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Old 03-06-2014, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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When I first started using 8, I wouldn't have recommended it but I would now. Not necessarily because it is a super improvement over 7 but mainly because you eventually have to use it so why now start now? Once you figure out how to use it and how to avoid the Metro interface (or whatever it is called now).

My work is forcing the 8.1 upgrade but I don't have any exposure to it yet.
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Old 03-06-2014, 12:21 PM
 
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When I first started using 8, I wouldn't have recommended it but I would now. Not necessarily because it is a super improvement over 7 but mainly because you eventually have to use it so why now start now?
Says who? I can guarantee you I will never use Windows 8/8.1. It will be skipped just like Vista was.
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Old 03-06-2014, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Concord, NC
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I just switched from a laptop running win7 to a Surface Pro 2 using Win8.1. I didnt like Win8.0 on a non-touch screen but do not mind Win8.1 with a touch based screen. I boot into the desktop and bypass the Metro or Modern UI. The only time I go into Metro is when I want to open a program that does not have a shortcut on the taskbar. Opening the charms bar is not hard when using the mouse or the touch screen. Learning to press the WIN+X key to get to some features or right clicking on the start button to get to those features is not hard to learn. MS moved some settings around but quick Googling or searching the computer solves that problem. Overall I do not mind using Win8.1.

On a corporate level, we will be moving everyone to Win7. Its nice having everyone on the same platform plus Win 7 support doesnt end until 2020. We'll see what Win 8.2 or Win 9 bring but for now we are sticking with Win 7 on a corporate level.
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Old 03-06-2014, 03:11 PM
 
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Says who? I can guarantee you I will never use Windows 8/8.1. It will be skipped just like Vista was.
Can't Bill Gates force you to use 8.1 or 8.2 or a non friendly 9.0?
You must be using 7 right now? All your device drivers, programs work fine. Then MS decides to stop supporting 7 and issues an 8.2 version.

They might not necessarily make 9 work like XP and 7. Eventually 7 won't work with various devices and as new programs are created they won't support Windows 7.

I use Vista and the highest version of IE I can get in 9.0. And IE is slowly getting worse and worse as some sports videos won't play properly, etc. and pages are slow to load.
I do use FF and Chrome from time to time.
Google can put the squeeze on us as well. I could not open a 5 1/2 minute video with IE so I went to Chrome. About 4 minute into the video, Google said I had to "login" to see the rest of the video.

I'm used to Vista so all the surprises about where to find things compared to XP is no longer an issue. Vista is fine with us. But, should the system need to be replaced, I guess we go with 7 which may run out of support at some point in time, or hope there is a 9.0 that is friendly like 7 or XP.
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Old 03-06-2014, 04:54 PM
 
Location: northwest Illinois
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Says who? I can guarantee you I will never use Windows 8/8.1. It will be skipped just like Vista was.
Same here also. I'll be staying with 7 long after they stop supporting it.
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Old 03-06-2014, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Wandering.
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Same here also. I'll be staying with 7 long after they stop supporting it.
In 2020?
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Old 03-06-2014, 05:45 PM
 
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Can't Bill Gates force you to use 8.1 or 8.2 or a non friendly 9.0?
You must be using 7 right now? All your device drivers, programs work fine. Then MS decides to stop supporting 7 and issues an 8.2 version.
Neither Bill nor anyone else can force me to do anything, Windows 7 will be supported for quite a few years, and by then Microsoft may have gotten their thumbs out of their backside and have their desktop OS back on track. Not sure what you're implying by "non friendly 9.0", very little is known about Windows 9 so anything is speculation right now.
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Old 03-06-2014, 05:50 PM
 
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Neither Bill nor anyone else can force me to do anything, Windows 7 will be supported for quite a few years, and by then Microsoft may have gotten their thumbs out of their backside and have their desktop OS back on track. Not sure what you're implying by "non friendly 9.0", very little is known about Windows 9 so anything is speculation right now.
What I meant was that maybe the Windows 7 users, who are waiting on "after" Windows 8, could be disappointed and Microsoft doesn't design Windows 9 the way people hope.
Many people hope for a more user friendly (compared to Windows 8) Windows 9 or 10.....

I've never used 7 or 8, so the differences mean nothing. I'll stay with Vista until the system has to be replaced and then I'll have Windows (?)

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Old 03-06-2014, 05:53 PM
 
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What I meant was that maybe the Windows 7 users, who are waiting on post Windows 8, could be disappointed and Microsoft doesn't make Windows 9 the way people hope.
People hope for a more user friendly (compared to Windows 8) Windows 9 or 10.....
OK. Well by the time Windows 7 becomes unsupported we'll be at Windows 10 or 11, so I'm not overly concerned if 9 bombs.
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