Sunday, October 07, 2012

Buggy Windows 8 #1

I am back on the blog!

After spending hours on my HP Elitebook 2760p, I finally got the newly released Windows 8 Pro properly installed on the tablet. Thanks to the streamlined, redesigned setup process, installing Windows 8 from scratch is much easier even than Windows 7, though due to the lack of Windows 8 drivers for several tablet devices, additional steps are must required to cofigure the Windows 8 in order to make all devices and essential HP applications workable. Another individual post will be talking about the custom steps in details.

Today, and from now on, let's talk about the bugs I found from Windows 8.

Since Apple started dominating the mobile industry, it seems that Microsoft has been pushed for a long time by the competitors, the consumer market and the end users, therefore the Redmond Gaint was too keen to quickly become a key player in both consumer and enterprise arenas of today. Unfortunately, like Windows Vista, Windows 8 was born under too many pressures and anxieties.

As a result, Windows 8 is buggy, even though it has a good look.

Here are some bugs I found during my first taste of the deluxe Windows 8, and the issues were never seen in its earlier versions (except one for Windows 7).
  1. Once Windows is restored from hibernation, the system always turns Second Screen settings from my pre-configured Extend mode back to the default PC Screen Only mode. Hence, you have to press Windows + P again and again every time you wake up your computer from deep sleep, and rearrange the windows to the second screen!

  2. When no battery is detected, Windows shows an unplugged battery icon in the notification area. However, if you click the icon, a correct icon (no battery and plugged in) is shown in the pop-up details. See below.

  3. Once a netowork connection is disconnected, its previous IP address is still pingable, although you cannot see the IP address on any listed interface (IPCONFIG /ALL) as the media state is disconnected. Double checked the same senario with Windows XP and Windows 7. Unfortunately, Windows 7 did have the same issue, and Windows 2008 was also reported on this. Windows XP never bahaved like this. This could cause false detection if a script is designed to use Ping for detecting interface status.

  4. If you have dual monitors, once you click the network connection icon on the system tray (notification area), the big Networks list slides on the right side of primary or secondary screen, randomly! It is a bit annoying to check both screens for the same list, especially when working with a large external screen.

  5. The Internet Explorer app can never be closed by mouse or touch gestures. Both Close Tabs and Backward button on the screen have no way to close the app. The only way to forcely quit is by pressing ALT-F4 when the IE app is active. The same situation applies to the built-in Mail, People, Messaging and Calendar apps. If it is by design for Mail and Messaging, what's the point to keep the IE app always running in background??

    Update: It's by desgin of Windows 8. To close a Metro app, point your mouse or finger on the top of the screen and drag it all the way down to to bottom. The operation is easier for using hand and a bit awful for mouse operation.

To be continued.