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Windows 7: More Than 3 Out of 4 Enthusiasts Reject Windows 8

30 Mar 2013   #501
King Arthur

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
I think MS is targeting (3a) and they've missed the boat IMO.
They've missed the boat on pretty much everything, honestly. They first missed the mobile boat when mobile devices like smartphones/tablets took off, getting left in the dust by iOS, Android, and Blackberry. They then missed the desktop and mobile boats (the latter had already set sail by the way) when they released Windows 8/RT and failed to please anyone besides some in the mobile market. If Windows Blue is any indication, Microsoft is not only going to miss the boat(s) again but might just sink like the Titanic since Windows Blue to-date doesn't appear to address any of our gripes with Windows 8.

Oh, and they also missed the desktop boat completely when they decided to not develop SP2 for Windows 7 when sales and appreciation for Windows 7 are booming.

Desktop and laptop PCs will without a doubt remain a major market and player no matter what, their form factor allows them capabilities that smartphones/tablets can only dream of, but whether Microsoft (and more specifically Windows) will is up for debate at this point.

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30 Mar 2013   #502
Lone Browncoat

2000Pro,XP SP3 x86..W7 on next build

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by x BlueRobot View Post
Once the support ends for Windows 7, then I'm going to switch to Linux, unless they produce another Windows desktop operating system.
Roughly my plan as well, by (2020?) then i should have mastered running the HDHomerun on a Linux multi-core /w wireless keyboard.

@Night Hawk

Well, currently when i buy a mobo i pay attention to the chipsets(or used to) because i wanted compatibility for 2000 Professional, that concern has eased up in the latter years because relatively recently I've procured the Corporate/Student version of XP SP3 that has no serial needed, hence no activation, similar to my VL 2000 Pro with integrated SP4. So basically it is paying attention to board specs and if possible get a pdf of the owner's manuals first to see if XP drivers are on the optical that arrives with the package or if you can, fish around the WWW for compatible drivers. Again, that's what i like about the nVidia/Realtek chipset combo because the latest drivers aren't always the best to use[this from experience].

IF the end of time comes for Win7 and I like it enough it might be worth fiddling with as in 2000 Pro, for with the /PAE switch and other tricks you can access 8GiB of RAM and run beyond the standard 2 cores.

Not my desktop, belongs to someone else, i have no screenshots to show anybody.

With the server versions, as jimbo45 mentioned here, you can natively access 16GiB of RAM.
Though with dollar signs in their eyes, M$ split the OS, so you'd have to spend more money.
Features that were supposed to go into 2000 were held over for XP when some dirtbag came up
with that activation nonsense.

Yeah, with help from those far brighter than I, I still fiddle with 2000 on one machine.

Unofficial Service Pack 5 for MS Windows 2000

Got nothing against tablets, might get one myself for portable communicating and Google/Yahoo etc
maps but that's about it, for real work I still prefer a desktop and the fun of rolling-my-own when I can afford it, right now the economy is getting to me.
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30 Mar 2013   #503

Win7 64

M$ missed the boat???
The boat has toured the Island's and is nearly back at port....

An M$ is still on the port shouting this, owe way is the future.

Business's needs to upgrade from XP, yes there's still a lot out there.
Win7 would be the most likely candidate, with win8 for Tablets and mobiles.

But with M$ saying win8 is the way of the future?? Where's the crossover platform to help transition.
This could have been Win8.....
Win8 with a duel user interface. "Start" and/or "the GUI formally known as Metro"

Now just think of that scenario.
A user could work as normal and as M$ tablets etc turn up, they could switch between the two a lot easier.
Whichever device takes a better hold, M$ would have it covered.
And both being M$, the user could use the GUI that best suits the application,
And both being M$. it should have better compatibility between the 2 devices.

The way M$ is doing it at the moment, reminds me of Apple old days, = ie, "my hardware, my software, my way only".
What saved Apple is the iPhone, OSX was locked down and jailbreaked before release, that will teach them to pi**-off the open source community.

M$ at present has the major desktop O/S share and they seem to, not want it.
M$ could have used Win8 as a transitional O/S... but they seem to be doing everything in there power to alienate the user database.

Really who is the ostrich in charge at M$?

Spooky for me is that I'm using Win7, why..
It's stable, easy to use, integrates well, also for work support.

I'll keep using it at present, but, I will go back and look into Linux again and start transfers.
Was using Linux a long time ago, but M$ was needed for work and Win7 has been very good.
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30 Mar 2013   #504

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1

I can understand that MS is moving towards "the in" which is tablets and phones. I was getting lunch one time and saw a 3 year old navigating his way on an ipad better than I ever could. This kid will never use a desktop on his own accord, because all he is ever going to know is the swipe/touch style. MS understands that the next generation of kids are only going to be interested in this style and is trying to make the move now, so when they are at a certain age it is the morn. I can appreciate that fro a pure business stand point.

The problem is they are forgetting the generations that were here up to this point and many of us do not want touch screens because we are comfortable. Desktops might be a thing of the past in the distant future (Iron Man's computer in mid-air was cool ), but think of it this way: People still buy vinyl records and players, even though Cassettes then CDs and now Digital music has ruled the music world, but many people like using LPs even younger kids for some reason. Those records should have been obsolete by 2013, but some bands even will make a special edition on vinyl for the true fans and collectors. Rather than SONY saying they'll refuse to produce anymore players or parts for a player (not sure if SONY does, just an example) they take care of their customers, but they put their emphasis on their current business flow and always look toward the future.

Don't see why MS wouldn't think in this fashion and take care of it's customers regardless if they don't get on board with the Cassettes and CDs of the next movement in computers. The difference is, while millions of kids enter this new movement and will be on board, there are millions that will not be part of the movement so there is still plenty of business to gain from desktop users. Unlike the music example, there is not an overwhelming population of vinyl users rather a niche, but they take care of that niche, MS seems to not care so much about the overwhelming population that wants/needs a desktop.
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30 Mar 2013   #505
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

It will take while before today's 3 year olds can pay M$'s bills. By that time they will probably be broke if they don't come to their senses.
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30 Mar 2013   #506

Windows 10 (64 bit)

If Microsoft keeps ignoring its customers by the time the three year old is old enough to pay bills that person will say "what's Microsoft?".
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30 Mar 2013   #507

Windows 10 Pro

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
In windows Blue, where else?

Tihiy ( developer of startisback and the program greg is using )

There's no start menu code left in Windows Blue
Start menu developers will be able to make new versions that don't depend on MS native start menu code. Fortunately, they will have had a look at the leak that is all over the net.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post

Where'd you see that Microsoft removed the remaining code in Blue to kill off the start menu?
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30 Mar 2013   #508

Win 10 Pro 64

In 2020 I will be approaching 72 years old and will not care about Anything but Windows 7, The home better have internet though.
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30 Mar 2013   #509
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gary View Post
In 2020 I will be approaching 72 years old and will not care about Anything but Windows 7, The home better have internet though.
I bet you will care as much in 2020 as you care now. I will care, and I will be 82 - if everything goes well.
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30 Mar 2013   #510

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines

I now quad boot with 3 versions of Windows 7 (don't ask I am a Geek) and Linux Mint Mate 14. I used Easy BCD and added the Linux auto find : Entry #4
Name: Linux Mint x64
BCD ID: {978289f0-cddf-11e1-8c60-e1dec16559df}
Drive: N:\
Bootloader Path: \NST\AutoNeoGrub0.mbr
Works a treat, no need to screw up my Windows 7 bootloaders with the other three OS's. I have my monitor calibrated for correct greys and colours on 7 but I am now on a mission to copy that information from Windows to Linux but that is not happening yet. Wish Mint had a calibration Utility like 7 does, would be very handy. Still I only have to 2020 to get it sorted and by then we'll be on Mint 18 or so M$ need to wake up and smell something other than Windows 8 as this has desktop culling has got me looking to a new OS for the future.
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