re: Surface Pro Demand: Don't Believe The Hype
OK, calm down Microsoft fan-boy. Everyone is entitled to their opinion whether you agree with them or not. First, I have better things to do with my time that wasting hours learing an infernal O/S that seems shorehorned into a desktop. There is NO objective reason for a desktop user to boot to a useless Gadgets screen. At least in Vista we could turn them off. And no, I didn't buy a touch screen with my desktop PC, and I don't WANT one. If I wanted a tablet I would have bought one. I'm using my desktop for WORK.
And I quote this from PC World, concerning DEP: "What appeared on the screen was a 0x0000005 error, followed by "Press CTRL-ALT-DEL to restart."
Of course, restarting did nothing but re-create the same error.
Diving into a Google search, I discovered that Windows 8 requires Data Execution Prevention (DEP), a feature of CPUs and motherboards that helps prevent malware or poorly designed applications from running program code out of parts of memory specifically allocated for data. The motherboard BIOS, in particular, must offer a DEP setting, which has to be enabled.
That's when I knew I was doomed.
The Abit IC7-G is a motherboard built by a defunct company, and it was already running the last available BIOS update. I verified the lack of a DEP setting. So it seemed as though this little project had come to a premature end." Similarly, DELL has not and will not offer a BIOS upgrade for my aging Core 2 Duo that includes DEP, so I'm screwed out of using Win 8 on it. (So, I'll put Ubuntu on it and use it for the Internet and Facebook).
Finally, you need some glasses. I too know how to use Google and upon visiting HP's OWN web site for the HP Photosmart 7520-e-all-in-one, you can in fact see a LOT of O/Ss there, and some Windows 8, and even Windows 8 Pro (32-bit), but NOT Windows 8 Professional (64-bit). It simply isn't there (yet). And I'm not talking about wanting some stripped down driver that offers simply printing functionality. Before I spend $$$ on a new printer I want the entire printer suite of applications to work. I mean, duh - THAT - is the whole rationale for getting a new printer compatible with Windows 8 Pro (64-bit) in the first place.
I hope Windows 8 succeeds.I hope the Windows tablets succeed and gives Apple a run for their money. And I like them including basic anti-virus (the new Windows Defender) and hope it keeps some of my cheap friends out of trouble. But the way Microsoft is shoving the Metro, er I mean "Modern UI", interface down everyone's throats is not a way to endear the new OS to everyone. Would you want to be forced to look at your wife's fat sister everytime you wanted to make love? Well, many of us who want to simply get work done do not want to be forced to look at a bunch of tiles first. It only serves to remind us everytime we boot up that Microsoft does not care about their customers but only cares about attempting to push us in their direction.
Finally, the "Crayola" colors of the Metro interface look gaudy (yep, that is a subjective opinion). Why not give people an option to tone those colors down a bit?