Windows "Blue" Will Be Free Update to Windows 8, RT Users

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tobalaz

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If no one ever used a pc before and sat down in front of a Windows 8 pc and a Windows 7 pc, I'm about 90% sure people would pick up on Win8 faster.
The problem is twofold.
First, Windows 95-7 all looked close enough where once you learned one, you could use the next with just a minor learning curve between. So for everyone that is used to Windows already, Windows 8 is a system shock. Way too much changed way too fast and we're not used to big jumps in the OS.
Second, Windows 8 was designed as a touchscreen interface. I've used Windows 7 and 8 with touchscreens and 8 just feels right with one. Problem is it just feels wrong without one as well. Most pcs being sold with 8 don't have touchscreens so it feels as messy and alien as running Android on a desktop.
MS made Windows 8 as a unifying OS. It looks, feels and acts the same on a phone, tablet and PC. For people that want the same on all their devices, this is great. For people that want a desktop to run like a desktop with keyboard (the standard, what is FAMILIAR) and mouse and their phones and tablets to run on touch it just feels WRONG the second you use it.
I'm tired of hearing how the users are stupid because they can't adjust. That would be like if you used a steering wheel with brake and gas pedals all your life to drive a car and went to a dealership to take a test drive and all the new models had was a flight type joystick and throttle, then the salesman called YOU an idiot because you "couldn't adjust" by the time you sat down in front of it.
Some people are going to pick up on it right away, but most are going to want to hold on to their clunker as long as possible to avoid such a major change. MS made a huge mistake, all they had to do is make an option, "metro" or "classic" on setup and no one would be bitching but instead we get metro jammed down our throats with no other option (besides 3rd party) and get told we're idiots?
Really?
For god's sake that's the most asinine statement on the planet.
 

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On paper, it's something between a Service Pack and a new operating system.
Windows Vista = NT 6.0
Windows 7 = NT 6.1
Windows 8 = NT 6.2
Windows Blue = supposedly NT 6.3
Vista and 7's Service Packs have not changed the version numbers of 6.0 or 6.1...except for the numbers after it, like 6.0.xxxx or 6.1.xxxx...
 

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"I guess MS over-estimated the IQ of the general public"
No I think that you are over-estimating your IQ, just because you learned how to use Windows 8.
So, someone who uses Linux should have an IQ of 170 or more I guess...
 

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"I guess MS over-estimated the IQ of the general public"
No I think that you are over-estimating your IQ, just because you learned how to use Windows 8.
So, someone who uses Linux should have an IQ of 170 or more I guess...
 

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As a fellow annoyed user of sound blaster products, the issue is most definitely the sound card and not win8. The first issues is that the Sound blaster Platnium FX does not exist, which may cause issues in it's own right. The Platinum x-Fi on the other hand is a card that came out way back in 2001, and there was a varient of it that came out at the same time called the Platinum eX (which I use to own). Neither of these cards were made to work with modern OSs and lost vendor support before Vista came out. Sound blaster did come out with a basic wonky driver to make them work with Vista (and thus win7/8 as they use the same driver model) after several customer complaints, but it has never worked right. The oldest sound blaster card you can get to work on vista/7/8 relatively reliably would be an Audigy 2... and even then there is potential to run into stability issues on anything other than basic use. The real solution to your problem is to get a sound card that is not 12 years old. I mean you have (hopefully) upgraded the rest of your hardware by now, there is nothing that makes sound cards immune to becoming out of date like anything else.

For your multiple device issue, this is something called "Plug and play". It is fairly new, and considering the 10 year old sound card you think is so great, I'll bring you up to speed: Back in the days of windows 95 MS had this great idea that they could provide drivers for known hardware so that they can at least have basic functionality before loading the official driver. So if you have an OS that is newer than your hardware then there is a good chance that you do not need to load vendor specific drivers unless you need specific functionality. But if your OS is older than your hardware then it does not pick it up because it does not have a base driver in the library. This is why win7 did not automatically pick up all of your audio devices, but 8 does. But the feature has only been around since windows 95... so I completely understand why you might not have heard about it until now.

Any program that makes changes to the kernel (which does include some games, and antivirus software like malwarebytes) triggers the UAC (user account control). This feature has only been around for 7 years now, so I completely understand why you might not have run across it yet. If you were up with the times there is a website called 'google' and if you do something called a 'search' then you can get tons of information about how to set this up properly so that it does not bother you all of the time. It just sucks when MS does something terrible, like make a feature that lets you know when potentially malicious software might be screwing with your system. I would suggest that you turn the feature off entirely and go back to the old winXP days of hoping and praying that you system is not infected.

As for boot times, you are probably the only person that has worse load times with 8 than 7. For most people it cuts 1/4 to 1/3 of the boot time off. But there are many things that can cause this including having bad drivers for hardware, malware and other poorly written software that needs to load, or bad BIOS configurations. If you are the only person having the issue, it is much more likely that you simply don't know how to put a computer together than something being wrong with the OS you are using.

And above all else. If win8 is such a terrible experience, there is absolutely nothing preventing you from going back to an OS you are more familiar with. I mean, if a new OS does not run like butter on my system then I will ditch it in a heartbeat for something that does. And there are tons of great alternatives available to win8, including win7 and a number of linux distros. But if you actually learned a bit about your system I am sure that all of these issues could be solved.

I am not saying that there are not some serious legitimate issues with win8 (I have many annoyances about metro that I hope to be fixed and the new UI matures), but these are not some of them.
 

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You don't need a Microsoft account to use Windows 8, you can use a local account, but I understand your post, Microsoft does a good job to put the Microsoft account option as the preference when you're installing, so it's no wonder you didn't notice that you have another option.
 

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I hate it when people say Windows 8 is hard to learn... the modern UI is easier to use, everything works in the same or similar way regardless of the app you're in. It's safer and more secure if people stick to store apps and most will... also don't overestimate the reliance of legacy desktop apps, most people have no need for legacy software. Also I like how my work and personal life are separated because of the desktop/modern UI.
There a lots of advantages to using Windows 8, for one my laptops a lot faster, and boots into windows in around 5 seconds versus 20 - 30 for windows 7. On top of that everything runs faster, is a lot more stable, and more efficient. On the exact same hardware I've seen a game literally killing the laptop running Windows 7, with the fans on full whack and producing enough heat to cook an egg... same laptop running Windows 8, playing the same game... fans on low and it's running very cool.
Moral of the story... actually try something before bashing it... you know you're gonna end up using the same it'll just be called Windows 9, and you'll love it...
 

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Windows 8 needs to have voice integrated into it. This tiles and cr+p is just so everyone can see what you got loaded on your screen and if you go the wrong programs loaded up. Then your boss can nail your a++.
 
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