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I first found out at the beginning of last year that there was going to be a Windows 8,and that Microsoft had finished making Windows 8.And I read about and saw a preview of what Windows 8 was going to be like,and I knew right away that I did not like it.

To tell you the truth, when I first saw the preview of what Windows 8 looked like and what it was going to be,I had the shock of my life.

Windows 8 has NO START MENU,oh my God. And instead of the normal Windows Desktop that is in all the other versions of Windows from Windows 95 to Windows 7,that has been replaced by tiles known as the Metro theme. And as a result from what I read on the web and saw in other videos,most people,even computer geeks are finding it almost impossible to use. And Microsoft has no plans to make Windows 8 with a normal desktop and start menu,like Windows 7 has.

In England you can no longer buy Windows XP and Windows Vista computers and laptops,because they have stopped making and selling them. You can now only buy Windows 7. And it is often the case that when Microsoft brings out a new version of Windows that computer makers and shops stop selling the old version.

And I don't know what I will do if they stop selling Windows 7, and then if my computer wears out I will be forced to buy Windows 8. As I have limited experience with computers. I stopped using Linux a year ago because I don't know how to use it. And I found Linux hard and difficult to use and I could not use it, that is why I stay with Windows. Also many brands of Linux do not have a start menu or desktop,Ubuntu for example does not. And so I could not even find the settings on most brands of Linux. Another reason why I could not use Linux, as well as many other problems with Linux.

Now they have made this Windows 8, that does not look like Windows at all, and looks like Mac or Linux. And it is as ugly as hell,the Metro theme is. I have never installed Windows 8, even though there is now the developers preview that you can install. But I have read and seen videos on the web of other people who have installed Windows 8.And each person who has tried it has found Windows 8 almost impossible or impossible to use.So if the most experienced computer geeks cannot use Windows 8.Then I know for sure that I won't be able to use it, and other ordinary computer users won't be able use it either.

The biggest problem with Windows 8 is the Metro theme and other things,the fact that it is based on an I Pad.And I don't even know what an I pad is,let alone how to use one.

I got my first home computer,a Windows 7 netbook in April 2010. Before that I was using Internet cafes.Where I learned how to use a computer from the person sitting next to me,who showed me how to use a computer.Before that I did not even know how to use a mouse, but thanks to this person,I learned how to use a computer. Although my typing is not good,I type with two fingers,that is two finger typing, and looking at the keyboard.So it would not pass an office.

And of course in the Internet cafes they have Windows XP,but when I got my first laptop it had Windows 7.But because Windows 7 has a start menu,taskbar and normal Windows desktop. Just like Windows XP and Windows 2000 does,except that Windows 7 has the transparent Aero theme,I am able to use Windows 7 just like I use Windows XP.And I was able to use Windows 7 without any problems.

And any Windows XP user who has upgraded to Windows 7 can use Windows 7,because it has a start menu and normal Windows desktop. And if you don't like the Aero theme which is only the look,you can set your theme to Windows Classic. Windows Classic theme setting makes it looks like Windows 2000,but from here you can change the start menu,taskbar and desktop color to any color you choose using the color picker.

And Windows Classic theme setting also turns off the Aero theme.

The Aero theme is the transparent theme or transparency you get if you set Windows 7 to Aero or Windows 7 Basic theme setting.

Windows Vista also has the Aero theme and Windows Classic Theme like Windows 7 does. Some people find Windows Vista slower than Windows 7 but at least with Windows Vista,you have got a start menu,taskbar and normal desktop. And you have also got a start menu,taskbar and normal desktop with Windows XP,Windows 7 and all other versions of Windows,Windows 2000,Windows 98 and 95.

But you DON'T have a start menu or normal Windows desktop on Windows 8,that's the problem. And it is a big problem for other Windows users and Windows users like me who have limited experience with computers. And the start menu,taskbar and Windows desktop is whole thing and the only thing Windows users know and understand.

Not this horrible ugly Metro theme that is Windows 8, and is impossible to figure out how to use. On the appearance side Windows 8 is the most horrible thing I have ever seen. And the whole operating system with the Metro theme is impossible to use. And I don't think I could figure out how to use it.

Now I have 4 Windows 7 netbooks,each with different versions of Windows 7, and 2 Windows XP netbooks. I bought my Windows XP netbooks last year and I enjoy using both Windows 7 and Windows XP.They are both perfect in every way.

Windows Vista I am not sure about,there is a question mark over that. As I had a second hand Windows Vista laptop that did not work properly and the laptop broke.But you cannot judge Windows Vista based on one bad experience with a faulty laptop. And Windows Vista may be faster on a newer and more modern laptop. But at least Windows Vista has a normal Windows start menu,and desktop.Windows 8 does not.

And any Windows XP user who has upgraded to Windows 7 will feel right at home. Windows 7 will run most Windows XP software,Windows Live Essentials for Windows XP,Web browsers and media players for Windows XP. And not only that, it will also run all of the Windows Vista software as well.As well as web browsers and software made for Windows 2000 and earlier versions of well as all of the latest software of course. I don't think that you could run all of your Windows 2000,Windows XP,Windows Vista or even your Windows 7 software on Windows 8. In fact you probably cannot run Windows 8 at all the way that it is.The system they have with the Metro theme.

And also most people have spent money on new Windows 7 computer or laptops and have only just upgraded to Windows 7 and gotten used to it. They don't want to go on another operating system that is not even like Windows and that they cannot figure out how to use.

I think it is disgusting that Microsoft have created this Windows 8 and made it like Mac or Linux.And removed all of the Windows features and replaced it with this Metro theme and as a result created an operating system that most people including myself cannot figure out how to use. And from what i have seen on the videos does not work anyway. And as you know when they make a new version of Windows they stop selling the old version.

If they start selling Windows 8 and making and selling Windows 8 computers and laptops.And they stop selling Windows 7 and we are forced to buy Windows 8 all Windows users including me are going to be in trouble,big trouble. Because I and most people don't know how to install operating systems. And from what I hear anyway Windows 8 may have a secure boot system that blocks the installation of other operating systems,like Linux and maybe other versions of Windows. So we won't even be able to install Windows 7 or Windows XP over Windows 8 on a Windows 8 computer.

So if Windows 8 does go out and so when our laptops wear out we are forced to buy Windows 8.We all will be stuck with it and the shop keepers are not going to care if you go home with a laptop with an operating system that you cannot figure out how to use.They just want to sell you something.It won't be the shop keepers that have to live with Windows 8, we will. But of course we cannot because of the way it is.

I have never installed Windows 8.If I did I would probably wreck my computer.

People should get together and have street marches and street protests against Windows 8 and protest to keep Windows 7 alive forever. And bring back all of the other versions of Windows,Windows XP,Windows 2000,while they are at it. I think we should write to our President or Prime Minister so that governments can ban Windows 8. As if they get rid of Windows 7 and replace it with this Windows 8.Most people including me,will have to give up using a computer.

And why would you want to give up Windows 7 for Windows 8 anyway? Windows 7 has everything we want. Some people have suggested that if they must make a Windows 8 they should make one with a normal Windows 7 start menu and desktop and NO Metro theme. But it seems that Microsoft are not going to do that.

So here is how to avoid being stuck with the dreaded Windows 8. Now,stock up on Windows 7 laptops. Now buy as many Windows 7 and Windows XP laptops as you can while you can still buy them. Buy 10 or 20 Windows 7 or Windows XP laptops and put them away somewhere safe in a cupboard.Then when your computers you are using now wear out. You will have enough Windows 7 laptops to stay on Windows 7 for the next 10 or 20 years or longer. Then you will never be in a situation where you are forced to buy Windows 8 or get stuck with Windows 8 in the future. Andrea Borman.

If you're going to upgrade to Windows 8, you shouldn't wait
This one is a bit timelier than most of my previous Windows 8 tips, and it’s likewise very straightforward. If you’re planning to upgrade an existing PC to Windows 8, you need to do so soon in order to save a ton of money. And that’s true whether you wish to buy a retail upgrade or do so electronically.
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If you were planning to upgrade your Windows 7 PC to Windows 8, you might want to do it ASAP. Because Microsoft is about to hike prices.

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I have reserved a great deal of time not passing judgement on Windows 8, but so far I am not as enthused as, perhaps, I should be. This is not to say that I have given up on Windows 8, but for me, the Consumer Preview just isn't doing it. The main problem, of course, for me, and I suspect many others, is not so much the lack of Start Orb, but the Metro UI itself. Please allow me to explain:

Is Windows 8 a service, a product, or both?

I have discussed this quite entangling issue to some length with others in confidence, and have found myself to be disappointed with Metro UI. Some concerns that I see myself and others having is the Metro UI as a service platform for Windows Live. It is clear to me that this is likely the reason that Metro UI has been embedded into the operating system. While its usability is no doubt optimized for touch screens and next generation human interface devices, I find myself frustrated with the pre-installed applications in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. In fact, I find myself quite annoyed, and in some cases, startled by what happens when you link your Windows Live ID to Microsoft Windows 8.

In Microsoft Windows 98 SE, upon launching Internet Explorer 5, one of the first screens a user saw was:

"Welcome to MSN Internet Access"
"Get fast, reliable Internet access and e-mail from Microsoft."

During that time, it was uncommon for someone to be on a LAN (local area network) using a router. A LAN would actually have to be manually set up, and so Microsoft attempted to use MSN as an Internet Service Provider to give you dial-up access to the Internet using a dial-up modem.

However, this terminology is telling to me. The issues with Active Desktop from the Windows 9x series of operating systems have not been lost on me. In this context, I am mindful of the fact that Microsoft has attempted to control the desktop, and did make an early bid to control and monetize on the Internet, from its early ages. This is not so much condemnation of Microsoft as it is a realization that Microsoft is a business: just like Google and Facebook.

But what was once seen as a massive attempt to take over the Internet by a corporation that controls the majority of the operating system market, now seems to be getting a welcome reception with bells and whistles from a new generation, corporations, media, and people planning on selling books off their review sites. Indeed, even Paul Thurrott threw me for a loop in one of his more recent reviews, when he concluded something like (paraphrase) "More soon... I have a book to write! (Windows 8 Secrets)".

I have always admired Paul, and his contributions with reviews and early access to Microsoft software. In fact, I have nothing against the guy. But it is true. He has a book to write. About all of the secrets of Windows 8. Much of that review was spent explaining what certain features do. And why they actually may be relevant. To me, this was a sharp departure from highlighting some of the improvements that could be found in the OS or talking about faster benchmarks and better ease of use. What I saw was a middle-of-the-road exploration of features that are so difficult to interpret or understand, even though they are deeply embedded into the operating system, that he has to go around telling you what they are for.

Most of the benchmarks performed on the CP show that there is a small performance blow in comparison to Windows 7, thus far. The system does not run any faster, but boot times have been expedited by code optimization. We have seen this before, with other Windows releases besides Windows 7. One major drag on the operating system seems to be battery usage. The results seem to be inconclusive in this realm, with one site showing better returns, and another site showing massive battery consumption compared to Windows 7. Even though memory deduplication is supposed to improve battery life, benchmarks show either less battery utilization, or much more.

Better Battery Life:
Hands on with Windows 8 CP: Battery life test | ITworld

Less Battery Life:
Windows 8 Consumer Preview: A Quick Look at Battery Life (Updated) | Your source for downloading popular benchmarks

Then there is the whole idea of interest in this OS:

windows 8 cp vs 7 vs xpsp3 benchmarks? - Neowin Forums

Huh? What is going on here? Where is the main interest in the system that we saw with the likes of Windows 7 and even Windows Vista? Windows Vista was a major flop for Microsoft, and it was released years after Windows XP. Still, it offered robust security, and was a step in the right direction for many of us. This is because Windows XP was released in October 2001, and something had to go in the right direction after so much time. Now, with Windows 7 only a couple years old, one is left to ask whether they even need a new operating system. With five years of time between Windows XP and Windows Vista, we still saw big manufacturers like Dell and HP offering downgrades to Windows XP - which many businesses took to save money, at their own peril. But Windows 7 offered something its predecessor, Windows Vista, could not offer. And that was performance on par with Windows XP, a much more slick look, and virtualization technology that would allow anyone with a fairly decent computer system to run, not just a legacy Windows XP application, but the entire Windows XP operating system, in a virtual machine inside Windows 7.

My first point was about Windows 8 as a service, and that is where I also run into some difficulty swallowing the results. Windows 8, when connected with a Windows Live account, seems to want to download your life from Facebook. The "People" Metro application runs a Facebook-based application that, with your consent, downloads all of your information from Facebook and syndicates it to your Windows Live page and Windows Live Messenger. It then uses that information to help you find your "people", by literally just taking all of the data off of your Facebook account. Then, your Windows Live status page becomes something of a Facebook clone. You can find even more people by performing the same task on LinkedIn, and presumably, in the future, all other services, perhaps maybe Google. But what if they let you link Google as well? Then, you can just access everything from "People", which is your Windows Live Messenger status page. What incentive do those other sites have to continue to develop their own social networking sites?

Next up was the product placement in Metro UI applications. When going to video, I found advertisements for popular television shows like The Walking Dead on AMC. It appears that you will eventually be able to purchase video content from this store, and watch videos on your computer. Where will this content come from? Microsoft, of course. This would not be a problem for me, if other services did not exist, like Netflix, for this very purpose. Then, going to Music doesn't show any advertisements just yet - but it does show a blank user library, where you can't add any music to it unless you go into the Desktop any way. Chances are this will be changed, but that doesn't discount the fact that over a decade of software development went into Windows Media Player, which has taken almost a dozen versions for any serious audiophile to even remotely take into consideration. Most will still jump over to iTunes, Winamp, and foobar. Does the Music app interact in some way with Windows Media Player? Is Windows Media Player being phased out? Is Microsoft going to offer its own music service now? We are left to try to figure this out.

You may be wondering where this is going. For me, any way, controlling the presentation means controlling the content. I am very pleased that services have been created like Steam for games and Spotify for music. With these programs, you are able to purchase music as a service. You are also able to purchase and download the full version of games. This software is fantastic, has its own interface, and offers remarkable service when you create an account. You are free to buy stuff, or never do that at all. You can take advantage of social networking within these services. But the great thing about these programs, in my opinion, has always been that you can install and uninstall them at your leisure. Thus, I ask the question, why can't Metro UI itself, just be an icon on the desktop, and a component of Windows that can be removed at any time? After testing the Windows Live features in the built-in Microsoft apps, I am left to make a conclusion I don't really want to make. That conclusion is that because Microsoft could not market social networking to the masses on par with Facebook or Google+, and because the company could not market their operating system to phones and tablets, they have decided to use forced obsolescence to make sure that everyone on the entire planet that buys a PC desktop or laptop computer, besides Linux users, will be forced to interact with their online services like Windows Live and Bing.

When I use the term forced obsolescence, I specifically state that Windows 8 is being designed to make Windows 7 obsolete - eventually. While the touch screen features are great, they seem to be an excuse for giving us a brand new version of Active Desktop. However, this time, everyone actually uses the Internet, and bandwidth/connection speed/throughput is no longer a major concern.

I am left to imagine an Internet where everyone who used a Microsoft Windows computer signed up for MSN Internet Access in Windows 98 and never bought a router. What if everyone in the world was OK with Microsoft placing advertisements for their own or preferred online services in all of their applications years ago? Well, you'd never have Facebook, Google, Yahoo, or a number of other companies. Everyone would be using MSN Search (Bing), Windows Live, Windows Live Messenger, and Windows Live Mail (Hotmail). I am reminded of America Online.

I have never really minded that Microsoft sells their online services to the world. Windows Live has always been something I considered a decent alternative to Google. However, I do have a problem with the operating system that I use also being designed directly to connect to a slew of services I do not use, and likely never will. This includes everything I listed above about Windows Live. This integration of applications that are dependent on Windows Live is a sharp contrast from Windows 7, and I, at least right now, would have major privacy issues divulging all of my Facebook information, online information, and handing it over to Windows Live. I like the fact that I can use multiple social networks, and that I have options. I use Windows Live for a variety of reasons, but I would never want it to be the only option on my phone. much less my desktop. I would want to be able to uninstall software applications associated with Live.

Because Microsoft controls the operating system market, they have decided to expand their business and compete in other areas. This includes gaming consoles, phones, and tablets. I have never taken issue with this, but I do take issue when these services are being bundled and forced down my throat in an OS release. I am reminded of how, on nearly every operating system installation I performed for years, I would have to be sure to remove the "Online Services" section from Microsoft Windows. These "Online Services" included America Online, AT&T WorldNet, CompuServe, and Prodigy.

Today, the desktop is being phased out. Many Windows 8 Consumer Preview users have found this to be a difficult issue to deal with. They claim they prefer the traditional desktop and Start Menu. I find that to be true, but for different reasons. At the click of a few buttons, in order to use the People app in Windows, Microsoft downloaded nearly the entire contents of my online Facebook account. They downloaded my data from LinkedIn. And they turned it into a Windows Live service. When I go to the Videos app, they're trying to sell me movies and TV shows when I already have Netflix. When I go to the desktop, I'm led to believe that the entire concept is a legacy feature. When I want to access a web browser, I don't want it to take up my entire screen and use 20% of my entire monitor to show me what my browser URL is. What happens when I actually need to do some real work? What happens when I need to bypass all of this junk?

For me, it will probably be easy. I have worked in IT and trained myself on how to get around almost anything. I have learned, over the years, what services are not essential on a Windows desktop, and how to install, manage, and maintain all kinds of different services. But for a person who is basic to intermediary with computers, they will never get passed Metro. They will have their content presented to them in a way Microsoft can control. And instead of the Internet being divided up into different areas operated by different corporations and public interest groups, it becomes very clear to me that Microsoft will showcase a heavy hand in controlling all online content, including multimedia, browsing, search, and social networking. Whereas before people didn't use their services because Google or Facebook may have had an edge, tomorrow people will be led to believe that this is much easier. With no off switch, Metro UI becomes a platform for delivering "online services" as part of the computing experience itself. And in so far that Microsoft could not put a dent in the multi-billion dollar online advertising network run by Google, or take advantage of the benefits of data mining that Facebook has had with their one billion users, they will now use their operating system platform to scoop up hundreds of millions, if not billions of new Windows Live members. To me, this matters.

While I have never had an issue with Google managing my e-mails and search, they also don't control the presentation of all the apps on my desktop. And while I may rely on their online services, I would never purchase an operating system released by them for just that reason. And that brings me back to Metro UI, and the reason why, at least right now, I can't tolerate it.

Here will be my test: If Windows 8 is even significantly slower or more resource intensive than Microsoft Windows 7, I will likely have no reason to upgrade. With a big magnifying glass being placed on my online presence through the integration of Windows Live into my operating system, I won't want to. If my computer boots a few seconds faster with Windows 8, I'll still breathe a sigh of relief that someone isn't trying to sell me zombie flicks directly on my desktop with no off switch.

I won't have as many privacy concerns as others will. If people were upset that Microsoft was going overboard with including Internet Explorer with their operating system, they will be infuriated by the massive takeover of the desktop with intrusive data-collecting applications that make up the Windows 8 Metro UI interface on install. While Microsoft was once a software development company that released products, they have now concerned themselves with maintaining a strong and marketable online presence on the web. They want people using their services on every phone, every gaming console, every desktop, every laptop, and every type of device in existence that uses a micro-processor. For me, this is overboard, and not what I'm interested in spending my money on.

I would have liked if Microsoft came out with an option for consumers: Pay a $100 annual subscription for feature improvements to the operating system. That is a service I would have been willing to buy. And under those circumstances, I'm willing to bet I'd be promptly allowed to uninstall Metro UI and delete the shortcut to it off my desktop; something that will never happen once you examine the changes that have been made between the Windows 8 Developer Preview and the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

When discussing the new OS with even some of the most technically minded individuals, a guy who designed a Skype app for Windows Phone before the official one was even announced, I found these types of comments:

"Im going to place a shortcut to shutdown.exe -s on my desktop. Although I have my power button assigned to turn it off too."

If that's not being "Vista'd" I don't know what is. But perhaps here are some other considerations:

If this is the most advanced operating system in the world, is it going to even detect whether or not you have a touch screen monitor, and adjust the situation to compensate?

As one other expert put it, why do you have to do "double-backflips" to shut it down?

If the Windows 8 installation asked if you wanted to install Metro UI, would the majority of desktop users currently say no?

Does the operating system showcase more opportunities to market Microsoft online services than it does actual improvements to productivity, usability, and computing power?

How come the only way to close an app is to hit ALT-F4 or CTRl-ALT-DEL, but the option to download TV shows seems to be fully developed? Is this thing like a hotel room menu or something?

Is this OS release inspired by a spur of new innovation or a desire to compete more directly with iOS, Android, Google, Facebook, and Apple?

Does Windows 8 outperform Windows 7?

I'd love to read your comments.

(These are my opinions and they do not reflect on anyone else here at They are subject to change, of course. Here's hoping Microsoft gets it right.)

Frequently Asked Questions for Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Where do I download and get a license key for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview?

Official US English Page @ Microsoft:

Download Windows 8 Consumer Preview

What is the Windows 8 Consumer Preview?

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview is a beta build of Microsoft Windows 8. The build is 8250 and identifiable as version 6.2 of Microsoft Windows. It is an upgrade to Microsoft Windows 7, and is expected to reach a commercial release during the final months of 2012. This release follows a number of leaked builds since 2011, as well as an official Windows 8 Developer Preview that was released in September 2011.

How can I identify this version?

The build string is 8250.winmain_win8beta.120217-1520
The build lab string for 64-bit is 8250.0.amd64fre.winmain_win8beta.120217-1520

.ISO Verification for Windows 8 Consumer Preview English x64 (64-bit)

Filename: Windows8-ConsumerPreview-64bit-English.iso
Size: 3.33 GB (3,583,707,136 bytes)
CRC32: B88B61A2
MD5: CDA63E335FB9AF5354C63441F5AA5169
SHA-1: 1288519C5035BCAC83CBFA23A33038CCF5522749

English SHA1 hash for x32 (32-bit): E91ED665B01A46F4344C36D9D88C8BF78E9A1B39

Other valid SHA1 hashes for localized languages (64-bit and 32-bit):









To make sure the SHA1 hash is correct for the .ISO image you download, verify using HashCalc or HashTab:

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What are the requirements to run the Windows 8 Consumer Preview?
According to Microsoft, "Windows 8 Consumer Preview works great on the same hardware that powers Windows 7":

Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device or higher

To use touch, you need a tablet or monitor that supports multitouch

To access Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768

To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768

How do I perform a "clean install" of Microsoft Windows (not an upgrade from Windows 7)?

Microsoft is now providing a product key directly from the download the .ISO image file from the link found off that page (previously you had to run the upgrade installer first to get a random key):

Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO formats

Burn the .ISO file to DVD using the official instructions listed on that page.

Universal product key is now listed as DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J for testing.

How do I get a working Start Menu in Windows 8 Consumer Preview?

Unfortunately, this seems to be a looming question, as the traditional Start Menu and Start Orb have been deprecated in favor of the touch screen friendly Metro UI (User Interface). LifeHacker in Australia recommends using a third party app to bring back the Start Menu:

Get The Start Menu Back In Windows 8 | Lifehacker Australia

One of our members, Ted Myers, recommends:

There is also a recommendation from our friends at EightForums shown in the above thread. Feel free to contribute your solutions and thoughts.

Can I use the Windows 8 Consumer Preview forever?

No. There is an expiration date set for January 15, 2013. This is also known in software development terms as a “time bomb”. After this date, the Windows 8 Consumer Preview will cease to function. The only way this will change is if Microsoft extends the preview duration.

Should I run the Windows 8 Consumer Preview in a production environment?

No! If you have any sensitive data that you would risk losing by running beta software, you should not run an unfinished operating system.

Is Windows 8 Consumer Preview “feature complete”?

This is a more difficult question. It does not appear that Windows 8 Consumer Preview is feature complete. When we use terminology to discuss software that is in development, we often use “bugs” and features”. Bugs, of course, being problems and issues with the operating system, and “features” being new stuff added to the operating system that can be used. Because Windows 8 is in a beta stage, many of the core features have likely been added. However, because of the unpredictable and secret nature surrounding the development of Windows 8, new features will likely appear in the final build. Under no circumstances could we assume that the operating system is aesthetically complete, and many features existing in the core operating system are almost definitely to be overhauled before release.

What is the point of running the Windows 8 Consumer Preview?

Running the Consumer Preview allows both yourself and millions of people around the world, to test the next version of Microsoft Windows 8 before it is ready for use in businesses and homes. Windows 8 appears to be a unified platform for personal computers, workstations, smart phones, and touch pads.

Where is the ARM-based version of Windows 8 Consumer Preview?

Windows 8 for ARM processors does not appear to be available for public use at this time. In fact, there is some evidence that it may be released separately from the retail and OEM versions of Windows 8. In all likelihood, the ARM-compatible version of Windows 8 that you will find on smart devices and touch pads will be sent to manufacturers for testing, and not necessarily public consumers. For those of you who do not know, ARM processors now power many miniaturized computing devices like smart phones and certain netbooks. It is different processor architecture.

What is the benefit of unifying Windows 8 and putting it on phones, pads, and other mobile devices?

The most obvious benefit, from a user perspective, is that you would potentially be able to run essentially any Windows-compatible applications on these devices, provided that you had strong enough hardware. This could include DirectX-powered games or software applications like Microsoft Word. This would require a consolidation of architecture or development of applications for both architectures at present time. The other obvious, and major advantage, would be Windows Live integration and a more cloud connected experience. There are likely to be some disadvantages to be discussed.

What happens now that the Windows 8 Consumer Preview is released?

There are several things that could happen between now and the end of the year. Although it currently seems unlikely, it is very possible that Microsoft may elect to publish one or more Release Candidate (RC) versions of the operating system. Release candidates are typically feature complete, and are usually made public for bug squashing and feedback. All sorts of factors could become involved and we do not know if that will happen. If it does not happen, Windows 8 will simply be released-to-manufacturers (RTM) as OEM software, and then retail in public stores once development is finished.

Can I upgrade from the Windows 8 Consumer Preview to the final version of Windows 8?

While it *may* become technically possible to do this, no information technology professional will ever recommend that you do it. It is the same reason that no one really recommends that you upgrade Windows XP to Windows Vista to Windows 7 simply to install Windows 7. It is simply not advisable to even plan on doing this due to the nature in which software is developed. Any remnants left behind from the Consumer Preview would, in theory, at the least, use up unnecessary hard disk space, and at most, create the conditions for failure.

I am having problems with Internet Explorer 10. What do I do?

IE 10 is not done yet. Time to download Google Chrome or Firefox. You can also try to switch out of the Metro UI mode and use Compatibility View, but don't hold a candle waiting for this to work at this stage.

How can I report problems or feedback that I find with Windows 8 Consumer Preview to Microsoft Corporation?

Microsoft will check their official forums for user generated feedback, but hopefully they will check sites like,,, and the hundreds of other high quality websites that make up the larger Windows Community of users, paying customers, and enthusiasts. Microsoft created an entire worldwide industry and network for people to become accredited and certified to manage and use their hardware and software, and that industry responds. Very effectively. If you don't like something about Windows 8, you should probably go let them know now.

You can also use these forums to discuss, sound off, and talk about Windows 8. Just remember that we are not owned or operated by Microsoft Corporation. Our Terms of Service and Usage Guidelines may allow for you to discuss issues more candidly, and one of our main goals is to remain unbiased and allow for free speech. This does not mean that this website is better or worse than the official Microsoft forums, it simply means that we exist as a service that you can use.

I have more questions that have not been answered in this FAQ. Is there an official FAQ somewhere?

Yes. Windows 8 Consumer Preview: frequently asked questions

The official Windows 8 Consumer Preview FAQ will help you with some more specific questions and answers.

Please feel free to contribute to this thread at your leisure.

In a fast paced world, three years after Windows 7, Microsoft’s upcoming successor OS, Windows 8 remains a hard sell. Does that mean it is not worthy of the buzz and hype?

Browse a tech magazine lately? Check out a news site about technology? Chances are, you will read something about Windows 8. Just two weeks ago, Microsoft released the Consumer Preview for Windows 8. It hasn’t even hit store shelves yet, and people are already complaining. This is nothing new in tech circles: Everyone is resistant to change. Sometimes, that resistance to change can be helpful, and even good feedback for developers. Other times, it can result in a shouting match that just remains unwinnable. But like many things, thinking in absolutes is often deconstructive, and seldom objective. Business men and women will judge Windows 8 with business acumen; savoring each bit of financial data and sales indicators to prove a point about the new system. Decision-makers in IT circles will look at security and reliability before weighing in with a more structured cost-benefit analysis that deals in infrastructure. Home users are likely to place more value on aesthetics, performance, and ease-of-use as major factors in the upgrade model.

It is the middle of the month: March 15, 2012 to be precise. It is hard to believe that already three years have gone by since the release of Windows 7. Many IT business people, including server administrators, are just starting to become acclimated with the Windows 7 client environment, its off-shoot productivity software, and the Windows Server 2008 family of products, including Windows Server 2008 R2. In one worldview, short and steady wins the race. While more tech savvy companies clearly saw the benefit of migrating quickly upon release, many SMBs, mid-range companies, and home users remain in a Windows XP limbo – either due to the economic mess that most of the world is dealing with, budgetary constraints, or simply a lack of knowledge about how to port all of their important data over to a Windows 7-based network. But as time has gone on, these groups are a minority, for as much as is known. While much of the third world may still be using Windows XP, and even older systems, it is difficult for that data to be chomped up and read by skeptics and true-believers. In agrarian, rural, and largely undeveloped lands, Internet access still remains a commodity that is seldom traded, and where mobile phone companies continue to make inroads.

Back here in the west, the difference is noticeable in how a company conducts its business, especially when you walk into one running Windows XP and Server 2003. It is not uncommon to see pending Windows Updates on every workstation, versus an up-to-date Windows 7 network. If the IT tasks are outsourced, how that time is spent, and for what purpose, will likely face scrutiny and prioritization. For instance, the administration of an important database may take precedence over the application of client operating system updates. Many system administrators may simply ignore, or be unaware of, the capability of domain controllers and file servers to push out updates across the internal network using WSUS. In many offices, however, you will be likely to find a hybrid network. With a lack of EOL policy and strategy, many businesses end up with certain departments stuck between Windows XP and Windows 7, and that difference takes place when they purchase new hardware – not due to a timetable, but out of necessity. A hybrid network of these systems is not exactly the best medicine for either a business or group of home users who rely on their Windows computer systems day-to-day activities, but it may be better than nothing.

A Trip to Seattle: Home to 90’s Alternative Music, Starbucks Coffee, and Microsoft
On April 1, 2011, I received the Microsoft MVP award for Windows Expert – Consumer. It was a real treat to know that Microsoft had recognized my contributions in the form of setting up forum websites and participating in them. I was certainly very thankful for the award, and presumably happy to know that I could continue to do what I do best, as that is why I received it. I wasn’t the first to be recognized by Microsoft for my contributions to my own website: Ross Cameron (handle: kemical) became one of our first Microsoft MVP’s. One of our former members, Greg (handle: cybercore), had contributed thousands of helpful posts on and was nominated. As time went by, we were fortunate enough to see other MVP’s join our website, including Shyam (handle: Captain Jack), Pat Cooke (handle: patcooke), Bill Bright (handle: Digerati), and Ken Johnston (handle: zigzag3143). These people are experts in their field and genuinely reflect an attitude of altruism towards people. Such traits are hard to find, especially over the Internet, and in a field that is driven by individual competitiveness that forces group cohesion as a necessity. I started communicating with one MVP as a result of a disagreement, but have since gained an enormous amount of respect for her: Corrine Chorney, the owner of SecurityGarden. When I made a video that contained an error or two, about ESET Smart Security, I was suddenly contacted by a fellow MVP: Aryeh Goretsky. These types of people live and breathe technology, and thus, even having a brief e-mail exchange can be a breath of fresh air. It becomes recognizable and clear to me that Microsoft’s selection process and choices for those who receive this award is hardly based on pure number crunching, but on gauging a person’s enthusiasm and demonstrated expertise in a field. Understanding how that translates to a much broader audience is compelling. To me, this is a good thing, as it shows that even one of the world’s most successful corporations, in this case Microsoft, perhaps in one of the few acts of selflessness that one could expect from a multi-national corporation, finds customers who have made a mark in information technology and celebrates that. I become hopeful that they recognize the countless others who make contributions on a day-to-day basis. With half a dozen certifications under my belt, and nearly a decade and a half of experience, I am but one person. And for every Microsoft MVP I have met, their dialogue always translated into real energy and enthusiasm. How many countless others have not received an award, or merit, for helping someone “fix their box”? I suspect that number is in the millions. This in no way belittles the award, because to me, such an award really is about helping others.

Often times helping others is giving someone your opinion: even if your opinion runs contrary to running a system consisting purely of Microsoft software. One example is Windows Live: I have a fundamental disagreement about how I chose to use Windows Live, and whether or not I want Windows Live Services embedded into my operating system experience: something that home users with Microsoft-connected accounts will notice almost immediately upon starting the OS. I do not, in any way, undervalue the development of these services, or their potential market value to consumers. I simply have a difference of opinion. And this should no way diminish someone’s ability to receive an award. I am not an employee or pitch man for Microsoft products, but someone who conveys his own thoughts and expertise in that area. To me, the award would have little value if I was expected to tout the benefits of using Microsoft Security Essentials over a paid anti-malware suite. I think that even the developers of the software themselves would take exception to misinformation. And to Microsoft’s credit, they have asked me nothing of the sort. To me, that is a fundamental sign of an award that encourages community participation and expertise in a given area of technology, from a company that is now expected to set standards on the world stage.

Not everyone made it to this summit: For many of them Redmond, WA is far, far away. For me, living in New York, that also rings true. But it sure are the people who make it worthwhile – even when you’ve never met them in person, the way they behave and conduct themselves, towards you, speaks volumes. And so I’ve learned a lot from every Microsoft MVP that I have met – both online and off; in a five minute conversation, or a fifteen hundred word e-mail.

During the Microsoft MVP Global Summit in the Seattle-Bellevue-Redmond area, I had the opportunity to meet some of the most interesting and eclectic groups of people in information technology that I’ve encountered in years. Truly, the revolution taking place around technology in Seattle, and its famous campus grounds located at 1 Microsoft Way in Redmond, is in no way limited to laboratories that are seldom, if ever, open to the public. Quite to the contrary, acclimating with Microsoft’s extensive community of worldwide supporters and individual contributors doesn’t just result in hearing success story after success story (although that is fun too). Of the thousands of people invited to the event, from all over the world, including Japan, Asia, Indochina, North America, Brazil, and the world at large, I found myself welcomed by a remarkable group of individuals. These men and women were of no traditional demographic one would think of – in fact quite the opposite was at hand. At 29 years old, I met kids younger and more successful than myself, who had generated their own start-up firms. I also met much older men and women, who witnessed the transformative nature of technology and got involved, one way or the other. These men and women came from all walks of life, but I am reminded, in particular, of a few of them I met who had a real impact on me. As someone who had come so far to be a part of this event, I did feel uneasy knowing that I was there alone. The individuals I met at the summit were polite, courteous, helpful, and informative. It was not difficult to see why they are considered experts in their field.

Whether the issue for them was something simple, like MP3 players like Zune, the Xbox, MS SQL, or the Microsoft Windows family of client and server products, this entire network of community supporters really outlined why Microsoft continues to have far-reaching success around the world. The level of enthusiasm for their technologies is clear, concise, and breaks down the traditional barriers of race, color, nationality, and gender inequality.

At that summit, I was witnessing not just what technology would be capable of doing in the future, but as a first timer, I got to see with my own eyes what it had done for just about every participant I was able to strike up a conversation with. Having been severely jet-lagged and exhausted from my trip, I travelled all the way from New York City to Seattle-Tacoma airport in a few hours. Having travelled, for the first time, outside of my own time zone, suspended at 38,000 feet in the air, I found myself dizzy, drowsy, and often times downright sick once I got off the airplane. It was something really unfamiliar to me, but in a way, strange thoughts began to fill my head. I realized that in Seattle, it nearly almost always rains once per day. There is certainly less sunlight there than in New York. Perhaps this lack of sunlight had inadvertently made people more likely to turn on a computer and create some kind of innovative programming. It was a silly thought, but staring at the horizon in the distance, I could not help but think about Mount Rainier, Lake Washington, and the land I was now interconnected with. In many cases a landmark home to science fiction, Seattle’s own Space Needle is a national treasure. A marvel of all aerodynamic ingenuity west of the Mississippi River valley, the Space Needle is essentially a giant UFO-shaped tower that is capable of housing restaurants, sight-seeing tours, and shines a giant beam of light that was part of the original design, but was only recently added.

Perhaps, I thought to myself, this is how the term “cloud computing” had caught on. With a lack of major sunlight ever permeating this area, to my knowledge, and with rain and humidity always on the horizon in a constant lake effect, it suddenly made sense to me how the area had become famous for its murky alternative rock grunge music in the 1990’s, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, the evangelical computer programmers, and a number of activities, like concerts and music performances, that are usually held in-doors! In a way, it all made sense to me now, and I spent a great majority of my time taking in the sights, sounds, and hospitality of an entirely different area of the country. The most populous city in the northern United States is also home and origin to Starbucks. It all began to make sense to me that it would be here, more than anywhere else in the USA, that they would need fresh coffee beans from Jamaica available at a moment’s notice. And as humorous and sophomoric as that may read, I still think there is some truth to this.

This summit was my first experience with my Microsoft MVP award for Windows IT Expert – Consumer on the road. It was certainly a bumpy ride, and I did not take advantage of all of the event activities I could have. Windows product group experts and Microsoft employees were available, nearly from the break of dawn to the dark hours of night, to provide on and off-campus sessions to enthusiastic individuals. Looking back, the path was worthwhile. While most of the people I met had embedded themselves in this event for many years, I was certainly a newcomer. Determined to act the part, I tried my best to overcome the massive jetlag I had encountered, and vowed to myself to never eat sushi after getting off of a six hour flight again. Who could not be anxious when arriving in such a foreign place compared to the east coast of the USA? I have certainly flown and driven up and down that area most of my life, visiting nearly all of the north and south, but I had no idea what to expect near Redmond. An acquaintance of mine from Los Angeles was able to help me deal with the insomnia and time difference that comes with this type of travel, and she probably helped me in a way that she still doesn’t know – all from a few text messages. I am constantly reminded that technology itself has made us all interconnected, no matter where we are. At the Microsoft MVP Global Summit, what I did find were individuals, many of whom who had a certain selflessness about them, and a desire, above all things, to learn more, experience more, and help even more.

Upon immediately striking up a conversation with anyone at the event, it was absolutely easy to see how these men and women achieved recognition of excellence from Microsoft. While many young people who attended the event had created innovative ways to help others by setting up websites or studying the inner-workings of the Microsoft entertainment platform, others had been part of the commercial information technology circles and big businesses that have changed the environment of the Internet. I even caught a glimpse of two individuals who appeared to be working for a former web host that one of my websites was hosted on. These businesses, powered by ingenious individuals, have swept the Internet. And while many people appeared to be there as part of a corporately backed package, it was clear to me that most others had made a name for themselves by creating their own platform for innovation and success. Most important, and pronounced to me, was that each and every person there reached that point through acts of selflessness -- for helping others. In each and every instance, you could go around the area and know that you were surrounded by people who could speak your language: whether that be ASPX, XML, C, PHP, JavaScript, or BBCode. While a person there from Asia may not have had any comprehension of what I was talking about if he did not speak English, if I showed him Process Monitor in Windows, I could probably communicate with him on some technical level.

To contrast that, I came home to an environment back in New York where the Windows 8 Consumer Preview had just been released. It was no surprise to me that Windows 8 had been getting some slag for replacing the Windows Start Orb and Start Menu with the Metro User Interface (Metro UI). Windows 8 still has some major feature improvements going for it. This early in the game, there is no question that many of these features have likely gone undocumented, exist under-the-hood, or simply have not reached a stage in development that was acceptable for the Consumer Preview. First, it is important to note that the Consumer Preview is as much of a beta release for public testing as it is a marketing tool for Microsoft. When we examine how this has been released to the public, it is not hard for me to conclude that it is also a way to gauge public reaction to the first serious and inherent differences to the way the Microsoft Windows GUI has been presented – ever. Other operating system releases have taken the idea of the Start Menu and added search capabilities and refined a core concept. Slowly, but surely, we see an improvement that has occurred over time, with the look and feel of Windows remaining consistent over the ages.

The Consumer Preview Was Released To Test Your Reaction; Not Just The OS

In fact, this is a public release of Microsoft Windows to appear in limelight, in what is essentially a beta (and presumably near release candidate stage), with some features either completely omitted or broken. But not all is lost for Windows 8. There are some under-the-hood changes that show promise. I am not a Windows developer or programmer (most of my tinkering involves Linux, C, HTML, PHP, and JavaScript), but I can start to appreciate the level of changes that are being made on a core level as I get more time to become acquainted with this system and allow various whitepapers and documents to enter my lexicon.

Those looking to upgrade, or who will receive the upgrade already as part of a plan, like Microsoft VLK Software Assurance, will reap some benefits by making the upgrade to Windows 8. Businesses that have been around long enough will be familiar with creating and following a comprehensive End of Life (EOL) cycle plan. Such plans are usually coordinated between an enterprise administrative team that manages the day-to-day changes of internal certificate authorities, domain controllers, and mail servers. This group usually (and hopefully) has the training and forethought necessary to look at the official Microsoft release timetable, as well as the support for commonly used hardware and software. Assessments can be made to better understand how, where, when, and why this software and hardware is deployed, and under what conditions it is upgraded or phased out entirely. Not only does this level of planning bring clarity to what could otherwise become a source of enormous administrative overhead, but it also helps to mitigate the risk associated with allowing systems to continue running under-the-radar and without proper security auditing. Under such a scenario, businesses may choose to have their internal IT department perform network-wide audits of all systems. It is an affordable alternative to bringing in an outside specialist, and comparisons with Microsoft’s official support timetable can help make the transition to new hardware and software – as well as what comes with that -- such as training and significant infrastructure investment -- a more conceivable possibility.

Home users can depend on a much more simple approach, and that is to monitor requirements needed for tasks like school, work, and entertainment, while keeping up-to-date with Microsoft’s in-band and out-of-band security patches. As mentioned previously, Microsoft already publishes a roadmap to indicate when mainstream support, and even updates, will be terminated for their operating systems. Combining all of these ideas together, it is not unreasonable to come to a conclusion that one can continue using Windows 7 for a few more years without much difficulty. When the time comes, an upgrade will be made easy, as the large system manufacturers and independent system builders will, no doubt, bundle OEM copies of the system after RTM (“release-to-manufacturer”). On the side, one could begin to upgrade a small office or a home network with new computers when the need arises, in order to take advantage of the new feature set that is sure to be setting a precedent going forward.

Very large enterprise networks usually already make use of proprietary, custom software and hardware. Those businesses can begin the transition planning in phases, and will have access to fully licensed Microsoft support personnel who work in the corporate sales division of the company. Those resources can be accessed by standard enterprises (approx. 200 clients systems) and by mid-range offices (approx. 50-200 client systems) using Microsoft Gold Certified Partner program members that also specialize in employee training, resource management, and all-inclusive maintenance plans. Even a few well-trained and certified IT consultants and managers could handle a migration and post-migration scenario with the right level of planning and funding.

Stay positive, here is some deductive reasoning as to why not all is lost, and how the feature improvements that Windows 8 customers will benefit from may actually start to appear after the OS hits store shelves. (The kind of stuff that may not be readily apparent in the incomplete Consumer Preview version):

Virtualization Scores A Win

Hyper-V Virtualization included in Windows 8 will allow you to take your computing experience to the next level. If you are not entirely enticed by the prospect of running Windows 8, or still have a co-dependent relationship with legacy applications, Hyper-V will be sure to help you in that area; much like Microsoft Virtual PC brought Windows XP onto the desktop for many Windows 7 users. While Hyper-V isn’t about to take the throne away from VMWare’s line of virtualization products just yet, especially Workstation and ThinApp, expect to see the inclusion of Hyper-V as an experience that has the potential to compartmentalize the installation of applications – even really old ones. With Hyper-V and Metro as platforms likely to be directly controllable and manageable from Windows Server 8, IT admins can rejoice at the concept of virtualizing what is left of the desktop – and preventing inappropriate use of computer system resources at work. With full control of Metro and Hyper-V under Active Directory, system management is about to get a whole lot easier. Windows 8 fits as the one OS that office managers can control directly from Windows Server 8 without remorse. Limiting access to the desktop will reduce headaches for employees who may only be obligated to launch specific company-approved Metro apps.

Metro: The User Interface Revolution
Metro UI will not be alien to anyone who is old enough to remember Microsoft Encarta, or to any youngster who has already owned a Windows Phone. I still remember using Microsoft Encarta’s slick navigation system to look up John F. Kennedy’s 1961 inaugural address. This was one of the first times I saw decent video footage in an encyclopedia. Back in those days, everyone was on dial-up, and an encyclopedia like Encarta was the be-all and end-all of factoid finding for non-academics and kids still in grade school. So expect Metro-powered applications, programmed in C++, C#, HTML, JavaScript, and even VisualBasic. This programming platform, dubbed, Windows Runtime or WindowsRT for short, is object-oriented and just getting started. With enough knowledge of HTML and JavaScript, many people out there with limited knowledge of C++ could create some pretty snazzy object-oriented apps that make use of jQuery and YUI hosted over the web. With the launch of the Windows App Store, don’t be surprised to see some amazing third party apps put long-time industry staples to shame. Once you start looking into the development platform for Metro, then you start to realize that it isn’t just a gimmick for touch screen users. Ostensibly, a great deal of time developing the .NET Framework is about to pay off, in bundles, for everyone who starts using Metro.

Gamers Not Doomed; HID Development Pushed Forward by Windows 8 OS
Gamers likely won’t be left out of the picture. Metro apps are designed to run in full screen, and as all hardcore gamers know, most high intensity games actually throw you into full-screen mode any way. The difference is likely to be negligible, but who wouldn’t like a concise way to manage all entertainment software and keep it running in the background every once in a while? Single player games that enter the market as instant classics like TES: Skyrim could suddenly appear more interactive in the future. Don’t be surprised to see some form of Windows 8 incorporated into the next version of Xbox (Xbox 720?) with DirectX 11 support. It would be nice to see cross-compatibility with the Xbox and Windows PC. Imagine if you could run any console game on a PC and vice versa: Now that kind of unification would prevent a lot of people from buying all those Media Center extenders and going wild on home entertainment systems. Only time will tell how far Microsoft will take us down the rabbit hole. For gamers, that is a great thing.

Multi-monitor and multi-touch support will bring Windows 8 to tablets and phones like never before with certified Metro applications that are programmed for Windows Runtime (WindowsRT). Expect a lot to happen in how we use our desktop and laptop systems. While major advancements in human interface devices are years away, it appears to be one of the major cornerstones of IBM Research and Microsoft Research. Unification across platforms is a recipe for redundancy, but in the case of sensitive data, redundancy is a very good thing. We want to be able to access our office files from home and our home files from the office, without necessarily having to do cartwheels with third party software. The integration of SkyDrive, and ultimately, shell extensions for third-party apps like Dropbox, is a given. Microsoft is never going to take over the cloud-hosted backup market, but they could pull off a pretty neat way of sharing, updating, and collaborating on projects between tablets, phones, desktops, laptops, game consoles, and more. Kinect for Windows is going to be scoffed at in the beginning, but once everyone has such a device linked up to their monitor, moving your hand around to change the active Window on your computer isn’t going to be that bad of a trade-off. In 2009, I gave a speech to a number of people in the public sector about what I saw as the cornerstone for future technology. That presentation included the fact that a device like the SmartBoard would be obsolete within five years’ time, due to the decreasing price of touch screen computers, and the ability for computing devices to detect human movement. While it didn’t go over well with the locals, it is happening, right now. That is something to be excited about. Whatever touch screen advancements Microsoft introduces with Windows 8 will once again push the hardware market to accommodate the software. This means all sorts of new human interface devices are already in development, even from third parties (see: Google Goggles/Google Glasses as one superlative example).

A New World for Software and Hardware Development

It’s not just a Microsoft world: Software companies, game studios, and all sorts of IT companies depend on the reliability and performance of Microsoft products and services, even when their customers aren’t in Microsoft Windows. This happens whenever an e-mail passes through an Exchange server, or a large database is designed for interoperability between a metadata retrieval system and Microsoft Access. Companies that specialize in document management, database administration, and even brand marketing will reap massive benefit from an interface that contains a display mechanism that has the potential to plot and chart raw data into something visually understandable. For example, if I tell you we ordered a hundred pizzas, each consisting of eight slices, and we only have 10 minutes to finish 25 slices, you’re going to wonder how many pizzas we have left. Once data entry software, even stuff that was initially designed with a Mac in mind, is designed for Metro, we’re not just going to be able to see how many pizza slices we have left – we may have the option to order some extras, or watch other people eat the ones left in 10 minutes. It’s that kind of world we’re delving into. We don’t see how great Metro can be: Only because software companies known for their great innovative capabilities like Google and Apple are just getting started on WindowsRT and Metro. This stuff is not going away, and when all the great innovator’s in the world get involved, we’re going to see sparks fly off the third rail.

Negativity Bias
Many people who try the Windows Consumer Preview may be inexperienced with running beta software. And when your whole operating system is a big chunk of bugs, in many cases unbranded, and in some cases feature incomplete, there is going to be a heck of a lot to complain about. I admit that I’m one of them. Take a look at my post about Windows 8 being a platform to sell Windows Live connected services. Well, of course that is what Windows 8 is, but it has the potential to be much more. Studies show us that, on average, people tend to remember a negative outcome 2.5x more than they do a good one. That means you’re 2.5 times more likely to remember when you got a bad haircut then when you got a good one. You’re 2.5 times more likely to dwell on the day you lost your job, than you are to remember the years you spent at the very same job when you contributed an enormous amount of productivity to the company’s bottom line. You’re 2.5 times more likely to remember that turbulence on the airplane. It was unbearable for ten minutes, and now you’re 2.5 times less likely to remember the time you struck up a great conversation with someone on that long flight. You’re 2.5x more likely to remember that woman or man who rejected you on that first date then you are to remember the laughs you shared going into the restaurant. This negativity bias is something we usually learn about in the first or second year of undergraduate psychology, but very few of us even remember or know what it is. In general, your body is trained to remember when bad things happened more than good things, and actually dwell on it. It is truly a response from the Stone Age, and is a very healthy response. It keeps you in balance. But in today’s high tech and demanding world, it can be taken too far.
So yes, we can look at Windows 8 and positively say, “Maybe this thing won’t be so bad. Maybe I can learn it, and enjoy it.”

The True Test: Greater Than The Sum of Its Parts?

Don’t forget that Windows 8 will include a Start on Demand model for all system-related services. For years, I found myself sending Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 customers to a web page called Black Viper ( This site contained detailed guides on how to configure your Windows operating system to use as few services as absolutely necessary. That site became especially popular during the Windows Vista release. Essentially, the site goes through every single service running on your system and will tell you, not only what the default start setting is for it, but how best to optimize it to suit your needs. If you were trying to squeeze every last drop of performance out of the operating system, without much care for its ability to perform certain operations, you could always use BlackViper’s “Service Configurations” lists to decide whether or not it was safe to make sure that something like the Distributed Link Tracking Client service or the World Wide Web Publishing Service could be completely disabled or not. If I haven’t lost you on this one, Microsoft has come up with a novel solution that is sure to improve your experience with Windows 8, and that is by using “Start on Demand”. Under Start on Demand, when Windows 8 needs a service, it launches it – only when. So that, in and of itself, will save resources. And when we look at what is coming up with memory deduplication, we are looking at true advancement in operating system performance at its most basic level.

Yes, the Consumer Preview is flawed, but for all its flaws, let us all think about these things and realize that the best is yet to come for an operating system ahead of its time.

Windows Blue is Real!

We're told that the Bing team is working closely on Windows Blue to improve search in a significant way. A number of scenarios are being targeted, including the ability for users to search for a movie and have apps surface that content and provide a quick way to play it. The current implementation of search in Windows 8 supports deep search within apps, but users currently have to select those apps to search within them. Blue will expand on that, providing apps are updated to support it, by extending the search abilities of the OS. – Source: The Verge @ Microsoft preparing Windows Blue public preview with significant search improvements | The Verge Constant media rumors in the tech world are giving credence to the idea that Microsoft will release an update called Windows Blue or Windows 8 Blue at some point in 2013. From a technological and IT sales perspective, this would be a feature-related update similar to a “service pack”, but with a brand name. Why a brand name? If Microsoft is planning to deliver future operating system feature improvements under a Software as a Service (SaaS) model, this could be one way to go about it. Speculative rumors indicate that the Windows Blue update could range anywhere from $19.99 to the original upgrade price of Windows 8 at around $40 USD. Some other sites seem to think it will be free. It is important to note that the subject of these rumors is almost entirely coming from Win8China, which in the past, has made some accurate predictions. But without an official announcement, there was no way to know if “Windows Blue” even exists. Until recently.

Here’s what we’ve got from Win8China:
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And here’s what we have from some random guy at NeoWin:
Windows Blue News Update (Milestone Preview, IE11) - Neowin Forums

He says:
Windows Blue development has passed Milestone 1 (no details as to what that entails). The next milestone is called MP, or "Milestone Preview" because Microsoft will release a preview version of Windows Blue after meeting that milestone. The Milestone Preview will precede the final product by "a few months," so developers and early adopters can work with it. Win8China claims that RTM is scheduled for June 7, at which point Blue will be made available on MSDN, followed by general availability in August. Blue will be free to Win8 customers.
Windows Blue will be faster, use less power, and run with a new, smaller kernel, version 6.3 (recall that Win8 runs kernel 6.2). The UI hasn't changed -- no Start button, no Aero. Windows Blue will support more screen scaling -- presumably for smaller (and larger?) screen sizes. There's some talk of "multi screen applications," although in the context it isn't clear if that refers to Metro apps. Not much change for PC and mouse users. And one guy who talked about it went bottoms up: After talking in great length about the update (or upgrade, depending on how you would classify it), he redirected his entire website to, disappeared from Twitter, and generally fell off the face of the blogosphere.

Our old friend Paul Thurrott, from Supersite for Windows, has had a critical view of Windows 8’s shortcomings:

Microsoft hasn't taken very obvious and logical advice to fix Windows 8... on an ongoing basis. Instead, they're just doing what they've always done: Methodically prepare, test, and then release a big-bang, monolithic update. The only difference is that they're doing it in one year instead of three. Of course, Thurrott implies in this message that something is intrinsically wrong with Windows 8 - or that it has serious shortcomings.

Why would Microsoft want to get customers used to something like Windows Blue?
IT managers and directors often talking about waiting for “Service Pack 1” or “Service Pack 2” for new product adoption. They are often skeptical of Windows releases until some serious patching takes place. With the introduction of Windows 7, those same types found themselves leaving their company in the dust and with a 10-year old OS called Windows XP by waiting for Service Pack 1. Microsoft may want to move away from this tradition and look at bringing back more than just security updates into their service pack roll-ups. Feature improvements and kernel updates could be deployed directly over the Internet, for a small fee.

With video games and software suites being sold by companies like Valve and Adobe as downloadable and directly over the Internet, Microsoft would have very little to lose by making Windows a subscription based service that you pay to update once in a while. Few people with tablets want to go to the store to buy books, movies, or music anymore. Why would they want to go to the store to upgrade or add features to their operating system?

While Microsoft purposefully limited service packs to a roll-up of updates (a lot of people used to look forward to them for feature and performance updates), maybe they are looking at Windows Blue as a way to provide new features once more. The last big service pack that everyone in the IT world seemed to be excited about was actually Windows Vista Service Pack 1, an update which actually replaced and upgraded the entire Windows kernel, making Windows Vista much more palatable for adoption.

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I plan to take my Educational Testing Service's Graduate Record Examination by September 30th, 2012. I plan to submit my completed graduate application to the Masters of Arts in English with Writing Studies concentration degree program at Montclair State University in Upper Montclair, New Jersey 07043 by September 30th, 2012. I expect to be accepted by the end of 2012. They have a rolling admissions deadline and it takes them 4 - 6 weeks to process graduate applications.

Montclair State University will only offer support for PCs running Microsoft Windows 7 32 and 64 bit Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise Editions along with Apple Macintosh iMacs, Mac Pros, MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros running OS X Snow Leopard and Lion 64 bit. They require the Bradford Dissolvable Agent to be downloaded and run as a part of their device registration process before new faculty, staff, and students can connect their devices to their Ethernet or 802.11 B/G/N networks. This checks for the presence of malware and it checks to ensure that an approved anti-malware software security application is installed prior to granting full access to their network.

I expect to graduate with my degree by December 31st, 2015. I plan to move on campus and attend my first January 2013 spring semester.

To be quite honest and truthful with you, I already dislike Microsoft Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate Edtion Service Pack 1. I purchased and installed it in an Oracle VM Virtualbox 64 bit guest virtual machine. It constantly gives me problems. Boot ups, restarts, and shut downs constantly don't work properly or they take too long especially when there is an update that needs to be applied. This causes Microsoft Windows 7 64 bit to just sit there and do nothing more often than not. The other problem is that Microsoft Windows 7 64 bit is slow even on my brand new System76 Lemur Ultra laptop PC. Downloading, installing, applying updates takes the longest period of time and it often winds up in an unresponsive state. I have to forcibly turn off the guest virtual machine pretty often. Another major source of problems are the 0 day vulnerabilities and exploit attack vectors. Last month, it was the Microsoft XML vulnerability. This month, it is the Microsoft sidebar and gadgets vulnerability. Who knows what next month will bring? I do not want to re-install Microsoft Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate Edition Service Pack 1 from scratch at least every six months to keep it fresh and running in tip top shape either. In fact, I plan to use Ubuntu and LibreOffice Writer and Impress along with Google Chrome to do the majority of my academic and scholarly research work. I know that there will be times when I need to run Microsoft Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate Edition Service Pack 1 while I am living and studying on campus at Montclair State University, but I will try to minimize those occasions as much as possible.

Montclair State University has no official plans to offer help and support for Microsoft Windows 8 when it will be launched sometime in late October 2012 worldwide. So, I am stuck with Microsoft Windows 7 64 bit for the next three and a half years from today.

What tips and tricks should I make as habits to keep Windows 7 64 bit running in good shape?

I have Symantec Norton 360 version 6, Macecraft Software jv16 PowerTools 2012, ReviverSoft Driver Reviver 2.1, Piriform CCleaner, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, Super Anti-Spyware Professional, WinPatrol Plus, QFX Software KeyScrambler Premium, VS Group Revo Uninstaller Professional, File Hippo, Secunia PSI version 3.0, and Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Plus 32 bit Service Pack 1 along with other software applications. I try to check for device driver updates once per week using ReviverSoft Driver Reviver 2.1. I run Piriform's CCleaner daily. I download updates for Symantec Norton 360 version 6, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, and Super Anti-Spyware Professional every day. I try to do anti-malware deep scans on Sundays on a regular basis. I check FileHippo and Secunia PSI version 3.0 for third-party software updates daily. I run jv16 PowerTools 2012 at least once per day to check for registry errors and I fix them along with making backups of my registry.

What else should I be doing?

I also have Acronis TrueHome Image 2012 with the Plus Pack. I have not used it yet to make any disk images or data backups since I use CrashPlan+ home unlimited plan to backup my /home folder in Ubuntu. This includes my Oracle VM Virtualbox folder and files. I also make a copy of this folder to my Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 128 GB USB 3.0 thumb drive on Microsoft Patch Tuesdays every month to ensure that I have a known good copy of my Microsoft Windows 7 64 bit guest virtual machine.

It is a lot of work to keep Microsoft Windows 7 64 bit in good working order. Most of the time, I leave the guest virtual machine turned off during the week except on Sundays when I have to perform updates and maintenance.

How do you guys maintain your Microsoft Windows operating system? What tips and tricks do you do to keep it running in good shape so as to avoid having to re-install it every six months?

Ubuntu is so much easier and simpler. There are far fewer things that can go horribly wrong with Ubuntu especially if you stick pretty closely to the default settings and configuration. Ubuntu gives me a lot less stress and headaches now that I purchased my System76 Lemur Ultra laptop PC. Almost everything works right out of the box with little fuss. It also consumes far fewer hardware resources especially if you switch to XFCE or LXDE desktop environments.

I am thinking and I am hoping that I can get away with using Ubuntu at Montclair State University on a daily basis. I am in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and I am in the Graduate English Department. The Graduate Advisor told me that the university is pretty agnostic when it comes to hardware and software requirements for my degree program. The only exception is the Bradford Dissolvable Agent requirement.

How many Ubuntu Forums members here completed either an undergraduate or graduate degree using Ubuntu? How did you do it?

Finally, I think that I am going to stick with Ubuntu 12.04 64 bit Long Term Support. The System76 forums usually provide up to date version stickies to help customers upgrade to future Ubuntu versions. I have found that something will almost always break or fail to work properly when users perform an operating system upgrade to a newer version. My System76 Lemur Ultra has got to keep working similar to a production environment every single day. I have two years of warranty and technical support from System76, but I do not plan to utilize that service very often because I plan to stick with Ubuntu 12.04 64 bit LTS until April 2014. In the past, I have found Ubuntu 10.04 64 bit LTS to be quite stable and reliable, but Ubuntu 10.10, 11.04, and 11.10 64 bit had teething issues especially as Canonical transitioned to the Unity desktop environment and they made it the default choice. Ubuntu 11.10 64 bit was particularly slow and it had a couple of known issues for Ubuntu users that upgraded from 11.04 64 bit. I don't want to repeat all of that nonsense with future non LTS releases while I am living and studying on campus.

Montclair State University has a software library for its faculty, staff, and students. Once I get accepted and I am assigned my own NetID credentials, I will check it out. For the most part, I already purchased the Microsoft Windows 7 software applications that I will need for school work. The Graduate English Department does not explicitly require specific hardware or software requirements on their home page. I am hoping that I really won't need to use Microsoft Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate Edition Service Pack 1 that much at all.

Microsoft Windows and Office demand so many updates and high maintenance. I don't have the desire to do the work every single day nor do I have the time. I already diverted at least one week away from studying for my GRE just to focus on Windows and Office. Fortunately, I have over two and a half months to buckle down and really study hard for my GREs by September 30th, 2012. Most of my work is done by now.

I copied my original post from Ubuntu Forums. I am an Ubuntu user and I have a System76 Lemur Ultra laptop PC.

What do I need to do to maintain Microsoft Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate Edition Service Pack 1 beyond what I am already doing?

These are the software applications that I purchased to maintain and secure Windows 7:

Registry Cleaner, Optimize Windows with our System Utilities | Macecraft Software
Endpoint, Cloud, Mobile & Virtual Security Solutions | Symantec
Malwarebytes : Free anti-malware, anti-virus and spyware removal download
BillP Studios - WinPatrol 2012 | Remove Malware | Remove Spyware - AntiMalware, AntiSpyware, AntiAdware!
Backup software for data backup and disaster recovery in Windows and Linux - Acronis
QFX Software - Anti-Keylogging Software and More
Revo Uninstaller Pro - Uninstall Software, Remove Programs easily, Forced Uninstall
ReviverSoft | Software and Tips to Make Your PC Run Like New
Piriform - Download CCleaner, Defraggler, Recuva, Speccy - Millions of users worldwide!

I think that I have all of the bases covered, but I am looking for more tips and tricks to keep Windows 7 running in tip top condition so that I don't have to re-install it every six months.

What else should I consider doing?

Windows has been around for as long as we could remember. It's installed in 90% of computers in the world leaving only 9% for mac osx and 1% for linux. I personally think Microsoft came up with great business ideas, such as making deals with every single computer company in the world to have windows installed on their platforms.

Xp came out in 2001 and is still the most used operating system in the world. Microsoft had an increasingly high shock price, the same apple is now. Then they got sued for having a monopoly. If you don't know, Microsoft was sued by the government for having a monopoly. Usually, companies have competition, but Microsoft didn't (And still doesn't.) have competition. They stated that people should have a choice, if Microsoft was to expensive to get another operating system, but that just wasn't the case, and still isn't the case which is why there upgrade prices remain so high.

Then came windows vista, the fall of Microsoft, like they always say, nothing last forever. Personally, I've never ran into problems with Windows vista, my mother has it installed in her laptop, never an issue, but I'm basing this off reviews I've read off the internet from users. They claimed Windows Vista crashes to often, it isn't stable, it's slower than XP, the only good thing they had to say about windows vista was it original glass design which I like. I personally think they tried to add to many new features in windows vista which caused all these issues. I'm not going to even discuss windows vista SP2, lets move on ahead to windows 7.

Personally, although windows 7 isn't my main operating system, I sort-of like it. I mean, it's nothing far from vista, it's just a less annoying version of vista with new aero features in which are very CPU consuming. I don't think windows 7 is worth the 170 dollar upgrade. I know, you could get it cheaper from other places, but I feel Microsoft owed there customers a cheaper price. They want to encourage windows XP users to make the switch, but most won't. Why not you ask? Well, most computers users use the computer to browse the internet, and talk to friends etc. Some people can't afford the 170 dollar upgrade, it's just way to expensive for what your getting for your money. Maybe a 50 dollar price tag would've been better...

And now as we look at Windows, we wonder where it will be in the future. The stock prices aren't doing to hot, and they plan on coming out with a Windows 8 which they claim will be a huge risk on there part, so I'm left here to wonder, what do they mean by that.

Back to my other point, Microsoft is definitely a monopoly. What other choices do you really have. If you want MAC OSX you'll need to purchase a mac, or you could go with linux, but it's free which therefore means Microsoft is a monopoly (Correct me if I'm wrong.)

Anyways, where do you guys think Windows will be in the future? Will windows 8 be this huge risk? What do you hope to see in windows 8? Do you ever think mac osx or even linux will take windows slot, I personally don't think so, but I'm sparking up a conversation.


Trying to do something, leaves me a bit undecided if it can be done. This is a new Dell Inspiron, Windows 7 with 64 bit OS. Microsoft offered that when I bought this laptop, I could buy Windows 8, for $15, which I did. Unfortunately, even with almost 19 years of computing experience, I missed the term UPGRADE, in Microsoft's offer, and got a downloaded upgrade to Windows 8, which means over writing Windows 7, which I don't want to do. Microsoft changed Windows 8 a great deal from what I've read, so my plan had been to partition my HD, which I already did, but when I got the upgrade, I found an upgraded Win. 8, MUST be installed over the existing Windows 7. No good. I want both, Win 7 to use, and Win 8 to learn on. But I thought of this method, but don't know if it would work, without a Windows 8 CD.

I have the Wndows 7 reinstall disk from Dell, and since my HD is already partitioned, if I could install Windows 7 again, on the new partition part of the HD, then maybe Windows 8 upgrade, could be installed over it, while leaving the original Windows 7 undisturbed. If that was possible, then I could could dual booth between Win 7 and 8, even if I only had an upgraded download, for Windows 8. Is this possible? Can someone suggest to me, how to do this, and not destroy my present OS? I have backups already made, for if I mess things up, but I really don't know enough, to know if this plan would work or not. Any help to understand this, is appreciated. Thank you.


Making the hardware switch to Windows 8

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Windows 7 is the best choice for buying a computer,whether it is your first computer,laptop,netbook or a new one. First of all Windows 7 is very user friendly and easy to use and you can personalize it in many ways. But the one thing you will want to do is find a good web browser. By default Windows 7 comes with Internet Explorer 8 or 9 for newer computers. But IE is very slow and crashes a lot even on the best network connections and not very customizable.Firefox is a good alternative browser to the horrible IE but the latest versions of Firefox have become slow. This is because Firefox although it is made compatible for Windows it is also made to be compatible for all systems.Mac,Lynax etc. The ealirer versions of Firefox 3.53 worked fine but now Mozilla have upgraded their browser to 3.610 it is now outdated and Firefox seems to be upgraded every month or two.But there are open source versions of Firefox that are made ONLY for Windows computers and these can be used on Windows Vista,Windows XP and Windows 7 and also other versions of Windows.One is Pale Moon web browser that is a Firefox open source but all the Firefox add ons work with this browser and it IS actually faster than Firefox but it can only be used on a Windows computer.As Pale Moon is made only for Windows but it is updated nearly as much as Firefox is. The latest version is Pale Moon 3.69.Pale Moon does not come in a beta version and I don't mind Mozilla Firefox but I dislike both Firefox and Flock beta because they are both bland and clones of Google Chrome browser. And as I already have both Chromium and Google Chrome Canary which is the open source shell of Chromium,I do not need Firefox beta. Chromium is a very fast browser as is Google chrome but some sites work better in Mozilla Firefox or Flock,so I still need these type of browsers.And I find that Pale Moon does work faster and better than Firefox which some times crashes.And in the future Mozilla may decide to discontinue both Mozilla Flock and Firefox and replace these with the beta versions. Which means I and other people who do not want beta will have to look for alternatives. But Pale Moon is the perfect alternative and also another browser that is not well known is Safefox,another Firefox open source.This takes on an earlier version of Firefox 3.52 but it is fully supported on all web sites. The only problem I had was finding a download link as the Safefox website re directs you to the Firefox website. But I got my Safefox browser from the C Net website that has a direct download link and may I add that that site has many web browsers listed for Windows users with direct and safe downloads from their site. I use C Net all the time to get new software for my laptop. Safefox has a password safe bank,so that when you log into your email or website,you can tap your password in on a keypad in the browser instead of the web page. So very useful if you are using a shared computer but you do not have to use this facility but it is there if you want it. Safefox like Pale Moon works with all of the Firefox add ons. And both Safefox and Pale Moon can be used alongside your existing Firefox browser or instead of Firefox. Also both these browser are made just for Windows so they are faster and more secure for browsing. So if you have not tried Pale Moon and Safefox yet you should. I have uninstalled my Firefox browser and am now using both Pale Moon and Safefox and I don't have any plans to go back.Andrea Borman

I recently bought an Asus Zenbook Prime UX32VD which features a 13" 1920x1080 screen.

Now by default it sets the scaling to 125% which is fine for windows, but programs such as Steam, Pokki, Firefox, Chrome, and others do not scale very well at all and neither do websites so everything ends up looking pretty terrible or insanely difficult to read. Seems like any app that does not work with windows DPI scaling.

My solution was to change the resolution to 1600x900 and the scaling to 100%. Now everything looks just fine. However everything is now blurry and i get the 'not native resolution' popup constantly.

I'm also planning on upgrading to windows 8 and i've read that under windows 8 with that resolution it thinks you have like a 20" monitor and things get even smaller and harder to read and see.

So basically i'm looking for something to get my resolution down to the much more normal 1600x900 and have it still look good either a windows 7 or windows 8 solution.

if there's no such solution then i guess i'll just have to deal with not being able to read any third party app.

Here I state my little tiny opinion on the world wide web about Vista quite briefly. Know this, I'm very aesthetic. I look at every fine tuned detail of things in life and when it especially comes to computers and technology, I like to have the finest. In appearance, function and reliability. So here's by blurb:

I finally did it. I upgraded my OS to Vista Home Premium just this weekend. For years I have used Windows XP Media Center Edition and pretty much thought myself the hardcore savvy-est guy out there having fully customized the entire look and feel of it, next to always keeping things in order, clean and running smooth. Not without many, many re-installs mind you. That said I have learned thousands of things and have become quite the expert when it comes to changing the appearance, look and feel of an application as I see fit.

And now, there's Vista. I love it. I really have to say I love it. From the smooth animations to almost every single piece of detail inside and out I love it. In terms of detail however, I have to say, visually speaking, I am distraught with a few minor items regarding basic Icons and their existence withstanding.

Due to all my past experience modifying so many things in the past I've learned to do what I can on my own when I want to alter certain objects, say an Icon or even a theme, solely using a cute little program called Resource Hacker. With Vista, I have no desire to change anything in terms of the theme, nor do I plan to. But there are a couple issues with some Icons I changed.

The occache.dll, webcheck.dll, ieframe.dll files I altered simply for my own desire. Replacing them was a chore figuring out how to do, but nonetheless, once I found out how, it was very easy and, I still have the instructions saved so if anyone is actually interested in doing the same, I'm happy to share and assist.

However, what I have found interesting and could never change in XP either, are two specifics that I was more than astonished to find are still there in Vista! How bizarre is that!!?! So here we have it, XP will still haunt us for who knows how long to come.

So, that's that. Do you think we'll ever get updates to these? Or will it take an even better pro than myself to figure it out? No one knows. But I do know, I still do like Vista overall. I just wish I could change the latter two items, but I just can't. I wonder if I can spark anyone else's desire for the challenge?

Below I have provided examples of all that I have mentioned. Feel free to comment or reply even. There are still other things I have found, but these are just a few examples:

Here I have replaced the occache.dll and webcheck.dll files to update the two folders here. I know we never look at them really and it's funny that I'm the way I am but I just have to KNOW they're changed.

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Here I have replaced the ieframe.dll file to update the download animation. I like this one a lot better than the standard one. Oh this is if you use Internet Explorer. Please note also, if you update Internet Explorer at any time, these three files (occache.dll, webcheck.dll, ieframe.dll) will have to be replaced once more. As well as in IE 8 (which I've tested and don't like right yet).

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Here is the ugly icon that, even in XP, never looked good STILL being used for the Remote Assistance Panel in Vista. Golly - you think they'd have changed that one.

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And my favorite most of all that I could never figure out, even in XP, that we owe credit to the comctl32.dll file(s) in all Windows OS's, the ugly little XP toolbar buttons that appear when you use the Open File option from any 3rd party application. (In this screen shot I'm using IrfanView). Once, I tried changing them by replacing the bmp's in the file back when I was using XP and after I rebooted it wouldn't log on. It remained in a perpetual state of Starting Windows. So I had to endure these forever practically. In all the excitement of upgrading to Vista, I thought: "I wonder if those will change?" Alas... they didn't. I was quite sad.

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Hi - I'm planning a win98SE - XP migration. ..I'm finding that there
are a number of ways to do it, like

1) wipe the disk clean and start over - great if you don't have much on
it, or are out-of-work and have time on your hands 8-}

2) upgrade - some people say this is risky. One point that was made to
me is that you never know if an APP is using its old DLLs or its new
ones (unless you re-install it, in which case you might as well remove
the risk of a 'dirty' windows directory and....(see #3)

3) Install XP to a different partition than WIN98SE (maybe to its own
dedicated partition?).

You use the migration wizard to move all your registry settings and
app-specific files stored in the windows directory. All your APPs and
data files stay where they are. Small Apps, shareware, etc, mostly
probably run Ok without re-install. For everything else you just have
to do a re-install in place.

I'm thinking that for time and quality of results this is a good
compromise. Since the XP install is clean it doesn't risk the legacy
clutter of an upgrade, but you eliminate most of the time and effort
involved in re-building your system, as re-installing an app is much
faster than the first time. As a bonus, your XP partition is separated
from everything else, which means you don't have to worry about your
backup strategy being complete and bit-accurate (e.g., partition image)
except for a small partition. Maybe that partition contains ONLY XP...

oh yes, and if you do want to do dual-boot - it comes for free.

fatal flaw? make sense?

thanks for your comments.

Ps - if you do like this scheme - can anyone comment on whether it's
required, or safer, or easier, to make the XP partition the first one on
the drive - a bit harder to do for legacy systems admittedly.
Supposedly XP doesn't care, I think any partition can be marked as
active (or can it?)

This problem has plagued my windows 7 installation for a very long time.... i wrote a post on these (and many other forums) before giving up on the issue a few months back and switching to a linux operating system. That's fine, i would keep using linux but i am receiving a new graphics card as a gift and i would like to try to play some pc games on my new card, and as you all know serious gaming on linux is pretty tough/near impossible.

HERE is the link to the post i made a few months back about the same problem. I'll quote it here since it's relevant:

All right so i'm usually pretty good at figuring out any problems with my pc but this ones out of my league, plus i think theres a wide range of things that it could be.

I have a somewhat old hp media center 7580n (pos, bout 3 years old) upgraded it to windows 7.

This problem appeared when i started using this computer to play video games again (only game is WoW though), but at the same time I set up winamp to play my music out of my speakers so that i could use my usb headset for speaking over ventrilo (makes sense). I started getting BSOD's with what seems to be random error messages. These messages go from "IRQL_MORE_OR_LESS_NOT_EQUAL" and "MEMORY_MANAGEMENT" to "BAD_POOL_HEADER" and many more (sometimes there isn't even an error message). These bluescreens almost always happen (i say almost always because it has happened at other times) when i'm running WoW, it seems as if there's a higher chance of it happening if I'm alt-tabbing out of full screen, but I just had it happen when i was running windows mode in a really small window (less strain on the GPU).

My first guess was that it was driver related, so I went ahead and booted into safe mode, and started reinstalling/updating as many drivers as I could think of (of course the first i did was my piece of **** nvidia card driver), but that apparently has had no effect.

My next guess was that it was my RAM sticks, i move around my desktop a decent bit (didn't move it anytime around the time this problem started though) so i thought that maybe my ram sockets had warped a bit or something from all the travel. And maybe a faulty address in memory or something could explain this, so i ran memtest and it came back with no errors. So i switched the RAM sockets of my ram sticks (there's 4 sockets so i took the 2 sticks and put them in the other sockets) all had no effect. I also tried to alternate the sticks (as in run with 1 stick only) but i only ran like that for a day (had no errors) but I got fed up with running on a gig of ram and put the other one back in.

And my last guess was that something was overheating. So i downloaded CPUID hardware monitor and started paying attention to the temperatures of various components. My CPU was up to 70 -75 degrees celsius, and my GPU was up to about the same numbers during times of high stress (aka playing wow on lowest settings possible hell yeah nvidia 7300 le). The CPU temps seemed rather high so I opened it up and took an old toothbrush to the fan and the heatsink underneath it and got it what seemed like my problem. The dust in there was pretty much compacted into a fat solid layer of **** knows what. I got out all that i could, and went ahead and dusted the rest of my computer including my nvidia card (which didn't have that much dust on it). I was almost sure that was the problem. Started running again and i noticed my CPU core temperatures went from 70-75 down to 30-40 ish, and my GPU went down about an average of 10-5 degrees celsius. But apparently that's not it, since i'm still getting bluescreens. I never bothered putting the full case back on the comp i just run it case open to keep it cooler.

So now i give up and come here. I can include some of my dump files (I have about 10 or so in the folder). I have no idea how to analyze those so i didn't even try. Does anyone have ANY idea? I'm starting to get extremely frustrated. Here are my specs, i haven't bought anything new this is all stock:

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+
Motherboard: ASUS A8M2N-LA (HP Name- Nodus-GL8E)
Socket AM2: Micro ATX GeForce 6150 LE
RAM: 2 GB Hynix PC2-4200 (2 X 1 GB)
Storage: Seagate 320 GB 7200RPM Serial ATA
Graphics: Asus Geforce 7300LE 128 MB PCIe
Audio: Realtek ALC 888 High Definition 8 channel compatible
PSU: Bestec 300Watt Single fan
Networking: Wired 10/100 Base T

And yes, i have tried looking at other problems similar to this one but i had no luck there.

Quick edit: Here is a screenie of BlueScreenView I have now reinstalled a nice fresh installation of windows. 100% clean. I have set up some of my applications. just a few minutes ago i got a bluescreen that seemed all too familiar. I was doing nothing intensive, in fact i was listening to music through winamp and writing on an index card when i look up and see a BSOD.

I think the fact that i had no problems running my linux os means that the problem CANNOT be hardware related (can someone confirm?). I think it MUST be a driver. I have only installed a single driver since i re-installed windows 7, the nvidia 258.96 driver for my terrible 7300 LE graphics card, which will soon be upgraded to a 9800 GTX, hence the need to use windows again.

This is an extremely frustating problem.... i have spent so many countless hours trying to resolve it only to find no solution. i would really like to try to game with this card a bit, but if i simply can't find a solution i'm probably going to try to downgrade to windows xp, and then if that doesn't solve it, switch back to ubuntu and try to play my games through wine.

Last time i posted on these forums i got 0 replies (as you can see) so i'd really really appreciate ANY advice or ideas. I plan on disabling the nvidia driver and switching back to the one that came with windows 7 and seeing if the problem is solved, but even if that solves my problem, it may ruin my gaming ambitions, right?

Thanks for reading.

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Taken from an article found here: What we know about AMD’s next-generation processors

You might be surprised to learn that AMD is just seven months away from releasing new CPUs based on not one, but three, new designs. The Phenom II that we have known for the past 17 months will soon be put to pasture, never to be seen again. Its replacements are built for the server, the desktop, the notebook and the netbook.
Dubbed Bulldozer, Bobcat and Llano, the new processor designs are the final piece of AMD’s grand strategy to emerge from years of debt and struggle as a leaner, meaner company. For enthusiasts, they are something altogether more important: a clear sign that the fascinating war between AMD and Intel is about to go nuclear once again.
Bulldozer: the chip for enthusiasts

A block diagram of a single Bulldozer module, or core.

Chips based on Bulldozer will be scalable across any number of what AMD calls “modules” (shown above), each of which contains two CPU cores. It is postulated that each module is equipped with a technology called Cluster-Based Multi-Threading, or CMT.
To understand CMT, we must first have an understanding of its lesser sibling, Symmetric Multi-Threading (SMT), which you are likely to know by Intel’s name: Hyper-Threading. Though Intel did not create the technology, their implementation is by far the most famous.
Intel’s implementation of SMT duplicates architectural states—the part of a CPU which holds the condition of a process—but not the execution engine. This allows their processors to maximize execution resources by busying silicon that would otherwise lay idle, or by injecting threads into the pipeline in the event of a stall.
To give a real-world analogy, Intel’s implementation of SMT is similar to an automobile assembly plant with only one assembly line capable of taking a car from parts to completion. At every stage of the assembly, however, workers are standing by with completed parts to keep the line moving if there’s a problem. The workers can’t build a car (they don’t have a line), but they can make sure that line is always moving the car on to the next step without issue.
Intel uses SMT in the same way: to ensure that the processor’s line is always busy moving to the next step, and today’s operating systems are increasingly intelligent at dispatching threads for this setup.
The “problem” with this implementation of SMT is that one instruction window tracks the dispatch, execution and retirement of both threads. Going back to the assembly line, it would be like putting one supervisor in charge of watching the line and the workers—that supervisor can’t watch for problems with the line and the workers at the same time. Something is bound to fail. On a CPU, as in an assembly line, failures lead to a reduction in apparent performance.
Each Bulldozer module, meanwhile, puts the plant on steroids not only by adding a second fully-functional assembly line, but by giving each line the ability to break one big stage down into several, parallel stages—little assembly lines that can be created, run, merged and closed on demand without sacrificing the efficiency of the main assembly line. This is CMT, and the Bulldozer can do it.
CMT is more efficient and performs more consistently than Hyper-Threading.

When a processor is done sending calculations through the pipeline, it stores that data in cache for programs to access (L1 DCache in the diagram below). In essence, these are the completed cars sitting in the parking lot waiting for transport. Intel processors have one parking lot that may contain a mix of cars and trucks, which reduces efficiency when a shipping company arrives to grab a shipment made exclusively of trucks. The Bulldozer plant has two parking lots, which gives that plant more flexibility to be efficient with storing and shipping.
From end to end, the entire Bulldozer plant can do more, and do it more intelligently than the plants AMD and Intel run today.
AMD Bulldozer

Going back to raw architecture, both of Bulldozer’s lines share a single floating point scheduler (cordoned in red), with two 128-bit FMAC pipelines. Fused multiply-accumulate (FMAC) gives the chip improved floating point precision, which grants Bulldozer a leg up on the Phenom II when it comes to calculating big equations more accurately and efficiently. And, when you realize that everything you do on a computer is a mathematical equation, you can see why this is important.
A 128-bit floating point pipe is also a natural choice as AMD has announced SSE5 for the Bulldozer, an instruction extension that has several 128-bit multimedia instructions. Fusing the 128-bit FPUs will also allow the chip to crunch 256-bit Intel AVX instructions in just one cycle. SSE5 and AVX alone will take these processors to a whole new level of performance when it comes to multimedia, encryption and scientific research.
Finally, the Bulldozer brings forward the Phenom II’s cache hierarchy by dumping all the pipelines into shared pools of L2 and L3 cache. These shared L2 and L3 caches give either core on a Bulldozer module access to completed calculations that can be pulled back in to speed up a new task. This is standard for today’s processors.
Your future Bulldozer CPU

The first enthusiast CPU to employ the Bulldozer design is currently codenamed Zambezi, and it will contain four of these dual core modules for a total of eight cores. We also know for a fact that Zambezi will use socket AM3, meaning anyone with a DDR3 Phenom II motherboard will be ready to rock with a BIOS upgrade.
What about performance?

Unfortunately, there are some elements of the Bulldozer design that we just don’t understand yet, including:
How many cars the supervisor can send down the line at a time;How many stages it takes to complete a car;How AMD has configured the floating point unit (FPU) to run the numbers;and how exactly AMD shares the single FPU amongst two independent assembly lines.Until this information tips up, we just can’t know how Bulldozer will compare to today’s processors. In the interim, we can only admire the genuinely different architecture and speculate over the diagram’s many ambiguities.
Bobcat: the chip for netbooks

Next on the launch deck is AMD’s “Bobcat” architecture, a chip explicitly designed to cater to products containing CPUs like the Athlon Neo or the Intel Atom.
According to the company’s roadmaps, the first chip to launch with Bobcat architecture will be the 32nm Ontario APU, which combines two Bobcat modules and a rudimentary DirectX 11 chip on the same processor.
AMD Bobcat architecture

Each Bobcat module is a single core design, with one supervisor (int scheduler) and one assembly line, which consists of the I-Pipes, Ld-Pipe and St-pipe in the diagram above. These can be considered specialized workers—electricians versus mechanics, for example—that perform unique tasks on the car while it is rolling down the line. You’ll note that Bulldozer, too, had four pipelines per int scheduler, but we just don’t know what kind of workers they are yet.
The Bobcat’s integer pipe is paired with a dual-pipe FPU, ambiguously titled “A-Pipe” and “M-Pipe” in this diagram. We postulate that the “A” and “M” refer to the addition and multiplication/division floating point operations, respectively. The size of these pipelines—the number of bits they can calculate at a time—will not only determine what this processor is strongest at, but its complexity, and how it consumes power.
On the topic of power, AMD claims that Bobcat is capable of radiating less than 1 watt of heat, which could mean something around 0.5W. A chip at that wattage isn’t doing much more than sitting around on standby, but it’s a healthy number for users looking for laptop designs with a long standby life. In practice, Bobcat’s actual TDP should be around 5-10W, which is perfect for netbook-sized laptops.
On the point of performance, AMD says it’ll weigh in at “90% of today’s mainstream performance” at less than half of the die size. If AMD’s definition of mainstream is the Athlon II—an assumption that bears out in their platform roadmaps—then Bobcat is essentially an Athlon II in a (much) smaller, cooler and quieter package. Not bad.
Bobcat’s most remarkable feature is not its architecture, however, but its design process. AMD has designed the Bobcat via high-level synthesis, or HLS. HLS is a process by which a chip’s design begins its life as a set of behaviors coded by a programmer in C++. The code is then interpreted and synthesized by a machine that manufactures a processor that exhibits the behavior written by the programmer.
HLS is a fascinating way to rapidly design and produce a chip that can easily be modified or ported to other processes for outstanding flexibility in the market. The trade off for this agility is frequency—Bobcat’s maximum clockspeed with an HLS-driven design is about 20% lower than it could have been were it designed “by hand.”
All things considered, Bobcat will assuredly be faster than any ultra low-voltage chip in the market today; it will handily eclipse the Nano, the Atom and the Athlon Neo, by orders of magnitude on some metrics. Additionally, AMD’s decision to roll with HLS gives the firm the ability to respond to market conditions in ways its competitors simply cannot with current processes.
Fusion: the chip for notebooks and budget desktops

AMD’s acquisition of ATI Technologies was completed on October 26, 2006 and was accompanied by an official, and very important statement:
AMD plans to create a new class of x86 processor that integrates the central processing unit (CPU) and graphics processing unit (GPU) at the silicon level with a broad set of design initiatives collectively codenamed “Fusion.”In other words, AMD announced that it would soon put GPUs and CPUs on a processor. AMD calls these chips an accelerated processor unit, or APU. If you’re familiar with the CPU market, the APU might not be new to you: some of Intel’s Core i5 processors have a GPU onboard. Yes, Intel beat AMD to the punch, and it was almost a direct result of AMD’s financial hardship.
Despite yielding the first design wins to its chief rival, there is a silver lining for AMD’s APU initiative: even AMD’s slowest modern GPU bloody annihilates anything Intel has to offer. This includes the GPUs AMD plans to stick inside its processors, starting next year with Llano.

The Llano CPU is AMD’s first processor scheduled to adopt the Fusion APU design. Based on the die shots provided earlier this year, the chip strongly resembles an Athlon II X4 that has been shrunk from 45nm to 32nm to accommodate an onboard GPU.
This would make perfect sense given that Llano and Propus are both oriented for the mainstream. Marrying existing technologies manufactured at a smaller size is much easier than starting over with a brand new architecture when none is needed.
An uncanny resemblance: Propus (Left) and Llano (Right)

It is certainly worth noting that the above x-ray of the Llano is not complete; the bottom section of the chip has been cut off in press materials, meaning there’s even more silicon at play than we can see at this time.
However, judging from what we can see, the Llano APU will feature 512k-1MB L2 cache per core, no L3 cache and six Radeon HD 5000-series units for a total of 480 stream processors.
In short, Llano is shaping up to be an Athlon II X4 with 66% of a Radeon HD 5750 on board. If that bears out, then it is more than capable slugging Intel’s Clarkdale and Arrandale (Core i5) designs into the pavement without lifting much more than a few fingers.

Before we head into our final thoughts, let’s take a moment to quickly summarize all the architectures that have been tossed around in this article.

Family: Bulldozer
Cores: 4 to 8
Process: 32nm
Socket: AM3
Onboard GPU?: No
Platform: Scorpius
Role: Performance Desktop
Launch date: Late 2010

Family: Bobcat
Cores: 2-4
Process: 32nm
Socket: N/A
Onboard GPU?: Yes
Platform: Brazos
Role: Ultra Thins, Netbooks
Launch date: 2011

Family: Stars (Athlon II)
Cores: 4
Process: 32nm
Socket: C32
Onboard GPU?: Yes
Platform: Brazos
Role: Mainstream notebook, mainstream desktop
Launch date: 2011
Final thoughts

AMD has been saying that “the future is Fusion” for years, and the company is just now in a place with its capital and processes to realize that future. By 2011, AMD will completely revamp their desktop, laptop and netbook offerings with three innovative and purpose-built CPU designs, all of which can be paired with on-die GPUs if the market demands it.
You read that right: Llano isn’t the only design that can support an onboard GPU. AMD can pair Bulldozer and Bobcat modules with a GPU, too.
Now, AMD’s first generation Fusion won’t have the performance to take on the discrete GPU market, but the groundwork is being laid. It will start with mainstream and low-voltage in laptops and netbooks, respectively. Economical desktop designs aren’t out of the question either, but there are signs that something much bigger is in the works.
For example, Bulldozer may not be an APU now, but its relatively small floating point unit speaks to a future architecture that cedes floating point operations entirely to the GPU, a component that crushes the CPU in floating point performance.
And indeed, in conversations with AMD, this is the paradigm they have been working to kickstart: a computing ecosystem that recognizes CPUs and GPUs alike as valid processors for a program. They envision a day when processing tasks are easily and automatically sent to the best processor for the job.
We are just beginning on that road, the one that blurs the line between the CPU and the video card, but AMD appears poised to make a confident first step. They have the resources, they have the engineers, and they have the drive. AMD is extremely passionate about where they’re going with their market strategy; talking to engineers and representatives at all levels of the company reveals an infectious enthusiasm that can’t be manufactured or faked.
Do not believe for a moment that competition between AMD and Intel has waned: 2011 will be more exciting than ever.

hi there, I'll describe my initial problem first:

Packard bell PC imedia something, radeon sapphire 5670 HD GPU upgrade, recent (Jan 2012) windows 7 64 bit custom install upgrade from vista 32 bit, during which i backed up all files on a Samsung external hard drive, then did a complete hard drive wipe install of windows 7, then put it all back on using software run by the Samsung drive. Went perfectly as planned.
Other than that the PC was stock.

One day playing Cod 8, screen inputs failed, then keyboard failed, then funny smell from PC tower, so I switched it off. After analysis, showed to be PSU fail. I took the opportunity to build a better PC, as this one is quite a few years old now.
So I only used the hard drive (WD6400AAKS), Blu ray reader disk drive, memory card reader drive, and Radeon GPU from the old PC, everything else is new:

ASUS P8Z68-V LX mobo
Overclocked intel i5 processor with artic cooling freezer 13 CPU fan
Corsair TX650 PSU
Antec DF-30 case with 4 led fans
All cables and such are new, and all plugged in correctly

When turned on the first time, all fans on, leds, and everything started as it should have, but NO BEEP, monitor came on, instead of showing initial boot screen, asus version came up, then tried to boots windows, then just as the circles begging to circle the logo, it crashes, screen turns off, then on again, then back to asus screen, the windows screen crashes like before, then asks me to do startup repair or start as normally - NO OTHER OPTIONS. Every time I do this, it says it couldn't solve the problem, and restarts, then crashes, then restarts, then goes to startup repair option again. If i select start as normally, it just crashes again like before then loops back to startup repair option again.

I have tried all options possible after the startup repair fails, including command prompt stuff, system restores, image restores, hardware diagnostics, basically everything. It either fails, then goes back to the startup repair loop, or tells me there are no problems with the hardware, then goes back to the startup repair loop.

I AM AT A LOSS FOR WHAT TO DO. I can't find anything on the web to help, hoping some geniuses on here can fix my problem. I think my hard drive is corrupt, but signs have led me to believe its not completely corrupt - like it will see all the places and times on my hard drive to use when i select system restore, however after a fair time of trying each time, and with multiple possible restore points, it fails every time. I think all the other hardware is fine, and working as it should. I think some of the windows system files were damaged when the old PC's PSU blew while playing COD (it usually handles COD fine).

All and any comments appreciated, ask away and I will let you know if i have tried it yet.
Sorry for the long read! Cheers in advance guys!

Fans of the Fallout series who had difficulty with Fallout New Vegas either went out and bought a better computer to explore this post-apocalyptic wasteland, or simply roughed it out with their trusty and rugged sidearms in the Mojave. But as of July 6, 2011, Valve released one of the most awesome and complete patches for New Vegas in the history of the game. New Vegas players connected to the Internet should have received these updates from Valve:

Updates to Fallout: New Vegas have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:

New feature: system save is automatically created prior to endgame sequence. After credits, user is prompted to load save game. This will allow single save players to play DLC without creating a new game.Fixed issue where Minigun audio could get stuck/keep playing indefinitely when fired out of VATS.Script fix to restore destroyed ED-E. This should address issues players have with attempting to use certain companions (e.g. Rex) or when the player needs to clear his or her companions before entering an area (e.g. Zion / Honest Hearts).New “Companion Dismissal Terminals” added to Gun Runners and Lucky 38. These will allow players with lost companions from earlier patches to force-fire if they are experiencing problems attempting to get into DLC or areas that prevent companions from entering.Arms no longer lifted above head when sneaking with certain weapons.Fixed sound cutting out after extended playthroughs.Massive world optimizations in major areas for better stability/performance with multiple DLCs installed.Players can now have six or more DLCs installed without encountering an infinite “loading DLC” message on startup.Navmesh fixes/NPCs no longer getting stuck.Scripts added to keep certain NPCs who were marked as dead from respawning.Extensive world optimizations for Hoover Dam.Fixed lockup with Ranger Grant’s forcegreet at HD/NCR path.Fixed NPC AI packages so they don’t get stuck at HD.Fixed bug where upgraded ED-E could be killed in non-hardcore mode.Post-assassination Kimball now gets removed prior to Hoover Dam battle.Fixed navmesh around Camp Searchlight to improve performance over long soaks.Searchlight Troopers don’t bump into each other as often.Fixed navmesh on HD Observation Deck.New teleport locations for Legion path through Hoover Dam. Improves performance.Radio stations will work properly now if DLC is uninstalled.Fixed instances where it was possible to fast travel during Hoover Dam battle.Fixed case where recruited Remnants were hostile to player during HD battle on Independent and House paths. They will still turn hostile if you shoot them too much though.Two vending machines in Hoover Dam were facing the wrong way.Made it so Big Sal/Nero no longer accepts yield if the other is already dead.Removed Brotherhood objectives when ED-E is given to the Followers.Fixed rare instance where Cachino turned hostile on the player if player attacks Big Sal/Nero prior to Cachino entering the room.Fixed crashes in Ultra-Luxe.Fixed Alpha Squad snipers getting stuck when told to support player.Fix for Lily’s weapon being displayed oddly on her back..Improvements to navmesh and pathing in Great Khan Longhouse. Fixes crashes.Plasma Spaz now gives 20% AP reduction (was 10%).Fixed crash after hearing certain ED-E dialog triggers.Fixed instance where Boone would constantly holster his rifle in combat if player had lost rep with the NCR.Veronica no longer waits for player to speak to her before leaving after Hidden Valley is destroyed.Extensive optimizations in McCarran.Optimized NPC packages at Camp Golf to improve performance. Misfits now stay in a normal radius.Arcade now properly rants against Caesar (once).Motor-Runner Helmet now properly 0 weight. Also removed after quest completes.NCR Heavy Troopers will now attack player if you attack Hsu.Vulpes (and Alerio) now properly forcegreet if you somehow fast travel before their initial forcegreet fires.Killing hostages while helping Khans no longer fails quest.Gilbert/Ackerman now properly stay dead if murdered.Mr. New Vegas will only mention failed NCR attack on Powder Gangers if Troopers are dead and Eddie is alive.Fixed case where player could break quest with Orris if they fast traveled after he shoots thugs, but before forcegreet.Generic Powder Gangers now set as Aggressive (previously Very Aggressive).Fixed rare case of black screen during dialog at REPCONN facility.Fixed phantom quest marker remaining on Major Knight after he’s killed.Fix for incorrect dialog if player meets Bryce Anders after killing Motor Runner.Player can no longer isolate the BoS virus by hitting “isolate virus” three times on a single console.Fixed crash related to Arcade leaving the Remnants bunker.Fixed Nightkin encounter at Tumbleweed Ranch to occur after user reloads a save.Arcade will no longer attempt to initiate his quest during Hoover Dam.Hoover Dam Boomer Bombing Run now works properly after save/reload.Cass now only barks once per gameday and not every two gamehours.Fixed XP exploits with MantisForeleg.Massive optimizations in Westside, North Vegas and The Thorn. Improves AI pathing and performance with high uptimes.Optimizations in Vault 19.Fixed issue where Oliver Swanick would respawn after three days if killed.Pathing improvements to The Strip and North Sewers.Moved teleport doors on The Strip so NPCs don’t collide with players or other actors that stand in front of doors.Ethel, Walter, and the Station Merchant no longer wander or patrol to avoid collisions with other NPCs.Separated NPCs in the North Sewers.Fixed issue where window in Vault 19 let player see through the world.Greasers from Crandon’s quest now become disabled when the player leaves the area.Fixed a Legion melee NPC near Nelson that was under the terrain.Modified Legion and NCR hit-squad NPCs to use new level lists. They now have a smoother leveling curve that takes into account new level caps. Legion and NCR hit squad spawning was alsorevised to make their appearance more consistent and less memory-intensive.Fixed issue where Omerta thugs wouldn’t leave Freeside if you killed Joana and Carlitos.Cazador Poison Effect sound no longer plays globally if someone, somewhere gets stung. Only plays if the player is hit.Player can no longer repair the Grenade Launcher with the minigun.Fix for companions going into unconscious/conscious cycle over and over again when stung with Cazador poison. In normal mode (or against companions), Cazador poison now lasts 8seconds, doing 18 points of damage per second. It is, in fact, even deadlier than the normal version, but lasts 1/4 as long. In hardcore mode or against the player, poison remains 30 seconds/5 damage per second.Casino slot scripts altered so their max bets do not produce game economy-ruining levels of cap overflowHit the Deck and Stonewall now properly work with player’s weapon condition. Hit the Deck is now +25 DT vs. Explosives instead of +50% vs. Explosives.Adjusted Deathclaw fatigue to make them less exploitable with certain attacks. Inconsistent health values for Deathclaws were also corrected (in favor of stronger Deathclaws).Cazadores are now properly flagged as fliers, so they won’t set off mines.Increased radii for plasma and pulse grenades.Fixed bug where rescued Powder Gangers would return to the legion camp.Added Followers of the Apocalypse supplies to three areas of Hoover Dam if you gain their support and fight on independent or NCR paths. This also enables the FoA + NCR "good" ending through Julie Farkas.Optimizations for Westside.Fixed issues with Recharger Pistol animation.Fixed issue where Aba Daba Honeymoon wouldn’t update if the player was running O My Papa simultaneously.Typo: “Night Stalker Blood” changed to “Nightstalker Blood”Yes-Man now checks both Loyal and Pearl’s status before the player can tell him the Boomer leaders are dead.Removed “Intelligence” flag from Int