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#1 Nov 05 2012 at 1:01 PM Rating: Excellent
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I did, and I love it so far. One complaint though was that the tiles for XIV aren't all that visually appealing. Then I learned about OblyTile:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1899865

This program makes it easy for you to create custom tiles with your own images and properties (like being able to set the Run as Administrator flag). Now my tiles are looking good.

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#2 Nov 05 2012 at 1:07 PM Rating: Good
How is it for FFXI? I'm thinking of buying it myself since it's only 40$ right now, or 60$ for the pro version. I just remember when I upgraded to 7 FFXI had a few issues until I finally tweaked a few things to get it going.
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#3 Nov 05 2012 at 1:11 PM Rating: Excellent
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Works just fine, every game I've tried has worked with no issues. If you happen to use any programs that say...cough...write to the registry, you'd want to make sure to set them to run as administrator. Even with UAC set to the minimum level it still wouldn't allow that. Steam runs fine, Skyrim runs fine, XI, XIV ditto. The rumor is that the upgrade after the discount pricing window is over will be $200, so even if you don't end up upgrading right away it would be smart to buy it now. Also, if you upgrade using the online tool, don't spring for the $15 extra CD, the installer process lets you write the files to a disk or USB drive so it really is a waste of $15 to have them ship you one.

Edit to add the $40 upgrade is the Pro version as well, so your $40 would be very well spent. Hardest part to get used to is the new UI, but if you take the time to learn the keyboard shortcuts it's rather intuitive once you get used to it.

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#4 Nov 05 2012 at 1:16 PM Rating: Good
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Overall, I have been very frustrated by the Apps in general. I like the interface very much but the Apps are poorly designed to meet my needs. Most of the Apps are designed with Cloud computing in mind and not for those of us with large libraries spread across multiple drives.

This is a very neat tool. A bright spot amongst my frustrations.
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I would agree with you there. I expect the apps to get better as Win8 gets more traction, I think they were selling 1 million upgrades a day for a while there so hopefully it won't take too long.

I also had to basically do a clean install because my gaming computer runs Windows on a SSD with a junction created to point the C:\Users folder to a Raptor drive I have. Apparently they didn't think of this combination when trying to do an upgrade because it failed 4 times on the migration of user data before I said ***** it and just elected to not keep anything.

Once everything was installed though I was able to go back into the recover console, move the C:\Users folder, and recreate the junction.
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#6 Nov 05 2012 at 1:35 PM Rating: Decent
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Wint wrote:
I would agree with you there. I expect the apps to get better as Win8 gets more traction, I think they were selling 1 million upgrades a day for a while there so hopefully it won't take too long.

I also had to basically do a clean install because my gaming computer runs Windows on a SSD with a junction created to point the C:\Users folder to a Raptor drive I have. Apparently they didn't think of this combination when trying to do an upgrade because it failed 4 times on the migration of user data before I said ***** it and just elected to not keep anything.

Once everything was installed though I was able to go back into the recover console, move the C:\Users folder, and recreate the junction.


I used those junctions for a bit; I ended up just right clicking the folder->properties->location->move

Really only hurts I think when some nuttard of a programmer hard codes the directories. Such as MS themselves with Visual Studio folders lol
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#7 Nov 05 2012 at 1:37 PM Rating: Excellent
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I use visual studio quite a bit so those nuttards affect me Smiley: smile I like the elegance of the solution, the folder is where you want it and Windows has no idea that anything is different.
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#8 Nov 05 2012 at 2:18 PM Rating: Good
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I have the option for a free upgrade (my tuition dollars at work) but I've been hesitating, because I *just* reinstalled Windows 7 a month or two ago.

If I do the upgrade route, how much reinstalling of apps and junk will I have to deal with?
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#9 Nov 05 2012 at 2:22 PM Rating: Excellent
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Depends on your current setup. My co-worker just upgraded his laptop and Win8 didn't even blow out his bootloader for Linux, which is the first Windows that hasn't done that. As far as migrating apps and data, he said it was smooth sailing for him. His set up was more traditional (data and apps on the same drive, unlike my setup). I expect that if you have a similar setup you shouldn't have to reinstall much.

My printer is having issues at the moment, I need to try connecting via USB instead of wireless to see if that clears it up.

One thing about my failed attempts, when they rolled back to Windows 7 everything was put back in its place so if the upgrade does fail you can expect your old environment to be put back as it was.
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#10 Nov 05 2012 at 3:34 PM Rating: Decent
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I'm so confused by Windows 8. It's like they couldn't decide between tablet and desktop function. Like, why does it still rely so heavily on the desktop. That would be really irritating for tablet users. Conversely, it's really irritating to have to rely on the metro UI to open things designed for the desktop. I feel like Win 8 will wind up being like a Vista - a bridge between windows 7 and something totally new and metro-based.
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All my OS data and apps are on the SSD drive, it's just the media files that are partitioned out to the 1TB.

I think I'll wait until the end of the semester. I'd rather not have to get MySQL running again any time soon.
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I'm so confused by Windows 8. It's like they couldn't decide between tablet and desktop function. Like, why does it still rely so heavily on the desktop. That would be really irritating for tablet users. Conversely, it's really irritating to have to rely on the metro UI to open things designed for the desktop. I feel like Win 8 will wind up being like a Vista - a bridge between windows 7 and something totally new and metro-based.


You sound like someone who hasn't tried it and is only repeating what the tech blogs are saying.
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#13 Nov 05 2012 at 7:40 PM Rating: Good
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Tested the consumer preview for a few months ago.

Had to search online how to turn off my computer.
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I won't argue there is a learning curve, but as I said above, if you spend even an hour learning keyboard shortcuts and exploring the menu system it's worth it.
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#15 Nov 05 2012 at 10:04 PM Rating: Good
Sorry, Windows 8 isn't available for download in your country/region. I live in Canada for god sakes..apparently America Jr. doesn't cut it.
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After Reading this thread I decided to get Windows 8. Half an hour later and 50 dollars I have a brand New OS on my computer. Usually takes an entire day to install an OS, but I decided to Upgrade rather than do a clean install. I find it very silly to click on the "Games" tile and expect to get games off there only to be told that I have to play them on an Xbox 360 which I don't own. I think those built in apps work fine and look great, but they don't work like I want them to yet so I Guess I have to spend some time researching on it.

I Guess I'll use the desktop when I'm doing Programming and other busywork and the metro when I want to do something in Peace as its much less busier. Kind of Nice being able to simply click "install" and have the apps ready to go and not have to go through an installation process. I Guess I'll Write more when I get to run some games on Windows 8.

By the way I'm typing this post in Internet Explorer 10 and don't know how to turn off this silly autocomplete which capitalizes letters in the middle of a sentence.
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Get Chrome Smiley: thumbsup

There are some under the hood things you'll learn to enjoy. Deleting a file no longer prompts you if you are sure you want to send it to the recycle bin, it just does it. File transfers are faster, and have a new dialog. The new task manager is awesome. Browse the store, there are some good apps there, and several of the popular tech blogs have published lists of their favorites.
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