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  • Win 8.1 preview

    Windows 8.1 preview has been released. link to iso is not up yet but it's on technet if you have an account will post some pics once installed SNO

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    Already have it installed. I like it, but of course, I was an early Win8 adopter, so no surprise there. Centrafuse runs just fine on it. Biggest change: boot to desktop. Does what it says. Bad news: may not be included in final production version. Start button is back, but not what you think. It just goes to the Start screen...BUT, there are a lot of new ways to organize that screen. Again, I like it just fine and never missed the start button in the first place.

    Search is very nice, as are a lot of other smaller improvement. Install was seamless and literally just a couple of clicks. Kept all my apps, although there were one or two that had to be reinstalled/re-configured. I wouldn't do it on a production machine, but if you're a Win8 user already, or thinking about it, do your homework and give it a try.

    What's important about this build is that it almost entirely encompasses changes requested by users. Some I agree with, some I don't but it's still nice to see the response. With yearly (free) updates scheduled, it reflects a real change in how Microsoft is approaching its core platforms. Visual Studio 2013 preview was also released today. LOTS of really neat additions to support the new Win8 eco-system. I believe the ultimate goal is to create a unified platform across desktop, tablets and phones that share the same core code, and allows developers to write once and deploy everywhere. Nice marketing terms, and it certainly won't achieve that anytime soon, but its a worthwhile goal.

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    • #3
      The boot to desktop change will be the one that is big for me. It's a minor issue for an average user, but it's one step closer to being able to just run Win8 for a CarPC.
      Computer is in the car, but in a very "raw" install right now.

      Worklog - here

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      • #4
        I've been using this and it works great http://download.cnet.com/Start-Menu-...ml?tag=mncol;6 Adds the old style start menu back

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        • #5
          Originally posted by piercedmikey View Post
          I've been using this and it works great http://download.cnet.com/Start-Menu-...ml?tag=mncol;6 Adds the old style start menu back
          See I consider that a disadvantage. The old start menu is an archaic piece of junk that we should be moving on from. I'm not saying the Metra interface has everything right, but I think it's a big step in the right direction.

          I understand people liking what they're used to and not wanting to change, so I think it's good that people have that option to keep it if they want. I personally would really like to move on from the start menu. I think once the kinks have been worked out the new interface will be great for the end user.
          Computer is in the car, but in a very "raw" install right now.

          Worklog - here

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          • #6
            well, start button with the 8.1 functionality, i bealive is good for the carpc comunity, becouse without a multi touch, (normal touch) and without a mouse, nav igating win 8 becomes a pain in the ***.... but with 8.1 (start and allways on side bar) its fixed a bit

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            • #7
              Originally posted by settra View Post
              well, start button with the 8.1 functionality, i bealive is good for the carpc comunity, becouse without a multi touch, (normal touch) and without a mouse, nav igating win 8 becomes a pain in the ***.... but with 8.1 (start and allways on side bar) its fixed a bit
              Well perhaps that's true, but I do have a multi touch monitor.

              I think it's great that we can have tailored options for our different needs.
              Computer is in the car, but in a very "raw" install right now.

              Worklog - here

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              • #8
                I'm all for flexibility but I like the windows classic layout best. Its all about productivity for me. Most software upgrades change so much stuff that it takes a year to get good at it again.

                It's like saying English is today's language but tomorrow we will switch to Portuguese for a couple years.

                Im more like, let's keep English but include some Portuguese words that we don't have in English.

                Improvements without a total rewrite, so people can choose what they already know.

                Sent from my SCH-I535 using Tapatalk 4 Beta

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by FockMasterDan View Post
                  See I consider that a disadvantage. The old start menu is an archaic piece of junk that we should be moving on from. I'm not saying the Metra interface has everything right, but I think it's a big step in the right direction.

                  I understand people liking what they're used to and not wanting to change, so I think it's good that people have that option to keep it if they want. I personally would really like to move on from the start menu. I think once the kinks have been worked out the new interface will be great for the end user.
                  I like Metra too(especially for the CarPC aspect) but as an IT guy I want to be able to access everything easily.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by rray View Post
                    I'm all for flexibility but I like the windows classic layout best. Its all about productivity for me. Most software upgrades change so much stuff that it takes a year to get good at it again.

                    It's like saying English is today's language but tomorrow we will switch to Portuguese for a couple years.

                    Im more like, let's keep English but include some Portuguese words that we don't have in English.

                    Improvements without a total rewrite, so people can choose what they already know.

                    Sent from my SCH-I535 using Tapatalk 4 Beta
                    I will agree with that, but I think Windows 8 for the most part is much closer to the latter scenario. It's still Windows and I adjusted for the most part by tinkering for an hour. I will admit though that we are a much more tech savvy crowd, so for the average user perhaps it's not that simple.

                    Originally posted by piercedmikey View Post
                    I like Metra too(especially for the CarPC aspect) but as an IT guy I want to be able to access everything easily.
                    They kept some convenient short cuts for people like us for that exact reason. Hit the windows key and X at the same time and it brings up a list of all the things you'd need to access. Control panel, device manager, command prompt, et cetera are all there.
                    Computer is in the car, but in a very "raw" install right now.

                    Worklog - here

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by FockMasterDan View Post
                      They kept some convenient short cuts for people like us for that exact reason. Hit the windows key and X at the same time and it brings up a list of all the things you'd need to access. Control panel, device manager, command prompt, et cetera are all there.
                      Nice, I didn't know that one, thanks!

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