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    June 1st, 2012 at 4:00 pm - AuthorHarrison
    Interesting morning here at KitGuru central. While we do know several people who have managed to download and install Windows 8, many of us had not given it any thought yet – waiting instead for something closer to a Release Candidate. But, this morning, we thought “What the hell” and clicked on an invitation from Microsoft. Not good.
    We had spent a while with our fingers in iced water, while the KitGuru keyboard engineering team went to work with air canisters and cotton buds. At the same time, Zardon was in maintenance mode and we had a team of shoulder/neck specialists on standby – should the need for back rubs become overpowering.
    The reason for ‘special preparations’ being taken was simple.


    We’d expected to be banging out a huge article on Windows 8 and let you know what we thought about it.


    However, trying to install it on an Intel Core i7 980 machine with GeForce graphics proved problematic – despite the fact that this same rig has been purring along with Windows 7 for the best part of a year – with no issues.


    This was the extent of our initial ‘Windows 8 user experience’ testing:-



    We clicked on the ‘Help’ feature and were presented with what can only be described as ‘a page of marketing b*ll*cks’. For example, checking to see if we have the 1GHz processor necessary for such an advanced operating system.


    Let’s just stress that we were only looking at the ‘Average user experience of the Windows 8 trial’. It could still be the greatest operating system ever launched. But this is a poor start.
    We’ll revisit this topic when (a) we’ve stopped laughing and (b) we’ve managed to get an answer from Microsoft.


    KitGuru says: When Microsoft did a pre-release with Windows 7, it installed first time on every machine we tried it on. So far, with Windows 8, it has refused to install on any of the machines we have tried it on. Given that Microsoft is now in the same market as Apple when it comes to operating systems, we pity the fool who tries to run their life with this version of Windows 8. We have personal numbers for Microsoft engineers – so will do a little digging and let you know what we find. Is ours an isolated experience?
    Comment below or in the KitGuru forums.


    More on this topic at
    Windows 8 disaster? More broken than you might think? | KitGuru

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    Default Re: Windows 8

    I never had trouble installing it, I just didn't like it.

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    Default Re: Windows 8

    you would think a high end system would not have issues like this

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    Default Re: Windows 8

    Mine had the same problem with the Consumer Preview.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinman View Post
    you would think a high end system would not have issues like this
    My systems were a Quad Core i7-870 and a Dual Core Pentium G870. Installation went smoothly.
    An i7-980 should have done it with bells on.

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    Default Re: Windows 8

    I didn't have any issues either...

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    Default Re: Windows 8

    Also this guy was installing the preview I think, it's definitely fixed now. My full install went fine.

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    Default Re: Windows 8

    Got this off of another site's comment section,...........

    Allow me to use an analogy to describe what we see when some writers suggest that we should "Give Windows 8 A Try."

    Imagine that you are a 17-year-old girl, about to go to the prom. Your girl-friends decide that the guy that you were going to go with, Jacques, who is intelligent, handsome, muscle-bound, sensitive, deeply invested in you, and vice-versa, is not right for you, and replaces him with a guy named Geebler, despite that the fact that you told them repeatedly several weeks prior that you really do prefer Jacques. For three hours straight, as you sit in shock, staring at Geebler's zits, bones, greasy hair, and beady eyes, your friends are trying to convince you that it is not bad as it appears. They make comments like:
    1. "He doesn't have quite as many zits as you think he does!"
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    3. "Ok, he does not have any muscles, but he could probably out-run Jacques since he is so skinny."
    4. "Yes, he is a bit stinky, but give him a chance. Over time, you'll get used to it."

    Can you see how weird this is?

    We get it. Windows 8 is not as bad as it appears to us, the users of Microsoft products for 20+ years, with deep knowledge of the Windows ecosystem.

    Right.


    We're sticking to Windows 7.

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    Quote Originally Posted by realneil View Post
    Got this off of another site's comment section,...........

    Allow me to use an analogy to describe what we see when some writers suggest that we should "Give Windows 8 A Try."

    Imagine that you are a 17-year-old girl, about to go to the prom. Your girl-friends decide that the guy that you were going to go with, Jacques, who is intelligent, handsome, muscle-bound, sensitive, deeply invested in you, and vice-versa, is not right for you, and replaces him with a guy named Geebler, despite that the fact that you told them repeatedly several weeks prior that you really do prefer Jacques. For three hours straight, as you sit in shock, staring at Geebler's zits, bones, greasy hair, and beady eyes, your friends are trying to convince you that it is not bad as it appears. They make comments like:
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    3. "Ok, he does not have any muscles, but he could probably out-run Jacques since he is so skinny."
    4. "Yes, he is a bit stinky, but give him a chance. Over time, you'll get used to it."

    Can you see how weird this is?

    We get it. Windows 8 is not as bad as it appears to us, the users of Microsoft products for 20+ years, with deep knowledge of the Windows ecosystem.

    Right.


    We're sticking to Windows 7.
    Well I can just say that I've been using windows for 10+ years and windows 8 really isn't that bad, the start button is still kinda still there, just not visible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PoLoMoTo View Post
    windows 8 really isn't that bad, the start button is still kinda still there, just not visible.
    "Yes, he is a bit stinky, but give him a chance. Over time, you'll get used to it."
    Last edited by realneil; 18-12-2012 at 10:18.

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    Default Re: Windows 8

    Quote Originally Posted by realneil View Post
    "yes, he is a bit stinky, but give him a chance. Over time, you'll get used to it."
    xd...

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    Default Re: Windows 8

    Good for touch devices, perhaps, but desktops systems......not really. There's a very good reason the keyboard and mouse work so well, particularly for productivity-oriented tasks. Human ergonomics are static and constant; they haven't changed in eons. Trying to force touch-oriented tech onto people that simply goes against what we actually do and how we function is either the height of audacity or stupidity. Which, in the end, produces the same result anyways, so the difference is functionally irrelevant.

    Passing on Windows 8 for desktop use...........

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    Default Re: Windows 8

    Just messing with the preview for the first time to see what it feels like. Only good thing I have to report is the blazing fast boot time of this OS...12 seconds to desktop from a dead start. Installed on a 32GB ssd with an old 920 DO and equally old evga mb at default settings. I don't see this being popular with the masses...way too many hoops to jump thru. I did manage to get a proper screen on it tho lol.











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    Default Re: Windows 8

    at least you have a start button

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    at least you have a start button
    That's Classic Shell. (or it looks just like it)

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    Ah, Haters gonna hate. lol I'm beginning to think I'm the only person on the planet who actually likes windows 8! Just kidding, but I do have to agree with what everyone is saying. There is nothing wrong with windows 7, and 8 doesn't bring any improvement whatsoever. It is heavily geared to the mobile market but I just like the aesthetics of it, and I haven't had any issues with installs or programs. The skype app is pretty crappy, but as long as you install the full program instead, then it's just like normal.

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