Originally Posted by Spritanium
I still don't understand what's so great about 7. It takes about 10 minutes to make 8.1 completely indistinguishable from it, and then you get the benefit of an OS that's actually designed for modern hardware.
For the way that I use my computer, Windows 7 is superior. Yes, I essentially perfectly replicated Windows 7 in Windows 8.1, but I still had personal issues with it. The proverbial straw that broke the camel's back is the annoyingly and irritatingly slow loading time in File Explorer due to Thumbs.db getting deleted like every frickin' day. This is because I do not keep my computer on 24/7 and also because I have disabled Hibernation Mode. That means that when I shut down, it actually shuts down instead of just going into Hybrid Sleep. So, essentially, I was rebooting every day. I thought that I had that problem licked, but I was dead wrong. It's just a STUPID problem that I REFUSE TO DEAL WITH!
Think about this for a minute: what sense does it make for me to BUY Windows 8.1 when I'm just going to be making it identical to Windows 7 anyway? What sense does it make for me to move to Windows 8.1 if I have to deal with problems in Windows 8.1 that I NEVER have to deal with in Windows 7?!
There were other issues that I just got sick of dealing with, such as this one:
I never have to deal with that in Windows 7. EVER. So again, why should I buy Windows 8.1?
Oh, and then there's the EXTREMELY MINOR issues that I had with Microsoft Outlook 2003 due to it no longer being supported AT ALL. For example: no more mailto! Or, type an e-mail address in the To field and Outlook will suggest a previously-typed e-mail address, BUT I CAN'T SELECT IT!! In Windows 7? NO PROBLEM! I have mailto and I can select those "nicknames", as they're called (the previously-typed e-mail address that get suggested as I type). So, if I buy Windows 8.1, then guess what! I'll also have to buy Outlook 2013 and Word 2013! Why 2013? Because I'm finding much lower prices on those than 2010 or 2007. So, buying Windows 8.1 would mean that I would eventually get fed up with Outlook 2003 and buy 2013! Along with that, I would also be forced to get Word 2013 because I prefer to use Word as my e-mail editor. I also use Word for other things, but strangely, Word 2003 works absolutely perfectly in Windows 8.1 as a word processor only.
So as you can see, I have a few good reasons for avoiding Windows 8.1. As cookieboyeliy said, I gave Windows 8.1 the best shot that I could. I tried VERY hard to like it, but no matter what, I just couldn't!
You see, I live at my computer. No, I really do. I literally wake up, go the bathroom, comb my hair, and sit at my computer. All day. I eat here too. Then, when I can't stay awake anymore, I get up out of this computer chair and go to bed. So, I need my computer to be as pleasing to use as possible. It needs to have either NO irritating behaviors, or VERY FEW, and Windows 8.1 just doesn't deliver. I am MUCH happier with Windows 7 than I ever would be with Windows 8.1, and as you can see now, that has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with familiarity or anything stupid like that. I literally made that 90-Day Windows 8.1 Enterprise Evaluation my PRIMARY operating system for about 2 weeks. When you live at your computer, that's far more than enough time to give it a full evaluation.
Edited by TwoCables - 4/20/14 at 10:09am