Windows 8 - issues resolved?

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Windows 8 you either hate or love it, it's hard to somehow be in between. I've discovered it works great on a media center PC as well as a tablet but it just won't work well on a desktop PC or a Laptop/Notebook where you are using various programs in a multi tasking environment. On a productive system the Metro (I somehow keep calling it Metroid in the video :P ) interface keeps getting in the way.

I found a solution. Read more below.

The sheer fact that Metro isn't a complete GUI with a lot of essential features missing just makes it an incomplete experience. If the Metro GUI had been complete it would have made big difference.

The Windows 8 OS has some benefits over Windows7 and its predecessors as file operations are quicker, USB peripheral recognition is quicker and boot up/shut down times - even on regular old fashioned hard drives - is a lot quicker. I prefer that over Vista and Windows 7 as those OS'es really can go into GURU meditation where the responsiveness to the user is halted and you have no idea what the heck is going on.

A freeware program called the Classic Shell takes away a lot of the Metro-issues I had with Windows 8 and I show it here.

Mind you this was shot on my cell-phone/mobile so the quality is a little shakey and it lacks any of the higher production values I am experimenting with at the moment :P

The software mentioned in this video can be found here:
http://www.classicshell.net

Oh and I also bought a great deal on Steam, all the Sega games for about 35 euros or something like that. Alone for Sega racing it was worth getting that even if I loathe downloadable games. Hey I have a right to be inconsistent! It's the human condition :P
Sadly that deal is not available any longer on Steam. Just got it in the nick of time, when there were about two hours left on it. Thanks MrCustard!

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Bill Loguidice
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I think these shell

I think these shell replacements are good if you're running Windows 8 on a traditional laptop or desktop, but for me, anything with a touchscreen should be used the "right way." It's a psychology thing for me. I don't want to ever reject new technology or a new way of doing things simply because I like the old way better. For me, that's akin to being the old tech guy, and I never want to be that.

Anyway, on my touchscreen ultrabook, I use "ModernMix," (http://www.stardock.com/products/modernmix/index.asp) which gives me the option to window Windows 8 Modern Interface apps, which is as far as I'll go with customization (i.e., I have no interest in turning the Modern Interface off completely). Frankly, I do most things in desktop mode anyway (I'll do more stuff in the Modern Interface over time--it's just not a priority at the moment), so this allows me to do my favorite thing since Windows 7, and that's snaps windows to the left or right so I can multi-task side-by-side. It's great for working in a Word doc on one side of the screen and referencing something on the other side.

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Bill Loguidice
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Wow, that Sonic Hits

Wow, that Sonic Hits Collection on Steam is a tremendous value, Mark! I have Sonic & All-Star Racing on the Wii U, and, as you say, for that game alone, it's worth the asking price on Steam, not to mention all the other games you get.

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Matt Barton
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Have you tried the Towns game

Have you tried the Towns game on Steam yet, Mark? I'm curious to know what you think. I LOVE that game.

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Mark Vergeer
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Not yet
Matt Barton wrote:

Have you tried the Towns game on Steam yet, Mark? I'm curious to know what you think. I LOVE that game.

Not yet but I am going to try that out. The DLC game is supposed to be a hoot as well.

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just acquired it through Steam
Matt Barton wrote:

Have you tried the Towns game on Steam yet, Mark? I'm curious to know what you think. I LOVE that game.

I am as inconsistent as they come. Just acquired the game and it looks great. Will come back to tell you more about my experiences.

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