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Will you upgrade your current OS to Windows 8?

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by Arie, 2012/07/26.

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Will you upgrade your current OS to Windows 8?

Poll closed 2012/09/30.
  1. Yes

    10.2%
  2. No

    69.3%
  3. Maybe

    20.5%
  1. 2012/08/30
    jorjab Lifetime Subscription

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    I agree with Core 7 completely re Win XP. Have new PC with Win 7 and do not really like it. Much prefer XP and find it much easier to work with. My Dell with XP is 7 years old and my netbook with XP is 4 years old.

    My feeling is "if it ain't broke don't fix it! "
     
  2. 2012/09/09
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    I used it for about a week. I know, that's not much time but I couldn't force myself to stick with it any longer. I absolutely hated it (the metro thing anyway). Will I be upgrading? Two words can sum it up for me. No way.
     

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  4. 2012/09/09
    MrBill

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    Microsoft Will Allow Downgrades From Windows 8 to Windows 7, Vista

    Microsoft will allow users of Windows 8 Pro to downgrade their new PCs to Windows 7 or even Vista, according to the operating system's licensing agreement.

    Not surprisingly, users may not downgrade to the still-used-but-slated-for-retirement Windows XP.

    Downgrade rights -- which let customers replace a newer version of Windows with an older edition without paying for two copies -- are available only in Windows 8 Pro. That fits with previous practice: Only Windows 7 Professional, for instance, was allocated downgrade rights.

    More Reading:
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/2617...m_windows_8_to_windows_7_vista.html#tk.hp_new

    http://www.computerworld.com/s/arti..._downgrades_from_Windows_8_to_Windows_7_Vista
     
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  5. 2012/09/17
    PeteC

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    No chance - the vast majority of users will remain on anything from 98 through to 7
     
  6. 2012/10/02
    babatunde

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    Win 8 is not friendly.
     
  7. 2012/10/02
    IvanH

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    On my Macbook Pro, I am still keeping a Windows 7 Pro virtual machine AND a Windows XP Pro virtual machine runnning from VMware Fusion 4. I have no intention to upgrade Fusion 4 to Fusion 5 because I have no intention to run Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro on my OS X Mountain Lion. Windows 8 is just making no sense at all!
     
  8. 2012/10/31
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    I have upgraded and I really like this version - in fact at such a low cost I shall upgrade all of my computers
     
  9. 2012/10/31
    IvanH

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    There's one more reason not going Windows 8: the programs (now called apps) on Windows 8 Pro are not "runnable" (cannot be run) on Windows 8 RT, or can they?
     
  10. 2012/11/01
    SpywareDr

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    The Windows 8 "RT" version does not support running, emulating, or porting existing Windows x86/64 desktop apps. It is a version of the Windows 8 operating system for ARM-based devices such as tablets, Microsoft Surface, etc.

    Unlike other versions of Windows, Windows RT will only be able to run software that has been certified by Microsoft and placed in the Microsoft Windows Store. It will be able to run "RT" versions of applications such as Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote 2013 RT.

    Microsoft only sells Windows RT to manufacturers and not as a stand-alone product to consumers.
     
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  11. 2012/11/01
    IvanH

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    So, it's only a Windows 7+1, or 7.1. Maybe just call it Windows NT+newskin, Windows+cosmetic, or WindowsTheSame! What's the point of WindowsEgg?
    :mad:
     
  12. 2012/11/01
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    I read with interest the reactions in this thread... and if this is any indication of general public reaction then I think that either Microshaft made a major miscalculation and Windows 8 is going to fall flat on its face... or... this forum users are very partisan toward the older Windows OS. Maybe Ballmer has bought a ton of stock in Apple and Windows 8 is a calculated effort to vastly boost the price of that stock, I don't know. But I don't see Windows 8 having much success outside the limited tablet market.

    Personally I used and loved XP and skipped Vista entirely... only installed it on a back up drive for software testing. But when Win7 came out I realized it was necessary to stay current and reformatted my system with Win7 and went through the arduous process of installing all my software again. I always make an Acronis backup of the freshly setup system so I can always revert to it in the event of some system failure... but I am happy to report I have been using Win7 since its release and have been very happy with it. There was a learning curve which I documented here:
    http://www.RoseCitySoftware.com/win7-tips.html
    but I never once felt any serious compulsion to revert to XP. Now MS has released Windows 8 and since it will be the default OS on new Windows PC's I have decided to purchase a copy. I am NOT going to upgrade... their $39.95 offer is very reasonable but I wouldn't even consider giving up my use of Windows 7, and anyway I think it is sheer folly to try to upgrade an OS... I ONLY do clean installs. Arie found this very inexpensive retail option on Amazon:
    www.amazon.com/dp/B008H3SW4I/
    So I have placed my order and will set up an alternate harddrive with the new OS and play around with it on my new Windows 8 compatible Dell Vostro laptop (which came with Win7) But honestly, do I expect to be using it as my primary OS for work and so on... a resounding NO. If I bought a tablet, perhaps... but I have no need to yet another electronic toy. My laptop travels with me everywhere... and a tablet is no replacement for a workhorse 17.3" laptop, so I will be staying with Windows 7 as my primary OS.
    ----
    Joseph Burke
    CEO / Rose City Software LLC
    http://www.RoseCitySoftware.com/
     
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  13. 2012/11/01
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    Yes & No

    I plan to upgrade my test machine in the next week or so. I will, however, stick w/ 7 thru Nov. & Dec. at least. :cool:
     
  14. 2012/11/01
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    More than satisfied with Win 7 for my needs...
     
  15. 2012/11/01
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    Hearsepilot: Not a chance unless Metro is killed or i can opt out of it!

    You can definitely do so... Lockergnome has nice 3-part series on Windows 8 that is very well done. It might be worth a read with your morning coffee.

    http://goo.gl/lVSuI
     
  16. 2012/11/01
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    Yes see what you mean! Mickeysoft as I've been told on here are pretty much not interested in upgrades as such but new machine sales, shear volume of sales revenue.

    So if all new machines are going to be sold with an operating system that is more friendly with touch screen technology than the conventional the keyboard and mouse, I guess sales of them will drop eventually which is good!

    Not all computer users are stick in the muds and I can't comment on an OS that I haven't personally spent time with to evaluate, except be skeptical because of what I've heard.

    I would be willing to upgrade in the future if It's not a lemon, so here's the question!

    Is it easy to use without a touchscreen? Thats the main question for me!

    I like touch screens personally and if I were to use this OS I would buy one and have it sat flat on the desk or on my lap.

    Any way thanks for the reply and info.

    Regards, Ian.

    PS. Nice little workstation you have there!
     
  17. 2012/11/01
    IvanH

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    Joe, I'm impressed by the length and formality of your message.

    Including myself, I believe many MS Windows users have gone through the days of appreciation and disappointment for every major Windows release. Windows 3.11, Windows NT 4.0, Windows XP and Windows 7 gave me the feel the Microsoft had done better jobs than other versions. I remember there was an interview to a senior Microsoft executive who said it was intentional to make Windows Vista so difficult to use (in terms of so-called security) with a real intention to discourage illegal copy of Windows. That's the main reason why all users suffered from inconvenience and abandoned Vista, I guess.

    You said," But I don't see Windows 8 having much success outside the limited tablet market." I have reservation to the word "success" to Windows' tablet. I had a high hope that Microsoft could bring the Windows 8 on tablet the same version on PC. I was wrong. No native PC application can run on tablet. That means a different "skin ", like the Office 2013 for Windows RT, will bring another learning pain to existing Windows users. Many of them are still using Office 2007 without any intention to go for Office 2010. Jumping to Office 2013 RT is a bad choice when people can work on Office docs on iPad with so many choice of apps available. Holding a Windows tablet today is like holding a blackberry, or a Minolta SLR 135mm camera; looking at the Windows 8's tiles always gives a feeling of Lotus Notes - feeling shy and odd. They are just iPad- or even Galaxy- lovers.

    Windows - all versions - basically evolve the input and output of traditional computing wisdom but maintain the same processing core of DOS, even though the "file system" changed. But every changes to the input ( "skins" and traditional meaning of "Ergonomic" design) were asking all users to re-learn, by wasting their time and money. What's the real productivity? It's zero if not negative! In DOS, I could still use a more intelligent command to REPLACE and merge files from different folders. In Windows?@#$%^! It's a retro! A lot of utility-look apps should actually be a standard part of a more intelligent OS!

    On the TechLife magazine cover, it said, "We show you how to ditch the new metro interface - revive this Start menu - replace what's missing (from previous Windows versions) + Master the good bits (of Windows 8) ". I can tell the secret, and all Windows 7 users can do it without spending a minute of effort: "Use Windows 8 minus 1" (What is 8 minus 1? It's 7! You're right. Use Windows 7 and you can immediately ditch the new metro interface; use Windows 7, you can revive the Start menu instantly; and you don't bother the so-call good bits.)

    The inferior configuration of Surface (than iPad) makes Surface never be able to run iOS as a virtual OS app, which I consider the only chance to eat the pie from iPad. (Be fair, there may still be cloud base apps which allow Surface to run iOS but that will be slow and thus destined to be unsuccessful.)

    In any market, you can either be number 1 or number 2. And Microsoft is strategizing itself either number 3 or number 4. "RT" is equivalent to "ReTard" to me. That frustrates me.
     
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  18. 2012/11/02
    Arie

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    Sorry, but I find that hard to believe. They could have said something along the lines of "because we have made Vista more secure then previous Windows versions, it had a small negative impact on usability ".

    The real reason Vista failed was because many hardware vendors did not have Vista drivers available. Vista made several changes (security) that necessitated new drivers. A lot of Windows XP drivers aren't compatible with Vista.

    Windows 7 is basically Windows Vista 2.0 and a great success. Why? Because for the years that Vista was available, hardware started shipping with compatible drivers. If there’s no Windows 7 driver for your hardware, in +95% of cases a Vista driver will work fine.


    Simple: Don’t get a tablet with Windows RT! Get one with Windows 8 Pro instead, and you are set!


    Well, that’s my 'beef' with any tablet: They’re (probably) great consumer devices (i.e. users that mainly 'consume' content), but it you are creating content they're all but useless.
     
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  19. 2012/11/03
    hawk22

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    no I don't like Metro
     
  20. 2012/11/04
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    so far so good after upgrading to Windows 8 pro
     
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    Maybe when Windows 9 becomes available I will change to that... maybe!!! In the meantime, there is no way in this world I will use Windows 8
     

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