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So, I know I'm gonna stir up a metaphorical hornets nest with this so before we start

PROS AND CONS ONLY PLEASE, AND NO OUTRIGHT BASHING. I WANT CLEAN FACTS AND UNBIASED OPINIONS.

Now that we have that out of the way, the reason I ask this is because I work as a technician at a computer repairs shop and quite honestly I can't see what most of the song and dance is about short of it being different. Ok, so moving your mouse to the corners is a bit of a pain, especially on larger sreens or setups, but other from that, I'm not seeing the problem here. The settings seem to have more options, the system performs better, the start screen seems to be a personal preference, but handy in some circumstances. The graphics style in general I seem to like.

What have you guys found that I have not pointed out here that you think is good/bad?
post #2 of 29
I've had a problem twice on my Win 8 installation that I've never had on any prior OS. When trying to update a driver, the device stops working and the device manager says the data is invalid. And various other devices start having the same problem before long. Any and all efforts to update/rollback/manually install the driver result in the same error message, that the data is invalid. System restore, disk check and system file check did nothing at all, neither did fixing the permissions on the registry. I was able to fix it both times using a custom recovery image and a refresh...seems to be holding steady now but we'll see.

On the bright side, all my games work slightly better and startup/shutdown are fast and clean.
post #3 of 29
I have Windows 8 myself, and absolutely love it. Once you get used to the new start screen, it is an absolute wonder to work with. Better settings, better look, better overall functionality, and when you turn off the graphical shizzlewizzle it is quite snappy as well. It has worked with every single of my games, and I have not found a single problem downloading or updating anything.

I haven't really found a con, unless you don't like change. I'm kind of ADD and changed my windows 7 desktop almost every month, but I haven't found the need to with Windows 8.

Overall, I love it, but I don't find any difference switching to my laptop that still has Windows 7 on it. My suggestion would be if you have a computer with Windows 7, then don't upgrade ( more of a sidegrade really) but if you are building a new computer, then I would highly suggest it.
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Honestly the biggest problem I've had is the separation between "Metro" and "Desktop" apps - for example, the instance of Chrome I launch from the Metro UI is not the same instance that I launch from the Desktop. This makes it very difficult, for me, to use the Metro UI as a start menu replacement as it seems it's intended, as I hate effectively having to switch between UIs or having to limit myself to using one of them just because MS has decided I should (as I see it). I've heard this may be a Chrome specific issue, but meh, I'd rather ditch Windows 8 than ditch Chrome at this stage.

That said it's quite stable and pretty nippy - I've actually been using it on my little closet home server (with Start8 and disabled Metro UI) for a few months and it's never hiccuped once, even running several java-based servers.
Edited by Menty - 2/6/13 at 8:49pm
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Being lazy as ever biggrin.gif i am posting a link to my earlier post wink.gif

http://www.overclock.net/t/1331710/why-are-people-using-windows-8#post_18692099

and now using Win7 @ work seems slow for me tongue.gif
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Menty, just log into chrome, it syncs everything no matter where you are >.>
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I've been using it on customers laptops and add far add I can tell, it's quite fluid. I had my doubts and raves about it, but after using it a bit, I actually think I kinda like it.

My biggest gripe with it though, is the removal or downplaying of safe mode. I really do need that for my line of work and it irritates me that I can't use it
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Go for it.
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I'm personally going to be sticking to Windows 7 until at least 90% of the programs I use are updated to have Windows 8 support.

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I figure that win 7 is not that different, so I'll probably just stick with that until the next installment comes out in a couple of years. It's got minor improvements, but nothing revolutionary that makes me need to swap immediately
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