I see what I did there.

And we’re w8ing…

 

Time to go find something to do for a few hours. From high technology computing to cross stitch!

9 COMMENTS

  1. So I completed the installation and everything went smoothly.
    With all the excitement, I go ahead and open up the store, the very first app listed on the start screen, only for it to crash (close itself, no warning given).
    Being the optimist I am, I thought to myself, well it’s only a preview, so perhaps it happens. So I go ahead to open other apps, but to my disappointment they all crash as well. I’ve had Windows 8 for about 2 hours now and still haven’t seen the metro UI in action save for the settings panel.
    Does anyone have an idea as to what could be the cause of this mayhem, especially since everything seems to work just fine in the Desktop mode? For me, the metro UI was the sole reason I installed windows 8, thus not having it work, is really frustrating. Thanks!
    I’ve got an hp-notebook g62 laptop (64bit, 4GB Ram) by the way. I made a complete installation while keeping my settings and documents.

  2. I’m totally ignorant on laptops, sorry. Hopefully one of our more experienced folks can give you a hand.

    So far, I’ve gone into the store and grabbed Wordament (I’ve got it on the phone and want to see the integration), the weather app from the contest, and Evernote. Unfortunately, it made my husband lag on the MMO he’s playing, I’ve stopped for the night. I’m on IE right now: I started from the Start area (the Metro UI) and changed to the desktop. I’m still learning where all the mouse-gestures are and what they do.

    So, so far, it’s working well on my HP Pavilion. Unfortunately, I borked it on my Samsung netbook – when I partitioned the drive, I let it change from Basic to Dynamic. DON’T DO THAT. Lesson Learned.

  3. YOU NEED A TOUCH SCREEN DEVICE TO SEE THE METRO UI MENU.

    I WILL HAVE TO GO FIND THE REGEDIT SETTING BUT IF YOU DON’T HAVE A TOUCH DEVICE – THIS REGEDIT WILL SHOW THE METRO UI.

    P.S. – DOUG, DAVID, AND THE GANG HERE – I WILL BE SHOWING A CONSUMER VIDEO OF THIS ON MY ARCHOS 9 SOON.

  4. No, I can absolutely verify that you do NOT have to have a touch screen to use the Metro UI – it plays nicely with the mouse, it just takes getting used to. Will it be preferable in the long run? I doubt it, but I’m willing to give it a little while.
    If you mean the left- & right-hand snap menus, just pit your mouse in the lower left and right corners, respectively. There’s also the top & bottom menus that come up when you right-click anywhere. Those are the only ones I’m currently aware of.

  5. So it seems like my failure to use the metro UI earlier on had something to do with the installation of windows 8. before i’d used the tool microsoft provides to upgrade to windows 8, but then i decided to simply download the iso, burn it to a dvd and run installation from there and now it’s working perfectly.
    So after about 36 hours of using Windows 8, what can I say.
    Windows 8 is really awesome!, both the metro UI and desktop mode. It’s a lot quicker and smoother for starts.
    Even though i have no touch screen, using the metro UI with a mouse is so easy and feels natural. I can’t say the same for the trackpad. That kinda sucks.
    There are still very few metro apps on the store, but that will certainly change very soon.
    The OS is different and yet still feels so familiar. Indeed, the more you get a hang of how to use it, the more you love it! Way to go Microsoft!

  6. I am suddenly seeing a problem: Using the desktop, how do you access programs without a Start button?? The quick and obvious solution is the Windows Explorer. But I don’t like to clutter my desktop with lots of icons, so this could be a major issue for me. Time to go check the blog!

  7. use windows key + f to launch the search file and simply type in the name of the application you want. In my case, I’ve simply pinned all my most used apps to the start screen, and its all too easy now. have you any idea how to go back within an app? we need a back button ASAP

  8. Back out of an app is Win+F4. I don’t know yet about backing within an app. Took me forever to figure out the < - back button on IE under metro was the arrow to the left of the URL bar on the bottom...

  9. Load the Desktop toolbar (right click taskbar, Toolbars) on the desktop. When you click it a menu appears and includes all the non Win8 apps you installed, along with Control Panel, Libraries, Network, Computer, etc. Basically teplaces the old Start menu. Oh, and it is ALT+ F4 to close a Start screen app.

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