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What do normal people think of new Windows 8 PCs?

  1. #161


    Bay Area
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    Windows 7 Home Premium x64


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    I am glad you took it with humor. But thank you anyhow - I am too old for the couch.
    Not even for a good nap?

    A Guy

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  2. #162


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Hi Tony, are you a therapist because you

    stretch our patients
    You got me! I have to admit, that is quite humorous! The error is corrected.

    But, you should know that I don't get mad, I get even....

    Therapist?!! Why yes! How did you guess?!! Along with Cokie, mdmd, Mystere, Arpan, Lee, gazz9496, and so many other 8 fans of which I hate to leave out. We're all Windows 8 therapists. Would you like to lay on the couch to begin a session for all to diagnose your condition?
    Yes, I had to call in my other colleagues to handle the influx of patients...
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  3. #163


    Canberra
    Posts : 135
    Win 8 x64 Pro


    My dad who is definitely what you would call a "regular user" saw me running Windows 8 on my laptop. He liked it so upgraded his laptop. The process went smoothly for him (I didn't need to help him) and he is very happy. I offered him a way to skip the start screen and go straight to the desktop but he didn't want to. He loves it.
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  4. #164


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Mark, I think you got a good point there. Most of us are system tweakers who like to work the system. For that, Windows 7 is ideal.

    People like your dad are 'normal users' who like to run their applications. For them the Windows 8 start screen is a good tool to get started.
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  5. #165


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    Someone who is new to a PC all together wouldn't know any better. It would just be "what a PC is like". People with a PC for the 1st time who have a smart phone might also consider it more familiar. I have seen little complaints about 8 itself beyond what is different from previous OS. Casual users would likely have similar difficulty moving from XP to 7, although I understand 8 is more of a change. A Guy
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  6. #166


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I like to tweak Windows 8, it lets me tweak it more than 7.
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  7. #167


    I really dont get all the negative stuff about Windows 8. I admit i dont really like metro it but as i boot in to Desktop i never see it. Even my 8 year old son hasn't mentioned the new OS since i upgraded from 7, he just get on with it as most things are still in the same place, all his games etc work.
    It makes me laugh that all these so called "IT" people cant handle change in the way a normal user can. What on earth do they get paid for other than giving their own biased opinion on everything PC related and getting to play god in the corporate environment.
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  8. #168


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by Fliplip View Post
    I really dont get all the negative stuff about Windows 8. I admit i dont really like metro it but as i boot in to Desktop i never see it. Even my 8 year old son hasn't mentioned the new OS since i upgraded from 7, he just get on with it as most things are still in the same place, all his games etc work.
    It makes me laugh that all these so called "IT" people cant handle change in the way a normal user can. What on earth do they get paid for other than giving their own biased opinion on everything PC related and getting to play god in the corporate environment.
    I think you really underestimate the problems IT people have when they have to switch their (sometimes very large) user community from one system to the next. It involves enormous expense for training and a lot of headaches. I give you an example from my own experience.

    I am an instructor at a computer club with 800 mostely elderly members. We sometimes have to update the club PCs that we use for hands-on training. Each time that creates a minor revolution by the members. E.g when we upgraded from IE7 to IE8, we got a lot of flack because now the Favorites were on the right side of the screen and no more on the left side.

    I tell you, if you move one icon on their desktop from right to left, these people are disturbed. So a major change like from XP, Vista ot /7 to Windows 8 is not in the cards for them. And that is why so many people are still on XP (besides the migration cost in large companies).
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  9. #169


    Posts : 162
    Windows 8 Pro


    Some people don't like change. That is fine, they can stay with their current OS but in the near future that OS will no longer be supported. I like changes. It keeps things refreshing and new so the OS don't get boring and to hopefully get new fun stuff added to the OS.
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  10. #170


    Quote Originally Posted by chris1neji View Post
    I am going to share a small paragraph describing an experience from my younger brother.
    I had my computer open for him to use it while I was at work away. So I let him be on it, I think he was on it for like 5 hours. His experience with computers is minimal doesn't know much he comes to me for help. Anyways I ask him if it felt different, he said no. I asked him, doesn't it feel weird without a start button. "Oh,.... I didn't even notice it" walks up to the keyboard and presses the windows key. "I am sure I can get use to it, is not that different".

    I think that's how most people will feel, a few minor annoyance for people may be shutting down the PC, I am willing to bet manufacturers will add a shortcut to the Modern start screen and label it shutdown


    Personally I love how well it brings my favorites and such things from one desktop to a laptop, I truly see it's selling point. I think users with multiple devices will appreciate it the most.
    Is this what you're talking about?Click image for larger version
    Since this post I have learned that the 'Enter' key activates the top left tile on 'Start Panel'
    I have since changed it to the 'Desktop' tile and go Desktop from Start panel by pressing Enter
    Last edited by pcRat; 24 Dec 2012 at 15:31. Reason: Update info
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