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Message 1240971 - Posted: 4 Jun 2012, 1:33:05 UTC

Hmmn, before being allowed to download it, it runs a compatibility check, which from mine, shows up a glitch...

It states that I need to install an app to play DVD's yet in the compatable list it shows Roxio.

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Message 1240977 - Posted: 4 Jun 2012, 1:52:16 UTC

Sneaky devils! Previously, the 2 Win 8 previews downloaded as .iso files. With this one, it downloads an upgrade assistant, then after running the compatibility test, it downloads the preview - unfortunately, I cannot find it anywhere & on checking, it's moved onto "getting files ready"

Once this is done, one is presented with a menu -

1: Instsall now
2: Install by creating media
3: Install later from your desktop.

I've chosen no 2 & it then gives you another 2 options - ISO image or a usb flash drive (must be at least 3gb].

ain't progress a b*tch!
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Message 1241018 - Posted: 4 Jun 2012, 5:33:10 UTC - in response to Message 1240977.
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Sneaky devils! Previously, the 2 Win 8 previews downloaded as .iso files. With this one, it downloads an upgrade assistant,
And when you look closely at the download page for the upgrade assistant, you will also find a link to a full ISO file, just as before....

(not that it is more worth (worse?) downloading than the previous one)

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Message 1241031 - Posted: 4 Jun 2012, 7:18:47 UTC
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No Aero anymore.

Wrong direction.
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Message 1241064 - Posted: 4 Jun 2012, 13:03:03 UTC

I didn't have any issues in being able to download the ISO. I just went here http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/iso, selected the languages I needed, and then downloaded. To download the Server 2012 release you need to have, or make, a MS Live ID. However it can be downloaded from here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/evalcenter/hh670538.aspx?ocid=&wt.mc_id=TEC_108_1_33
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Message 1241137 - Posted: 4 Jun 2012, 16:30:38 UTC - in response to Message 1241018.
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Thanks. must have missed that.

Just checked your link, it's different to the one I got from MS via e-mail.
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Message 1241230 - Posted: 4 Jun 2012, 18:25:54 UTC - in response to Message 1240971.
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Hi Sirius B,

Unless you have a touch screen and have a need to touch it -- don't bother -- Windows 8 is a major step back from Windows 7!

I've tried both the Developer & Consumer Preview and they both suck big time. Windows 8 does have a nice maintenance sub-system for users of SSDs though.

The developer preview allowed you to recover the Start menu via a simple Registry hack. Microsoft removed the ability to do this in the Consumer Preview -- WHY? The aftermarket Start menus are so-so and force the user to seek out and install additional software to make the OS productive for multi-taskers like us programmers.

Just look at the user figures for Ubuntu after they brought out a similar, dumbed-down desktop called Unity last year. They've been blown into the weeds by Linux Mint, who have kept and refined the traditional desktop with a Start menu.

For the life of me I don't understand the need to make a Desktop OS behave like a tablet or smart phone...

Good luck with Windows 8!
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Message 1241255 - Posted: 4 Jun 2012, 19:18:58 UTC - in response to Message 1241230.

Yep, I also ran both. Don't like them & for my own network, will wait for Win 9 if that is an improvemnet of course. If not, then it's going to be a pita.

However, being a local system builder, I need hands on knowledge for those customers who will have it & then the usual cockups needing to be dealt with.

What I find astonishing is that the comaptibility test stated that my AM3 mobo will not be able to use "secure Boot"....
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Message 1241475 - Posted: 5 Jun 2012, 1:07:44 UTC

hmmn, just noticed an icon on my rig.... "Install Windows"

On checking it's properties..... "C:\Users\XXXXXXX\AppData\Local\Microsoft\WebSetup\Sources\WebSetup.exe" /late elevate

Could catch users unawares.
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Message 1241507 - Posted: 5 Jun 2012, 2:56:59 UTC
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If no metro ui then you have windows 7 minus the start button. I had win 8 and promptly removed it. I read you can the have metro not load and have the clasic desktop instead. Windows what trash just a cash grab by microsoft. Like xp and vista crap now win 7 and win 8 crap.
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Message 1241672 - Posted: 5 Jun 2012, 12:46:47 UTC

While not listed in the system requirements you need to have a CPU with NX bit support. Such as a Prescott P4 or a 64-bit capable AMD processor. Otherwise you will get a message after installation that says:

Your PC needs to restart.
Please hold down the power button.
Error Code: 0x0000005D
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Message 1241703 - Posted: 5 Jun 2012, 13:51:10 UTC - in response to Message 1241507.

I'd hold on to that copy of Win 7 or move to Linux Mint. I think Win 7 will become a classic like XP. Nice OS -- stable -- fast. Too bad Microsoft seems to be catering to the touch-and-go crowd with their new OS.

The majority of desktops and laptops don't have touch screens so Metro is not the most elegant solution for users of traditional computers.

Time will tell if Win 8 is another Vista for the folks in Redmond...

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Message 1241705 - Posted: 5 Jun 2012, 13:55:08 UTC - in response to Message 1241703.

I believe it's been mentioned many times before...unfortunately Microsoft by the release of Win 8 just confirms it...

All even numbered versions have been stop-gaps between the great odd numbered versions.

Roll on Win 9!
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Message 1241713 - Posted: 5 Jun 2012, 14:20:14 UTC - in response to Message 1241705.

I believe it's been mentioned many times before...unfortunately Microsoft by the release of Win 8 just confirms it...

All even numbered versions have been stop-gaps between the great odd numbered versions.

Roll on Win 9!

Wee are still on an even numbered version of the OS.
Windows 95 v4.0 OK Windows 98 v4.1 Good Windows ME v4.9 Rubbish Windows 2000 v5.0 Good Windows XP x86 v5.1 Good Windows XP x64 v5.2 Good Windows Vista v6.0 Rubbish Windows 7 v6.1 Good Windows 8 v6.2 TBD

As previous OS's listed the version number in their name I didn't bother to list them.
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Message 1241715 - Posted: 5 Jun 2012, 14:22:29 UTC - in response to Message 1241713.
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I believe it's been mentioned many times before...unfortunately Microsoft by the release of Win 8 just confirms it...

All even numbered versions have been stop-gaps between the great odd numbered versions.

Roll on Win 9!

Wee are still on an even numbered version of the OS.
Windows 95 v4.0 OK Windows 98 v4.1 Good Windows ME v4.9 Rubbish Windows 2000 v5.0 Good Windows XP x86 v5.1 Good Windows XP x64 v5.2 Good Windows Vista v6.0 Rubbish Windows 7 v6.1 Good Windows 8 v6.2 TBD

As previous OS's listed the version number in their name I didn't bother to list them.


You missed the release of Windows NT which started the ball rolling (first fully 32-bit OS that all subsequent MS OS' are based on). It was released before Win 95 (Jul 93) so we are on an odd numbered release!

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Message 1241725 - Posted: 5 Jun 2012, 14:48:53 UTC

They should name it Millennium Edition 3.0. More appropriate.
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Message 1241731 - Posted: 5 Jun 2012, 15:00:44 UTC - in response to Message 1241715.

I believe it's been mentioned many times before...unfortunately Microsoft by the release of Win 8 just confirms it...

All even numbered versions have been stop-gaps between the great odd numbered versions.

Roll on Win 9!

Wee are still on an even numbered version of the OS.
Windows 95 v4.0 OK Windows 98 v4.1 Good Windows ME v4.9 Rubbish Windows 2000 v5.0 Good Windows XP x86 v5.1 Good Windows XP x64 v5.2 Good Windows Vista v6.0 Rubbish Windows 7 v6.1 Good Windows 8 v6.2 TBD

As previous OS's listed the version number in their name I didn't bother to list them.


You missed the release of Windows NT which started the ball rolling (first fully 32-bit OS that all subsequent MS OS' are based on). It was released before Win 95 (Jul 93) so we are on an odd numbered release!

Do you mean Windows NT 3.1, 3.51, or 4.0? As I stated I didn't list the OS's which included the version number in the name. Such as Windows 3.11, 3.1, 3.0, 2.1, 2.0, 1.0 or any version of MS DOS.
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Message 1241738 - Posted: 5 Jun 2012, 15:24:11 UTC - in response to Message 1241731.
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[quote] <edit>
As previous OS's listed the version number in their name I didn't bother to list them.


You missed the release of Windows NT which started the ball rolling (first fully 32-bit OS that all subsequent MS OS' are based on). It was released before Win 95 (Jul 93) so we are on an odd numbered release!

Do you mean Windows NT 3.1, 3.51, or 4.0? As I stated I didn't list the OS's which included the version number in the name. Such as Windows 3.11, 3.1, 3.0, 2.1, 2.0, 1.0 or any version of MS DOS.


Windows NT was a major release like Windows XP & 7. It the 'father' of OS' that are on your list so why leave it out? Actually, it was THE most major release of any MS OS. The Initial NT release was simply known as NT even though it was numbered as NT version 3.1. I wouldn't leave it out of your list of MS OS'. It's kind of a landmark release for them. The stuff MS released before NT is a different kettle of fish, i.e., a different family of OS'.

My point is that Sirius B's conclusion appears correct about Win 7 being an odd-numbered release...

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Message 1241749 - Posted: 5 Jun 2012, 15:46:40 UTC - in response to Message 1241031.

No Aero anymore.

Wrong direction.


Right direction. Unnecessarily unclear graphics-hog.

They should bring out 2 versions if W8 is so dumbed-down: Windows Dumbed-Down Edition & Windows Proper Edition.

Vista licence on this Dell because it's just what it came with, so I make the best of it, but 7 on the Ultima. As long as it's stable.

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Message 1241750 - Posted: 5 Jun 2012, 15:48:30 UTC - in response to Message 1241738.

[quote] <edit>
As previous OS's listed the version number in their name I didn't bother to list them.


You missed the release of Windows NT which started the ball rolling (first fully 32-bit OS that all subsequent MS OS' are based on). It was released before Win 95 (Jul 93) so we are on an odd numbered release!

Do you mean Windows NT 3.1, 3.51, or 4.0? As I stated I didn't list the OS's which included the version number in the name. Such as Windows 3.11, 3.1, 3.0, 2.1, 2.0, 1.0 or any version of MS DOS.


Windows NT was a major release like Windows XP & 7. It the 'father' of OS' that are on your list so why leave it out? Actually, it was THE most major release of any MS OS. The Initial NT release was simply known as NT even though it was numbered as NT version 3.1. I wouldn't leave it out of your list of MS OS'. It's kind of a landmark release for them. The stuff MS released before NT is a different kettle of fish even though DOS is still included in the current offerings. It's like comparing Apple's OS 9 to OS X.

My point is that Sirius B's conclusion appears correct about Win 7 being an odd-numbered release...[/u]


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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Edition, Service Pack 1, (06.01.7601.00)

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