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Windows 8 Bugs

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.

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  • zero_cool

    Find Windows8 also quiet solid, dual booting with windows 7 ultimate, and no problems, but 2 things i noticed, my dvd drive is not showing (it shows in bios and win7 but nowhere on win8) and the weather tells me since today that i don’t have internet connection even though i do. Can’t wait for the Beta, hope it will be out soon

  • Penta2100

    My computer won’t resume from sleep in windows 8?

  • Jdenham6

    My processor runs continually at 100% and I don’t know why. Any ideas? I did install it on a “logical drive 30GBs” Could that be the prob?  Windows 7 32 and 64 bit runs beautifully on my machine.  Not sure if I’ve done something wrong.  I even did a reinstall while online so updates could install but same thing. Acer Aspire 3100, AMD 3500+ 1.8Ghz, 32oGB HD, 3GB ram. 

  • Admin

    Nice article. In my trials, I found: Switching between apps and trying
    to close them completely (unload them from memory) wasn’t as straight
    forward and clear-cut. Also, while I did get some-what used to using the
    metro start screen, I could help but think of the Wii Menu.

    It seems MS is now defending the metro start scree, especially in cases
    from keyboard/mice users. Why couldn’t MS combine the current task bar
    with a metro style. No, I’m not smoking anything…just  hear me out…
    =)

    Imagine combining the current task bar (start button, notifications, ‘n’
    all) with metro. So, when you click a blank area of the task bar the
    bar slides up (maybe 2/3 rds of the screen) and what is revealed is the
    metro start screen in the newly revealed area. Perhaps this will only be
    useful for users with keyboard and mouse (hmmm.. still the
    overwhelmingly majority of users, I think)…. but in the very least
    this could serve as a ‘transitional phase’ to gradually get everyone
    accustomed to the new metro start screen

    Overall, I had a pleasant experience with 8, and I could find myself
    easily using the new metro (as long as all the bugs mentioned in the
    c|net article are fixed too!)

  • Julius Malco

    I agree. To really test out the Dev Preview, I installed it on a 2 year old Windows 7 install on a laptop with 2 profiles that were heavily used. The only thing major I had to do was move a couple apps over from the Windows.old folder back into Program Files. 

    I also had a problem with one profile not loading Metro Apps properly (green screen bug). Creating a new user profile fixed the problem.

    My wife who normally hates it when I customize this laptop, loves the new interface and hasn’t complained ONCE about not being able to find anything – programs, websites, email all load perfectly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001789586718 Кирилл Ярин

    Green Screen bug was fixed in one of updates. Did you installed them?

  • Daniel Wolfram

    Anybody has a problem with booting the DP? Sometimes it freezes during the boot.

  • Santhoshkumar .p

    I installed developer preview in C:. Then i installed Windows 7 in D:. But windows 7 doesnot support drivers like USB,Bluetooth. After formatting C: only  7 supports drivers.
    But still some times 7 not drivers.