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Windows 7: Returning from Windows 8


05 Apr 2012   #1

Dual Win 7/8 64-bit
 
 
Returning from Windows 8

I gave Windows 8 CR a thorough run and have decided to return to Windows 7. While many users find all kinds of things wrong with Windows 8 I find it pretty much the same as Windows 7 for my applications of website development, newsletter editing and various spreadsheet projects. True, there is a bit of a learning curve figuring out how to configure Windows 8 to effectively duplicate Windows 7 features but that was the fun part of experimenting with Windows 8. I have little (no?) interest in Metro Apps that use the full screen of one of my 24" monitors to run a program suited for a 7-inch screen. Hence, my conclusion is that there is no reason to upgrade to Windows 8. However, if I were to buy an new computer next year with Windows 8 installed it would be completely adequate and convenient for my computer related activities.

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05 Apr 2012   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by radioshackmodel3 View Post
I gave Windows 8 CR a thorough run and have decided to return to Windows 7. While many users find all kinds of things wrong with Windows 8 I find it pretty much the same as Windows 7 for my applications of website development, newsletter editing and various spreadsheet projects. True, there is a bit of a learning curve figuring out how to configure Windows 8 to effectively duplicate Windows 7 features but that was the fun part of experimenting with Windows 8. I have little (no?) interest in Metro Apps that use the full screen of one of my 24" monitors to run a program suited for a 7-inch screen. Hence, my conclusion is that there is no reason to upgrade to Windows 8. However, if I were to buy an new computer next year with Windows 8 installed it would be completely adequate and convenient for my computer related activities.
Yea, I agree. Windows 8 Consumer Preview isn't that bad, but there are some improvements that need to be done with Metro. I noticed that if you plug a flash drive in, the little box that appears in the top right says tap instead of click. That's kind of annoying because I can't tap with a laptop or a desktop.
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05 Apr 2012   #3

Dual Win 7/8 64-bit
 
 

It says Tap but click works well
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05 Apr 2012   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The majority of Win8 testers seem to take that position. If it comes with a new PC next year, Win8 is OK. But spending extra money for an upgrade license is not in the plans.
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05 Apr 2012   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by radioshackmodel3 View Post
It says Tap but click works well
Yea Click works well.
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05 Apr 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 / Ubuntu 12.04.3 x64
 
 

But still I don't like windows 8 because of its Metro UI and its touch optimization for touch screens. When I buy a touchscreen monitor then I will surely use Windows 8 otherwise I am OK with my Windows 7!
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05 Apr 2012   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
The majority of Win8 testers seem to take that position. If it comes with a new PC next year, Win8 is OK. But spending extra money for an upgrade license is not in the plans.
Absolutely.
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05 Apr 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit SP1
 
 

I felt in a similar way but I prefer to stay away from win 8, anyways won't have win 8 since I build my computers and get to choose what goes in it. I prefer windows 7 then xp out of all the Microsoft os's. Win 8 is ok but i'll wait until Microsoft makes something I like. Overall win 8 does feel a lot like win 7 but with features taken away or changed that I liked in win 7. Thus this is why I will not be upgrading to win 8 and win 7 is getting support until 2020 anyways, heard vista is not getting dropped until 2015 so if your on vista you still have a while to go. The whole metro thing and start button taken away wasn't my thing so i'm happy with win 7.
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05 Apr 2012   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Good, because I just reinstalled Vista for a change.

108 updates plus a few optional - that is in addition to the install dvd already including SP2.

SP3 for Vista ? No idea if we will see that .
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05 Apr 2012   #10

Dual Win 7/8 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by M1GU31 View Post
I felt in a similar way but I prefer to stay away from win 8, anyways won't have win 8 since I build my computers and get to choose what goes in it. I prefer windows 7 then xp out of all the Microsoft os's. Win 8 is ok but i'll wait until Microsoft makes something I like. Overall win 8 does feel a lot like win 7 but with features taken away or changed that I liked in win 7. Thus this is why I will not be upgrading to win 8 and win 7 is getting support until 2020 anyways, heard vista is not getting dropped until 2015 so if your on vista you still have a while to go. The whole metro thing and start button taken away wasn't my thing so i'm happy with win 7.
I guess you could say the start button is there but just hidden. Mouse all the way down to the lower right corner and a link to the Start screen shows up. If properly configured the Start screen is simply the opening view of the start menu. Of course it does take up the whole screen
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