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W8 installation and use discussion - No critical analysis, please.

By CharlieSpencer ·
I'm starting this so we can trade hints, tips, and 'how to' regarding the installation and use of Window 8 Consumer Preview. This discussion is NOT for overall evaluation of this beta OS, Microsoft's strategy, or comparison to other operating systems. As much as possible, please restrict your comments to technical issues of W8 and any included apps.

Thanks.

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Product key

by CharlieSpencer In reply to W8 installation and use d ...

Installing from the web page should not require a product key. Installing from the ISO does. I was successful on the 32-bit version using:

DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J

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Prompt for CD/DVD drivers

by CharlieSpencer In reply to W8 installation and use d ...

I've found several references that say a prompt for CD or DVD drivers during the pre-install checks is due to a corrupt .ISO. I had such a problem myself, and downloading the .ISO again cured it.

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Can't find Office tiles - anybody?

by CharlieSpencer In reply to W8 installation and use d ...

I installed Office as one user and was able to see the tiles that were created. However, When I Iog on as a different user I don't get any Office tiles and can't figure out how to start an Office app.

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Has anyone figured out what the Esc key does?

by CharlieSpencer In reply to W8 installation and use d ...

It almost acts like it's Alt-Tabbing between applications. I haven't figure out how to close an app yet, so that's why I was hitting Esc. I don't know what it's supposed to do, but it doesn't close an app.

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Bottom left hotspot - problem with Start 'button'

by CharlieSpencer In reply to W8 installation and use d ...

I can't figure out the bottom left Start hot spot. I move my mouse to the bottom left, the button for the Start page appears, but when I move my mouse to click on it, it disappears before I can click it.

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