Who plans on going to Windows 8 and who's sticking with Windows 7?

Discussion in 'Operating Systems' started by dr.stevil, Oct 11, 2012.

Are you upgrading to Windows 8?

  1. Upgrading to Windows 8

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  2. Sticking with Windows 7

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  3. Going to other OS (linux/MacOS/etc)

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  1. heatlesssun

    heatlesssun [H]ard as it Gets

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    Why does Microsoft have to wait for someone else to introduce a product into the market? If they had introduced a tablet device three years ago and beaten Apple to the market with the iPad, what would have been so bad about that.

    Also, do not count out business when it comes to Windows 8. For businesses that have a lot of Microsoft platforms and are looking at tablets, there's a lot of benefit there that other tablets don't offer. And there's nothing that would force out any existing prior versions of Windows.
     
  2. dnottis

    dnottis [H]ardness Supreme

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    Not on 3 different machines all with different hardware....
     
  3. heatlesssun

    heatlesssun [H]ard as it Gets

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    I have Windows 8 on 6 different machines from tablets, laptops and desktops and haven't seen any stability issues.
     
  4. wonderfield

    wonderfield [H]ardness Supreme

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    Metro apps crash for me pretty frequently.

    *shrugs*
     
  5. dnottis

    dnottis [H]ardness Supreme

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    dont matter now, they've all been upgraded back to Windows 7. I lost my "tablet capabilities".. but who fucking cares with a mouse and keyboard lmao.
     
  6. bmoney9

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    I voted to stay with win 7 64 bit. If Microsoft gives college students discounts for win 8 64 bit for 15$, then I will. Can't beat a win 7 64 bit for 15$ last time around
     
  7. heatlesssun

    heatlesssun [H]ard as it Gets

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    If all you use are Windows devices with keyboards and mice then I guess you wouldn't care. If you use Windows on tablets, then yes it makes a big difference.
     
  8. newster

    newster Gawd

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    I'm switching my laptop to Windows 8 first since my new SSD is coming in around the same time as Windows 8 release, and since Windows 8 is relatively cheap. Depending on my experience with that, I may or may not switch my desktop to Windows 8, or possibly even buy a Surface Pro in the future.
     
  9. TechLarry

    TechLarry Can't find the G Spot

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    I upgraded to Windows 8 last weekend even though I despise the new interface. But, with Classic Shell I don't have to deal with it.

    Underneath all that Crayola horseshit there is a pretty nice OS. It performs better than Win7 in networking, and overall performance. At least on my machine it does.

    It seems to be better geared to use SSD's too. My Mushkin is pushing over 500MB/Sec both read and write. Not bad for a $199 sandforce based drive :)
     
  10. dar124

    dar124 [H]ard|Gawd

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    Gonna be staying with Windows7.
     
  11. Inate8

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    Stay with W7 all you want, no-one really cares. The issue we have with your posting is that you're making an issue where there is none.

    W8 is commonly regarded as a more stable kernel. The only things I've had crash are brand new Modern UI(It's not Metro, stop calling it that guys) apps and nvidia drivers(which also crash in W7).

    You have some definite issues with your hardware/software and/or installation methods.
     
  12. DrDoU

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    Stayin' with Windows 7 no need to change.
     
  13. jloutz

    jloutz [H]Lite

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    I love windows 7 and disliked the preview version of win 8. Now, i'm getting caught up in the hype, and if I run an app like start8 to go straight into the desk top I feel like I'm going to upgrade. Now what:confused:
     
  14. Radical

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    At the very least, I'm gonna wait about a year before I switch to Windows 8. I really have no reason right now to switch from 7, so I don't think there's any risk in waiting to see how 8 turns out.
     
  15. wonderfield

    wonderfield [H]ardness Supreme

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    Metro, Metro, Metro.
     
  16. heatlesssun

    heatlesssun [H]ard as it Gets

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    E I E I O!
     
  17. Bossy573

    Bossy573 n00b

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    I'm probably a pretty good test case for Microsoft. I know enough on the PC front to know where to look for advice (here, for example) on how to say, build a new PC, overclock a CPU, or buy a video card, but I really don't "know" much. So when I recall that upgrading from Vista to Windows 7 was widely recommended, which I did immediately, and it was immediately apparent that Windows 7 was better, with Windows 8 I am pretty nervous about the jump. If anything goes wrong, the "agony" of fixing it is likely to be about 20X greater than most folks who post here. At least in Windows 7 I kinda know where to look for stuff. Windows 8 sounds like that will be more difficult.

    Furthermore, my last build was in 2008 and I am ready to discard my aging E6600 based rig, and I have been waiting for Windows 8 to build again. I've got the components all picked out, but I hesitate......

    So I dunno. Actually I do know. I'm going to upgrade on my current machine. If it goes well I'll probably build the new machine soon thereafter. I just hope it doesn't make my life a living hell for a while.
     
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  18. AndreRio

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    I don't like metro but I will buy windows 8 pro. I am going to avoid metro at all costs, just make it look pretty well treated and then, click on desktop...

    In protest I am not going to use the app thing, and that is what metro is all about.
     
  19. Xz CJ zX

    Xz CJ zX n00b

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    I will stick with 7 as its a comfort zone for now, until windows 8 becomes essential :)
     
  20. dnottis

    dnottis [H]ardness Supreme

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    Right, cause I have no problems with Windows 7...

    Windows 8 is the next Vista. Enjoy your Win ME II edition. /endtruth
     
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  21. Tsumi

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    Opinion =/= truth. And for your one experience with problems, there are plenty of experiences without problems.
     
  22. Eman D. Rahym

    Eman D. Rahym Limp Gawd

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    Don't be too quick to dismiss the possibility of a hardware issue.

    On my "older machine" I too ran Windows 7 just fine. Then I installed Windows 8 and it ran fine. Then Windows 8 would go online, update itself and my optical drive (a fairly new Sony Optiarc) would stop working. You couldn't even see it in Device Manager. Windows 8 simply could not detect it. Reboot into the Windows 7 partition and there it was again. ?!? It did this consistently through a painful weekend afternoon of reinstalling Windows 8 trying to figure out where it would die. The mystery of the disappearing optical drive! At initial install it would be there and upon rebooting after updating it would not.

    Finally, it occurred to me to move the optical drive's SATA cable to a different port on the motherboard. Presto! No more problem. Now was this a hardware issue? I'll admit that particular motherboard has been cranky in the past and had already been returned to ASUS once for service. Was it a bug in Windows 8? If so, how could I fix it without making any changes to the software? Or could it just be that Windows 8 is a little stricter than Windows 7 in the tolerances it enforces and so marginal hardware that snuck by in Windows 7 now starts causing problems in Windows 8?
     
  23. Klrgoten

    Klrgoten Gawd

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    I don't know if I'll upgrade but I'll def dual boot at the very least to play around with it
     
  24. HvyMtl

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    No, unless one can totally strip out the Metro UI. That thing is ugly.

    Besides, how useless is a touch screen interface, when your computer screen is not touch?

    Oh, and if I wanted my desktop to act like a tablet, I would have a tablet, not a desktop.
     
  25. dnottis

    dnottis [H]ardness Supreme

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    already ruled out. Win8 isn't for me. I bet it's great if you own a tablet. For desktop PC users its just a wrong turn in the MS history books. None of the issues I had were hardware related they were all software.
     
  26. Eman D. Rahym

    Eman D. Rahym Limp Gawd

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    No skin off my nose.

    I bet it is too. At least a tablet that can run Windows! I don't think it will do much for iPad owners.

    Now there you are wrong. People said the same thing when mice first came to Microsoft and look where we are now.

    But since you are no longer running Windows 8, even if the problem was in software (although no one here but you is complaining about it :rolleyes:) you'll never know whether it gets patched or not.
     
  27. polonyc2

    polonyc2 [H]ard as it Gets

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    thank goodness MS didn't tie DX12 or some other important gaming feature to Windows 8 like they did with Vista
     
  28. mtrupi

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    on a new computer yes, but not as an upgrade.
     
  29. heatlesssun

    heatlesssun [H]ard as it Gets

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    Which historically is always the case with Windows, the vast bulk of new versions of Windows come with new hardware. Upgrades have never been a big put of the Windows business.
     
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    Klrgoten Gawd

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    "It's all about the software" ^^
     
  32. Soarin

    Soarin 2[H]4U

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    Well I installed Windows 8 with virtualbox and will be testing it out.
     
  33. 123Lanoix

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    are you guys running the release preview or the RTM ?

    cuz i first tried out the release preview and i had some issues and then i installed the RTM 90 day trial verison and that seems to run alot better and they took out aero. I also can access more apps in the store.
     
  34. Soarin

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    I am not sure of my version as the college and dreamspark did not put it on the website all I got was this "Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64-bit (English) - DreamSpark - Download"

    Oh I did use virtual box to install it from a virtual DVD drive, because they don't support USB install via Virtual machine I guess
     
  35. rive22

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    I tried the Release Preview this morning on VM. For tablets I think it's a step in the right direction. For desktop forget it. In that sense Metro has got to go until we all get touch pad devices that can replace our keyboards and mouse (which I actually would love). Start menu & Aero mods are a must. Bringing in Aero a while back is probably the best visually appealing thing they've ever done and then they take it away? And whoever thought of ditching the start menu on desktop mode is a complete idiot and needs a good brain rattling. Also I don't like the squared windows.

    Windows2go is definitely the best feature in my opinion. Although with smartphones, android, & ultrabooks, I'm not sure I'd ever actually use it, I'd maybe setup a portable stick with it just for kicks.

    If we were stuck still using XP or Vista then I would switch for sure. But since there is Win7 and I have (for the most part) no complaints about it, I am sticking with Win7. It does exactly what I need it to do, I have it tweaked and modded exactly to my needs and I'm very happy with it. Until they offer something that is clearly more beneficial, I'm good. I haven't read up too much on any performance improvements, that would be the only thing to make me consider it, though it would have to be significant.

    I do find it hilarious the amount of effort they put promoting the new task manager. Yes it is very much improved since their last ancient version, but come on really? We all know a free and lightweight app called process explorer that takes 2 seconds to install still blows it away.
     
  36. 123Lanoix

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    You need to install the RTM version that is the closest thing to the retail box version you can get right now. They took Aero out of the final version of windows. you will have to reinstall windows 8 if you buy it because RTM only allows you 90 days to try it.
     
  37. FM 3370

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    Sticking to Windows 7, will most likely install Windows 8 virtually to get to know the OS. I'm always hesitant to upgrade OSes for some reason but I'm very comfortable and happy with Windows 7.

    I have Windows 8 installed virtually at work and every time I take a stab at it I get annoyed with getting around the OS. :(
     
  38. chrcoluk

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    staying with windows 7, simply due to the fact its good enough for what I need and that metro is unproductive to use. I dont have a touch device.
     
  39. 123Lanoix

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    before everyone passes judgement on windows 8 you guys should all at least try out the windows 8 rtm trial and play around with it for a couple of days. you will be surprised how quickly you grab the new interface.
     
  40. ryuen

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    Actually no, just like with any product I do not see the need to play around with it for a few days when the product does not appeal to me to begin with.

    While I do appreciate the under the hood improvements I am not fond of the duality of the UI and as this is an OS I am more concerned with that UI then I am with performance improvements like faster boot.

    Sure, I could invest time and effort to get the parts I do not like out of my way but why should I?
    Maybe I'm getting old or lazy or just way too picky but I have zero interest in wasting a few days or a week of my precious and limited free time to get a new OS to look and work like I want it to.
    If it isn't an improvement straight of the box it's of no use to me personally.

    I'm sure a lot of people will love it but I shall be sitting this one out for the moment.