[citation][nom]epdm2be[/nom]@ LukeCWM: "Take advantage of the speed and features, and if the UI bothers you, install Stardock's Start8."What features? Every time you click on a jpg the bloody things goes into that crappy metro-picture viewing, I reckon it's a joy for epileptic. You have to "add" stuff tuf browse the pics. Not only is this a pile of shit it works like shit too. "But then I grew to depend on the subtle UI upgrades in 7 while at work,"The difference between vista and 7 is far less than the omissions in Win8 coupled with the radical different start-systems (which make OS handling FAR worse.)"but do you really think two or three years from now you'll still be happy with 7 over 8?"Sure, like I'm still more than happy with with Windows XP SP3 on my present rig. For a lot of (multimedia) stuff XP is BETTER then Vista/7/8 and for the other stuff it isn't worth the effort. For instance Open Office works as good on XP then it does on Windows 7; so why change OS? " but then grew to appreciate the other aspects of Windows 8. "In my own case it was the other way around. I wanted to like the metro UI but I discovered so much annoyances that my interest quickly turned sour. The hassle you need to do to switch of the PC, the ridiculous amount of clicks and myriad of movements to remember to do the most trivial things like seeing all apps or shutting down an app. In fact they didn't even need to remove the start-button as it could have been used to bring forward the start-screen as well. It's like these bozo's threw away the entire book on ergonomics in UI-design and created this monstrosity.As for Stardock's tool. It cost money. Why pay for something that should have been in this OS. "I just don't understand the blind negativity towards this."It's not blind negativity. It's real user experience. From users WHOM downloaded and installed the previews, users whom mentioned flaws and problems to MSFT time and time again, users whom WARNED MSFT NOT to drastically enforce metro upon us. MSFT didn't want to listen, now they will have to pay for it. This time THEIR fat bonusses will be the first victim and then the rest of the company![/citation]
Yeah, it was annoying that all the images opened in some full-screen metro app that couldn't view them, or couldn't view the next picture in series. So, I right-clicked the photo file, selected "Open with", selected "Windows Photo Viewer" (just like Windows 7), and problem solved. (Keep in mind this process is the same as in Windows 7, Vista, and XP when some burdensome program decides to be the only media opener in the world for you, and you tell it to go sit in the corner so you can continue using the program you prefer. I can't count the number of times in my life I've had to switch the default program away from some overzealous new program.) I haven't yet found a metro app that I like more than the desktop version, but Windows 8 isn't only metro apps.
epdm2be, you're not even closed to being unbiased. You said, "what features?", and then go on a tirade about something you don't like. Something you don't like has nothing to do with good features and is not an appropriate argument for saying there aren't any good features.
Speaking realistically, after using Windows 8 for a week and a half, opening a program in the Modern UI is as fast as the Start Menu, and searching for a program by name in the Modern UI is as fast as the Start Menu. Literally, click for click. They're the same number of mouse clicks. And it is very easy to see the full list of programs installed in the Metro UI, although I admit I didn't know it the first time I tried. But neither would a user new to Windows. There will always be a learning curve with software, and your argument of "X is better than Y" simply because "I know X and I haven't given Y the time of day" doesn't hold water.
epdm2be, I don't mean to be critical, but it is much better to get to the bottom of this than throwing mud on things in a rage. I'm a gamer, computer geek, IT professional by day, and fan of Windows 7. However, I'm sharing the positive aspects of Windows 8 that I've seen and explaining that I'm glad I've made the choice I did. If you happen to prefer XP, good for you. But I think the average user will learn 8 and find it easy in as much time as it took for them to learn 7 and find it easy. And I think the computer enthusiast has things to appreciate too if he/she can just get past the complaints of ignorant whiners to actually try it. No, it's not perfect, but it's good. And there are a lot of improvements I think make it worth it.
It's like the end of Ratatouille, when the famous food critic writes his review: the gist of what he said is that it is very easy fall into the cycle of harsh criticism, even where unwarranted, but takes a greater person to, when appropriate, look past it and all preconceived notions to side with another view.