Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 2nd Mar 2012 16:16 UTC
Windows Wednesday was the big day for Microsoft - the largest overhaul of its operating system since Windows 95 (heck, I'd argue the overhaul is far larger than Windows 95) went into consumer preview. I've been running it on my Asus ZenBook since its release, and in all honesty, it's not as arduous as I expected. I'm not planning on doing a full review, but I do want to mention a number of things - both positive and negative - that stood out to me.
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Windows 8, first impressions...
by Luposian on Mon 5th Mar 2012 19:55 UTC
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I downloaded the .ISO right off the bat, because I was NOT about to mess up my Gateway laptop with a non-permanent install of Windows 8. I used a 64-bit Athlon64 X2 5000+ computer out in my workshop.

First issue: Where's the Activation code?

After finding THAT, online, the install went normally.

The whole "coversheet" image thing is kinda weird. Gotta toss that up out of your way to get to the password screen. Then you type in your password, to get to Metro. Lotsa boxes with lotsa useless things... a few look familiar, others useless. Can I get rid of the Xbox and "cloud apps whatever" boxes and just keep the ones I know I'll use?

Going to "Desktop" was heading into familiar territory, except... how do you get to all the stuff that USED to be under the Start menu? Like Computer and Control Panel, etc.?

Ah... it's in that folder icon, next to IE! Weird place to put it, but... oh, well. But it's not there either! Oh, gotta go to Desktop (right hand column). THERE it is!

I also had a hard time finding the Windows Experience Index program, because... IT'S NOT CALLED THAT ANYMORE! But, seems like, when I can actually FIND stuff, it actually feels pretty much like Windows 7... except with layers and layers of convoluted paths to actually GET to it!

It's quite an adventure, to using Windows 8, but it also makes my brain hurt, because it's like everything is a giant puzzle you have to wrap your brain around, to try and figure out! Nothing is intuitive... it's buried under layers of this and that, and go here to find this, and go there to do that... and crawl under this bridge and jump over that fence and around and about and over and under and... *sigh*.

Are they TRYING to make us hate Windows or something? I'm a very patient and persistent and open-minded individual... but it really pushes me to the limit, when I have to search so hard for everything and "figure out" the whole OS, just to run a few apps!

It's an adventure, for sure... I just hope I have enough mental energy to keep going... I'm exhausted just thinking about what I went through yesterday! :-D

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