Originally Posted by ZenithPete
I'm surprised at this thread because it doesn't seem to be much geared toward HTPC use. The metro interface is definitely an improvement over desktop mode for using a remote or a touchscreen device, and launching apps and programs like Netflix and browsers. I have always tried to minimize the time I see the desktop at all on my windows htpcs, I guess not everyone has the same approach.
I don't understand the hatred toward metro when it comes to HTPCs, which is what this forum is about.
If there aren't compatibility problems with your hardware and software I would not hesitate to install it when building an HTPC.
I won't get into whether it's a better OS for business and general use, because this is not the forum for it.
I agree that the Metro interface has potential for use in an HTPC, but so far, the real-world experience seems to fall far short. Take a look at this video of someone trying to use his remote with Metro Apps
. It's a very mixed bag of results.
I'm not currently convinced that Microsoft has designed the Metro SDK with Remotes in mind, only touch/keyboard/mouse. Perhaps someone can tell us otherwise?
I'm also trying to find out how I can get my HTPC to autologon and boot straight into WMC. It doesn't seem to be possible in Windows 8.
In Windows 7, I could use NETPLWIZ to set up autologon, and WMC had "startup when Windows starts up" and "always remain on top" options. In Windows 8, both of those options are gone from WMC, and although NETPLWIZ is still present, it no longer seems to work for autologons.
Bottom line: Microsoft want WMC dead and buried, but there's currently nothing to replace it with in the Metro Market.