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Windows 7: Real World Benefits - Win8 v's Win7

02 Mar 2012   #21
fafhrd

Win 7 Ult + Starter, XP Pro +Home, 2kAS, Linux Mint 8, SuperOS
 
 

It's a Darwinian survival mechanism - you kill off your most popular children before they grow up into monsters and strangle the next generation. It's all a bit like "I, Claudius" by Robert Graves, and the succession of the Caesars.

If you know the Windows key shortcuts, and imagine that the start menu button is still there, but invisible in the lower left corner, more or less everything falls into place. Windows Key + Q is arguably the most useful. Alt + Tab and Alt + F4 work in both the Metro and the Windows interface, and the Start screen becomes much more useful with the realization that typing at the Start screen immediately enters Search, it becomes much more "Sevenish".

Auto mounting of iso files on virtual CD and DVD drives, and the built in PDF reader are a real boon, and I look forward to other seamless improvements I have yet to discover. I don't like the garish tiles, or the boring polygonal fish but there will be many more ways to skin a Start screen before long.


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02 Mar 2012   #22
Teerex

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Yea, that Reader.. I have a HD screen. How do you zoom in that thing? It ddidn't quite align itself with the 125% thing. And in Mail too? The mouse wheel - no play. Most of the 'gems' I find are soon turned into annoyances.
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02 Mar 2012   #23
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LittleJay View Post
If history is any indicator, Windows 98SE , Windows Millenium , Windows XP , Windows Vista, Windows 7, then I plan to pass on Windows 8, just like I did with Vista.
My path too.
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02 Mar 2012   #24
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Microsoft is looking for a new crowd of people. Greg and many want a better Backup Imaging but that doesn't interest the new crowd. You could take out Windows Updating, firewall, defrag, search and many other things and the new crowd wouldn't ever know. All they want is something they can carry around and show off. It has pictures they can poke until something pops up they like or their finger get sore. Why Microsoft thinks treating Windows 7 and the people that use it like a redheaded step child is the way to gain the new crowd is beyond me. Make a finger poking operating system for those carry around toys plus a operating system for serious desktop and laptop people. Windows 8 looks like something that should be sold at Toys R Us only.
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02 Mar 2012   #25
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Microsoft is looking for a new crowd of people. Greg and many want a better Backup Imaging but that doesn't interest the new crowd. You could take out Windows Updating, firewall, defrag, search and many other things and the new crowd wouldn't ever know. All they want is something they can carry around and show off. It has pictures they can poke until something pops up they like or their finger get sore. Why Microsoft thinks treating Windows 7 and the people that use it like a redheaded step child is the way to gain the new crowd is beyond me. Make a finger poking operating system for those carry around toys plus a operating system for serious desktop and laptop people. Windows 8 looks like something that should be sold at Toys R Us only.
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02 Mar 2012   #26
Monster212

Win-7 H-Prem-x64 Linux-M-Mate-x64
 
 

i wont use windows 8, i have a saying if it aint broke don't fix it.. well windows 7 is a very good OS does everything i need, and runs fast and smooth.. no need to upgrade to 8 now or when its released....
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02 Mar 2012   #27
darkfriday

Windows 7 Home Prem x32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
LOL, that's fine.
A. I see no use for Windows 8 as presented thus far.
Ditto.

I switched to Windows 7 in 2009 after using XP since 2001.

I've no need for Windows 8 for at least another 2 years or more.

Sorry Bill.
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02 Mar 2012   #28
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Just installed it and it's horrendous. Makes the computer look and feel like a 22" iPhone! Took about 14GB to install.

IE would not connect to my home web server.
Tried to setup a new account so I could access shared data, no luck.
Damn near impossible to logout then login if/when you get a new account setup.

Also screwed up the clock by 6 hours, even though the time zone was set correctly.

Ugly! Ugly! Ugly! Ugly!


How do I cleanly remove it? I installed to my F: drive but now dual boot is setup and I'm not sure how to make it go away.
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02 Mar 2012   #29
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Never mind, I used EasyBCD to make Windwos 7 the default and set the timeout to 3 seconds so I can get to Windows 8 if I want but it will not intrude otherwise. I think I'll continue to play with it for awhile.

You can get to pretty much everything you could before but it's much harder. The iPhone, errr, MetroUI is terrible for a normal PC. May be okay for a touch screen but for the vast majority of existing computers with the ability to run Win 8 I would strongly urge people to not do so.

It's a nice new toy but that's it.

It did not seem any faster than Win 7 though the memory utilization was down about 20% .
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02 Mar 2012   #30
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
Agreed

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Microsoft is looking for a new crowd of people. Greg and many want a better Backup Imaging but that doesn't interest the new crowd. You could take out Windows Updating, firewall, defrag, search and many other things and the new crowd wouldn't ever know. All they want is something they can carry around and show off. It has pictures they can poke until something pops up they like or their finger get sore. Why Microsoft thinks treating Windows 7 and the people that use it like a redheaded step child is the way to gain the new crowd is beyond me. Make a finger poking operating system for those carry around toys plus a operating system for serious desktop and laptop people. Windows 8 looks like something that should be sold at Toys R Us only.


My feelings too.
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