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    Touching Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows 8




    BRIEFING SESSION

    Touching Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows 8




    By Katherine Murray

    Windows 8 Developer Preview is getting a lot of attention because of its colorful Metro interface and its touch-centric approach.

    But some of Windows 8's so-called new features are already available in the OS you might be using now though in a relatively primitive form.

    The full text of this column is posted at http://windowssecrets.com/briefing-s...and-Windows-8/ (paid content, opens in a new window/tab).

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    I noticed the "charms" picture would not open on my computer. Checking properties showed that the .jpg extension had extra symbols with it. If I copied the url and removed '%0A', the picture opened. Does anyone know if you can edit the address on the page itself?

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    Broken installation

    I tried to install the Windows 8 preview on a Toshiba Tablet PC - an M400 (4034) and it would not install. I kept getting a message to the effect that I needed to install a RAID driver(why??) It's the only tablet I have, and I would have liked to provide Microsoft with feedback, but if the OS won't even install on 5 year old hardware (a Core 2 Duo with 4 GB memory), then it's hard to see what future it has as a retrofit for older (slightly) tablets. I went 'round and 'round on this - downloading drivers, searching the web and Toshiba's web site (not a joy in itself), and tried 3 different driver packages - all with the same result. If Microsoft can't package the drivers with the preview that are necessary for this new a computer, how is this the future? I don't throw good, fast laptops away so that I can use a new OS!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsteele531 View Post
    I tried to install the Windows 8 preview on a Toshiba Tablet PC - an M400 (4034) and it would not install. I kept getting a message to the effect that I needed to install a RAID driver(why??) It's the only tablet I have, and I would have liked to provide Microsoft with feedback, but if the OS won't even install on 5 year old hardware (a Core 2 Duo with 4 GB memory), then it's hard to see what future it has as a retrofit for older (slightly) tablets. I went 'round and 'round on this - downloading drivers, searching the web and Toshiba's web site (not a joy in itself), and tried 3 different driver packages - all with the same result. If Microsoft can't package the drivers with the preview that are necessary for this new a computer, how is this the future? I don't throw good, fast laptops away so that I can use a new OS!
    I don't think Windows 8 will work as a retrofit on most older Tablets. It is meant for inclusion on new Tablets, as the OEM operating system. Tablet manufacturers are notorious for not providing hardware or driver upgrade paths. This is very unlike full-scale laptops and desktop computers, which do have upgrade possibilities for Windows 8. Tablet owners are going to be offered as usual, just pennies on the dollar to upgrade by trading in the older devices for credits against the purchase of new devices. Yet another reason I will not buy an expensive Tablet. Not now nor ever.

    I believe it was Fred Langa who recently posted in Windows Secrets Newsletter that he had a very similar experience where Windows 8 would not install properly on an existing Tablet PC. He warned folks not to try to install the Developer Preview on existing Tablets, based on his experience.

    Most folks who are trying out Windows 8 are installing it as a Virtual Machine on existing laptops or desktops, some with multitouch displays, some without. Results so far are not very encouraging to the Mouse and Keyboard crowd. I do not see widespread adoption of Windows 8 if it continues to be difficult to use with a Mouse and Keyboard.
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