Windows 8 Developer Preview — Perfect Stranger

win8-8102New 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):

Windows 8 Task manager

 And another one:

Windows Task manager cpu

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??

Here’s some hot and useful new keys combinations for Windows 8:

 WIN + Q — open search.
 WIN + Z — flip open applications.
 Win + Spacebar — change the language / keyboard layout.
 Win + Y — show the desktop.
 WIN + W — search on the parameters of the system.
 WIN + F — Search for files.
 WIN + I — open a new "Start" menu - "Settings".
 WIN + K — open a new menu "Start" - "Connections."
 WIN + K — open a new menu "Start" - "Connections."
 WIN + O — disable screen rotation (turn off the gyro reaction to the tablets)
 WIN + C — open a new "Start" menu.
 WIN + V — switching between notifications.
 WIN + Shift + V — switching between notifications in reverse order.
 WIN + Enter — run utilities Narrator, which reads aloud the titles and contents of all the opened windows.
 WIN + PageUp — move the tiles to the left.
 WIN + PgDown — move the tiles to the right.
 WIN + Shift +. — Move the separator [screen] to the left.
 WIN +. — Move the separator [screen] to the right.

Look how nice the file transfer is displayed:


And a little bit more:




2 replies on “Windows 8 Developer Preview — Perfect Stranger”

That’s just it, there IS no point in running it without the Metro UI. The whole point of this release is that it is, just as the name says, a Developer Preview intended for software developers to develop and test apps for the new UI. However, I can easily see, even in these early stages, just how much nicer it is going to be than the previous versions of Windows. You can rearrange tiles to your liking to put all your favorite Apps at your finger tips on the Start screen. You can also go to the lower left corner of the screen and go to Search, and either Browse or Search for Apps very easily and quickly. If that’s not enough, you can access the traditional desktop very quickly using the Desktop tile and put all your shortcuts there. Bottom line, its a very early version of an OS, but a very impressive and promising glimpse into a next gen, innovative Windows OS, if I might add.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Kevin. I think the Metro idea is good, my concern is how the space is used and how distinctive the fonts are. But I agree there is a big chance Microsoft will improve it.

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