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« Reply #40 on: August 30, 2011, 02:56:47 AM »

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« Reply #41 on: September 14, 2011, 02:15:05 AM »

keynote video from today: http://www.buildwindows.com/ , plu major Nelson on bringing Xbox Live to Windows 8.  dare we say goodnight to Games for Windows Live?
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« Reply #42 on: September 14, 2011, 04:31:46 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on September 14, 2011, 02:15:05 AM

keynote video from today: http://www.buildwindows.com/ , plu major Nelson on bringing Xbox Live to Windows 8.  dare we say goodnight to Games for Windows Live?

If only it was in time for B:AC.
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« Reply #43 on: September 14, 2011, 04:47:44 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on September 14, 2011, 02:15:05 AM

keynote video from today: http://www.buildwindows.com/ , plu major Nelson on bringing Xbox Live to Windows 8.  dare we say goodnight to Games for Windows Live?
I don't understand what the point of bringing XBox Live to Windows is when so few multiplatform games are cross--platform compatible. i.e., afik, I can't play Space Marine MP with the console folks here. I always thought that was "the dream" (that we could all play together regardless of platform we chose) but with a few rare exceptions, it's not happening.

I'm not trying to be a smart aleck or a "console-hater," I just don't see the benefit (of XBox Live on PC) to me, Mr. PC Gamer. Hopefully someone can enlighten me.  icon_smile I'm content at this point to just see more "Steam-native" games, and companies like Relic specifically moving away from GFWL.
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« Reply #44 on: September 14, 2011, 08:25:29 PM »

Quote from: Blackjack on September 14, 2011, 04:47:44 PM

I always thought that was "the dream" (that we could all play together regardless of platform we chose) but with a few rare exceptions, it's not happening.

Blame Microsoft and Xbox Live. If it wasn't for their absolute requirement (except for EA, who threatened to take their ball and go home) that all multiplayer games on Xbox must run on Live servers, we'd probably see a lot more support for playing multiplayer between platforms. This is why Portal 2-players on PC and PS3 can play cross-platform MP while 360 players cannot. This from a company that officially hated the PS3 early on.

The more I've learned about Microsoft's business practices with the 360, the more annoyed at them I become. If it wasn't for stuff like Windows 7 and Visual Studio, I'd probably be an all-out Microsoft hater. As it is, I just severely dislike the way they attempt to control the market and in turn hurt the consumers.
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« Reply #45 on: September 15, 2011, 08:05:09 AM »

Quote from: CeeKay on September 14, 2011, 02:15:05 AM

keynote video from today: http://www.buildwindows.com/ , plu major Nelson on bringing Xbox Live to Windows 8.  dare we say goodnight to Games for Windows Live?

Does that mean Microsoft now want people to pay for XBOX Live Gold Membership to play newer multiplayer PC games?
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« Reply #46 on: September 15, 2011, 03:40:47 PM »

Anyone had success with the Dev preview? I've tried 3 machines (one a VMware esxi machine) and it powers all of them off after a few seconds on this screen:



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« Reply #47 on: September 19, 2011, 05:55:39 PM »

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Anyone had success with the Dev preview? I've tried 3 machines (one a VMware esxi machine) and it powers all of them off after a few seconds

I believe that's MS's new power saving feature  icon_twisted
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« Reply #48 on: December 04, 2011, 09:51:30 PM »

possibly public beta in February: http://thenextweb.com/microsoft/2011/12/01/the-public-windows-8-beta-will-be-released-in-late-february/
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« Reply #49 on: February 09, 2012, 03:16:28 AM »

consumer preview is due out February 29th:

http://betanews.com/2012/02/08/windows-8-consumer-preview-can-be-yours-february-29/
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« Reply #50 on: February 09, 2012, 04:47:57 AM »

So, I'm going to be building a new machine shortly. Should I buy Windows 7?
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« Reply #51 on: February 10, 2012, 09:21:06 AM »

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So, I'm going to be building a new machine shortly. Should I buy Windows 7?

What else would you buy? Vista? XP?

Windows 7 is the only decent choice today.
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« Reply #52 on: February 10, 2012, 03:47:39 PM »

Got the 64-bit OEM for 90 bucks at NewEgg yesterday.
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« Reply #53 on: February 18, 2012, 03:31:11 AM »

New logo confirmed. The colour changes with your metro color selection:

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« Reply #54 on: February 18, 2012, 03:39:12 AM »

...whee...
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« Reply #55 on: February 18, 2012, 03:56:58 AM »

At least it doesn't look like a flag anymore.

For the first time in ages, the name "Windows" actually makes sense. retard
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« Reply #56 on: February 22, 2012, 05:41:46 PM »

the disappearance of the Start button

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Though Microsoft may yet have some trick up its sleeve, there's a growing body of evidence from leaked screenshots that Windows 8's taskbar will omit one mainstay of the Windows user interface: the Start button. To get to the Start menu's replacement (the "Start screen") from the desktop, you can press the Windows key on your keyboard, hit the hardware Windows key if your tablet has one, swipe your touch-screen from the side, or, if you have a mouse, move it to the bottom-left corner or right-hand edge. What you won't be able to do is actually click or tap a permanently-visible Start button on the taskbar.

I have my Windows key disabled  crybaby
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« Reply #57 on: February 22, 2012, 06:13:45 PM »

No worries - CTRL-ESC is the "windows" key.
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« Reply #58 on: February 22, 2012, 06:30:37 PM »

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No worries - CTRL-ESC is the "windows" key.


well crap, never new that.  thanks Purge!

of course I just realized this switch on the G110 apparently is what disables that key too, not that the icon on it seems to hint at it:

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« Reply #59 on: February 23, 2012, 04:39:49 AM »

Here I am, having just installed 7 for the first time, and 8 is due any minute...
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« Reply #60 on: February 23, 2012, 01:29:33 PM »

I thought I warned you about that... slywink
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« Reply #61 on: February 23, 2012, 03:43:52 PM »

Well I asked if I should buy 7 and no one told me to wait. I've been using XP, lol.
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« Reply #62 on: February 29, 2012, 06:23:48 AM »

so, the preview is supposed to be out today, with a 3 gig or so download.  anyone taking the plunge?
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« Reply #63 on: February 29, 2012, 07:16:34 AM »

If I had the hard drive space I would consider rigging up a dual boot option.  I'll just stick to using it at work.
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« Reply #64 on: February 29, 2012, 10:06:54 AM »

IN!!

(as soon as possible)

It apparently is expected to drop at 3PM ... Barcelona time. (8AM Central)
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« Reply #65 on: February 29, 2012, 03:45:22 PM »

I just got my first home rig with Windows 7.  Y'all have fun.
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« Reply #66 on: February 29, 2012, 03:58:49 PM »

.... and we have info up on the front page...

There is a download link available as well.

The official site:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/consumer-preview?ocid=O_WOL_W8P_OandO_Other_EN-US
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« Reply #67 on: February 29, 2012, 05:10:50 PM »

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I just got my first home rig with Windows 7.  Y'all have fun.

You too? LOL!
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« Reply #68 on: February 29, 2012, 05:57:42 PM »

Don't forget to hit up the app store.  Everything on there is free during the consumer preview.  I haven't spent much tinge with the store yet, but from what I saw before, there are a good number out there that are worth looking into.
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« Reply #69 on: February 29, 2012, 06:33:06 PM »

Here is a good preview and is representative of my experience so far.
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« Reply #70 on: February 29, 2012, 07:27:52 PM »

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I just got my first home rig with Windows 7.  Y'all have fun.

You too? LOL!

Yup.  My last build was over 5 years ago, and was on XP.  I was gifted a system by a more fortunate friend of a friend that had Vista on it and a password-protected Windows 7 Release Candidate that I never messed with.  It's only in the last two months that I finally took the plunge to get a brand new system and get the latest OS, all from Cyberpower.
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« Reply #71 on: February 29, 2012, 09:04:25 PM »

I'm debating.  my older Windows 7 rig is currently loaned out, and there's no way I'm futzing around with my current one this close to Mass Effect 3.  so that leaves my older Vista rig that hasn't been fired up in at least 4 years.

and it's a non-SSD system.


I think I need to get the loaner back  icon_lol
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« Reply #72 on: March 01, 2012, 09:31:46 PM »

Hmmm I may try it out on of my laptops this weekend, I dunno.  Like Ceekay said, not gonna futz with the main computer with ME3 hitting next week.  I have to say that opening screen with all the horrible colors just looks whack.  Relatively speaking makes ICS looks like genius.
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« Reply #73 on: March 01, 2012, 09:33:39 PM »

Does Windows 8 have a new DirectX version? I hope not, as I dont want to upgrade just for DirectX.
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« Reply #74 on: March 03, 2012, 02:21:59 AM »

looks like there may be up to 9 versions of Windows 8:

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    Windows 8 Starter Edition
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    Windows 8 Home Premium
    Windows 8 Professional
    Windows 8 Professional Plus
    Windows 8 Ultimate
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« Reply #75 on: March 03, 2012, 11:34:13 PM »

put this on my netbook, unfortunately it appears it doesn't support a resolution that will work with everything.  looks like I also picked the wrong install option, so I can't restore the previous OS.  oh well, I guess I'll finally get around to trying Linux on it like I've always meant to biggrin
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« Reply #76 on: March 04, 2012, 04:37:14 AM »

I'm getting used to the charms overlay (which is very similar to the Windows Phone 7 - just not as intuitive because I don't have a touch display).

Big warning: go into the help file, and read up on hotkeys. This helps BIG time.

Logo+. cycles through the app being split on either side, which is AWESOME for watching videos while doing other things.
Logo+Z is the context menu for an app (while in it)
Logo+C brings up all charms (basically right menu plus the clock/date stuff.

There are combinations that will directly link to actions from the charm menu (logo+h is share, +q is query (search) etc.)

This info is in the help and support - getting to know Windows 8.

The one thing they should have done is included a demo video and forced it to kick off to introduce their product.

Basically, the logo key, which used to bring up a start menu, now opens a full overlay that is customizable. The "all programs" is Logo+Q

I just discovered logo+1-9 (and possibly 0) pull up the pinned apps in the desktop. Neat!

Love the lock screen, love the PIN access.
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« Reply #77 on: March 04, 2012, 08:20:07 AM »

Regular users close help videos down - hell, I do that as well

Normal users wants to be able to use the OS at once without having to read up on stuff, or trying to understand how to do things. Those I know that are system administrators will be giving this one a wide pass, since there is no discernible bonus from using it vs windows 7, which is a lot easier to use and understand.

I must admit I'm baffled as to why they are rolling out an OS designed for tablets an phones, when there is practically no sale on those things?
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« Reply #78 on: March 04, 2012, 08:26:26 AM »

from what little I saw before switching my netbook to Ubuntu I have to say that unless I'm forced to I won't be switching to Windows 8 unless I either a) am forced to or b) get a touchscreen monitor.  sure, there are hot-keys, but the whole setup feels awkward.  like the saying goes, 'if it ain't broke, don't break it'.


that said, Ubuntu is really nice.....
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« Reply #79 on: March 04, 2012, 02:48:47 PM »

I'm baffled by W8 as well. I assume the vast majority of users will just run it in the normal desktop mode. I don't know why anyone would opt for touchscreen controls when they can use a mouse.
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