Discuss: Windows 8 Released

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November 2, 2012 at 05:41:27
Specs: Windows 7, 1.4 GHz / 5610 MB
Hi all,

This week's poll is about the newly released Microsoft Windows 8 Operating System. Discuss here if you think you'll upgrade to Windows 8, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.


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November 2, 2012 at 07:54:26
I will definitely not be upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8 - neither will anyone else if they read all the reviews and criticisms.

It's for touchscreen tablets - it's okay on them. But on a PC it looks pretty but using it is terrible. It wan't designed for a mouse, that's for sure. It looks like Microsoft has messed up big-time with this version. They're going to lose thousands of dollars and thousands of Windows users who've finally had enough. Apple will think all it's birthdays have come at once, and Linux distros will be downloaded like never before.

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November 2, 2012 at 09:09:37
I've installed Windows 8 on my previously Vista laptop. It has made a huge difference particularly with the boot time that has now reduced from 2 minutes or so to about 15-20 seconds. The whole thing is much snappier all round.

I suspect a lot of people are criticizing Windows 8 without having even tried it. Sure it was designed to work with a touch screen; but it was also designed to work without a touch screen and is just fine in such a setup. I would certainly recommend anyone running Vista to upgrade - it's a huge improvement. For those on Windows 7 I'd say wait a bit; but some time soon a killer app will come along and make an upgrade a no-brainer.

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November 2, 2012 at 21:38:47
I was pretty harsh on Windows 8 in its early days, but after spending some time with Surface RT a few days ago, I can at least understand where Microsoft wants to go today (heh) with the new OS.

I won't be running Win8 on my main computer. For desktop computing, I still prefer a single user interface complete with good old fashioned Start menu. The constant switching between Desktop and Modern UI that occurs in the x86 build is still a little over the top for me. I will, however, install Win8 on the HTPC/file server sitting in my living room. Mainly because:

-It's fast. Very fast. Win8 boots up as quickly on a mechanical HDD as Win7 does on an SSD-equipped system. Quick start-ups are essential for a good HTPC experience.

-WDDM 1.2 drivers and a fully hardware accelerated user interface. Desktop and Modern UI animations run at a constant 60 fps, even on the weak Tegra 3 chip that powers Surface RT. That kind of smoothness will look just fantastic on a giant TV.

-The MCE add-on now supports blu-ray playback. Goodbye, PowerDVD! I may even be able to ditch my slow, unreliable Samsung BD player for good now!

I probably would've installed Win8 on my old Super P3 too, had Microsoft not made SSE2 support mandatory in the final build. The old turbocharged P3 ran the consumer preview like a champ!

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November 3, 2012 at 12:15:04
I just think we've reached the point where upgrading an operating system now doesn't have nearly as many obvious benefits as it did in the 1990s. Especially considering much of what people do on their computers is centered around the browser.

Windows DOS > 3.1= GUI

Windows 3.1 > 95= 32-bit program support and >64MB RAM usable by programs

Windows 95 > 98= USB and DVD support (these were "rudimentary" in Windows 95, to quote many sources)

Windows XP brought many improvements over 9x, but I've known for a long time that if your basic needs are Internet, e-mail, and office documents, even Windows 95 or 98 will do.

Take Windows 98, add Kernel Ex and Opera, along with Office 97 and USB Mass Storage drivers, and you've still got quite a usable machine, even for a 14-year-old OS. Even Windows 95 with Opera 9.64 will do if you're not as dependent on USB devices.

Some people will argue that running outdated software becomes an issue if you are relying on the ability to buy new peripherals with updated device drivers. Of course, if you're running a 14-20 year old OS, why wouldn't the printers/peripherals of that era suffice? My classic IBM Wheelwriter 5 from 18 years ago still works great and the parts for them are readily available, especially the ink cartridges and corrector tape. Like many computers before the 2000s, it was made in the US and is well-built-- more than I can say about today's machines.

While economies of scale might cancel out the savings of using an outdated operating system, some of those old peripherals will last longer than what you can buy in this throw-away era we live in today.

I'm not suggesting that everyone should toss their new machine for an old Windows 95 or 98 one; I'm simply trying to compare the relatively minor changes that have occurred to Windows in the last decade or so. Yes, there are a lot of improvements, but I believe the various versions of Windows operating systems work the same way, negating the need to upgrade every year or three.


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November 4, 2012 at 14:31:30
I'm going to stick with XP and W7 for now.

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November 4, 2012 at 19:56:12
Lol! I just play the field. Whatever I can get and run with admin priv., that works. I've got too many klunkers laying around anyway, so I let them give me diversity (from DOS to win-7 nominal but no win-8 as yet). I still like xp just fine although I hated it at first (a "learning curve" issue). It's my favorite. I don't know enough to know what I don't know about either seven or eight (parse THAT in your NOTEPAD).
ps: had hopes for win-2008 server (found in dumpster), but it wants to be "activated". Oh well...

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November 6, 2012 at 07:00:25
From what I've seen so far, I'm not thrilled about it & have no intentions of running it on any of my systems. But I'm going to have to become familiar with it because I'm sure I'm going to end up working on systems running it.

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November 8, 2012 at 15:22:44
I am sticking to Win 7, Win 8 does absolutely nothing for me. It is confusing and it has lost the functionality that I have become used to. If Microsoft succeed in forcing their dedicated users to change their computing habits then it's "Hello Apple" from me!

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November 9, 2012 at 08:06:13
I'm with riider and Ewen on this one. I don't see why I would use it. I like Win 7 just fine for now.

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