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Windows 8 is not so great for me.

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    magicalclick

    After officially upgrade to Windows 8, my productivity is dropped a lot. Instead of doing meaningful work, such as my personal project, I ended up playing free games from the app store. =( More life wasted, first the free RPG and then Microsoft Mahjong, gosh, it is not even real Chinese Mahjong.

    Leaving WM on 5/2018 if no apps, no dedicated billboards where I drive, no Store name.
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    Dr Herbie

    @magicalclick: Do NOT install Wordament or you may never leave the house again!  It's way too addictive.

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    Craig_​Matthews

    Is Microsoft ever going to fix this bug that's been around since XP? (Clue: those network drives work fine)

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    magicalclick

    @Dr Herbie:

    I have it in my phone, but, I dislike word games because  I sux at it, even if it is on my own native Chinese language. Tongue Out That's why I am a programmer, I create my own words.

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    lensman

    @Craig_Matthews:what bug?  If you mean the disconnected drives, that is as planned. Why should you maintain a connection to a remote server while not actually using it?  That would tie up resources both on your system and the remote system.

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    JoshRoss

    @lensman: Maybe someone could make the disconnect drives look less critical. Perhaps, they should just be greyed-out.

    I see this all the time. I just figured that I had misconfigured DFS, it doesn't seem to do anything bad, besides irritate end users.

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    Craig_​Matthews

    , lensman wrote

    @Craig_Matthews:what bug?  If you mean the disconnected drives, that is as planned. Why should you maintain a connection to a remote server while not actually using it?  That would tie up resources both on your system and the remote system.

    It's not supposed to happen until the mapping hasn't been used for 15 minutes. And even then, the descriptive label admins put on the mapped drive is replaced with "Disconnected network drive". Then the users call up asking why they can't use a file -> save button on a document they opened because they're getting an error -- until after they've opened my computer, double clicked the drive letter, then closed it, then gone back to their application and hit save again. Additionally, for something by design, it's not very consistent since 100 other users on the network might well never see this, despite the  /autodisconnect switch having never been configured.anywhere, and thus they should all timeout after 15 minutes. 

    Yes, it's by design that the drives are "disconnected." The design, however, doesn't work the way it's designed.

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    Harlequin

    I see that drive issue when I hop onto a VPN. After a while my network drives are disconnected, and VS disconnects from TFS.

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    Bas

    I wasted almost an entire day due to Jetpack Joyride. What the hell is wrong with me?

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    Dan

    I actually love the new Minesweeper. Looking forward to the Minesweeper adventures

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    TexasToast

    Well it is time to admit to my surprise I was wrong and that I DO  like Windows 8 on my Desktop.  

     I did not think I would like it considering I have dual monitors and no touch screen.   I thought using the desktop would be a pain but it turns out it is just fine.   I do use the windows key all the time now but that's easy to get use to. 

    It took several tries to get it to upgrade but it finally went through.   Having dual monitors with Nvidia drivers screws up the upgrade install.  You have to unplug 1 monitor and task kill the NVidia drivers.  

    It is not just for the tablet PC.   Nice job Sinofsky and group!

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    Craig_​Matthews

    I installed Start8 to get the start menu back. I still have my right-hand side Windows key bring up the tiled start screen. The only reason I wanted the old start menu anyway is so I could search from the desktop while looking at the things on my desktop. So, with Start 8, my desktop workflow hasn't really changed at all, I can search with one key and not leave the desktop, and I can get to the "Metro" start with the right winkey anyway - so I can use that as a "dashboard". 

    Other than that, it is at least as reliable as Windows 7, and apparently faster (for the most part) as far as I can tell.

    I really wish I still had the Aero theme though. I think all the glass looked nice. 

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    magicalclick

    @TexasToast:

    I have no problem with my GTX650 dual monitor.

    Yeah, the start menu is not too bad. Still irritated about my crappy My Computer Shortcut and forced to pin [my name] folder in the folder jumplist instead of unhide on the desktop. And have to pin Control Panel to my taskbar.

    Best thing about win8 is the ability to install random free games without any regard to its quality/security/etc. Big Smile

    Hope taskbar can be updated to launch Metro App and visible and without losing visibility. Yes, I don't use Alt+Tab and I dislike to auto-hide my taskbar.

     

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