Windows 8 Officially Launches

By on October 26, 2012 8:57:53 AM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

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We’ve seen a lot about it, we’ve been able to try the Consumer Previews, and now we have the official release of Windows 8.  At midnight, people were lined up to get Windows 8 and get their hands on the new Surface RT tablet offered by Microsoft.

If you are a current user of XP, Vista or Windows 7 you can get the download for Windows 8 for just $39 until January.  Boxed copies are also available today for around $69 and can be found at retailers around the country.

Once you get Windows 8 installed, don’t forget to grab Start8 to bring back the start menu along with additional useful features for Windows 8.

http://www.windows.com/buy

 

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October 26, 2012 9:30:21 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I dont know why people would grab the surface RT, it is only 3 months till release for surface with windows pro its only 3 month to wait...
Its like buying an ipad to use it as digital photostand ... well at least the surface RT is better and more usefull than any ipad
But if you seriously want to use one for deisgn then wait for the w8 pro version

Like i still wait for my windows 8 pro systembuilder version 

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October 26, 2012 2:16:07 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Whoopee...

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October 26, 2012 2:50:19 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting LightStar,
Whoopee...

I man who thinks like I do. 

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October 26, 2012 4:24:38 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I was curious so I ran their upgrade assistant on my "vintage" machine.  Let's just say it's not an option.

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October 26, 2012 5:05:00 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Is that like George Jetson riding Dino?

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October 26, 2012 9:04:25 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Uvah,
Is that like George Jetson riding Dino?

Pretty much.  That's ok though, Dino's got a lot of character.  I'll just let him keep wandering aimlessly about in the woods eating his tired old berries.

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October 26, 2012 9:51:35 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Purchases on the left, returns on the right.

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October 26, 2012 11:17:45 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I downloaded my copy in the early hours of the morning [Sat in Aus].  I have yet to install it, but I reckon it will go smoothly if the purchase and download process is anything to go by.  I'll get round to installing it once I've sated myself with my first forum foray of the day, however.

I'm going to install it on my main rig as that has the higher specs and the 2 SSD's in RAID0, which will boost its performance considerably over the platter drive it was on.  I had been running Win 8 Customer Preview in a dual boot configuration with Win 7 as the primary OS, but to get the best performance from my CPU and the OS, I need to be running Win 8 on the SSD's.  This time around, however, I will not be dual booting.  I will be installing Win 7 on my second rig upstairs, while my Win 8 rig remains downstairs.

Quoting LightStar,
Whoopee...

Like you, Tom, I was not at all impressed with Win 8 when the first previews were released, but I gave serious thought to some relevant points and persevered with it.... and with the latest edition of Stardock's Start8 installed, it's not a lot different to using Win 7.  Yes, the Metro interface put me off as well, but with Start8 installed you never have to deal with it, booting directly into the desktop, which as I said, is just like running Win 7.

The points to consider are: Microsoft is very unlikely to return to previous incarnations of Windows now that it has taken this step to merge the various platforms it uses, meaning that in a few short years you'll not be able to purchase XP, Vista or Win 7 pre-installed or on an installation disc.; Microsoft will pull support for XP and Vista sooner rather than later, and for Win 7 around the time Win 11 is released.  What this adds up to is that we're going to have to adapt to the new way of doing things or get left behind, and it's probably best to begin that transition with Win 8 as things will have changed considerably more when Win 11 is released and the older incarnations are dropped/no longer supported.

Well that's the way I see it, and while I'm not a fan of Metro, I will familiarise myself with it to avoid getting left behind further down the track.

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October 27, 2012 12:34:44 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

"Windows 8 Officially Launches"

 

How many tries did it take?  

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October 27, 2012 12:36:27 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I got the $14.99 deal because I work on people's PCs around here ( my friends and relatives).

 

I'm gonna need to be familiar with 8. I expect a lot of business.

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October 27, 2012 1:17:39 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Just installed windows 8 and can't install windowblinds7.  I thought it had been updated to run on windows8.  Guess I was wrong, though.

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October 27, 2012 1:32:02 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting starkers,
I downloaded my copy in the early hours of the morning [Sat in Aus].  I have yet to install it, but I reckon it will go smoothly if the purchase and download process is anything to go by.  I'll get round to installing it once I've sated myself with my first forum foray of the day, however.

I'm going to install it on my main rig as that has the higher specs and the 2 SSD's in RAID0, which will boost its performance considerably over the platter drive it was on.  I had been running Win 8 Customer Preview in a dual boot configuration with Win 7 as the primary OS, but to get the best performance from my CPU and the OS, I need to be running Win 8 on the SSD's.  This time around, however, I will not be dual booting.  I will be installing Win 7 on my second rig upstairs, while my Win 8 rig remains downstairs.


Quoting LightStar, reply 2Whoopee...

Like you, Tom, I was not at all impressed with Win 8 when the first previews were released, but I gave serious thought to some relevant points and persevered with it.... and with the latest edition of Stardock's Start8 installed, it's not a lot different to using Win 7.  Yes, the Metro interface put me off as well, but with Start8 installed you never have to deal with it, booting directly into the desktop, which as I said, is just like running Win 7.

The points to consider are: Microsoft is very unlikely to return to previous incarnations of Windows now that it has taken this step to merge the various platforms it uses, meaning that in a few short years you'll not be able to purchase XP, Vista or Win 7 pre-installed or on an installation disc.; Microsoft will pull support for XP and Vista sooner rather than later, and for Win 7 around the time Win 11 is released.  What this adds up to is that we're going to have to adapt to the new way of doing things or get left behind, and it's probably best to begin that transition with Win 8 as things will have changed considerably more when Win 11 is released and the older incarnations are dropped/no longer supported.

Well that's the way I see it, and while I'm not a fan of Metro, I will familiarise myself with it to avoid getting left behind further down the track.

 

Oh, I have Windows 8 starkers, I am using it on my little netbook computer with Start 8.  It's OK, but until it can be skinned it is no better than Windows 7 to me.  The UI is downright ugly!

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October 27, 2012 3:53:14 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting LightStar,
Oh, I have Windows 8 starkers, I am using it on my little netbook computer with Start 8. It's OK, but until it can be skinned it is no better than Windows 7 to me.

Yeah, the UI is rather dull and uninteresting, but I'm sure Stardock has been working on WB for Win 8 so that pretty soon we can tart it up and make it look more than halfway decent.  MS was never know for producing an easy on the eye UI.  Aero was the best thing MS ever did to spruce up the desktop, and now it's gone.

I'm glad , though, that you are trying out Win 8 and not sitting on the fence like some I know.  Sure there's a learning curve with Win 8, but it's like I've said to my friends and family, sitting on Win 7 until Win 11 or 12 will steepen that learning curve considerably because the technology will have advanced even more while they've been stagnating and refusing to give up on old tech.

Oh well, the distractions have passed and I'm off to install my copy now.

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October 27, 2012 4:34:48 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Sure, we’ve seen and heard a lot about it, we’ve been able to try the Consumer Previews, we've been able to get our hands on the final bits when they were made available back in August and now that we have the official release of Windows 8 all we got is ... Start8 ... !?

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October 27, 2012 7:30:39 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Sure, we’ve seen and heard a lot about it, we’ve been able to try the Consumer Previews, we've been able to get our hands on the final bits when they were made available back in August and now that we have the official release of Windows 8 all we got is ... Start8 ... !?

No.

 

http://forums.wincustomize.com/432321

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October 27, 2012 8:08:43 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

i got it last evening from the media store... installed it overnight...
no problems during any installation process ( left the on off charge drivers from gigabyte out )

The only problem i have is that skype the new one for windows 8 that runs in the metro interface does not allow you to logout-
i dont like that so i got the old desktop one. 

for that amount of money definitely a good deal.  

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October 27, 2012 8:43:13 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I am entirely underwhelmed by the performance gains in Windows 8.

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2012/10/gentlemen-start-your-benches-measuring-windows-8s-performance/

Ugly, missing features, needs third party help right out of the box.......for little to no gain.(or a loss)

I fail to be impressed. 

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October 27, 2012 9:00:55 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting starkers,
I will familiarise myself with it to avoid getting left behind further

When the time comes for me to deal with an rig with Win8 on it, I doubt it will have the benifit of Start8, so the whole "experience"  can be had by me without me wasting money "keeping up" with crap. Since it will be a paying repair job, I'll make money instead.

I'll skip this one.

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October 27, 2012 9:07:58 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

i think the features that are missing are a reason for the low price - a OS for 39USD-19USD
if you make an upgrade from XP that is more than a sexy deal especially if you are a systembuilder that owns xp only
Windows media center is missing currently - but if you downloaded the pro version you are able to download it for free ( if you need it )
By far there is some better alternatives for you to use out there.

I dont think that these tests are valid in any way
how can you test gaming  performance on windows 8 if the company´s don´t even have final GFX drivers for win8...? Don´t get me wrong but this needs another week at least to compare speeds while its already pretty damn equal.

But where i so agree with is that it does miss out on style an options to change parts visually but i hope the stylists at SD are on it 
And i can understand the standpoint of many Win7 users why switch from a very good stable system to win8 - especially if you run the Ultimate version. 

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October 27, 2012 9:57:58 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Roloccolor,
how can you test gaming  performance on windows 8 if the company´s don´t even have final GFX drivers for win8..

nVidia has had Win8 drivers ready and available for some time now and yes, I am running Win7/64 Ultimate.

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October 27, 2012 10:24:46 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Wizard1956,

Quoting Roloccolor, reply 19how can you test gaming  performance on windows 8 if the company´s don´t even have final GFX drivers for win8..

nVidia has had Win8 drivers ready and available for some time now and yes, I am running Win7/64 Ultimate.


very true but i expect these are made with support for RTM ( win8 drivers )
Even Nvidia said they still working on windows8 drivers so i guess these drivers currently work but not to the fullest 

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October 28, 2012 6:47:21 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I guess i can live without 3 milliseconds speedincrease. Also the idea to get locked in MS's version of Applestore doesn't really attract me that much.

By the time Win11 comes out and win32 is phased out so you can only install MS approved apps from their store i imagine the run for other options will be impressive. At least i'll be gone.

I wonder how many corporate IT guys are actually aware of the honeytrap win8 is, and how MS is babystepping towards a whole new virtual monopoly.

Let's face it, the only true reason MS turns such huge profits is because they rent out the same product that cost hardly anything relative to the returns to make due to their marketposition.

If in fact mobile computing becomes the new market (which i seriously doubt will be any kind of tablet form since that is only useful to look at things, not to write your masterthesis on) they lose their position so they need a new monopoly.

To my mind they got it completely wrong. This tablet fad is going to blow over as soon people get wise it's  a gadget, not a serious platfrom to get any work done on.

No corporation in his right mind is going to replace its laptops/notebooks with expensive toys that add no real value other then prettiness.

So they'll be stuck with a horrid GUI and hardly any corporate sales. So either they must hugely increase the price or suffer some serious losses.

But i might be wrong, given the current state of education the IT people might very well be silly enough to buy the whole thing hook, line and sinker.

Time will tell.

 

 

 

 

 

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October 28, 2012 6:50:59 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Wizard1956,
I'll skip this one.

So what happens if the changes in Win 9 are even greater... and in Win 10 even greater again.... and by Win 11 MS ceases support for all previous OSes.  By then, Windows will be nothing like what we know now and the learning curve may have become so steep it is insurmountable. 

For mine, MS is about to enter a phase of tech that has been the stuff of Science fiction 'til now, and while it's $39.99, there is no time like the present to join with what is the future of Windows... because in January 2013, Win 8 goes to full price and the opportunity to affordably get on board with the new direction Windows is going will be lost. 

And I honestly don't see MS doing special prices to enter this new phase with Win 9, 10 or 11.

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October 28, 2012 7:23:44 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting petrossa,
To my mind they got it completely wrong. This tablet fad is going to blow over as soon people get wise it's  a gadget, not a serious platfrom to get any work done on.

I dont know what to say petrossa but did you actually look at the specs of the surface pro- its an i5 ivy bridge prozwith HD4000
to give you an example you can run skyrim on full details on an HD3000 thats thing has a resolution of 1920x1080 4 gigs of ram
Shit i know pc´s that have worse specs ...
I seriously think we all need to wait and give MS a chance the market was overflowing with ithings and its finally time for ms to step their game up...
And the surface pro series is a huge step
The GUI isnt horrid neither its close to the same GUI like in windows 7 with the option to switch to another interface. 

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October 28, 2012 10:11:22 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Roloccolor,
Shit i know pc´s that have worse specs ...

Me too, but I know were petrossa is coming from.  I know for a fact that a tablet, meaning any currently available tablet, would not be up for the kind of video editing/converting that I do on my PC.  Mind you, I have a fairly fast, upper end PC, but then that's what people into content creation have... high-end machines with more than enough power to complete their tasks and then some.

Pads are a novelty at the moment and they may grow in power as well as usage, but I don't see major corporations investing in them for staff to take care of business.  That's where I think the desktop PC will stay... and stay for good.  Yes, I have a pad, but I'll never see it as a desktop replacement or as a primary work tool.  In fact, I prefer my desktop PC above the pad and/or a laptop, and I'm pretty sure there are others who feel the same... because they can't create content; check mails; surf the net or listen to music all at once on a pad.

So yeah, pads/tablets have a hell of a way to go before they're even mildly competitive with a desktop PC.

Oh, and another reason businesses aren't likely to equip staff with tablets... they're easy to conceal and walk out the door with.

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