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Windows 7 vs. Windows 8.1: Users Mixed on Which One Is Bet

  1. #11


    Quote Originally Posted by dencal View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by justmetoday View Post
    Here is my problem with hyped Windows 8 enthusiasts, while they praise Windows 8,

    if the truth were to be told,

    I would guess that at least 98 percent of them use some form of Classic Menu, Start 8, etc. that provide the Windows 7 interface. Personally, I don't think I could use Windows 8, in it's native form on a daily basis, much to cumbersome. I use 3 add-ons from Stardock Central, that allow me to use it the way I want. But none of my friends would have a clue how to set these up. I will admit Windows 8 is flexible enough to allow the add-ons, but, I still question;

    Why I should have to install an add-on to begin with?
    All this moaning about no Start Menu...As for your at least 98% estimation regarding Classic Menu...pure conjecture.
    All these complaints concerning Start Menu....Apple doesn't have one yet you never hear them whinging about the lack of.
    I admit that W8.1 is an improvement over W8....I also think I can find any app quicker on W8.1 than with W7
    I agree, 98 percent is conjecture on my part, my question to you is, do you use any add-ons?

    I also, don't consider it moaning, but rather an observation if people vocalize displeasures

    And Apple has nothing to do with this topic, so why bring it up?

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  2. #12


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I don't use any third party program to add back the traditional start menu, never have and never will. I have no problem using 8 the way it was designed.
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  3. #13


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    I have no problems with it either. I just find it to be less convenient than 7 - at least on the desktop. Got back to using keyboard shortcuts again. Where is the progress.
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  4. #14


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I do boot to desktop, I have my everyday programs pined to the taskbar. Other regularly used programs, and Metro Apps I do use, are on my Start Screen. On my desktop PC I run my metro apps on one monitor, IE usually on my main screen and outlook on the third. I'm retired and have simple needs. I don't do spread sheets or other heavy multi tasking. I game some and cruise the forums. I don't know if its a factor but I use a trackball, even with my laptop. I find navigation easy. I'm slowly training myself to use the search so I don't end up looking for something on the All Apps screen. I find that screen a bit cluttered.
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  5. #15


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    That sounds like my way - all the way down to the trackball Logitech mouse. I keep most of my programs in the toolbar though as well as the websites I visit and some folders. Here is an example - this is from the 7 equivalent.

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  6. #16


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I don't use toolbars, not that there is anything wrong with using them, I just don't. Well not on the desktop anyway. I do use the Favorites Bar in IE for the web sites I go to everyday like these forums.
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  7. #17


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    I use the toolbars because you can stuff a lot into them if you use subfolders. The websites are also there. But the most common websites I use are in my Rocket Dock. That's only 1 click and it is hidden on the left side of my screen.



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  8. #18


    Posts : 1,883
    7601.18247.x86fre.win7sp1


    Nevermind all the selling out to NSA and things like that in 8, I simply dislike how there is no Aero and MS kinda fooled everyone into thinking that flatter is better, just because they needed to in order to keep power consumption lower on mobile devices.

    I have a machine with a broken AGP graphics port. Only 64 MB memory is available to the onboard vga and the VIA driver will not support Aero. It pisses me off every time I use it and don't see it lol. None of the published hacks work in 7, heh heh.
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  9. #19


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


    Internet Explorer 11 in Win 8.1 on my PC would not run consistently unless the DNS address in the Ethernet properties was set manually. Microsoft tech support acknowledged this to be a known issue. But the DNS address they gave me only worked spasmodically at best. After finding an alternative address configuration in another forum, it runs seamless.

    Putting aside the Start Menu, the average Joe in the street is not interested in changing DNS addresses to make a browser work, He wants it to work straight out of the box!

    M$ paint you into a corner saying you must upgrade from Win 8 ... where IE10 works fine ... to 8.1 to continue to get updates after the due date. But then IE11 is forced on you ... a browser that doesn't work properly.

    And yes, I've got all the latest updates for W8, and they don't fix the problem. And my ADSL internet server is Telstra ... Australia's biggest carrier.

    I have started experimenting with Apple and recently bought an iPhone IOS7, 5s at a cost of $1,000 ... which is a 64bit OS. And I had to wait a month before stocks became available. When they first came out several months ago, you simply couldn't buy them as stocks in shops were pre-sold months ahead.

    The thing I don't like about Apple is you can't build your own rig. So that leaves Windows 9 ... we hope!
    Last edited by Mustang; 22 Jan 2014 at 06:51.
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  10. #20


    Posts : 120
    Windows 8.1 + StartIsBack + AeroGlass


    My PC is not a tablet. It's as simple as that. I want a traditional desktop launcher back (it doesn't need to be the old Start menu), i want Aero back, I want absolutely all options to be available from the traditional desktop control panel. I don't mind them giving the choice of running Metro apps, as long as I don't have to see anything Metro related unless I want to.

    MS doesn't care. They just feel that getting their users used to Metro will help them sell more tablets.
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