by GGpaul
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Hey all, so I noticed that Windows 8 is CHEAP as hell. But my question is, is it worth it? Who has it? And what are your thoughts? Is it really suitable for people with touch screens? Thanks!
  • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
    I just purchased a touch screen computer with W8. My initial opinion was that it was awful. It took me awhile just to find the control panel. However, it's grown on my after a few days.
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      Originally Posted by Dan Riffle View Post

      I just purchased a touch screen computer with W8. My initial opinion was that it was awful. It took me awhile just to find the control panel. However, it's grown on my after a few days.
      Hmmm..should I wait it out? It seems like as of now, this operating system is so far advanced that it's only meant for touch screen computers/tablets/new phones.
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      • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
        Originally Posted by GGpaul View Post

        Hmmm..should I wait it out? It seems like as of now, this operating system is so far advanced that it's only meant for touch screen computers/tablets/new phones.
        My recommendation would be to wait.

        Here's a pretty solid article that might help you out:
        FAQ: What you need to know about upgrading to Windows 8 - CNN.com

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          Originally Posted by Dan Riffle View Post

          My recommendation would be to wait.

          Here's a pretty solid article that might help you out:
          FAQ: What you need to know about upgrading to Windows 8 - CNN.com

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          Oh wow the deal ends in January though. But what I'm confused about is do I need Win 7 or XP to upgrade? Or is that price the FULL version where I can completely reformat a computer and install Windows 8?
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          • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
            Originally Posted by GGpaul View Post

            Oh wow the deal ends in January though. But what I'm confused about is do I need Win 7 or XP to upgrade? Or is that price the FULL version where I can completely reformat a computer and install Windows 8?
            I'm pretty sure you're talking about the upgrade.

            Based on the MS website:
            "To install Windows 8 Pro, your PC must be running Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 Consumer Preview, or Windows 8 Release Preview."
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  • Profile picture of the author Don Schenk
    What is the cost? I heard something about $39 until the end of December, but am not sure.

    I wonder if it is installable over Win7 or even over Vista, as an upgrade, without needing to re-install software.

    I have an older laptop here running vista, and Win 8 might be fun to try there first.

    :-Don
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    • Profile picture of the author Lloyd Buchinski
      8 might be good if you are into a lot of social stuff, but for a work computer, 7 is much better. I installed 8 but found it unpleasant and inefficient.

      The first thing I didn't like was that I had to log on using my Windows Live password. My online passwords are industrial strength and at least 12 characters, and are complex. I really did not want to use that for a puter that stays at home and probably doesn't even need a password.

      The start menu is replaced by a start screen. It doesn't have folders and doesn't have much on it computer related. Most of it was apps for the news, weather, games, email etc. I uninstalled them where I could and deleted the ones I couldn't uninstall. You get the screen whether you want it or not.

      To get something on the computer to the start screen, you have to do a search to bring it up. After that it will be on the start screen with a large icon, and not in a folder. There are no folders.

      The start button was much more efficient. You could look through everything and maybe learn about something new.

      With the 8 start screen, the items stretch out more horizontally than vertically. After a few days it took up 3 screens. I was getting tired of it by then and just went back to 7.

      If I read that after updates you can use the start menu, and log on with a password of your choice, or no password, I'll give it another try.

      As is, it gets a down vote and a kick from me.

      Originally Posted by Don Schenk View Post

      I wonder if it is installable over Win7 or even over Vista, as an upgrade, without needing to re-install software.
      Yes, that is probably the best thing about it. You have a choice of 2 types of install, from scratch or keeping everything. It installed over 7 and kept everything, including settings and preferences. It was a slick, smooth install.
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  • Profile picture of the author michael26a
    Windows 8 is cheap because it is complete rubbish. My advice is to stay away, and keep using Windows 7 (which is 1000 times better!).
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    • Profile picture of the author ortonmax
      Windows 8 represents a fundamental change in the way Windows works and is much more focused on touch screen for use on tablets and traditional PCs. The vast majority of applications in the Windows Store will run on both.
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  • Profile picture of the author SandraLarkin
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    If you do not like the touch screen metro interface, yo can easily disable it to look like a Windows 7 or before computer. So there really is nothing to lose.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    I'm not going to use it until I get a sense of the mass reaction to it.
    I hope that it is good and that it is quite likable.
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    • Profile picture of the author bradstern
      Originally Posted by Michael Ten View Post

      I'm not going to use it until I get a sense of the mass reaction to it.
      I hope that it is good and that it is quite likable.
      I am doing the same. I still am very comfortable with the Windows 7 Professional I am currently using.
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  • Profile picture of the author RyanEagle
    I've heard a lot of bad things about it. Mainly, they always say to wait until the first service pack.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ernie Lo
    Pfft touch screen PC"s? I'll never conform! Never. Old school foooooooooor liiiiiife.
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  • Profile picture of the author hardraysnight
    i will wait until my next trip to china

    i hear things are cheaper there

    still have an unused windows7 which cost $3 i never got around to using
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  • Profile picture of the author James Andy
    Amazing! I have been looking windows 8 because I am really excited about new features in this window.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chinedu Mmaduebo
    Generally speaking, window 8 is childish and they have got to do better next time..

    I reverted to my old version last week as well as a lot of my IM friends..
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  • Profile picture of the author salegurus
    Purchased a few Laptops this weekend BF sales.
    Unfortunately they all run on Win 8, it's honestly a huge step
    back from Win 7, it looks like it was designed for the mobile
    market and has no place being anywhere near a notebook or desktop...

    It took me 30mins just to figure out how to shutdown/restart the damn thing,
    no wonder Bill fired the guy behind Win 8... It SUCKS....
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  • Profile picture of the author nawshale
    Hi,

    In my opinion, Windows 8 are best suited for devices that have touch capabilities. Windows 8 is good and easy to use. More new application and features. I have tried using Windows 8 in a mobile devices, and for me, its nice and user friendly.

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    • Profile picture of the author primejonny
      Why Windows 8 preview is having many limitations? Is it necessary to upgrade to Windows 8?
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  • Profile picture of the author biggenius
    Originally Posted by GGpaul View Post

    Hey all, so I noticed that Windows 8 is CHEAP as hell. But my question is, is it worth it? Who has it? And what are your thoughts? Is it really suitable for people with touch screens? Thanks!

    Its faster. But i hate Metro UI. It boots fast, everything is cool.

    Webapp sucks. Yeah its worth update as i only need fast boot.

    It lags less.
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  • Profile picture of the author biggenius
    Originally Posted by GGpaul View Post

    Hey all, so I noticed that Windows 8 is CHEAP as hell. But my question is, is it worth it? Who has it? And what are your thoughts? Is it really suitable for people with touch screens? Thanks!
    I forgot one thing , i am selling windows 8 license too. Drop me a pm if interested , less than retail price.
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  • Profile picture of the author dbarnum
    OK so far. Not into all that touch screen stuff either, nor hooking up with profiles and this and that upon login, so I deleted and disabled all that stuff. It looks about like Windows 7 here now, too
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  • Profile picture of the author gregdavidson727
    Does Windows 8 run all of the older XP programs like Windows 7 does?
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    • Profile picture of the author TurnbullKaia
      How to uninstall windows 8 evaluation and get back windows 7 if i did not dual boot?
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    • Profile picture of the author mohitjmehta
      Originally Posted by gregdavidson727 View Post

      Does Windows 8 run all of the older XP programs like Windows 7 does?
      most of applications works fine on win 8
      if you have any specific software let us know
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