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  • Windows 8 Consumer Preview

    Looking forward to downloading and seeing what works/doesn't work! Set aside next 2 days for testing.
    TruckPC - gutted, being used for test setup
    BoatPC - All in 1 in cuddy, N7 using VNC on dash, RR
    BlazerPC - Nexus 7 with Timur's USBROM

  • #2
    Yes, I'm looking forward to it as well. I have been running the Developers edition since fall on my car PC and livingroom media PC. I have had virtually no issues with it and the boot times/shutdown times are amazing!
    My 2007 Ford F350 Work Log located HERE

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    • #3
      http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/iso link should be good to go! SNO

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      • #4
        I've got it installed and running. Yes the start button is gone. Drivers don't seem to be an issue. I still have a couple of devices to sort out but it is running fine. Now I will add RR to it and see what happens. I doubt there will be any issues; it ran fine on the preview edition.
        My 2007 Ford F350 Work Log located HERE

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        • #5
          sound fun, is it complicated to install this over windows 7. i've reformatted before but never ventured into installing an entire new operating system. Can you jot down a quick tutorial or is this something more... involved lol

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          • #6
            Results so far on my BlazerPC, Atom 1.6 single core 1G RAM, which used to be Win 7

            Used the USB key install method, was quicker than Win7 install using the same method, however I did use a different USB key.

            Didn't recognize the onboard audio, Win7 didn't either, gotta go find the drivers.

            Windows Update already has 6 updates!

            Boots fast, but apps take longer to open up. I had trouble finding Control Panel, noticed there's an ambient light sensor setting in power options.

            Winamp and WPC-Home Theater installed, but both reported needing latest version of DirectX.

            Iguidance installed correctly.

            Flash and RR are next!

            I'll update with more specifics/results later on.
            TruckPC - gutted, being used for test setup
            BoatPC - All in 1 in cuddy, N7 using VNC on dash, RR
            BlazerPC - Nexus 7 with Timur's USBROM

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            • #7
              looks nice, but whats this gonna cost for upgrade... 100+ right. Not sure if its gonna look THAT nice.
              To really take full advantage you have to:
              1. Like fishies
              2. search with bing... nah
              3. be willing to give up google maps/earth and use microsofts attempts... nah
              4. buy an x box... meh
              5. buy a windows phone... nah
              6. buy music through microsoft... nah
              7. shop for apps though microsoft... i'm sorry but in the app market you have android/apple and microsoft/blackberry lol, stick to what you know microsoft

              All in all its apparent their new OS is centered on you taking your focus from google/apple and giving ol billy gates some love like he's never had before. Its only a matter of time before you see their new "social networking" app pop up.

              If this came on a new machine i bought, i'd probably keep it on, but i'll not be buying an upgrade.

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              • #8
                I agree with you bossman137, but people like shiny new things. Also, on here, people are looking for boot improvements primarily as well as new features that might improve the car pc expirience.

                I still run XP in my car for a bunch of reasons but the reality is Microsoft is still the #1 os. History has shown that every other release by Microsoft is good:

                2000 - good
                ME - bad
                XP - good
                vista - bad
                windows 7 - good
                windows 8 - (my initial response... bad)

                Either way, people will get it when they buy a new machine and deal or downgrade. In the business world... people will likely skip it as usual. We are just moving to windows 7 from XP here. I will be very interested to see what Win8 looks like hooked to a domain. The dev preview added junk and removed good from a business standpoint IMO.

                I wouldn't buy it either but I might pull it off my msdn subscription

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                • #9
                  I am not a MS or Apple fanboy, I have never really been excited for a new OS launch other than W95 however I will be buying the W8 upgrade when available and here is why.

                  I don't use any social networking, Itunes, iphones, gaming machines and apps at this point really don't matter to me for a car PC. I switched from XP due to the superior manner that W7/W8 handles audio which is the most important feature to me on a car PC. The touchscreen friendly interface might be a bonus too, I don;t know because I disabled metro in the Dev edition of W8.

                  So last fall, I thought "why buy W7 when I can run W8 for a year no charge then buy the latest OS available at that time?". I love XP, but I want the more current audio management.
                  My 2007 Ford F350 Work Log located HERE

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                  • #10
                    More great news. The Griffin Power mate is working again. That was the 1 big loss I had when I installed the DP Edition of W8.

                    It only does volume & mute but thats all I need it for anyways.

                    FYI, I installed only the newer drivers (v2.01PC), the program opened and I configured it for Global settings only. Now the Griffin config program won't reopen but it's working so I really don't care.

                    If a full shutdown is done, the Griffin program must be selected after boot but them seems to work without issue. If the system is just put to sleep (which is the default action in W8), it works immediately upon wakeup.
                    My 2007 Ford F350 Work Log located HERE

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                    • #11
                      Windows 8 Consumer Preview was installed on top of my main machine:Left there is a 24" 1920x1200 and on the right a 19" 1024x1280 in portrait mode. Since it was installed on top of a current machine (after a full backup, of course), I have resumed working as normal. Lightroom import pictures, AHCD vídeo editing, I have even flash an android tablete using odin. No issues. I have an ocasional freeze issues, never crash, I atribute that to the poor website coding prevalente everywhere on the internet. IE 10 suffers more than most, I feel, but even Chrome freezes with heavy contente sites/opened windows. 3D Games Works well or better than under Win7, people have been reporting 10fps or more due to the slimmer kernel, so it's all good. My Steam account Works as usual, remote desktop and Windows home server backup, no issues. I had to spend 15 min setting up Brother Laser Printer, but a wireless-N, newer Printer went without issues. At this point I'm just afraid of my Creative Labs Soundcard X-Fi Platinum will crap on me, and I wouldn't be surprised if uninstalling it I won't see an overall better experience. Will see what happens.
                      Worklogs: 08 Sequoia Platinum Carputer (In Progress!)
                      Skin: MetroSex on the Beach preview

                      07 Infiniti Fx35 (done!) & 06 Infiniti M35 (gone...)

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                      • #12
                        BTW the point of the Picture is more to report'/illustrate the point that the Metro style interface won't interfere in anyway with your current working programme. Everytime I launch a non-Metro app, the Metro interface on the left screen disappears and I can work as I Always did. All my pinned apps remained at the bottom (Lightroom, Notes, Browsers, skype, etc.). I can add/pin apps to the metro interface anytime. If you're a power use and dominates the keyboard, this is for you. Everything just works. If you like to click, though, just populate your desktop with your icons, and you're set. The Metro interface is great for me as a big widget to check weather, facebook, twitter and I love the remote desktop app, which I use to control my torrentes in another machine and update my HTPCs. I'm getting used to it more and more. And it looks very cool too. :-)
                        Worklogs: 08 Sequoia Platinum Carputer (In Progress!)
                        Skin: MetroSex on the Beach preview

                        07 Infiniti Fx35 (done!) & 06 Infiniti M35 (gone...)

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                        • #13
                          recently installed windows 8 CP in my carpc on bench and found out that most default metro apps doesnt run at 800x480.
                          i was hoping i could use default media players on the carPC since they were designed for touch.

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