Windows 8 Hands-On Video Preview, Blindingly Fast Boot-Ups

Windows 8 Hands-On Video Preview, Blindingly Fast Boot-Ups

There has been no shortage of buzz and chatter about the Windows 8 Developer Preview that Microsoft let fly during their BUILD Developer's conference this week.  What's even more interesting is that they made their new beta baby available for public download as well.  So we wasted no time in installing the pre-release software on one of our Intel Core i5-based notebooks here in the HH Lab.  We came away impressed at the current state of the new operating system, however, there is little question that Win 8 is a radical departure from previous versions of Windows.  In fact, it could be easily said that Windows 8 isn't really "Windows" at all.

You be the judge on that but to be sure, Microsoft is developing their new OS from the ground up to offer a whole lot more than some short-sighted opinions have judge it to be.  Windows Phone 7 for the desktop?  No, not in our opinion. There's little question that Microsoft is placing a monumental bet on touch interfaces in the future but even with a keyboard and mouse at the helm, it's easy to see there's a whole lot more going on under the hood of Win 8. 

And performance?  Well, just watch at least the first 30 seconds of our video walk-through of Windows 8 and see for yourself.  If boot times are any indication of Microsoft's performance targets, we think speed freaks and performance enthusiasts might be in for a nice surprise as well.  Fire up the video reel and kick back.  Then peruse the screen shot gallery below.  Of course, be sure to check out our BUILD conference preview of Windows 8 as well.  Enjoy.



Windows 8 Screen Shot Gallery - Click images for high res



Metro and The Classic Desktop



Performance Monitor, IE10 and Gallery of Memories


Paint and RSS Headlines


Control Panel


Near Me and Sharing via Social Networks

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I still love the classic view. Never going to give it up! :D

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I agree. But this at least has me interested- then again I rarely use ms bloatware

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Thanks for the preview Dave. As a tech working in education it is nice to see what the future is going to be. Is there and truth to 64-bit OS version of Windows 8 not supporting the classic view? I have also heard rumors that Microsoft may decide to only ship this in a 64-bit version... what is your take?

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I was running the 64-bit version of Win 8 in this video, Omega. So, Classic view is there for sure. :)

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Dave_HH:

I was running the 64-bit version of Win 8 in this video, Omega. So, Classic view is there for sure. :)

Good to hear, I thought that sounded a bit odd when someone said that it would not be in the 64 bit version.

All my systems are 64-bit and Dell is not even selling 32-bit systems to business customers anymore.

Thanks.

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Great preview. I haven't been keeping up with all the Windows 8 news coming out. This helped me get an idea of what to expect. Thanks!

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So do the tablets and lower spec devices run the full version of windows 8 or just the metro interface?

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"Excellent Preview. WIN 8 definitely has its merits. Right off the bat, I see the major problem with IE and the Metro interface. I know its a preview, and its made so that it can be tested in Tablets, but If i'm using it on a desktop , why does it have to pull up the Mobile browser version of IE in Metro, and so to get flash enabled, I have to switch to the Classic version.  The other thing is , in Classic mode, within the Start tab, there is no Programs selection tab."

"The Metro UI appeals to me. I use a 27" monitor as my primary and a 22" pivot 90 degrees for Facebook, Twitter and other stuff. Seeing this video , I have a couple of  questions. Can I use it in a double monitor setup, The Metro UI in one monitor and the classic in the other? Two, can you try Metro out in pivot mode to see if it works. I'm guessing it will, just hope that there isn't a glitch. The appeal is that I can more easily scroll vertically through the Apps than horizontally with a mouse and fit more apps side ways." 

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Its writen in big white letters! START! that metro something is just a better Start menu - Destop - Gadgets (now named apps) ....................................... and they are trying to have two interfaces, one for your convinience, and one for your standard tasks (first is this nice metro interface, and standard is the windows we are used to) It also will be a universal software for PCs and tablets so PCs have the ease of use of a tablet, and tablets if they want the power of a full PCs....... thats my review to the video I saw now :)

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cool UI, Though classic will be hard not to use most of the time. 

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Don't suppose someone has a link to the download I can't find one from a site that I would trust. And all other references that I can find refer to it being Developer Network only for download :(

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Sure looks pretty slick, and that boot time is great. Won't have time to raid the fridge now. lol

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Looking pretty slick and downloaded the 64 bit .iso the other night.also like seeing the update Task manager and Process Manager.Pretty interested in checking the the suspend feature.Currently have 8GB ram so should be no problem.Like many prefer the classic UI and this excellent preview encourages me to install the beta and see for myself ..wish I had an SSD but will make do with what I have .

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Fast Boot is not indicative of O/S performance gains.

Fast Boot is achieved by loading a kernel hibernation file, and then initialising the user session.

Hence, it's a partial hibernation resume, rather than a cold boot, and there is no P&P enumeration, or changes to config, drivers, etc.

Full cold boot is still required for these scenarios, and is comparible to Win7 cold boot.

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Hey! I think that your right xblive,Wink although I do not know much about that sought of tech talk.Confused I do agree that it should be a cold start to do this test right.Yes One more thing that I forgot to mention is that I did see the boot up go through the section where it asks you to press delete to enter bios, but maybe I just don't know enough about this tech talk yet.Confused  I think I may send an e-mail to Dave who put this article up & ask him about it.Smile

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@xblive - What I can tell you is this was a "cold boot" in terms of the classic end user scenario. The notebook was powered down completely and the user logged off. When I hit the power button, you saw the BIOS screen flash and then the SSD was accessed to initiate boot. I understand what Win 8 is doing versus Win 7 in this scenario but the average end user's experience, at least with a middle of the road SSD like the 80GB Intel X25 (first gen) drive, is going to be exactly like this. Fast, really fast; at least with this beta preview of the OS.

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I also can tell you that Win 7 doesn't boot nearly as fast on this exact machine with the same hardware and setup.

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Dave_HH:

I also can tell you that Win 7 doesn't boot nearly as fast on this exact machine with the same hardware and setup.

yep this is true and just checked it out by installing the Win 8 preview on the exact same hardware just a different partition of the same HD..I do not have a SSD and my Win 7 install is pretty lean with unnecessary apps at boot but the shorter boot time is quite noticeable.on the Win 8 Preview

After watching this vid preview it motivated me enough to check it out for myself and see..& have a lot of exploring to do with it.

Not just the boot speed but the Metro UI and just 'cuz.  it  looks like you guys had some fun as well.

 

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Well, I got to admit it! It does boot up fast & the classic view is okay. Except for the shortened start menu look. That new start menu look, is that taken from the windows 7 phone look. I don't like it at all. Anyway I don't think that the beta release will be like the eventual release of the windows 8 itself. Bad luck that I got so many copies of windows operating systems. Now I have to buy at least one of these new windows 8 OS. Also I forgot to add that I hate them putting in the Metro UI within this new operating system.

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Came across a bit ot a registry tweak to stop the Metro UI and toggle ' it on and off.

run regedit from the developer command prompt.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

set the key RPEnabled to 0

to but it back simply change if back to 1 [you will see the Start Icon change from the registry change for non-Metro.]

Really do not thinks that this Beta preview is going to be actually like the release..But the above registry hack is effective.

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hmmm I might just hold up on my re-install, finally got enough memory to make x64 worth while. Question is, historically speaking every other version of windows has always sucked lol. Is this what ME was to 98?

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It's looking pretty good..and some interesting apps. Although I don't understand the need to suspend them instead of actually ending them. I think I'll most likely end up using the classic view though.
I have to say I'm liking the new task manager..I never liked the little detail provided by the old one.
Thanks for the video :)

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Sine posting the above registry got some feedbac recently it is better to use

 the Metro Tweaker instead of the above registry 'tweak'.

here is some info and links for the Metro Tweaker

http://www.eightforums.com/software/2476-metro-tweaker.html

screenie

and avoid any messages It will also likely update your system.

with Firefox 6 & Classic Task Manager & non -Metro UI

 

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Can't say I really have any complaints so far, although I definitely haven't tested it personally; the connection speed on campus is kind of...horrible, actually. But I think I'll reserve my opinion until I actually get my hands on it to play around. The boot looks good anyway, and here's hoping, I guess. I'm willing to give it a shot, but if my current status is any indication, I'll end up trying it out on somebody else's laptop; I'm still running XP. Not necessarily because I want to--it just hasn't broken yet, and I haven't been able to throw the money at a new one.

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