Not unexpected, enthusiasts are the most likely to have bought it because of the kernel improvements, especially for the better thread scheduler and eventual network improvements (I'm not sure on this one, but I've read references to it), and they are also the ones that will find themselves more at ease looking past the "once called Metro" UI and installing a third party program (see below) to restore functionality.
This will not be the case from now on however, $39.99 / 29.99 € for a Windows 8 Pro upgrade is not the same as more than $100 for the regular Windows 8. Most people that didn't take advantage of the promotion will stay with Windows 7.
Not to mention the general public, that will buy it even less. If they had little to no reason before, now that it's more expensive, there is simply no reason. Only new hardware sales will drive Windows 8 sales. Major sales are only to be expected when Haswell is released and when Intel releases 22nm Atom with out of order architecture and Ivy Bridge graphics for x86 tablets.
Originally Posted by brucethemoose
Originally Posted by tombom
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.
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.
Classic Shell might be free, but it lacks many functionalities of Windows 7's Start menu, it's nowhere near comparable. I installed it, and it's not really a feasible replacement, unless you do fine with very lacking search functionality and Windows XP style, it's actually more akin to being compared to Windows XP's Start menu than Windows 7's.
StartIsBack is much better, it is better than Start8 and is also cheaper, at $3.Here
is a good comparison of Start menu restore + hot corner disabling + Start screen bypassing software.Edited by tpi2007 - 2/5/13 at 11:54pm