I’ve been running Windows 8 Consumer Preview for a few days and I should say Metro User Interface has no bright future for a regular PC with a mouse and a keyboard. All this tiling nightmare is an attempt to make a structural multi-purpose information display, and that idea has three big issues:
- User need is overestimated. I don’t have a need to see multiple screens/tiles simultaneously, like weather and emails and photos, etc. My desktop (or, whatever, monitor screen) is not a control panel of the aircraft where, for instance, this need is present. Even if it was, it would need to be frozen, fixed for each and every display or tile.
- PC is considered in a wrong way. My PC is not a giant mobile phone. On a mobile phone with a tiny touch screen that free space would be probably useless. Yet I enjoy and appreciate the free space on the desktop. PC is special in that regard. Apple does not mix mobile and desktop, why Microsoft should?
- Core concepts are overlooked. Basically common sense is put underneath MS corporate intelligence as it seems. Simplicity is good, limitation is not. I don’t mind multitude of controls, small fonts and complexity. I hate rules that cannot be hacked. I am annoyed with the whole approach of “follow the pattern”-style in mouse navigation. It is not convenient, period. And don’t tell me shutting down of PC is stupid, that is my cow and it is up to me what to do with it.
I like new ideas and I know it is difficult to change. The most difficult is to understand that your mind thinking pattern is wrong. But in this case there is no revolution with Metro UI. I just feel it.
I installed Windows 8 Consumer Preview on one of my secondary computers to see if it is playable. The kids were puzzled at first, but then realized that movies link works and there are new games hidden behind the Metro tiles.
I agree that Metro UI is more suitable for touchscreen hardware, and if there is no such hardware is present, it is difficult to justify its usability with only mouse and keyboard (although there are some very handy keyboard shortcuts).
I like Windows interface in general and I believe that Windows 8 works better and faster (that I can witness) than Windows 7. Yet, Metro User Interface is not a revolutionary move on PC screen. It is meant to be simple, which is a good approach. But a computer remains a very sophisticated device and Metro UI on top of it feels overwhelming to me, because as a power user I don’t mind multitude of controls and … empty space on my desktop. Empty space on my desktop is inspiring, as it can be filled with anything. Empty space in Metro is not easy to fill.
Windows 8 Consumer Preview is here (build 8250). Feel free to download and test:
Direct download links to ISO images with Windows 8 Consumer Preview:
64-bit (x64) Download (3.3 GB)
Sha 1 hash — 1288519C5035BCAC83CBFA23A33038CCF5522749
32-bit (x86) Download (2.5 GB)
Sha 1 hash — E91ED665B01A46F4344C36D9D88C8BF78E9A1B39
One Product Key for all: DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J
Windows 8 CP will expire on January 15, 2013.
Here you can find more links to more languages:
Big change: the Start button has gone forever :)
New Metro interface of Windows 8 Developer Preview (build 8102) — available to everybody to download and try — has puzzled me from the first screen. I understand the concept, but I don’t see how it is going to be productive in its way to access programs and present information from the web. Font is not distinctive. If somebody likes clean and neat display, what is Metro going to look like then? This Powerpoint style of bright and big square titles is not new at all. Look at some screenshots below (click to enlarge):
Look at new Control Panel (click to enlarge):
Or another one:
The “problem” with running of Metro applications is that you cannot close them. If you leave them and run something else, they get “suspended” — look at the new Windows Task Manager (click to enlarge):
And another one:
If you need to disable Metro in Windows 8 Developer Preview, do the following:
Press Windows key + R to get Run command. Type “regedit” and press Enter. In the registry editor find the key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RPEnabled
and change its value from 1 to 0. Restart the computer. You should be done now. But what is the point of running Windows 8 without Metro??
Metro style application development has been started. Go to this link to see latest updates: http://dev.windows.com
You can download the Windows Developer Preview (pre-beta version) of Windows 8 build 8102 for developers here:
- Windows Developer Preview with developer tools English, 64-bit (x64): ISO file 4.8GB [ be careful – you will need a dual layer dvd to burn this!]
64-bit Windows Developer Preview
Windows SDK for Metro style apps
Microsoft Visual Studio 11 Express for Windows Developer Preview
Microsoft Expression Blend 5 Developer Preview
28 Metro style apps including the BUILD Conference app
There’s no need to activate or enter a serial number. The time-bomb is set to 12 March 2012. But if you reinstall Windows Developer Preview or use the Reset functionality, you might be asked to enter a product key. In this case use these:
4Y8N3-H7MMW-C76VJ-YD3XV-MBDKV (WDP server version only)
Source for keys: Microsoft
If you reinstall Windows 7 frequently, it is handy to keep an image of the installation DVD as a backup. So here’s the direct “official” download links below from Digital River servers. The files are bootable images that vary in languages and 32/64 bit option to choose:
Let’s see the most advanced ULTIMATE edition of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Media Refresh edition – click the links for downloading directly:
English x86 http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-59463.iso
English x64 http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-59465.iso
French x86: http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-59477.iso
French x64: http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-59479.iso
Spanish x86: http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-58877.iso
Spanish x64: http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-58879.iso
I’m waiting for a new leaked build of Windows 8 to try. The latest build available is 7989, but that is kind of old. I would go for a pre-beta release 8xxx or something. I used to check mydigitallife.info for that sort of information but the guys stopped updating their website except for the forum.
Build 8064 is currently under discussion, thanks to Canouna mighty connections. That name and also Zucona (Wzor, known for major leaks from Microsoft and others) are two big reference sources. Wzor has evidently a Russian origin, Canouna (“MDL OS Testing Specialist”) does not sound like a native English-speaking guy (or a lady?), probably from France or China. Whoever they are, the information (and sometimes software) we receive from them is invaluable.
Here’s more screenshots of the latest Windows 8 leak (build 7955):
Default green desktop saying “Shhh… let’s not leak our hard work” is supposed to be very ironical I guess, as everybody can download and try “Microsoft confidential” new pre-release of Windows 8 internal build 7955. Just don’t tell me Microsoft is not supporting this “leak”. (You can find all the links and latest information on mydigitallife.info and its forums.) Let’s have a look what is inside.
A software called “NoPill – Xerax“ has been offered (“Blue pill” is also available) to activate and unlock the hidden features of Windows 8 (version 1.5 up to now): Continue reading
I have not seen before such a weird installation. So I was going to install newly released Internet Explorer 9 RC 32-bit (build 9.0.8080.16413) for Windows 7. So what happened after I hit the executable IE9-Windows7-x86-enu.exe—I was asked a permission to close a bunch of running programs: uTorrent, Skype, etc. I agreed. But IE9 installer closed not only those, but also stopped Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE was shouting like almost caught a virus) and … Explorer.exe. Which meant I had to stare at status window on the top of the wallpaper — nothing else (please see the screenshot below): Continue reading