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Windows 8 cut-price offers coming to a close

Windows 8 cut-price offers coming to a close

Microsoft's cut-price Windows 8 offers are coming to a close, with the price of an upgrade to jump five-fold starting next month.

Microsoft has warned those who have not yet taken the plunge and upgraded to Windows 8 from an earlier release that their chance to do so at bargain-basement prices is coming to a close, with the cost of an update licence due to climb to 500 per cent of the current price at the end of the month.

Currently, it's possible to upgrade to Windows 8 for just £14.99 if you bought a new Windows 7 desktop or laptop after the 2nd of June 2012. For those who want to upgrade existing systems that don't meet that requirement Microsoft is charging a reasonable £25 for the download-only version of Windows 8 Pro, valid for users of Windows XP or newer. Non-upgrade releases and physical media copies, naturally, cost significantly more - but with most machines coming with a Windows licence attached, the vast majority of the computing populace can upgrade cheaply should they so choose.

At least, they can if they do so by the end of the month - after which the cost to upgrade to Windows 8, the divisive touch-centric operating system which may have been to blame for ending a man's career, takes a significant upward turn.

Starting in February, the cost of a Windows 8 Pro upgrade package in the US will jump from $39.99 as a digital download to a whopping $199.99, while those opting for the less-capable Windows 8 'standard' release will be expected to pay $119.99 - plus a further $99.99 if they change their mind at a later date and want to unlock the features of Pro. The Media Centre Pack, meanwhile, will cost $9.99 to add back functionality, including DVD playback, that exists in prior versions of Windows - a small price, to be sure, but infinitely larger than its current price of 'free.'

Microsoft has always been upfront about the fact that its cut-price offers on Windows 8 upgrades would be coming to a close in Feburary, but the company's recently-released pricing shows a stark contrast between the company's approach and that of rival Apple which charges a mere $19.99 to upgrade to the latest version of its OS X operating system.

Thus far, Microsoft has not released post-offer pricing for the UK, but should it follow the same leap as the US price buyers can expect to see the £25 upgrade cost to Windows 8 Pro hit at least £125. While that's in-line with previous Windows releases, it will still come as a disappointment to those who had thought Microsoft might be reconsidering the high pricing of its operating system products - particularly in the face of reports from the like of HP's executive Vice President Todd Bradley, who told Bloomberg that Windows 8 has experienced 'a slower start than many people expected.'

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Pookie 21st January 2013, 10:41 Quote
Once I get paid this month I will do the media PC but I cant really see the point in my gaming rig.
Snips 21st January 2013, 10:41 Quote
I've done every machine at home and work with this offer as it's so cheap.

Fill your boots while you can!
Guinevere 21st January 2013, 10:46 Quote
My day to day OS is OSX. My HTPC is running win7 but could well be running open source for all the difference it would make.

The only windows install I have that I wouldn't remove is my bootcamp partition for occasional gaming. It's running windows 7 and will stay like that. It certainly wouldn't benefit from windows 8.
Spreadie 21st January 2013, 11:01 Quote
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Starting in February, the cost of a Windows 8 Pro upgrade package in the US will jump from $39.99 as a digital download to a whopping $199.99
Does this mean February 1st?
greigaitken 21st January 2013, 11:27 Quote
cmon google, hurry up with a full pc os ffs
while you're at it, throw a $bn at developing a free dx alternative
Gareth Halfacree 21st January 2013, 11:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by Spreadie
Does this mean February 1st?
Yup: the cheapy-cheap upgrades stop on the 31st of January.
Spreadie 21st January 2013, 11:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
Yup: the cheapy-cheap upgrades stop on the 31st of January.

Oh, fark! I was going to buy another copy on payday, three days too late!

Thanks Gareth.
badders 21st January 2013, 12:11 Quote
I'm very okay with not upgrading any of my systems - Windows 8 has ruined the "Yay! New machine!" experience for my wife on her new laptop.
phuzz 21st January 2013, 12:24 Quote
So, can I do a clean install with the Win8 upgrade? Or do I have to install 7 first, and then upgrade?
Spreadie 21st January 2013, 12:28 Quote
It's an upgrade. There was a way to clean install the Win 7 upgrade, but that was against the T&C.

Someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the upgrade is not restricted to upgrading Windows 7; it will also upgrade XP/Vista.
Picarro 21st January 2013, 12:35 Quote
It is possible to upgrade XP SP3, Vista and 7. And yes, you can do a clean install with the upgrade version though it is against the Terms.
damien c 21st January 2013, 12:45 Quote
I just simply cannot believe how much they are going to charge for it.

The sales figures are already low with the reduced price so it's going to be even harder to sell to people when the price has just shot up by such a stupid amount.
Xir 21st January 2013, 12:47 Quote
Shame the offer was UK and US only in the first place ;)
Then again, I'll be going for Win7 anyway
(unless there's a "Win8-SP1" that makes working desktop only possible)
Woodspoon 21st January 2013, 12:58 Quote
Anybody know if it's possible to take advantage of this offer now and just not use it until later?
At the moment I really dislike W8 but might get tempted to try it again later in the year, anyone know if I can buy this offer now as a cheap option to try later in the year?
Gareth Halfacree 21st January 2013, 13:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by Woodspoon
Anybody know if it's possible to take advantage of this offer now and just not use it until later?
A licence purchased now is valid indefinitely: if you think you might want to upgrade to Windows 8 at some point, buy now 'cos the price is unlikely to drop back to these levels until Windows 9 comes out and old inventory is cleared...
Bloodburgers 21st January 2013, 13:19 Quote
If i have a copy of Vista Ultimate oem would the upgrade work or is it only for retail copies. i cannot seem to find any information.
Spreadie 21st January 2013, 13:25 Quote
It will upgrade an OEM install. My neighbour did exactly that with his laptop.
Bloodburgers 21st January 2013, 13:30 Quote
Might be worth looking at then as i have my xbox all hooked up and my missus has a windows 8 laptop.
spolsh 21st January 2013, 13:31 Quote
I got the £25 upgrade, went from OEM Win 7 to Upgrade Win 8 doing a clean install on a new SSD. You are given the option to save an image of the win 8 ISO when you've ordered your copy of Win 8. If I remember correctly, you simply ask to install later and it gives a couple of options on how to do it. I decided an ISO image that I could burn or put on a pendrive was the easiest way to install for me.
Cthippo 21st January 2013, 13:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
buy now 'cos the price is unlikely to drop back to these levels until Windows 9 comes out and old inventory is cleared...

Eagerly awaiting that to happen with W7 so I can get a copy that actually uses both my processors.

OK, it was my own fault for not researching SMP compatibility before I bought, but still spending $70 for an "upgrade" that gives me less performance just to get the free add-on I actually needed doesn't give me a warm fuzzy feeling. That and the fact that I keep pulling XP programs onto my W7 because the 7 flavored versions suck. :'(

Yeah, just me whining.
Gareth Halfacree 21st January 2013, 13:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cthippo
Eagerly awaiting that to happen with W7 so I can get a copy that actually uses both my processors.
Ah, the joys of Windows. Making full use of my quad-core (okay, "four integer units and two FMACs") A10 has never been a problem in Linux. File compression is especially speedy - although, sadly, decompression is limited by the drive write throughput.
Woodspoon 21st January 2013, 14:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
licence purchased now is valid indefinitely: if you think you might want to upgrade to Windows 8 at some point, buy now 'cos the price is unlikely to drop back to these levels until Windows 9 comes out and old inventory is cleared...
Ahh excellent, thank you.
Might well take this up then, I'll no doubt want to try W8 again sometime before W9 comes out and this saves doing it the "alternative" way.
BLC 21st January 2013, 14:50 Quote
Win8 seems to have pretty much polarised opinion, so I have been very hesitant in upgrading to it. Rather than risk spending money on something I'll never use, I tried an unlicensed copy of Win8 on my laptop, just to see how I get on with it and whether or not it's worth plonking down my hard-earned for a proper copy on the desktop. I have no qualms about having used an unlicensed copy because that quick trial was more than enough to convince me that I do not want it on any of my PCs; the laptop was wiped the day after and I went straight back to Lubuntu.

I get the interface and I can navigate around it quite well; I just don't like it. I keep wanting to poke the screen, even though I know full well that I don't have a touchscreen. Installing all the hacks/patches to restore a "proper" Start menu and make the desktop the default holds little appeal for me; I just can't see any practical benefits to making Win8 look like Win7 and paying for the privilege to do so, as opposed to just sticking to Win7. It's not like the move from XP to 7, as there would have been a definite impediment in me continuing to use XP: the latest version of DirectX would was not compatible with XP. If that happens again with DirectX 12 not being supported outside of Win8 then I'll have to re-evaluate at that point; I don't really want to shell out money at this point on pure speculation, even if it is only £25.
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Originally Posted by greigaitken
cmon google, hurry up with a full pc os ffs
while you're at it, throw a $bn at developing a free dx alternative

They already have: ChromeOS. And there's also a free alternative to DirectX which, incidentally, was around before ChromeOS: OpenGL.

Google aren't going to drop their efforts with ChromeOS overnight, so I can't see them building any other type of "traditional" desktop OS any time soon. Even if they did it would likely be based on Linux anyway (even if only a forked kernel), so there'd be little incentive to use that over A.N. Other Linux distro. Other than having Google's Chrome-centric UI, of course (the functionality of which can largely be replicated with apps for the Chrome browser - at least from what I've seen). I quite like ChromeOS, but there are other lightweight Linux distros out there that do the job just as well and offer more functionality.
Gareth Halfacree 21st January 2013, 14:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by BLC
It's not like the move from XP to 7, as there would have been a definite impediment in me continuing to use XP: the latest version of DirectX would was not compatible with XP. If that happens again with DirectX 12 not being supported outside of Win8 then I'll have to re-evaluate at that point.
That seems more than likely: DirectX 11.1 is already a Windows 8 exclusive, so it's hard to imagine DirectX 12 - assuming there is such a release before Windows 8 is dead and gone - would be available for Windows 7 or prior.
Spreadie 21st January 2013, 15:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by BLC
Win8 seems to have pretty much polarised opinion, so I have been very hesitant in upgrading to it.
Very much so.

I tried the beta and pretty much hated the Metro UI, but I have bought the upgrade version because I'll figure out a way to make it work for me. I still don't like the UI, and would rather do without it, but I'm persevering for now; if only to show friends and family a way around it in the future.

Having used Windows 8 for a little while, I can't shake the feeling that it's just a re-skinned Windows 7 - it does use windows 7 drivers. So, with that in mind, the upgrade is a cheap way to get Win7; sort of.
BLC 21st January 2013, 15:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
That seems more than likely: DirectX 11.1 is already a Windows 8 exclusive, so it's hard to imagine DirectX 12 - assuming there is such a release before Windows 8 is dead and gone - would be available for Windows 7 or prior.

Then it seems that I have a decision to make, and soon - cheers for the heads up! :)

To be honest, I don't even know if any of the games I regularly play are even using DX11. What I'm really waiting to see is what Valve can do with OpenGL and Linux.
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Originally Posted by Spreadie
Having used Windows 8 for a little while, I can't shake the feeling that it's just a re-skinned Windows 7 - it does use windows 7 drivers. So, with that in mind, the upgrade is a cheap way to get Win7; sort of.

That's my point; I already own Win7, so - aside from DX11.1 support, which is as-yet unreleased - what advantage is there to pay for Win8 if all I'm going to do is hack/patch the desktop to make it look like Win7? DX11.1 support is the only thing that's tempting me, but even that is only based on the pure speculation that game devs start regularly using DX11.1. To be honest most of the games I play these days are indie titles which probably aren't even at DX10 levels of graphical complexity (FTL and Torchlight being my current time-sinks).
Spreadie 21st January 2013, 15:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by BLC
That's my point; I already own Win7, so - aside from DX11.1 support, which is as-yet unreleased - what advantage is there to pay for Win8 if all I'm going to do is hack/patch the desktop to make it look like Win7? DX11.1 support is the only thing that's tempting me, but even that is only based on the pure speculation that game devs start regularly using DX11.1. To be honest most of the games I play these days are indie titles which probably aren't even at DX10 levels of graphical complexity (FTL and Torchlight being my current time-sinks).
Fair point.

However, in my case, half the machines in the house are still running XP; so £25 a pop is probably a bargain.
digitaldunc 21st January 2013, 15:14 Quote
I caved, I'm pulling it down now. It can sit on my NAS in case I'm forced to upgrade.

I echo your sentiments BLC, unless I took a major shine to the UI, which is unlikely.
Adnoctum 21st January 2013, 16:00 Quote
Took advantage of this and bought a copy of W8 for $15 or so. Installed it to my alternate gaming computer.

Two weeks later and I've re-installed W7. I tried to give it a chance, and I'm no beginner with adapting to unintuitive/intrusive OS UIs, but I never thought that Windows could sink so low. Horrific doesn't even cover how borked the Modern UI is for a touchscreen-less computer.

Massive waste of time, no matter how low the price.
BLC 21st January 2013, 16:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by Spreadie
Fair point.

However, in my case, half the machines in the house are still running XP; so £25 a pop is probably a bargain.

You're not kidding; you certainly couldn't get an XP to Win7 upgrade for that price!
Phil Rhodes 21st January 2013, 16:55 Quote
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Anybody know if it's possible to take advantage of this offer now and just not use it until later?

This.

Windows 8 with the default UI is obviously completely unusable for anything other than mucking about on a tablet. I'm extremely cautious about buying it for a video editing station such as this one I'm currently whacking with my fingers. I need, well, you know. The usual stuff. Windows and icons and menus and pointers, and some sort of file manager. Not a bunch of squares. I presume you can somehow get back to a normal desktop?

Nonetheless it's possible that some day someone will find a way to run After Effects under Windows 8. I presume I can buy it now, but stay with SaneOS until such time as I'm absolutely forced to go to 8.
rollo 21st January 2013, 17:25 Quote
Looking at sales numbers it does not matter how cheap your product is if its not accept by consumers.

OEMs own more copys of windows 8 than the Consumer does at this present moment.

All this is going to do is stop sales totally in there tracks in the consumer market.
Spreadie 21st January 2013, 18:19 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phil Rhodes
This.

Windows 8 with the default UI is obviously completely unusable for anything other than mucking about on a tablet. I'm extremely cautious about buying it for a video editing station such as this one I'm currently whacking with my fingers. I need, well, you know. The usual stuff. Windows and icons and menus and pointers, and some sort of file manager. Not a bunch of squares. I presume you can somehow get back to a normal desktop?

I think you're missing the fact that the Metro (or whatever they renamed it) UI is just the front end. With one click you can have your normal looking desktop sans start button.

I have no problem with the looks of the UI - not my idea of pretty, but not exactly dreadful - what annoys me is the clumsy nature of it - look at the steps you have to take to shut it down with a mouse. It just feels unnecessary.

Sure I can mangle it and change bits to get it to do what I want but, straight out of the box, it's flawed.
fdbh96 21st January 2013, 19:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by Spreadie
I think you're missing the fact that the Metro (or whatever they renamed it) UI is just the front end. With one click you can have your normal looking desktop sans start button.

I have no problem with the looks of the UI - not my idea of pretty, but not exactly dreadful - what annoys me is the clumsy nature of it - look at the steps you have to take to shut it down with a mouse. It just feels unnecessary.

Sure I can mangle it and change bits to get it to do what I want but, straight out of the box, it's flawed.

Exactly, my start screen consists of a shortcut to the desktop and thats it. After that its an improved version of win7, and if I do get a win8 tablet down the line, I can re-enable all the metro cross platform stuff then.
Podge4 21st January 2013, 19:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by phuzz
So, can I do a clean install with the Win8 upgrade? Or do I have to install 7 first, and then upgrade?

You can, once i downloaded it and burnt it to disc i started a clean install and it works fine. Just make sure you have your serial number ready during install
jimmyjj 21st January 2013, 20:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
Expect to pay 500 per cent next month.

I wont, because I am not buying it. Ever. (Well, until I build a whole new rig and have no choice).
Paulg1971 21st January 2013, 23:15 Quote
I have vista 64 bit with a recovery disk, if i went ahead and got win 8 how would this work or not as the case may be. Do you need the full vista install ?
Ream 21st January 2013, 23:58 Quote
I am no fan, feels tacky, I am sure they asked a bunch of 9 year olds what would make windows better and they came up with this mess.

Waiting for windows 9, or I may just give in an get a huge tablet.
st1x 22nd January 2013, 04:24 Quote
I wouldn't touch windows 8 with the entire nuclear arsenal of North Korea.
Win 7 works perfectly well....before i bought that i used XP for maybe around a decade. Why do people feel the need to continually upgrade and pay micro$haft an amount of bucks that just is not necessary?

They supported XP for a number of years and in some circles still continue to support it until next year.

13 years folks.

On one OS.

What that means to me is that my operating system will be supported by M$ for at LEAST another 5-8 YEARS. This "upgrading for upgradings sake" is horrendously typical of the throwaway culture that we live in nowadays. They're relying on idiots being told that if something is newer, it is therefore better and they must buy it.

Personally, i am GLAD that windows 8 is not selling well because its about time we, as consumers, sent a message to MomCorp Micro$haft about buying unfinished and unfit for purpose software.

An operating system that feels like i am playing the bubbly offspring from an early 1990's tetris rip off?

yuk.
fluxtatic 22nd January 2013, 06:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by Phil Rhodes
I presume you can somehow get back to a normal desktop?

And I presume you are either kidding, trolling, or have been living under a rock for quite some time.

Seriously, though, yes, you can. Ars Technica had an article up the other day about alternative Win8 file managers.

Too bad to see MS is raising the price, but let's see if they stick to it when sales tank. I thought they were wising up and following Apple's lead. Like a few others here, I might have shelled out for it when it was cheap. There's not a chance in hell I'll buy a license when it jumps to $200
Xir 22nd January 2013, 06:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by fdbh96
Exactly, my start screen consists of a shortcut to the desktop and thats it. After that its an improved version of win7...
I thought it kept jumping back to Metro when you use files that happen to have an "App"...

Like watching a PDF.
Or a Picture.
Or writing Email.
fdbh96 22nd January 2013, 07:22 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xir
I thought it kept jumping back to Metro when you use files that happen to have an "App"...

Like watching a PDF.
Or a Picture.
Or writing Email.

You can change the default programs just like in win7.

Pdf: desktop version of acrobat reader
Picutre: desktop version of Microsoft photo viewer (built in)
Email: I use outlook.com

The only time I ever notice metro is when I accidentally move my mouse to the edge of the screen.
Xir 22nd January 2013, 08:18 Quote
Ah, I thought it insisted on using the "App" and therefore reverting to Metro as long as it's installed.
Picarro 22nd January 2013, 08:35 Quote
I have had Windows 8 on my laptop since launch and I must say - I love it. I hardly use the Metro interface and just spend all my time on the dekstop view. None of the apps are to my taste and I just like the extra oomph it gives my measly 1,2ghz ULV processor. As it is a laptop I hardly have to shut it down.
Spreadie 22nd January 2013, 09:25 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by st1x
I wouldn't touch windows 8 with the entire nuclear arsenal of North Korea.
Win 7 works perfectly well....before i bought that i used XP for maybe around a decade. Why do people feel the need to continually upgrade and pay micro$haft an amount of bucks that just is not necessary?

They supported XP for a number of years and in some circles still continue to support it until next year.

13 years folks.

On one OS.

What that means to me is that my operating system will be supported by M$ for at LEAST another 5-8 YEARS. This "upgrading for upgradings sake" is horrendously typical of the throwaway culture that we live in nowadays. They're relying on idiots being told that if something is newer, it is therefore better and they must buy it.

Personally, i am GLAD that windows 8 is not selling well because its about time we, as consumers, sent a message to MomCorp Micro$haft about buying unfinished and unfit for purpose software.

An operating system that feels like i am playing the bubbly offspring from an early 1990's tetris rip off?

yuk.
Overreacting much?

Yes it's flawed. No, I'm not a huge fan. Yes, I bought the upgrade.

As I have previously mentioned, it is a flawed concept but essentially a re-skinned Win7. Calm down.
Xir 22nd January 2013, 10:06 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Spreadie
As I have previously mentioned, it is a flawed concept but essentially a re-skinned Win7. Calm down.
Just a shame they haven't added the possibility to shut down the touchy part for those on non-touchy devices.
I suppose they'll earn, heck even Vista functioned.......ok at the end of it's lifetime.;)
Snips 22nd January 2013, 15:17 Quote
Sorry, I must have missed the above topic asking us for a negative opinion of Microsoft and it's excellent release of Windows 8.

You either buy the £25 upgrade or you don't. Simple? or do you need to get your tinfoil hat on first?
LightningPete 22nd January 2013, 15:35 Quote
I think i'll stick with win7 the benefits for gaming and general purpose computing whether or not I have an overclocked custompc is exactly the same as far as im concerned; the layout of which is more customisable than windows 8. Id rather be using a PC than thinking im on a nokia lumia phone.
Snips 22nd January 2013, 17:08 Quote
What's wrong with the Nokia Lumia Phone?
Nexxo 22nd January 2013, 17:19 Quote
Nothing at all.

There is nothing wrong with the Surface RT either. I have one, and I love it. Some people just hate because it's trendy to, not because they have actually used the product.
Spreadie 22nd January 2013, 18:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by Snips
What's wrong with the Nokia Lumia Phone?
Never tried one, myself, but a driver and a weighbridge clerk at work both have them - he is on his second replacement handset, and she is on her third.
adidan 22nd January 2013, 22:21 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Spreadie
Never tried one, myself, but a driver and a weighbridge clerk at work both have them - he is on his second replacement handset, and she is on her third.
They should be more careful Dave. Tell them I said that. Go on, tell them. :|:D

W8. Not my cup of tea. I would perhaps consider it on a tablet though.
TheDarkSide 22nd January 2013, 22:47 Quote
after so much negative reaction on forums, i expected to hate win8... but after using it..What the hell? is that what everyone was complaining about?
I don't even notice that metro is there! do people realize that they can chose to practically never interact with it? if all the complaining is because of that micro second it takes to go from metro to desktop on startup, then i'm surprised some of you did not commit suicide after using vista.
LordPyrinc 23rd January 2013, 09:44 Quote
So if you don't use the Metro UI, what's the point of upgrading? I really don't see an advantage of going from 7 to 8. Supposed faster boot time doesn't matter since the only time my PC is rebooted is due to software upgrades that require it, or a power outage. Faster boot times on a laptop would be nice, but I could live without that. If I owned a touch screen tablet, 8 would make sense, but then again who does major work or gaming on a tablet? Try editing a word document on a tablet. Tablets are little more than big screen phones. They are not comfortable enough to use for any lengthy time to do real work. They are good for playing Angry Birds though.
CarlT2001 23rd January 2013, 13:40 Quote
I took advantage of the offer last night. I was quite impressed how smoothly the upgrade went.
So far, I quite like it. It does run quicker than 7 I think.
stuartwood89 23rd January 2013, 17:28 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nexxo
Some people just hate because it's trendy to, not because they have actually used the product.

Pretty much summed it up right there.

I'm not going to say that Windows 8 is perfect, it is a new product after all. I find it irritating however that people are slating the OS purely based on the opinion of others, in an attempt to sound vaguely intelligent. I keep seeing the word 'touch-centric' in forums and article comments (including this article in fact), but I don't see how this has offended so many people.

"THEY'VE REMOVED THE DESKTOP AND REPLACED IT WITH TILES"
...Wrong. The desktop is still there, nothing has changed in that respect. I can still see desktop icons (though I hide mine), and I can still right-click and see options, just like I did in older versions. They haven't removed the Start menu either, they've just removed the Start menu as we know it. As soon as you get your head around that fact that the Modern UI thing is just a full-screen start menu, the sooner you can get on with using it. I think the fact that it appears as soon as you log on is what stumps people. Just hit the Windows key or escape... no big deal.

"MICRO$OFT ARE FORCING US TO DOWNLOAD APPS FROM THEIR MARKET. I FEEL SO VIOLATED"
...Wrong again. As mentioned in the previous point, the desktop is still there. Therefore, there is no reason why desktop programs shouldn't work right? The 'apps' in the MS store are totally optional. The selection is pretty bad at the moment, granted, but we are in a chicken and egg situation here: Devs wont build because people won't use. People don't use because Devs aren't building. Like most people on Windows 8, I mostly use my desktop programs, and I have not come across a single program that does not work in Windows 8 so far. An exception is my Corsair headset drivers, where I had to run the installer in W7 compatibility mode to install the utility. Drivers installed fine without this however. If I want to get to a traditional desktop program, say for example Sketchup, I go to the Start menu and click on the Sketchup tile. The Start menu disappears and Sketchup opens.

"THE UI IS UGLY AND UNINTUITIVE"
...Well that's just a matter of opinion really. Unintuitive is a bit dismissive, though I agree that the shutdown process is more hassle that it should be. I fixed that in about 2 minutes with a shortcut to the shutdown command and pinned that to the Start menu. Honestly though, I don't see what is so difficult to comprehend when you are presented with a screen with squares which you click to open programs. Also, whilst I agree that the UI is good for tablets, I don't believe for a second that it is only good for tablets and other touch devices. My Windows 8 installation is on a home theater system, connected to a 42" screen. The start menu is perfect because I can see things easily without having to squint, or change the text sizes in accessibility settings. Before that I was also using this on a standard 19" monitor, and again I had no difficulties getting around.
Rezident 23rd January 2013, 20:41 Quote
I wasn't going to get W8 for gaming anyway but this massive price hike is truly bizarre. I would be waiting for W9 anyway but hopefully by then Google might have an OS, I'd take anything remotely user-friendly over Windows, Linux is too much for me, although Valve seem to be trying to help in that regard. Time will tell.
velo 23rd January 2013, 20:53 Quote
Ordered my copy... will have to wait until I've finished my new build to know how much I like it, but I'm cautiously hopeful - basically not using the Start Menu except to shut down, so no great loss there, and I can't say any of the other differences to Win7 offend/delight me.

Anyway, I'm too much of a neophile for my own good - must buy shiny!
PingCrosby 24th January 2013, 16:52 Quote
They can keep it
Xir 25th January 2013, 09:14 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by LordPyrinc
So if you don't use the Metro UI, what's the point of upgrading?

I'm on XP...:D So I need to get 7 or 8 anyway for a new computer.
And I pay full price anyway as I cannot upgrade*, they cost the same, and Win8 has the newer DirectX.

*errrrr my XP copy seems to be somehow...invalid ;)
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