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Windows 8 Consumer Preview / Review by fediaFedia Windows 8 Consumer Preview / Review by fediaFedia
Finally installed the Consumer Preview (Build 8250)

I wrote a short personal insight / review on it with screenshots and download link, you can read it here: [link]

My first blog post by the way :D

/Discuss Windows 8 in comments
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prabhdeepsingh7 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Microsoft Surface with windows 8 Pro and RT specification: [link]
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mrmyasdf Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
it sucks im back onto windows 7....
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TsarProdigy Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Student Artist
This is interesting, I'm curious to see how Windows 8 will turn out in the end. In my personal opinion, I'm really not liking the Metro UI for desktops. It's awesome for phones, like it was designed for, but don't think it's practical for PC users, and I think it'll be another reason to keep big companies, such as NASA, with Windows XP. People really don't like major changes, I've noticed... We'll see how this works out.
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fediaFedia Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
It's true. I think Metro will be a disaster, but who knows...
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TsarProdigy Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Student Artist
Very true.
All the big-name computer companies thought a GUI would be a disaster as well, but it obviously went very well.
I've seen some videos around of Windows 8 Consumer Preview (Or something like that) and I didn't look all that great, but you can at least go back to the normal UI. It looked awesome on tablets, I'd love to see some Win8 tablets in the price range of some of the Android tablets out.
Or at least one that runs a tablet version of WP7, or something like that.
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wango911 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm gonna install this once I get my laptop LCD fixed, but other than that
I'm dying to test. ^_^
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kaamya Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
Does anyone know if "Windows 8" (32Bit) will unlock 4GB as MAX RAM supported?
I have to use a patch to unlock them on "Windows 7" (32Bit), but I doubt this patch will work on 8.
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fediaFedia Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Someone will port this patch to work on Windows 8
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Benguy12 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
i D/Led it, but it wont install on my harddrive... :iconfuuuplz:
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mrmyasdf Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
what's the problem?
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Benguy12 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
i think it might be because i have other systems running on it, like ubuntu and OS X lion, but here have never been any conflicts like this before. the installer is fine untill it goes to the instalation screen, and then it stops responding.
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fediaFedia Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Could be a corrupted installation file. I wouldn't recommend installing it anyway, it's a mess.
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Benguy12 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
thats disappointing.
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mrmyasdf Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
but one thing i must say MS should keep their OS platforms different for PC's , tablets and phones not to mix them.
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fediaFedia Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Apple has the same OS for Tablets and Phones, a different one for Macs
Microsoft will have the same OS for Tablets and PCs, and a different one for Phones... WTF?
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mrmyasdf Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
i dont care alot how many os anybody make i more care about the functionality.
im satisfied with the pc and phone os but i want more on the tablet one!
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mrmyasdf Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
oh sorry this reg tweak won't work in beta!
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mrmyasdf Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
okay firstly about
WINDOWS 8 BETA:-
*most of the people in the world are resistant to changes you can't deny this
*booting and shutdown is dramatically faster than windows 7 saves time upto 60-65%(in my case core 2 duo 3GB RAM)
*metro UI: i like it if you don't want then you can disable it using a simple registry tweak and have windows 8 functionality with the very exact windows 7 UI start button an all.
"Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer change RPEnabled to "0" "
*about touch scrolling it's easy
*about store,apps and programmes it'll be a great deal for microsoft to make application for windows 8 in metro UI for softwares like adobe PS ,maya ,VS and for the 3rd party developers too but i think they are doing fine keeping the decent look in massive applications like office 15(not metro),explorer because metro UI in them i dont know what it's going to look like.we'll see!
*about mixing aero ribbon UI in explorer it's necessary because everybody needs a decent look and functionality for places like explorer you just can't put metro everywhere it'll be inappropriate there until MS come up with a better metro option that's what they did in office 15 and it is logical and it should be.
*about tiles they should be live not short cuts i agree
BUT AS A BETA I THINK IT'S COOL!

===secondly about WINDOWS PHONE:-
there are only few reasons about the windows phone having a hard time
*apps are less in count and they are higher in price as compared other app stores
*if we compare them to android (not iOS) , why android has gain so much market share in such a short time and with such a speedy pace
--apps are more and cheaper and most of them are offered free which are paid in marketplace
--android devices are way cheaper than iOS and WP devices and many advanced devices too so they are offering every possible options for every kind of people but WP not.
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fediaFedia Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
*Windows 8 does not boot any faster for me, on a dualcore AMD Turion and 4GB of RAM.
*The reg tweak doesn't work.
*Scrolling is good only on a touchscreen, it's awkward with a mouse.
*The metro start screen apps are almost comparable to smartphone apps, very lacking in features.
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mrmyasdf Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
windows 8 doesn't actually shutdown when you shutdown ,it simply hibernates and restores when boot up so it's a but obvious thing that it'll be fast .
it only shutdown actually when you hit the restart button instead of shutdown.
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mrmyasdf Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
i dont need start button now in windows 8 mouse over on the start button in the left bottom corner and right click on it you'll see all options of start menu and even better location
it's my personal opinion but i like it more than windows 7 in any aspect im not a fanboy but i like it and it's relevant in my opinion.
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mrmyasdf Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
well it's working abs fine for me:-) alot alot better than windows 7
i don't need that reg tweak i like it as it is
scrolling and apps are fine for me.
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IzzuThug Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
I have it installed on my laptop and have been using it since the release of the consumer preview. I read fedia's blog and I don't see any cut in boot time either. I really like using the fullscreen apps on my laptop as it only has a 1280x800 resolution. Metro IE works like a browser in fullscreen but with you still being able to easily access tabs and the address bar. I really like the metro animations they added in. But I definitely don't see myself using this on a desktop but only on small screens and devices where I won't be doing a whole lot of multitasking. All that said it still is gonna be interesting to see how the final build comes together.

To help some of you that will be trying it out that are using it with a mouse or trackpad and not a touch screen I'll give you a few pointers. Hovering over the top left corner in the start screen brings up the program/app switcher, hovering in either the top or bottom right corner brings up the settings pane, and when in metro IE right clicking anywhere at the top of the screen brings up the tabs.
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fediaFedia Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I think some apps might be counter productive on a small screen. For example the metro IE wastes a LOT of screen space when you bring up the tab bar, while any other browser would use only a fraction of that. Those apps are simply designed for tablets and fat fingers apparently.

Thanks for the tips, I don't really like that they need explanation, navigation like this should be intuitive and natural.
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IzzuThug Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
I do agree that the tabs and address bar do take up a lot of space when you bring them up but they always stay hidden so it's not a problem when you're actually looking at the content on the web page. I also agree that the controls just don't feel natural when using a mouse or touchpad and that they need to take another look at them.
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revengexx14 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Looks like Metro IE broke for you, too. Wasn't sure if I was the only person.
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fediaFedia Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
What do you mean? It worked fine but useless on anything other than a tablet.
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revengexx14 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh, I could only open it once, and now I can't even find the freaking thing. The icon on my Start screen turned in to the desktop version, and I can't find the Metro version anywhere.
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shino-inuyasha Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
i dunno i think windows 8 will be another vista then they will come up with a better version of it. but as for needing a touchscreen and or get really good with using a keyboard and mouse in the new interface like that guy in there vid lol. also when i last used it it had problems detecting anything i installed on another hard drive since i use a 40 gig ssd for the os/drivers and a 500Gig and 1.5TB hard drives for everything else. i still think they should stick with win 7 for now. and the lack of the start menu is kinda dumb...
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Supuhstar Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Downloaded, gonna install tonight :3
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bgjerlowdesigns Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I haven't had long to play with it yet, but from what I've seen so far, I like it. However, the lack of features available for me is irritating. For example, I can't use Zune as I'm apparently in an unsupported region.
I do however wish that they will bring the traditional start menu back. While the metro start screen is new, refreshing and certainly useful, a lot of people would still appreciate a normal start menu for quicker launching of applications and such. While I like the metro-look, I still think MS should make it optional, as in you can turn it off if you don't want it. Also, I'm rather disappointed about the boot time in Windows 8. It's the exact same as Windows 7 on my system.
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fediaFedia Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I think they should disable the start screen by default for any systems that don't have a touch screen.
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mrmyasdf Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
oh sorry this regkey won't work in beta!
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mrmyasdf Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
if you don't want then you can disable it using a simple registry tweak and have windows 8 functionality with the very exact windows 7 UI start button an all.
"Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer change RPEnabled to "0" "
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bgjerlowdesigns Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I don't want to have to use 3rd party tools or reg tweaks. I want it to be an actual option within the OS, that you can tick or untick.
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mrmyasdf Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
oh i got it mouse over the start button in the left bottom corner and right click on it you'll see all options of start menu and even better location,
just found it!
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mrmyasdf Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
are you kidding the boot time and shutdown is very fast in my system as compared to windows 7
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LordReserei Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I had that issue with Xbox and Zune. It turned out that for some unknown reason (I guess I must've overlooked it back in the day when I made my hotmail account) that my country is set to the United States and the location/region of the virtual machine was set to United Kingdom.

If you're using Windows 8 Consumer Preview with a hotmail account, that might be what's happening for you. I got around it by changing the region/location of the PC (in my case, a virtual machine) to United States even though I'm in the UK - bam!...fixed the issue. I can access Xbox Live Games, Music, Video apps.
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bgjerlowdesigns Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Hmm, that's worth a try. Thanks for the suggestion, will try that later today :)
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LordReserei Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem, hope it helps/works for you.
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balderoine Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I'm anticipating animations are there any cool ones anywhere. BTW the control panel looks rather awesome and so does the weather page. I don't know about the desktop I mean where is the start button that shows my installed programs. Don't you think the developers copied the Mac approach to simplify the desktop and leaving just superbar and desktop icons.

BTW awesome blog!
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fediaFedia Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I don't think they copied anything from OSX. If they did maybe their OS would be more usable. Apple has great focus on user-centered design, Microsoft.. not so much apparently.

BTW I started this blog over four years ago, this was the first post (after hello world) :)
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danieliop Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't think so.

I kinda liked it, but it can be somehow a confuse experience to new users, as you need to switch between metro and desktop almost everytime. So, people may get confused.

But anyways, this is needed, so people don't complain that Windows 8 turned their computers into Smartphones (Well, this is, soon or later, going to happen. There are computers with Android - Once I saw one LeNovo with it. But Android ran on a separate ARM processor. So it was kinda a subsystem)
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fediaFedia Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I think this is technology going backwards. Why should computers have less features and be overly simple? Computers are tools for work while tablets and smartphones are tools for media consumption. If anything, they should add new features and functions to windows so people would have more control, not dumb it down because Billy here doesn't know how to open a browser.
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danieliop Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, that's true too.

The only thing I meant is that it can be confusing - althrough some guys might resist to the changes - like me.

But some changes can be good, overall... Let's just wait until more builds are leaked or released.
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