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How Windows 8 won me over

  1. #1


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    WCP / Win.7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1.

    How Windows 8 won me over



    For those of you who know me and who follow me on Facebook especially, you might know that up until now Iíve been far from the biggest and most loyal supporter of Windows 8. I have found this difficult at times being a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) awardee for two years now in the Windows category. MVPs are independent experts but weíre always watched carefully by Microsoft, well I am anyway, and they take an interest in what we say and write.

    Until now Iíve been a big supporter of Microsoftís products. After the unveiling of the Windows 7 beta just over three years ago Iíve felt that the company had got its mojo back, and was finally headed in the right direction. The quality of the products they have released the last three years including the Live Essentials Suite, SkyDrive, Kinect, Windows Server 2008 and especially Windows Phone gave me confidence that they had put years of stale development behind them.
    How Windows 8 won me over

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  2. #2


    USA, Idaho
    Posts : 1,062
    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    Have to agree. I truly have yet to find a reason not to use 8. Thus far all the applications I use in 7 and XP have worked just fine in 8, though I have yet to install VMWare 8. Hopefully sometime in the next couple of days. Golf has now started pulling me away from the computer as the weather gets better each day.
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  3. #3


    Tropical Island Pair a Dice
    Posts : 3,030
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64/ Windows 7 Ult x64


    I think with a little time and a small effort to change Win8 to the way 'You' like it, will win over a lot of the current naysayers.

    As with all new OSs it takes a little time to get over the 'Where is X, it use to be easy to find' issues.
    There are already apps to return the legacy style start menu, easy to put a 'Shutdown' & 'Restart' icon on the start screen and pin to the taskbar, will be better ways to have the option to boot to the desktop, etc.
    Will eventually be enough ways to add changes and make everyone happy.
    After all, it is your OS.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    The thing that wins me over with Windows 8 is the seamless integration of peripherals. Before in past Windows versions, there needed to be drivers from the manufacturer to get it working. In Windows 8, I've had devices literally install and run right before my eyes, and usually with no dialog boxes or anything that suggests Windows is searching for a driver and installing it. Windows 8 is like, ZOOM! I had a wifi adapter literally install and running within three seconds, no joke. I had one of those Flip camcorders install automatically. Everything literally works. It's like the apple mac's creed, but then again, macs don't have ANYWHERE as many compatible devices to work with as Windows does.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 419
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Windows 8 was love at first sight for me. No explanation needed.
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  6. #6


    Adelaide
    Posts : 1,338
    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)

    You're lucky (or I'm unlucky)


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    The thing that wins me over with Windows 8 is the seamless integration of peripherals. Before in past Windows versions, there needed to be drivers from the manufacturer to get it working. In Windows 8, I've had devices literally install and run right before my eyes, and usually with no dialog boxes or anything that suggests Windows is searching for a driver and installing it.
    I've had the exact opposite experience.
    This is the first version of Windows that I've used, that won't correctly install a driver, despite trying a dozen times using several different methods.
    In the past I've had problems with NVidia drivers, but they only took 2 or 3 attempts to install correctly.

    My MB only came out ~2 years ago (I got it last May).
    XP, W7 and W8 DP all managed to install the driver correctly on the first attempt.
    W8 CP can't manage it at all.
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