherwise I am liking it so far, and hell, I bought the technet subscription so I can test set up a test environment, may as well give windows 8 a good go.  I have backup image of my win7 install so if push really came to shove I can revert.

 

Don't let the 'metro' interface turn you off until you have given it a nice long go of it, like a week or two and force yourself to use it, I think most would be pleasantly surprised...imho.  I was in the original camp of "omg that interface looks wretched, no way in hell I'll be using that anytime soon"  well I gave in and now (pending some new drivers come out for my titanium HD) I can put that issue to rest. 

 

Classic shell (FREE of cost, and free of malware/spyware etc) will allow you to ease into it while you get used to it at your own pace.  Will I eventually move completely over to the metro start for good?  can't see that happening until there are more apps that are made for it.  otherwise, the desktop is my go to UI. 

 

Seriously, don't just briefly glance at screenshots or videos, or even a few minutes on the preview.  Actually use it for an extended period of time. 

 

I'm no fan boy believe me.  Microsoft really needs to focus on NOT alienating its userbase. 

post #7430 of 9460
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Originally Posted by nighteyeswolf View Post

actually after putting on classic shell, I can now get used to the changes more gradually since I have my fallback to the desktop and actual start menu to use most of the time, then go putz around in the 'metro' interface.  There is some getting used to the...experience, but otherwise I am liking it so far, and hell, I bought the technet subscription so I can test set up a test environment, may as well give windows 8 a good go.  I have backup image of my win7 install so if push really came to shove I can revert.

 

Don't let the 'metro' interface turn you off until you have given it a nice long go of it, like a week or two and force yourself to use it, I think most would be pleasantly surprised...imho.  I was in the original camp of "omg that interface looks wretched, no way in hell I'll be using that anytime soon"  well I gave in and now (pending some new drivers come out for my titanium HD) I can put that issue to rest. 

 

Classic shell (FREE of cost, and free of malware/spyware etc) will allow you to ease into it while you get used to it at your own pace.  Will I eventually move completely over to the metro start for good?  can't see that happening until there are more apps that are made for it.  otherwise, the desktop is my go to UI. 

 

Seriously, don't just briefly glance at screenshots or videos, or even a few minutes on the preview.  Actually use it for an extended period of time. 

 

I'm no fan boy believe me.  Microsoft really needs to focus on NOT alienating its userbase. 


Precisely.

I've always been interested in Windows 8 purely from a performance perspective, as its kernel is very noticeably improved, but any people seem unable or unwilling to look past the presented UI.

While I respect people who enjoy Modern UI, I personally will leave it almost entirely disabled, and I say almost because a few Explorer features require partial Modern UI presence on the background. Modern UI doesn't bring anything new or useful for my workflow, but the core refinements are very much desirable up to the point an upgrade from Windows 7 SP1 to Windows 8 is recommended.

All in all, the worst case scenario I've seen is that Windows 8 performs like Windows 7, but on most apps it's higher performing.

Users that have purchased computers with Windows 7 preinstalled between July 2nd 2012 and January 31th 2013 are eligible for a Windows 8 Pro upgrade for $15 (NA), €15 (EU) or £15 (UK). Users that have a Windows XP/Vista/7 license are eligible for a Windows 8 Pro upgrade for $40 (NA), €40 (EU) or £40 (UK).

Windows 8 becomes available to the public at October 26th, both Retail, System Builder and Upgrade versions. Upgrade offers for preexisting clients is available here: http://www.windowsupgradeoffer.com/

post #7431 of 9460

Well my performance is bottlenecked by my HDD more than anything right now, Win7 doesn't really seem to get in the way. I haven't looked much at the different UI's but I'll have to check them out.

 

I'm not saying it's definitely going to be bad I just don't have my hopes up. I doubt I'm going to upgrade.

post #7432 of 9460

From a performance perspective, it's the opposite of bad. RTM is available since August 15th, and everything is smoother and more agile than on Windows 7. HDDs are especially better put to use, which is one of the most unexpected things, in part related to a far smarter cache management system.

 

There is only one stock UI that along DP, CP and RP has been "fused" with the OS up to the point where registry entries that could easily be tweaked to restore much of Windows Vista/7 UI features have been entirely removed. Luckily there are already enough (free) 3rd party products to fix that.
Windows 8 UI has its userbase on two opposite sides, the people who accept and embrace the new OS (I've known people that have become quite efficient at using Modern UI) and people who find forced changes to habits that date many years isn't the way to go and having said changes as optional would work best. The two prime examples of forced changes are the stock boot to Modern UI that relegates Explorer to a pseudo app state and the removal of the start menu.

Basically it's like this, Windows 8 is a logical upgrade from a performance standpoint, and for long time Windows users Modern UI does "get in the way" simply because it goes against many old habits that are very well rooted. Considering Microsoft is doing a platform unification move both now and on the coming years, there will be further usability issues on future OSes. But again, as long as I'm able to restore core mechanics from previous OSes, I'm set :)

post #7433 of 9460

Being pretty up to date in the PC tech industry (used to write hardware reviews, current job doesn't leave time for that but I still keep up) there are two views on Windows 8 from people I know:

 

1) They hate it, but have never used it, or only for a few minutes

2) They like the improvements it brings, and have used it extensively

 

;)

post #7434 of 9460

Metro is just stupid and backwards for PC, the end, this is getting far off topic, needs to move to another thread.


Edited by drez - 10/14/12 at 1:57am
post #7435 of 9460
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Originally Posted by drez View Post

Metro is just stupid and backwards for PC, the end, this is getting far off topic, needs to move to another thread.

Done.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/631736/windows-8

post #7436 of 9460

 

 

 

 

 

 

There be my setup; the cheap headphone amp I ordered on ebay hasn't showed up yet though :(

post #7437 of 9460

Hi guys, it's been 3 years since I last posted here and thought it was time.

Before (2009):

 

Now:

post #7438 of 9460

Were the old speakers M-Audio?  If so, what are the new ones and how do they compare?  I recognize them, just don't know what they are exactly.

post #7439 of 9460
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Originally Posted by tool462 View Post

Were the old speakers M-Audio?  If so, what are the new ones and how do they compare?  I recognize them, just don't know what they are exactly.


Nope. Aktimate Mini's.

post #7440 of 9460
Got Rocksmith on Steam and ordered the guitar cable on Amazon. I never got into Guitar Hero because of the plastic guitar. Looking forward to seeing what Rocksmith has to offer.

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