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Post Reply Do you prefer Windows 7 or 8 ?
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24 / M / Québec
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Posted 2/26/14 , edited 2/26/14
Windows 8 is hated for it's new "metro" layout, did you enjoy it or you'd rather stick to windows 7 ?
Did you know that you can download Classic Shell and not have to use the new "metro" layout ?
http://classicshell.net/
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Posted 2/26/14
In Windows 7 we trust!
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Posted 2/26/14 , edited 2/26/14
I'm using Windows 8.1 on a Dell XPS 27 "touch". It's a 27" all-in-one touch enable desktop.

As far as Windows 8.x on a touch enabled computer goes, I have found it to be an excellent experience.

Superior to Windows 7.x on a mouse based system? Not sure I can give an unbiased answer to that. I have been using computers since 1981 and mouse based systems since 1990 when I bought my first Apple Macintosh, so I have a natural bias toward a mouse based OS (Unix, Mac, Windows 7 and below, etc.).

Sure, there are problems with Windows 8.x. The Windows App ecosystem is nothing compared the the iOS or Android App ecosystem. And yes, in Windows 8.0 (vs. 8.1), the two areas, Live Tiles and desktop, were highly incompatible. Windows 8.1 fixed some of the frustrations of Windows 8.0, but no matter what MS does to Windows 8.x , it will never be Windows XP or Windows 7.

And if you're on a mouse based desktop, the Windows 8.1 Live Tile or Metro Apps are a pain in the ass. But since Windows 8.1 was released, we can now boot directly to the desktop and bypass the Metro/Live Tiles completely. So you don't even need to worry about them. You don't have to use the Live Tile area.

The Windows 8.1 desktop isn't that much different than the Windows 7 desktop. Sans the famous Start button (never used it anyway), the Windows 8.1 desktop functions as a Windows desktop always has.

So do I prefer Windows 7 over 8 or 8 over 7? I don't. I have both, they both work fine, and do their job. Neither is a pain nor a joy. They are tools and nothing more.

FYI ... I own two Unix based systems (SGI), 3 Macs, two iPads, and 4 Windows based PCs. An OS is just a tool to me. If I've bought the wrong tool for the job, then it's my fault.

Please note: my comments are not about Windows RT which is a total piece of crap.
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Posted 2/26/14
I have to say 7. I won't go near 8.
That said, I would rather use Linux, but it's too much of a chore when I'm just looking for something that is easily compatible with games and such...
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Posted 2/26/14
Windows 7 for sure !
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Posted 2/26/14
I use 8.1, but I have 7 on my desktop ready to go back to...

At the moment I use classic shell and that makes up for the utterly hideous, completely backwards, useless sack of shit that is the metro interface. Should be noted though I hate touch devices so I'm definitely bias against a touch based interface...
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Posted 2/26/14
7

When I bought my laptop it only took a matter of minutes before I decided to get a classic shell, but it still doesn't fix all the other problems windows 8 has.
Posted 2/26/14 , edited 2/26/14
No, Windows 8 is only hated because it was designed for iPads. It has tons of unnecessary slow and messy features that doesn't have to be there. And that is why I stay away from it. Because I don't have an iPad, and I don't want to buy an iPad.
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Posted 2/26/14
I would say windows 7 because I'm use to it. My brothers laptop has windows 8 on it and when I was using it I didn't like it at all. I was just preference at that point.
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22 / F / Anime World
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Posted 2/26/14
I won both but I use my Windows 8.1 more. Windows 7 is more of my back up one.
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Posted 2/26/14
7
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51 / M / Hawai'i
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Posted 2/27/14 , edited 1/31/15
The problem with 8 is that its classic Microsoft thinking with a one size fits all design philosophy. Sort of like Obama care.
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Posted 2/27/14
I love Win 8. I don't understand why it gets such a bad rap. Sure, it takes a bit of getting used to, and yes, it does function better on touch-enabled devices, but I don't think that makes it a bad OS. It's good at what it does. It could be better, but I've had no major problems with it, and I do like the Metro/Live Tile/whatever layout.

The major reason I like Win 8 over Win 7 is the boot time, quite frankly. I turn my computer off a lot. I like that with Win 8, it is back up and running in a few seconds, whereas with previous versions of Windows, I'd have to wait a couple minutes. It's a small thing, yes, but it matters to me.
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Posted 2/27/14
For older video games, 7 is much more friendly. However, I find myself liking 8 more than 7. With that said, I didn't use 7 all that much.
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Posted 2/27/14
I only use 7
8 looks so confusing to me
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