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Early adopters and enthusiasts drive most new technology in its first few months on the market. Windows 8 is proving to be no different as the latest Steam Hardware & Software Survey shows Microsoft’s newest operating system picking up steam on the service.

Valve recently released the data it collected in January on its users’ hardware and software setups. The operating system chart is by far the most interesting because it shows that all versions of Windows except for Windows 8 is declining in usage. Granted, there are no huge declines or huge gains here, but it shows that Windows 8 use is growing among PC gamers.

Going into the numbers, both Windows 8 and Windows 8 64-bit saw a collective increase of 1.83 percent with the majority of the increase going to the 64-bit version. All in all, Windows 8 is now 8.76 percent of all Steam users’ PCs. Windows 7 is still in the the lead, however, as both 32 and 64-bit versions make up 69.73 percent of the Steam user base.

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Meh, just because numbers say its improving doesn't mean I'll switch now.
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The Windows 8 upgrade sale just ended, so no surprise there. Everyone was rushing to get Win 8 while it was still $40.

Now that it's over, sales are gonna drop like a rock. $40 was pretty tantalizing... for me, $100 is not.
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I'm still really really disappointed with the interface. I gave it two chances and it was very frustrating to operate both of those times. Really just terrible workflow.
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I'm still really really disappointed with the interface. I gave it two chances and it was very frustrating to operate both of those times. Really just terrible workflow.

http://www.classicshell.net/

Aside from that, the Metro part was obviously made for touchscreens/trackpads, while the W8 desktop is almost the same as W7. It's not really that bad, and you get used to it after a longer while.

It's nice for a laptop, but for a desktop, W8 over W7 isn't worth anywhere near $100.
Edited by brucethemoose - 2/5/13 at 7:17pm
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71.58% of people surveyed run an x64 OS and Steam still hasn't released a x64 version yet. What gives?
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The Windows 8 upgrade sale just ended, so no surprise there. Everyone was rushing to get Win 8 while it was still $40.

Now that it's over, sales are gonna drop like a rock. $40 was pretty tantalizing... for me, $100 is not.

Only reason I bought it and upgraded. Because the price was going from $40 to $400. Spent $5 on Start8 which is fantastic and now I have a crisp windows 7 experience with all the pros of windows 8 but unfortunately still the UI drawbacks when it comes to anything like user settings, opening photos, music etc.

Most impressive thing for me though with windows 8 is it supports surround and multi monitor set-ups which windows 7 did not. Fresh install and it recognized all my screens, they were all working in extended desktop and the correct reolution before I put drivers on and the log in etc all scales well, which is good. Boots to normal desktop and works just like windows 7.

Far from perfect though and does some strange things every now and then but so far not a bad experience.

If I had to use just vanilla windows 8 though I'd have jumped off a bridge by now with the computer. The UI is seriously that bad.

    
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If I had to use just vanilla windows 8 though I'd have jumped off a bridge by now with the computer. The UI is seriously that bad.

[*IMG ALT=""]http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1275715/width/500/height/1000[/IMG]

Funny, because the desktop functions basically identically in Windows 8 as it does in Windows 7. You have a start screen instead of a start menu, but if you want a program/game not on your desktop, both function the same way: Windows key, press a few letters in the name, press enter. Program launches, use. Desktop itself is identical. Windows 8 has a host of improvements and no downsides... definitely an evolution of Windows 7 in a good way. For those who need a security blanket, Start8 as you said is $5 and takes all of a minute to install... whatever floats people's boats.
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Sure we should spend 5 more bucks to get something that should have been included in the software to begin with. Still does not stop windows 8 start page from being 100% useless unless you sign up for a windows account. Do you have a 5 dollar addon that allows you to run 5 different programs at 1 time adjustable on one screen? No? Oh well pity.
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Sure we should spend 5 more bucks to get something that should have been included in the software to begin with. Still does not stop windows 8 start page from being 100% useless unless you sign up for a windows account. Do you have a 5 dollar addon that allows you to run 5 different programs at 1 time adjustable on one screen? No? Oh well pity.

Huh? What are you even on about here? The start menu was REPLACED by the start screen. It is your perogative to go to a third-party vendor to get an equivalent of an obsolete feature. The start page is identical in functionality and ability to the old start menu, but instead is not scrunched in a corner of your screen. You don't need a microsoft account to use it, so I'm confused as to what the heck you're speaking of. Regarding running multiple programs, the desktop is IDENTICAL in function, so that is completely unrelated. You don't need any third-party add-on to use the desktop with as many programs as you want open just like with Windows 7.
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