Windows 10 Technical Preview First Impressions

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October 2, 2014 at 19:15:04
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Hey Everyone,

So, what do you think?

Personally, I love it...

Sure, the UI and overall functionality aren't much different from a buggy Windows 8.1, but the few features they have added are certainly hinting at something much better.

The multiple desktop environments are really cool, though I haven't had much use for it yet I am certainly excited about the direction Microsoft's taking the OS.

Some things I'm really pumped for is all of the core system/kernel changes that a lot of people have been suggesting.

One of these is NTFS 2 (or possibly EXT4) - I don't really understand why Microsoft is still using a 20 year old file system. Backwards compatibility makes no sense, if I want to transfer files to another computer I usually only use a flashdrive, DVD, or NAS. I guess it makes it possible to have two different OSs on the same drive, but really this shouldn't stop a new file system from being created, the new OS should just support NTFS too.

I'm actually glad that the Start Menu is optional, though the redesign isn't as bad as the original.

And I wish that they'd add in a few new Windows themes, Aero would be nice, though I think Ubuntu 14 is the nicest UI I've seen in a while

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October 6, 2014 at 16:41:43
I have only had a few minutes to play around with it on a spare netbook, overalll I like the look of it.

The big thing for me is the ability to use metro apps in a window.
Previously I found the metro apps practically useless as they took too much space.

I am not too excited over the re-introduction of the start menu, since my start screen just has a list of desktop shortcuts anyway.


As for NTFS, we are already on NTFS version 3.1 :)

There was rumors of a new filesystem WinFS during the windows vista previews, but that did not seem to materialise.

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October 14, 2014 at 12:36:39
Well, installing has been a pain. I've tried to install to a secondary drive that happens to be GPT, but my main drive is MBR and I have UEFI firmware. The installer refuses to let me install on the partition, citing its GPT nature. Maybe I'll split my main drive in 2, and see if Win10 installer will like that better. Later.

NT56erbx: I don't really understand why Microsoft is still using a 20 year old file system.
Out of curiosity, what has NTFS been missing that requires it to update?

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October 18, 2014 at 16:53:07
You can disable UEFI in the BIOS (or enable legacy booting).

This will stop any existing operating systems from booting, as the legacy BIOS will not understand UEFI.

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