Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Feb 2013 11:23 UTC
Windows And there we are - the Surface Pro reviews are in. Reading through them all, there's clearly a common theme, and it's not particularly positive. We're a few months in now, so I think we can finally call it: Windows 8 and Surface are the wrong way to go.
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Battery Life and Metro
by snip3rm00n on Wed 6th Feb 2013 17:02 UTC
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I'm willing to bet that without the Metro UI, battery life would probably be better. I have a Windows 8 box on my desk, even when its 'sleeping' the power consumed by it is astronomical as long as I have Metro active. Its sounds like its always trying to crunch huge amounts of data and the fans are running at full speed constantly.

I found a tweak called Ex7forWin8 (Explorer 7 for Windows 8) that takes the Windows 7 explorer and creates a wrapper around Windows 8 and disables metro entirely. The tweak can also allow you to switch between the two UIs, so Metro isn't gone completely its just not enabled or active. Since using it, the computer is whisper quiet.

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