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Thanks for answering those questions. Three things are bugging me and these are big ones.

1. You can't use some software unless you're logged into a Microsoft account, like Skype for example can't even be used unless you're logged into Microsoft.... why would they force that on people?

2. The Search function in windows 8.1 Pro doesn't let you drag and drop or copy files when you find them because of some cockamamie way its designed. That sounds horrible. Wouldn't that make it pretty much useless? I use that all the time, and so do they.

3. "You're files everywhere!" Sounds like some kind of attempt to make it easier to access your files from your computer online remotely, and someone said it takes away your privacy for some reason. They were ranting, I didn't really understand what they meant. They weren't specific. Now THAT scares me, and that definitely sounds like a deal breaker to me.

All these problems really concern me, and 8 it starting to sound like a lemon. We're starting to lean towards 7 after reading all these complaints about it. I'm just concerned about how long it will be supported. And not just by Windows, but other software and drivers.
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Thanks for answering those questions. Three things are bugging me and these are big ones.

    I was waiting to see if anyone else would answer first. wink.gif
 
 
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1. You can't use some software unless you're logged into a Microsoft account, like Skype for example can't even be used unless you're logged into Microsoft.... why would they force that on people?

    That's Microsoft's way of manipulating people to use a Microsoft Account so Microsoft can know more of your personal information/preferences/history.  On the other hand, with Skype, you have to sign-in anyway in order to use it.  I don't use Skype.  Isn't it a Microsoft Account that you sign onto Skype with?  If you're signed in Windows with a Microsoft Account then maybe you don't have to sign-in to Skype?
 
 
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2. The Search function in windows 8.1 Pro doesn't let you drag and drop or copy files when you find them because of some cockamamie way its designed. That sounds horrible. Wouldn't that make it pretty much useless? I use that all the time, and so do they.

    Windows search has been broken ever since Vista came out.  There are multiple people who have written much better file search engines for Windows that search quickly and don't need a crappy indexer running in the background all the time.  Invariably, Windows search doesn't find all the files.  And it is terribly slow if it has to search the filesystem.  I've written a simple recursive search program.  It doesn't take that long to do a filesystem search.  Search results on the incompatible Metro screen is just the latest altercation.  Microsoft continues to be an embarrassment.
 
 
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3. "You're files everywhere!" Sounds like some kind of attempt to make it easier to access your files from your computer online remotely, and someone said it takes away your privacy for some reason. They were ranting, I didn't really understand what they meant. They weren't specific. Now THAT scares me, and that definitely sounds like a deal breaker to me.

    You're right about privacy there!  It goes by several names, including "Cloud Computing" and "SkyDrive".  You don't have to use it.  Actually, it doesn't make it easier for them to access files on your computer; it makes your computer store more of your files on their computers, where they can access them at will.
 
 
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All these problems really concern me, and 8 it starting to sound like a lemon.

    It is.  Some people like it anyway.
 
 
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We're starting to lean towards 7 after reading all these complaints about it. I'm just concerned about how long it will be supported. And not just by Windows, but other software and drivers.

    Expect software and drivers to support Windows 7 for a very long time.  Most programs and many device manufacturers still support good old XP.  Microsoft's extended support (security updates) for Windows 7 is currently scheduled to end on January 14, 2020.
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