Your other option may be to use Windows 8 Enterprise, which may have options in it to do what you want.
Yanno, it would really behoove them NOT to do anything that is gonna piss off a whole bunch of people. They desperately need 9 to be a raging success, and forcing people to sign up for this 'live id' nonsense is not gonna go over well.
Maybe, it would be better to wait for 10 to implement such nonsense....
I understand about licensing conditions, and no one is forcing you to sign up, but in a way they are. If I am used to a Windows environment, I may be happy with the version I have, but then when support runs out, I have to go to a new version. So you are in a way being forced into the new activation model in you need to stay with Windows.
Besides, watch corporate users kick up a storm. If they can, then so can I.
Do you guys and girls give false names and addresses when you sign up for cable, Internet, or phone service?
I'm sure I already mentioned this but. the e-mail address you use for your live ID can be any e-mail address you want. It doesn't have to be a Microsoft Hotmail e-mail etc. And the Live ID password can be anything you want. It's not the password for the e-mail account you use, so Microsoft is not going to gain access to your e-mail. The only e-mail you get sent from Microsoft is to do with your Live ID. And those are just security notices for stuff like if you changed your password or linking a PC to your account.
Lots of Win 9 discussions so not sure where to put this but I'll start here.
So far everything I've read talks about new "features" such as the change to the Start menu (or screen or whatever it is called). On my Win 8.1 I only use desktop and easily have gotten along without a Win 7 type Start button. I doubt I would move to 9 for just the Start menu changes. So what, if any, "under the hood" improvements are known about with Win 9 at this point?
Everyone talked about improvements to 8 (and 8.1) vs. 7 in terms of performance, but I really never noticed. Frankly my Win 7 machines start up and shut down as fast or faster than my 8.1. I'm sure there are improvements that make 8.1 run better but they haven't hit me in the face as a casual user.
Just trying to decide if upgrading any of my machines would be worth it. I had hoped they would offer free upgrades but that doesn't seem likely.
edit: I realize I am jumping the gun by asking this at this pint but maybe some have an idea of real improvements.
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the start menu seems to be the "biggie" for a lot of users.
its not much of an issue on a desktop for me weather its a start menu or a metro style tile menu, but it is when it comes to my tablet, I cant even imagine trying to use a windows 7 style start menu on an 8" tablet.
someone actually said to me " you just need to carry a stylus", really, its like having a netbook and having to carry a mouse..
I hope they incorporate both now they have got us used to both, give users a choice, simple.
also, does anyone think that windows 9 install will grow in size by much, one of my tablets is already gasping for room with not much more than the op system on it.