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Windows 8 seems to be a touchy subject these days... have you taken the plunge?

Windows Users: Have you upgraded to Windows 8?
  • Yes, I bought a new PC/Tablet with Windows 8 pre-loaded (122 votes)
  • Yes, I upgraded my existing machine(s) to Windows 8 (3,396 votes)
  • I haven't upgraded to Windows 8 yet, but I plan on doing so in the future (646 votes)
  • I currently have no plans to upgrade to Windows 8 whatsoever; I'm sticking with XP/Vista/Windows 7 (2,713 votes)
  • I'm still undecided on Windows 8, and haven't made any decisions on upgrading (665 votes)

  • 7,542 total votes

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RE: Not until major changes
By IronFusion on 11/17/2012 11:04:37 AM , Rating: 2
1st off: "wah!"
You have three (or fourish) options:
1) Luddite it up! Your loss- there is so much win8 has to offer, even on a traditional desktop, that anyone who goes this route really is being obstinate and fearful of change.
2) Buy the Leap in Feb. I don't own a touch monitor, nor do I wish to, and this is the route I am going.
3) Have $5? Buy Stardock's Start8. Bam- no reason not to get Win8 now!
~4) Use Win8, don't pay for Start8: make a toolbar on the taskbar pointing to the path "C:\Users\All Users\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu", move it to the left and lock the taskbar. You now have a winxp-era start menu. Edit the registry/startup (I forget which) to have explorer run on boot- you essentially have a computer that boots to the traditional desktop on logon, and has a start menu. Go alittle bit further- make yourself shutdown, sleep, restart, and hibernate icons on the desktop. Forget about the metro tiles; the changes and additions to the traditional desktop are still worthy of the upgrade!

You're welcome.

RE: Not until major changes
By Disorganise on 11/18/2012 5:44:30 AM , Rating: 2
These are all valid options for home use, and I'm looking forward to testing out your option 4 hack.

But for corporate land, adding some additional tool just to bring back expected functionality isn't going to happen. it opens another potential exploit avenue and probably lacks centralized management by gpo.

Then lets assume we can get passed the start menu concerns. Do you realise that all modern ui apps are different to their desktop counterparts? yes, that means the chromeless IE on the modern ui is a different exe to the desktop one. They will be patched separately and can even be upgraded independently. plug ins such as flash only work on the desktop version.
So now all our web based apps must be tested twice, or we find a way to block one version or the other from running.

it's a nightmare i know my company will avoid but simply sticking with 7.

RE: Not until major changes
By Guspaz on 11/22/2012 12:51:38 PM , Rating: 2
Corporations almost always deploy various third party tools to their machines, be they an antivirus, bug tracking software, reporting software, development software... Start8 has group policy support, so deploying it is no less feasible for enterprise than any other tool they deploy.

RE: Not until major changes
By Belard on 11/19/2012 8:57:33 AM , Rating: 1
1 - Waaah yourself, fanboi.

2 - You're an idiot. There is no issue of CHANGE. Many, if not most of us own/use WindowsXP~7, iOS and Android everyday! A crappy UI design, is just that... crap. And Win8's metro hybrid desktop mix is crap. The Win8's top suit guy just got fired. Hmmmm. Lack of reviews about Windows 8. What does Win8 offer?
a) MS app store (its plastered on all the Demo Win8 PCs
b) faster boot up? Who gives a damn? My Win7 PC wakes up in 2 seconds. Its shut-down or rebooted maybe once a week and even then, its a 20 second boot up.
c) Task manager and file-copy interface is better, very nicely. And Explorer has a button that used to come with XP. Not worth the $100~250 costs. Whoop-de-frackin-do.
d) de-Aeroized.... Win8 desktop mode is pure ugly.

3) What is a LEAP? Why the frack should I or anyone else buy some special POS hardware add-on to use some "super-easy-improved" OS?! Are you brain damaged?

4) Why should I or anyone pay $5 to "fix" the start menu?! I bet you $5 there will mal-ware infested versions of "start menus" our there soon.

5) Yeah, a toolbar... to make a semi-start-menu that never should have been taken out anyway? Is this info right there for your typical novice to figure out? Same for editing the registry to skip the metro UI during boot up...

So with all the crap YOU are telling PEOPLE to do to make Windows 8 usable...

WHERE is the "worthy of the upgrade!" come into play? Other than what I pointed out... what additions? Win8 desktop is mostly missing a lot of stuff. And the charms are stupid... there is nothing easier about using them.

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