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Consumers still hesitant to upgrade to Windows 8

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According to a survey from anti-virus company Avast, most Windows users in the U.S. know what Windows 8 is, but only a few are looking to upgrade to it. Worse for Microsoft, is the fact that almost one third of those surveyed said they would look to Apple when it came time to upgrade from their Windows XP, Vista or 7 machine. The survey comes on the heels of Microsoft firing Steve ...

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#26
Originally posted by SoTired:
Holy Distortion, Batman!

This article doesn't come close to accurately describing the survey results.


I agree.
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#27
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#28
Originally posted by KSib:
I bought it, but only because it was cheap now. I couldn't tell anyone I know to switch to it because they would have 500 questions and I wouldn't be around to help.

Most people don't sit around to try and figure out how something works, they just want it to work for them easily.
That is one way of looking at things. My way of thinking is I have a very busy life. I do not have time to figure out how to get my OS to work when I have one that works fine and I know how to use it. I don't like being an unpaid M$ tester trying to debug an OS not ready for prime time. I doubt that this OS will ever be prime time just as Vista was never prime time.

I also only buy books written in English. I guess if I really liked a challage I should buy books written in Chinese. Do you do that? That would really be a challange.
#29
At first I thought I was going to hate Windows 8. I've been using it for 2 weeks now and it rocks. I have it on my desktop and laptop. Am logging in w/Google acct. So I boot up my laptop and there's all my favorites and stuff from my desktop. Very cool. That alone is worth the upgrade IMO. Check the stock market. Hit a windows key, hit a tile and a wealth of info is there. I'm using a 3rd party start button but am going to try to eventually wean away from it. I may even get a Surfact tab. I'm a huge android freak but to have everything synced is pretty cool. I just like the tiles. As for the speed, I have noticed absolutely no difference and I'm running an i7 w/16GB.

What I want to know is who the heck are the 8% still using Vista???
#30
Originally posted by breno1:
windows 8 is very stable from the start! Very smooth I just think they should give you an option with the start bar. other then that works very stable and fast!
Thanks for some solid pro Win 8 news. Personally I have grown very weary of M$ antics. They are now getting the Apple view that there products are their property not the customer's. I also do not like change just for the sake of change with no real improvement. I do not shop in stores that rearrange their products every year. I don't like that they often put into the market products that are bug ridden.

I assumed it would be buggy but I will believe you. I remember something about win 8 not allowing you to install or run certain games because of the rating. I do not intend to play those games but I so disappove of this action I wouldn't buy the software if it was wonderful.
#31
Originally posted by ChiefBrdy:
At first I thought I was going to hate Windows 8. I've been using it for 2 weeks now and it rocks. I have it on my desktop and laptop. Am logging in w/Google acct. So I boot up my laptop and there's all my favorites and stuff from my desktop. Very cool. That alone is worth the upgrade IMO. Check the stock market. Hit a windows key, hit a tile and a wealth of info is there. I'm using a 3rd party start button but am going to try to eventually wean away from it. I may even get a Surfact tab. I'm a huge android freak but to have everything synced is pretty cool. I just like the tiles. As for the speed, I have noticed absolutely no difference and I'm running an i7 w/16GB.

What I want to know is who the heck are the 8% still using Vista???

I'm still using Vista on several computers with no problems. Ive got Win 7 on my new laptop and I almost think I would prefer it to have Vista. works fine for me.
#32
Originally posted by joebloe12:
Originally posted by SoTired:
Holy Distortion, Batman!

This article doesn't come close to accurately describing the survey results.

First, the survey was performed BEFORE the official release of Windows 8 (and the release of any new computers that came with Windows 8 pre-installed). And yet the headline to this article says consumers are "STILL" hesitant to upgrade. Whoops.

Second, this article claims that 1/3 of Windows users plan to switch to Apple when they "upgrade" their current Windows machine. Again, not even close to accurate. The survey actually said that when current Windows users buy their "NEXT" computer, 30% said that their next computer purchase would be an iPad. These were not people who were planning to upgrade their Windows PC to an iPad. That's ridiculous. These were people who are planning to stick with their Windows PC and also purchase an iPad as a second (or third) computing device. In fact, the Avast rep who described the poll results specifically stated that the poll results reflected the fact that "Most people are going to the iPad as their second or third computing device." The fact that 30% of respondents intend to "go to the iPad as their second or third computing device" is not even remotely supportive of Andre's claim that 1/3 will " look to Apple when it comes time to UPGRADE FROM their Windows XP, Vista or 7 machine."

Third, this article claims that the survey suggests "only a few are looking to upgrade to [Windows 8]." The survey says nothing of the kind. Rather, the survey only looks at how many people would "accelerate a decision to buy a new computer just to have Windows 8." 9% said they would, while 70% said they would continue using their existing PC. The survey did not ask, and does not purport to say, how many people would keep their existing PC but upgrade the OS to Windows 8. The article also does not ask, and does not purport to say, how many people will purchase a Windows 8 computer when they replace their existing PC.
You sound like a microsoft troll!
Because he is. Only a MS Shill would defend Windows 8.
#33
Originally posted by breno1:
windows 8 is very stable from the start! Very smooth I just think they should give you an option with the start bar. other then that works very stable and fast!
Hey, guess what? Win7 is stable and fast too. Plus, it was actually designed to be used on a desktop or laptop!
#34
Originally posted by bdaleypsu:
Originally posted by breno1:
windows 8 is very stable from the start! Very smooth I just think they should give you an option with the start bar. other then that works very stable and fast!
Hey, guess what? Win7 is stable and fast too. Plus, it was actually designed to be used on a desktop or laptop!
As a bonus, it works really well a touchscreen too...as long as you have a stylus anyway. Windows 8 might be better if you lose your stylus and you have really fat fingers, but Windows 7 is actually really functional with a touchscreen.

As far as I can tell based on everything I've seen, the only thing Windows 8 brings other than a new interface that is not as good and some compatibility issues is the Pro/RT split that confuses the h**l out of consumers and lets manufacturers screw over customers by selling glorified Android tablets to people who want Windows 7 capabilities (and won't get them).


#35
Originally posted by KillerBug:
Originally posted by bdaleypsu:
Originally posted by breno1:
windows 8 is very stable from the start! Very smooth I just think they should give you an option with the start bar. other then that works very stable and fast!
Hey, guess what? Win7 is stable and fast too. Plus, it was actually designed to be used on a desktop or laptop!
As a bonus, it works really well a touchscreen too...as long as you have a stylus anyway. Windows 8 might be better if you lose your stylus and you have really fat fingers, but Windows 7 is actually really functional with a touchscreen.

As far as I can tell based on everything I've seen, the only thing Windows 8 brings other than a new interface that is not as good and some compatibility issues is the Pro/RT split that confuses the h**l out of consumers and lets manufacturers screw over customers by selling glorified Android tablets to people who want Windows 7 capabilities (and won't get them).

Nailed it.
#36
Windows 8 Takes more Power out of Power User, comes with a limited UI (already modded for that classic look by the community), Takes away control from the end user, does funny shit with my files without my permision. the real deal graber is it runs absolutely no better than windows 7 even worse if your using Ripoff ext3 File System. you know its open source MS why dont you just call it what it really is.

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#37
Originally posted by KSib:
I bought it, but only because it was cheap now. I couldn't tell anyone I know to switch to it because they would have 500 questions and I wouldn't be around to help.

Most people don't sit around to try and figure out how something works, they just want it to work for them easily.
I got Windows 8 for $40 and the best way is to load it on another internal hard drive with Windows 7 already installed using Paragon Backup and restore (Free). This way you keep your existing Windows 7.
I do not like the High Colors in windows 8 and realize that business will not spend money on having to retrain staff and upgrading software for Windows 8.It should have been called Windows Tablet. To leave the Start Menu out when it it is so useful is beyond belief. One reason why business will not use it. Most people now realize Microsoft are just as confused as the rest of us!
#38
Originally posted by burling:
Originally posted by KSib:
I bought it, but only because it was cheap now. I couldn't tell anyone I know to switch to it because they would have 500 questions and I wouldn't be around to help.

Most people don't sit around to try and figure out how something works, they just want it to work for them easily.
I got Windows 8 for $40 and the best way is to load it on another internal hard drive with Windows 7 already installed using Paragon Backup and restore (Free). This way you keep your existing Windows 7.
I do not like the High Colors in windows 8 and realize that business will not spend money on having to retrain staff and upgrading software for Windows 8.It should have been called Windows Tablet. To leave the Start Menu out when it it is so useful is beyond belief. One reason why business will not use it. Most people now realize Microsoft are just as confused as the rest of us!
I think heads are gonna roll at MS.

How hard would it be to have two versions? touchscreen version with metro/modern interface and non-touchscreen with "traditional" desktop/start menu interface. They could either sell them as separate versions, or let you choose on install.

Apple doesn't expect you to use the same interface on a desktop and an iPad
#39
I always read reviews from well versed pc web sites (like ZDNET) regarding anything PC etc. They had nothing much good a all to say about Win 8. and suggested by passing it if I remember correctly. I still use Win XP Pro. It does everything I want it for. I see an alarming trend to just make money as fast as they can by creating a new OS practically every year (when they as a matter of course, leave it to their new buyers to act as the guinea pigs and thus the flash flood of Service Packs begins to fix what they should have taken the time to fix when they were creating the OS to begin with). That's the thing that bothers me the most. Being used as a test subject for a product I BOUGHT with hard earned money. If they took the time and effort (like they did with XP Pro) I'm sure they could produce another rock solid OS like XP Pro. But as the saying goes,,,,anything for a quick BUCK.
#40
but smg, xp has 3 service packs to vista's 2 & win7 1. xp had issues til the service packs came out.
#41
My experience is that XP was very good, especially after SP1 & 2.
Vista (which came on a laptop I bought) was also very good after SP1.
Win 7 is proving to be at least as good as them.

I expect Win 7 to end up like XP, it's been very popular and has sold very well.
I don't know anyone with it planning to upgrade from 7 to 8 - besides getting it with a new PC or laptop (or Surface tablet) why would you?
The touchscreen stuff might come in handy with a new touchscreen monitor but I'm far from convinced I - or many of us - want one of them.

I do know at least one person who bought a PC last week for work use was scouring the local area retailers for a new Win 7 PC (for homeworking) because thanks to the softwares they use her work can't currently let their staff use Win 8.

My bet is it'll be like XP & Win 7 & all over again.

So if Win 8 is the new Vista let us know when Win 9 shows up.....?
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 27 Nov 2012 @ 7:10
#42
I have Windows 7 but I will not upgrade to Windows 8 even if it was given to me for free. I might be silly but I do not like the look of Windows 8, it looks cheap and tacky.
#43
If i was purchasing a new fondle slab i might have considered windows 8 where the interface formally known as metro makes some sense, but 8 RT doesnt really give me anything i cant do with droid shrugs (plus i have a choice of builds), desktop wise i would rather stick with 7 or kubuntu, which depending on what i need to do, get the job done without fuss and work the way i want them to.
#44
I upgraded to Windows 8 on my laptop which just over a year old, but it powerful enough.

I ran Linux for more than 10 years as my primary OS of choice.

I moved to Windows 8 to get multimedia (multimonitor, LCD tv connected with hdmi, blueray movie player -- which Linux cannot (multimonitor can be done in Linux but is not easy)

The trouble with Windows 8 is that to get the real benefits it offers requires knowledge (example updating all drivers and easily backing them up)

Windows 8 is an enhanced and polished OS not a beta put out for the public to test. It is rock solid stable.

If you hate Microsoft then I am by no means suggesting you cease and desist. But don't confuse your emotional position with a technical assessment.

..... and I am quite happy running Linux inside of Windows 8 now
#45
Originally posted by megadunderhead:
It's not the o.s that is turning people away and over to apple there getting tired of the malware and spyware with windows and because of that more and more people are going to apple
Aint that the truth,no privacy at all.
#46
Originally posted by albertfx:


If you hate Microsoft then I am by no means suggesting you cease and desist. But don't confuse your emotional position with a technical assessment.

..... and I am quite happy running Linux inside of Windows 8 now
Where did anyone question its stability? its the stupid jackle and hide interface thats turning people off.

Plus dual head on linux is not so hard on most hardware nvidia has a nice gui tool, so does ati, as long as you can get clone mode working you can use xrandr for dual head working on most other cards from what i can remember.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 02 Dec 2012 @ 6:11
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#48
Originally posted by robertmro:
Originally posted by SoTired:
Holy Distortion, Batman!

This article doesn't come close to accurately describing the survey results.


I agree.
AfterDawn is little more than an online tabloid.
It's the Fox News of the digital world.
I wouldn't go so far as to call AD like fox, them and it's people's who resemble the Rush Limbaugh fanatics do not come close anywhere here at AD, besides this article writes about other peoples surveys and opinions not theirs.
#49
Originally posted by robertmro:
I agree.
AfterDawn is little more than an online tabloid.
It's the Fox News of the digital world.
Hi Robert, did you write this from your iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad Mini, iPad, Macbook or iMac?



#50
ouch!!!!
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