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An honest review of your product.

  1. #1


    Posts : 1
    now running xp reverted from windows 8

    An honest review of your product.


    I will hope that you will take what I have to say very seriously and as developers take it to heart as this is the first time I have ever written anything to windows and, having an IT back ground with software development as a minor, I have some very constructive criticism to give.

    After downloading and installing Windows 8 Enterprise Edition three separate times over two machines some very glaringly obvious problems were scene with your system. The first of which is the almost total lack of instruction for your users.

    Now granted this system was designed to be the best of Windows 7 with a touch screen environment, but that said, not all users of a pc in general need or want a touch screen environment forced on them and really the idea of both could have been done in a much better way.

    Second, the experience had a pretty steep learning curve to it. In all it took 5 hours to figure out how to configure the machine to work in the ways needed as many of the functions such as finding run and the like were not at all intuitive.

    Third, after getting the machine set up correctly and running for some time as desired and needed I made the tragic mistake of turning on automatic updates.

    I searched for the latest updates and installed 22 of them without incidence only to find the system on both machines after the updates begin to get caught in endless cycles of stalls happening between 5-10 seconds and up to 15 minutes in-between stalls.

    And so came the re-installs. After re-installing the first time I was able to reproduce the effects with the installation of the updates and so to track the problem to an update. So I re-installed a second time opting to turn off updates. While that seemed to fix the issue (at least for a while) it did not spare the OS any damage, after re-installing the second time I had sluggish performance and moments of disk hangs with factory spec's (At this point I had not reset anything back to what I needed from the OS).

    So I re-installed again. Upon re-installing a third time random stalls began in no particular order and it was during one of these stalls that the boot up screen became permanently locked making loading of the drive impossible and the loss of the data on the drive inevitable.

    And so it is that the promise I saw with the OS was greatly disappointing. I was hoping to upgrade our systems from Windows XP to Windows 8, but will instead be forced to make the choice of Windows 7, Linux, or sticking with XP until Windows 8 has resolved its stability issues, all of which are costly choices to make.

    I think your system stability needs a great deal much more work, a much better tutorial system for those not acquainted with this OS's functions, and a lot more documentation so that problems can be run down better (yes I used all known documentation on the problems including the disableticks fix and the like to no avail).

    I have given your product only two days of use for my review because that is the time that your product gave me to use it before destroying one of our hard drive's collection of data (thankfully I always back up just in-case, and to make note this data was not on the same partition as the OS (Dual booted system became unusable with the the loss of the boot screen)) but to save myself headaches later I have decided to not purchase your OS until it has been worked on much more, if I will purchase it at all.

    I hope that these problems will be fixed as I would enjoy to use it's features on my own pc, but as of right now I must compare it to the experiences I experienced with vista. However, on that note, vista lasted a week, this trial only two days.

    I am very disappointed and hope that you will fix the stability issues soon.

    Regards. Dan.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Dude, this is not Microsoft. This is an independent forum, run by end users. You would be better served contacting Microsoft themselves.

    Having said that, Did you consider that your pirated version of Windows might have been corrupted?
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    Posts : 740
    Windows 8.1


    Enterprise edition is generally an older release, and that's as far as I'm going to go
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  4. #4


    Posts : 534
    Windows 7, Windows 8 RP


    Quote Originally Posted by FuturDreamz View Post
    Enterprise edition is generally an older release, and that's as far as I'm going to go
    Not really. Enterprise Edition is only available to companies that have a EULA or SA with Microsoft, it's not available to consumers (other than the preview for devs they allowed). I'm running Enterprise Edition, although I did have an option for Pro as well.
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  5. #5


    USA, Idaho
    Posts : 1,062
    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    As Queen once said. . ."And another one bites the dust." . .
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    Posts : 1,353
    Windows 8 Pro/Windows 8 Pro/Windows 7 64 Bit64Bit/Windows XP


    I just know this has got be a joke, the thing that gave it away was the reference to Vista.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 141
    Win 7 & Win 8


    I am not an IT expert but I have been around for a long time 1980’s with all windows
    Coming from xp to vista, win 7 to win 8 is a big jump!
    It even took me three installs and sum Google-ing before I liked windows 8…
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  8. #8


    Posts : 740
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by R0bR View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by FuturDreamz View Post
    Enterprise edition is generally an older release, and that's as far as I'm going to go
    Not really. Enterprise Edition is only available to companies that have a EULA or SA with Microsoft, it's not available to consumers (other than the preview for devs they allowed). I'm running Enterprise Edition, although I did have an option for Pro as well.
    There was an enterprise preview that was leaked a while ago. I don't know if it's this one or not.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Microsoft has made the Windows 8 Enterprise edition available to the public to download and install as a free 90-day evaluation.

    Download Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation
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    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    It's the way you can try it out now the preview versions are no longer available.
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