Windows 8 Consumer Preview is a pre-release version of Windows 8 that focuses on people and apps and gives you powerful new ways to use social technologies to connect with the people who are important to you. It's Windows reimagined. Windows 8 Consumer Preview is built on the rock-solid foundation of Windows 7 and has the security and reliability features you expect from Windows, but we've made it even better. It's fast, and it's made to work on a variety of form factors' especially the new generation of touch devices.
Here's your chance to be one of the first to try it out. We'll be using information from preview users to make the final product even better.
Reviewing Release Preview (Jul 5, 2014)
Reviewing Release Preview (Jun 7, 2013)
What a mess!
Schizophrenic UI to say the least, I've not seen such a bad software engineering work since MS Bob times.
"Modern" UI concept is a joke, functionally it resembles more Windows 1.0 (or Bob) than a software of this millennium, maybe it is time for MS to move to "PostModern" era as soon as possible!
On the other hand, under the hood improvements are welcome, nothing groundbreaking but welcome anyway, and I even like the Glass-free desktop.
It is a pity a good minor Windows 7 update like 8 is in its guts was ruined by forcing the Zune/Phone/Toys'r us GUI as first place to start, as new start menu, as where you find yourself after you click on a file associated with a Metro app and so on.
Really a bad move, thinking that Windows GUI paradigm is still a winning one and that phone/mediacenter OS GUI paradigm was always a big loser in any market it has competed.
Reviewing Release Preview (Mar 16, 2013)
I am deployed and my computer crashed in Afghanistan. So, I got my mother to send me an hp laptop. She told me that it had windows 8 on it so I was excited to get my computer. Little did I know that windows 8 operates like a smart phone and I did not want to buy a smart phone computer, I wanted a regular operating system that is user friendly and doesn't require you to sign into a dang account just to download Skype. Sine the internet sucks here, I have been on this retarded operating system trying to download Skype so I can talk to my family back home. This operating system keeps kicking me out. Bottom line is, Microsoft messed this one up big time. I completely and utterly hate this operating system. I have to navigate to another window just to try to get to Skype that can't even download here. This is the worst experience I have ever had with an operating system and I completely hate it. For people who wanted smart phone features on a laptop, then this is for you. But for people who want a regular computer you should choose something that has Windows 7 on it. What was Microsoft thinking? I absolutely hate this operating system with a passion. I cannot even download anything without it being a stupid app. Uh. All in all this is the worst mistake that I could have possibly made. Once before, if I wanted to use a smart phone, I would have bought one instead. I want a regular operating system. Oh by the way if you get something with Windows 8 on it, you cannot replace it with Windows 7 because it will not let you.
Reviewing Release Preview (Aug 30, 2012)
Reviewing Release Preview (Jun 13, 2012)
I recently purchased a nifty HP pavilion dm1 notebook. It came with Windows 7 64 Bit and it was doing just fine. Then, a few days ago I made a very stupid move and downloaded the Windows 8 pre-release evaluation. What I didn't know was that once downloaded Win 8 can't be removed. I tried to bring it back to factory settings, but Windows 8 wiped that out, as well as all other HP programs that came with the note book. As I write, my bluetooth still doesn't work.
I had to find Hp drivers for my notebook to try and bring back to standard. Some of them work and some don't. Since my HP notebook doesn't come with a DVD optical drive I had to order one and also had to order a recovery disk from HP. As soon as these items arrive, I'll be nuking Win 8 and get back to using Win 7, which when you don't have it, one knows how good it was in comparison.
As for Win 8, it has some interesting do-dads. The start screen looks like my wife's Lumia and quite frankly it sucks. To me it's gimicky and a bit childish. It gets in the way of doing what you want to do do with the computer. I could go on, but I've said enough. In short, I won't be shelling out any shekels for Win 8, as it already has cost me a considerable amount of money attempting to get my new notebook back to its original condition. And yes, I was stupid.
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