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annmarie
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« on: December 04, 2012, 1:00:53 pm »

I would like to buy a new computer as the one I  have is getting old. 

When I look at the HP and Dell sites, I see that their computers are shipping with Windows 8.  Well, I wonder how well Windows 8 has been tested, and don't think I need the features that Windows 8 is known for.

I care little about touch screen technology or direct sharing of files between devices.  I can use other feartures including google docs or dropbox if I want them.

Does anybody know what other advantages of Windows 8 are, or what the alternatives are?

 I use my computer for programming, running statistical software,  writing papers & downloading articles from the univ's library site.  To a lesser extent, I use the computer for entertainment (downloading from a digital camera, email, etc)
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« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2012, 2:15:38 pm »

Windows 8 is the ocean and you are a fish. Choice is an illusion.

Maybe you could buy a copy of Windows 7 somewhere. Also, I believe you can tweak 8 to look and feel like 7--Google knows how. Or you can get all uber geek and install a Linux OS. I use Ubuntu opn a couple of old machines, it is easy to install and quite slick.
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« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2012, 3:32:37 pm »

I'm still running Windows XP, having been burned during the Vista roll-out.
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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2012, 6:46:21 pm »

Avoided the Vista disaster and still running XP on my old desktop, but I do like Windows 7.  Why did MS go and mess with it?  Why?  Why, why, why, why?

Francie, who prefers not to reach out and touch every gosh-darned computer screen.  Germs, ick.
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« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2012, 8:06:58 pm »

Yeah, I think that Windows 7 is a thing of beauty. The change to 8 seems to be all about Microsoft trying to leverage its share of the one market it still dominates to get a foothold in the tablet and phone market at this late date.
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« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2012, 8:45:39 pm »

There's one feature of Win8 that makes me want to upgrade: it has a proper built in back up system that works very similarly to Apple's brilliant Time Machine. At least, that's what the tech press is saying.

Also, I think you can set some sort of default to make Win8 always come up looking like the Win7 desktop.

That said, I am in no particular hurry to upgrade. None of my machines are touch enabled.
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« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2012, 10:51:30 pm »

Also, I think you can set some sort of default to make Win8 always come up looking like the Win7 desktop.

I am guessing it might, like in XP where you can switch to "Classic View".  I wish I could do the same for MS's redesigned website, to which I am not an infrequent visitor in search of XP support.  It seems as minimalist on information as its minimalist design.
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« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2012, 11:24:01 pm »

I hate Windows 8 with the fiery heat of a thousand suns. 

If you are buying a new computer, be sure to ask the seller to downgrade 8 to 7. 

BTDT
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« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2012, 6:40:38 pm »

I hate Windows 8 with the fiery heat of a thousand suns. 

If you are buying a new computer, be sure to ask the seller to downgrade 8 to 7. 

BTDT

That's what I did, from Vista to XP, when I bought my last.

If I keep downgrading, my next machine will come with an OS consisting of a peanut and a rock.
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« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2012, 6:49:06 pm »

Ha!

That'd be better'n Windows 8.  Give me an OS with a marshmallow, even. 
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« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2012, 2:39:06 pm »

Windows 8 is the ocean and you are a fish. Choice is an illusion.

Maybe you could buy a copy of Windows 7 somewhere. Also, I believe you can tweak 8 to look and feel like 7--Google knows how. Or you can get all uber geek and install a Linux OS. I use Ubuntu opn a couple of old machines, it is easy to install and quite slick.

The Linux idea was tempting.  I use the Microsoft Visual Studio though.  Maybe I could go dual-boot. 
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« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2012, 11:01:05 pm »

Windows 8 is the ocean and you are a fish. Choice is an illusion.

Maybe you could buy a copy of Windows 7 somewhere. Also, I believe you can tweak 8 to look and feel like 7--Google knows how. Or you can get all uber geek and install a Linux OS. I use Ubuntu opn a couple of old machines, it is easy to install and quite slick.

The Linux idea was tempting.  I use the Microsoft Visual Studio though.  Maybe I could go dual-boot. 

I tried switching to Linux. A bit too much of a PITA for me. Back in my younger days, when I liked to tinker, it would have been fun. Now, I need to Get Things Done. So I got a Mac.
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« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2012, 11:21:38 pm »

Windows 8 is the ocean and you are a fish. Choice is an illusion.

Maybe you could buy a copy of Windows 7 somewhere. Also, I believe you can tweak 8 to look and feel like 7--Google knows how. Or you can get all uber geek and install a Linux OS. I use Ubuntu opn a couple of old machines, it is easy to install and quite slick.

The Linux idea was tempting.  I use the Microsoft Visual Studio though.  Maybe I could go dual-boot. 

I tried switching to Linux. A bit too much of a PITA for me.

When did you last try Linux? I was Linux-curious for years, but it wasn't until Ubuntu came out that I took the plunge. It was really easy, easier than a Windows install actually. And it is dead easy to use as well.
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« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2012, 1:47:08 am »

I hate Windows 8 with the fiery heat of a thousand suns. 

If you are buying a new computer, be sure to ask the seller to downgrade 8 to 7. 

BTDT

That's what I did, from Vista to XP, when I bought my last.

If I keep downgrading, my next machine will come with an OS consisting of a peanut and a rock.

Sounds like the "computers" we have in our lab... minus the rock.

Alan
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« Reply #14 on: December 07, 2012, 4:39:31 pm »

Even-number Windows are always bad....2, ME, Vista....

I say chuck it all and go with Linux. The learning curve is very gentle.
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