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Microsoft launched the Windows 8 Release Preview build on May 31, a bit earlier than what the company had originally announced. As one might expect, the community members on Neowin's forums quickly started filling up a discussion threat with their impressions. As you might expect, the comments range from "Love it" to "Hate it."
One of the first impressions posts came from forum member Kristian, who wrote:


Liking it much better than the CP so far. Seems incredibly snappy and rock stable so far. Next step is to learn to like Metro I guess. I think for me it's just a matter of getting used to the new stuff, and then I will be fine with the Metro changes in the system. IMHO any comparison with Vista or ME is just silly!

The multi-monitor support for Windows 8's Metro interface didn't make forum member theyarecomingforyou happy. He writes:


Dragging a Metro app off one monitor will immediately maximise it to the next and you can't drag it back without clicking again. Further, whenever you access Metro Start on a different monitor it moves all Metro apps onto that monitor - any hopes of running multiple apps on different screens are gone. And Metro apps don't work with Aero Snap, meaning you can't drag a side-pinned app to the top of the screen to maximise it - you have to drag the separating bar. It's actually worse than before. I have absolutely no idea what Microsoft was thinking but the multi-monitor implementation is a complete joke and clearly wasn't put through any user testing.

Neowin forum member br0adband seems to like what he sees in the Release Preview. He writes:


Currently running the Release Preview (x86) on a ThinkPad T60 with 3GB and a Core Duo T2300, it's pretty damned snappy and responsive. Had some severe lag when it first hit the Desktop and also when I fired up the News and Weather and Finance apps in Metro but, probably just updates and downloading the most current info. Hit Windows Update and grabbed what was already there (several drivers, some patches, etc).

One forum member, Sszecret, has both good and bad things to say about Windows 8 Release Preview: He writes:


The good : It feels much faster than the CP, some of the color options for the Start Screen are actually really nice (though some of them are horrible in my view, and I would've wanted a couple more Start Screen backgrounds), there isn't such a big delay when I invoke the charms bar, the Switcher has a text label for each of the running apps, the All Apps section seems (maybe it's just me) a bit less crowded, though I installed the same number of apps as in the CP. Also, I like the tweaks to the Aero theme and I'm really digging the new cursor. The flattened ribbon is nice but I think it'll look its best when all the icons are metrofied. Other than that, it's been pretty stable.

The bad : The store seems to take forever to install an app, whenever I try to add a new account in Mail and I go to Settings > Accounts and I click Add a new account, the pane on the side (or however that's called) disappears. Just like that. I've tried it multiple times, I tried installing / uninstalling , pin / unpin and even "Refresh / Reset your PC" . Nothing works, so I believe it's a problem with the metro apps. Also, in Calendar, if I try to add a new account, the same thing happens, only this time, not only does the pane disappear, it closes the app and takes me back to the Start Screen. In Music, whenever I try to get to the playback controls (via right click), the menu appears on the bottom, stays there for like a second and then disappears. I installed all the updates, all the drivers, and I have the exact same setup I did when I installed the CP. (these apps worked prefectly for me)


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I installed it on 4 PC's here ranging from a Acer One netbook to a AMD A6 tower.

They all run really smooth. I set up two of the PC's to have the same log in and when I set the sync up. It synced the desktop wallpapers together and other desktop settings (nice). I had to do one minor registry tweek to get the netbook to run the tile apps in metro but it runs like a champ and you can't tell it is the weakest of the four computers. I ran the parental controls on the child's computer and and I like it. I can set the amount of time per day he can be on as well as the normal on and off times.

The lack of a start button on the desktop isn't as bad as I figured it was going to affect me, its still there but hidden in the corner (Nobody puts Baby in the corner). The charm bar works really nice.

All of the 3D games I have in Win 7 work just as well in 8 with no noticeable lack of performance. Two of the four computers upgraded from Win 7 without a hitch and all of the settings and programs transferred nicely (with the exception of Perfectdisk and MSE not being compatible). The other two I had to do clean installs because the installer found ghost copies of PD and would not go past the uninstall screen because PD was not on the machine.

Home groups is nicer now. For PC's that have the same log in, home groups will merge all the folders together to make a single user vs. having to look on individual computers to find what you wanted.

Overall impressions is a good upgrade from Win 7 and it is NOT like the ME, and Vista comparisons of crap after a good OS distribution.

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Found all of my drivers with updated ones. CPU driver ln 7 was 2006. Now its 2009. This OS runs much smoother than with 7. Functions much better with less quirks. Very pleased and RTM is suppose to be out for manufactures July 12!!
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So RTM is the final and latest ?

RTM is not out yet. But yea, RTM will be final.

Be ready to see no Aero Glass when you try the final. ;)

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Yeah,, I know DKT27.. I have the latest Release Preview in VM but I think I can get used to it.. Its damn quick..

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So RTM is the final and latest ?

RTM is not out yet. But yea, RTM will be final.

Be ready to see no Aero Glass when you try the final. ;)

Any particular reason, for no Aero Glass? I really like Aero Glass

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Any particular reason, for no Aero Glass? I really like Aero Glass

If you haven't read already, see this. ;)

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Any particular reason, for no Aero Glass? I really like Aero Glass

If you haven't read already, see this. ;)

Thanks..But not impressed with Microsoft approach.

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Thanks..But not impressed with Microsoft approach.

Nor am I. That's why I'm strongly thinking to skip Windows 8 or stay on Windows 7 forever. However, lets see how it goes.

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Found all of my drivers with updated ones. CPU driver ln 7 was 2006. Now its 2009. This OS runs much smoother than with 7. Functions much better with less quirks. Very pleased and RTM is suppose to be out for manufactures July 12!!

July 12 or do you mean 2012 ?!

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Well People,

This is the first time I'm not going to try again W8

Windows 7 is a strong and a stable OS and think I will try another one when its gonna be Windows 9

Aero is something that makes it groovy and gives it something that you build.

So Goodbye :rolleyes: Windows 8, I'll keep Windows 7 for the next 9 years.

Until Microsoft decides not to make service packs or patches :wtf: anymore

grts JJ

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