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    Windows 8 RC To Get Flatter Explorer UI, Other Changes

    If a report from Chinese tech blog win8china.com is to be believed--and they've been pretty accurate so far--the Release Candidate (RC) version of Windows 8 will feature a tweaked Explorer user interface that somewhat matches the flat UI that pervades the Metro interface.

    Here are some before and after shots that will drive home the expected change:

    Before (Beta/Consumer Preview):




    After (RC):




    This flatter new Explorer is just the beginning, folks. We've learned separately that other UI changes are coming to the RC build, including new icons, new cursors, new controls, and more.
    From Paul Thurrott's winsupersite.com
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    I wonder if they'll finally get the message when people start taking their Win8 machines to local techs and the techs refuse to touch them.

    Windows 8: The best thing ever to happen to Linux on the desktop!

    I wonder if that's the back-room plan, to drive people away from Desktop Windows so they can focus on the server and HPC space, or perhaps so they can put the whole thing in "the cloud" and not have a local desktop at all.
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    Yeah I've long heard that's what MS ultimately would like - everything in "the cloud" over which they have total control, and probably with everyone only using tablets that would only be functional as long as they have connectivity to MS. They sure aren't doing anything to make Win8 look better on a traditional desktop with this latest change. Maybe they'll also get the message when people start asking the local techs to replace Win8 with Win7

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    thumbs down

    Actually I just tried it last night...got bored so tried it in VirtualBox (the consumer preview 64 bit version) I was just curious to see if I thought it was as bad as everyone else was saying.
    the trial lasted about 10 minutes...My God what a frightful fucking abortion it is...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael_Horatio View Post
    My God what a frightful fucking abortion it is...
    So that's a thumbs up from you then?

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    Windows 8 gets a thumb right up, from me.

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    Yeah, make that two thumbs up...right up their posterior orifice.
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    It debuted..




    .. the people spoke

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    Windows 8 just a wast of HD space. I played with it for a time triple boot 7,8 and mint got it to look like W7 than just deleted it. Not worth my time

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    Must confess haven't gone back to it since I looked at initial release.

    It's just..... no fun, no fun at all.

    I keep hearing the voices in my head - 'if it ain't broke don't fix it'. As far as I can see Win 8 offers no technical advantages over Win 7 just a UI change so seems to me MS are just trying to squeeze more cash from people. Perhaps they think everybody wants a mobile phone UI on their desktop, I think not Mr Ballmer, you deranged fat cunt.

    As far as MS goes, I actually thought Win 7 came a bit close to getting a Windows distro acceptable. So then they go and fuck it up.

    The mind boggles, as they say.

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    Windows 95 - arse biscuits
    Windows 98se - ok
    Windows ME - purculated sloth shit
    Windows XP - not bad
    Windows Vista - purculated sloth shit with a gibbon (Ballmer) turd on top and cat shit sprinkles
    Windows 7 - not bad
    Windows 8 ... you do the math

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Angel View Post
    Windows 95 - arse biscuits
    Windows 98se - ok
    Windows ME - purculated sloth shit
    Windows XP - not bad
    Windows Vista - purculated sloth shit with a gibbon (Ballmer) turd on top and cat shit sprinkles
    Windows 7 - not bad
    Windows 8 ... you do the math
    Umm...Windows 8 - purculated sloth shit with a gibbon (Ballmer) turd on top and cat shit sprinkles that is regurgitated by a rabid dingo?

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    Does Win 2K not count then?

    Never used it myself - it didn't like games - although I had a copy. Still have a copy, come to think of it, ordinary plus server versions.

    They tell me it was stable but really didn't like Half Life et al.

    If it does count then it does rather throw the sequence out of sync. Having said that, the above table most certainly has an irrefutable symnetry.

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    I heard of issues with 2k but personally never had any of the issues with it that others (I'm thinking of a guy who got wood over WinME) repeatedly cited. I still have a "non-existent" copy of it here installed on a Pentium Pro 200 machine that hasn't been powered up in about a year. One of Wifey's laptops (handed down through the family) came with WinME (and over a thousand virii thanks to a pubescent cousin looking for nudes of Brittany Spears) and I couldn't get the POS wiped fast enough!

    I consider Win2k as a bastard child of NT4 and 98se.
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    Windows 2000 was the successor to Windows NT and as such was primarily a business OS. I don't think many mainstream users are familiar with it. They started melding the home and business versions under one roof with XP. I would say that the ones DA listed were more for the mainstream and are the ones most people would be familiar with.

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    It was successfully deployed both on the server and the workstation markets.
    While Windows 2000 upgrades were available for Windows 95 and Windows 98, it was
    not intended for home users.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MSUredux View Post
    Windows 2000 was the successor to Windows NT and as such was primarily a business OS. I don't think many mainstream users are familiar with it. They started melding the home and business versions under one roof with XP. I would say that the ones DA listed were more for the mainstream and are the ones most people would be familiar with.
    Aye, makes sense

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    It's pretty easy to imagine. Consider all the recovery features that worked in XP and onwards but fucked up to the point that they did ALL harm and NO good, plus a smattering of security enhancements that did nothing but complicate the user's life ... kind of a prototype of Vista; far less sophisticated in it's retarditude but also more likely to lick the inside of your monitor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Angel View Post
    It's pretty easy to imagine. Consider all the recovery features that worked in XP and onwards but fucked up to the point that they did ALL harm and NO good, plus a smattering of security enhancements that did nothing but complicate the user's life ... kind of a prototype of Vista; far less sophisticated in it's retarditude but also more likely to lick the inside of your monitor.
    I just keep chuckling at that description

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    I liked ME, except for it being a "Blue Screen" generator

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    Windows 2000 was originally planned to be released as the first consumer version of NT, but shortly before release MS decided it still wasn't ready for the consumer, and so they excreted Windows ME - an after thought OS based on Win 9x but with all the new wallpapers etc that they put into Win 2000, and a few innovations we've been familiar with in XP were introduced in ME. A funny thing MS did with ME was to hide "DOS Mode", apparently either to get people used to not having DOS around any more, or maybe to make them think they finally got a DOS-free version of Windows like they had been promoting. I used Win 2000 and wondered why MS didn't think it ready for the consumer, it seemed fine to me. But it did have a problem with most of the games we had at the time, so most of us ended up dual booting Win 2000 with Win98 for our games. You needed a bit more memory for Win 2000 to run well, about 128MB, which was great when you booted your machine into Win98, which was really snappy with that much ram. XP was what MS originally wanted Win 2000 to be. And for the consumer, finally DOS was dead

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSUredux View Post
    I liked ME, except for it being a "Blue Screen" generator
    Not to mention the daily "illegal operations". I didn't use ME personally but I delt with it on other people's machines. Not that any of the Win9x OS's were known for their stability, I remember when I use to do a lot of scanning and printing with Win98 I knew that the process would involve multiple reboots to get the job done, it was just the way it was

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    Windows Millennium was a disingenuous money grab. They removed useful functionality, dumbed down the user interface yet it was even more unstable than its predecessor. Registry corruption at the drop of a hat, hardware resource conflicts to the point that you sometimes had to remove cards and reinstall them to solve them. Add Norton Antivirus 2001 to ice the cake, and it was a travesty. I dealt with a lot of WinME bullshit... good money maker.

    Those were dark days.

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    I hope everyone know I was joking about liking ME...

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    I'm not, I "liked" it when people had WinME

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    Have you heard, it's in the stars, Jupiter....

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    I have just read on the official Windows Blog thingie that Win 8 will be available in two retail versions, vanilla and Pro. Neither will have media capability out the box. If you want your Windows Media Centre thingie then you will have to pay extra for it. Furthermore if you only have the vanilla version of Win 8 they won't sell it to you, they will require you to have the Pro edition.

    That's a step forward isn't it? A feature that was an integral part of the last three MS OS's they now want you to pay extra for.

    Uh, Winamp, Real Alt Player et al spring to mind.

    And many Linux distros have now thumbed their nose at media playback legal restrictions and include media playback out the box.

    Der Microzoft Blogmeister refers to the fee for their Media Centre as 'economical'. So that's alright then

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    Must be MS's version of "DLC" - stuff that used to be included but now cost extra. MC is also not improved over the Win7 version.

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    Just one more reason for me to dislike it.

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    I hate (quite passionately) Microsoft Media Center and Windows Media Player. I remove both (well, I mean through Activate/Deactivate Windows Features). I let whatever Mplayer front end handle all media files in Windows. (Currently Smplayer)

    But that's not the point. The point is Microsoft's antics. What a bunch of smouldering assholes. They can go ride the baloney pony off into the sunset... I'll not be purchasing Windows 8... Windows 7 will be supported by game vendors for a LONG time. (In fact I would envision Windows 8 to be quite messy for games, with that idiotic user interface that doesn't handle programs the normal way. I wonder how many people will be left with unusable displays and have to reboot after closing some games etc.)

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    I don't use Media Center or Media Player either. It's the fact that they are going to charge extra for something that's been a part of Windows for many, many years. What's next? Maybe they'll figure out a way to charge you for every time you login...

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    Yep, they'll want to charge for every user. They'll start sending the BSA goons 'round to private homes to make sure Grandma isn't letting junior play solitaire without a login.

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    You'll be required to only use a MS biometric mouse, which will continuously keep track of who's using Windows at all times, and then bills you by the minute. If an unidentified person attempts to use the machine, Windows immediately logs you out and requires reactivation by phone, where you'll have to plead your case and explain why you illegally allowed an unauthorized person to use Windows, and told that if it happens more than twice your Windows key will be voided and you'll have to repurchase it again

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    Ooo, or they'll track how far your mouse has traveled and charge you by the distance

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    Let them charge whatever the hell they want,Windows 8 is a pile of Shit that anybody with any sense will avoid like the plague or vista.Besides they'll only drive people to get media center through other means.

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