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Windows Loses Some Users Despite the Arrival of Windows8.1

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    Without a doubt, this modern OS interface is a phone or tablet style interface. It uses big tiles, it takes the whole screen and includes a home screen of some tiles and an app drawer fir the rest of them. This is exactly what a phone or tablet interface is.

    I get along fine with 8, but I've run Start8 since day 1 and I boot directly to desktop. I have set all app defaults to not use modern apps, but rather classic desktop apps. The only time I see start screen is to search for an app to start when I don't have an icon our my desktop our a quick launch shortcut.

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  2. #52


    Posts : 11
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64 (tried Windows 8.1, non-starter)


    Quote Originally Posted by echrada View Post
    I am seriously thinking of abandoning Windows as my personal OS and going for OS X - at least you know what you get! I am tired of the bull that comes with Windows and specifically Windows 8/8.1. Most of my clients that bought new machines with Windows 8/8.1 have now reverted to Windows 7. And I do not blame them one bit.
    Exactly, echrada. A friend of mine bought a new Sony Vaio 14" laptop last year (core i5-3210M, 6 GB PC3-12800 RAM). It came with Windows 8 pre-installed, and she was miserable with it.

    I imaged all of her stuff to a USB hard drive, wiped her machine, and did a fresh install of Windows 7 Home Premium x64 (I had to do a little UEFI/BIOS trickery). I successfully restored all her apps and data from the image, it all works, and she is as happy as can be. I know she'll never look back. That is, unless some future "Windows 9" or "10" proves to be a worthy successor to Windows 7.

    Windows 8.1 for me is a non-starter. I've installed it and played around with it a couple of times on my nice, fast core i5-2410M laptop with a Vertex 3 120GB SSD - and I keep removing it, even with its superior thread scheduling and boot times. It boots right to the desktop in about 3 seconds, but its general look and feel leave me cold.
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  3. #53


    Posts : 120
    Windows 8.1 + StartIsBack + AeroGlass


    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    It is a modern-day interface of a modern-day OS used by modern-day people with modern-day devices including the desktop PC. Do you drive a Model T? A 1060's model? 70's or 80's?
    No, it's not. It's a touch UI and you have to be blind to believe otherwise. Oh, you mean some parts of the traditional desktop is still there and desktop applications still run? Of course. As if we didn't know that already.

    As for your personal attacks, I couldn't care less... bad software still remains bad software, whether their supporters can manage to be civil or not.
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    "The Times they are a-changin'"
    Are you suggesting we let a tech corp dictate to us that our future should be what they want?

    on the whole most people I've shown Windows 8.1 to like it whereas they hated Windows 8.
    I am interested to see how that plays out. It might be MS have applied enough disguise. Like the Wicked Witch dressed as Dear Old Granny in Snow White.
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  5. #55


    in my experience normal users had no idea it was 8.0 or 8 .1. they have told me that it seems to be exactly the same. so in my world I can expect anybody would be delighted with Windows 8 .1 that absolutely hated 8.0
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    IMO I think what is killing Windows 8 and 8.1 is the OEM's, there are only a couple OEM's with a couple models that really utilize the full Windows 8 desktop. Just because you throw a touch screen in the computer doesn't mean it will sell, a good example of what they should be doing is stuff like the Lenovo Yoga, as this notebook takes full advantage of all the coolness of Windows 8 and 8.1. Though from what I am seeing online with people having such a hard time upgrading and then having compatibility problems with all the hardware after the upgrade does not help move people over to a new platform, in fact we repeat a Vista era.
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    Posts : 219
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit


    I don't mind that they took great steps to make the OS touch accessible. What I think most of us, and the tech world at large are upset about, is that these changes did not come in addition to the desktop friendly way of doing things, they replaced it all together..
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit


    I just logged into the App Store today, for the first time in 6 months. Big news.. The apps still suck, and the developing platform is still lacking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by musiclover7 View Post
    I don't mind that they took great steps to make the OS touch accessible. What I think most of us, and the tech world at large are upset about, is that these changes did not come in addition to the desktop friendly way of doing things, they replaced it all together..
    Have to agree, they did a complete 180 and left many in the dust. I don't want my fixed desktop/laptop to act like a tablet or smart phone.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Here's one: Try the chkdsk /r command utility. No, don't, seriously. It is something else they have buggered up with 8. Unless you like looking at pretty spinning dots and a 27% completed screen for 2+ hours.
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