Windows 8 Pro better than 7 Pro
Just a quick intro on my computer savvy. Programming and building computers for 35 years, started on PC's with Windows 3. I run a lot of high-end software for work as well as system demanding games. I installed and ran Windows 8 Enterprise along with Windows 7 in a dual boot environment on my production desktop. It worked very well with 99% of my software and only failed with older, unsupported software that has been in decline for the past several years. I bought and installed Windows 8 Pro on October 26th (at 12:10 AM) and never looked back. I still run a dual boot system with Windows 7 but haven't used it since the day I installed Windows 8.
I LOVE Windows 8. It is faster than 7 and many of the programs, like Office 2010, work better in 8 than in 7. I have fewer crashes in games and have no trouble running in the command console with the old DOS kernel. Switching between my desktop and start screen is a breeze and it's quick and intuitive. Once I rebuilt my mouse muscle memory (in maybe 30 minutes at most) I can jump between programs in the metro interface or the desktop easier and faster than what I did in Windows 7 because the memory usage in Windows 8 is so much more efficient. The
I set my wife's computer up in Windows 8 using the Windows 7 migration with all settings and apps (programs) to be transferred across during install. She was out of town at the time and I didn't tell her what I had done. She is not computer literate to any degree and represents the average PC user as well as anyone. All her settings, her desktop, and applications came across. When she sat down at her computer after getting back home I watched out of the corner of my eye to see what would happen. I left the computer on her desktop so it looked exactly like her Windows 7 screen. She accessed her Gmail, worked in Excel and Word, looked at a PDF in Acrobat 10, and played music while she worked. I had to tell her to drop her mouse in the lower left corner of her screen and click. Up pops the Metro interface! She looks at it and says "oh, you installed Windows 8. How do I get back to my desktop?" I told her to run her mouse to the upper right corner and click and her desktop was back instantly, untouched and unchanged. That was October 28th and she has had no trouble with it at all.
So. before you judge, use the software and take the time to do the video assistance if you need to. Check it on someone else's PC if necessary and approach it with an open mind. And there are a lot of decent apps for it already like the Netflix app that is superior to the IE or Firefox plugin by magnitudes. Gmaps is great if you appreciate clear, up-to-date imagery. A large percentage of the decent apps are also free, just as they are on your smart phone or tablet.
Long story short, IMO Windows 8 is a significant improvement over 7 in so many ways I don't have the time (or typing skills) to enumerate them all. If Windows 7 is your thing, go for it. Keep using XP if you like and it works for you. If Windows 8 is too difficult you may want to brush up on your computer skills before passing judgment on someone else who likes it.
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