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Slow uptake of Windows 8 preview hints at lack of interest

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    One thing I have mentioned would be having the option available to see either the Metro or Standard desktop mode at least during the initial set up of W8 where you could choose between touchscreen or a normal desktop. But that won't be happening for now unless something else is revealed in the Release Preview coming up next month. That will either make or break 8 for many!

    As far as the finished product as far as Vista is concerned the need for SP1 in order to accurately indicate the actual amount of physical memory installed was the largest issue at the time. What was found was that many things simply would not go on the previous version not being compatible.

    As for the 7 beta that was still a beta while the RC showed the true grit 7 was offering. No installation problems as far as programs you were installing by that time. The Good Bye to the Side bar was certainly welcome as well as the option to pin to the taskbar.

    Vista is still a good OS but lacks in many ways when compared to 7. Both are far more stable then XP ever thought of being since MS never addressed the endless number of flaws until SP3 saw over 1,000 fixes! While the older version has remained popular over the years due to Vista delays and the initial reactions to Vista it simply wasn't kept up with as it should have been to match the fast pace in progressive hardware advances. "Blue Screen Special"!

    For 8 MS is intent on pushing Cloud services! There's no doubt about this at all when you look the things they are taking away from the OS in addition to the major gui changes for the desktop. "Touchscreen and the Cloud" seems to be the new lMS logo theme.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
    One thing I have mentioned would be having the option available to see either the Metro or Standard desktop mode at least during the initial set up of W8 where you could choose between touchscreen or a normal desktop. But that won't be happening for now unless something else is revealed in the Release Preview coming up next month. That will either make or break 8 for many!

    I don't think Microsoft needs to make the option front-and-centre on install. they can just have it as a checkmark somewhere in Control panel. If the user needs it then they can find it.
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    That was simply one idea brought up in one discussion about where MS was going wrong so far with 8. Eventually someone will work out a guide on making a registry change to simply see the desktop load without the Metro enabled. But that would be for those running a 3rd party ware like Start menu 7.

    The alternative to change modes during the initial install would be something like that you would see available in the settings. In Vista but not 7 the Classic theme or Aero was the two choices found in the Start/taskbar properties screen. Any change of mode option in 8 however would be a bit more involved and need an option like this during setup where the desktop isn't already loaded.
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    XP, Vista & Win7


    Prior to purchasing Win7, there was a review in Australian PC magazine, comparing the various parameters for each system. XP was ahead of Vista in some, and Vista ahead of XP in others. However, Win7 was overall ahead of both XP and Vista collectively. It was a clear winner.

    And that's why I bought Win7 and have had no regrets, aside from the intial hiccup of losing WinMail ... which was replaceable by WinLiveMail. Other apps like Movie Maker etc, which had to be downloaded from Windows Live could easily be replaced by third party software like DVDVideoSoft's program Free Studio Manager, which does it all and better and easier.

    Unfortunately the same cannot be said for Win8 in comparison to Win7. As someone said earlier, MS will have a hard time killing off W7. And there simply aren't any major innovative benefits in W8 to coax buyers to upgrade and part with their hard earned $$$$; without even considering the reaction to Metro and loss of Start Menu.

    Even XP is still alive and well, especially in the market for the older generation in everyday consumer use. I have XP Virtual on Win7 purely because I like playing online Reversi. And it is interesting to note that persons using this game via XP come from Russia, China, England, Poland, Germany, Spain, France, Japan, Korea, Sweden, Arabia, Holland, Isreal, ... and the list goes on. Last count just from my limited interacion there were players from over 25 countries world wide.
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  5. #25


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    Quote Originally Posted by poppa bear View Post
    ...And there simply aren't any major innovative benefits in W8 to coax buyers to upgrade and part with their hard earned $$$$; ....
    And that is why I'm 99% certain I won't be "upgrading." I installed the Consumer Preview as a dual boot for two days and after that little use did not find anything that would make me interested in spending the cash to go to 8. The Metro interface is "in the way" IMO, albeit you can go to the corners or click on desktop to have it. I think MS should spend its time on making the OS better, and not concern itself with "new interfaces."
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    MS would have been better offering the Metro as an option Windows gui change for those who wanted a touchscreen orientated desktop or offered up a Metro/touchscreen alternative edition which would have left an option for the standard desktop OS or Metro not simply jam Metro in everyone's faces expecting it to be a seller!

    As for 7 any version that would follow would be an automatic hard sell to start with sincce 7 was an automatic success story. MS apparently didn't get the hint to follow that direction still retaining a desktop OS people could identify with. For the bulk of desktop users who were taken off guard and actually impressed with 7 W8 will tank fast in that market!

    One of the reasons you still XP going strong in many places is likely due to them being developing countries as well as die hard XP fans who wouldn't upgrade into any newer version regardless. I know people here that refuse to even look at 7 certainly frowning at Vista are stubborn with XP except one friend now willing to run either XP or Vista refusing to consider 7.

    (His better half has a Vista laptop explaining that one! You know how it goes!)
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  7. #27


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    Quote Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
    MS would have been better offering ... not simply jam Metro in everyone's faces expecting it to be a seller! For the bulk of desktop users who were taken off guard and actually impressed with 7, W8 will tank fast in that market!
    Totally agree with your assessment.

    Quote Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
    I know people here ... are stubborn with XP except one friend now willing to run either XP or Vista refusing to consider 7. (His better half has a Vista laptop explaining that one! You know how it goes!)
    Yep I know how it goes with better-half! LOL!

    My son is a qualified PC techo and registered MS system builder, but he persisted with XP for personal use, up until about 6 months ago, saying it did everything he needed. At that point, as a gift, I built him an i5 CPU, SSD HD, with Win7 preinstalled. Once he started using W7, he never looked back; saying he couldn't understand why he hadn't done it yonks ago! Go figure people, eh!
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    Some people seem to get glued to things like XP. I had the 32bit 7 RC on with XP on that person's desktop back in 2009 and he didn't like the Aero style theme. Vista still offered the Classic Windows look familiar to XP users. Plus he wants to run the desktop at lower screen resolutions and still doesn't realize you can run 7 lower as well.

    I know one thing he won't like 8 any! unless he gets out and spots a touchscreen desktop or laptop in store some time once 8 is out. I took a snap of the 8 Start screen and applied as wallpaper on the cell phone here to show people what the next version will be bringing in. Also have 8 on a flash drive to let them get the feel of how it is with the CP.

    How many like or will like 8? That one remains to be seen. At the same time many who tried 7 went back to Vista or XP while many simply reverted to the newer version when not really giving 7 an extended run other then beta or RC builds.

    The one thing that will be a constant regardless of which version it is is the thought of "Each to Their Own"! With 8 I would still need to dual boot due to the other changes seen like with WMP as far as dvd playback since I use the player for the auto run of any vcd projects as well as the occasion music playback.(when things are quiet, no one else around, etc. )
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    It's too much a radial change in UI with win8, I'll be sticking with win7 for next few years
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    Once you get past the Metro changes and use a tool like Start menu 7 although a 3rd party add on you then deal with the new settings and apps screens which isn't any major issue but simply a bit awkward at times the next thing to look at the removal of Media Center and the loss of support for dvd playback support in the WMPlayer.

    The things people have grown accustomed to since WMP originally had to be downloaded and installed separately until XP came along following the ME, 2000 days are now being changed into what people will assume is a different OS entirely geared for mobile application no longer seeing the newer Windows as a desktop OS. For those still running XP they will be saying: "What is this stuff?".

    For those running Vista or 7 or dual booting XP or Vista with 7 they will see what I see as far as MS not following the working result seen with 7! The shell of 8 has likely seen the progressive improvements while the gui and other features being changed and being the next version to follow 7 as well(a hard sell for many) will effect how people look at it
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