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Old 23-05-2013, 05:23
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I was one of the sceptics that instantly disliked Windows 8 after hearing the Metro screen instead of the desktop screen on boot up. After having to buy a new laptop because my old one on the way out completely.

After a few days of use I have seen myself flicking from desktop and Metro Screen time and time again and I have to say boot up is within seconds and so is shut down and I have started to like Windows 8 and the Metro screen doesn't bother me at all. The only down side was the start button missing on the desktop, but that was easily rectified by installing Classic Shell and now have a start button. For me having after been using Windows 7 since release, it is like learning a new OS and to find out where everything is which doesn't bother me.

I do agree that people who are new to computers are going to struggle with Windows 8 and when the new update is released for Windows 8 I think MS should have the option to boot to desktop and be able to turn the Metro screen off, but I am over the moon with it.
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Old 23-05-2013, 07:45
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Cool, thanks.
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Old 23-05-2013, 09:28
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People notice the most visible change and that was Metro, but W8 is much more than that. But because of this one irritation (for some) it got a bad rep.
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Old 23-05-2013, 09:51
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Windows 8 seems perfectly acceptable to me. But, the lack of the start menu for no good reason is very annoying.
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Old 23-05-2013, 10:01
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The more I use W8 the less I use the 3rd party start button. I understand if people don't like it, for whatever reason, but, it's not necessary to keep pointing out the start button omission in every thread. (They'll be along soon!!). I think everyone gets it.
It's definitely not as bad as some have painted it.
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Old 23-05-2013, 11:03
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So, I wonder how long this thread will be and how many Win 8-bashers it will end up attracting? Or maybe everyone is bored by now?
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Old 23-05-2013, 11:15
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I like 7. Still considering buying an OEM version of 8 for another build.

Reading these threads hasn't helped.

All the bashing puts me off and 7 has been the best I've used. But another retail version of 7 is prohibitively expensive since it won't be for my main PC.

I will bookmark this and come back when its 50 pages long.
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Old 23-05-2013, 14:46
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Windows 8 is dreadful and looks as though it has been designed by Playskool. Those Duplo tiles are awful. However, if you install a third party start menu like Classic Shell or Start8, it's tolerable. I still don't like it though. I think it should have been consigned to the tech scrapheap the day it came out. Am I the only one who thinks the flat desktop of W8 looks a bit like Windows 3.1?
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Old 23-05-2013, 14:49
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So, I wonder how long this thread will be and how many Win 8-bashers it will end up attracting? Or maybe everyone is bored by now?

Nope, people still cant resist, looks like the thread is off and running the usual way they all do

Windows 8 is dreadful and looks as though it has been designed by Playskool. Those Duplo tiles are awful. However, if you install a third party start menu like Classic Shell or Start8, it's tolerable. I still don't like it though. I think it should have been consigned to the tech scrapheap the day it came out. Am I the only one who thinks the flat desktop of W8 looks a bit like Windows 3.1?


I like 7. Still considering buying an OEM version of 8 for another build.

Reading these threads hasn't helped.

All the bashing puts me off and 7 has been the best I've used. But another retail version of 7 is prohibitively expensive since it won't be for my main PC.

I will bookmark this and come back when its 50 pages long.
You dont need to bookmark it, just come back in a hour, it will be 50pages then
Or save yourself some time, just read the other Win8 threads, they will have the same people saying the same things they are about to say in this thread
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Old 23-05-2013, 14:56
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Windows 8 is dreadful and looks as though it has been designed by Playskool. Those Duplo tiles are awful. However, if you install a third party start menu like Classic Shell or Start8, it's tolerable. I still don't like it though. I think it should have been consigned to the tech scrapheap the day it came out. Am I the only one who thinks the flat desktop of W8 looks a bit like Windows 3.1?
Anything original to say?
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Old 23-05-2013, 15:01
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I do agree that people who are new to computers are going to struggle with Windows 8 and when the new update is released for Windows 8 I think MS should have the option to boot to desktop and be able to turn the Metro screen off, but I am over the moon with it.
Noooooo!

People who are new to computers will manage fine with Windows 8.

The people who will have problems with Metro (rather than W8) are those who make full use of the desktop and require multiple windows plus a hierarchical start menu. For them Metro just doesn't cut it, it is too "simple". These people are experienced and highly demanding users not newcomers.

If you are happy with W8 then very good but please don't put the dissent down to not being able to manage a different or difficult interface, it is not that.
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Old 23-05-2013, 15:43
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I think the thread title says it all really.
But if the best you can say about some supposedly exciting and innovative new product is that "it's not so bad" it doesn't say much for MS.
It remains to be seen if the Surface Pro can rejuvenate interest. But so far it's had a lukewarm reception, and with a price point approaching 1000, it's not going to be a casual purchase for most of us. MS appear to be playing catch-up with everything right now, and generally making a poor job of it.
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Old 23-05-2013, 17:11
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I think it's perfectly possible and acceptable to use a hybrid system using 3rd party programmes on desktops, if that's what suits people.
Before the doom merchants start, there is no indication that MS are going to block any of the start buttons. All MS operating systems have had 3rd party tweaks to improve look/usability.
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Old 23-05-2013, 18:09
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Anything original to say?
No, I'm just stating my opinion of W8.

The people who will have problems with Metro (rather than W8) are those who make full use of the desktop and require multiple windows plus a hierarchical start menu. For them Metro just doesn't cut it, it is too "simple". These people are experienced and highly demanding users not newcomers.
I'm that type of user. I use Mac OSX and Windows 7 (dual boot setup) and I've used several Windows versions going back to 3.1. I learned about computing on DOS. I need a usable desktop, not a dumbed down My First Computer interface. The W8 interface is far too simplified and IMO is aimed at users who just want to look at Facebook and cat videos all day and write the odd letter or email.
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Old 23-05-2013, 18:10
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^^^ well, you can't save them all.
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Old 23-05-2013, 18:30
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^^^ well, you can't save them all.
What does that mean?
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Old 23-05-2013, 18:37
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No, I'm just stating my opinion of W8.



I'm that type of user. I use Mac OSX and Windows 7 (dual boot setup) and I've used several Windows versions going back to 3.1. I learned about computing on DOS. I need a usable desktop, not a dumbed down My First Computer interface. The W8 interface is far too simplified and IMO is aimed at users who just want to look at Facebook and cat videos all day and write the odd letter or email.
I think that's indicative of your lack of imagination rather than fact. Shame that someone with your experience can't get beyond insulting people. We get it, that you don't like it. A bit late in the day for you to change tac now so I guess we'll have to be patient with you.
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Old 23-05-2013, 18:41
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Whats wrong with cat videos???
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Old 23-05-2013, 19:04
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What does that mean?
You spend a lot of time sharing with people personally and individually how shit W8 is.
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Old 23-05-2013, 19:08
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You spend a lot of time sharing with people personally and individually how shit W8 is.
I know I do

Whats wrong with cat videos???
Nothing, but it's just an example of something that the average user would probably want to watch - maybe

I think that's indicative of your lack of imagination rather than fact. Shame that someone with your experience can't get beyond insulting people. We get it, that you don't like it. A bit late in the day for you to change tac now so I guess we'll have to be patient with you.
I'm not insulting people. The live tiles and social media integration in W8 (especially in the Photos app) is a good indicator of the type of user who would most likely use it. I'm not into the whole social media culture.
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Old 23-05-2013, 19:20
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Sound like you're disparaging cat video lovers! You must stereotype people a lot, do you?
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Old 23-05-2013, 20:30
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Sound like you're disparaging cat video lovers! You must stereotype people a lot, do you?
I'm not! I just couldn't think of another example of average internet use I don't care what others want to look at online, as long as it's within reason and nothing illegal.
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Old 23-05-2013, 20:38
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So, I wonder how long this thread will be and how many Win 8-bashers it will end up attracting? Or maybe everyone is bored by now?
Indeed. I use Windows 8 on a daily basis, and it's fine. Much better than Windows 7 in fact. Some people just aren't capable of adapting to change, or are just jumping on the hate bandwagon for their own reasons. I know quite a few people using Windows 8, and none of them have been as negative as some of the comments on this forum.

It's a steep learning curve for someone not used to Windows, but I find it hard to believe that a Windows 7 user would have that much trouble adjusting to it, unless of course learning difficulties and other challenges are factored in.
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Old 23-05-2013, 20:40
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I'm not! I just couldn't think of another example of average internet use I don't care what others want to look at online, as long as it's within reason and nothing illegal.
Your biting
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Old 23-05-2013, 20:43
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When is the 'Opps! things we forgot like a start button and desktop booting" official update coming out?
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