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

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


    We asked, you answered. ‘Is Windows 8 really that awful?’ was the question that stirred up so many controversies last week, pretty much because opinions are still divided on Microsoft’s modern operating system.

    Ever since it got to see daylight in October 2012, Windows 8 continuously had to face never-ending waves of criticism, mostly because of the many changes it brings to the IT world.

    We decided to simply hear it from you, so we asked whether Windows 8 is indeed a bad operating system and everyone should stick to Windows 7 or move all computers to the new release featuring a Start screen.

    Users who posted answers to our questions have pretty mixed thoughts on Windows 8, which is probably the only viable reason behind the current 10 percent market share that the modern OS launched by Microsoft currently has on the desktop.

    We’ve read all your comments and here are a few that seem to reflect the way people actually see Windows 8 these days
    Windows 7 vs. Windows 8.1: Users Mixed on Which One Is Better

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


    Not so long ago I would have probably said 7 is better. Now I'm leaning more towards 8.1.
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    NJ
    Posts : 1,116
    4 Windows 7 Pro Sp1- 4 Win 8 Pro, 1- xp pro sp3


    I still like windows 7 better, the only thing i like a out win 8 is it has tighter security but that is about it
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    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    I like it on my Asus tablet. But on my desktops I will stay with 7.
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    Posts : 902
    Win8.1 Pro, Desktop Mode


    For me, they've asked the wrong question.(s)

    Better question: On a pc, Metro or Desktop.
    On a laptop.
    On a tablet. etc
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rickkins View Post
    For me, they've asked the wrong question.(s)

    Better question: On a pc, Metro or Desktop.
    On a laptop.
    On a tablet. etc
    Good point, the device does make a difference. I guess I should have said the pointing device makes a difference. My laptop touchpad was a bit of a pain to use with 8. Namely the edge swipes. I just touch the palm rest and slide my hand over to find the touchpad without having to look. That would always bring up the charms bar do to the edge swipe so I ended up turning them off. If I do actually need the charms bar I just use the hot corner. On my desktop PC's I use a trackball and find 8 easy to navigate with it. I haven't used a mouse in ages so my experience may be quite different if I was using one. I don't own anything with a touch screen so I can't comment on that.
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    Posts : 146
    Windows 8 Pro


    For me Windows 8.1 wins hands down both on PC as well as on a Laptop.
    W7 now seems antiquated.
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    If the truth were to be told


    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?
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    Posts : 146
    Windows 8 Pro


    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
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    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Why I should have to install an add-on to begin with?
    That is exactly the point - if some rinky dink little programming outfit can provide the function, why can M$ not provide it out of the box.

    Answer: because it does not fit into their strategy. Ignore what a billion customers want and keep plowing along with what we thing is good for you. I hope they will pay the price for such an attitude.
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