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Windows 8 Consumer Preview Hits 1 Million Downloads

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The Windows 8 Consumer Preview wasted no time hitting the first big milestone.

It's been just two days since Microsoft released the Windows 8 Consumer Preview for download but already the software has reached a huge milestone. The Microsoft Windows 8 Build team on Thursday afternoon announced that they had seen one million downloads of the consumer preview after only one day.



Windows 8 Consumer Preview launched on Wednesday morning, approximately six months after the Developer Preview was released in September of 2011 at BUILD. Windows 8 is a notable departure from Windows 7 in that it includes the Metro UI, which most people will recognize from Windows Phone 7. The famous Start button has also been removed and Microsoft has replaced this iconic Windows feature with a sort of hotspot in the bottom left corner. Windows 8 also includes the ability to sign in via Windows Live, and the Windows Store, which is similar to the Mac App Store.

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    memadmax , March 3, 2012 12:37 AM
    I see that microsoft is "replacing" the start bar with metro....

    But why force the issue?

    Wouldn't it make more sense to include Metro as a frickin feature that can be turned off and on?
    That way you can keep the stupid start bar and have metro or whatever....
    Makes sense don't it?

    Win8 is starting to turn out like Vista for other reasons..... and then... to make matters worse, they are doing it to Server 8 too.......... what a joke...
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    darkavenger123 , March 3, 2012 3:23 AM
    I was a day 1 adopter for Vista and Windows 7. I love my Vista despite all the negative comments (and drivers issues early in it's life)....I have also experienced with MAC OSX (which i installed on my Intel PC rig), which i easily adopt to despite never using it before. And i have tried UBUNTU, which i am not so impressed with....

    BUT THIS....WINDOWS 8.......i can't love. It's horrible crap which can't make up it's mind as a tablet of desktop OS. It'll be destined for total failuire. No IT Manager will be sane to ask their users to upgrade to this....it's totally mind boogling inconvenient...like trying to turn your desktop into a tablet by force....i can imagine the nightmare of the IT Department should this be adopted...even before the technical integration problem crawls in, the UI will provide the bulk of the calls and complains....(btw, i work in IT).

    Wanna bet...after this is launched, nobody will remember how bad VISTA supposely was....because Windows 8 will set the new benchmark for a major failed product for MS for decades to come.
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    jdog2pt0 , March 3, 2012 12:05 AM
    I will be skipping Win8 as long as possible and here's why. The current trend is mobile devices, and the problem is that everyone seems to focus on that now, instead of the traditional desktop experience. They seem to forget that PC's still exist. The Windows tile interface is useless to PC users. Ubuntu is going the same path. Unity sucks and HUD is bullshit. Here soon I will be switching to Mint. It's sucks, and I'm not going to encourage it.

    For clarification I use Win7 on my desktop, and Ubuntu on my laptop (my main computer)
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    olaf , March 2, 2012 11:22 PM
    good for them ... so far not loveing it ...
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    beayn , March 2, 2012 11:36 PM
    And... 1 million thumbs down (minus a few weird people).
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    upgrade_1977 , March 2, 2012 11:39 PM
    Haven't downloaded it yet, no time. Probably download it sunday and try it then.

    olafgood for them ... so far not loveing it ...


    Just for informative purpose's, what are the reason's why your "not loving it"?
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    wolley74 , March 2, 2012 11:46 PM
    upgrade_1977Haven't downloaded it yet, no time. Probably download it sunday and try it then. Just for informative purpose's, what are the reason's why your "not loving it"?


    pain to navigate, no start menu / desktop / task manager is a pain to use... it's just horrible
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    nbelote , March 2, 2012 11:56 PM
    Wolley74pain to navigate, no start menu / desktop / task manager is a pain to use... it's just horrible


    The desktop is there and it's fine. No Start menu? Right click the lower left hand corner, a ton of functions are there and if I can't find something I can start typing in Metro and it shows up immediately. The new task manager is also quite handy. From a sysadmin point of view I like the new server management console that's installable, it's very feature-rich in comparison to the tools provided for Vista and 7.

    Problems? I have none. Accepting that it's the future of Windows is the first step. Using your brain and understanding what's there versus what you need to do is the next.
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    hotroderx , March 3, 2012 12:01 AM
    I am not sure I will be in the minority on this but I cant stand the Metro Desktop. I just find it extremely hard to navigate and use. We have used the same basic system of desktop navigation since 1995. I dont understand why after all these years it needs to be changed. Glaring example of how Windows 8 is much harder to navigate is as follows (unless I am missing something) lets open the C: Drive.

    First: Open the Metro Window by going to the bottom left hand corner (far corner) and highlighting the small indent. This will pop up a window that will allow us to access metro window.

    Second: We need to right click any where in the metro Window where there is nothing that will open a bar at the bottom that allows us to click all apps

    Third Once all Apps has been accessed we have to click on Computer which will then exit metro taking us to the desktop with our drives showing.

    All this for something that should be as simple as double clicking the My computer icon on the desktop.

    This system might work great on a touch screen or on a tablet but I just don't see it working that great for the average user.

    Personally I will stick with my Windows 7 unless Windows 8 is given a proper start button or the option to setup a proper start button. Worse case might have to look into going Linux if Windows truly does adopt this new interface access system and continues it down the road.
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    jdog2pt0 , March 3, 2012 12:05 AM
    I will be skipping Win8 as long as possible and here's why. The current trend is mobile devices, and the problem is that everyone seems to focus on that now, instead of the traditional desktop experience. They seem to forget that PC's still exist. The Windows tile interface is useless to PC users. Ubuntu is going the same path. Unity sucks and HUD is bullshit. Here soon I will be switching to Mint. It's sucks, and I'm not going to encourage it.

    For clarification I use Win7 on my desktop, and Ubuntu on my laptop (my main computer)
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    masterofevil22 , March 3, 2012 12:21 AM
    It's "interesting"...

    I realize this is not the final build, but so far I'm planning on sticking with W7. If I get a windows phone ever (doubtful, GSII ftw..) maybe I'll use it for sync with the next xbox or something, but it's definitely wierd.
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    jdwii , March 3, 2012 12:25 AM
    You can get to my computer by right clicking on the bottom left corner of the screen and clicking on windows explorer!
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    bak0n , March 3, 2012 12:29 AM
    If I want a smartphone OS I'll use my smart phone. Also I'm going to buy an OS that is based on micro transactions, (its coming with the "apps" for windows 8) Sorry.
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    olaf , March 3, 2012 12:33 AM
    upgrade_1977Haven't downloaded it yet, no time. Probably download it sunday and try it then. Just for informative purpose's, what are the reason's why your "not loving it"?


    its cumbersome , i find it annoying the "metro apps" don't have a close button or so far i have not been able to find it .... wich is odd since im pretty tech savvy, its really not mouse friendly , it looks bleak , if you have to do work on it you will be even more depressed, really the color scheme is horrible, unlike windows 7 that improved est-ethic wise over xp and vista. I like some of the enhancements they did to copy and the task manager but so far the cons outweigh the pro's by a lot.
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    memadmax , March 3, 2012 12:37 AM
    I see that microsoft is "replacing" the start bar with metro....

    But why force the issue?

    Wouldn't it make more sense to include Metro as a frickin feature that can be turned off and on?
    That way you can keep the stupid start bar and have metro or whatever....
    Makes sense don't it?

    Win8 is starting to turn out like Vista for other reasons..... and then... to make matters worse, they are doing it to Server 8 too.......... what a joke...
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    ukulele97 , March 3, 2012 12:40 AM
    It doesn't appear to be designed as a usable desktop environment, but rather is a clusterfxxx of icons. Hei, but good luck MS with this flop.

    /e16 driven minimalist
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    livebriand , March 3, 2012 12:41 AM
    This UI is hard to use and unintuitive. It makes no sense unless you have a tablet or touchscreen. Without one, it feels like using android in a vm on a regular PC - not quite right, since you don't have optimal hardware. Plus, although the desktop is still there, it is crippled and you have to go into metro to find apps you don't have pinned to the taskbar or anything. I guess if it isn't broken you HAVE to break it! I think this will be Vista 2.0 (heck, the version number is 6.2!) and will fail. Expect manufacturers to be offering Windows 7 downgrades. I know for sure that, even though some family members' PCs are ready to be replaced, I won't be getting Windows 8 ones to replace them. And the ugly login screen and such just seals it's fate. Windows 7 is looking nicer and nicer and more like a BIG upgrade from Windows 8 at this point. (umm... shouldn't Windows 8 be the upgrade) I honestly prefer Vista (even without service packs) to this POS known as Windows 8. Enough said... Have ONE OS for desktops and laptops, another OS for tablets and smartphones. My desktop is NOT a smartphone.
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    livebriand , March 3, 2012 12:43 AM
    nbeloteThe desktop is there and it's fine. No Start menu? Right click the lower left hand corner, a ton of functions are there and if I can't find something I can start typing in Metro and it shows up immediately. The new task manager is also quite handy. From a sysadmin point of view I like the new server management console that's installable, it's very feature-rich in comparison to the tools provided for Vista and 7.Problems? I have none. Accepting that it's the future of Windows is the first step. Using your brain and understanding what's there versus what you need to do is the next.

    And it's completely illogical. For instance, want to shutdown a Windows 7 machine? Click start, shutdown. Very similar to previous versions of Windows, right? And Windows 8? Hover by the right side of the screen where there are no markings AT ALL indicating it, click 'Settings', and THEN power, and shutdown or restart. To log out, go to the metro UI (which you do by hitting the windows key or hovering by the bottom left and clicking or hovering by the right-side of the screen and clicking start, no indicators to help you figure that out btw), click your username, and THEN logout/lock. Or with Windows 7, start, click the arrow right next to 'shutdown', and logout or lock. Windows 7 looks REALLY intuitive and logical in comparison. How do they expect most people to figure out those "hot corners" anyway? As a power user, I can barely figure it out. Dooming themselves for sure...
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    livebriand , March 3, 2012 12:45 AM
    Man, and to ruin this even more, you CAN'T EVEN DISABLE THE FUCKING METRO UI!!! WTF?
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    matt_b , March 3, 2012 12:45 AM
    hotroderxI am not sure I will be in the minority on this but I cant stand the Metro Desktop.

    I can reassure you, you will NOT be in the minority on this one. They had better include a workaround for a "classic" desktop or there will be many feeling alienated. Even though the "ribbon" was introduced in Office 07' and again a no workaround in 10', I still can't stand it and get used to it - choice can be good!
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    shafe88 , March 3, 2012 12:49 AM
    memadmaxI see that microsoft is "replacing" the start bar with metro....But why force the issue?Wouldn't it make more sense to include Metro as a frickin feature that can be turned off and on?That way you can keep the stupid start bar and have metro or whatever....Makes sense don't it?Win8 is starting to turn out like Vista for other reasons..... and then... to make matters worse, they are doing it to Server 8 too.......... what a joke...

    Or have windows like Ubuntu, and when you log in you have the option to log into metro or windows classic like Ubuntu had the option to log into Unity or Ubuntu classic. Metro is the worst thing since Microsoft Bob.
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    pjmelect , March 3, 2012 1:11 AM
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    ts cumbersome , i find it annoying the "metro apps" don't have a close button or so far i have not been able to find it .... wich is odd since im pretty tech savvy, its really not mouse friendly , it looks bleak , if you have to do work on it you will be even more depressed, really the color scheme is horrible, unlike windows 7 that improved est-ethic wise over xp and vista. I like some of the enhancements they did to copy and the task manager but so far the cons outweigh the pro's by a lot.


    I agree, you have to hit the windows key to exit the program which is annoying to do as I prefer to only use the mouse when using my computer and only use the keyboard when I need to input text.
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