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Q: On which type(S) of device would you prefer to use Windows 8?

  • 17%
    Desktop PC

  • 14%
    Laptop

  • 17%
    Tablet PC

  • 3%
    Smartphone

  • 7%
    Multiple devices

  • 38%
    I won't be using Windows 8

  • 4%
    Don't know


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PC Advisor

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Microsoft's revolutionary new OS is set to launch in the very near future - we want to know what device you are most looking forward to using Windows 8 on.

Let us know.

Poll: On which type(S) of device would you prefer to use Windows 8?

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iscanut2

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I am happy with Win 7 I don't want or use touch screens and as for faster booting, whats a few seconds to an ordinary home user ? I will not be upgrading to Win 8.

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rodavinci

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I don't see the point in using Windows 8 which is designed with touch screens in mind when neither my Windows 7 PC or laptop have a touch screen! If the Metro interface could be disabled I might consider upgrading?

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The Old Mod

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No intention of going for Windows 8 yet, I expect at a later date I may have it but only if I were to get a new PC with it installed!

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D@ve

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WTM what does XP do that you can't do with Windows 95 or 98? It's all about making the OS a more pleasant environment to work within.

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interzone55

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WhiteTruckMan

Well the obvious answer is continued support with updates and security fixes, something that will not continue for long with XP.

Many software companies have, or will soon, discontinue support for XP within their software.

Windows 7 boots faster than XP, and Windows 8 will be even faster.

There are many other improvements, such as additional security features to make life more difficult for viruses and other malicious software. The built in malware defender is less intrusive, the User Account Control is also less intrusive in Windows 7 than Vista.

I suppose the most important thing to consider is that Windows 7 is built from the ground up as a leaner piece of software, and Windows 8 is supposed to be even leaner, whereas a 10 year old XP Pro installation is a bodged together series of patches and updates that will be forever on the verge of imploding.

I'm going to seriously consider Windows 8, especially with the good value upgrades that have been reported, but if the reviews aren't good I'll stick with Windows 7

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WhiteTruckMan

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Sooo......Serious question now.

What does windows 8 do that I cant do with XP Pro?

WTM

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D@ve

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Within the actual desktop environment (i.e. not Metro), I think the changes made are actually very good; nothing groundbreaking - just a lot of polishing up. I also love the new start up procedure - so much faster and beautiful than any previous version of Windows. It's just a shame that they've enforced Metro upon us and removed the Start menu. If the option of having a completely Metro-free environment was offered then I think Windows 8 would be a big hit.

I sort of understand why they are enforcing it upon us though - Microsoft needs to make an impact in the tablet and phone market for the well being of its future, and if everyone does come around to liking Metro (and hence cause a boom in compatible apps) then it would certainly help it penetrate these markets.

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interzone55

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Bing.alau

Microsoft keep changing Windows because Apple keep updating their OS.

The first version of Apple's OS X was released in 2002, and they've released several versions since then. The current version, codenamed Mountain Lion, is version number 10.8, meaning we're on the 8th version.

In that time Microsoft have released XP, Vista & Windows 7, three versions.

So if you want stability of Operating Systems (as in not changing, rather than not falling over) I think Windows is the one to go for.

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TonyV

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I am using W7 on the laptop, but since I do not use it that much now having recently bought an iMAC there will be little chance I would update the laptop.

Sapins, you must be an awful lot luckier than I have been with the iMAC. It was updated to the 10.7.4 which was rubbish as far as Wi-Fi connections was concerned, and Mountain Lion has been a lot worse. I think it was a Friday afternoon machine, and have been in constant contact with Apple to get the thing sorted. At the moment it seems to be operating OK, but I haven't said that just in case!!

TonyV

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Condom

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As I will be overseas when it comes out I will not be using Win 8 quickly but if it comes out as a family version and cheap for the first few months I will get her indoors to buy it and keep it until I return when I will see how it is going and if the initial glitches, if any, have been ironed out. Whatever happens I will certainly not be going down the Apple route.

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Sapins

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Bing.alau

Go for the mac, I am into my 6th week with an iMac and it really is the best, I just wish I bought it long ago.

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cleshe

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I tried the release candidate, as I did with 7. I liked 7 enough to buy it when released. This time I think Microsoft has it totally wrong,I do not like it at all. Given this as the only Microsoft option , I'd swap to Linux rather than use it, and I'm none too fond of Linux!

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Algerian peter ™

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Is it dew to be non event from past xperience

Win 95 > good

98 > not so good xxx

98se > very good

me > not so good xxx

xp> very good

vista> not so good xxx

win7 good

win8???

I am very happy with XP and 7. will not move unless I have to.

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Joseph Kerr

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No plans for Win 8. My desktop is still young, and I'm about to buy an Android tab and/or a netbook (or something more netbook size with decent laptop spec, android or windows).

I've only seen Windows 8 in youtube videos. I'm unimpressed so far. Though I don't know if I will be sufficiently underwhelmed, when the time comes, to actively avoid having it on a new desktop; path of least resistance and all that.

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morddwyd

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I've been using the preview version on a touch screen laptop for a month or so.

As I've said elsewhere, I find myself having to reboot to Win 7 (which works just as well with a touch screen if you set it up right) after about 30 minutes of use.

I won't be upgrading.

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bremner

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I have been trying out the beta and am very underwhelmed.

As I only use Windows (rarely) on a bootcamp partition om my iMac i will be sticking to W7.

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john bunyan

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I an happy with W7 and will only consider a change if my desktop needs replacing in a couple of years or more. My laptop will stay on W7. If W8 works on an iPad I might buy one.

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wiz-king

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As I only use desktops for home and work I don't think I will bother. ( just had my last Win 3.1 machine fail - sob sob.)

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wee eddie

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I plan to buy a W8 Tablet almost as soon as it is launched.

I shall just wait for long enough for any major glitches to be identified and solutions to be activated.

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canarieslover

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I used the release candidate for a while dual booting with Win 7 and did not find it very intuitive. I accept that there learning curve whenever you switch to a new O.S. but this was one curve too far. Perhaps I'm getting too old but it shouldn't be a case of teaching 'an old dog new tricks' but increasing the usefulness of the ones already learned. With my experience so far its got to be a big 'Won't be using Win 8 from me.

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Quickbeam

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My XP & Win 7 machines ain't broke yet.

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OTT_B

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I've got no plans on Windows 8 at the moment, unless the Media Centre add-on has some major functionality improvements. W7 is working perfectly well for my uses on desktop, and vista on laptop.

All the mobile devices in the house are running Android, which again, works perfectly well and none will need replacing for the foreseeable future.

Sorry MS, not much business from me this time round!

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Bing.alau

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I'm still using XP but thinking of lashing out on an iMac soon. Why do they keep changing the system? Is the previous one broken? Or is it a money thing?

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