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Will you be installing Windows 8 when it is released?

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Poll: Will you be buying or upgrading to Windows 8 when it is released? (40 member(s) have cast votes)

Will you be buying or upgrading to Windows 8 when it is released?

  1. Yes, definitely, from what I've already seen this looks like the best from MS so far (1 votes [2.50%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 2.50%

  2. Yes, I would, but it's really only to keep up to date (3 votes [7.50%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 7.50%

  3. Yes, I would if the price was right, otherwise I'd have to think about it (1 votes [2.50%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 2.50%

  4. No, probably not, I don't see the point in spending money when W7 is relatively new and stable enough (10 votes [25.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 25.00%

  5. No, unless I actually had to (17 votes [42.50%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 42.50%

  6. No, I'll keep my existing Windows till the death ! (8 votes [20.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 20.00%

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#1 marko

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    Posted 12 March 2012 - 08:27 PM

    I'm reluctant to bash Windows 8 cause it's relatively easy to do just that, rather than find the possible good points within it. I actually did this with both Vista and Windows 7, I'm now using W7 although would go back to Windows XP in a flash because for me, it was the best operating system MS ever created. I'll reserve judgement myself on W8 and it's Metro UI but suffice to say I won't be queing in the shops to upgrade nor parting with any of my cash in a hurry. Question is, will you?.

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    #2 Claw

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      Posted 12 March 2012 - 09:05 PM

      I'm still on XP because of lack of funds, so if I upgraded it would be to Win 7. I would still hold off as long as I could before even doing that. XP is and always will be my favorie,,it's just the best version of Windows to date,,in my opinion.

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        Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:01 AM

        Maybe if Windows 8 is not Microsoft still playing catch-up with Apple in terms of proprietary lockdowns I'll give it a shot. To me though, an operating system should be just that, not an undefeatable portal to software merchandising with UI constraints that amount to bondage. The car analogy - XP may be a bit of a jalopy, but it's MY jalopy.

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          Posted 13 March 2012 - 10:26 AM

          Hey everyone. Thanks for the poll Marko.

          Wish there was an answer along the lines of, "I keep hoping for something better but Windows 8 isn't it".

          I have XP on a core2duo machine, and it's a good combination. I would LIKE an OS with a footprint like Windows 3.1 that counts all the major components of the OS as programs but also counts directly in the DOS environment. For Windows that would mean Windows Explorer would become a much more important program. One other thing I would like is a system for file management such as a fully featured "My Documents" (I hate that name for that folder) folder. By fully featured I mean with features for creating folders that can find files of a type and move them to the folder or just keep a record of their location and default media folders that automatically find media files and move them to the folder or create a record of the file, also. Would be nice to be able to create playlists in the music or video folders or to access editors for media files from the respective media file folder...go straight to work from the folder STS.

          If one could picture the files in the file management folder as one of two types, either stationed in the folder or located someplace else and shown as a highlighted icon or listing, maybe it would be easier to understand what I mean by file management. Create a folder, define the file type, then a tool in the folder finds all the files on the machine of the type and gives you the option to move each one or just keep a record of the existence of the file in its current location, placing a colored icon in the folder to represent the file (sort of a shortcut). A little tricky with the vid and pic files that exist in programs...they can't be moved, but programmers would get used to the system and place them out of harm's way in bundles where they couldn't be moved. Just would like the idea of this type of file management capability standard in an OS.

          By the way, I think I am 100% on this one with Windows 8...

          Marko, would you say XP is good because of the footprint on the machine, etc. or is it the simplicity or something else you like best? I agree with anyone who would say it's pretty darn good. Really, I'm just glad it's not ripping this machine to shreds with an overdose of full time features...

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            Posted 13 March 2012 - 10:59 AM

            I have tried the DP and the CP but still don't like it. My favourite programs all run in desktop mode so for me there is no point in Metro. It's not awful by any means but I, like many others, don't see the point in having what amounts to two OSs. I say leave Metro for phones and tablets and have a desktop version for all other users or give us the choice at install time to install Metro if we want to.


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              Posted 13 March 2012 - 11:37 AM

              I buy a refurbished computer every few years and run whatever O.S. comes with it. Currently I have three working units, one with 7 and two with XP. I have found that with each upgrade in O.S. more storage is used just for the O.S. That is the main reason I have never upgraded any of my machines, They just didnt have the equipment ( memory, processor, storage ) to hande the upgrade. When I buy a refurbished unit with 8 installed will be as soon as I will be able to comment on that system.

              #7 richierein

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                Posted 13 March 2012 - 12:59 PM

                Windows 8 was not written for Window 7 users. Microsoft wants to sell their tablets to compete with Apple. Unfortunately for Microsoft, Apple has the lead, a better product and Microsoft will NEVER catch up. Windows 8 us a giant waste of good real estate. I think Microsoft has written the equivalent to another Vista, a big loser, and they will never profit until they learn how to treat their best customers. PC users..

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                  Posted 13 March 2012 - 02:16 PM

                  For me personally, I spent a lot of time on Windows XP, I dealt with XP on a daily basis as part of a large IT team supporting a lot of users, I created unattended installations of the OS and delved deep into it's infrastructure so as I say, having spent that much time and effort on the OS and came to use it at home and at work I developed a strong sense of comittment for it - then came Vista which I resisted, other colleagues spoke about it and whilst some raved, many more ranted. This was most probably because of the changes they were forced to accept and learn whereas I was still responsible for our beloved XP within my work remit, and even as Windows 7 came about I was still working with XP and quite happy to do so. Eventually, obviously, I had to begin making an effort with Windows 7 - if for nothing else, then simply to update my skills.

                  I'll be honest, I just couldn't take to it - batch files and unattended scripts simply stopped dead, wouldn't work, were broke and investigating the solutions were just as painful as the operating system itself. Eventually, I got things back on track, not entirely, but at least to a point where I was able to manipulate certain parts of W7. Even after my job function changed, I still had a disliking for W7, even though I had managed to become used to it, MS had tried reinventing the wheel, and it didn't work. All the prompts about "are you sure" didn't make a blind bit of difference if you ask me, people are still becoming infected and whilst the numbers may have been reduced slightly, it leaves me wondering was all that necessary just for the sakes of a few people who can't tell the difference between a computer virus or a flu virus!???. Security was very much at the forefront of Windows 7, but from where I'm sitting, it hasn't worked, and to be honest, it most probably never will, because as MS attempt to secure their operating systems, hackers and the likes will be ready and waiting to strip it to bits and find every possible pitfall and vulnerability. Obviously, that isn't to say they don't deserve praise for trying, but for me W7 was major overkill where it wasn't particularly needed. Then we have MS's claims that W7 is unhackable ... there are thousands of hacks, cracks, serial keys and all other manner of illegal copied instances of W7 out there ready to download and use free gratas, so yet another claim that can be blown to the wind.

                  Windows 8 is now taking up where the likes of Vista and Windows 7 left off - because there was so much resistance with Vista/7 I think a lot of people are now naturally and potentially subconsciously resisting another change. The Metro UI leaves a lot to be desired and looks just too much like it belongs on a mobile device - well, obviously, it does, it's part of the Windows mobile and tablet devices, but MS are targetting the mobile market as a few have already said here but that doesn't mean we want this on our desktop too - if we wanted that, give us an application we can download and install and use as such, don't make it the default for god's sake !!. Early indications of feedback for W8 show that people are more or less on the fence for the new OS, they neither like or dislike it, but at the same time, it's clear most wouldn't recommend it.
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                  #9 Ralph C.

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                    Posted 13 March 2012 - 03:11 PM

                    I have always felt that XP was just the cat's meow. I had no problems with it, and all of my peripherals worked just fine with XP i.e. scanner, printer, home network etc. Bought 2 new laptops for my wife and I and they both had Win 7, so I had to get used to it. Now my network isn't, my scanner won't work and had to buy a new printer. Move to Win 8? Not on your life!! In 10 years when I am forced to, with a new computer, I'll once again have no choice, but for now, I am delighted that my old desktop still happily runs XP and it just works, albeit not on the Win 7 homegroup, or what ever it is called. UGH!!

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                      Posted 13 March 2012 - 04:16 PM

                      Will Windows 7 be the next XP?

                      I swore when Vista was released I would still use XP and I did. I told myself that when 7 was released I would still use XP as what I use my computer wouldn't change but I tried 7 and ran amazing well on my hardware at the time. The big change for me came when I needed more ram and an OS that could handle it. I didn't like XP 64bit because of the lack of drivers so Went ahead and Installed Win7 64bit and haven't looked back. (I've looked sideways and tried a few Linux flavours!)
                      For me Windows 8 is really Windows 7 SP2 with Metro bolted on. I like the new features that the desktop offers especially the enhanced Explorer windows. I am a "fence sitter" as Marko puts it but cannot see my myself using Win8 unless there really is a killer feature to come or I am forced to.

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