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Your outlook on Win 8 from day one until now.


Frank1

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#1
I'm just wondering how many members have changed their outlook on Windows 8 from the time they first used it. I, for example, didn't like it at all when I first used it. I didn't think that I would ever update from what I have now which is Win7. Now I like it and can't wait until I get it. Has anyone else changed their outlook on it from the first time they opened it to now? The question isn't how do you feel about Win 8, but have you changed your outlook on it from day one until now.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion g7-120us Notebook
    Memory
    8 GIG

pparks1

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#2
I have found quite a number of benefits and positives. My outlook hasn't changed through on upgrading my systems. I don't have any plans to spend the $40 to upgrade them.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Self-Built in July 2009
    CPU
    Intel Q9550 2.83Ghz OC'd to 3.40Ghz
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R rev. 1.1, F12 BIOS
    Memory
    8GB G.Skill PI DDR2-800, 4-4-4-12 timings
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA 1280MB Nvidia GeForce GTX570
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC899A 8 channel onboard audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    23" Acer x233H
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Intel X25-M 80GB Gen 2 SSD
    Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black, 32MB cache. WD1001FALS
    PSU
    Corsair 620HX modular
    Case
    Antec P182
    Cooling
    stock
    Keyboard
    ABS M1 Mechanical
    Mouse
    Logitech G9 Laser Mouse
    Internet Speed
    15/2 cable modem
    Other Info
    Windows and Linux enthusiast. Logitech G35 Headset.
#3
Yep I will be upgrading, I am enjoying Windows 8 on both my PC and laptop. No problems
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Build RP B8400
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus 64 bit Windows 8 RP B8400
    CPU
    Intel i7-2600K CPU @ 3.40Ghz 3.40 Ghz
    Motherboard
    Asus P8Z68 VPro
    Memory
    8.00Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD HD 6000 series
    Sound Card
    on board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Asus HDMI
    Screen Resolution
    1600 X 1200
    Hard Drives
    1 x120gb SSD plus 2 1TB Drives in Raid 1 configuration
    1 Netgear Stora 1TBnetwork drive
    PSU
    800w
    Case
    Timberlake Gaming type
    Cooling
    Yes
    Keyboard
    Logitech G15
    Mouse
    Logitech G Series
    Other Info
    Logitech HD 1080P Web Cam and a Logitech Z4 Sound System.

HippsieGypsie

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Lilymoor, IL

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#4
I'm just as excited about it today as the day I installed. A stable, fast, secure, multipurpose, and good looking OS.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    8.1 Pro X64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer T690
    CPU
    Intel Pentium D Dual Core
    Motherboard
    Acer/Intel E946GZ
    Memory
    2GB (max upgrade)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3000 - PCI Express x16
    Sound Card
    Integrated RealTek ALC888 high-definition audio with 7.1 channel audio support
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer AL1917W A LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1440 X 900
    Hard Drives
    350 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10
    Thumb drives
    PSU
    Standard 250 watt
    Case
    Desktop 7.2" (183mm) W x 17.5" (445mm) L x 14.5"
    Cooling
    Dual case fans + CPU fan
    Keyboard
    Acer Windows PS/2
    Mouse
    Wireless Microsoft Arc
    Internet Speed
    54mbp/s
    Browser
    IE11
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    Office Pro 2013 / Nokia Lumia 1520 Windows Phone 8.1DP GDR1

WiFi Ed

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#5
Day One: Meh...

Day 30: Ah, ok I guess...

Now: I love it!

I believe this condition is known as "Stockholm Syndrome"... :)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell E520
    CPU
    Intel Q6700 Core 2 Quad - 2.66 GHz
    Motherboard
    Whatever Dell put in there...
    Memory
    8 GB Mushkin 800 MHz DDR2
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GTX 650 - 2 GB GDDR5
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x 19" ViewSonic LCD's
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1024
    Hard Drives
    1 Intel X25-M 120G SSD, 2 WD RE4 2TB HD's
    PSU
    PCPower & Cooling Silencer 500 Watt
    Internet Speed
    100/10 Time Warner Cable

vrosa

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#6
I liked Outlook 2013 since the first day I used it. To say the truth I liked all Office integration with the cloud and social networks.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10.0.10122
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    My Build - Vorttex Ultimate
    CPU
    Core i7 @ 4500 MHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS Z87-Plus
    Memory
    32GB DDR3 @ 1822 MHz (OC)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon R9 280X 3GB @ 1180 / 6800 MHz
    Sound Card
    7.1 HDA
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LCD LG 22" + CRT LG 17"
    Screen Resolution
    1760 x 1320 / 1280 x 960
    Hard Drives
    1 x 240 GB SSD (System)
    3 x 500 GB HDD (Data/Media)
    1 x 2000 GB e-HDD (Backup)
    PSU
    ThermalTake 1000W PSU
    Case
    Corsair Carbide R300
    Cooling
    Corsair H60 (Push-Pull)
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Wireless Keyboard
    Mouse
    Microsoft Wireless Mouse
    Internet Speed
    60 Mbps (Down) 5 Mbps (Up)
    Browser
    IE, FF, Chrome
    Antivirus
    AVG Internet Security 2015
    Other Info
    Some wired stuff

TheGrantFitz

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United States

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650
#7
Day One: Meh...

Day 30: Ah, ok I guess...

Now: I love it!

I believe this condition is known as "Stockholm Syndrome"... :)
Same here, WiFi Ed.
I couldn't live without it, now!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro, iOS 7.1, Elementary OS
    Computer type
    Tablet
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Apple
    Memory
    1 GB
    Screen Resolution
    2048x1536
    Other Info
    iPad Air

Coke Robot

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#8
Nope, my outlook hasn't changed at all.....

Because day one I was like, "WHOA!"

Day 30, "WHOA!"

Day 90, "WHOA!"

Day 180, "WHOA!"

Day 280, "WHOA!"

Day 370, "WHOA!"

I've been doing great ever since! :D I've been loving every development on the Windows front, some tweaks can be done for sure. I'm adoring Office 2013 as it is just WHOA! My body is ready for Windows Phone 8, and it may just get an Xbox to put the cherry on the top. WHOA!

:cool:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS
    CPU
    AMD FX 8320
    Motherboard
    Crosshair V Formula-Z
    Memory
    16 gig DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS R9 270
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Seagate Barracuda (starting to hate Seagate)
    x2 3 TB Toshibas
    Windows 8.1 is installed on a SanDisk Ultra Plus 256 GB
    PSU
    OCZ 500 watt
    Case
    A current work in progres as I'll be building the physical case myself. It shall be fantastic.
    Cooling
    Arctic Cooler with 3 heatpipes
    Keyboard
    Logitech K750 wireless solar powered keyboard
    Mouse
    Microsoft Touch Mouse
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, but I might go back on KIS 2014

Arpan

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1,184
#10
The question isn't how do you feel about Win 8, but have you changed your outlook on it from day one until now.
Yes, there has been a change.
Day 1: LOVE it !!!
Today: LOVE it ten times more ;)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Linux Mint 14
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavillion g4
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2330M CPU @ 2.20GHz
    Memory
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    1 GB Radeon Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic PnP Monitor
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500 GB HDD

Kat

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142
#11
DEVELOPER PREVIEW...

Jumped enthusiastically onto the DP..

And....HATED it. Totally unintuitive and almost unusable.

BSODs galore. NO driver support. At all.

Removed it very quickly.


CONSUMER PREVIEW...

Installed upon release on my 'old' laptop (2g dual-core/3g RAM/Intel GFX)
and it LOVES it!! No openGL issues on this machine.

Ditto 64-bit.

THIS is what they should have tweaked and released....IMO.


RELEASE PREVIEW...


Major install issues, and the openGL issue continued on this machine.

Nice OS when sorted.


RTM ENTERPRISE...


No openGL issues with the new Nvidia drivers. Rock-solid.

Ugly. A pig without lipstick (but the lippy can be applied).

Start screen finally works properly and is actually useable.

Worth keeping.


VERDICT...

IF ... I could get the $49 upgrade, I'd get it.

But the $49 upgrade will probably be $149 here.

Or even $249......

We get ripped-off badly in this country when it comes
to software prices.......(and almost everything else...:-(



So...although I'd LIKE to get it, I probably still won't be able to afford it...:-(
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (7 Ult, Vista & XP in V-Box)
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire Ethos AS8951G 'Super-Laptop'.
    CPU
    Intel Sandy-Bridge i7-2670QM quad-core
    Motherboard
    Acer
    Memory
    8GB DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel 3000HD / Ge-Force GT555M 2 gigs
    Sound Card
    Realtek/5.1 Dolby built-in including speakers.
    Monitor(s) Displays
    18.4" full-HD
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1024
    Hard Drives
    2x750GB Toshiba internal, 1x500GB Seagate external, 1x2TB Seagate external, 1x640GB Toshiba pocket-drive, 1x640GB Samsung pocket drive.
    PSU
    Stock
    Case
    Laptop
    Cooling
    Air-cooled
    Mouse
    I/R cordless.
    Internet Speed
    Borderline pathetic.

FSeal

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#12
Initially excited.

After using it, serious concern and disapointment.

When RTM shipped, shocked at the bleak colorforms interface.

Now, the more I use it the more annoyed with it and the broken versions of IE and the lousy ad ridden metro apps I get, and I wish the entire metro universe were simply gone forever.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 7/8

alphanumeric

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#13
Day one > perplexed and confused, and lots of WTF moments.
Today > while I don't mind using it I have no intent on upgrading either of my two desktops or laptop from Windows 7.
I don't want a tablet OS on a non tablet device. Not this one anyway.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus
    CPU
    AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Deneb 3.7GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS M4N68T-M V2 µATX Motherboard
    Memory
    8GB 4GBx2 Kingston PC10600 DDR3 1333 Memory
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA Geforce GT640 2 Gig DDR3 PCIe
    Sound Card
    VIA VT1708s High Definition Audio 8-channel Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    22" LG E2242 1080p and 2 19" I-INC AG191D
    Screen Resolution
    1280x1024 - 1920x1080 - 1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    Crucial MX100 256 GB SSD and 500 GB WD Blue SATA
    PSU
    Thermaltake TR 620
    Case
    Power Up Black ATX Mid-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Stock heatsink fan
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wireless K350 Wave
    Mouse
    Logitech M570 Trackball and T650 TouchPad
    Internet Speed
    80 Mbps Down 30 Mbps Up
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    HP DVD1040e Lightscribe - External USB2

Mystere

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#14
I really couldn't care less about Metro or the metro apps. I do kind of like the new Metro messenger app, and I keep it snapped to the side of my desktop. However, I don't use metro at all otherwise.

What I like about Windows 8 has nothing to do with the UI. Things I like:

* Faster Boot time
* More secure BitLocker
* Storage Spaces
* Client Hyper-V
* File History
* New Task Manager
* Multi-Monitor support (particularly multiple wallpapers)
* Better SSD support
* Lower resource usage (memory and cpu)

Some of these can be achieved with third party tools on Windows 7, but I like having them built-in.

Regardless of Metro, Windows 8 is a very good upgrade to Windows 7 for me.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro
    CPU
    Intel i7 3770K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Z77X-UD4 TH
    Memory
    16GB DDR3 1600
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GTX 650
    Sound Card
    Onboard Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Auria 27" IPS + 2x Samsung 23"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440 + 2x 2048x1152
    Hard Drives
    Corsair m4 256GB, 2 WD 2TB drives
    Case
    Antec SOLO II
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000
    Mouse
    Logitech MX

TerryE

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#15
Have been through the various previews all the way to RTM, always in a virtual environment with the exception of a brief foray into a netbook installation.

They have all worked reasonably well for me. I could (and usually do) forego the new start screen. I tried IE10 in Metro form and never did like it, so IE runs from desktop if at all.

RTM: windows are ugly and often rather colorless. No more Aero glass and I miss that. I find nothing compelling about Windows 8, and though I get it "free" through my TechNet subscription, I will continue to run it only as a VM. Windows 7 remains and will remain my primary OS.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 7 x64

Mystere

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#16
RTM: windows are ugly and often rather colorless.
You do know you can change the colors, right? No, it's not glass... but I'm guessing a company like Stardock will modify WindowBlinds to bring glass back.

Since you use VM's, you may find client Hyper-V to be very useful. I like it more than any of the other VM software.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro
    CPU
    Intel i7 3770K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Z77X-UD4 TH
    Memory
    16GB DDR3 1600
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GTX 650
    Sound Card
    Onboard Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Auria 27" IPS + 2x Samsung 23"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440 + 2x 2048x1152
    Hard Drives
    Corsair m4 256GB, 2 WD 2TB drives
    Case
    Antec SOLO II
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000
    Mouse
    Logitech MX

FSeal

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#17
Can you make all inactive windows not grey though? AFAIK you can only change the color of the ONE active window, all others are purposely devoid of color, even if it were say a 50% or even 25% of the value of the same color of the active window would look loads better..
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 7/8

Mystere

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#18
Well, there are a bunch of settings here: HKEY_LOCAL_USER\Control Panel\Colors

One of those is InactiveTitlebar which should set the color of the inactive titlebar. Changes only take affect after you log off and log in again though, and I don't want to do that right now to test it.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro
    CPU
    Intel i7 3770K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Z77X-UD4 TH
    Memory
    16GB DDR3 1600
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GTX 650
    Sound Card
    Onboard Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Auria 27" IPS + 2x Samsung 23"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440 + 2x 2048x1152
    Hard Drives
    Corsair m4 256GB, 2 WD 2TB drives
    Case
    Antec SOLO II
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000
    Mouse
    Logitech MX

Dave44

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#19
always liked windows 8 here using windows 8 pro and loving it only thing I would change is bring back areo or at least allow a option to do so
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 update 1 Pro X64 with WMC
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    intel i7 2600k
    Motherboard
    Asrock H61M-VG3
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    nvidia geforce GTX 560 Ti
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Internet Speed
    100MB

Dellius

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#20
Well, as a matter of fact it did change a bit.

My first impression was "this is a sick joke", then it was "I am going to be sick", really struggling not to vomit looking at this Metro screen, now it's like "Meh" with the occasional "I am sick NOW", when I get the occasional BSOD because Windows itself doesn't have proper default generic drivers for most devices, and now I am like "I am going to be skipping this in favor of Ubuntu", when Steam complete porting their titles to Ubuntu, because at home I use my PC mostly for gaming and this will save me money from replacing hardware Windows 8 doesn't like.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Enterprise
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Built
    CPU
    i7 920
    Motherboard
    DX58SO
    Memory
    Kingston 8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gainward GTX580 Phantom
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG D2342P-PN
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB
    Seagate Barracuda 500GB - eSATA
    PSU
    Corsair 850W
    Keyboard
    Razer Anansi
    Mouse
    Razer Naga Epic
    Internet Speed
    50Mbps/50Mbps

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