Great work, Win 8.1 and Win 10 will be WINNERS, stop knocking it this is MS's work in progress
24 December 2014
Summary: I just cannot und understand most of the people who have reviewed and are so called giving their opinions on Windows 8 and now 8.1. that these same people have always criticised every new OS that Microsoft have brought out be it from 1984 when Win 95 was released , to XP, to Vista etc etc all the way to Win 7 that had the same and huge disapproval rating by all the mainstream purists as Win 8 is having now.
Pros: Fast boot, ease of applications use, and interface. All this is a fresh approach for an MS and has been done in Win 8 so that MS's can compete
Cons: IE 11, No native pop 3, should be made more efficient as a working OS than just for apps and web surfing
Summary: Everyone with any sense hated the loss of the start screen. Numerous addon programs came out to replace it and I got one. With that simple change I finally appreciated Windows 8. Pros: Much faster start up and shut down. Very stable. Per design, newer hardware is not going to run well on Windows 7. They want to force you to upgrade. Cons: No start screen but I found a replacement. Sound quality using high end Dac, headphones and amp is not as good as Windows 7.
Summary: There damned with faint praise. I have been using the product for some time. I haven't experienced any trouble with the product but I certainly haven't stressed it. There is a major change to the user interface coming this fall.
Summary: I personal liked windows 8 and was happy to use it. There was this stupid problem with booting that really annoyed me. I would have to go through so many restart cycles to make windows work! Once windows booted up everything was smooth and working. Not a single crash once windows started working!I don't know if it was problem with motherboard, BIOS,or what. After wasting many hours trying to fix this problem I just got Windows 7.
Summary: Win 7 is superior to Win 8. If not, then I haven't seen the benefit of the interface change. Since I am running Win 7 on an Intel i5 and Win 8 on an AMD FX Series X6, the ONLY difference I see is the interface.
Summary: Windows 8 was selling for the same price, so i figured mine as well get the latest and greatest. Not fun to use. Yes it is flashy with a new features, but my personal preference would have been to stay with Windows 7. Do the research. Once you open the box you own it!
Summary: I wanted to familiarize myself with W8 without sacrificing Windows 7 so I installed it on a DUAL BOOT system. At first there were a few issues with connecting online and booting but after working out the kinks, both OS work great and I'm getting used to the Win8 look. I did need to buy a new wireless adapter. I installed a Win8 add on start menu which makes it easier to use but the default start menu Win8 boots to is looking more familiar everyday.
Summary: In terms of desktop or home theater PC (HTPC) use (motivation for purchase), Windows 8 only has one notable advantage versus Windows 7: Storage Spaces (SS). This allows the user to pool multiple drives as a single virtual drive and apply fault tolerance to it via software RAID5 or mirroring. Beyond SS, I actually prefer Windows 7 for common productivity and HTPC use.
Summary: I chose this OS to use in my first build because I wanted Windows 8. Once I realized the features I had in Windows 7 that disappeared in this OEM Windows 8, I'm sorry I didn't pay more for PRO. My choice was made for cost reasons.