I think Windows 8 will be the next Vista if people don`t give it a chance.I have had Windows8, trial,as recommendeed by posters on here, on my wife`s laptop for a day and it is awful.I couldn`t find anything , and it certainly isn`t as easy to use as previous Windows, although i guess it is because we are used to it. I have since downloaded the apps for the windows7 start bar, and suddenly things are more familiar, and seem easier to use.
I think if people perservere and add the apps you want, i think it will be ok.Just a big learning curve. Wouldn`t it be interesting if you could find someone with no previous windows experience to get them to use a version of 7 and 8, and see which they would prefer
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If that happens, we might be getting $20 or so upgrades to the OS, like Apple does for OSX. Not sure how I feel about that.
I think it will go the way of Vista for the user experience problems due to the very poor design of windows 8 - not because of hardware or driver issues. Windows 8 forces you to use many more mouse clicks to do common tasks you could do in windows 7, and makes things hard to find. Microsoft's way of forcing this scheme on people was to not give them an option by taking away the start menu. So many desktop uses don't like or need this metro thing interface that it seems to me Microsoft did a very poor job of testing the system demographically. They would have found out 3/4's of the folks out there would hate it and adjusted accordingly. Instead of proper testing, Microsoft became a dictator. Way to waste major money Microsoft!
For windows mobile phone users/ tablet/ touchscreen ( or other devices that need to connect to/use windows in that fashion) The new features may be more welcome as they become more useful. Microsoft should have provided you a choice and let you switch between the two; metro start screen or classic desktop start menu orb depending on your preference. This is Microsoft shooting themselves in the foot. At least we can fix some of this with 3rd party apps like Classic Shell which takes you directly to the desktop on boot and gives you back your start menu orb.
the start screen is the start menu, like it or lump it really. or just use classic shell.
wireless is where it always was.
the control panel hasn't moved....on the start screen start typing...cont more than enough to find control panel...you could just type C and it will come up, or the long way....desktop win E shortcut computer tabby the clicky control panel in the ribbon at the top.
kind of unjustified hate towards windows 8 really.
give it a chance at least, i've been messing around with the start screen since the dev preview and frankly i think it's boring and out of date as a result.
my biggest issue is that it hasn't improved since the early beta versions.
as to it being another vista...that was not microsofts fault, if people didn't try to run that o/s on frankly absurdly bad computers then it would have been better received, all the major complaints i ever dealt with about vista were solved by using a new and better computer.
dell/hp/acer pick one kept shipping vista computers with low end hardware insufficent ram and so forth, is that an o/s fault or manufacturers cheaping out on the customers?
i ran vista from launch to windows 7 release with 8gb ram a quad core cpu and a decent gpu, had no crashes faults or slow down of any kind that i didn't cause myself. either a user fault or crap pc was the problem with vista.
While it's certainly POSSIBLE for Win8 to fail in a manner similar to Vista, I think the likelyhood of that is vastly reduced over Vista.
For one, although there's a lot of complaining about the new UI, there are also a LOT of folks using smart phones and tablets that WANT such a UI on their PC. Vista didn't have a customer base already accustomed to its UI changes; Win8 does.
As to drivers, while folks keep complaining about NOT having Win8 drivers for their hardware, in many cases, they can simply install the Win7 drivers and those will work. The same was NOT true with Vista as it came with new video and audio driver models -- which appeared to catch some hardware vendors by surprise as, in the early days, only Beta driver versions were available.
As to hardware, I don't think we're going to see the "Vista capable" vs. "Vista compatible" confusion that happened before -- when MS allegedly let Intel sell Vista machines that could NOT run Aero to prevent them losing major money on an existing (915GM) chipset. The PCs you buy today with Win8 on them "just work" -- so you're not going to get the wailing and gnashing of teeth from folks who felt "cheated" by their new PC purchase.
As to UI changes -- unlike with Vista, MS allows you to go "back" to the UI of the previous OS version. Vista had no such option (that I recall -- it's been a while!) to return to the XP "desktop". So, even if you detest the Modern interface, you're not locked into using it.
So, no, I do not think Win8 is likely to be another Vista.