Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th Aug 2012 21:30 UTC
Windows Microsoft has made Windows 8's final release available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers, so if you are one of those - have fun. The 90-day trial has also been released, so us mere mortals can have a go at it as well. The evaluation version is Windows 8 Enterprise, so it contains a number of features regular users normally won't see. As far as I can tell - it's a bit unclear - the trial version cannot be upgraded to a final version a few months down the line. Happy testing!
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by Lorin on Wed 15th Aug 2012 21:44 UTC
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For the first time, I will pass

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RE: Pass
by mkools on Wed 15th Aug 2012 23:15 in reply to "Pass"
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Same here. I wouldn't even run it if they gave me a free copy + $200.

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RE[2]: Pass
by JeeperMate on Thu 16th Aug 2012 01:23 in reply to "RE: Pass"
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What if they gave you more than that, say a big house and a fancy car, but you must actually use the OS day in and day out exclusively until a newer version is released, would you change your mind?

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by aligatro on Thu 16th Aug 2012 01:35 in reply to "RE: Pass"
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I would take the 200 dollars and never run it. xD

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by kaiwai on Thu 16th Aug 2012 04:38 in reply to "RE: Pass"
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Same here. I wouldn't even run it if they gave me a free copy + $200.

As a Mac user who is tempted to jump ship after giving the 90 day trial an install, I can't work out where what all the hatred is about - honestly. I'm sitting here on my iMac running Windows 8 and sure it is a bit different but holy shitballs the way some people react around here is as though Steve Ballmer with Steven Sinofsky in tow both took pot-shots at your mother. Compared to previous releases it finally appears that Microsoft understands the concept of fit and finish rather than previous releases looking little more than quasi distributions resulting from the haphazard amalgamation of different groups works into a single distribution.

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by potential on Thu 16th Aug 2012 12:21 in reply to "Pass"
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My current laptop was bought after Windows 7 came out, but it has a Windows Vista license (Read: I bought a second-hand laptop). So, I am still running Vista Business.

If Microsoft comes through with the upgrade incentive in my country, I will gladly upgrade to Windows 8, at a fraction of the cost of buying a new license.

I tried the RP ISO and was able to make it work for me by doing the following:

1. Uninstalled all the Metro apps.
2. Learned a few new keyboard shortcuts.
3. Installed Vistart.

I can live with seeing the new startup menu before clicking on the Desktop icon.

Granted, if my current laptop came with Windows 7, I would be sticking with that.

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RE: Pass
by bassbeast on Thu 16th Aug 2012 20:36 in reply to "Pass"
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Well I've tried it on around a half dozen machines here at the shop so I'm probably pretty well qualified to give a pretty unbiased review so here goes:

Is the device a netbook? Say 10 to 12 inches? If so Win 8 will work just fine since your small screen won't really allow more than one thing at a time anyway. Touchscreen on it? Even better. Do you rarely install more than a half a dozen programs? if so TIFKAM (The Interface Formerly Known As Metro....thanks El Reg posters) won't drive you batty with its clutter. Only use one program at a time? Preferably on a screen 15 inches or less? Ditto.

For everyone else? RUN. Run as fast as you can and grab a copy of Win 7 and hang onto it like a fatty hangs onto the last piece of chicken at a buffet because TIFKAM will make you want to pull an Elvis on your PC. More than a half a dozen programs and the TIFKAM UI becomes this giant tiled mess, so bad that its often easier to use the Winkey and type what you want rather than slog through it, the few "advantages" I've seen so far are just cheats, such as the "faster boot" which is really just a form of hibernate, it feels like you have to fight the whole OS to do any task, and the TIFKAM "apps" are just pathetic and are quite obviously just a way for MSFT to further monetize you with an appstore.

If you do get stuck with Win 8 for some reason use a program like Classic Shell to kill TIFKAM like Raid kills bugs, dead, but even then frankly you'll have a worse experience than Win 7. The fact that Win 7 Pro is $140 while Win 8 Pro is $40 should tell you what kind of stinker it is, they are practically giving it away. Its a mess folks and as someone who has used every MSFT OS since Win3.x I think its the worst OS they've ever had, even worse than WinME which could be hacked to fix or Vista which wasn't bad once UAC was turned off.

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RE[2]: Pass
by zima on Wed 22nd Aug 2012 23:43 in reply to "RE: Pass"
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That's not really how unbiased tests are set up, one tester (the same person as the ~researcher) on many machines...

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by UltraZelda64 on Fri 17th Aug 2012 06:19 in reply to "Pass"
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Yup. Same here. But don't worry... I tried the release preview and trust me, you're not missing much. Except maybe getting pissed off and banging your head against the wall at the stupidity of the interface if you attempt to run it on a machine with a normal screen, keyboard and mouse.

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