@victor: Thanks Victor, for your detailed explanation. Overall, I see a lot of people having issues with switching between the apps screen and the desktop a few other issues as well. Win 8 requires a lot of space and memory to get the things done but definately Microsoft has to work on it sooner than later to be in the scheme of things.
Seeing the percentage in the poll I feel most of the people are not happy with win 8.1. I feel it will be better for microsoft to come up with more user friendly OS soon other wise people will either remain with the win 7 or Xp or shift to Linux.
Victor as far as I am concerned I have used win 8 for some time but to tell you the truth I prefer win 7 or Xp over win 8. If the login is taking less time, the same time is being used at difficult interface problem.
@Venks : I am running Windows 8 on a 3 year old Lenovo ThinkPad X100e. It has an AMD Athlon Neo X2 Dual Core Processor L335 1.6Ghz, 2 GB RAM, 32 bit Windows 8 upgraded from original Windows 7 install. I replaced the original disk with a 120G SSD when Win 7 was still on the computer. According to the Task manager (which is improved in Win8) on reboot my computer is currently using 500M of 1700M of RAM. This note book is what I use to carry around with me at work. I use OneNote on it to take notes and surf the web. Performance has not been an issue. Win8 does do things to hide slowness, when I open the notebook from sleep I am able to log in immediately. However, if I try to get on the internet right away there is a delay why the system tries to reconnect to wireless.
Overall, my biggest issue with Windows 8 has been the interface and finding things to change settings. And I do find it a pain switching between apps screen and desktop.
As I said, I will use and learn it because I am in the computer industry and need to know it, but I currently have a love/hate relationship with Win8.
However, I am also trying to balance that against some positive points, like Windows 8 is going to technically work better with our Windows Server 2012 upgrade, ie SMB 3.0 and direct access.
I like that you can use the keyboard on a few more things. This is good because it is faster but it will require users to learn the keyboard shortcuts. I think hitting windows key and start to type word and press enter is faster than taking my hand off the keyboard to mouse and click the icon. But I see people open a Win8 app then then not know how to close it.(Click at the top and drag down or alt-f4.)
There are some things to like but I agree with your statement that it is an ill conceived product to try and mix the touch command on the same os. They should have had a shell option that would allow you to chose your interface. I think they did not do that because it would have slowed down access to Metro and acceptance of Metro and the apps.
I will use Win 8 and the upgrade because it is the next step forward. And I will continue to use Linux/Unix/BSD because they work for me also.
I prefer the windows 7 OS for ease of use and familiarity. However, as clients look to integrate tablets into their tech fleets, Windows 8 is becoming a necessary evil. However, the jump cannot be made without staff training. The interface is a drastic departure from Win7, and has a steep learning curve.
I agree that Windows XP is old and may be outdated. But I feel Windows 7 is better for me than Windows 8. I get all of my things done over a Windows 7 machine @ home quickly. Sadly, I am compelled to use Windows XP at my office since our IT team is yet to upgrade to a higher version.
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