I don’t know…it seemed like an appropriate lead-in to this Windows 8 post now that Windows 8 has been officially released.
- Poltergeist freaked a LOT of folks out when first released, with special effects, plotline of a normal family with their normal lives torn apart by a new evil released by new building over a hallowed ground.
- Heather O'Rourke as Carol Anne Freeling looks like she is reaching out to try to use the TV as a “touch/Surface” interface. And she does get quite the interactive experience out of it!
- What seemed like pretty successful mainstream horror at the time now has become --over time and filmmaking sophistication--pretty cheesy and not even Halloween showing worthy to the youth of today. Despite this, it remains regarded by many as a horror movie classic and possibly one of the very best and beloved ever made.
- A number of the actors that made the movie so compelling have since died fueling rumors the movie was cursed.
I wonder if Windows 8 will leave a similar mark on the Microsoft OS landscape?
So before we get to the Win8 linkage below, what’s my opinion?
- No “Family Pack” available…at least for now. However the $40/upgrade price per system still beats the Win7 family pack price so to upgrade our systems one-at-a-time this would still be fairly economical. In fact, Alvis's recent laptop purchase this summer might qualify for an even steeper discount…if I dared put it on her system. Which I do not.
- I am not going to install Win-8 on any of our home systems, all running Win 7 Home Premium (x64) for now. Why? Well…
- …Win7 is too solid and perfect for my needs right now. I have no compelling reason to upgrade to Win8 just yet. Yes, I will miss out on the even faster boot times, the enhanced file/copy features, and the super-cool task-manager, and those crazy tile-apps. I can live with that for now.
- In running Win8 in a virtual machine pretty regularly now, I can comfortably work-around automatically bypassing the Start Screen interface and add back the traditional Start Menu. That will no longer be my primary concern or objection for NOT making the Win8 upgrade.
- Windows 8 is here to stay. This is the new face of Microsoft. Get over it. Get it. Or get a Mac or Linux or a Chromebook or a tablet or a game-console. Seriously. The days of desktop systems are on the decline. Sure, there will always be some hard-core geeks and freaks who will always want and need a traditional “desktop” based interface and OS system but between DRM & DCMA changes, a brand-new, cutting-edge, super-efficient and user/platform agnostic computing technology is coming! Deal with it. They are called Smart dumb-terminals/tablets/phones & The Cloud!
- Umm…sorry, I forgot, that terminal/mainframe technology was how things got started in the first place before all that “personal computer” technology got us distracted on his march down a dead branch of the technology tree; kinda like how the railroad and Model-T’s got us all horribly sidetracked from the horse-n-buggy technology. My bad. Let’s head back to the past to make progress for the people again. Control the medium…control the message…control the consumption.
Drama aside, I’ll probably upgrade our systems to Windows 8 by spring of next year. It will need some post-install tweaking, some training to get up to speed for support and user navigation, stuff like that. However at the core, past all the interface changes and Modern versus Desktop usage sea-change, it seems to be a solid and advanced OS. I wouldn’t discourage folks looking to pick up a new system from adopting it. I wouldn’t discourage friends and family still using XP/Vista to switch to it. What I can’t do is find a compelling reason to try to convince anyone using Windows 7 right now on a system they have bought or built in the last two years or so to UPGRADE to Windows 8. Not yet at least.
Windows 8 could have been so much more by just being a bit more balanced between the old and the new. Instead they decided to go boldly forward and not look back.
Time will tell…but for now…”It’s here”.
If you like Windows…my advise is just deal with Windows 8 and try not to look too hard at the corpses popping out of the pit in the back-yard.
HUMOR: Ah. So that’s what happened. - Kurt Shintaku's Blog
Win8 - Start Here - Get It
- Microsoft Windows - Microsoft
- Reserve your copy of Windows 8 Pro and Pre-order Windows 8 PCs today! - Blogging Windows
- Windows Upgrade Offer - Landing Page - Microsoft
- FAQ: The ins and out of Windows 8 pricing - Computerworld
- Microsoft’s first stab at a tablet: Surface reviewed - Ars Technica
- Download Windows 8 Media Center Pack for free - The Windows Club
Win8 - Related Products and Services
- nothing new of note since last post.
Win8 - Install It
- How To Install Windows 8 From A USB Stick - MakeUseOf blog
- Microsoft Security Advisory (2755801): Update for Vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer 10 - Microsoft TechNet
- The Windows 8 upgrade install experience - Ars Technica
- Installation FAQ & diagnosis when Windows dies 8 Setup ... Part 1 - Borns IT & Windows Blog
- Windows 8 Installation & Setup troubleshooting FAQ ... Part 2 - Borns IT & Windows Blog
- How To Install Windows 8 As Guest OS Using VMware Player - Addictive Tips
Win8 - Under the Hood
- Windows, reimagined: A review of Windows 8 - Ars Technica
- Windows 8 review - BetaNews
- Introducing the Remote Desktop Windows Store App - Remote Desktop Services (Terminal Services) Team Blog
- Remote Desktop Windows Store app: Managing multiple PCs - Remote Desktop Services (Terminal Services) Team Blog
- Windows 8: rejuvenation of old computers? - Borns IT & Windows Blog
- Windows 8–Metered Connections - Anything about IT
- Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012: Faster Boot Process - Ask the Performance Team
- Maintenance in Progress Windows 8 What Does it Mean ? - Windows7hacker
- Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012: File Explorer - Ask the Performance Team
- Gentlemen, start your benches: Measuring Windows 8′s performance - Ars Technica
- A visual tour of Windows 8 - Ars Technica
- Removing Built-in Applications from Windows 8 - The Deployment Guys
- Review: Bing Apps are fast, slick, and responsive - Ars Technica
- The new and updated games of Windows 8 - Ars Technica
Win8 - To Go
- nothing new of note since last post.
Win8 - Tweaks
- Create Custom Windows 8 Start Screen Tiles Out Of Your Images - AddictiveTips
- Add Windows 7 Start Menu & Start Orb To Windows 8 With StartMenu 8 - AddictiveTips
- IObit StartMenu8 Free download, Bring Start Menu back to Windows 8 -IObit
- Prevent Users From Changing Windows 8 Start Screen Background - AddictiveTips
- Create Custom Windows 8 Start Screen Tiles For Programs & More - AddictiveTIps
- Create A Grid Of Custom Windows 8 Start Screen Tiles Out Of Any Image - AddictiveTips
- Pin Any Program, Folder Or Item To Windows 8 Start Screen - AddictiveTips
- Windows 7 & 8: Shutdown & Co via the context menu - Borns IT & Windows Blog
- Microsoft Rolls Out Windows 8 "Service Pack" - Before Its Launch -ReadWrite
- User Account Picture - Change in Windows 8 - Windows 8 Forums
- Windows 8 Tutorials - Windows 8 Forums
- Pokki For Windows 8 Adds A Start Menu & Start Screen Bypass Controls - AddictiveTips
- HOWTO: Add names to Program Groups in Windows 8 - Kurt Shintaku's Blog
- Top 20 Windows 8 Tweaks, Hacks & Tips - AddictiveTIps
- How to Change the Default Search Provider in Internet Explorer 10 - Groovy Post
- Top 10 Secret Features in Windows 8 - Lifehacker
- Best Windows 8 Start Screen Modifiers And Start Menu Apps - AddictiveTips
- Personalization Gallery - Now merged at Microsoft.com
- How to enable multi-user concurrent Remote Desktop sessions in Windows 8 -Tenniswood Blog - See post update below.
Post Update: On October 29th, Kent over at Windows 7 Hacker blog picked up the technique from Tenniswood Blog I posted above (and included a hat-tip back-link here to GSD) regarding a patch to enable multi-user concurrent Remote Desktop sessions in Win 8. It seemed very similar to one for Windows 7 I had posted about three years ago (RDC hack post & followup clarification post) so I didn’t think much of it. I did not install it on my own virtual Windows 8 test system. A few days later a dear friend emailed me his perspective about the patch and potential concerns. So I’m coming back and adding a few more thoughts. First the technique requires application of Windows 8 Patcher which changes some Windows OS file binaries to enable the process to work and can remove the watermark from Windows 8 Release Preview. Second, I’m no programmer so I cannot fairly analyze the source code to confirm it may not have other effects on the system/stability/security once modified. It seems to be based on or very similar to prior Win 7 work for the same feature enablement. The developer of the code is a very smart and clever programmer and has given a number of presentations in the computer security industry; his best work is in the field of bootkits and rootkits. Back in 2009 there was a bit of love/hate swirling around the security industry based on some of his work. All this to say, please treat with consideration the application of the patch with care and forethought. It should fall under the “here may be dragons” label. Is this a feature you really, really need on your Windows system? Are there vetted/stable alternatives you have already explored first and found lacking? Have you done due-diligence and after reviewing the open-source code provided found it sufficiently clear and safe for your purpose? Is this a patch you are authorized to apply to a system? All I am saying is read the whole forum thread to familiarize yourself with it first.I confess I find it technically interesting, but TightVNC meets my remote session needs and I don’t need to run multi-user concurrent sessions on my personal Windows 7/8 boxes. Do you really need it? If you do apply the patch, future Microsoft updates may impact how the patched system works (or even prevent it from working). Enough said. Moving on…
Win8 - Deeper Insights
- Out Now: Windows 8 and 2012 Group Policy Reference Spread sheet - Windows 7 Hacker
- DOWNLOAD: Group Policy Settings Reference for Windows (8) and Windows Server (2012) - Kurt Shintaku's Blog
- Updating our built-in apps for Windows 8 - Building Windows 8
- Microsoft: Windows 8 seam with the end of the service packs? - Borns IT & Windows Blog
- Windows 8 “XP Mode” – Part 1: Hyper-V - 4sysops
- Windows 8 “XP Mode” – Part 2: Setting up Windows XP - 4sysops
- Windows 8 “XP Mode” – Part 3: Gotchas - 4sysops
- hiberfil.sys in Windows 8 and why you should never delete it by disabling hibernation -Windows7hacker
- Windows 8 Start Screen Customization with MDT - The Deployment Guys
- Turning to the past to power Windows’ future: An in-depth look at WinRT -Ars Technica
Win8 - Usage Tips
- How To Defrag Disks in Windows 8, including SSD Drives - Windows7hacker
- Prevent Windows 8 File Explorer From Deleting Image Thumbnail Cache - AddictiveTips
- Windows 8 wireless networking – Part 2 - 4sysops
- Multimedia 8 is a native Windows 8 app alternative to media player - Windows7hacker
- Download Work Smart Guides for Windows 8 & Internet Explorer 10 - The Windows Club
- Metro Commander: Windows 8 Modern UI File Manager With SkyDrive Sync - AddictiveTips
- Listen To Your Favorite Radio Stations In Windows 8 With TuneIn Radio - AddictiveTips
- Norton Satellite For Windows 8: Scan Local & Dropbox Files For Malware - AddictiveTips
- Browse Google Maps & Get Turn-By-Turn Directions In Windows 8 - AddictiveTips
- The Official Google Search App For Windows 8 Now Available - AddictiveTips
- Windows 8′s Start Screen: Navigating a brave new world - Chron.com’s TechBlog
- DOWNLOAD Getting Started: Your Guide To Windows 8 - MakeUseOf Blog
- Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012: Start Screen and User Interface Part 1 - Ask the Performance Team
- Windows 8 Review - Complete Guide To New Features - AddictiveTips
- Windows 8: A safe harbor with the ‘classic’ desktop - Chron.com’s TechBlog
- Remote Desktop App TeamViewer Touch Comes To Windows 8 - AddictiveTips
- Windows 8: Sleek apps for Mail, Music and Photos - Chron.com’s TechBlog
Win8 - Miscellanea, Rumors, & General Grumblings
- Is Windows 8 Already In Trouble? Survey Says Most Win 8 Users Prefer Win 7 - ReadWrite
- NEWS: The early returns on Windows 8 (Updated 10/23/12) - Kurt Shintaku's Blog
- Why Windows Just Can't Win - Wired.com
- Could Restoring The Windows 8 Start Button Fix Everything? - ReadWrite
- Op-Ed: Prepare for Windows 8 induced user rage - Ars Technica
- Paul’s take on Windows 8 - Paul Allen’s Idea Man
- Top 10 Windows 8 Features #1: The Windows Store - ReadWrite
- Microsoft co-founder dings Windows 8 as 'puzzling, confusing' - ComputerWorld
- First Windows 8 PCs appear early, crapware included - ZDNet’s Ed Bott
- Acer, Gateway already shipping Windows 8 PCs – crapware included - Chron.com’s TechBlog
- 5 big reasons businesses should consider Windows 8 - BetaNews
- Conflicted: The tension in Windows 8 - Chron.com’s TechBlog
Windows 8 - GSD Previously Posted
- Windows 8 Linkage: “Majestic Metro” version
- Windows 8 Linkage: “Passage Public Metro” version
- Windows 8 Linkage: “Metro Santiago” edition
- Windows 8 Linkage: “Metro at Nightfall” edition
- Windows 8 Linkage: Product Name “Something or Another”
- Windows 8 Linkage: In Which a Name is Chosen
- Windows 8 Linkage: A Bit Behind the Ball
Cheers and good luck.