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Q: Will the updates and changes in Windows 8.1 persuade you to upgrade?

  • 16%
    Yes, I am going to upgrade from a previous version of Windows

  • 8%
    Yes, I am going to buy a new PC or laptop with Windows 8.1

  • 66%
    No, they haven't changed my mind. I'll stick with what I've got

  • 11%
    Don't know. I'm undecided


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Poll: Will the updates and changes in Windows 8.1 persuade you to upgrade?

 

 

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rdave13

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inicholson good for you. You stick to Linux and its variations. I'll stick to Win 8, the best OS Microsoft has ever produce in my humble opinion.

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inicholson

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Currently have 3 computers: use my Win& laptop for work, have an XP desktop for family use and still have my old Vista laptop for the kids to play with.

The cheap introductory price for Win8 had me interested; changing all 3 devices to a single operating system for a low price was very tempting. SO I installed the trial and hated it. I'd probably upgrade the XP (and maybe the Vista) device if MS offered it for £25 again, but I'm not willing to pay current prices to update old devices (Vista is fine and when XP support ends I'll install Linux).

I've no plans to switch Win7 for 8 (or 8.1) and probably wouldn't even if it was free.

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Autobahns

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The original review of Win 8 on PCA was that the 'upgrade' to Win 8 was a 'no brainer'. I for one disagreed & still do & it seems a few on here feel the same even after MS's 8.1 tweaks - There is a fundamental difference between a vertical 27" display & a pad which of which there are 3 (2 Apple & 1 Android) in this house not counting phones.

It's possible to use Win 8 with a mouse & keyboard as I do on one of my PC's (lappy) but it's far more enjoyable using Win 7 with the aforesaid I feel despite some advantages that 8 has over 7 I beta tested 8 from the beginning but went back to 7) - Pads are most handy with bells on but I wouldn't like to be without my desktop PC for (advanced) photo & music editing etc. despite the disparaging 'boxes on desks' label & I find when visitors arrive I can rarely get to my desk PC despite most bringing pads & slabs - Horses for courses? No I wont be (down)upgrading this Win 7 to 8 until MS withdraws support for 7.

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Forum Editor

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"we will just have to wait and see."

Meanwhile, life goes on.

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Joseph Kerr

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I had forgotten it existed. I came into the thread to find out what it was then it dawned on me...

No, I won't change OS until I change PC.

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Jock1e

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Cough cough of course not I Just took Microsoft's word for it and of course I wanted to try it.

I must admit that is about the only thing I have ever bought from the Internet without looking for a review.Oops add W/7 to that.

I was highly delighted with W/7 when that first came out so I was probably expecting much of the same with W/8 but to me it was a big disappointment.

I know that lots of folk like it and I suppose it was worth £25 just to find out.

I have read that there are going to be even more Apps on W/9 when it comes out but we will just have to wait and see.

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Jock1e

"Unfortunately you do not know how good or bad the product is till you try it."

That's what reviews are for - there are thousands of them out there, just Google 'Windows 8 review' and away you go. Surely you don't go buying any software until you've read a few reviews do you?

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wee eddie

I had no help with my 'fiddling' because didn't need it. I just explored the options.

As for the live tiles consuming bandwidth - the answer to that is to disable them - just right-click on the tile in question and select the option to turn it off from the bottom of your screen; it couldn't be easier.

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cream.

"Perhaps some people are happy with what they have. Perhaps some people don't feel the added expense to upgrade is worth it after the some poor revues of 8"

In which case they will not be using Windows 8, so the problem doesn't arise, does it? bumpkin's post above sums it up, really.

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rdave13

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Although I use Win 8.1 as I used 7, mainly, I still start on the tile screen. Ideal for glancing on News, Sport, Emails etc. I also use quite a few of these tiles. The ability to snap screens, better search and speed is excellent. For me I still think it's the best OS Microsoft have come up with, regardless if you have a desktop, tablet, touchscreen or not.

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wee eddie

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I think that the Next Issue should have an Emergency insert:

"How to get your PC's Home Screen back in under 30 minutes with Windows 8.1"

That means the Issue that says it's February, but is due out in a couple of weeks!

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Jock1e

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Like I said it is not everyone's cup of tea some like it some don't. I would imagine with your vast amount of experience it should be a doddle for you.

Mind and let us know how you get on with it.

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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About to purchase a new PC

was in two minds about whether to opt for W7 instead of W8, will now go for W8.1.

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Quickbeam

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Well I've had 8.1 for less than 24 hours now and was pleased (after having forgotten I updated it) when it booted straight into desktop mode this morning with no faffing about in the grand mosaic gallery.

Now that it does that, it's just like an updated W7. You just ignore the tile warehouse department if you don't have a touch screen and use as W3.11 onwards...

As others have said, it should have been like that from day one to be a truly multi interface OS. Touch screens are good on a handheld device and benefit greatly with single handed input, but for desktop use, particularly with mega apps like MS Office, it is much better with traditional input hardware.

Such a simple upgrade has transformed a somewhat clumsy desktop OS.

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Jock1e

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bumpkin

Unfortunately you do not know how good or bad the product is till you try it.

You know the old saying fools rush in where Angels fear to tread. I feel as though I am one of those.

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bumpkin

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If you have something that meets all your requirements why change it to something else, I fail to see the logic here.

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spider9

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wee eddie

Agree with you.

I hadn't thought about the 'live tiles' and bandwidth issue ( although I had suspected such, as my usage has increased considerably lately).

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cream.

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"Perhaps it's because I adopted a positive attitude, rather than a prejudiced one?"

Perhaps some people are happy with what they have. Perhaps some people don't feel the added expense to upgrade is worth it after the some poor revues of 8 and perhaps if people on this forum had a prejudiced attitude they would not be using a computer.

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wee eddie

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FE: your 30 minutes fiddling, with possible Expert Help available in the next office and free, should anything go pear shaped, would be several hours for me and the possible presence of an Technician, at considerable expense. A voyage into the unknown.

With the vast number of programmers available to them, surely Microsoft should be able to create a single press button to access a screen that appeals to, what turns out to be, a considerable proportion of their user base.

I was expecting 8.1 to be that button and hold it against Microsoft for not providing it.

I am led to believe that all those live Tiles require constant Band Width. If this is true, then non Metropolitan Users, with slow connection speeds and restrictive Download Limits are also out of the frame.

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dunbok01

"but on a desktop machine are MS out of their corporate minds. Do I really want to lean over my desk and put my greasy fingermarks all over the screen"

Well obviously you don't, so the problem doesn't arise - you will not have a touch screen. You can use Windows 8 perfectly well with a mouse, and that's what millions of people - including me - are doing.

As for Microsoft being out of its corporate mind, time will tell. The company took a view that the future was a touch-screen one. It might turn out to be the case, nobody knows, but my guess is that vast numbers of people think the mouse is a pretty neat device - one that does the job very well indeed - and they will not be changing their minds for as long as they continue to use desktop machines as a primary computing device.

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caccy

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No! Only upgraded to Win 7 last year.

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dunbok01

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touch is very nice to use on a tablet like my nexus but on a desktop machine are MS out of their corporate minds. Do I really want to lean over my desk and put my greasy fingermarks all over the screen ..its hard enough to keep clean now! Secondly W8 might start-up faster but I use W7 from an SSD which is quite fast enough for me and I very seldom shut it down anyway. In the past I have always upgrades 95,98,XP,vista and W7 ..but W8 really does have nothing to offer me if MS carry on down this road I foresee in the years to come my duel boot windows/Linux system will become a single boot system and it will not be windows I will be using.

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Quickbeam

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I quite agree.

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Forum Editor

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I'm enjoying using the 8.1 version.

I don't like touch screens as far as a desktop environment goes (a tablet is a different matter),but I can use Windows 8 perfectly well with a mouse. Admittedly it required all of 30 minutes for a first time 'fiddle' to get things the way I wanted them, but that done, I haven't looked back.

Perhaps it's because I adopted a positive attitude, rather than a prejudiced one? The world changes, and I think the way forward is to try to change with it. If we all stood back, waiting for perfection, we would still be using a DOS screen.

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Jock1e

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I already upgraded to W/8 and then 8.1 It has to be one of the poorest decisions that I have ever made.

Instead of charging for it they should have been giving it away for free.

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wee eddie

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Woolwell: I beg to differ.

Touch is not necessarily the way ahead ~~~~~~~~ but it is (relatively) new.

The real way ahead is multi-option, but primarily voice control using touch/mouse/keyboard in parallel.

My point is: Why do the touch points have to be larger than a fingertip. A 10mm circle would be quite sufficient. Apart from the crass naming of it, what was wrong with the 'Start' Button?

I don't want an Interface that looks like a Child's Play Box and I certainly don't want obligatory scrolling News/Weather/Facebook/Twitter all over my home screen.

I am not a "Consumer" of Entertainment and 'pray god' never will be.

Maybe someone from Microsoft reads these postings and will take on board that a Desktop is not a toy and will need to be replaced in time. The replacement will get the Operating System that fills the environment that it lives in. If they have to design a Windows DT, so be it. Many billions of users will buy it when they eventually replace their Desktop

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diesel

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I have just given away my windows pc and purchased an iMac.I think that just about sums it up for me!!

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Woolwell

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Will I upgrade my W7 desktop - No. There are no great advantages of W8 or W8.1 to make me change. The faster boot time is good.

I had a W8 laptop it is now upgraded to W8.1. No major change but the option to power down from the desktop and directly boot to desktop is nice.

I haven't entered the survey as none of the question seem to directly apply to me.

It can be argued that with touchscreen laptops, mobile devices that MS have provided the right interface. You don't have to touch and dirty the screen to use W8. Although my laptop has a touch screen I don't always use it. The touchpad is better some times and sometimes an attached mouse even better. As I have posted in another thread touch is the way ahead. You should see very young children using touch screens. They find it much more natural than a mouse.

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spider9

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Windows8.1 - awful, hate it. Would return to XP in an instant, given the chance!!

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Quickbeam

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It's worth it to be able to boot directly to the start screen if you don't have a touchy feely thingy screen:)

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Quickbeam

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...never been one to turn a free lunch down.

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cream.

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"Will the updates and changes in Windows 8.1 persuade you to upgrade?"

Short answer is no.

I upgraded this laptop from Vista to windows 7 pro because Vista, to me, was awful. I am more than happy with 7, it does exactly what I want.Although this laptop is coming around to 6 years old it is as good as the day I upgraded it. If it fails and I have to buy new, I would format the drive and put this version of 7 on it.

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Quickbeam

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I just have anyway.

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wee eddie

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Until Microsoft produce an interface, that does not expect me to touch and dirty, my Monitor's screen, which is slightly more than arm's length away, I shall not upgrade.

The fact that there are "Fixes" that can change my Desktop are totally irrelevant. It is Microsoft's job to provide the correct interface without my having to fiddle with it.

It's like deciding to buying a car. If all they can offer me is a 'Left Hand Drive' one and then expect to procure a 'Kit' that will change it to 'Right Hand Drive'. They can whistle

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