Is Windows 8 the nightmare I've heard it might be?

Discussion in 'Computer Software and Operating Systems' started by Wolvenreign, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. Wolvenreign

    Wolvenreign Transhuman Satanist Furry Technocrat

    Jul 7, 2008
    United States
    Indianapolis, IN
    I was just wondering if Windows 8 was as bad as I heard it could be, with tightly controlled installations from the app store and the like. (Could be wrong about this.)

    Just curious.
  2. Rydian

    Rydian Resident Furvert™

    Feb 4, 2010
    United States
    Cave Entrance, Watching Cyan Write Letters
    Just like with Vista, most of the ideas they were tossing around originally died well before the system came out.

    The biggest gripe people have is the UI being worse for desktop use. Being NT 6.2, it's pretty much just 7 with some extra back-end work (thus the kernel bump) and a different UI.
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  3. pinesal

    pinesal GBAtemp Regular

    Aug 3, 2006
    United States
    I find Windows 8 to be quite awesome actually. I have it hooked up to a big screen tv and the new UI works perfectly for it. I think its the best version of Windows I've ever use.
  4. Serephyx

    Serephyx I need a better title. ™

    Jul 9, 2011
    United States
    Pacific Ocean
    People that hate on it exaggerate way too much.
    Once you get used to the way it works, it's awesome.

    For some people, the main issue is no start menu.
    If that's the problem, go get Start8 or Pokki or something.

    In my opinion, it does take some time to get used to and to like, but once it's been figured out, it's the shit.
  5. Minox

    Minox I did it

    Aug 27, 2007
    Even as a person who dislikes Windows 8 I wouldn't go as far as to say it's a nightmare. Some of the new GUI functionality makes little to no sense in a non-touch environment and metro along with the classical desktop makes the whole experience seem rather schizophrenic in my opinion. For it to be a nightmare however I'd expect much more negative changes would be needed.
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  6. RodrigoDavy

    RodrigoDavy GBAtemp Maniac

    Feb 9, 2011
    It's just horrible for using with my laptop's touchpad. One could say that I can just buy a usb mouse, but it doesn't help when I have to take my laptop to other places

    EDIT: And it's really hard to pirate. I'm not gonna pay for yet another Windows license, when I've bought many computers that came bundled with Windows when I use mostly Linux
  7. Costello

    Costello Headmaster

    Oct 24, 2002
    I've used it for about two days as I played around with it on my brother's laptop.
    On the first day I thought it was horrible because I was annoyed by the UI changes.
    On the second day I started to get used to it and thought it wasn't too bad.

    There are still things that I hate, for example the fact that you can't link to Metro apps from the desktop (at least not easily). Couldn't even pin Skype to the taskbar!! urgh...
  8. dickfour

    dickfour Banned

    Jun 20, 2011
    United States
    I'll stick with 7. The only thing about 8 that really interests me is the arm support. A UMPC for gaming or that can be used with productivity software would be useful to me
  9. Lacius

    Lacius GBAtemp Guru

    May 11, 2008
    United States
    I've been using Windows 8 for a few months now, and it's alright. Nothing bothers me, but there's nothing special about it either.

    Interestingly, I installed StartIsBack the other day and don't even use the Start button anymore.
  10. Garro

    Garro Pendulum of souls!

    Aug 15, 2009
    I have been using it since the release, and had used the release preview some time ago. I don't see why people complain that much. I find it nicer style-wise. And I preffer the UI over Windows 7. I actually like Metro more than the Start Menu. The only downside is that Intel won't release the drivers that I need for W8.
  11. loco365

    loco365 GBAtemp Guru

    Sep 1, 2010
    I've used it myself, but it's not bad. Using it on a non-touchscreen device, it sucks. However, if you have a tablet or some kind of touchscreen you can use it on, it's much better.
  12. YayMii

    YayMii hi

    Jun 24, 2009
    that place
    The whole "locked down" thing is referring to Windows RT, which is the version that runs on ARM-powered tablets. Windows 8 has no such restrictions.
  13. Nah3DS

    Nah3DS Madre de Dios! Es El POLLO DIABLO!!!

    Feb 9, 2010
    does it let you edit the files association types (extensions) like in XP?
    because win7 doesn't let you do it
  14. air2004

    air2004 Air

    Oct 24, 2008
    United States
    Thats like saying ...... If your hetrosexual once you get used to sucking dick you love it.

    Windows 8 is horrible , the UI blows , and the charms are stupid . MS should have put in an option for desktop users . I would almost equate 8 with vista , wait till windows 9 . likes those that waited for 7.
  15. Sop

    Sop groovy dude lmao

    Nov 14, 2010
    lol y
    lol you expect MS to go back?
  16. Count Duckula

    Count Duckula .

    Aug 17, 2008
    It's not horrible, the whole metro GUI paradigm just has no place on a full computer, its a tablet GUI forced onto computers so that microsoft can have a 'unified experience' across their platforms in an effort to head off apple.

    If you don't mind lowering your productivity then its fine, but why anyone would WANT a non windowed GUI (fullscreen apps) and annoying live tiles on a computer when its replacing the functionality of a simple list of programs/options (start menu)? The start menu fits into the existing desktop paradigm well, metro is just forcing you out of one into another for no real benefit (to users, Microsoft sees the benefit to itself).

    More lighthearted:

    Edit: I should say that for me, an OS should allow me to load the programs I want and otherwise stay out of my hair. If you prefer new/shiny over efficiently performing the tasks you wish to do then perhaps there is a benefit to the Win8 GUI.
  17. marcus134

    marcus134 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    May 7, 2011
    those statements are win 8 vs win 8 RT confusion.

    Win 8 is your standard windows that works on x86 computer (your usual tower and laptop comp.) with metro slapped onto it and with the start menu removed, but everything else works pretty much the same way and you can install stuff from various software vendor and do everything you used to do on win 7.

    Win 8 RT however is different, it's a locked down os designed for ARM devices (think IOS), it doesn't accept software coming from other sources than Microsoft apps store (like the apple apps store on ios).

    It also means that software designed for win 8 won't work on win 8 rt and vice versa (with the exception of html, java, flash and cli based software).
    Secondly, not all tablet comes with win 8 rt, only the arm ones since the os is exclusively designed for the arm architecture, X86 tablets are also on the market and they come with the full blown os.

    win7 doesn't let you do that?
    method 1.jpg
    Curious I swear I can do it as easily as I used to do it in xp or me or 98 or 95 or 3.1 or ... well it's actually easier than dos though.

    Maybe you should try this way:
    method 2.jpg
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  18. zygie

    zygie GBAtemp Regular

    Apr 16, 2009
    Your problem's solved by either what marcus134 said (editing file extensions, you may want it to be easier by un-hiding file extensions via folder settings) or if it's editing file associations, you can do it via the properties of the file itself or Control Panel -> Default Programs -> Associate a file type or protocol with a program.

    On Windows 8:

    When I was making my new PC the store only had Windows 8. When I thought about it, the only time I use the Start Menu is for shutting down my computer, so I just went ahead and bought it. Its speed is a welcome addition to my lower end hardware and I've had no problems installing whatever I wanted in it, legit and pirated programs alike.

    That said, YMMV, I never use the Metro Start Screen nor do I have a need for a Start Menu, so I only have positive views on Windows 8. Personally I'd say good riddance to the Start Menu, I never look for programs from there, I don't even install shortcuts there if the installation gave me a choice, and if it didn't, I delete it shortly afterwards anyway.

    I wouldn't say I like it over 7, I wouldn't say I like 7 over 8 either.
  19. Nah3DS

    Nah3DS Madre de Dios! Es El POLLO DIABLO!!!

    Feb 9, 2010
    I wasn't talking about file extensions, I was talking about this...


    that is gone in Windows 7
  20. Foxi4

    Foxi4 On the hunt...

    pip Reporter
    Sep 13, 2009
    Gaming Grotto
    Both Windows 7 and 8 let you do that via the Control Panel, just look for the Default Programs icon there or type "associations" in the Search Bar.
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