I am still happly running Windows 7 Home SP1 64 Bit all all 4 of my computers. But I wanted to see what all the hoopla was about this new Windows 8 OS. So I went ahead and installed the Windows 8.1 Preview ISO on my Notebnook. And to be honest the only thing I really find better about it then Windows 7 is the new App store and the under the hood improvments. If I could get the App store and the under the hood improvments on windows 7 it would be the perfect OS! I think the new Start Screen in Windows 8 is nice to have however it's not a good replacment for the Start Menu in Windows 7. I would rather say it's a nice addition to it and thanks to software like Start8 you can have both and they work really nice together. Also in some ways Windows 8 downgrades some features. To many to name for sure but one example is in the Network and Sharing Center you can no longer click on the icon and change the name of your network any longer. Now in Wondows 8 and still in 8.1 you have to do a registry hack to change the name It's the little things like this that also get on my nerves about Windows 8.
Also I don't know if its becasue this is only a preview build but Windows Defender really slows down the OS performance when it's running. I don't understand why Microsoft can not improve the performance of Windows Defender to where it does not cause any slow down like with other Anti Virus software Avast for example. I also had an issue with the AMD Catalyst drivers which would not let me resize the screen when hooked up to my HDTV. I am sure these bugs will be fixed once Windows 8.1 is final. And I also noticed a strange issue where when I dragged a file from a folder on the network to my notebook there was some big time lag. Like it took maybe 30 seconds or more to bring up the Move to/Copy to menu. Not sure if this is a bug in the 8.1 or perhaps the video drivers was causing this?
Anyway after a few hours of testing out Windows 8.1 I ended up imaging back my Windows 7 to my notebook. Overall I think Windows 8.1 is nice minus the bugs and what not. But I do not think it's worth the upgrade from Windows 7 paid or free for that matter. I just dont think it's worth the trouble of having to start over installing all my software. Even though I do like the new App store a lot I think I am going to stick with Windows 7 for at least another year and more then likely finally upgrade when Windows 9 is released hopefully in 2014.
If Microsoft will listen to what most users want then Windows 9 should turn out to be the best of 7 and 8 making it the best Microsoft OS ever that's my hope anyway