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#1 Ironman273

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 19:11

5 Reasons To Get Over The Hype And Start Loving Windows 8.1

You don’t have to look far to find reports that Windows 8 (and the updated Windows 8.1) is an unmitigated failure. A quick search turns up stories detailing why Windows 8 has failed, why Windows 8 continues to fail, as well as one pondering whether or not Windows 8 is Microsoft’s biggest failure ever (Hint: It’s not).
 
The relative success or failure of Windows 8 has been headline news again this week as reports that HP is bringing Windows 7 “back by popular demand” went viral. Thankfully, there are also some common sense stories that dig past the hype to reveal the reality behind a simple HP marketing campaign.
 
Since its launch, there have been comparisons made between Windows 8 and Windows Vista (For the purposes of this article I will use “Windows 8” to refer to both Windows 8 and the updated Windows 8.1 operating systems). Those comparisons are based on the premise that Windows Vista was a complete failure, and attempt to connect the dots to illustrate how Windows 8 is an equal or greater failure.

 

In my opinion, the comparison is valid, but for a completely different reason. Windows Vista was a failure…from a marketing perspective. Microsoft failed to give businesses or consumers any compelling reason to embrace the OS, and it let competitors—namely Apple —dictate the narrative of Windows Vista as a failure. As an operating system, though, there is nothing wrong with Windows Vista. It had a rough start due to poor driver support out of the gate, but after a few months those issues were addressed and Windows Vista matured into a very capable OS.
 
Similarly, there is really nothing wrong with Windows 8. Ignore the hype and consider these five reasons you should check out Windows 8 for yourself.
 
1. Compatibility
 
Windows 8 will run virtually any software that you’re already running on your older Windows systems. The traditional Windows software runs in Desktop mode—which is basically just Windows 7 hiding behind the new Metro Start screen of Windows 8—but it runs just fine.
 
There are some applications that may not work natively in Windows 8. You can search for “compatibility” and select the option to “Run programs made for previous versions of Windows.” This feature lets you install applications in compatibility mode, which emulates previous versions of Windows and should work for most software.
 
2. Performance
 
Windows 8 is less demanding than its predecessor. The operating system requirements are the same as Windows 7—a 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of hard drive space. Granted, those specs are substantially more than the base requirements for Windows XP, and you won’t get optimal performance using such a stripped down system.

 

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#2 Buttus

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 19:38

those 5 things don't address that it's it' still clunky switching between desktop and the tiles screen over and over



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Posted 22 January 2014 - 19:41

Lest we forget...

 

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those 5 things don't address that it's it' still clunky switching between desktop and the tiles screen over and over

If you're using it on a non-touchscreen computer why would you be switching to the tile screen except to use it as a start menu?  And clunky?  I press the Windows button and it switches back and forth.



#4 Astra.Xtreme

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 19:45

Performance differences are negligible on an SSD.  And 8 is more secure because it has Defender built-in?  Okay...

 

8 isn't worth the aggravation and decrease in efficiency.  Touchscreens aren't taking over, so Metro is a step backwards on a keyboard and mouse.



#5 B0mberman

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 19:46

"5 reasons to ignore the obvious problems plaguing W8" - For those in denial



#6 vcfan

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 19:49

its too confusing. it looks like someone farted skittles on my screen. don't want dat dere mobile appz on my desktop workstation with 5, 70 inch monitors. this is serious business.

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 19:50

Performance differences are negligible on an SSD.  And 8 is more secure because it has Defender built-in?  Okay...

 

8 isn't worth the aggravation and decrease in efficiency.  Touchscreens aren't taking over, so Metro is a step backwards on a keyboard and mouse.

 

I find I'm more efficient with the Start Screen, and a mix of Metro and desktop apps. Killing the Start Menu is the best thing MS ever did IMO.



#8 Xilo

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 19:50

Unless they get rid of the Metro ######, then I will never use Windows 8.1.



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Posted 22 January 2014 - 19:52

"5 reasons to ignore the obvious problems plaguing W8" - For those in denial

 

They're not so obvious to me - I think it works beautifully. Fast, stable, compatible with virtually every program I throw at it. What problems do you see, other than not liking the new design?



#10 OP Ironman273

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 19:52

Unless they get rid of the Metro bull****, then I will never use Windows 8.1.

So you love Metro and if they get rid of it you would never use Windows again?  Wow, what a great fan of Metro you are! 



#11 Nagisan

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 19:55

I installed Windows 8 because I wanted a fresh install of Windows and decided to give Win8 a try. While I do not like the metro screen (whatever it's called these days), I got rid of it and returned the start menu by installing a single piece of software (Classic Shell).

 

Since installing Windows 8 + Classic Shell, I have not once thought to myself "Man, I wish I had just reinstalled Windows 7". I'm not saying Windows 8 was a move in the right direction (personally I hate the Metro start screen), but after bringing back the classic start menu I have no qualms at all with Windows 8 compared to Windows 7. I have enjoyed some of the interface refreshes it has received compared to Win7, and while I haven't noticed any specific performance increases, I haven't noticed any decreases to performance or my general productivity since moving to Win8.

 

I do not feel Windows 8 is worth the price if you are already happily running Windows 7, but I do not feel any reason to move back to Windows 7 if you already have a copy of Windows 8.



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Posted 22 January 2014 - 19:57

No Thanks. Windows 8/8.1 are both horrible for me and my work environment. I don't need someone telling me why or how I need something. Hopefully, they will figure it out. 



#13 Max Norris

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 20:02

Lest we forget...

 

That's just a silly comparison.  But in a similar line...

 

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Stagnation isn't a great thing either.



#14 trag3dy

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 20:03

I like windows 7.



#15 Athernar

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 20:05

GUIs are outdated, command line interfaces are the future and anyone that disagrees is just resistant to change.





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