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Is it really that bad??

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    Thirlmere
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    Is it really that bad??


    Hello All,
    I'm thinking of buying Windows 8, I'm so close but after reading a number of these post im a tad concerned, whether i want Windows 8??
    Everyone is sayings it really bad, is it really that bad?
    I'm running Windows 7 and I'm happy with it, but i like the idea of having the latest stuff, and a $15 upgraded is not that much.

    I just want to know if it worth losing $15 or should stick with windows 7
    Is Windows 8 as bad as everyone makes it out to be?


    I have a desktop and dont be plan on getting any touch on it.

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    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    "Everyone" is not saying it's bad. "Everyone" is not unhappy with it. "Everyone" is not making it out to be bad.

    Some people like it, some people don't. Go down to your local big box store and play around with it. Only you can decide, and don't let other peoples whining convince you one way or the other.

    Another option, download the 90 day trial and use it for 90 days for free.

    Download Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation
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    Thirlmere
    Posts : 91
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64bit


    Just a quick question, I brought windows but i think i might of made a mistake.
    I said i didn't want to keep any of my stuff, and i havn't done a backup, because what i planed on doing was dual booting. Is this a problem because it downloading to my PC and i dont want it to overrid my Windows7 without me even backing up
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    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    It will not delete your files, but will copy them to a folder called Windows.old, you can then move those files out of there into your new setup if you want.
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    Thirlmere
    Posts : 91
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    It will not delete your files, but will copy them to a folder called Windows.old, you can then move those files out of there into your new setup if you want.
    Even if i said i didn't want to keep my files???

    Is there a way that i could burn it to a dvd, before it instaill and instaill it myself on a different partition?
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  6. #6


    Posts : 231
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Hi Mitchell,

    I would recommend running Windows 8 using a virtual machine running within Windows 7. This will allow you to have a decent play with Windows 8, without affecting your Windows 7 installation. You can use either VirtualBox or VMWarePlayer to do that. These tutorials will explain what you need to do:

    VirtualBox - Install Windows 8
    VMware Player - Install Windows 8

    Regards, Golden
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  7. #7


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Honestly, it's not. It seems the people that say it's "bad" are the most vocal about their complaints. Some of them are legitimate, some are just daft.

    If you're just more or less into the latest stuff, and being able to pay only 15 dollars for Windows 8, go for it. There's is a quite a few new worthwhile things in Windows 8 other than the Start Screen. The new Start UI is pretty easy to get to know, you just need to use it to learn it, versus ignoring it and not using it. There are many people here on this forum that can help out there. For example, how to bring some start menu links onto the Start Screen, like Computer and Documents and such.

    When you boil it down, it's not too difficult. It's not that bad. You will probably just need some guidance on how to use it effectively.
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    My biggest gripe outside of start, is the fact that default apps are those damn metro apps which rip me away from the desktop. I find it rather infuriating to use Windows 8 for any length of time. I just find that I am always more or less frustrated.

    I was on a Windows 8 box today, and needed a screenshot. Usually, I click on start, run and type snip and it's there. On 8 I had to hit the Windows key and jump off the desktop, then type snip, then click it and snapped back to desktop. So, while not more steps it more time consuming...I found it utterly annoying, distracting and it made me a bit angry. Am I being irrational?. Yes. But it's honestly how I feel. I know I am not alone. Had this convo with quite a number of people at work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    My biggest gripe outside of start, is the fact that default apps are those damn metro apps which rip me away from the desktop. I find it rather infuriating to use Windows 8 for any length of time. I just find that I am always more or less frustrated.

    I was on a Windows 8 box today, and needed a screenshot. Usually, I click on start, run and type snip and it's there. On 8 I had to hit the Windows key and jump off the desktop, then type snip, then click it and snapped back to desktop. So, while not more steps it more time consuming...I found it utterly annoying, distracting and it made me a bit angry. Am I being irrational?. Yes. But it's honestly how I feel. I know I am not alone. Had this convo with quite a number of people at work.
    All you have to do is pinning it to the Metro UI and it's right in front of you and only require one single click and your traditional way requires: 1- click on start 2- click on run 3- type snip 4-click again
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    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    My biggest gripe outside of start, is the fact that default apps are those damn metro apps which rip me away from the desktop. I find it rather infuriating to use Windows 8 for any length of time. I just find that I am always more or less frustrated.

    I was on a Windows 8 box today, and needed a screenshot. Usually, I click on start, run and type snip and it's there. On 8 I had to hit the Windows key and jump off the desktop, then type snip, then click it and snapped back to desktop. So, while not more steps it more time consuming...I found it utterly annoying, distracting and it made me a bit angry. Am I being irrational?. Yes. But it's honestly how I feel. I know I am not alone. Had this convo with quite a number of people at work.
    What? That's the exact same thing as on 7. Hit Start, type snip, hit enter. Same process on Windows 8, different UI. But again with the apps, just remove them and make a full screen full of Desktop apps.

    I don't know if something irrational can be considered a legitimate complaint....

    Also, were you trying to take a snippet of something or just a screenshot? Because that's easier on Windows 8, Start key and PrintScreen, bam, that's all.
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