Windows 8 adoption at 2.79%, not growing as fast as Windows 7

By Jos
Mar 1, 2013
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  1. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,824   +1,435

    Deep down I want to laugh at Microsoft. Deep down I know that it's possible my days with Microsoft is numbered, and that changes my laughter to pity. All these years I have stayed loyal and they throw this garbage in my face, saying you are gonna learn to like it. I didn't build a i7-2600K machine with a budget gaming card, so my screen could look so bland. Don't get me wrong I have complaints about Windows 7 as well, but Windows 8 by far surpasses them.
    spydercanopus likes this.
  2. Carleton Wu

    Carleton Wu Newcomer, in training Posts: 18

    Microsoft blew it when they bumped the upgrade price back up. By and large, most Windows 7 users are happy with Win7. Even at $39, Windows 8 upgrade offer didn't have many takers. I think most will just sit out this version or accept it with new hardware purchases--but not a minute sooner.
  3. I bought Win 8 mainly due to boredom with Win 7 and that I could buy Win 8 Pro with Media Centre for about $30 CAD. Spent $5 for Stardock, deleted all the Start page tiles and when I boot I go straight to the desktop. It's good this way. All that Start page Tile Shite and having the same application twice (Start tile app is different than desktop app) is crapola. Changed all my file associations to open with my desktop apps, completely ignore all the Tiles and Store etc., and all is well. Wouldn't touch Win 8 if I had to pay the full price for it.
  4. bangs777

    bangs777 TechSpot Member Posts: 31

    Not very concern about the boot times..I am sure with tablets with touch based screen,it is handy. I find it just annoying enough having to used it in desktop with mouse and keyboard..despite the numerous features it brings over windows 7, I find the interface transition hard..might moved to it in some months from now..just not yet..
  5. Bart Matusiak

    Bart Matusiak TechSpot Member

    You can't top Windows 7 that easily...it's hands down the best thing that's ever come out of Microsoft, ever.
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,972   +729

    Somewhat agree but Win 8 is the way forward.
  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,972   +729

    And I like peanut butter more 'than' not 'then' strawberry jam. Not too sure what this has to do with the thread either.:confused:
  8. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,930   +123 Staff Member

    Yea, a friend of mine wants to buy his parents a new PC, he wants it with Win7 but all stores here in Sweden only sell computers with Win8 now...

    I also had a co-worker ask me to downgrade his Win8 laptop to Win7, I just told him to go back to the store instead (he had paid extra because he was recommended to do so to get the upgrade from Win7 to Win8)
    In the end he was too lazy to exchange it so he just bought another machine, like whatever...
  9. PC nerd

    PC nerd TechSpot Booster Posts: 324   +38

    No one wants their desktop to look like a shitty tablet.

    End of.
    spydercanopus likes this.
  10. There's nothing wrong with windows 7, that's my reason for not getting windows 8
  11. ReederOnTheRun

    ReederOnTheRun TechSpot Booster Posts: 310   +62

    This pretty much sums up my views on the topic ^^^
     
  12. misor

    misor TechSpot Addict Posts: 997   +149

    Lol, my favorite OSes, windows 7 and windows 8 are pitted against each other.
    I bought two low-cost windows 8 pro upgrade licenses and one office 2013 home and student (3 pc license plus one digital download of office 2013 home and student single pc license) during the promo period.

    I was supposed to buy two more windows 8 pro licenses on January 31, 2013 but I was out of luck.
    all I received after the input of my credit card info was the same error message affecting other buyers when the servers are busy: " can't process your credit card".

    with the current price doubled up, I'll probably buy only one windows 8 retail license for my new incomplete i5-3570k based rig.
  13. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,588   +864

    Well, if there's nothing else, then what's the point of getting it?

    Right, forward into pointless debt.
  14. soldier1969

    soldier1969 TechSpot Booster Posts: 244   +43

    For most people that have been using PCs for many years are sticking with 7. Some are even still on XP. Most people don't like change when change isn't needed. Win 7 is what Vista should have been. 8 reminds me too much of Vista. I only know one person who likes 8. They are a basic user (Email,Browse etc). For those that like touch screens on their desktop (small percentage) 8 is for them as well. But for the most part people aren't flocking to 8 for these reasons. I don't care for the look of it. I'm a power user(30 inch 2560 x 1600 display,i7 @ 4.8, 16gb ram, 2 gtx 680s in SLI for gaming) and I hate 8 as well as all my friends who are power users, they just don't want it. 7 will work for now until 8 can be improved upon and more time has gone by.
  15. windmill007

    windmill007 Newcomer, in training Posts: 311

    I LOL when people say that the start menu and start button are and do the same thing. Seriously? If you can't see the difference you probably think Vista wasn't that bad. Any power user can see the new start menu just gets in the way and is much slower in the fact it's full screen and is harder to adjust to what you want and it does allow interaction between the desktop
    Like the old start button and menu did. It's not an improvement in anyway and makes for confusion and slower efficiency and certainly not anything businesses can roll out. It will be skipped by the masses like vista was and these numbers are showing it. Without all the new crap window8 has some nice features and that's why I use start8. But I shouldn't have too!
  16. windmill007

    windmill007 Newcomer, in training Posts: 311

    I meant to say doesn't allow interaction between the new start menu and desktop.
  17. HiDDeNMisT

    HiDDeNMisT TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 202   +11

    What is the big deal with windows 8. its not all that different from windows 7.

    The only reason why I probably won't get it is because that metro UI is just horrible.
  18. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TechSpot Booster Posts: 418   +139

    Is anyone else as confused as I am when reading this post??? The guy says the Windows 8 UI is horrible at the same time he says Windows 7 and Windows 8 are basically the same thing. So if I am interpreting his words correctly he is saying that the UI can be overlooked all together when comparing operating systems. That...it's irrelevant. Do I interpret your words correctly?

    It's funny. :)

    Windows 8 is not all that different from Windows 7 but the Windows 8 UI is horrible. Okay, now how many hours a day do people have to use the UI. 15 seconds a day? No, wait thats the boot time on a system with an SSD. Ummm, 15 minutes a day with the UI?? No, that doesn't sound right. Hmmm. I think I have figured it out. Unless there is a way to completely "bypass" the operating system UI I am thinking that people spend a lot of time using the UI of an operating system. If you don't spend much time using the UI of an operating system, do me a favor. Go out and buy yourself a tablet, any tablet, from any company, I don't care who. Because all your doing is killing the future of Windows by sending Microsoft a signal that says, "I really don't care about the UI. All I care about is my apps".

    The only reason you probably won't get it is because the UI is horrible huh? LOL. You say that like you feel guilty and need even more reasons not to purchase.

    "Yeah, I hate the Windows 8 UI (that I have no choice but to use) but I have to upgrade to Windows 8 so I can be hip and cool. So unless somebody gives me even more reasons not to upgrade to Windows 8 other than the lowly fact that the ****ing UI sucks a rosy red titty I am going to upgrade because I have ADD and begin to foam at the mouth if I have to wait too long for my operating system to boot. No, I won't let the pathetic, horrible, UI in Windows 8 stop ME from booting up 3 nanoseconds faster. Booyah!!!"

    If YOU do not consider the pathetic, retarded, chimpanzee, in-your-face, UI in Windows 8 enough of a reason alone to deter you from upgrading to Windows 8 on a desktop than you either:
    1. Dont spend enough time in the UI to care about it
    or
    2. You are a simpleton who uses Windows 8 to watch YouTube videos and report to everybody the last time you wiped your nose on FaceBook(because we all really care).

    Moral of this story is this. Once again I say, If you fall into either of the two categories above, please do me a favor. Go buy yourself a tablet. And skip the desktop all together. Thank You.

    And if you upgraded to Windows 8 and immediately brought back your start menu with a 3rd party utility I have one question for you. Why didn't you just buy a tablet? Or if you couldn't give up your start menu, why did you upgrade at all? Oh yeah....I forgot..."IT BOOTS FASTER!!!!".
  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,588   +864

    I think you just answered your own question.
  20. Clearly this is not news.

    Windows 8 was never replacing windows 7.. no home user has a need to upgrade too Windows 8. It was designed and meant for MOBILE devices. Otherwise, why would a fresh install on a i7 gaming rig, resort to a "metro's" touch-screen gui and not a workable desktop..?

    Nobody has expexted Windows 8 to outsell Windows 7 (from off the shelves), at least no home owner. New sales will most likely have Win8, but most opt for Win7 anyways, because Win8 is mobile and tile structure and not aimed at a workable surface to move things about and get things done.
  21. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,588   +864

    It seems to me this is all speculation based on one missing fact. Which is, "is Windows 7 still being produced by M$"? I know it's available at distributors. However, XP was available for a long overlap time period when Vista was released. That was only due to backstock in stores, not because M$ was minting more copies of it.

    So, if M$ is still printing Windows 7 discs, and/or selling licenses for it, you're correct. If they're not, you clearly don't know enough about what news is, to pass judgment on it.

    IMO, it's a pity that Bill Gates is burnt out enough to let Steve Ballmer, who amounts to nothing more than a high functioning meat puppet, run his company.

    The second thing I've learned is this; the only thing that offends me more than an Apple ad campaign against M$, is an ad campaign that M$ starts itself. With that in mind, les presantamos......

    "Holy Jumping Jacka**es Batman", have you seen this crap on TV in support of the "Surface Pro"?

  22. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,824   +1,435

    I agree and have one more big question. Are you enjoying the dull frame around all the applications? I know I wouldn't enjoy them.

    If anyone wants Windows 7 to perform as if it is Windows Starter, that is an easy change to make in Windows 7. It could have been a change that was just as easy to make in Windows 8. The problem is people were not making that change because they wanted Aero over the non-aero option. So Microsoft takes away the Aero option leaving only non-aero, all in the name of saving power for handheld devices. I do have a machine that has enough power to operate an OS with aero capabilities. Installing Windows 8 would be a disgrace to the capabilities of my machine. And this disgrace would be a daily reminder because they are visual effects.
  23. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,824   +1,435

    I saw the video before reading your comment. I couldn't help but laugh when reading what I was thinking.
  24. Geesus

    Geesus Newcomer, in training Posts: 24   +8

    A friend of mine runs a phase change cooled pc running win7 for gaming ( yeah I know, hes nuts) but wanted something less power hungry for everyday browsing etc so got a new laptop with win 8 on it. First few days he said it was fine. About a week in and he was onto me on xfire telling me it was doing his head in as it was thrashing the crap out of his hd and he couldnt stop it. He narrowed it down to him being on the net because when he powered off his connection it stopped the thrashing. He`s now planning on selling it.
  25. kebab2000

    kebab2000 Newcomer, in training

    Using Windows 8 has made me realise how good Linux can be.

    Sorry MS, I'd rather spend the dough on new games and hardware.


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