Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Oct 2012 18:21 UTC
Windows "We are pleased to be releasing a set of improvements to Windows 8 in broad areas of performance, power management and battery efficiency, media playback, and compatibility. These improvements are available starting today via Windows Update. We wanted to briefly talk about our improvements to the engineering system and in particular the speed at which we were able to deliver these updates to you." Good stuff. They're also updating the core Metro applications to make them less useless.
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Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Wed 10th Oct 2012 07:25 UTC
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Windows 8 ran very slow in Virtual Box on my computer, but I downloaded it again while updating Virtual Box yesterday and now it runs fine.

I still can't like it though. These "Live Tiles" seem like a good idea, in theory, but not in practice. The whole screen is filled with these tiles, but really it's just a small portion of what normally would be found within the Start Menu, while a few provide information that you can easily do without, let alone be staring at all day.

A number of things I tried just switched to the classic desktop, minus the Start button. If you want to do a different GUI do a different GUI, but don't keep using the old one too. It gives a very messy feeling.

I don't know if it's possible, but if I had the choice I would turn Metro off and only use the classic mode.

Windows 7 was a great step in the right direction, I can't imagine why they'd mess it up with Metro just so their tablets would have kind of the same GUI.

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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by rhavenn on Thu 11th Oct 2012 05:38 in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
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Just for some version info. Virtualbox 4.2 added real support for Windows 8 and Server 2012, before that it was a dog and almost unusable.

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Thu 11th Oct 2012 05:40 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
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Yes, that would explain it. I was pre-4.2 the first time.

It was so slow that I couldn't figure out how to get back to the Metro stuff from classic, although I always did manage it after a while I never knew how I did it. Now it turns out any corner is "hot", but it was so slow that this wasn't clear to me.

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