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In a blog post earlier today on Building Windows 8, Steven announced that the Windows 8 Release Preview is now available for folks to download! I suggest reading his blog post as it discusses this very important milestone. The Windows 8 Release Preview marks the final phase of development before releasing to manufacturing (RTM), however we’re not finished just yet and there is more to come (and more work to be done). But we are feeling really good about the progress of the product today.
Windows 8 represents a reimaging of Windows. As you can see in the above video, Windows 8 delivers a fast, fluid and no-compromise experience.
There are many improvements and refinements across the Windows 8 Release Preview that folks will see right away, while others are under the hood. For instance, you will find more personalization options for the Start screen (including more colors!), improved multi-monitor support, and new Family Safety features to name just a few. People will also notice and enjoy improvements to the Mail, Photos, and People apps and see new Bing-powered Travel, News and Sports apps. Internet Explorer 10 also has new capabilities in the Windows 8 Release Preview like “flip ahead” and a fully integrated secure and power-optimized Adobe Flash Player. IE10 is also the first browser to feature Do Not Track “on” by default. The improvements and refinements seen in the Windows 8 Release Preview result in a better overall experience that I think everyone will enjoy!
Windows 8 presents a huge opportunity for developers to build great new apps for a variety of form factors. If you’re a developer looking to get started developing apps with the Windows 8 Release Preview, I suggest reading this blog post from the Windows 8 app developer blog and this blog post from the Windows Store for developers blog. These two posts will have a lot of information, like where to go to grab the latest tools to begin app development. Developers can also visit the Windows Dev Center for more information on the Windows developer platform and what it means for the Windows 8 Release Preview. In the Windows Store today with the Windows 8 Release Preview, you will notice a lot of incredible new apps – this is just the beginning!
For enterprise customers wanting to know more about what the Windows 8 Release Preview means for them – I suggest reading this blog post from Erwin Visser on the Windows for your Business Blog. The Windows 8 Release Preview provides a great opportunity to experience and try out new capabilities in Windows 8 specifically designed with businesses in mind.
Are you really excited about all the new PCs available today but thinking about waiting for Windows 8? Well you don’t have to. We are also announcing today that starting on June 2nd, 2012, Microsoft will roll out the Windows Upgrade Offer in 131 markets including the US and Canada. Consumers who purchase eligible Windows 7 PCs that are preinstalled with Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate and include a matching and valid OEM Certificate of Authenticity through January 31, 2013 will be able to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $14.99 (U.S.) which will be redeemable when Windows 8 is generally available (the program expires in February 2013). For more on the editions of Windows 8, see this blog post. When consumers register for the Windows Upgrade Offer, they will be able to download Windows 8 Pro starting the day it’s made generally available and the upgrade comes with 90 days of support from Microsoft.
Go give the Windows 8 Release Preview a try! And we’ll of course be talking more about Windows 8 throughout the summer including at Computex, TechEd North America, TechEd Europe, and the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference.
Download the Windows 8 Release Preview!
Before you download and install the Windows 8 Release Preview: it is important to note that like the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, it is pre-release software. If you are comfortable running preview software on your PC and ok with doing a few technical tasks (like formatting a hard drive) here and there, then you’ll probably do just fine with the Windows 8 Release Preview. If you are on the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, please make sure you read the Windows 8 Release Preview FAQ for important information on moving to the Windows 8 Release Preview. As always, before moving to a pre-release operating system, make sure you back up your files. The best way to provide feedback is to participate in the Windows 8 Release Preview forum. We don't offer technical support for prerelease software, which includes the Windows 8 Release Preview.
If you have a mouse or keyboard from Microsoft Hardware, I suggest giving the Microsoft Device Center Beta release a try. Device Center allows you to easily customize your Microsoft mouse and keyboard experience in Windows 8 and is compatible with the Windows 8 Release Preview. Device Center helps bring the touch experience to your mouse within the Windows 8 Release Preview as well if you have an Explorer Touch Mouse and Touch Mouse. Microsoft Hardware will have more details to share regarding their Touch Portfolio of products sometime around Windows 8 general availability.
Stay tuned for my follow-up blog post on my experience with Windows 8. I’ll provide detailed thoughts, tips and tricks on the Windows 8 Release Preview, as I’m currently running it on all my PCs today, and it has really changed the way I use my PCs.
I am really wanting to try this but I only have my home office PC which I use for business and not sure if I should do it or not in case I have issues running it plus I may or may not want to upgrade if it's a ridiculous price when it comes time.
Love the release preview, but where did pinball fx go? It appears to be missing now.
Played with it for a few hours,i love the improvements made on the metro IE10
Not working on Virtual PC! MS should support for their own virtual software.
@KR, can you answer the following:
- Is there a way to create ISO and VHD files in Windows 8 without third party app (besides accessing the content natively)?
- What's the score of IE10 in http://html5test.com?
- What's the score of IE10 in nontroppo.org/.../Hixie_DOM.html
Congratulations!But expect to redesign the Windows Explorer ico!!!the Windows Explorer ico of windows7&win8 is just too ugly!
"no-compromise experience" right...of course. I will love this on a tablet; I'm incredibly excited for that. But my laptop and desktop? Forget about it.
Is it able to connect to wpa2 enterprise networks?
Thanks Brandon for the post, I can’t wait to see all the feedback for this latest release of 8.
I’m downloading my installation now; we can’t truly thank you guys enough for introducing relevance of the touch interface to the Windows (OS) as well as staying true to the desktop experience.
These core features really define the no compromise slogan, and the best of both worlds is always a win win.
- Stay Powered by Windows
I'm getting Product key error while installing the RP. Any idea how to resolve it?
I'm confused. I'm running the Win 8 beta and the release preview setup wont
install its telling me my CPU wont run Win 8 anyone have any ideas?
i want to install it on my wares.. but i need a torrent link.. direct download is slower and may be in error sometimes...
I run Windows 8 Consumer preview on Pentium Dual core 2.8 GHz with 4GB of RAM and I cannot upgrade to Windows 8 preview on account of the CPU? Something is not right here.
I downloaded the 32-bit English and when i try installing it to my computer the product key doesn't work.
I have problem with the compability systemcheck, it says that its a problem. And then read the loggs.. why? And will we in Sweden be offered for the 15 dollar updrage to Wp8?
-so far I haven't found a way to create iso and vhd files without a third party software
-on html5test,metro IE10 scored 319 +6 bonus points.(btw it now has flash incorporated)
-here are the results from the other test site
Total elapsed time: 26197ms
Breakdown (fraction shows time relative to append time):
Append: 1.00; 193ms
Prepend: 0.93; 180ms
Index: 131.39; 25358ms
Insert: 0.91; 175ms
Remove: 1.51; 291ms
I just spent two hours going through checks to see which apps are compatible and otherwise downloading the Windows 8 RTM. Only then does it tell me that NOTHING will be saved because I'm already using the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Why wait so long to tell me that info??!??!?!?! It is so easy to check that early on in the cycle...
For all those having trouble installing, maybe try installing it on a fresh partition, and try installing from a bootable media, rather than using the upgrade set up.
Download the iso file, then download "windows 7 USB/DVD tools" to make a bootable DVD or bootable flash drive(if you want to install it on a slate as I did)
Will the upgrade offer iso be handled by microsoft or the oem:s ?
So that you could reinstall with a clean Windows 8 instead of a version filled with OEM crap ?
@KR, just now I received an email from MS about the ticket I posted on connect a while ago which was closed last year. connect.microsoft.com/.../a-dom-manipulation-test-ie-performance Now they have reactivated the ticket and hopefully they would fix it once forever!
Good day for Microsofties and good day for all of us! 8-)
This is very exciting, and I am looking forward to throw it on my slate PC to check it out.
However, one BIG MEGA GIGANTIC drawback:
I find it very sad that Microsoft is trying to go the same way as Apple does, striving for a totally closed and controlled ecosystem. I am talking about Metro Apps installable through Microsoft Store ONLY (analog iOS App Store), in combination with stripping the whole desktop part in Windows RT for tablets, leaving users with the restricted Metro part only.
For me as a developer AND customer, this is a no-go. I feel that I should have the right to develop and sell applications without Microsofts approval of it, just as I feel that customers should have the right to buy and install any applications, without parental control executed by Microsoft (or Apple, for that matter). It prevented me from starting to develop for Apple devices, and as soon as I heard that Microsoft is following Apple onto the path of total control, I immediately dropped Metro development entirely.
After all, this is a very disappointing and discouraging de-evolution and some say, we are entering a dark age of information technology. Unfortunately, I tend to agree.
Why's everyone complaining about 'Windows RT?' Its a name, it doesn't tell you anything about how bad or how good the operating system is... it just shows that that particular version is for tablets... I would personally call it 'Windows ARM' or 'Windows for Tablets' but its a name! Get over it!
So exited about it and about the new improvements!
Going to download it tonight and see what's new :D
I hope that MS doesn't force the metro UI onto developers and that developers do not abandon the desktop interface. Using metro UI for certain things such as Email, Evernote (the metro version), Skydrive, are so counter-intuitive when trying to do a lot of work.
I love the desktop environment changes, just don't care for the metro menu on a desktop setting.
I did exactly what the instructions say, still the Product Key for the (x64) English Version doesn't work.. what should I do?? :L
Hey guys! may check this code >> TK8TP-9JN6P-7X7WW-RFFTV-B7QPF << it worked!!
All of microsoft products will work with Cloud Computing Technology.
we most sync us with this technology. and about win8 i don't know alot about it.
who know ?
I'll Want to work with win8's problems.
if anyone want work with me, call me
Downloaded the latest version today...so far so good...apps on the metro are working better.
For those who are having issues with product keys, please see the Windows 8 Release Preview FAQ which provides a product key for you to use - windows.microsoft.com/.../faq.
Setup is not working for me. it is locket in a restart loop!!
sorry for the stupid question..but.. how to change the interface laguage ????
What happened to the traditional games, Hearts, Solitaire etc?. I won't be buying the final product unless these are included.
I installed it and it sure looks cool. Just one thing. Can we get rid of the gigantic word "Start" that hovers over the Metro UI? It means nothing, it conveys nothing. It's 100% pure screen clutter. I'm sure glad it's not on my WIndows Phone!
I downloaded Windows 8 consumer preview ISO file and installed it in a garage computer and really liked it. My garage computer is an old workstation with dual zeon cpu running at 3.2Ghz with 4G of ram. Enter the Windows 8 Release Preview. Doing the same procedure, it gave me an error that my CPU is not compatible. Loading a Windows 8 release preview bootable media (DVD) it gave the following error:
Your PC needs to restart
Please hold down the power button
error code: 0x0000005D
What am I doing wrong. Windows 8 consumer preview works on this computer........
I have download the release preview and I can not change the screen resolution and it's too low now so I can't open almost every app. I had before downloading 32-Bit Windows vista
@KR, Can you quote the results of the following in IE10 and Chrome19:
- Google V8 v8.googlecode.com/.../run.html
- FutureMark peacekeeper.futuremark.com
- Apple Sunspider www.webkit.org/.../sunspider.html
@KR, Somewhere I read, IE10 RP performs 28% faster than Chrome19. Not sure about others. Please post the results of the aforementioned tests as I am unable to install it on VirtualPC and I dont a separate machine to test it. :-)
I am a little disappointed in the Windows 8 Release Preview. First the inability to upgrade from Customer Preview caused a lot of wasted time. Second, some applications (like AOL Desktop 9.7) that was running fine, not cannot be downloaded and reinstalled. More time wasted in having to reinstall Microsoft Office, Photoshop Elements, etc.
Oi, escrevo em português Brasil. Minhas primeiras impressões do W8, são positivas, tanto no baixar o arquivo, criação do disco ISO e instalação, tudo executado em 1h30min. Parece haver algumas melhorias com relação as versões anteriores de teste, está mais rápido nos links do metro, o aero no desktop e a integração total com os serviços da nuvem. Quanto as atualizações, não se cumpriu a promessa de atualizar sem reiniciar, "restart", pois baixei 3 atualizações e pediu para reiniciar, ao que me parece não vai mudar. De um modo geral o W8 preserva todas as melhorias do W7 e acrescenta inovações, com as quais, provavelmente nos acostumaremos facilmente. O W8 a primeira vista é extremamente intuitivo e fácil de usar, parabéns MICROSOFT, ABRAÇOS.
After trying both pre-release versions on my desktop, i'm confused as to why I should bother with this (or any future Windows versions) because it's clearly intended for touch screen devices. XP works fine for me as an application launcher, and Windows 7 is there for when XP support ends. So i feel I'm good for the next 5 - 7 years. After that who knows, Linux (ugh) or Apple (gasp). Both have their application drawbacks (if you're locked into Windows software, as I am).
If I can run XP or Win 7 in a virtual machine it may be the only way forward.
A second hand laptop which had a copy of Ubuntu that stopped working on upgrading itself.
I tried windows 8 and it worked (once I figured out that custom installation was required on a bare computer).
So far it is great!
I am Running Window 8 in VirtualBox Manager. I am not seeing anything that I really like. I cannot expand to use the whole monitor. It may be there but I cannot find it. Being retired after 30 years in computer programming I am really disappointed with the release at this point. It looks like it is made for people who need their hand held and does not really know what is going on. Hope I find ways around the user interface! Currently running Windows Vista Ultimate and I see no reason to leave it.
okay so I'm working .. sucks but it is what it is .. im looking windows 8 not bad looking but I do wish it had a start button
I wanted to add my support to PLEASE keep the Classic Desktop/Theme as an option.
I have used Windows 8 Release Preview for two days now. There is a lot I like about the new release. The polished look, IE 10, the faster load time. The thing that I don't like about is that you have to click all over the place on the screen to get things done. The prior Windows releases were very intuitive and it was very easy to get up to speed with the new version. You could go to the Start Menu and find anything that you needed. I suppose that the new start screen could be set up to do most of what the Start Menu did, but, I don't know that for sure yet. It seems like you new have to click a lot of places just to find things.
I would be very hesitant to install this on a computer for someone who was "technically challenged", such as my wife and a few others that have worked for me. I would be training all day and not getting any work done. I think that the new start screen should include everything that the old Start Menu did, or at least be able to be configured to do whatever you wanted. It took me quite awhile to find the power button, and I still can't remember where it is sometimes.
I like where Windows is going with this, because I would love to have a touchpad or windows phone to travel with, instead of carrying a laptop. I would only hope that they would come to their senses on the start menu/screen.
It would be awesome if we a global setting for phone number style on Windows 8, Windows Phone (people hub>settings>organize) and on http://contacts.live.com web-app so users can choose from pre-defined styles (with decorators like; hyphen, braces, spaces etc.) to represent a phone numbers, like
+1 (55) 888-1122 //default
and also able to define a custom style.
Numbers less than 7 digits (like 911 etc) should not have any style.
Upon updating the style on one platform or device, all platforms (Windows Live contacts, Windows 8 OS, Windows Phone OS's dialer and people hub) must be syncronized with the new settings so the phone-numbers are displayed accordingly.
The default format mentioned earlier can be automated with the following logic:
If country is selected or country code is present
e.g. +1 (856) 792-1432
e.g. (856) 792-1432
Each segment after operator prefix has no more than 4 digits and number of digits in latter segment >= that in former segment.
Had the same issue as others here, after the initial setup screen, the next window noted that my cpu was unsupported/did not meet minmum system requirements and I could not continue. I had been running Windows 8 CP on a partion along with Windows 7 (x64) in a dual boot setup. I deleted the old Windows 8 CP parttion, expanded that drive back, rebooted, shrunk drive again, created a new parttion and drive, booted with the created DVD media, and the install went fine...so to sum up neither the in place upgrade or install from DVD would run with Windows 8 CP installed...that all said, I look forward to owning a W8 tablet soon.
I purchased an Asus Laptop recently with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. I decided to try out the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and thought it was the best Windows edition since, well, maybe your best effort ever. Then comes Windows 8 Release Preview. What the heck were you thinking? A tiny radio button with save "Nothing" as the only option to install. This after initially running a compatibility check against my currently installed applications and informing me that most of my software was compatible. I guess it's my mistake for thinking "Nothing" wouldn't clear every app, datum, restore point, user profile, and any other sign of my computer's former life when I agreed to the install. I really think there should have been some type of warning here guys! Is this what consumers should expect when they install Windows 8? A clean sweep of their system? Only Windows 8 shall remain! To quote Highlander, "There can be only one!" I would think your in for one hell of a backlash if this is the type of release your putting out. I'm so glad I recently backed up my entire system to JustCloud. That was the best investment I've made this year. This doesn't take away from the fact that Windows 8 is a stunning achievement, well done! But wow, do you know how much work you just caused me? I have to re-input, re-download, re-install everything on my system. If I weren't a laid back guy, who loves playing with his PC, and hadn't back up all my stuff, I'd be irate. Your doing yourselves and Windows users a great disservice with this colossal stink-bomb of a release. And to think, you were so close to restoring my faith. Keep trying guys, someday you'll get it right.
I really wish Microsoft would be honest and admit that Windows 8 is their first step in their withdrawal from the desktop operating system market.
All this "happy clappy" cloud, touch screen stuff is great for mobile devices. But what about the core Windows users who need a real computer with a keyboard/mouse to do some work? Rather than wandering round with insane grins on their faces swiping screens with their grubby fingers like they're back in playschool.
After trying Windows 8 I have got rid of it and started to dual boot Windows 7 with Linux and will continue to do so till support for 7 ends. Which will then be the end of my Windows use.
I now see that Windows ME and Vista were in fact betas for the the big one, Windows 8.
Hola, soy de Chile y tengo problemas con Windows Store y las aplicaciones Metro.
Nada me funciona. Ojalá alguien me pudiera ayudar.
loving the release preview so far guys, but, visited "Dyson" site to order parts to repair vacuum cleaner and was unable to fill in information required on their site ie. serial number of said vacuum cleaner.
review as far as the apps cool however when it comes to navigating start area and everything other I am not impressed it is harder too navigate as far as settings and works but the start menu idea is cool I still think this project is at least 5 years from perfection and needs a lot of work also wish my laptop had a touch screen it would make things easier however it doesn't and I see room for improvement like a simple mode that takes windows too a format optimized for non touchscreen users this seems a little awkward for desktop users that use there systems for gamming granted it did leave a nice big icon for wow on the facial page again it was awkward for my desktop and how about multiple display systems I would also like too be able too shrink the icons this would be better for larger systems that don't have touchscreens and the log in screen needs a button for removal instead of dragging up or a simple mode system for mouse users that adds one
also randy i would like too add if you put windows installer on a flash drive and install you can install it on another partition allowing you too boot too it and not worrying about loosing your old os you could choose what you want too boot works with all versions of windows.
installed on a 25" HP touchscreen working perfect, no bugs as yet, just like a large tablet
guys...still unable to play msn videos on ie10 on the metro.
I installed it yesterday evening. I aleready miss my card games and espicially the traditionnal start menu... Where are they?
But it runs well. Il install on a partition I created with Easeus.
I hope you don't phase out Windows 7 too quickly- Many of us still LOVE Windows 7 and have no intentions of dropping it. I have two computers- and would install Windows 8 on my 2nd computer--rather than drop Windows 7 completely. Please keep Windows 7 updates available for us Windows 7 fans.
-2589 on V8,details below
-1049(html5 tests 4/7),details below
Detailed version information: Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 10.0; Windows NT 6.2; Win64; x64; Trident/6.0; Touch)
-below are the results from webkit
313m/s +/- 3.9
I didn't run the test on chrome19 because it was not smooth with touch(i'm running windows 8 on a slate)
I am having severe problems. Windows 8 is degrading each day on my brand new HP. Cannot open mail, calendar and skydive from tile screen. Worked just fine when first downloaded but lost functionality within 24 hr overnight without touching it. Now mail will not forward photos saying files too large, skydive says i am not signed in when i am signed in so I can't use it form this machine and apps will not download. What's next.?It has ruined my pc. Does anyone know what may be going on? I am sorely disappointed in what i thought was going to be a superb operating system
persuant to my last post I will be following this blog from my mac as windows 8 has ruined my pc. Ironic.
Won't let my disable dual monitor. I don't even have the second monitor hooked up. Seems Win8 is confused by my video cards dual monitor capability. Not sure if it's just because of my video card or if it's a Windows issue.
"Эта винда намного лучше чем предыдущая Правда кспера так и не берет Реестр невозможно дефрагментировать Видите не могу ставит точки или запятые почемуто ставит букву ё а вместо ё палочку Думаю спецы еще поработают и исправят а так то конечно хороша Установил на чистый винт все прошло нормально никаких эксцесов Вообщем я доволен
I have downloaded Windows 8, on my laptop. It is a sweet look setup, for the less than average user. Microsoft has to put the start button back into the UI, this is a must!!!! I have been using Windows, since the mid 1990's. It is a super busy layout, which requires you to use the entire desktop (side to side), to include the window button. Is there going to be a price break, for anyone who decide to keep using Window 8?
Установил винду на чистый винт, все нормально. По отношению к предыдущей версии эта прекрасно работает, правда каспера не берет и невозможно дефрагментировать реестр. Надеюсь что разработчики доработают. В основном хорошая операционка. Насчет быстроты не скажу ничего, без каспера семерка не хуже, как поведет себя восьмерка с каспером не знаю.
W8 Release Preview is 100% a Tablet OS and 0% desktop, Microsoft has made sure of this. If you have a laptop or desktop, you are persona-non-grata using Windows 8. It's not just the insane removal of the start menu (should have had a pink slip and been walked out of the building for that one), it's that we almost always want to see two or more things at once and they've ruined that. Just rename this Windows 8 Tablet edition and you'll at least be honest.
I'm reviewing Windows 8 from its initial stage and I like its speed and smoothness. Naturally, as any Beta, I have found small conflicts but they have been resolved easily. In my opinion, still missing some adjustments that must be made to Windows 8 for its final release, but it seems that they will do so on the fly. This OP is in line with the 21st century.
I downloaded and burned a DVD with the 64-bit version of the Windows RP as soon as it was available. I did a clean install on a dual core machine w/4GB of RAM and it only took 20 minutes. Booting is a full 5 sec faster than the CP version was, which is just amazingly fast on regular SATA drives. The initial account setup went smoothly and I even had Email working...........initially. I thought I had read that POP3 was going to be supported in this version. You see, I don't have a Hotmail/Live account, per se. When I created my account I used my own POP3 email address for the account. This works fine on the website and works fine on my phone. BUT, after I logged out of the Windows 8 RP and later logged back in I brought up the Mail app to find........NOTHING. No folders, no email, no hint that I had ever setup email at all. If I go into settings and try to ADD an account, the only options are Hotmail, Google and Exchange. I chose Hotmail since, for all intents and purposes, my Hotmail is using my POP3 account, and as soon as I entered the info and clicked "Connect" I got an error saying that this address had already be setup. Wait, what?
So, I'm guessing that POP3 is STILL not really supported yet. And I was all excited about going ahead and remove Win7 from my laptop and putting W8RP on it. I'll still leave it on my test desktop, but........this is pretty much a showstopper for me.
some components of windows 8 look like uncompleted yet from CP to RP version. Like install button of setup, which r not smooth to use like windows 7. And also windows 8 not shine like win7. Windows 8 concept is good, but uncompleted yet from my imagination. I really not understand that why staff of windows not seriously for windows release. Windows 8 RP not look like as final beta release version because its looks like uncompleted beta version. If final version of windows 8 RTM also release as like RP uncomplete then windows 8 fail in market.
Now, see, I completely disagree on that point. I feel that Win8 DOES look complete. But, looking complete and PERFORMING complete aren't the same thing. I'm absolutely loving the new look and feel. It's just that, as a Release Preview, it's not even as functional as Windows Phone 7 was when it first released, and we all know that IT wasn't quite complete until Mango.
@KR, thanks for posting the results. HTML5 results are interesting! Well not a big difference since consumer-preview (319 vs 316). Google Chrome next preview is around 450!!! Anyway, I wish if I could install IE10 in Win7 for testing and feedback. I reported the "IE amnesia" issue on Microsoft Connect a while back. connect.microsoft.com/.../ie-amnesia-forgets-all-user-preferences They closed the bug report as Won't Fix. Can you reproduce this issue?
"I really wish Microsoft would be honest and admit that Windows 8 is their first step in their withdrawal from the desktop operating system market."
I hope you are wrong (above quote), but I dread that you may be correct. The desktop is not going away. Most real work and development (business, web design, etc.) is done on desktop and (to a lesser extent) laptop systems -- not phones and tablets. Microsoft, you could have (easily?) left Aero and some form of Start Menu on the desktop portion of the OS (had to do a work-around and create my own simple Start Menu). There is a lot to like about Windows 8 -- but, It feels like desktop users have been left out in the cold. Windows 8 will most likely be fantastic on the new and upcoming touch-screen laptop / tablet hybrids -- but I am not likely to abandon my desktop, non-touch-screen monitor, keyboard and mouse any time soon.
Note: I've already tried the previous incarnation of Windows 8 preview -- not on my main desktop, but on a my non-touch-screen laptop. It was interesting, enjoyable and frustrating at the same time. Several weeks later, reverted back to Windows 7. I never did that before with previous versions of Windows. A bad sign? We'll see....
Last lines from John Carpenter's The Thing:
[Childs: What do we do now?
MacReady: Why don't we just wait here for a little while... see what happens...
i try to download for win 8 release preview but the link is not work.........what 's wrong?
lol. I m fan of ms windows and i m excited about these release. i have tested windows 8 RP from after release and then i am excited and happy for speed of windows now. Few bugs related to IE which are available in CP fixed yet in RP and IE works properly yet. Good job. I m really waiting for the final release of windows 8. Its hits all over in market. And its also working properly with desktop yet. I hope windows 8 RTM will also speedy and reliable like win7. Pls team gave windows more finishing and shining, before release to manufecture (RTM). Bol.
Installed Win 8 CP on my HP Slate 500 over Win 7 Pro. No problems. Kept my programs, native drivers, settings, etc. Ran great. So, I figure why not try WIN 8 RP? Oops! Installed over CP, just like before; but RP kept nothing. It was the only option presented. First problem: RP discarded my HP/Intel display driver and installed a generic. Now I only get 1024x600 display instead of the 1024x768 or 1024x600 I had. Therefore, nothing on the "Start" screen will run. So, after a 5 hour install (!) using the RP installer, I will try to recover Win 7 Pro and then go the disk image route to reinstall RP to see if it works better. On the plus side, the touch screen seemed much more responsive with RP than CP,. CP was marginally better than Win 7 Pro, even after installing the N-trig Win 8 beta driver.
Because many users miss the former Start Button, why not explain how we can create shortcuts on Desktop for a
Reboot and Shutdown, and then pin those to the Start screen as new Apps? I did a blog post about that recently on
my blog at raysbloggingagain.blogspot.com if anyone wants the recipe for it. It's very handy!
How to only display APP title on the task bar application icon after mouse moving on it, Don't display the application running UI?
Application on the taskbar, always display the interface of the program is run after the mouse up previews, is there any way to only display the title of the program, as long as the theme set to Windows before win7 basic to achieve the effect, now the point, didn't find any place where you can customize the settings and find solutions?
In Windows8, I have opened ten or more word documents with long file name for reference , they are combined to a word application icon on the task bar, When mouse moving on it, win8 auto show all word documents preview UI Form, this time, It's difficult to quickly locate some on, because the preview UI Form looks like same, and the title width is too short to show full doc's title info, I must to move mouse on all preview UI Form, then read the actually running word application UI Form one by one on desktop, I feel this operation experience is too bad and too slowly!
the word documents file name like this:
Several provisions on the protection of forests and the natural environment chapter one.doc
Several provisions on the protection of forests and the natural environment chapter two.doc
Several provisions on the protection of forests and the natural environment chapter three.doc
Several provisions on the protection of forests and the natural environment chapter four.doc
If In Windows7, the question can solved by setting windows theme, In Windows 7 basic theme, it can show all doc title info with long width list, so it's quickly to locate some on with I want.
So, In Windows 8, the best way is allow user to custom settings for task app icon show preview or list with full title text list. I wish...
Any one try Go to meeting software , that s not befor, how is it now
Can't log on to it. It does not recognize my live ID, so I made up a new Hotmail Account and it does not recognize that either. It does not recognize my Home user ID. WTF?
Not only do I think metro is slow, and cumbersome for a mouse and keyboard (and I have no idea how it will be on a pad), but with this B...S...t that you must log on first use you are sure to make millions of my customers (neophytes and elderly) frustrated. As of now I will tell all my customers not to purchase a computer with this OS. Do you really expect some one with an AOL account to open a MS email account to be able to start using their computer? and on top of that it does not work.......
Even apple shied away from an itunes id with the second IPAD. MS is starting to feel and look like a mediocre apple OS, and last but certainly not least What is up with does UGLY F>>>G TILES? could you have at least gotten a nicer AERO color scheme? For taste sake make an elegant OS, not this carnival colors.
Novas funções do Windows 8 até que praticamente resolveu o problema da falta do botão [Iniciar], agora ao invés ter que clicar com o botão direito na tela Iniciar para aparecer a opção embaixo dos programas, ao invés disso apenas colocar a seta para baixo para aparecer essa opção.
i'm using windows 8, but i can't access internet because, the software of modem is saying that; device is not insert.. I'm using ZTE 112-2.0.0 . but in windows 7 it is working.
For phones and tablets, I'm sure Windows 8 Metro is a fantastic OS and GUI. However, for non-touch-screen desktops and (to a lesser extent) laptops, I would have left the full Windows 7 design -- complete with Aero and the traditional Start Menu -- and made Metro an optional feature (perhaps, accessed from the View menu)....
Am instalat Windows 8 previzualizare consumator pe un p.c HP,fara probleme la instalare,se deschide foarte rapid,fara blocari,navigare rapida,excelent.L-am instalat folosind I.S.O si cheia de activare de la pagina de download.As dori sa stiu daca am procedat corect asa,sau trebuia sa descarc executabilul de la pagina de download.
I am Happy to be able to test the new software.......Lets Roll..............
currently dwnldng #8windows..........cant wait to be part of the testing team !!!!
I have an HP laptop for nothing but testing programs on. I had Vista Ultimate on it and it installed whithout a hitch, it's a quad core, 8GB ram. I'm not too sure how the middle aged or older people will like this ( I'm 50). I believe it might be alittle complicated for some folk. I build and service computers for a living, and so far, IMO, there is just abit too much to navigate for an average user. But of course I have been wrong before.
After upgrading Windows 8 Consumer to Windows 8 Release Review, I can no longer play the available solitaire game. Is there any way I could get this back. I can now run the Rosetta@Home DC projects. Since I am a retiree, I only use and run my desktop computers for volunteer work in research for cure for human diseases (Cancer, HIV, Alzheimers, etc) 16 hours daily since 2006. I just want to play Solitaire when I use the desktop with Win 8 to get more familiar with the new OS and its functionality as related to seniors. I failed to get the solitaire game. I am still trying.
My weekend is planned, after making a curry that is... I decided to go the VMware route for W8PP and purchased some software earlier today so I can run W8PP on a virtual machine. Thankfully my latest build, I decided on making sure my Motherboard and processor was capable of virtualization, which makes a huge difference when running VMware. I am really looking forward to finally take a look at W8...
The only pain in the paverbial backside now, is getting all the developers to update their drivers ready for the launch date. Some software will probably work, as with Windows 7 did. But I have a feeling it is going to be a bumpy ride with my drivers and hardware compatibility. My Rig will be fine for W8... it's the drivers for the motherboard and other software for the motherboard that will be an issue. Which is the reason why I decided on the VMware approach because, you can run as many OS you want.
I have a deadicated HDD which I shall be using as a VHD and it's seperate to the rest of the my Rig which makes life a little easier.
I was very worried when looking at the Metro UI on how it would function on desktops, as I have grown accustomed to the general GUI experience put forth way back in Windows 95. That being said, I am both pleased and very impressed with how seamlessly it flows between Metro and your standard desktop. Relearning may be difficult for some at first, but the Metro UI does not have a steep learning curve at all, so I am very excited to see the final product. Great job Microsoft!
I have been using RP for a week now. Got to say I love it. I do think that Metro Start Screen feels unfinished. By this, I mean that it is inherently messy. I would suggest the sections be automatically populated like the App Store. Perhaps Games load to a Games Section. Desktop Programs Load to a Desktop Section. I think it would be nice if these sections were even collapsible. Lets say the Top ten apps from each section automatically move to the first 10 slots. Hovering over the Section title colapses the section past the top ten. Think about it. Currently If I use IE10 and create tiles and download programs, my IE10 tiles will be mixed all through the mess and I will have to scroll around to find them. If IE10 tiles were all in one section, I could go to that section and find the tile I wanted easily. Now everytime I create a tile, I have to manually move it to where I want it. Not good.
The Release Preview installed OK, but can't seem to install drivers correctly for my NVIDIA nForce ethernet card. It recognizes the card, and appears to have installed drivers, but it isn't working. The device status indicates "This device cannot start. (Code 10)" Therefore, I have no connectivity to my network and cannot access the internet to Activate my installation.
I can't believe that a Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU M 460 @ 2.53 GHz is not compatible! As much as I would love to try this I will not be spending and money in the near future to upgrade. I am just stunned! I don't know what else to say.
I tried this.... I didn't like how touchy the menu was that pops up when you zoom in from the right side of the screen -- it was difficult to get it to stick and stay long enough to make a selection. I also did not like having to hunt to get to the control panel. I.E. 10 would not allow me to sign into my school's online virtual campus -- it didn't seem to recognize that I was logging in at all. I also cannot get this O.S. to load inside of Oracle's Virtual Box. It gives me error messages. Overall -- right now, as is -- I do not like Windows 8.
Not impressed - does not work or is not supported running in VM. The OS loads but no network support. Very disappointing! I will not install this on my production machines and testing in a VM environment would seem the smart way to go. Shame on you MS.
Very beautiful, would highly get a touch screen, already my wrists are sore. The touchscreen would make the learning or famililarity process go along a lot quicker, but all the same worth the work. I believe it has a lot to be worked out, but I have over 169 hours on it this week. As far on the one who inquired about using it on your business, always make have you back up plan 100% without a doubt be prepared and veried, and yes, give it a shot, if your familiar with its the only way to truly learn and appreciate the experience, thanks to us all, its our opinions and suggestion that make this all possible, have a good week PBZ 7
Listen to your consumers. LISTEN TO US! Have you seen the comments in the Windows blog folloiwng Sinofsky's announcement of the Release Preview about feelings towards 8? You have cut off a major portion of users by wasting time and energy promoting this Metro interface that most people are never going to use. Ever.
I’ll provide some examples. I want to check the weather. Three obvious options: go to some weather site, use the Metro app, or glance at my weather gadget. easiest choice? weather gadget. it’s already there, occupying a tiny percentage of my screen, and tells me what I need to know at a glance. if I need to know more, I can click on it. A weather site might be more informative. So I have two choices. Use IE from the desktop, or IE from the Metro start screen. One, again, occupies a moderate amount of my screen but still have quick access to my email and desktop icons. using the Metro IE, I have to waste the whole screen. As for the weather app, obviously loser since I still have to use the whole screen just to check the temperature. And yet, you are actively KILLING desktop gadgets, probably one of the only good things to come out of Vista’s introduction. Desktop gadgets are far easier to work with and mange than full screen Metro apps.
Another example. I use Outlook tasks to manage my todo list. Before you guys started killing off gadgets, I found a particularly useful Outlook tasks gadget that syncs with Outlook and my third party Android app (since you guys are actively working to not support Android, but that’s a rant for a later day). I checked for an updated version of the Outlook gadget; you guys don’t even offer it anymore. did you have to destroy the entire gadget library? seriously, gadgets are more user friendly to the DESKTOP user. and don’t even try recommending docking the weather app. it took me forever to figure out how to do it after googling across several forums, and it still takes up too much screen space.
Another reason Metro will never catch on. Your OWN Metro apps SUCK. Mail, People, Calendar, Music, Video...all worthless. There are absolutely no settings. No personalization or customization. The primary advantage Microsoft holds over Apple. My calendar displays five different calendars, and yet I can’t choose to hide some, or change colors on them, or anything. There is no reminder feature, no nothing. For Mail, there is no notice that you got a new email, no calendar integration, none of the features natively built into Live Mail. And yet you are killing the Live brand in favor of Metro apps. You can’t change your favorite people in the People app, or combine, separate, or delete people. The music and video apps are a joke. stop promoting your store and let people manage their libraries. If you’re so intent on people using Metro instead of working with files, give people the ability to DO something in the Metro apps.
There is also no tie in between the metro apps and anything else. combining two people in my Live.com settings does not combine them in people. my bing.com/finance Watch List does not sync with my Finance app watchlist. What is the point of using Metro apps when I have to start all over to get them to work? if you advertise things “just work” shouldn’t they all tie in with the programs I already have?
Another small grievance (small compared to the others, but still annoying enough that I won’t use Metro till it’s fixed) is that Metro insists on using whatever picture file it can find and making it a folder art. In my documents folder, I have recipes screenshotted and saved as jpgs. One of them is my default pic for the entire Documents folder. do you know how silly that looks? and I can’t even change it. SETTINGS, people. if you want people to migrate to Apps, let them control them the way they can control Programs.
Aside from this, there numerous other problems. Two Control Panels and two Windows Updates is unnecessarily confusing. Going to the desktop control panel and then being told “Making changes to my account in PC Settings” is absurb. I don’t WANT to use Metro, and forcing me to do it is only going to make me hate it more. No recent documents or access to the Startup folder readily available? yes, I know I can dig around in the AppData folder to find them, but is that really necessary? you couldn’t have a devised a much simpler method to access these very useful and used to be very easy to find functions? Also, folder views in Explorer do not “stick” once you leave the folder. I want a parent folder to be List View, and the sub folders to be Small Icons. But whatever view your in when you access the folder is what you view the folder in. Didn’t used to be that way. one more reason to stick with 7.
if I'm searching for a file, it would be a heck of a lot easier if type in ExcelFile.xlsx, and there is obviously no app or setting named that, that it should default to File for search instead of making the user click on File. I'm used to hitting the Start key and typing. i understand I can use Win+F, but to accommodate to what people are used to, if Settings and Apps yield 0 search results, default to Files (same goes for typing specific Settings name, like Computer Management, which doesn’t even show up when you type it in anymore [try it in 7, then try in 8. why the break??])
I love Microsoft products. I want to keep using a single brand for everything, and Microsoft is the best choice...for now. it is rapidly going downhill. limiting SkyDrive to 2GB is a huge deal breaker. Metro is a huge deal breaker for Windows 8. The only good thing about Windows 8 is the account logon with transports your settings, but even this can be more robust by syncing WMP settings and other baked in Windows programs. this would be a truly “synced” experience if my default desktop icons, office settings, everything just synced over to my other computers.
There are so many frustrating things with 8 that people are are complaining about left and right and you have turned a deaf ear. you talk in your blogs about championing the people and listening to feedback. I have seen almost no major changes to respect what people want and need to continue upgrading with Windows products. I can understand the DVD thing and WMC, but the features I talked about here are stuff that were either previously VERY easy to use and access or things that are going to turn people off from Metro and wait for Windows 9.
I really hope you guys get your act together and save this OS. As of the Previews, you have turned a lot of people off who will be very unwilling to give another go round if things aren’t obviously improved.
excellent but Windows Explorer also needs to be Metro
redesign the windows explorer to metro interface unlike the old aero
Just one question. Are the Microsoft developers using Windows 8 on their desktops for development?
Two words: IT SUCKS! Seriously! Metro seems to be a good idea for a tablet, BUT NOT for a desktop!
Listen for once in history to your outraged customers: give us back our sane interfaces along with our sane desktop! Metro should be purely optional on a desktop computer, the default should be the traditional desktop that we grew used to!