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Why I think Windows 8 beats iOS and Android

  1. #11


    Win Rt was my first crack at windows tablet. I was happy with it until I needed to print something out. It doesn't have driver for my Samsung printer, so I called Samsung support. The first tech guy sent me to a page with windows 8 driver. I explained to him that I had windows RT, not windows 8. And I kid you not this guy told me the two were the same and so driver for one should work for the other. After I unsuccessfully trying to convince him that windows RT ran on ARM processor and win8 was intel which meant they were incompatible, I asked to speak to someone else. So, the second guy came on and I explained the situation. He hesitated for a moment and told me the exe file from that page should also work for windows RT, since RT and 8 were the same.

    Seeing how I wasn't going to go anywhere with it, I promptly thanked him and hung up. So, next I emailed Microsoft support. Promptly got a response from an MS tech support guy. He linked me to a page outlining how to install printer driver for windows 8. I emailed him back telling him I had windows RT, not windows 8. He responded saying the driver for one should work for the other because they were the same. Then a few minutes after that I got another response from him saying my printer must not be supported by RT. So, I'm guessing he caught on to his mistake.

    I became convinced then that if 2 Samsung and 1 MS tech support guys thought RT and 8 were the same thing, then there is no chance in hell win RT will get the support that it needed. So, I went and returned my windows RT tablet/laptop hybrid and bought a win8 one.

    The point is I'm sure RT is great and all, but I predict it will die off simply because it won't get the support from manufacturers that it needed.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by goodintentions View Post
    Win Rt was my first crack at windows tablet. I was happy with it until I needed to print something out. It doesn't have driver for my Samsung printer, so I called Samsung support. The first tech guy sent me to a page with windows 8 driver. I explained to him that I had windows RT, not windows 8. And I kid you not this guy told me the two were the same and so driver for one should work for the other. After I unsuccessfully trying to convince him that windows RT ran on ARM processor and win8 was intel which meant they were incompatible, I asked to speak to someone else. So, the second guy came on and I explained the situation. He hesitated for a moment and told me the exe file from that page should also work for windows RT, since RT and 8 were the same.

    Seeing how I wasn't going to go anywhere with it, I promptly thanked him and hung up. So, next I emailed Microsoft support. Promptly got a response from an MS tech support guy. He linked me to a page outlining how to install printer driver for windows 8. I emailed him back telling him I had windows RT, not windows 8. He responded saying the driver for one should work for the other because they were the same. Then a few minutes after that I got another response from him saying my printer must not be supported by RT. So, I'm guessing he caught on to his mistake.

    I became convinced then that if 2 Samsung and 1 MS tech support guys thought RT and 8 were the same thing, then there is no chance in hell win RT will get the support that it needed. So, I went and returned my windows RT tablet/laptop hybrid and bought a win8 one.

    The point is I'm sure RT is great and all, but I predict it will die off simply because it won't get the support from manufacturers that it needed.

    Wow, that is ridiculous!

    How old is your printer? Windows RT has support for about 12,000 or so devices, so things won't get covered. But I do believe Microsoft did go out of their way to support Windows 7 era hardware for RT though...not sure.

    I don't know about Windows RT personally. On one hand, yes it's a good alternative for people who are looking for an android or ipad tablet but still need some PC-like functionality. A PC-lite maybe. But then again, if Intel can provide 200 dollar Atom based tablets whereas Windows RT tablets started at 500 dollars and on sale for about 300; it really makes the future of RT questionable at that point.
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  3. #13


    My printer is actually one of the newer Samsung laser ones. Just bought it a few months ago.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Ahhh, it may actually be too new I'd imagine for Windows RT.
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