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What do normal people think of new Windows 8 PCs?

  1. #11


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    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    My 10 years old son install it on his PC and he like it. He pass all the day Sunday to do it. ( fresh Install so a lot of stuff to re install )

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  2. #12


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by HerrKaLeun View Post
    It doesn't matter what "normal" people think. normal people get a new OS with a new PC or tablet and then get whatever is on there. And unless they are professionals using specific software (i.e. CAD, quickbooks) don't even care or know if it is windows.
    - 99% of users keep the same OS till the PC dies
    - 99% of the users think windows is the PC brand
    - 99% of the users that know windows is the OS (they don't know what an OS actually does, though), don't know the version. If someone re-arranges their familiar desktop links, they think it is a new OS
    - 99% of the users couldn't even uninstall a program, or find the desktop icon of the software. If it disappears from the desktop, they think they don't have that software anymore.
    - 99% of users buy a new PC and just make sure at Bestbuy that it also can do "facebook and email"

    Don't even come with desktop mode or Metro, or registry or CMD... if you mention "file type", they think you are a nuclear scientist.
    That's a fairly sweeping generalization...
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  3. #13


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    Seriously right now, every other time I've gone to my local best buy, I've ALWAYS come across someone that was impressed with touch and Windows 8. Either they've talked to me personally or I've overheard remarks about it. Today, playing with the Lenovo Yoga again, a guy talked to me and asked if it was a tablet or a laptop. And I flipped it over and said, "Both." He was fairly impressed by it. Toying around with a touch AIO PC the other day, a lady was making a purchase of a stereo system and was pretty taken back by the AIO form factor and thought it was "cool." She liked that she could Skype with it and have the touch input and use the traditional part of Windows.

    Maybe it's something with the water here, but my many experiences showing people (not plopping it down in front of them and watch them try to figure it out without me showing them, as this is idiotic because they have no knowledge of how to use something new as I do) Windows 8 all with a mouse or touchpad, it's been overwhelmingly positive. I recently asked my small group of Windows 8 users (about ten people that have been using Windows 8 for more than three months, a few for a year) about their opinions about Windows 8.

    All of them liked it. All of them, given the choice between 7 or 8, Windows 8 is the choice to have. I also asked several of them and a few others about using a touch enabled PC. Pretty much all except for a couple liked the idea. Touch on the desktop was iffy, touch on a ultrabook or a tablet was unanimously liked. Some are using the apps and like them, some don't. A couple barely use the Start Screen. A couple others LOVE the lock screen, and those two were using Windows 8 on a desktop.

    I call BS on the dissent. You don't give someone a Mercedes Benz and expect them to know how to drive it properly after driving an old Ford Fiesta. By just not showing someone just the simple basics of how to use Windows 8, or at least telling them, you've basically just misrepresented the whole OS and UI. Yeah, it can be tricky and yeah it's different. Why wouldn't you not show someone the ways of how to use it? This I've yet to understand. The argument that says that is shows that Windows 8 is unintuitive is a load of malarkey.
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  4. #14


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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Seriously right now, every other time I've gone to my local best buy, I've ALWAYS come across someone that was impressed with touch and Windows 8. Either they've talked to me personally or I've overheard remarks about it. Today, playing with the Lenovo Yoga again, a guy talked to me and asked if it was a tablet or a laptop. And I flipped it over and said, "Both." He was fairly impressed by it. Toying around with a touch AIO PC the other day, a lady was making a purchase of a stereo system and was pretty taken back by the AIO form factor and thought it was "cool." She liked that she could Skype with it and have the touch input and use the traditional part of Windows.

    Maybe it's something with the water here, but my many experiences showing people (not plopping it down in front of them and watch them try to figure it out without me showing them, as this is idiotic because they have no knowledge of how to use something new as I do) Windows 8 all with a mouse or touchpad, it's been overwhelmingly positive. I recently asked my small group of Windows 8 users (about ten people that have been using Windows 8 for more than three months, a few for a year) about their opinions about Windows 8.

    All of them liked it. All of them, given the choice between 7 or 8, Windows 8 is the choice to have. I also asked several of them and a few others about using a touch enabled PC. Pretty much all except for a couple liked the idea. Touch on the desktop was iffy, touch on a ultrabook or a tablet was unanimously liked. Some are using the apps and like them, some don't. A couple barely use the Start Screen. A couple others LOVE the lock screen, and those two were using Windows 8 on a desktop.

    I call BS on the dissent. You don't give someone a Mercedes Benz and expect them to know how to drive it properly after driving an old Ford Fiesta. By just not showing someone just the simple basics of how to use Windows 8, or at least telling them, you've basically just misrepresented the whole OS and UI. Yeah, it can be tricky and yeah it's different. Why wouldn't you not show someone the ways of how to use it? This I've yet to understand. The argument that says that is shows that Windows 8 is unintuitive is a load of malarkey.
    Have to agree - I hated Windows 8 when it first appeared, but after spending some quality time with it I now think it is great!
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  5. #15


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    Win8.1 Pro, Desktop Mode


    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Only old long-hair hippie types are normal. Their souls have been psycodelicized.
    Of course, we NEVER refered to ourselves as "hippies" We referred to ourselves as "freaks"
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  6. #16


    Posts : 1,308
    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I call BS on the dissent. You don't give someone a Mercedes Benz and expect them to know how to drive it properly after driving an old Ford Fiesta..
    Are you serious ?, both cars have the gas pedal at right and the brake at left ...Microsoft with Windows 8 put the steering wheel ( start menu ) in the glove compartment ( start page)
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  7. #17


    LOL! Correct. -> They <- called us Hippies. Don't forget Yippies and Yuppies. We also referred ourselves as "Heads" here in the U.S. Midwest. What a space in time, eh?!!
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  8. #18


    Posts : 142
    Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (7 Ult, Vista & XP in V-Box)


    Quote Originally Posted by Rickkins View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Only old long-hair hippie types are normal. Their souls have been psycodelicized.
    Of course, we NEVER refered to ourselves as "hippies" We referred to ourselves as "freaks"

    Heheh!!...Remember the 'Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers'...????

    Now, THAT dates us...:-(
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  9. #19


    Scotland
    Posts : 192
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Not only heads, but dead heads!
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  10. #20


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I call BS on the dissent. You don't give someone a Mercedes Benz and expect them to know how to drive it properly after driving an old Ford Fiesta. By just not showing someone just the simple basics of how to use Windows 8, or at least telling them, you've basically just misrepresented the whole OS and UI. Yeah, it can be tricky and yeah it's different. Why wouldn't you not show someone the ways of how to use it? This I've yet to understand. The argument that says that is shows that Windows 8 is unintuitive is a load of malarkey.
    If you don't believe their is dissent I invite you to come to Michigan and I can introduce you to most of the people who I work with who have played with my on display demos and have heard from me first hand on how to use Windows 8 and have elected to not use it. One guy just build a pc last week and he has purchased a much more expensive copy of Windows 7 for the machine rather than Windows 8 because he simply didn't like 8.

    Windows 8 is unintuitive in quite a number of areas. Mostly driven from the fact that it's not familiar in any way to past versions of Windows. For example, the charms bar on a desktop is not intuitive. If it were, we wouldn't have needed that little video showing people how to get to it. It makes a whole lot more sense in the tablet world to just swipe in from the right side of the screen, but with a keyboard and mouse it just seems a bit strange to dive into the corners. And speaking of corners, getting to the corners and not a second monitor can be tricky for quite a number of people. Thus, I'm advising them to use Win-C (the keyboard shortcut) to pull up the charms bar. Trying to figure out how to "close" a metro app is not intuitive. I realize MS just wants you to leave it open in the background and hit the start screen and move onto something else....but not all of us want to leave apps open and running that we don't use. Grabbing the top of the window with the hand and just dragging it to the bottom of the screen to get rid of it...while easy enough to learn and remember once shown, is not INTUITIVE.
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