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  Reply # 728896 8-Dec-2012 10:20 Send private message

keyboard shortcuts are also useful.

CTRL+ALT+ESC - brings up taskmanager - performance tab is quite useful and can open the resource monitor. Windows key + R and perfmon still works as it has in pretty much every version of windows.

EDIT: Ah, Windows Key + X is also useful for power users.

What sort of security stuff are you looking for? Action center has plenty under the Security heading.

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  Reply # 728900 8-Dec-2012 10:37 Send private message

Windows 8 is just different that's all.  You need to spend some time getting to know it.  Once you do you'll love it.



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  Reply # 728943 8-Dec-2012 12:31 Send private message

Ok so I have been using this machine for a few hours now, still see no sense or use for the Metro tile thing, but the desk top once you find where everything is to manage the machine its not so bad and definitely much faster than the vista that was previously on the machine, as an aside the machine is about 4yrs old, mobo crapped out about 6months ago and I replaced it with an Gigabyte A6 based one, then it seems someone tried to load something that screwed a registry entry , so I sorted that and the owner asked if I could put W8 on it, so here we are.

Anyway, I have googled around and not found a way to bypass the tiles and live totally in the desktop, any ideas.

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  Reply # 728950 8-Dec-2012 13:13 Send private message

Cyril

Classic Shell might just suit.

My Win8 starts with Desktop in all its glory.
The Start button is an added bonus. Cool


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  Reply # 728957 8-Dec-2012 13:26 Send private message

Cheers, thats done the trick

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  Reply # 728958 8-Dec-2012 13:27 Send private message

Yeah, I think you'll need a 3rd party solution to get back to living in the desktop (I assume you want the start button back?)

Something like:

Start8
Power8
Classic Shell

I've so far resisted the urge to try any of these and I'm actually used to the new start screen experience now. It's encouraged me to learn more keyboard shortcuts and pin my frequently used apps then start them with windows key + 0-9 (which I had started doing with win 7 anyway)

I actually like the idea of live tiles but yeah, the windows 8 start experience on the desktop is a bit disjointed. 

Plenty more discussion in the windows yes/no thread :)

http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=45&topicid=110696

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  Reply # 729003 8-Dec-2012 15:14 Send private message


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  Reply # 730739 11-Dec-2012 18:43 Send private message

Microsoft's idea of "progress" I suppose. We changed to a later version of office at work; the one that first got rid of the menus and replaced them with that godawful ribbon. What are these guys on??

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  Reply # 730740 11-Dec-2012 18:45 Send private message

We waited for the next version, which at least brought the File menu back (even though it's technically not a menu at all).

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  Reply # 730752 11-Dec-2012 19:08 Send private message

I have gone back to windows 7.  I actually like Windows 8 idea.  I know I could have put another file explorer on but why should i.  I like Windows 7 where I open the folder and at the bottom it showed how many files there were. Made it handy checking whether I synced my ebooks properly. Windows 8 I had to click on proerties to find out.  My canon windows driver disk wouldnt work with Windows 8.  On windows 8 to scan a file on my multifunction, I had to go to all apps then devices and printers.  My printer was shown twice.  I had to right click on the 2nd one and select scan.
  On torrent downloads when choose delete file it wouldnt delete it out of download folder but actually make a duplicate copy.
On websites each session it says no internet connection and it would go through the diagnostics and say no problems. Close and then website opens.
  Just a lot of small niggles which will be sorted later but for now I prefer Windows 7 overall.   So yeah you can do stuff with Windows 8 but more reliable on Windows 7




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  Reply # 731313 12-Dec-2012 12:37 Send private message

I love it, its fast, easily configured and great to use. Just get used to it.

Here is a print screenshot of my two work monitors

http://xmb.stuffucanuse.com/xmb/image.php?&aid=3460&my-win8-desktop.jpg

Whats not to like?

Its just Win 7 with a new interface for the program folder.

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  Reply # 731317 12-Dec-2012 12:43 Send private message

netspanner:

Whats not to like?
All those god-awful tiles in front of your photo.

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  Reply # 731320 12-Dec-2012 12:48 Send private message

You can move them, group them with names, delete them, all you can't do is change the text and color. beat that in W7, where you have cascading folders of stuff thats hard to find and you have to pin the most used programs to the front.

I have more tiles off screen and can just scroll through them when i need. As its a work machine I don't have any live tiles (proxy blocking it) but at home I have my email and other tiles showing current information

Its just the window start button in a better manner. You access it by pressing the windows button, and if a program wants to run full screen you can click on the spanner and make it move to desktop.

I only see the start page when I am looking for a program, its just windows 7 otherwise.

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  Reply # 731322 12-Dec-2012 12:50 Send private message

I think in some ways Windows 8 is ahead of it's time. I think the Metro interface is great for tablets and small devices. It work a lot better with a touch screen and where you are happy with one app at a time.

On my phone and tablet, I am happy with this. When I want to properly multi task, I jump on a PC. For me, Windows 8 was counter productive in this regard. I'm sticking with Windows 7.

I want a task bar, and multiple windows open that I can run on one of at least two screens with ease. Drag and resize windows, move them between screens etc. Windows 8 makes productivity harder.




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  Reply # 731324 12-Dec-2012 12:55 Send private message

ajobbins: I want a task bar, and multiple windows open that I can run on one of at least two screens with ease. Drag and resize windows, move them between screens etc. Windows 8 makes productivity harder.


You're just doing it wrong. When you run a program that wants to take the full screen such as the crappy IE10 click the spanner and set it as Show on desktop. Then it appears on the desktop with a re sizable window. At present I have 3 programs running on my machine all in their own custom sized windows, exactly like Win 7 does.

I don't use the win 8 default programs that want the full screen, just use others like adobe reader, or your own graphics software for images etc, its really no difference to win 7, its just a learning curve.

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