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Good: Quick to boot, built in anti virus
Bad: Messy inefficient user inteface, settings and controls splattered all over the place, limited customisation options, "the ribbon"
Comment: I've been using Windows 8 for a month now and pretty much know my way around it but that doesn't make it good for one minute. The Windows 8 user interface is horrendous. The metro/start/whatever screen serves no useful purpose to me and is nothing more than a hurdle that must be jumped before you can get to the desktop which itself is not as functional as it used to be in previous versions of Windows. The theme of reduced functionality or user option continues throughout Windows 8. It very much feels like a "dumbed down" backward step.
Good: looks good
Bad: not compatible with 7 programs
Comment: I bought a new windows 8 pc to run my business, only to find that although it looks great it doesn't work with older programs even in compatible mode. To solve this I have been told to update my software costing more than the pc.
In my opinion if you want to work on a pc stick with 7. If you just want to play & surf the net 8 is good enough but still has a long way to go to beat the others.
Good: made expecially for Kids and Facebook users
Bad: It's terrible and not 100% compatible with my old software. It looks like a turbo pascal (pre windows era) application.
Comment: Or.. I'd rather say I owned it. Returned the brand new PC just today after a nightmarish weekend.
If I wanted a phone I'd rather buy a phone, and Android at that too. I have no room for a PC that tries to emulate a phone.
I wanted a PC desktop for multimedia purposes, that was meant to play movies and play last generation's games with ease.
That said, the first game I installed wasn't even compatible, and the DVD playback feature was also gone for good. Well, I know there are other programs to play games and watch movies as well, but that start wasn't a thrilling start if you ask me.
So I had this brand new system and I spent much time trying to get back the features I knew well, thank to a good guide I found on this site. (thank you CNET)
So I got back a windows start like button and inhibited four corners and start screen, but even so, I continued jumping back and forth from desktop applications to and start screen, on the whim of the machine.
After some days like that I decided I had enough and returned the PC back to the vendor. The problem now is that there aren't any substitute windows 7 PC to buy as the only systems are win 8 compliant. Or Macs...
All of that was on my home PC. I don't want to think about using it at work. I can't figure myself swiping (with a mouse) apps trying to stay on Toad and Eclipse without the start screen popping up on its own if I clicked something. God save us!
I would like to take a chat with the genius that projected this mess. How could he think a PC would work like a phone or a tablet? They're different objects to begin with, meant for different purposes and it shows crystal clear. But windows 8 tries hard to be both and it won't work like that cause metro and desktop continue interfering the one with the other to the user's desperation.
Wanna make a light internet PC for the crowd? Cut out the desktop for good, but let the people who still want to use a computer as it's meant to be the option to elect the desktop only as the interface for it!
Good: It is new
Bad: Everything else
Comment: We updated to Windows 8 recently and should not have done so. We use the PC as a tool to write letters etc. We now need new software for practically everything. I feel robbed and everyone hates me because the PC does not work. My advice is don't change from Windows 7.
Good: cannot get by with it
Bad: Too Fiddly,I want a computor not a toy,can I reboot my new computor with my vista disc
Comment: Wasted 500 Pounds on a piece of junk and still end up using my old computor
Good: You can customize colour background on it and after a while its easy to use, fast and it looks good.
Bad: Takes while to get use to.
Comment: When I first got windows 8 for my pc I thought Microsoft had made a big mistake but after using it for about a week I started to REALLY like it. Now I am surfing around the PC without even thinking about it and now I am very use to it. I think if you know how to get around windows 7 or even maybe vista you will get used to it after 2 weeks but it is a VERY big step from xp! Also before I got it I had Vista but even before that I had xp and now I have 7 and 8 and use 7 at school and still use xp sometimes but not as much. The tile layout is very nice and I recommend windows 8!
Good: Attractive looking, unique user interface
Bad: Complicated controls, removed familiar features
Comment: The removal of any sort of start button and the lack of a clear way to close metro apps or even shut down your PC make this a no go for me. I gave it 2.5 stars because I have only used it for short periods of time, maybe after long term use I could get used to it. Still, nonetheless I will stick with windows 7.
Good: Very attractive and clean looking
Bad: The constantly moving advertising or news apps
Comment: Silly me! I chose to just buy the ruddy thing for £24.99 and I already wish I could get my money back and have Windows 7.
Perhaps there is a way to take whatever apps off screen you want, or at least stop them moving, but I havent found it yet!
Very complicated for me right now but as I am stuck with it I better get ruddy used to it.
Right now though...I am so sorry I purchased Windows 8!
Anyone out there know how?
Good: Very good support for Microsoft Accounts
Bad: Not so easy to fully close programs
Comment: You need to use shortcuts like alt + f4 to close apps fully instead of just hiding them. However apart from that this os is very good with a few rough edges
Good: Fast, integration with cloud across all devices, apps now on PCs
Bad: Takes a couple of days to get used to navigation with the new features
Comment: While the new features and look of windows is certainly long overdue, it does come with one caveat. It takes a few solid hours of use before navigation between desktop and the new interface becomes second nature. Apart from that I really don't have anything negative to say about it. Everything has worked perfectly since the installation just over a week ago, and now navigating across the interfaces is a breeze. I will qualify that statement though by saying that using an old trackpad without driver support for the new gestures does get a bit tedious. A normal mouse or a trackpad with drivers supporting the new gestures works fine though, and using microsofts touch mouse with its gesture support feels like the biggest step forward in navigation since the invention of the mouse itself.
The cloud integration occurs mostly behind the scenes and in completely seamless. I was pleasantly surprised to start using my laptop and find all my personal news topics in the news app already, my weather locations set up and all my system settings just as I'd left them on my desktop. I was also impressed to find that the music app could be set to automatically download any songs I download on my phone, tablet, laptop, etc so that when I come home my collection and playlists are up to date with any changes I made through the day.
Baked in features like xbox music and video are easy to use and provide services far better than iTunes. For a small monthly subscription you get unlimited streaming of songs. It completely changes the approach to listening to music when there is no cost involved for listening to an individual track.
While there aren't that many apps in the store yet, it is certainly growing quickly and I've had no trouble finding good games. Even old classics like solitaire and minesweeper have been revamped with new game modes, achievements and daily challenges that breathe a breath of fresh life into them. The integration of xbox live into windows 8 games is well done and adds a social element to games.
The other thing I have noticed is that this is the most stable a windows has been at launch. I have had no trouble with compatibility with any of the programs I used to run on windows 7.
The long and short of it is that if you live in the windows ecosystem including services like skydrive, outlook and have/plan to get other windows computers/tablets/phones, or if you like being on the cutting edge with the best speed and the newest features and apps, then this is a must-have upgrade for your PC. On the other hand if you don't like to change the way you interact with your devices or if you have found learning how to use a new OS annoying in the past, then windows 8 is not for you. Windows 7 is still a good OS and by the time MS stops supporting it you will be able to choose between windows 8, 9 and 10 to upgrade to.
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