The UX of Windows 8 Technical Preview

I have no idea what I was thinking.  Why did I install Windows 8 on my Samsung Series 9 laptop?  It was running great.  I was happy.  Now, I have this ridiculous operating system with its horrible Metro UI.  Can you tell I don’t like it?

The start menu disappeared.  All these tiles showed up and none of them seem to work.  I couldn’t find anything I was looking for.  It’s buggy.  REALLY buggy.  I just don’t see the benefit of the new Metro tiles thing.  Maybe if it was a touch screen, but with a trackpad it was awkward at best.

I saw someone running Ubuntu on their desktop.  It had this cool flexy window thing when you dragged windows around.  It was cool!  That’s what I want.  I want fancy effects.  I don’t need a new lame tiles thing.  I almost installed Ubuntu after seeing it!

Windows 8 doesn’t seem to improve anything.  Let’s see how it fits in with other releases.  My reaction to each Windows release:

  1. Windows 3.1 – Better than DOS!
  2. Win 95 – Nice!
  3. Win 98 – Excellent!
  4. Win NT 4 – Fine, for servers.
  5. Win ME – WTF?!
  6. Win 2000 – Multi-threaded!  Awesome!
  7. Win XP – Perfect!
  8. Win Vista – Slow, junky, buggy.
  9. Win 7 – Yay! Back on track!
  10. Win 8 preview – Ouch!

I’ve beta tested every single one of these operating systems.  I would consider myself an expert in Microsoft operating systems.  This latest technical preview is pretty lame.  I calls it likes I sees it.

Now, I just need to decide if I uninstall back to 7 or try to live with it until the next technical preview.  Something tells me I will re-install Windows 7.

3 replies on “The UX of Windows 8 Technical Preview”

I wonder if the power of current processors have reached the point where it can easily run any software, now in the future. My desktop at home is about two years old and runs everything perfectly and quickly. The newest, high-resource graphics programs are no problem. Honestly, XP seemed to be able to handle everything just fine. So what are these new updates, are they just superficial. Although slightly different, I was looking at the features of droid Ice Cream Sandwich and almost all of the updates are just how things look. It can’t really do anything new. What will Win8 do for me. I looked at the wikipedia page and there was nothing. And what do i want? Voice control. I want to put on a little headset a whisper “‘Open Word.’ ‘Font’ Ariel 11. ‘Typing’ Here I am. ‘Save as ‘Essay.doc’ and put in the Dan folder on the desktop. Close Word. Open Chrome to Glen’s blog. Read the Blog to me. Send an email from my gmail account to Glen saying that ‘the future is now’. Computer, call Glen on his cell and put it on speaker.” I wish Microsoft would spend 5 years building that.

To bring back the Windows 7 start menu, go into your registry and edit HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorer. Change the value of RPEnabled from 1 to 0.

Or set it to 2 and you get both styles, but the Metro stuff doesn’t seem to work as well as when it’s set to 1.

Whatya think?