For a developer preview, I think Windows 8 doesn’t have that many bugs.
I mean, it could be a lot worse; the operating system could crash every time I try to run a certain app, or WiFi could drop unexpectedly, but no.
There haven’t been any major issues with Windows 8 that I have noticed. There are a few things, though, that annoy me, but these will all probably be fixed by the final release or even the beta.
One of my biggest complaints right now is that if I open an application in Metro and switch apps by moving my mouse to the left side of the screen, when I try to go back to the other app that I was just in, it won’t allow me.
I have to go back to the Metro interface and click on the app and wait for it to load. Sometimes it has what I’m working on still up, but other times, it just completely closes the app.
This usually happens when I’m using the Metro version of Internet Explorer and I can’t use a certain website without Flash.
I usually open the website in the desktop mode and then (try to) switch back and forth between web pages. Hopefully Microsoft will have a fix for this bug soon.
Another thing that annoyed me when I originally installed Windows 8, (on the netbook that I use to test software that could potentially be dangerous if it was used on a normal computer) was that none of the Metro apps besides the control panel loaded.
At first I was thinking that I would never properly be able to test Windows 8 out when I went online and found out that some other people had the same problem. Searching through some forums led to the root of the problem; the screen resolution.
Most netbooks have a 1024 x 600 screen resolution while the basic standard for most regular computer screen monitors is 1024 x 768. I searched online for a solution to that problem and found a little article on my exact problem.
It explained a registry edit to allow you to scale your monitor’s resolution higher. I made the edits, restarted, and sure enough, I could now make my resolution normal. Of course it seemed that something was a little off with the screen, but I was just happy that I could run Metro apps.
Finally, this bug might actually be related to the first bug I mentioned, but it still really annoys me. Whenever I wake my computer up from sleep, I go through the log in process and it loads and then nothing happens.
There is just a green screen. At first I thought that there was no way to get out of the green screen, but then I figured out that all you have to do is press the “Windows” key on your keyboard.
It takes you right back to the Start screen. Even though there is an easy way out of this bug, it is still annoying.
It always seems to happen when my computer goes to sleep while there is an open Metro Internet Explorer. That is why I think it might be related to the first bug where Internet Explorer quits on me.
Overall I think the Windows Developer Preview is great for a developer preview, but needs some improvement.