Not sure many will be trying to hang onto this thing for very long.
Assuming win9 is any better - that can't be difficult - there will be a mass migration.
I kind of like the windows 8..I have no issues yet
when windows 9 is released I might consider about upgrading if my hardware supports.. otherwise I will stick to windows 8
I'm sure that will make "some" people happy. I've already gone back to Windows 7 on my laptop and this PC. Just one left to upgrade back to 7.
Even though I paid $149 for W8 Pro OEM on disk from a retail computer shop, I am still not yet using it as my flagship, but as a backup for at least a few months until any issues are resolved.
But with Ex7ForW8 hack importing Explorer 7, Orb Start Menu & Aero, and shutting down, not removing, Metro, with direct boot to desktop and logging in with local account so no MS cloud gargage or apps ... plus the W7 suite of games being available from MDL ... it scrubs up fairly well. Even so I don't feel compelled to ditch W7 Ultimate retail which cost $421.
In fact I felt I hadn't really got my money's worth out of Vista Ultimate, and was using it as backup prior to installing W8. With a decent CPU, mobo, RAM and SATA3 SSD HD, Vista is a very worthy performer.
Obviously W8 had to be stripped out to work on smartfones/tablets, which accounts for the fast boot/shut down times, but that leaves it very bland. Not really an excitement machine, but useable.
Truth is I'm probably hooked on having the latest gizmo!
I also use a third party antivirus scanner (online scanner)
Windows 7 has support till 2020 I guess that means I jump on W9 or even W10 if they maintain 3-year cycles. I was contemplating trying out W8 and downloaded the free trial. but I couldn't imagine myself ever installing it on my wife's business PC (our main PC) and risk having to train her and getting nagged at if something doesn't work. It's just too much of a change for a business PC. (I would have to try out the printer, all the business software etc.). and installing it on a secondary PC (where I already own a W7 license) wouldn't make sense if it really was better it should be the main PC.
And there doesn't seem a killer feature over W7 (unless you like Metro). and if I wait for SP1, I may as well wait for W9. My plan was to buy the $40 version before January. But I kind of changed that.
I know there are all the hacks to make it look like W7, but will they work after SP1? and why not just buy an OS that i like instead of making one i don't like and make it look like the one i like.
Is it much safer than W7? Probably not much... and the unsafest factor is the person using the PC anyway. Is it faster? Well, with 16 GB RAM and SSD I doubt it will make much of a difference one way or another.
I likely would buy W8 if I built a new PC and didn't already have an OS, then it would be a good investment and getting used to the new UI would be worth the longer service life.
When W7 was released i couldn't wait... after Vista 64-bit or an outdated XP there was nothing that could be worse anymore and W7 was a UI improvement in everyone's opinion. but W8 UI is ... polarizing... to say the least. Maybe I shouldn't talk before having tried it out, but the longer service life would be a reason for me to buy W8 over W7 if i had to buy an OS today.