Took me awhile to get it setup last night on a virtualization. First of all, I wanna discuss that I really didn’t have many issues with it running in a virtualization (I used VirtualBox and VMware). I read a lot of people whining, but for the most part, it seems like they’re running Windows 8 in a virtualization and bitching about metro.
Wow, Metro(sexual) is a hot mess. I didn’t really even mess around with it much, it looked like a website full of shitty ads, or the XBOX360 dashboard after a one night stand with a transvestite. One of the first things i did, was go back to the OG style Windows layout. Then I pressed the windows key, and my eyes got raped again by Metro. I will post how to disable Metro and go old school, at the end of my mini-review (thank GOD it’s dead at work). Basically, metro is for old people, people who have never used PC’s, small children, pets, and the mentally challenged. Also, its OBVIOUSLY more designed for XBox 720, Windows 8 Phones, and Windows 8 Tablets. Any business that installs this in the office, for more than one or two test pc’s, is fucking full blown retarded. I’m talking Simple Jack in a Donald Duck costume molesting I Am Sam in a Daffy Duck costume, and having a baby somehow congeal from all the drool, levels of retarded. I’m a keyboard kinda guy, I rarely use the mouse unless I need to click a lot of links, and even then Tab accomplishes most of what I want. Metro seems like a full screen start menu that went wrong (probably when they decided to add ad’s to it). Fortunately it still works like the current start menu, more or less. Press windows key, then type a few letters, and see for yourself.
On the plus side, keyboard shortcuts, and right click menu’s, have been improved. Ones that weren’t working properly now work again properly, and there are much more of them. Copying files is now quite well done. No more random times, or pauses, or stupiditiy. Looks like the new windows file system isn’t a complete joke
However, Windows Explorer ribbons made me want to skull fuck my own eyes. The on/off toggles and going through custom install was also a little annoying, but I figure that will go away after I install Windows 8 a few dozen times. Windows 8 requires a lot of resources too. I had to dedicate 4 gigs of RAM to it, and 256 megs of video RAM, just to run it somewhat optimally. However, I also was running in a virtualization, and had a lot of shit running in my Windows 7. Probably could have run it on less, but what’s the point?
End conclusion? This is going to be an OS marketed towards the eldery, idiots, or people who aren’t tech savvy. Or fans of Android and iPhones. Is it a good OS? Time will tell. While there is a lot I don’t like about it, I only fucked around with it for like 4 hours last night, and didn’t really install anything on it. Vista and Windows 98 and Windows ME all sucked donkey cock when they launched, but by Service Pack 1, you started seeing the brilliance emerge. I won’t buy this for any of my current PC’s, I will admit that now. There is a SLIGHT chance, depending on how the Windows Kinect does, I could run it on my current PC, but everything I see points to me buying a dedicated Windows 8 PC some time in the next year or two. People looking at buying a new PC soon, should probably wait until Windows 8 launches first, and Windows 8 PC’s start coming out (with integrated Kinect camera’s, and proper screen sizes/resolutions).
How to disable Metro
I’ve read several different fixes, have yet to try them all out. I hear they work, then I hear some people bitch they don’t 100% work. Feel free to try em out.
- Click the Desktop “Tile”
- Open up File Manager and point your browser to C:\Windows\System32\
- Rename shsxs.dll to old_shsxs.dll
- Confirm UAC Dialog Prompt
- Reboot the Operating System
- On the new login screen, click the mouse button and drag up
- Login to the machine
- Your operating system should act like a proper desktop OS instead of a tablet port.
…But I think that just disables metro on startup
alternatively, you can go to REGEDIT and try this:
“HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer” in regedit, set “RPEnabled” to “0”. supposedly it completely disables all the Metro and Ribbon stuff in Explorer…but I’ve heard that only worked in the Developer version