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Free for a year? That's not the point.


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#1 ShanghaiTimes

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 05:26 AM

It's an 'about time' move - however, I'd happily pay for a version that was easier to manage. Windows 8.1 servicing is like trying to clear a minefield with a stick.

XP and 7 just ... work. Easy to manage, easy to trouble shoot. What was so difficult about this 8.x release? If 10 is just a re-dressed version of 8.1 I won't bother.

Waiting for the Tech specs to appear.



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Posted 27 January 2015 - 09:07 AM

What's wrong with Windows 8.1? I've been using Windows 8.1 since last summer, and upgraded directly from Windows 7. Reinstalled all my programs, did my own tweak, not even using a Start Menu Shell and I never had a single issue with it at all. If I'm looking for something under Windows 8.1, I can usually find it pretty quickly.

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 09:45 AM

What's wrong with Windows 8.1? I've been using Windows 8.1 since last summer, and upgraded directly from Windows 7. Reinstalled all my programs, did my own tweak, not even using a Start Menu Shell and I never had a single issue with it at all. If I'm looking for something under Windows 8.1, I can usually find it pretty quickly.

 

Some people are just lucky I guess :-)



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Posted 27 January 2015 - 09:47 AM

Or some people just know how to use Windows the right way I guess :P

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 09:53 AM

Or some people just know how to use Windows the right way I guess :P

 

haha, which is why I'm talking to the experts on this forum. I've only been using Windows since '98, so still have a lot to learn. XP taught me some, Vista taught me how to run away, 7 I learnt some more, 8, I thought hmmmm, "there be demons" and 8.1 proved it.... Windows are so not-confident of regular releases that they have actually skipped a whole number with the next one. :-), or do I trust a developer who can't count to ten?



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Posted 27 January 2015 - 09:56 AM

What don't you like of Windows 8.1? Maybe I can help you fix that or adjust it in a better way.

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 10:19 AM

Thanks Aura, in fact you are helping me already, I'm in the other thread with the BSOD things...

Very generous of you though.

It's not that I don't like 8.1 In fact it's hard to like or dislike an inanimate object. I have probably just become very impatient over the years.

 

I learnt early on.

Only use the latest hardware.

Only use Windows approved software that matches the OS you are on.

.... don't stray off the path.

 

And I've done all three of the above.



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Posted 27 January 2015 - 10:23 AM

Windows can fail at any moment, and not because of the OS, but also because of the hardware. Electronics can break for no reason in the time you expect them to less to do :) You have a simple BSOD issue so far, it's not that bad :)

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 11:20 AM

Been working with Windows 10 TP and it seems rather stable. Of course some drivers need to be tweaked and some progs need to be run in compatibility or not at all (yet), but most installs of "common" software run smooth. 10 is a lot more user friendly as configuration goes, but still a bit of a learning curve navigating to in-depth settings.

I still think the user interface is unattractive, but it is still in TP and hopefully Windows does something to stand out from all the rest of the "flat" OSes out there. Might as well install Linux if the end user has to look at 1-D in horror-color.... ;)

I'll be throwing malware at it next to see if I can blow it up... L0L



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Posted 29 January 2015 - 06:48 PM

"free for a year, that's not the point..."

too right, think about software compatibility for progams that worked well on windows xp, vista, 7, 8 or 8.1 : they might not all work on windows 10, why would users upgrade and risk this when what they have already runs fine?
Also consider that windows 10 might not be able to run on the older hardware that some windows 7 users have, or that although it might now it might not in future.

Edited by rp88, 29 January 2015 - 06:48 PM.

Back on this site, for a while anyway, been so busy the last year.

My systems:2 laptops, intel i3 processors, windows 8.1 installed on the hard-drive and linux mint 17.3 MATE installed to USB




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