Windows 8: The Thread

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  1. dummy27

    dummy27 Notebook Consultant

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    Is it possible to dual boot Windows 7 and Windows 8?
     
  2. miner

    miner Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    The battery meter shows up along with the clock in the Metro UI which can be seen if you activate the 'charms' from the right side of the screen. This should work inside any metro app.
     
  3. killkenny1

    killkenny1 Too weird to live, too rare to die.

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    Tiley bit is the new start menu. The environment is called "Metro".
    Point mouse cursor to the right edge of the screen. That "thing" is gonna appear, click on settings and there at the button you'll power button or something like that. I found it without any problems. Or do like excalibur1814 said.
    Yes. I did so.
     
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    Well , Windows 8 CP is obviously not meant for PC users.
     
  5. Mitlov

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    I'm actually totally fine with a Metro start screen replacing the Start menu...I just wish there was a actual physical button to bring up that screen instead of just putting your mouse in a particular corner.

    Anyway, I chickened out on trying to set up a virtual machine running Windows 8 on my laptop. I've only got one PC machine and I need it for work. I'll wait for the retail release, but I'll probably buy it as soon as it's released. I like what I'm seeing.
     
  6. MoabUtah

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    when you are at the metro screen press Win+I this will bring up the sidebar with power icon

    More metro screen keyboard shortcuts

    Win+Z then Enter= all apps

    Win+F Open Sidebar with Files search

    Win+X Limited start menu popup(lower left corner)

    Win+H Share sidebar

    Win+K Devices sidebar

    Win+P Second Screen Sidebar

    Win+W Open Sidebar with Settings Search

    Win+Q Open sidebar with apps search

    Win+C Main Sidebar and Time-Date

    ESC takes you to the legacy Desktop (may not work until you load the legacy desktop for the first time using Desktop Tile or Win+D after logging in.

    Win toggle between Metro and legacy desktops (may not work until you load the legacy desktop for the first time using Desktop Tile or Win+D after logging in.

    These also work on the legacy desktop, all but Win+Z
     
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    Have anyone tried installing W8 on a VHD?
     
  8. Mitlov

    Mitlov Shiny

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    Question about the virtual machine programs. They require that you allocate a certain amount of your RAM, but less than your full amount, to the virtual machine. Does this only occur when your virtual machine is running? I wasn't going to try to switch back and forth between Win 7 and Win 8, so can I allocate 3 or 4 GB of my 6 GB of ram to the virtual machine and not have performance affected when I'm not messing around with Win 8?

    Also, how much HDD space should I use for my Virtual Machine? Is 50 GB adequate for messing around with Win 8?
     
  9. MoabUtah

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    Yes running as a VHD in Virtualbox in Windows 7 64bit.
     
  10. lovelaptops

    lovelaptops MY FRIENDS CALL ME JEFF!

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    Apparently it W8 will only supported signed versions of nVidia hybrid drivers. See this thread for more discussion about it. For us Sony Z1 owners who want nVidia drivers more current than 2009, W8 will apparently not support them in hybrid mode. I believe you can install newer drivers if you give up the switchable feature, which I doubt anyone would want to.

    More basic question: For anyone, not just people with hybrid graphics, if you don't have a touch screen device, what is the incentive to "upgrade" to W8?
     
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