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Which do you prefer, Windows 7 or 8/8.1?


View Poll Results: Which do you prefer, Windows 7 or W8/8.1?
Windows 7 114 75.50%
Windows 8/8.1 37 24.50%
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Old 02-11-2013, 22:00
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I am just curious, I messed around with 8.1 for about a month now and today went back to 7 Pro and its like a breath of fresh air, I never got onto W8.1, it might be different on a touch screen device but for me on my non touch screen HP laptop its W7 all the way.
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Old 02-11-2013, 22:16
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More options needed.
I prefer w8 in desktop mode with a 3rd party add on.
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Old 03-11-2013, 00:39
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I'm a Mac user but I have a Windows 7 partition on my Mac for gaming and it seems to be a decent version of Windows. Windows 8/8.1, on the other hand, sucks more than a Hoover. It should be consigned to the tech scrapheap permanently.
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Old 03-11-2013, 03:47
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Prefer Windows 8 with Metro disabled and classic Menu installed on an actual PC. Prefer Windows 7 otherwise.

Unimpressed with the poll choices so can't vote.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:27
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I use Windows 7 as my main OS, and have Windows 8.1 with Start 8 & Modernmix on vmware, which in my opinion, should have been standard (or at least given the option) on Windows 8.

It makes Windows 8 much more useable, but I can't leave Windows 7 - not yet anyway
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:44
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I prefer W8.1 when it is set up to run like W7 if that isn't to confusing?

Other than that I really prefer my Mac.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:39
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Windows 8.1 just as it is

I find it a joy to use after using Macs for 7 years
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:42
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I like the simplicity and almost minimalist feel of Windows 7 but I actually also like Windows 8 as well. It's a lot easier to use than I was initially led to believe by some of the horror stories online.
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:09
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Totally happy with 8.1 personally.
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:18
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Windows 7, 8's for touch screens.
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:35
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I prefer Windows 7 because of the fact that all you had to do was hit the Start button to see all the programs that were on your computer. With Windows 8, you have to go to another screen and then browse through them all, even sometimes entering the name to search for it. It's just a little thing though. I'm mostly okay with Windows 8 though.
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:40
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Even on the Desktop, I am seeing really annoying font problems in various applications. At least on Windows 7 on IE had the font issues.

Even on a touch device, there are times I want to throw the PC at the wall due to frustrations with the Windows 8.1 UI.
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Old 03-11-2013, 13:27
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Windows 8.1 just as it is

I find it a joy to use after using Macs for 7 years
Why do you prefer Windows 8.1 to OSX?
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Old 03-11-2013, 13:34
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Why do you prefer Windows 8.1 to OSX?
Main reasons are I do not like Auto Save/Versions and also the removal of the Save As option

OS X apps to me are moving too much towards the iOS versions

In windows desktop, things work as I expect them to

I am on Lion so not sure if these can be turned off in later versions, but I can't upgrade past Lion so stuck with it
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Old 03-11-2013, 19:21
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I had windows 8 and then 8.1 but got rid of 8.1 last week and went back to 7, of course I still have Vista and XP on other machines and TBH XP is still my favorite,
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Old 03-11-2013, 19:23
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Prefer Windows 8 with Metro disabled and classic Menu installed on an actual PC. Prefer Windows 7 otherwise.

Unimpressed with the poll choices so can't vote.
What other choices would you need/want?
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Old 03-11-2013, 21:49
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Well its clear which one is winning and Im agreeing and I think that Win 7 is the best version of windows that has been created!
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Old 03-11-2013, 23:38
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Windows 8.1 just as it is

I find it a joy to use after using Macs for 7 years
Course you do!
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Old 03-11-2013, 23:54
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Main reasons are I do not like Auto Save/Versions and also the removal of the Save As option

OS X apps to me are moving too much towards the iOS versions

In windows desktop, things work as I expect them to

I am on Lion so not sure if these can be turned off in later versions, but I can't upgrade past Lion so stuck with it
I'm still using Snow Leopard and Lion on my Macs so I'm not sure about those features either. I find that although OSX programs are becoming more like the iOS ones, the OS is still very much a desktop one in terms of interface, unlike Windows 8 which tries to be both a tablet and desktop OS at the same time. It just doesn't work. Are you running Windows 8 on your Mac?
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Old 04-11-2013, 00:02
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What other choices would you need/want?
Well on PCs, the bolted-on Metro interface in place of the classic start menu is the main issue most people who don't like Windows 8 seem to have, not Windows 8 itself. Windows tablets are a different issue too.

You can't just say "do you like/prefer Windows 8" in a poll and expect to get meaningful results.
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Old 04-11-2013, 00:55
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Well on PCs, the bolted-on Metro interface in place of the classic start menu is the main issue most people who don't like Windows 8 seem to have, not Windows 8 itself. Windows tablets are a different issue too.

You can't just say "do you like/prefer Windows 8" in a poll and expect to get meaningful results.
So would better questions be 'do you like the new features that MS has put into windows 8?' and 'would you like windows 8 if it behaved more like windows 7?'
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:34
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I think MS peaked with XP
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:18
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Windows 7, simply because I haven't used Windows 8 on a desktop yet.
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:55
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I'm still using Snow Leopard and Lion on my Macs so I'm not sure about those features either. I find that although OSX programs are becoming more like the iOS ones, the OS is still very much a desktop one in terms of interface, unlike Windows 8 which tries to be both a tablet and desktop OS at the same time. It just doesn't work. Are you running Windows 8 on your Mac?
I think the OSx software starting to look like IOS is one of the things that my Mac owning friend is not liking.

MS made a few mistakes with windows 8, some they sorted with 8.1, but not all. 8.1 have come towards the desktop again, but only because you can boot directly to desktop, they still need a decent launcher without going back to the metro. Be that a start menu, dock or any other sort of launcher.

I have seen 8.1 running on three machines now and there are two main problems for me.

(1) too much integration of the MS account, even to the point that you can't use sky drive now on a local account.
(2) all three machines seems to slow down once 8.1 is installed.
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Old 04-11-2013, 10:20
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I have seen 8.1 running on three machines now and there are two main problems for me.

(1) too much integration of the MS account, even to the point that you can't use sky drive now on a local account.
(2) all three machines seems to slow down once 8.1 is installed.
1) Very few people care about whether Skydrive is integrated or not
2) Most people find that after a little use and a couple of reboots that W8.1 runs as fast as 8.0

You seem to form lasting opinions on the basis of very few facts.

Oh, and can we keep the Mac stuff out of this thread please?
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