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Windows 8 in 10 Minutes

Posted by david on 01 March 2012 at 4:58 am

So I installed Windows 8. The installation was fast and had very few options. I let it run for about 30 minutes and when I came back it was ready to create an account. It gives you the option of signing in with a Windows Live account (email address), but Live.com appears to be down for maintenance so I haven't tried that yet. The metro desktop is, well, I don't like it. It's a pain to multitask and as far as I can tell they just dumbed it down to the point my 3 year could use it. As far as I can tell, from 10 minutes of using Win 8, there's no easy way to close a Metro App. I had to use the Task Manager, which has had a decent upgrade. Everything is full screen, one app at a time. The good thing is there is still a regular desktop, but they aren't tied together and the desktop seems to just be for accessing the file system and things like that. There is no Start menu. So, after 10 minutes, I don't like it, yet. It's free (right now) and I can finally use my 1 TB hard drive for network file sharing, which I could never get to work with Windows 7 Home and Fedora. It's free, I can use it for network storage, and, well, it's free.

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