Windows 8.1

Aaron

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Thumbs down from me on Windows 8. Spent the better part of the first day I had it tweaking it to try and resemble previous Windows versions, as best I could.

I like that 8.1 should be more user friendly for those without touch screens, but I'm not sure I want to try the beta version, or if I will wait for the official release.
 

DAB

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Thumbs down from me on Windows 8. Spent the better part of the first day I had it tweaking it to try and resemble previous Windows versions, as best I could.

I like that 8.1 should be more user friendly for those without touch screens, but I'm not sure I want to try the beta version, or if I will wait for the official release.
I played around with it on my one my old Windows machines. I hated the initial release in that you had to get a third party app to give you the start screen back. This has been the cause of more issues than anything.

Overall I find Windows 8 stable, but the way you often find yourself stuff between two worlds of touch interface and desktop absolutely SUCKS! I upgraded to 8.1 and while this only really partially restores the start button (not by default by the way) it does make the switch between the 2 interfaces a little less crazy.
 

DAB

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I'll stick with Windows 7, if somebody gave me 8. I'll simply pass, because I tried it out couple of times and it sucks.
Probably a wise decision. I know enterprise customers are avoiding it like the plague. Tech Soup cannot even give it away for free to non-profits they would rather buy Windows 7.
 

MM

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I was working with my Uncle and his new laptop that has Win 8. I just couldn't get a grip on it. I was having issues with Skydrive and finding stuff. If I had it I'm sure I'd be used to it by now.

I have the Win 8.1 preview, but I haven't installed in on my Mac yet.
 

DAB

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Finding setting and such in Window 8 is clear as mud! LOL


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Wolf

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At my job we got new computers, but good thing it came with windows 7, but our Microsoft Office is now upgraded to Office 2013 and that looks a bit different, but still easy to use.
 

MM

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My job just upgraded our computers, but good thing it came with windows 7, but our Microsoft Office is now upgraded to Office 2013 and that looks a bit different.
Office 2013 is different, but it's awesome! We had it at work for a while. I'm quite impressed with it.


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blyons200

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Oct 12, 2008
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I hate Windows 7. I want to downgrade to Vista. I swear it takes 10 minutes for my laptop to completely startup and there are over 120 processes and it uses 2.7 gig of memory at idle! I thought 7 was supposed to be streamlined.:clueless: My laptop has a 2 GHZ dual core i7 and 8 gigs of RAM, yet it still seems slow.
 

IdRatherBeSkiing

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I hate Windows 7. I want to downgrade to Vista. I swear it takes 10 minutes for my laptop to completely startup and there are over 120 processes and it uses 2.7 gig of memory at idle! I thought 7 was supposed to be streamlined.:clueless: My laptop has a 2 GHZ dual core i7 and 8 gigs of RAM, yet it still seems slow.
We had opposite experience. Laptop came with Vista. Slow as hell. Upgraded to windows 7. Much faster and more stable.

I will stick with win 7 though. Sort of like Star Trek movies. Only every other one is good.


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memebag

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I hate Windows 7. I want to downgrade to Vista. I swear it takes 10 minutes for my laptop to completely startup and there are over 120 processes and it uses 2.7 gig of memory at idle! I thought 7 was supposed to be streamlined.:clueless: My laptop has a 2 GHZ dual core i7 and 8 gigs of RAM, yet it still seems slow.
Win 7 boots fast. Something else is wrong with your laptop.

You didn't let my mom use it, did you?
 

TX WJ

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My old HP was dying and the mother was the culprit, bought a new Dell tower for my 7 year old to use to play mine craft. What a total piece of shit windows 8 is.
 

HecticArt

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Oct 19, 2008
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I updated to the official 8.1 release today.
Slight improvement, but not by much. :sad:
Bummer. Other reviews said that for seemingly small changes, they managed to improve the usability. I was going to update the Mrs' laptop, but I guess I won't worry about jumping too quickly.
 

DAB

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I updated to the official 8.1 release today.
Slight improvement, but not by much. :sad:
Windows 8 is still a hot mess! I was reading about how now certain web sites won't load and no explanation as to how to fix it. It impacts all browsers. MS could screw up a soup sandwich! LOL


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