No start button, yeah… it’s A-Okay…
Windows 8 has gotten some real bad hype and sting from the internet and IT professionals as well, and rightly so. A few main concerns come to the front, and that being the “Metro” interface and the removal of the start button.
Both of these can be very annoying and potentially a complete reason to abandon the OS. I tried the developers preview when it arrived last year and decided it wasn’t for me. With 3 monitors it became an issue trying to open the “Charms” bar or any of the corner mounted hotspots.
I would read online reviews and scathing blurbs of the OS for months after that, and after release. I however, hate to follow the herd and decided, I would try this OS, Windows 8, again.
Installation was simple and sweet. I ran it from a USB thumb drive, and didn’t even Boot from it, just started it from my older Windows 7 desktop. I had no errors or glitches, it simply installed.
All of my hardware was recognized and setup, my ATI driver wasn’t beta of course, so I installed that manually.
First thing I did was head over to the desktop, testing the hot corners, for ease of use with the 3 monitors. Microsoft has updated it so there is a small section that grabs the pointer, I am guessing 3×3 or 6×6 pixels. This small change has made the use of the corners, simply painless.
Even the metro interface was muted by learning the Windows key shortcuts, which I prefer to mouse anyways. The Biggest three are of course;
Windows logo key +F Open the Search charm to search files
Windows logo key +Q Open the Search charm to search apps
Windows logo key +W Open the Search charm to search settings
Easily navigate my PC without really ever using the “Metro Start” screen.
I also found that “Quick launch” links on my “start bar” are better and quicker for the programs I use most often. Especially since I can open them using the windows key plus the number in the list, +1 would open Explorer for me! +2 is chrome app launcher… etc…
I will write about each segment of Windows 8 and how I use it, and how what was once known to be major issues by the herd, have really been minor, and in some cases exceedingly better ways of doing things… I kid you not.
So, to wrap this up. I am using Windows 8, I am really liking it and I think everyone that has hated it, should in the future (especially after ‘blue’s release) give it another try.