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Windows 8 ekes out 3.2 percent of desktop OS market

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    Window 8 has a long way to go to beat Vista even with blue I see no hope.

    Four reasons Windows 8 can't match Vista's adoption rate | Computerworld Blogs

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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    I remember when Vista reared it's ugly head - I was one of thousands who spoke out vocally about it on ZDnet and in forums like this one. Back then, Microsoft listened to us, and they did something about it, they made Windows 7.

    What is clearly needed is a Desktop-Only version: They have Windows 8 RT which is just Metro, and that should satisfy tablet and Device users, but we the desktop users are stuck with it. Even with a Touch Screen, which I have on one PC, Metro is not that friendly - Or useful, at least not yet. So far all of the little developers in china have come up with all of those little games and "apps" but so far, not that many of the big devs have hopped on, no Metro apps for the desktop applications I use. Quicken, Office, Adobe.

    I like how blazing fast my systems boot up, and it was not that much trouble installing and setting it up how I liked it. Can't say Metro gets in my way, as I don't use it much. My videos and music play much better and everything seems much faster. The question is, will MS make us a desktop-only OS, if we keep asking for it? I don't see Metro taking over any time soon, we are all too used to desktops. And as long as Windows has a desktop that I can customise, I'll use it. But if they take it out for the next rendition, how will that affect us? As much as I love Windows 7, the Windows 8 Desktop is much faster.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    So I can't pin Desktop items to the Start Screen?
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  4. #44


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    So I can't pin Desktop items to the Start Screen?
    Actually, when you install new applications, desktop applications, links to those ar made on the Start Screen. But I did an upgrade on this machine, and it did not bother to move the apps I already had installed there.
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    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    But from what you seem to have said that Windows should have a Desktop only mode, so that would get rid of the Start Screen.
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    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    This start screen will suffice.

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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    This start screen will suffice.

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    That's kind of interesting as the cropped size of that Start "screen" is actually the size of 19 tiles on my Start Screen and occupies roughly the same screen space as my old start menu would had. I used to have the menu as BIG as it possibly could go, not for the MFU list, but for All Programs. I had a bunch in there and I HATED scrolling down because of subfolders, which is why I threw the shortcuts into the All Programs list and got rid of the folders. Now, I don't have that issue with the Start Screen anymore.
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    Germany/Florida
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    I am running with a 150% DPI. That's why it is bigger than normal. I should have shrunk the picture before posting.
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  9. #49


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    If you are looking for fast and efficient - you could try linux mint. Half the size and ram use of 8.

    I doubt MS are willing to have a desktop only mode.

    They might - but it is more likely they will weather the poor sales and keep pushing for what they want the users to do.

    There is a lot at stake.

    MS want to monetise the users. There seem prepared to hang on , subsidise the oems and do whatever it it takes to get what they want.
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    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    Mint Mate is great. I use it for surfing the web. Is a lot safer and faster too.
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