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Windows 8's Media Bug

Brace yourself for this bombshell: Microsoft is releasing a new OS that has some bugs.

Now that that the initial shock has worn off,  know that Redmond columnist Brien Posey still likes Windows 8 -- even with the (near to) launch-day bugs that we have all grown accustomed to.

Brien found the biggest issue he had in his short time with the new version of Windows was with Windows Media Player. He said that the sound would play without the video for both saved movie files and DVDs. This issue was found in both the Metro-style (for a lack of a better term) UI and the more familiar Desktop interface.

But Brien found the easy solution of using a third-party app for media takes care of this.

As someone who has always used a third-party app for videos (VLC Media Player), this doesn't sound like a near enough of a deal breaker to turn off some from upgrading. And if this turns out to be one of the more severe launch issues, Windows 8 may have one of the smoothest launches in recent memory (ignoring the constant Metro bashing).

I typically wait until the first service pack is released before making the switch. But with Microsoft offering Windows 8 for $40 to Windows 7 users, I am contemplating picking up a new OS on or around launch for the first time.

While your shop may be happy with sticking with Windows 7 for a while, what are your plans for your personal computer? Also, have any entertaining stories of Microsoft launch-day bugs? Share with us in the comments below.
-- By Chris Paoli

Posted by Chris Paoli on 10/01/2012 at 1:19 PM

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Reader Comments:

Sun, Oct 7, 2012 Tom Mariner Long Island, New York

Dual boot W7, W8 -- random freeze in W8 after 15 minutes or so. Dell 1340 notebook. Trying to install VS2012, but computer won't stay running long enough to complete. I don't give up easily and will keep trying until I nail it down.

Tue, Oct 2, 2012 Chris Florida

I clean installed Win 8 RTM on my new HP Probook. For the first day or two I was literally scratching my head thinking, why? why? But thinking about how my clients try (and fail) to use Android and/or iOS based tablets for business....then I realised that Win8 is going to be hugely adopted by the enterprise. I mean, users simply LOVE their tablets, despite the huge limitations they currently face. With a Win8 tablet, you get the best of both worlds so this is great. Now, on my desktop PC? Probably sticking with Win 7, at least for now. I'll keep Win 8 on my laptop for now too. So far the only thing that doesn't work is an IE browser plugin that doesn't work with IE 10 yet.

Tue, Oct 2, 2012

At home, the changes in Windows 8 with the new features in Linux have made Windows 7 my last Microsoft OS. I'm moving to Linux, especially with Steam releasing a version for Linux. At work, we will be sticking with Windows 7 for quite some time.

Tue, Oct 2, 2012 David Pearson Doncaster, England

I will be sticking with Windows 7 for the near future. While Win 8 is very fast at loading, the Metro UI is just overkill for a desktop PC IMHO. I must admit that while i do like some of the new metro apps. (mail being one of them) they are not a deal breaker to get me to upgrade. I also think that the removal of closing apps from within them is wrong.. I dont want to have to go to the top left of the metro ui to get the list of running apps and then select each one to close. When i have finished using it i wat to close it not leave it running in the back ground. Win 8 woudl be more readily be accepted by more people, if users were given the choice to select the metro ui or the desktop (with a start button) rather than being forced into metro . Don't even get me started on Dual displays or gaming on Win8 .. Sorry MS i much prefered Vista.. (runs and hides)

Tue, Oct 2, 2012 Chris

I'm sorry, maybe I missed it. What critical function does Win8 provide that isn't in Win7, a very stable platform that runs all my business apps? I have no driving issue that can justify the expense of retraining end users, training my IT personnel, purchasing replacement machines for the ones that can't handle Win8, and testing all applications for compatibility.

Mon, Oct 1, 2012 80s Rocker

I have been running Windows 8 since the RTM on a 3 year old Toshiba. I did a clean install of the OS and it is blazing fast. I have notices that sometimes it appears to hang for a 10-15 seconds. But I am not sure if this is an application issue or driver issue. If it continues after the launch, I will probably install Win7 back on the machine, get all the drivers installed and then upgrade to see if that makes a difference. The sporadic hanging is still not enough to convince me to not use Win8. As a developer I need Win8 installed (to test application locally) and I plan on getting a Surface tablet as soon as they are released.

Mon, Oct 1, 2012 Dustin Harper

Thanks Kenneth for the heads up on free WMC update. Marc Wagner - If it is older, it may not be supported. (discussed -

Mon, Oct 1, 2012 Brian Northern Nevada

Actually, WMP in Windows 8 is changed in another way, too. Internet radio streaming is no longer supported. But I'm not complaining! So far Windows 8 has been rock solid and fast. The Asus machine that crashed daily on Windows 7 hasn't had a single problem since I installed Win 8 RTM. Not only that, but I find it very easy to use now that I no longer have to click the Start button before doing anything.

Mon, Oct 1, 2012 Dave San Diego

One bug I found with Windows 8 was that it boots up almost instantly. I can't then go get a cup of coffee after turning on my laptop like I used too !!

Mon, Oct 1, 2012 Kenneth Southern USA

Dustin, since the $40 upgrade is for Windows 8 Pro you will also qualify for a free Media Center download which will give you the ability to play DVD's as well as other Media Center functionality.

Mon, Oct 1, 2012 Marc Wagner Bloomington, IN

There are always a few quirks. Some intentional, some not. I have been experimenting with Windows 8 since the Consumer Preview and I am now running RTM on all my machines. I've run Windows 8 on everything from three-year-old Atom-powered netbooks to the latest Core i7 hardware without difficulties. The only problems I am having are with a five-year-old Intel Celeron from Compaq. I have not yet checked for newer drivers but I am not hopeful. I think it is time to retire this old dog. (Which was lame the day I bought it!)

Mon, Oct 1, 2012 Kenneth Southern USA

Definitely going to take advantage of the upgrade pricing. 4 copies for each Win 7 machine in the Home Group. Even if we don't upgrade all machines this year, will have already secured a copy.

Mon, Oct 1, 2012 Dustin Harper

Microsoft removed the DVD playback codecs ( I don't consider it a bug. However, WMP doesn't really play a lot of various formats. VLC is definitely a must-have program for Windows. MKV, DVD, AVI, MP4 and on and on. WMP can play very little compared to others. DVD playback was a big one that was removed (due to licensing costs, apparently). So, not a bug, but definitely not something that should have gone away.

Mon, Oct 1, 2012

Sticking with Win 7 for now. I have Win 8 running as we have a SA agreement. At this time I don't see the move that great and really don't foresee moving as my primary OS for a while.

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