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Old 01-25-2013, 12:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Wondering if the people that have upgraded to it like it or hate it and why. I'm thinking of picking up a copy before Jan 31 for $70 as the price goes up to $250 after that. I'm fairly happy with 7, cept for a midi controller driver issue I have. But saving $180 seems reason enough to upgrade.
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Oh yeah it's going on a lappy with a multi touch track pad.
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Old 01-25-2013, 12:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My biggest question is if you're stuck with that terrible live tiles user interface that Windows mobile uses or if you can have a more traditional desktop. If I'm stuck with those live tile things then I have zero interest.
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Old 01-25-2013, 01:50 AM   #3 (permalink)
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You're not stuck with the live tiles, but from the same perspective, the only major changes from 7 to 8 is the live tile layout, designed for a touch screen device (Win 7 can already handle multi touch trackpads)...

I'd say stick with Win 7 unless there's some feature you really need to have.
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For someone who's in I.T. and a computer hobbyist as well, I'm a suprisingly surly luddite about new o/s versions. I prefer to let other people do the public beta-testing. I only just moved my pc's to win7 in the last year.
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New laptop on the way....decided to stay with 7 since folks said it stable and solid and the opinions of 8 are mixed...perhaps bugs need to be worked on...idk...compuder ludite
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I had the same decision to make last month when I bought my new computer. I had a choice between 7 and 8. After doing some research I concluded that unless you have a touch screen, 8 offers absolutely no benefit over 7. So the decision was easy to go with 7, since I don't have, nor do I ever want, a touch screen on my computer.
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oh yeah...upgrading from xp and have no touch screen stuff on the new thing...I know nothing of 7 either way
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oh yeah...upgrading from xp and have no touch screen stuff on the new thing...I know nothing of 7 either way
If you know how to use a computer at a basic level 7 will be very easy to pick up for you. If you are really technical with your computer skills it will likely take you a little longer to pick up. I too switched from XP to 7, and noticed that in an attempt to make 7 more user friendly, they made advanced controls for things more difficult to find.
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:23 AM   #9 (permalink)
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The company I work for has a Microsoft subscription so I installed windows 8 just to try before I gave an opinion. I think for light users such as my wife it would probably be great. Everything you use right there, no menus, clutter, etc for me an IT person and a heavy user its just a pain in the ass.

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The company I work for has a Microsoft subscription so I installed windows 8 just to try before I gave an opinion. I think for light users such as my wife it would probably be great. Everything you use right there, no menus, clutter, etc for me an IT person and a heavy user its just a pain in the ass.
Yeah, my shareware company is a MAPS partner so I have early access to all Microsoft stuff for evaluation. I tried win7 early on and decided to leave it for a year until it was stable and had more drivers. Now going through the same thing with 8, except I won't switch until support for 7 starts to go south.
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