Should you get Windows 8?

 
 
 

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Anonymous

I install windows 8 for a couple 3 days and i reformat it back to win 7.
UI is terrible and there is no UI customization which is a BIG no no for creative ppl.
it feels like the OS is controlling you, which is what apple is doing instead of you are in control of the OS

Anonymous

This is the first time I have disagreed with 3dGameMan...

I was completely antagonistic towards using Windows 8 when it was released, as part of my job, I have to learn the new OS and so I installed it, reluctantly. I was not looking forward to the new UI in any way, but it did not take long at all before I decided I would not go back to Windows 7.

I have since installed it at home, and have been running it since Microsoft released it on Volume Licensing, I have found no issues at all on any of the games I play, including my old favourites like Far Cry 2, Half Life, Fallout, etc.. New games run fine, old games run fine.. if anything I have noticed a performance increase than anything else.

It would appear that 3dGameMan is just not used to change... and that its lack of familiarity is the biggest problem he has with it, since he doesn't mention any tangible faults with it.

Anonymous

There's a learning curve, but its not "Steep" as you say, if you got a brain, you'll figure it within days.

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I totaly agree with you Rodney. The UI isnt made for a desktop pc. Its made for something with a toutch screen "tablet-smartphones". I have win8 installed on my laptop atm and its a hell to use. Hard to find settings - even restart your computer is like 4-5 steps from the desktop view. why the hell?... But i have installed start8 on it now and that does the job a litle bether. Since now i dont have to go true "metro" so mutch. But it wont happend that i install it on my main computer. It will run win7 untill something bether comes alonge. :).. And i will probably install win7 back on my laptop by the end of the year to.

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Thanks Rodney, I really appreciate your honesty about it. :P

yea, I like my win 7 way too much to consider swithcing at this point. Is microsoft repeating the same mistakes like the did with vista?.. I guess their good OS's come out in stages. IF win 8 really tanks, I guess we can expect win 9 or whatever it is to be called super awesome! Really, with win 8 I had the impression they were trying to get mac folks to switch over to the PC with all the fancy touch screen features.

Anonymous

Tried windows 8 ages ago, some nice features but I aint gonna sacrifice windows 7 to play the piano :P

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Windows 8 gets a 10/10... LOL

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BTW, I plan to ditch my Android tablet for a Win8 one. So, if some one wants a Transformer Prim 32GB w/ keyboard I will be selling mine soon. I'm done with the Android issues. Stock ROMs or custom, it's never been fully stable. Same with the Android phone I had. Got a Win7 phone almost two years ago and it has been the most rock solid phone I have ever owned. Plan to get a Samsung ATIV or Nokia 920 next.

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Been using Win 8 since Feb. I now have my triple screen, SLI, gaming rig running the full version. Works just fine. The part I get a laugh at is the lack of a start button. As if the ancient menu system was the fastest way to anything on Win7. The pro way, and fastest way for that matter, is hitting Win key and start typing what ever you want to go to. The same thing works in Win8 and is still the fastest way to anything. Added bonus is it now can search for specific menus/tabs if you know what you are looking for. You can start typing from anywhere in the main "metro" screen. Just type and go. Some setting menus/tabs you will need to select the "settings" option on the far right. These are things Win7 could not pull up in the same way. Once you actually know how to use Win8, it's pretty damn slick.

I remember when people use to love to dive into a new OS and find ways to get around. "Nerds" have become such babies these days.

Anonymous

I use the consumer preview for 3-4 months in my PC and I love few of the new features like Reset or refreshing your PC, GUI based startup selectors, one stop driver update -those nice little nifty features which make windows 8 a better OS in compare to Windows 7. People who are in PC and already have a Windows 7 , there no real immediate need to jump to windows 8.But people who are buying a new PC you might consider Windows 8, just note that there will be some learning curve, be patient, there are lots of guides/video tutorial to make things easier for you. Overall Windows 8 is not a bad OS and Microsoft took the right path. IF MS make a tablet version, mobile version and normal non touch screen version with standard old school windows like, it will get more warmth and love from the users

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I have Windows 8 on my normal desktop computer and I like it very much. Not garbage at all.

Anonymous

Sup Rod,

Long time lurker. Been enjoying the product reviews. I also like how frequently things get "kickass" ratings. However, I really like that you shoot straight about Win8.

"...it is total garbage." That made me laugh.

Thanks,
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I was able to buy Windows 8 at a cheap price, but thankfully I can install it later. As a person who enjoys gaming on Steam, I'll stick to Windows 7 for now.

Anonymous

No I will not use it for my PC First I tried this OS on my PC then without loosing time I purchased a new Copy of Windows 7 Pro. Shit OS Windows 8

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Fact is, M$ had to jump of the tablet wagon.

Anonymous

Microsoft introduced their first tablet over a decade ago. They MADE the wagon.

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My school is involved in Microsoft program, that provide free, legal software for students. That means I can download a LEGAL copy of Windows 8 instantly, but there's no way in hell I'm doing that. Keep your fingers crossed for the next Microsoft OS!

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No offence but windows 8 is really garbage.. some dutch hardware magazine did a test with tons of games on win8 vs win7. Their conclusion win8 is not better then win7 on gaming.

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Gaming performance is one thing, but getting used to the clumsy GUI is another ;)

Anonymous

I will stick with Windows 7 . This will be the first time I don't upgrade to the latest operating system

Anonymous

I think with Windows 8 a vast majority of the public are either going to love it or hate it. The biggest issue I have with it is dealing with the Metro UI in replace of the classic start menu. Doing simple tasks require extra steps such as accessing the control panel. As a desktop user I would much prefer having Windows 8 installed on a separate partition for a dual boot configuration with W7. I think you can easily tell who the target audience was of this version of windows.

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Hit the win button, type "control", hit enter. I can do this way faster than going to it in the start menu. How is this hard?

Anonymous

You can do that on windows 7 too,so it's just as fast at best

Prophet4NO1
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That's my point. It's the same. So, stop crying. But you can search a lot deeper, beyond programs with the same basic function.

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I installed it, but also installed Windows Classic Start menu from Classic Shell. http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/ Awesome program. It Just skips the Modern UI and straight to the Desktop. The strange part is that Microsoft never makes commercials in Belgium and suddenly they do. Even the Pc shops call this the new Vista era.

Portable = yes
PC = Only with Classic Shell otherwise NO.

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I am actually using windows 8, i am from Mexico, and did not like it the first time i used it, not very intuitive, and had a little troble with drivers from the sound card, Sound blaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer Fatality Pro, later i foun a solution not in the Creative page, and also problems with the driver from AMD and my HD7970 GPU, the hdmi did not work in 7.1 channels from the AMD Catalyst 12.11 driver, had to unistall the hardware from the device manager and then update to work, all this after much research on several web pages.
After going through all that trouble I found this great free prgram called Classic Shell which is a customizable Start menu and Start button for Windows 8, and my live became much simpler. Now I can take advantage of the new speed which I think is much faster than Windows 7, and so far i found no problems with my older and new games. At the moment playing Need for Speed Most Wanted 2012 and Medal of Honor Warfighter, my Windows experience index is 8.1.
I´ve been using windows 8 since september, release preview build 8400, I am going to install the new pro version later this week, and see how it works.

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I disagree that it's a huge learning curve. There is or was some, but not huge.

I've been using it since the dev preview, and in those days I was a little dismissive of it, but as time progressed - I found myself liking it more. I'm using Windows 8 Pro 64-bit on my main machine.

As an experiment to see how user friendly the operating system was. I installed it on a laptop that my sister got and she seems to get a long really well with Windows 8. No questions asked yet with how to do something.

In Windows 7 whenever she used it, she always used to ask "where's the thing to get on the internet?" (as in browser). As soon as she got her hands on Windows 8, there hasn't been a question like that since it's a huge frickin' tile on the "Start screen". lol

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Anonymous

Windows 8 is pretty good for the $40 I paid for the upgrade from Vista Ultimate. The system is much more responsive and seems to handle resources a lot better. I've also used windows 7 Pro and I would still prefer 8 to 7 having used both in a gaming environment (mostly Skyrim).

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Actually i think it's not that bad, people who complain about the metro obviously didnt check the OS' other functions, for instance i can access everything faster then on windows 7. Control panel, one click (and not via the "sidebar" thing), system, cmd, device management, all that from a right click on the "old start menu". It boots faster, cpu management is better, so it's definitely a go for me. :)

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if you want to hear my opinion, windows 8 totally sucks because of the "Modern UI". if one could disable that, and use the normal desktop and start menu, and have the Modern UI only on smartphones and tablets, then I'd buy it, however, there's nothing really new in windows 8 without the modern UI and the charms bar which i don't like either.

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If you don't want to learn how it works, use Mac
If you want to learn why it doesn't work, use Windows

Anonymous

You CAN disable that using applications such as classic shell

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I actually like windows 8 on my PC. just have to know your windows keyboard shortcuts

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Sure, you "can" use it, but it's not as intuitive as Windows 7 and certainly not as functional in my mind.

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I believe there is a market fot Windows 8
but there should be a possibility to switch to 'windows 7 mode'
But once touchscreen/table become more available, then we'll see the benefit of this kind of OS

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For the masses, the future is portable devices like tablets, so I understand Microsoft's move, but that doesn't mean I have to like it ;) Even in the tablet world Windows 8 is cumbersome to use and nothing about is familiar.