Windows 8 - Deeper Impressions ...and related Microsoft controversies
Posted 01 February 2012 - 03:16 PM
I don't have much experience editing the Registry, but I tried both (1) creating a new ZeroPowerODDEnabled key under Parameters with its own DWORD, and (2) creating a new DWORD value within Parameters. Neither change seems to have made any difference. Also tried switching their values between 0 and 1, and still no listing for the optical drive or disc.
Which of the above methods (1 or 2) should be the correct way to modify the Registry for this purpose?
This post has been edited by JorgeA: 01 February 2012 - 03:18 PM
Posted 02 February 2012 - 09:54 AM
If this still doesn't work, install the feedback tool and send a feedback report. MS promise they read every feedback.
OK -- that's how it's set now, a DWORD value in the Parameters section. Still not coming up with anything.
I'll look for that feedback tool, thanks.
Posted 09 February 2012 - 12:59 AM
Windows 8 Metro: Microsoft needs to let users opt-out
Windows 8 will be 'largely irrelevant' to traditional PC users: IDC
Why 'Windows 8' Isn't What I Thought It Would Be
Windows 8 is the new Vista -- and that's a good thing
Including content you have to signup for like Enterprises are unlikely to jump on Microsoft's Metro:
Seemingly they just announced that the Beta (Consumer Preview) will be out on February 29th and yet I don't even care. It's the first time ever I'm not excited at all about a new OS release from MS. Metro is dead on arrival, and a Metro-only Windows is something I will not use. I just want to fast forward 3 years and see what they have in store for Win9, specifically what they've got to replace Metro with. Meanwhile I'll stay on Win7. I don't know if I should laugh or cry at the idea of being able to tell people that Vista is a worthwhile upgrade over Win8.
Unless of course you can disable the Metro garbage. In which case it'll be an OS that has very little to offer over Win7 i.e. not really worth upgrading to anyway, unless you're still using an older version of Windows on a new PC, or that you're buying a new computer. Explorer with ribbons, ISO mounting built-in (freeware does this anyway) and a fancier task manager (process explorer is still better). That's more of a Service Pack or "R2" thing rather than a new OS.
Posted 09 February 2012 - 07:59 PM
I mean, who cares if everybody says it blows? Their main Windows designer -- who doesn't even use Windows but rather a Mac -- certainly knows better than all of us!
Hey guys, you should totally use this thing I made, it's like way awesome. But I'm not going to use it. Right.
Posted 10 February 2012 - 01:47 AM
Yeah, in my case it would be a relief if MS offered a way to disable the Metro interface. I have yet to buy a new PC that wasn't factory-assembled, so with the possibility of a Metro-free Windows 8, come time for a new PC I wouldn't have to worry whether it would be possible to buy a "downgrade" Win7 license and have the machine arrive with it preinstalled.
Posted 11 February 2012 - 12:29 PM
In Windows 8, MS can remove your apps AND data
The comments section is particularly enlightening.
Sounds like a step toward changing the computer from a wide-open instrument of personal exploration and enrichment, to a "black box" appliance controlled by strangers from afar.
This post has been edited by JorgeA: 11 February 2012 - 12:29 PM
Posted 11 February 2012 - 02:01 PM
Just because Apple does something wrong, they have to as well (well, at least Apple won't delete blacklisted apps from your device)? Wow. Now we have to root our Windows PCs just like iPhones if we want full control of what we paid for? Great.
Oh, and I was just thinking. Not only Win32 apps won't work on ARM tablets (the CPUs have completely different instruction sets and architectures) i.e. almost anything one would want to run, but even apps that aren't tied to a specific CPU architecture (.NET apps) probably won't run either. They won't run unless they port winforms and WPF, otherwise it's ONLY going to be Metro apps.
A couple other good reads from zdnet:
Are Windows 8 tablets already irrelevant?
You mean, a completely different UI, and none of the apps or drivers that makes Windows what it is means it's pointless? Yes.
Windows 8 Metro UI and how previous attempts to revamp the desktop failed
That's precisely what it is.
Windows 8 design flaws Microsoft MUST address
^^^ A million times this!
Making lame excuses for Microsoft's decision to drop the Start button in Windows 8
MS management seems to be as good as RIM's lately. At least those people eventually fired management. Let's hope MS follows suit...
Posted 11 February 2012 - 04:16 PM
What a great bunch of links, thanks!
Here's another quote to call out from that article:
There will be hell to pay if they ever get rid of the desktop completely. For example, if there is a way to see (let alone use) other hard drives and their contents from within the Metro interface, I have yet to find it. (Suggestions welcomed.) There's probably not much of a need to back up the contents of a tablet's drive, but that underscores the fact that tablets are toys and tablet interfaces are not intended for serious work. So why cram it down users' throats?
I've run into this annoyance a number of times. On the desktop you can easily move the cursor to the right place on the taskbar to get directly to the program you want.
Going back to your first link -- the only way I can see using a tablet (Windows or otherwise) is if I'm sitting in the kitchen or the family room and get an idea to write down, or decide to look something up on the Web, then printing it later or saving it for copying it to my main PC. If there isn't any way to do these things, then a tablet is just an expensive plaything.
That's precisely what it is.
I'm looking at Metro as Microsoft's most aggressive attempt to date to implement an "active" desktop. Most aggressive, because this time we may not be able to turn it off. (While I never understood or cared for the Win98 Active Desktop, I do use the Vista Sidebar.)
The most cogent comment from the "Making lame excuses" blog post:
Keep those insightful articles coming!
Posted 12 February 2012 - 06:43 AM
it really shows that you can't build 1 thing which is best everywhere. The result is totally ugly (like Metro for Desktop users).
I used developer preview for 1.5 months and my eyes were strained much quicker than win 7. continuous switching is not fun.
this is also my BLOCKER issue. This permanent switching is a nightmare for my eyes The same happens to some users at work. They all have the same eye issue with Windows 8 and that's why they also skip Windows 8.
But as you can see MS doesn't accept this.
Posted 12 February 2012 - 02:41 PM
Then came windows 7, But they still kept taking money. Starter, home basic, most of those editions had very little options for the user. I heard it was even as bad where you couldnt change the wallpaper. Who wants to spend over 100$ for that? But pro and ultimate came out and gave us more choice. Well guess what guys, thier at it again with windows 8. Dont be surprised if they rip people off at first, appologize, then make false promises for newer releases but take away options, and in the end come out with a pro or ultimate. Its in thier nature, they take advantange of us knowing that our own nature is to always be looking for a better system with the latest features and whatnot. So from what I've heard and seen its better to be patient with microsoft and also abit cautious when going out ready to buy a new windows.
Its just my opinion though from what i've seen and heard, i'm not trying to put anyone down who likes win 8 though.
This post has been edited by mrsk565: 12 February 2012 - 02:45 PM
Posted 14 February 2012 - 06:39 PM
Hmm, interesting theory.
Maybe I'm falling into the trap, but you know what -- if they come out with a version of Windows 8 that allows you to turn off the Metro interface and work exclusively in the Desktop, when the time comes to update/upgrade my PCs I won't mind paying the premium for it just to not have to deal with that annoyance.
Also, I'm not in a hurry to do that upgrading, so I can be patient and cautious like you said.
Posted 14 February 2012 - 06:48 PM
I right-clicked on a link to an MP3 file, and it started downloading right away, but I had no way to choose where to or how to name the file. Also right-clicked on a link to a text page, and it took me to the page showing the text, but there was no option to download it.