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#1 Nick H.

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 20:15

More than half of Windows 8 users prefer Windows 7, fearing price and compatibility issues, according to a poll

A recent survey of Windows 8 users has revealed that more than half still prefer the current version of the operating system, Windows 7.
Forumswindows8.com, a Windows 8 help and support site, asked more than 50,000 Windows 8 users what they disliked and liked about the software and found that 53 percent liked Windows 7.
One quarter of respondents said that Windows 8 was their favourite version with the fast boot and shut down feature being the most popular feature.

Source and more.

While I might not like Windows 8 myself, I'm surprised at how that turned out. Am I to understand that 53% prefer Windows 7, 25% prefer Windows 8, and the remaining 22% prefer other operating systems (mac, linux)?


#2 Max Norris

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 20:20

and the remaining 22% prefer other operating systems (mac, linux)?

There's a graph (well a bunch really) over on those forums themselves, out of that 22%, 20% is XP. (It's other versions of Windows, not all OS's in general). I'm personally surprised at "the biggest weakness" category, the new interface is only at 18%.
http://www.forumswin...ws-7-a-7853.htm

#3 Syrah

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 20:22

However the biggest concern was price [...] Just over a quarter were worried about system requirements while 25 percent feared incompatibility.

Huh. Price, system requirements and compatibility would be the least of my worries about Windows 8… :huh:

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 20:23

http://www.forumswindows8.com/general-discussion/windows-8-survey-half-prefer-windows-7-a-7853.htm

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That's what I get for browsing on my phone. Cheers!

#5 Lord Method Man

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 20:38

What's sad is that 20% still prefer XP.

Ugh, just typing "XP" at this point makes me sick.

#6 Aethec

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 20:42

That doesn't make sense.
Either they are Windows 8 users and then they don't worry about compatibility because they tested the programs they use, or they aren't and they liking Windows 7 is not particulariy interesting.
The most probable explanation I can think of is that these "windows 8 forums" have a lot of members not using Windows 8.

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 20:45

Huh. Price, system requirements and compatibility would be the least of my worries about Windows 8… :huh:


No kidding. It makes the whole "survey" suspect.

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 20:47

a Windows 8 help and support site, asked more than 50,000 Windows 8 users what they disliked and liked about the software and found that 53 percent liked Windows 7.

well no ****. Logic would dictate that most people going to a help and support specific website would be having issues and not be satisfied. websites like those is were people go to complain, all(well most) of the satisfied people couldn't care less to go to those sites because obviously they aren't having any problems

a poll like this needs to happen on a lot more generalized site to get accurate readings

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 20:52

Survey Says Windows 8 Users Prefer Windows 7

When asked for a response on these findings Ballmer was quoted as:

"Liar Liar Pants On Fire!!! *sticks fingers in ears* LALALALALALA! I can't hear you!"

#10 Stup0t

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 20:56

Am I the only one that likes Windows 8. It's brought back my old knackered Toshiba Portege tablet laptop to life.... yes OK I still have Windows 7 on my main desktop rig :)

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 21:10

This means nothing, other than some people like Windows 8 and some don't. I could do a survey with the same sample size and find more than half of the people prefer Windows 8.

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 21:16

Just based on the concerns people are voting for I want to throw those results out entirely. Price is lower, compatibility is unchanged, and it's completely compatible with Windows7. People who prefer WindowsXP may be trolling?

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 22:28

This means nothing, other than some people like Windows 8 and some don't. I could do a survey with the same sample size and find more than half of the people prefer Windows 8.


Server 2012!!!! FTW!!!!

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 22:30

What's sad is that 20% still prefer XP.

Ugh, just typing "XP" at this point makes me sick.


This.

#15 ShareShiz

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 22:34

95% of the people that like Windows 8 don't read all the hate about Windows 8 and carry on with their lives. The other 5% are just so excited about Windows 8 that they are trying to convince the haters that they are just stupid.