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Windows 7: Was Windows 8 a Mistake? Microsoft Seems to Think So

10 Apr 2014   #11
3Colors

64-bit Windows 7 Professional
 
 

As I said once, the windows 8 interface may have been in the taskbar from the start. But it looks good on the start bar (but somewhat overdone/overloaded).


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10 Apr 2014   #12
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

I have no idea what you just said?
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10 Apr 2014   #13
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
I have no idea what you just said?


I liked this from the quoted article.

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The Tablet Dilemma
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Did it have to be this way? Why didn't Microsoft just launch Modern/Metro as a tablet-only OS, and leave the desktop well enough alone?
As a counterexample, Apple never tried to unite a tablet and desktop interface. CEO Tim Cook even famously compared the hybrid devices that resulted from such a pairing to "refrigerator-toasters." Some UI elements from iOS have made their way into OS X, but the iPad a decidedly different ecosystem from the Mac and OS X. This approach has worked out pretty well.
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10 Apr 2014   #14
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
I have no idea what you just said?


I liked this from the quoted article.

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The Tablet Dilemma
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Did it have to be this way? Why didn't Microsoft just launch Modern/Metro as a tablet-only OS, and leave the desktop well enough alone?
As a counterexample, Apple never tried to unite a tablet and desktop interface. CEO Tim Cook even famously compared the hybrid devices that resulted from such a pairing to "refrigerator-toasters." Some UI elements from iOS have made their way into OS X, but the iPad a decidedly different ecosystem from the Mac and OS X. This approach has worked out pretty well.
I completely agree with you.
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10 Apr 2014   #15
3Colors

64-bit Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PaulGo View Post
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Windows designer explains why Windows 8 is such a mess



...Jacob Miller, who recently took to Reddit to explain why Microsoft made a lot of the design choices it did with Windows 8, including the original decision to make the Metro UI the default boot-up screen. What emerges is a portrait of a company trying its best to please two different audiences by trying to make two completely different operating systems and stapling them together.
Windows 8 design criticism from Microsoft UX designer | BGR
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 3Colors View Post
Clearly they have to innovate in performance, programs, colors, etc. But placing the classic desktop as a second option was not a good idea.
In addition, no all have touch screen monitors. So a percentage of people will not see the need to buy that interface.
That menu of windows 8 looks interesting, but(those functions) could have been added in W7 taskbar.
That's what I said
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11 Apr 2014   #16
King Arthur

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wenda View Post
Here's a pic of my Win 8 CP running the same toolbar/menu setup as Jimbo demonstrated above.
I have a similar thing going in my Windows 7 and Windows XP machines as well.


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12 Apr 2014   #17
zap9x

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

i like the idea of that new start menu , i dont really like windows 8 mostly because it'd take me around 3 or 4 sec to shut the PC down , while with windows 7 its just one move .... and i had no idea how to make things work on the background , like when i open weather , or bing or something , it will just get me to a waiting screen , and because of my super-slow internet connection i need to wait ages for it to show up , if i go to desktop screen or start screen it will just stop , which i find totally stupid -.-
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13 Apr 2014   #18
Burgurne

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 retail
 
 

Yes. Windows 8 is a mistake. I was fouled by it, and I bought an Windows 8 Pro, and has been running windows 8, windows 8.1 and latest windows 8.1.1. Saturday I had it! Out with windows 8.1.1 and back in with my good old Windows 7 Ultimate x64. Uhmmm it was allmost the same feeling you have when comming home to your parents for Christmas.

Besides "feelings" and "look of GUI" I can add, that I had 3 problems with windows 8 right from start and until I went back to windows 7.

USB 3. First terrible performance allmost like USB2, windows 8.1 did take some care of that for the build-in USB3 in Intels chipset, but my USB3 hub (build in in my cabinet), did not work. Solved by forcing windows 7 drivers in windows 8, which was quite a challenge the first time, and it ruined my option to do a "refresh" inside windows 8.1

Most games build with DirectX 9.0c and older runs very poorly in Windows 8, 8.1 and 8.1.1 compared to windows 7. Dx11 games are about the same in win8 and 7.

It is allmost impossible to find an .ISO with windows 8.1 and totally impossible to find an .ISO with windows 8.1.1, so a clean install is pretty much not a possibility. As I'm danish, I of course wants a danish .ISO. But no. MS does not allow us to download an .ISO. They want us to install windows 8, make all the updates, then make a "Microsoft account" to allowing access to Windows Store, where you then can upgrade to Windows 8.1, then do a lot of updates again, and then update to windows 8.1.1 (the last is a MUST, recording to MS, as future security-updates require windows 8.1.1 to be installed). Not much "clean install" there :-(

With that said, installing windows 7 SP1 from scratch is also a timeconsuming job. Why the .uc. don't Microsoft release a SP2? 12 minutes to install Windows 7 x64 SP1 from an USB-stick, but 5,5 HOURS to do the aftercomming updates!!

But after all I am now happy being back in windows 7, but I really hope, that it will take a loooong time before I have to install windows 7 from scratch again.
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14 Apr 2014   #19
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.1 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by King Arthur View Post
I have a similar thing going in my Windows 7 and Windows XP machines as well.
Nanami Madobe ... nice.
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