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Joy Turns to Despair When Retailers’ Confusion Spreads to Customers. 

 

windows 8

12 November 2012
Melbourne Australia
tech-news.tv

Overview

Microsoft recently launched one of the largest marketing campaigns of all time, celebrating their 3 new similar but very different platforms. The 3 new platforms, Windows 8, Windows 8 RT, and Windows Phone 8 all look and act similar, they are a major leap from all previous versions of Windows but familiar on the surface (pun intended). Windows 8 RT really is Windows 8, but only runs certain apps from the Microsoft version of the iTunes Store Simply called Windows Store, this is due to the CPU on ARM that is on RT devices not being Intel based. So all 3 run applications or apps that will only work on one of the 3 types of devices,

This means for example a Windows RT tablet will not currently run Microsoft Outlook, (or any other Windows 7 application) but has other special RT only Microsoft Office Products on it, Windows phone8 doesn’t run outlook but like RT will sync with your mail. Many believe this confusion could have been avoided had Microsoft just released the Phone OS to tablets rather than offering a 3rd hybrid, Widows 8 RT.

The confusion is not limited to consumers retailers also are having some challenges getting across the differences in the 3 platforms, especially Windows 8, and Windows 8 RT.

As a long time agnostic tech fan boy, I was excited when Windows 8 had its official launch recently. I have been using it sometime via the Microsoft MSDN developer licensing program. Here the mission was simple, to see and buy some dedicated Windows 8 hardware, tablets or laptops running Windows 8 with an Intel i5 or i7 chip, instead of ARM, (RT8) or Win8 on an Atom CPU with Windows 7 that has now been upgraded to Windows 8. First thing I saw was an ad for some of the high street stores showing these new ‘wares’. Unfortunately, none of the retailers understood there was a difference between RT and Win8. I asked for a touch screen laptop or tablet, to my delight I saw an RT device (did not know it was RT at the time. To the retailer Windows 8 was windows 8. Hmmm. It turns out that none of the new windows 8 devices were anything new. I tried to explain the Win8 vs RT differences. RT will not run outlook email, only apps from the windows store. Windows 8 devices will run windows 7 software.
I had a bit of an argument when the sales assistant and his manager insisted to me that RT and Windows 8 ran the same software. Look RT has Office on it and mail. Yes but mail is not outlook and only RT apps run on RT. I am mistaken I was told. This was now the manager, and I just shook my head and left. Thanks Harvey Norman (or Hardly Normal as I call them) . At the Good Guys, another retailer, it was easier, sorry mate nothing in yet. It was only at Office Works, that they actually apologized as they only had one touchscreen laptop in. Hey but he knew what I was asking for.. well done.

This is the problem. How does Microsoft expect consumers (those not beta testers since Windows 1) to understand RT vs Windows 8 when the retailers do not.

Microsoft needs a good 3 item commercial, that does not pretend to be 3 devices at the same time.


By Mr Internet
Melbourne Australia
9 August 2012 (likely tomorrow where you are)

 

Beta Hells: Office 2013, Windows 8 Build 8400 Over Office 2010 = Install Suicide

 

  • I Know I know, testing a beta is always dangerous. But 2 betas on top of each other, is silly, doing both as upgrades over previous versions, then it would be a miracle if something did not work right.
  • But I can only take some of the responsibility: Many reviews said to install Windows 8 over Windows 7 was a good idea this time.
  • The same reviews said Office 2013 over Office 2010 was also not an issue.
  • Wrong answers for this puppy.
  • To start 64bit windows 8 build 8400 would not install over windows 7 64 bit but after a few tries all was pretty good, with a slight performance increase (as installing any new OS will do even if over the top). My test machine a quad core home built PC with 8GB Ram and a Quad Core CPU, with a few TB of storage, is more than enough to handle this task.  Then when office 2013 came out a few weeks later, Windows 8 seemed a great opportunity to see how they went together.
  • Firstly office 2013 did not like an old FrontPage 2007 32-bit app, so it went, leaving my office 2010 64 bit intact, I chose to install Office 2013 to run in parallel, with 2010, so I could blow it out if I got into problems.
  • Before you could say oh fire truck, none of the 2010 apps would run, none of the office extensions would open either on 2010 or 2013, I could not assign any extensions to work with 2013, but they would open with 2013 if opened.
  • Worse of the lot was Outlook 2013 would not open period, and neither would 2010. Oh well I gave it a try. So I went about uninstalling 2013, crash, uninstall, 2010, crash. Manual, crash, Oh crap…. Time to wipe it…
  • There lies the moral of the story, I always always test  on my primary machine so I can get the full effect of the software, the secret is to ALWAYS, run your OS only form a drive, and install all software to another drive, and your data, to another, then 123 backup data to another drive, cloud, & external drive. So when I then ran Windows 8 again wiping my Windows 7 after trying to fix it for days, I did a clean install WOW what a performance difference. The system rocks.

Summary Tips

  1. Never install beta software on a primary machine UNLESS you are prepared for what happens if it dies, and requires a full re-install and wipe
  2. Install your OS ONLY in a drive or partition by itself (so if you wipe it you have less pain, and it keeps your system cleaner/ faster / leaner.
  3. Regardless of the recent news, good back-ups = piece of mind and make things work better.
  4. Forget the reviews and reviewers saying to upgrade software always consider doing a clean install, that has not changed since windows 3.1

windows-7

If Like me you have loved the windows 7 Beta experience, you may have unfortunately bumped into an issue involving, permission issues especially around Outlook 2007 (funny enough the only program I have had problems with) both on 64-bit and 32-bit versions. Microsoft has a solution but not being very public with it.

Solution

Solution Using the SubInAcL tool from Microsoft to fix permission issues in the registry has solved installation errors for several products including Flash Player, and outlook 2007 .

Warning!
The following solution involves the Windows System Registry.
Editing or manipulating the registry incorrectly can result in serious system damage which may require reinstallation of the operating system. If you are not comfortable editing the registry, then take your system to a professional or ask a 7 year old. I cannot be held responsible for damage resulting from this information.. yada yada

You must have administrator privileges to successfully complete these instructions.

1. Follow the instructions to download the SubInACL tool from the Microsoft Download Center.

2. Install SubInACL.

3. Download the reset_fp10.zip file.

4. Extract the reset_fp10.cmd file to C:\Program Files\Windows Resource Kits\Tools\. Important: Be sure that both the subinacl.exe and reset_fp10.cmd files are in the same location here: C:\Program Files\Windows Resource Kits\Tools\.

5. Double-click reset_fp10.cmd. 6. This will open a command window and execute the SubInACL tool. 7. Do not use the machine while SubInACL is running.

8. When it is finished you will see “Press any key to continue”.

9. Install the software . bada bing

 enjoy

Oh I had the same problem on multiple machines and every beta version (except 7068),
It is worse on 64-bit 7100 than any others, the outlook connector program helped, as well and installation of 3rd party email aps (like mail washer pro) helped in some cases.

Hope this gets sorted in RTM.


 

If you have had Open GL issues in Windows 7 in my case running Boxee alpha for windows  but have the latest NVIDIA driver for windows 7 version 181.71 dated march 2, 2009 for(  windows 7 version 7700 in my case), then here is the easy fix (as of April 2009). Simply go to the NVIDIA site and select vista driver (version 182 dated 2 April 2009 for example. Bata boom, it downloads the windows 7 beta driver not listed.

I am sure NVIDA will update things but for now this worked a treat and tested on 2 machines a quad core 6600 with 4gb ram and a New Intel Classmate laptop tablet netbook  running Intel 845 chipset links move around but try here http://digg.com/u11Jt5


 An updated Intel Classmate, this Webcam, Wi-Fi n, Waterproof, Touch screen Tablet is a joy to behold. Did I hear someone say spare handy media center device.. yeah baby

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 Intel released some time ago the Classmate Netbook.  Now updated with the Atom Processor and up to 2GB Ram and with the possibly of windows 7 (as installed on this one), it is a spiffy little beasty,  well designed for schools is well worth a serious look for Netbook geeks (like me) as well. It detects wi-fi very fast (some such devices are not so quick on detection. More impressively it took an install of Windows 7 Ultimate with no problems at all (installed by memory stick) , as there is no internal DVD drive an external one can be added cheaply. 

Orginally designed for schools this spunky little number when windows 7 is added, is an even better device. 

·         1 or 2gb ram

·         16gb Flash HDD

·         Dual USB ports

·         Webcam built in 1.3 mp

·         Water resistant, s

·         Shock proof

·         10/100m Ethernet

·         802.11 b/g/n

·         Unofficially Runs Windows 7 Ultimate 

Installed with Windows XP

·         8.9” screen

·         LCD  1024 x 600

·         6.5 Hour Battery Life

·         Built in speakers and microphone

·         1.4kg

·         50CM Drop Test

·         Linux and Windows Support

 

The device is sold in Australia via ASI Solutions 0396743145

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Even an OS can be inspirational

 

You can put a new operating system on an old laptop- Yes you can

You can put a New Alpha OS release on an old laptop and it will work like a better new laptop- Yes you can.

You can put a new Windows Alphas OS that looks a lot like Vista, (a lot) but with tighter code, smoother running and only <gulp> needing 512mb to run well ; but with 1gb will go like it had 4gb – Yes you can

Forgive the inspirational overtones but it has been that sort of week (even here in Australia).

So …

Ok I am a bit of a self confessed Microsoft Fan boy, and yes I love vista. I am of course running it on a quad core CPU with 5 TB storage and 4 gb of ram (though it only uses 3gb in my 32bit set-up).

So when I was offered (by proxy) to try out the new Windows 7, on my own old dell laptop, I scoffed.

I even set aside half a day to install tweak, and hack my way to getting a new alpha OS working before I would give up a reinstall my trusty XP license.

It was not to be.

It worked 1st time (not even with XP was it flawless)

But it worked, it installed in 20 minutes, and oh my it hums .

For the sake of it I tried to install vista on the same laptop and it scoffed at me, ran like a bad dog and then would not run .. crashed , I mean my test laptop (an old dell d600 1st gen has a Pentium M 1.4 ghz) what do you expect.

So Microsoft, what are your intentions with my OS –

Phones, Netbooks, PC’s Cars, think you can.. hope you will;  it rocks ..

Updated 15 November 2008 

How to activate Windows 7 (call microsoft) or go here

 Updated March 2009

As well pointed out the ‘how to activate’  is well out of date, as is beta 6801.
This blog from november 2008, and was about the quality of the beta and windows 7 overall.
Thanks for looking.