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    Smile I have had a very pleasant experience so far with Windows 8 Consumer Preview

    I installed Windows 8 consumer preview 64 bit on my test system which is a Lenova U330 notebook with 3 gb ram, 320 HD an Intel core duo. I had two partitions on the HD running 2 versions of Linux. I used one of the partitions to install Win 8 64 bit without a problem. I then re-installed Linux Mint 12 (Lisa) on the other and with the GRUB bootloader in Linux can boot either into WIN 8 or Linux Mint. After viewing the Metro Interface I decided to find a way to switch back to the classic desktop. I used a little utility called "Metro Switch" which I downloaded and installed. It worked like a champ. The first couple of times I had to activate the utility but Win 8 learned and when I boot now it comes right up to the desktop. It also created a Metro tile so if I want to go back to Metro I simply drag the mouse pointer down to the left corner and there is the metro tile interface. If I am in Metro there is a tile showing the desktop which I just click and am back to the traditional desktop where everything is easily acccessed. I have downloaded Open Office 3.3 and it works fine as well as Skype (latest version) and it works fine as well. In addition I downloaded Microsoft "Live Essentials" so I could have a mail client that works with a POP 3 account. Windows LIve Mail works well also.

    Summary:

    Very fast boot up and shut down
    Power button shuts down the system
    FN F1 puts system to sleep
    system is very responsive and snappy
    Can easily switch from Metro to desktop
    System works well as a dual boot with Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Linux Mint 12 (Lisa)
    So far all applications I have downloaded are working well. No B.S.O.D's
    Desktop view is much better than Metro for PC with mouse.

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    Default Re: I have had a very pleasant experience so far with Windows 8 Consumer Preview

    I have had no problems with the Consumer, axcept that if I leave it for a long time (sleep mode) it dies and I have to reset to get it going again. I do my testing on a very average 64Bit stationary. I run a dual boot with new installations.I must adnmit that my tuned Windows 7 out performs it in startup: shutdown and access to a site on the web. All my software, about 27 items, Works well. Some of it dates back to XP.

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    Default Re: I have had a very pleasant experience so far with Windows 8 Consumer Preview

    Personally I see mo reason to "upgrade" (especially at what this will no doubt cost) to Windows 8. For tablets it's okay, for phones it's great but for desktops it's gimmicks and fluff. I can do things faster and simpler with my Windows 7 than I can with 8. Not surprising considering Microsoft's track record with their OS. Looking back 2000 good, ME bad, XP good, Vista bad, Widows 7 good, Widows 8...

    I can see Apple grinning from ear to ear right now. Sorry Microsoft but you miss kicked the ball with this one. Unless something seriously changes here you won't be getting my money this time. And from what I'm reading on many sites a whole lot of users feel the same way.

    Disappointing. I expected better.

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    Default Re: I have had a very pleasant experience so far with Windows 8 Consumer Preview

    I like the system I am using now. It is a great system I think. No problem during installation or using. I feel quite happy about that.

    Though there are some inconvenient places in Windows 8 CP, and I think all of them will be improved in the final version. I've sent some feedback to Microsoft about these issues. I love it.

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    Default Re: I have had a very pleasant experience so far with Windows 8 Consumer Preview

    seems a lot faster and more stabile than previous win versions. except for metro I love it. the varuious micky mouse ways of getting one of the prior start button versions back do not seem really win8-ready but do work. I shall look for 'mtro switch'. btw I wish someone had explained, without use of videos, wtf a "swipe" motion is. it seems to be a circular mouse motion (no click) it the top right corner where the cursor trajectory "leaves" the displasy screen circling the corner point through two dimensional space on all sides of it both on screen and off. If that's intuitive then I am the Easter Bunny! btw the Forum FAQ claims that there are in the forum such thigs as a header (??) and a pencil icon (generally I hate icons and mice almost as much as touch, don't understand any of that visual physical stuff if it does not involve printed wordfs or maybe check boxes, Lotus ring/drop-down menus, or that abortion, the forest of drop down boxes; not in computer not in real life either. All that chit to me is more bandwidth -= more ambiguity and confusion, fine if I'm trying to fool other people (damn good at that, that has a purpose) kinda a PITA otherwise...anyway I'd like to see all threads then all posts at once or at least 100 at a time...

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    Default Re: I have had a very pleasant experience so far with Windows 8 Consumer Preview

    TURNING OFF METRO: I have seen posts about setting current user explorer regkey= RPEnabled to zero and about a utuility allegedly called "metro switch". The reg entry did it with Dev Preview but AFAIK it does not work with Consumer Prteview at least not for me. the VIstart thingie does but I don't entirely like it. There are a bazillion google jits on "metro switch" involving a cisco product, competitiors to that, variouis railroads trains, and various public agencies. I suspect a "metro switch" + "utility" wouldf be the water or power and light department somewhere...anyway I can not find such a software tool that relates to windows 8 and the start button issue. KNOW WHERE ALLEGED START BUTTON RESTORER UTILITY "METRO SWITCH" LIVES? Please share!

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    Default Re: I have had a very pleasant experience so far with Windows 8 Consumer Preview

    go to Windows 8 Review.co and search for Metro Switch.

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    Default Re: I have had a very pleasant experience so far with Windows 8 Consumer Preview

    Windows 8 Review.co I cant find Windows8Review.com either is there a url I don't do approximations unless google can convert em for me i'm kinda a liter one letter at a time person.

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    Default Re: I have had a very pleasant experience so far with Windows 8 Consumer Preview

    The website is "win8review.com" you can use Bing or Google to search for it. or just enter it as a url. Once there search for MetroSwitch. I am sorry but as a new member I cannot put the URL in. I also tried to attach the file (it is only 30 kb) but I could not do that either.

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    Default Re: I have had a very pleasant experience so far with Windows 8 Consumer Preview

    ty ty got it I shall try it pdq

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