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Response to Official Windows 8 Launch Thread Oct. 31st, 2012 @ 05:52 AM Reply

I'm sure if Windows doesn't bring back the Start menu, a third party developer will.

I've had to use a program named Classic Shell in order to obtain a "Classic" start menu, which Windows 7 doesn't have.

So personally I'm not too worried for the time being.
Vista is also still being supported right? :P

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Response to Official Windows 8 Launch Thread Oct. 31st, 2012 @ 05:53 AM Reply

Sorry, for the double post, but this is the aforementioned start menu that I prefer...

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Response to Official Windows 8 Launch Thread Oct. 31st, 2012 @ 06:20 AM Reply

At 10/31/12 04:21 AM, Painbringer wrote:
At 10/31/12 04:02 AM, Jolly wrote: Have you tried using compatibility mode?
Do you take me for an idiot???

No amount of compatibility mode can make Castle of the Winds or SimCopter install/run in 64-bit Windows.

Have you tried DosBOX? It basically emulates a 16-bit dos machine on a 64-bit pc.
I just used it yesterday to play Wolfenstien3d and Doom on my 64bit laptop and they worked like a charm, even with fullscreen. I read it works on Windows 8 too.

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Response to Official Windows 8 Launch Thread Oct. 31st, 2012 @ 06:28 AM Reply

At 10/31/12 06:20 AM, RyanBustersword123 wrote: Have you tried DosBOX?

YES!!!

YOU CANNOT INSTALL WINDOWS GAMES IN DOS MODE.

Grrr.

And yes, DOSbox is a godsend for all my old DOS based games - I just wish there was something like that for Windows games.

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Response to Official Windows 8 Launch Thread Oct. 31st, 2012 @ 02:16 PM Reply

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Response to Official Windows 8 Launch Thread Oct. 31st, 2012 @ 02:22 PM Reply

Wait... Windows 8 doesn't have a start menu? Can someone explain this to me? It sounds like an absolutely horrible idea on Microsoft's part. How are we expected to open programs? Don't tell me Windows 8 users are expected to pin any programs they use to the taskbar or make shortcuts for them in the desktop or something? And how do you shut down/log out/etc?


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Response to Official Windows 8 Launch Thread Oct. 31st, 2012 @ 02:49 PM Reply

Running XP atm on a second hand Compaq Presario SR1000.

Not a single BSoD or issue with games like SC2/Shogun 2:TW etc.

However, once Littlewoods and Acer fix their shit and deliver my new PC (this one is a little aged after all) I'll be runnign Windows 8 (comes with the pc) on mah nuh Acer Aspire XC Intel Core i5

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Response to Official Windows 8 Launch Thread Oct. 31st, 2012 @ 02:51 PM Reply

At 10/31/12 02:22 PM, Step wrote: Wait... Windows 8 doesn't have a start menu? wahwahwah

Move your mouse to the corner brah....


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Response to Official Windows 8 Launch Thread Oct. 31st, 2012 @ 02:56 PM Reply

I wouldn't install Windows on my machine if you paid me to.


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Response to Official Windows 8 Launch Thread Oct. 31st, 2012 @ 03:44 PM Reply

At 10/31/12 02:22 PM, Step wrote: Wait... Windows 8 doesn't have a start menu? Can someone explain this to me? It sounds like an absolutely horrible idea on Microsoft's part. How are we expected to open programs? Don't tell me Windows 8 users are expected to pin any programs they use to the taskbar or make shortcuts for them in the desktop or something? And how do you shut down/log out/etc?

When you press the Windows key or drag your cursor to the bottom left corner of your screen + click you get taken to a tile interface that you find on their phones and such. It's actually really cool. There's a desktop option if you want to use windows classically, but then the rest of the tiles could be programs, apps, widgets, you name it. It essentially replaces the start menu and adds a lot more on to it. To find programs that aren't on your taskbar or in the tile interface you have to right click the tile interface and press the option "all apps" and it brings you to another listing; alternatively you could just start typing the name of the app or program from the interface and it'll find it immediately.

This is my dashboard. I've customized it so everything I regularly use is first and widgets take up the next few columns. I really like it. Everything feels so smooth and clean. The Music app is horrendous so I'm still sticking to Spotify for my music playback.

http://www.newgrounds.com/dump/item/e4fb94d9ebced3c49695ad85 b74b7a53

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Response to Official Windows 8 Launch Thread Oct. 31st, 2012 @ 04:06 PM Reply

At 10/31/12 02:51 PM, SkeletonGimp wrote: Move your mouse to the corner brah....

I don't have Windows 8 and I don't plan on getting it. Just curious.

At 10/31/12 03:44 PM, EJR wrote: When you press the Windows key or drag your cursor to the bottom left corner of your screen + click you get taken to a tile interface that you find on their phones and such. It's actually really cool. There's a desktop option if you want to use windows classically, but then the rest of the tiles could be programs, apps, widgets, you name it. It essentially replaces the start menu and adds a lot more on to it. To find programs that aren't on your taskbar or in the tile interface you have to right click the tile interface and press the option "all apps" and it brings you to another listing; alternatively you could just start typing the name of the app or program from the interface and it'll find it immediately.

This is my dashboard. I've customized it so everything I regularly use is first and widgets take up the next few columns. I really like it. Everything feels so smooth and clean. The Music app is horrendous so I'm still sticking to Spotify for my music playback.

http://www.newgrounds.com/dump/item/e4fb94d9ebced3c49695ad85 b74b7a53

That actually looks really tacky and unnecessary. It opens up a whole new window just for the user to choose what program to run? That seems pretty ridiculous. Also the start menu makes a distinction between recently used programs, programs that you pin to it, and the Control Panel/My Computer, etc... by placing them in their own lists. That interface doesn't look like it makes the distinction and just throws everything as an assortment of pictures (of course this is just an educated guess, I haven't actually tried the thing myself).

Frankly to me it looks like a transition from a mobile OS to a desktop OS that went horribly wrong. That kind of interface may work well for a mobile, but taking the start menu away for desktop users too is a bad idea that just doesn't seem to work as well with a keyboard and mouse and will just cause lots of people to try and get accustomed to it when the start menu worked so well before. In my opinion, of course.


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Response to Official Windows 8 Launch Thread Oct. 31st, 2012 @ 05:02 PM Reply

Id rather just browse my files normally through explorer rather than use the silly new start thing.

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Response to Official Windows 8 Launch Thread Oct. 31st, 2012 @ 05:08 PM Reply

The new computer that's coming with it will come with it. It's basically 7 with some addons, so I don't mind.

:Shit, no Start Button???


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Response to Official Windows 8 Launch Thread Oct. 31st, 2012 @ 05:16 PM Reply

At 10/31/12 05:52 AM, BrokenDeck wrote: I'm sure if Windows doesn't bring back the Start menu, a third party developer will.

Stardock has done so with Start8.


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Response to Official Windows 8 Launch Thread Oct. 31st, 2012 @ 05:35 PM Reply

can someone say baby's first os
seriously why would anyone pay for this bullshit when XP/Ubuntu/7/literally any other os does the job better than it


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Response to Official Windows 8 Launch Thread Oct. 31st, 2012 @ 05:53 PM Reply

At 10/31/12 05:35 PM, swedishcandy wrote: can someone say baby's first os
seriously why would anyone pay for this bullshit when XP/Ubuntu/7/literally any other os does the job better than it

They fixed a lot of performance and driver issues this time.

That and it's only $40 for the Pro download.

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Response to Official Windows 8 Launch Thread Oct. 31st, 2012 @ 07:15 PM Reply

Yeeeeeeah sticking with Win 7.


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Response to Official Windows 8 Launch Thread Oct. 31st, 2012 @ 07:44 PM Reply

At 10/31/12 07:15 PM, SneakyGameBoy wrote: Yeeeeeeah sticking with Win 7.

Friends don't let friends Windows 8 themselves.


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Response to Official Windows 8 Launch Thread Oct. 31st, 2012 @ 10:32 PM Reply

At 9/25/12 07:48 PM, Weeaboo wrote:
At 9/25/12 07:44 PM, Painbringer wrote:
At 9/25/12 07:38 PM, Weeaboo wrote: Why would I spend my money on a bad rep OS when I can have Ubuntu for free?
Video Games.
Would you like some WINE with that, sir.

wine is horribly slow as linux lacks any good drivers whatsoever and playing games through a virtual machine only adds to the bottleneck


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Response to Official Windows 8 Launch Thread Oct. 31st, 2012 @ 10:43 PM Reply

Eat my shit, 2 more 0-day exploits coming.

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Response to Official Windows 8 Launch Thread Oct. 31st, 2012 @ 11:39 PM Reply

At 10/31/12 10:37 PM, Austerity wrote: Including Starcraft 1?

Yup. Just tested it and got it working with the compatibility wizard.

The screen went black a couple of times but Alt-Tab fixed it.

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Response to Official Windows 8 Launch Thread Jan. 25th, 2013 @ 10:05 AM Reply

Why is there a three month silence in this thread? Come'on.. windows 8 is definitely not worse than 7. I have been using it on my laptop for one month now and I have to say that I got the hang of it. Sure, there are some things which take a while to get used to but all in all, I would have to say that it's rather interesting. :)

For instance, with this OS you can bring your laptop to the factory settings while keeping all of your files. It works pretty much like the reset option on a smartphone.

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Response to Official Windows 8 Launch Thread Jan. 25th, 2013 @ 10:49 AM Reply

At 10/31/12 10:43 PM, dem0lecule wrote: Eat my shit, 2 more 0-day exploits coming.

What is that?


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Response to Official Windows 8 Launch Thread Jan. 25th, 2013 @ 11:16 AM Reply

God I love my PC and its 20-bit gigamax hard-processor with dby2 spec upgrades and 10 second blue screen reboot turbo! Fuck Windows, its just so unnecessarily complicated and bland.

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Response to Official Windows 8 Launch Thread Jan. 25th, 2013 @ 04:10 PM Reply

My thoughts on Windows 8 after a few months with it:

Bad. 2/10. I don't use any of the windows 8 UI anymore. I just stick to the classic desktop. $40 WASTED.


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