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What do normal people think of new Windows 8 PCs?

  1. #191


    SD
    Posts : 7
    windows 8


    I love my Windows 8, I haven't learned all about it yet but its fun doing it. I can get all my email program one click away. All my people are all on one area for all 3 of my emails. i have spell check that corrects as i go or shows me what is wrong and just a click I can get it right. I can jump back and forth form each email program as they are all on one page. I can do Face book with ease. I can find other people with out reloading. I can go with ease from chrome or internet Explore. In a flash of a hand I can be on another window page. Or be on my home page. Wow who would have thought that was possible. I love my windows more each day!

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  2. #192


    Bay Area
    Posts : 21,840
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64


    Welcome to Eight Forums Blosam. A Guy
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  3. #193


    Hello, Blosam. Welcome to EightForums. I'm glad you're liking 8.
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  4. #194


    Posts : 3
    Windows 7 Pro


    All the Not We's I've spoken to think it is fine BUT they don't like the Start Screen, Apps or Touch stuff. They are all Desktop users both at work and home.

    The first thing most ask me is how can I switch all that off for them...

    Oh and they usually moan that the desktop GUI is to bland and flat.

    If MS would only add in customization features then they would have another hit on their hands. Give people choice if you want them to buy it seems to be the order of the day.

    IMHO Win8 is only worth it if you can get the £24.99 upgrade version (or cheaper), the £49 disc based version is too dear by a mile!

    If something like Start8 and (a cut down) WindowBlinds from Stardock had been included then Windows 8 would have flown off the shelves.

    The problem is there is no viable alternative to Windows... Apple OS is only available with an overpriced MAC of some sort, Linux (despite the arguements) is way to complicated for the 'casual' user, so that just leaves Windows, an OS that billions are familar with and comfortable using...
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  5. #195


    Australia
    Posts : 716
    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    Quote Originally Posted by TickleOnTheTum View Post
    All the Not We's I've spoken to think it is fine BUT they don't like the Start Screen, Apps or Touch stuff. They are all Desktop users both at work and home.

    The first thing most ask me is how can I switch all that off for them...

    Oh and they usually moan that the desktop GUI is to bland and flat.

    If MS would only add in customization features then they would have another hit on their hands. Give people choice if you want them to buy it seems to be the order of the day.


    IMHO Win8 is only worth it if you can get the £24.99 upgrade version (or cheaper), the £49 disc based version is too dear by a mile!

    If something like Start8 and (a cut down) WindowBlinds from Stardock had been included then Windows 8 would have flown off the shelves.

    The problem is there is no viable alternative to Windows... Apple OS is only available with an overpriced MAC of some sort, Linux (despite the arguements) is way to complicated for the 'casual' user, so that just leaves Windows, an OS that billions are familar with and comfortable using...
    This pretty much says it all. However, I did think it was worth spending $149 (Aust) on W8 Pro OEM on disk from retail store. But only because Ex7ForW8, which is free, restores the original Orb Start Menu by importing Explorer 7 shell from a Windows 7 installation disc.

    And it totally switches off Metro and Explorer 8. However, you can switch back to Metro/Explorer 8 if you want, but can't use both simulataneously. As I never use Metro apps it doesn't worry me. I never switch back.

    You can also get the full suite of Windows 7 games free HERE if you want them. It's a fairly slow download though, unless you're a member.
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  6. #196


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8


    If the device has touch, then people are generally impressed with Windows 8.

    If the device doesn't have touch, it is much less intuitive to use and you gain little benefit from the new "Metro" (or whatever we're not calling it now) interface besides having a slightly prettier looking start menu.

    Whilst it's a learning curve to move away from the familiar, and there are certainly areas that need improving, I still think MS made the right decision to force W8 on people. Sucks in the short term but opens the gateway to a fully functioning OS that works across both mobile and desktop environments. Something that has been sorely lacking until now (and it's not perfect yet by any stretch...)
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  7. #197


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    a fully functioning OS that works across both mobile and desktop environments. Something that has been sorely lacking until now (and it's not perfect yet by any stretch...)
    I am waiting for Android to appear on the laptop scene. The new ARM processors are certainly suitable for a PC environment. I wonder whether Google is working on that.

    There is an Android X86 version out, but that is probably a bad compromize.
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  8. #198


    Actual subpar normal here... meaning I've no experience with an Ipad, Smartphone, or any other app-based gadgetry. My phone makes phonecalls and can now (SUPER recent upgrade) supposedly take pictures (tho I don't yet know how).

    I had a short fling with Vista a few years ago, but broke up and went back to my X(p) after I couldn't take it anymore.

    I've never even seen W7 in action.

    Which basically means that none of this is familiar at all, and I'm coming from a place that's very very far away.

    Having received my new laptop on December 8th, I subsequently spent the remainder of the month (including my entire 2 weeks of Christmas holidays) just trying to make friends. At first, no amount of alcohol seemed to help. We were ugly strangers to each other and apparently destined to stay that way. My X(p) was looking awful appealing again.


    But then it happened.

    I stumbled in here and opened threads one by one. Still clueless enough not to even know how to formulate a question that might reveal a hint of a clue to something helpful, I just decided to read EVERYTHING.

    And one-thing-at-a-time, blemishes were erased, mysteries solved, glories revealed. I slowly began to realize that behind the too-cute and seemingly useless exterior actually lay something quite intelligent and fun. I was learning how to speak 8!!

    And frankly I'm now quite delighted with each new command I learn.........


    Thanks so much to YOU!!!

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  9. #199


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by DelleMonty View Post
    Actual subpar normal here... meaning I've no experience with an Ipad, Smartphone, or any other app-based gadgetry. My phone makes phonecalls and can now (SUPER recent upgrade) supposedly take pictures (tho I don't yet know how).

    I had a short fling with Vista a few years ago, but broke up and went back to my X(p) after I couldn't take it anymore.

    I've never even seen W7 in action.

    Which basically means that none of this is familiar at all, and I'm coming from a place that's very very far away.

    Having received my new laptop on December 8th, I subsequently spent the remainder of the month (including my entire 2 weeks of Christmas holidays) just trying to make friends. At first, no amount of alcohol seemed to help. We were ugly strangers to each other and apparently destined to stay that way. My X(p) was looking awful appealing again.


    But then it happened.

    I stumbled in here and opened threads one by one. Still clueless enough not to even know how to formulate a question that might reveal a hint of a clue to something helpful, I just decided to read EVERYTHING.

    And one-thing-at-a-time, blemishes were erased, mysteries solved, glories revealed. I slowly began to realize that behind the too-cute and seemingly useless exterior actually lay something quite intelligent and fun. I was learning how to speak 8!!

    And frankly I'm now quite delighted with each new command I learn.........


    Thanks so much to YOU!!!



    Hooray! Glad to hear that!
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  10. #200


    Bay Area
    Posts : 21,840
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64


    Welcome to Eight Forums DelleMonty. Excellent post

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