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  1. #1

    return to 7


    Well no matter how much I try to trick, tweak, update drivers, use alternative drivers my current system hardware just doesn't like windows 8. So I'm sadly reporting that I've returned to windows 7 until I replace all my hardware, which is not likely to happen any time soon.


    The really sad part about this is, I truly enjoyed using windows 8 Pro. Once you get around the quirkiness of the metro screen, it's quite nice. I'll still be stopping in this forum now and again...if nothing else just to add my 2 cents worth.

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  2. #2


    DeLand, FL
    Posts : 380
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit


    Not to worry. Any particular day I think about just tossing the thing and returning to 7 myself. Seems like every day I'm fiddling with something trying to get this thing to settle down. I'm just trying to avoid it because I don't want to go through another lengthy rebuild with my machine. I have too much crap to install.

    Time will tell, though. If this guy doesn't settle down soon I may be joining you.

    -Max
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  3. #3


    I went back to Win7 on my main PC last Sunday. Win8 crashed and the repair/restore/reset utility did not work properly and so I just went back to the OS that I'm more comfortable (and productive) with. I'll install Win8 on a test PC, but not on my main PC for the time being...
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  4. #4


    I've been having problems with programs slow to open, not responding to a click on a designated file type, and one program not opening at all. Rebooting "fixes the problem" but that's no good. It appears that the problems might be due to too many naps (ie going into sleep mode). I've turned off all sleep for a few days and things seem to be a bit better.

    My system is dual boot so if I have to go back to Win 7 its quick and easy. I've only installed one program that's not in my Win 7 boot. I've booted in Win 7 every week or so to keep up the upgrades.
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  5. #5


    I'm surprised it's taken people this long to realize how half-baked windows 8 is.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Interesting. I have two year old hardware I that bought that worked fine with Windows 7 and worked fantastically better with ALL the Preview builds and up to RTM...
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  7. #7


    Posts : 419
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Interesting. I have two year old hardware I that bought that worked fine with Windows 7 and worked fantastically better with ALL the Preview builds and up to RTM...
    Interesting indeed, I've got 5 year old hardware that runs Windows 7 and Windows 8 like a champ.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    The only PC I've had issues with Windows 8 was this Compaq from around 2004 or 2005. Graphics driver works perfectly in Windows 7, runs Aero and the proper screen resolution just fine. In Windows 8, there are three screen resolutions available to use. Not ideal, and it would require a low end graphics card to get the proper display going. The driver from 7 doesn't work AT ALL for Windows 8 no matter what I did.
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  9. #9


    DeLand, FL
    Posts : 380
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by bluice32 View Post
    I'm surprised it's taken people this long to realize how half-baked windows 8 is.
    I'd say it's a little closer to seven-eights baked.

    The problems I have been having (however annoying they may be) have been relatively minor so far. I'm really trying to stick this out because this isn't unusual for a new O/S ... there's usually issues that need addressing. Most recently a Microsoft Update seemed to break my network connectivity through the hard wire. After restoring back to last Friday and installing all but that update it seems OK at the moment. I think I'm just going to try and let it settle down now, not take any updates unless they are critical and see how it goes. I really, really don't want to rebuild again. I've got so much stuff on my system (development tools etc.) that I really don't want to spend another 3 days re-configuring everything again. I just know that I'd get my system back to Win7 then want to crack open that development book and try a couple of things with the Metro programming, then I'd be back in the install mode again - and yes, I know, I can run it in a VM - but that's about as distracting, maintaining two machine environments.

    I'd really like this to work.

    -Max
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  10. #10


    Webster NY US
    Posts : 325
    Win 7 / Win 8


    My current musing is that Microsoft's looking at the tablet/smartphone market versus the laptop/PC market and thinking the former is going up, whilst the latter are starting to steady out or possibly going down. The reason for this behavior of the market is that the average PC buyer in the past bought a PC to be a media consumer and light input (e.g., email or Facebook). Tablets and smart phones do media consumption just fine. The user base of people who actually have to create detailed content and design (CAD, software development, detailed photo editing, etc) who actually need a real PC with mouse are a small percentage. So Microsoft is playing the percentages, focusing on an interface for the tablet/smartphone market (i.e., Metro) and then just copying that over to the desktop/laptop to save themselves the costly effort of coming up with something special for that market. I don't think Microsoft really cares as much anymore about usability on the desktop. Recent numbers from Apple show that in their world, by far, the largest net income came from iPhones versus iPads, MacBooks, and iMacs. And the iMacs (desktops) were dead last. That's net income, not just units sold. If the WinPC market is doing the same thing, then the financial-minded company will follow the money.
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