Windows 8 Installation GUI makes me mad

Maybe this is trivial, but it really irks me:

As Windows 8 first loads a user profile, it gives a mini-tutorial on how to move the mouse into a corner to access your start menu or metro apps or whatnot.  It’s nice enough, except for one tiny thing – except for the very beginning of the animation, nowhere does it say “Tutorial” on it.  I started my first Win8 install, walked away, and happened to walk back when the animation is repeatedly saying “Move the mouse to any corner of the screen.” I thought that I had problems with my mouse or my USB drivers and did all kinds of keyboard button pushing and plugging/unplugging/replugging. When the tutorial finally went away I figured it just gave up.

So yeah…. all I’m asking for is some kind of text above or below the animation that indicates stuff is going on in the background and I just need to sit tight. Seems like a basic tenant for UX design to me!



DirectX 11 and Windows 8

So this is more of a call for help than an actual blog post.  For anyone working with Windows 8 RTM… anyone know what’s up with DirectX?  I’m supporting developers who are antsy for the supposed improvements with DirectX 11.1.  When I run dxdiag I see a very generic “DirectX Version: DirectX 11”. Searching the registry I found HKLMSOFTWAREMicrosoftDirectX has Version and InstalledVersion values.

The Version string appears to have not changed since Windows XP (reflects DirectX 9). I’m having difficulty converting the InstalledVersion binary string into anything useful.

So, what’s the deal? Is Windows 8 running DirectX 11.1?  Or 11.0? Inquiring developers want to know! There’s also the age old question of whether 11.1 will be released for Windows 7 as well. I would think so based on Microsoft’s history of past minor version releases.