Windows 8 is landing on consumer desktops and the reviews keep pouring in. Beyond market research analysts who pontificate on the pros and cons of Windows 8, though, what do everyday users have to say about Microsoft 's new flagship software ?
Well, that depends on whom you ask. It seems some love it and some hate it. Users have been weighing in on Windows 8 through comments in response to one of our recent articles titled, "Is Windows 8 Living Up to Microsoft's Expectations?" Indeed, the question elicited responses about whether or not Windows 8 is living up to user expectations.
Windows 8 Haters Sound Off
One commenter, Craig Stewart, said he believes Microsoft had taken some steps backwards on Windows 8: "Eye candy is a great strategy for marketing! But when you give up functionality you lose! Microsoft has had a few losers over the years, and I feel this one is headed that way!"
Meanwhile, a commenter named Ken said he "upgraded to Windows 8 and have been sorry ever since."
A commenter who went by the handle "Gotrock49" said he hates the absence of the Windows Start menu: "When I try to enter information in a Web site or in an e-mail, symbols will not type out, such as: the @ sign for an e-mail address, the $ sign, etc. When I try to get assistance from Microsoft, I am forwarded to an independent IT company that wants $90.00 to help me with a software issue....NO WAY."
"Wendy M" doesn't like Windows 8 because it's too different from previous versions, while "Greg P" upgraded his Windows quad-core gaming PC to Windows 8 and is regretting it. And a user named "Mike" had some harsh words to share: "Hate Windows 8. Completely insane OS. Stupid. Takes 3 times as long to do simple things. If I had the money, I'd get a Macbook Pro and give the finger to Microsoft forever."
Windows 8 Lovers Talk Back
But for all the "hater" comments, some consumers are applauding the all-new Windows 8. A user named "Paul" said he recently bought Windows 8 Pro. He called it "amazing" and "one of the best things Microsoft has brought out."
"I say it's better than Windows 7 and faster. It's well worth buying and don't miss out cause when u see it for yourself you will fall in love," Paul wrote. "Yes, it is complicated but when u get used to it, then you won't want to leave it alone. My rating is a five star and I give it 100% for its speed etc. Buy it now and enjoy it. I am and so are many more people."
Another user who called himself "Jlp" said he had been using Windows 8 since its release on a non-touch desktop and called it a "joy."
And "David" said some complainers are either spoiled or lazy: "Windows 8 is very easy to use but you have to be willing to learn the new features and gestures of this new operating system, and it appears that a lot of people are not willing to do this. I love my Windows 8 Pro and have converted it to look and operate just the way my Windows 7 did. You can't be lazy people or you will miss out on this great version of Windows."
What's your take on Windows 8? Sound off in the comment box below.
Posted: 2013-04-18 @ 4:12pm PT
I Hate windows 8
Posted: 2013-03-18 @ 9:55am PT
I do enjoy snickering at people saying "I don't like Win8 because it's so different than Win7 ... I'm switching to !" .. lol
Reminds me of something I heard in a sitcom years ago... "I'm tired of people always telling me what to do! I'm joining the marines!!"
Posted: 2013-03-11 @ 8:13am PT
Hate Windows 8. Too different from last version. It takes too much time now and that makes for a longer work day.
Posted: 2013-03-09 @ 6:39am PT
I just got a new computer with windows 8 installed. After reading up on windows 8 I was dreading it. But it's fine, I had to do a few tweaks like putting a shut down shortcut on, finding out how to have youtube playing when I went to another webpage (open it in the desktop browser), organise the start menu etc but none of this took much time or was difficult. I'm 43 and no techie, I never had any computer training at all so it's not that I understand more than anyone else. My teenage children find it great, one struggled with vista but is flying with windows 8. I'm happy with it.
Posted: 2013-02-23 @ 5:56am PT
After reading comments, I think I understand. I am a "desktop" user. There is some way to convert this thing to the way I like to use it, but hell if I know what that is. All I know is I can't figure out how to find anything, certain programs open up and hog the screen like old DOS and seem to be determined to prevent me from escaping. I don't have a touchscreen so the pretty boxes are pretty useless. OH, I did finally figure out after a week the 5 clicks it takes to turn the damn thing off properly so I could put it back in the box and take it back to the store.
Posted: 2013-02-19 @ 7:25pm PT
Windows 8 Should be for the future when all of the computers have touch screens, as for now it is just wasting time. I want to remove it and put windows 7 in my new computer.
Posted: 2013-02-18 @ 5:39pm PT
Windows 8 is the most horrible OS I have ever tried to use. Can't find anything quick, can't connect to other pooterz on the network. Think I will delete this OS and load XP.
Posted: 2013-02-17 @ 1:09pm PT
Blech! I bought a Windows 8 laptop. Proceeded to bypass UEFI and loaded a couple Linux variants and never looked back.
Posted: 2013-02-17 @ 5:07am PT
Positive posts here written like MSN employee puffery. Win8 has no place in a biz environment. Microsoft needs OS optimized for laptop/desktop. In the meantime, my company will experiment with Linux or switch to Apple. What's going on in Redmond headquarters??? Has the recent legalization of weed in Washington State made you all insane???
Posted: 2013-02-13 @ 12:15pm PT
On my system, Windows 8 Pro vs Windows 7 Ultimate. Booting up, Windows 7 is much faster. At the desktop I like Windows 7 Aero transparency. Both Windows 8 and 7 run smooth and seem to be just as fast. Personally I don't see Windows 8 as a significant improvement over Windows 7. Especially when used on a desktop PC (no touch screen). I personally feel that Microsoft made a huge error in judgement when developing Windows 8 with touch screen in mind and no attention paid to the die hard keyboard and mouse users. They should have developed one with the metro and one without, thus giving users the choice as to whether they want Windows 8 ugly metro start menu or Windows 7 type start menu. I feel like they are attempting to shove the metro touchscreen thing down their users throats.
Posted: 2013-02-12 @ 5:44pm PT
So far my customers do not like windows8 at all!
Posted: 2013-02-11 @ 8:05pm PT
I hate Windows 8. I've given up trying to "learn it," I simply don't have the time. I guess it would be good for a phone or something like but for a "real world need answers at the tip of my fingers" Windows 8 is a utter failure. I'm taking the machine to IT to get Windows 7 installed on my new computer. Frankly, my friends have almost talked me into trying an Apple OS installed over Windows 8.
Posted: 2013-02-10 @ 12:00pm PT
They just had to make it like apple computers to compete in the market. I hate it! I like you because you are not apple, but then you had to ruin everything Microsoft. Not happy with my computer.
Posted: 2013-02-10 @ 11:56am PT
I am so close to throwing my computer into a wood chipper every time I use it because windows 8 is so bad. Windows tried to make a computer that would compete with apple, but I hate apple computers. You done goofed Microsoft.
Posted: 2013-02-09 @ 11:46pm PT
This the worst windows. There's no way they think they have made a good thing here; for mobile, maybe. That is yet to be seen. I hope there is someone out there that knows how to get this off my system and maybe a better 'O.P.S'.
Posted: 2013-02-09 @ 8:10pm PT
Windows 8 is the most disgusting operating system for a desktop computer I have seen. I would not use it if they gave it away for free. I don't just dislike it, I hate it! I never actually hated an operating system from Microsoft before this. The main reason is that I have no choice. I want a desktop operating system for my desktop. Windows 8 looks OK for a touch device, but since I have no choice in my desktop OS I will not buy any Windows 8 device and I will advise all I know not to buy Windows 8 devices. Screw you Microsoft for trying to jam this abomination of an OS down everyone’s throat. I will defiantly give Linux a try.
Posted: 2013-02-09 @ 8:29am PT
I am a software developer and hate using an operating system that is aimed for the kids and grandparents of the consumer market whose only goal is to listen to music/videos, email and text each other. I need an operating system that I can control and not jump through hoops to fake it back to a useful development tool! The Win 8 color is a washout (pun intended). I have a small TV if I want to watch the news; I have a Stereo if I want background music. All I want is an Operating System that I can control for use with my development software! Thumbs down for Windows 8!
Posted: 2013-02-07 @ 11:45pm PT
I hate the new version, i bought a computer. not a phone, it took me 10 min to simply find my DESKTOP! I hate it, everything about it is bad. i'm going to the microsoft store and getting windows 7 on my newly purchased windows 8 computer.
Posted: 2013-02-05 @ 10:46am PT
If you upgraded to Win8 you may have noticed that they have eliminated file sharing through Windows Messenger. So, along with complicating even the simplest of things, you will no longer be able to drag and drop pictures, music, notes, etc into your message box to share with a friend. The new upgrade to skype also prevents this action. Seems all that win8 is offering us is added complication for simple tasks. Hideously large icon interface and a whole lot less user control.
Posted: 2013-02-02 @ 6:30pm PT
I upgraded and all of my programs disappeared. no adobe no office all my games all gone. the start button is gone of course, and my access to everything with it except for Microsoft components. Gosh was that part of the deal? I don't remember that being part of the deal. where in the add did it say: by the way, you will lose all your downloaded programs in this conversion. and spend an hour trying to get them back before you figure out they are gone forever. I mean....seriously microsft? seriously? Nice.
Posted: 2013-02-01 @ 1:35pm PT
Everything takes much longer, is more complicated, is not compatible with older peripherals and programs. How does anybody use it for business?
Posted: 2013-02-01 @ 2:17am PT
What should Microsoft do about it? Stop offering 8 for non-touch devices would be a good start. Admit they've made a mistake and either revert back to 7 or come out with a 9 that makes sense and is user friendly. They've completely lost the plot and will have no choice but to fix this screwup. The outpouring of animosity over 8 is very bad for business.
Posted: 2013-01-30 @ 4:38am PT
I find it that most people who use the "once you learn it you like it" have some serious logic issues, first of all people hate because a gadget OS has no business in a desktop or laptop, secondly its not about the new looks, its about how fast you can operate it, windows 8 takes more operations to achieve the same on windows 7, if that isnt enough, windows 8 operations are slower, for starters the startscreen is actually fullscreen, the scrolling is NOT instant, its animated, the startscreen startup is also animated, the startscreen closing is also animated, childish eyecandy such as these to hinder your productivity has no business in a desktop OS by default, its as simple as that, no matter how much you brainwash yourself into liking it, the truth theres nothing special about windows 8 and a serious worker works faster on windows7 than he ever will on windows 8, not because hes unfamiliar with windows 8 but because windows 8 uses the wrong GUI for the desktops and laptops which hinders productivity.
Posted: 2013-01-28 @ 10:08pm PT
@Frank: You're right. And now, I think, the question is what can or should Microsoft do about it?
Posted: 2013-01-28 @ 10:06pm PT
Unfortunately, the updated statistics continue to show worsening support for Windows 8. Current tally:
Posted: 2013-01-26 @ 11:23pm PT
Hate Windows 8!
Posted: 2013-01-26 @ 8:07pm PT
20 + years of Microsoft use and I absolutely hate Windows 8
Posted: 2013-01-22 @ 8:17pm PT
I F$%#ing hate windows 8. Why would you put out a new operating system that promises updated speed and functionality, but delivers it in a package that is difficult to use and you have to relearn everything to boot. I agree with one comment that it take 3 times as long to to anything that's not facebook or email related. I will admit for strictly leisure tasks (photos, videos etc) this is a good upgrade from windows 7. However, if you need to get anything other than that (like work) done you will be extremely frustrated. If it wasn't for flash player and the high price of apple equipment I'd never come back to MS.
Posted: 2013-01-20 @ 9:36am PT
I absolutely freaking HATE it!!! Just bought a pc yesterday which has Win8. Wish I had done my homework. Unfortunately all the pcs at the store come with Win8. I tried to return it for a Win7 version this morning and was told I couldn't because there are none! So I'm forced to either return the pc in full and get a MAC (expensive) or keep the one with crappy Win8 and try to deal with the massive diminishment of ease of use! This is insane! I hate Microsoft. I am seriously considering going totally Apple!
Posted: 2013-01-20 @ 9:07am PT
Windows 8 sucks. I am contacting the manufacturer of my computer and asking them to furnish me a downgrade to windows 7. Can't find the start menu on this, cmd prompt etc. Microsoft WTF were you thinking?????
Posted: 2013-01-20 @ 7:49am PT
Takes about 1 week to get used to it, but once you do, you will really like it. You can open the "desktop" tile and essentially convert to windows 7, but the new windows 8 gives windows a "fun factor" that has been lacking. I think it is going to take some time to get use to it, but I disagree with the critics here. As more and more people use it, especially in tablets and convertible PCs , I think windows 8 is going to be a huge winner.
Posted: 2013-01-20 @ 12:52am PT
Out of the box Windows 8 makes basic stuff like starting and stopping applications, and closing down the system a multi seek and click affair.
When doing actual work, I find it essential, to be able to see several windows on the screen at once. Windows 8 likes to pop up apps covering the whole screen. This is just plain wrong - in a work context - Microsoft.
The practice, within my family, of simply sharing Windows-account, apps and documents on the desktop, is also an issue. This is due to the tight integration to an email account. Windows 8 appears to be designed for: one user = one email = one desktop -- as far as I can tell.
I have learned to live with Windows 8 by using the ClassicShell.net start menu on top and setting the family up with a shared email account.
Actually I think the speed, security and 'apps' approach of windows 8, could have made this OS into an outright winner. It is a bit sad.
Posted: 2013-01-19 @ 3:11pm PT
It is a huge step backwards in ease of use. It is not intuitive. I hate it. Would have bought a mac if I could do it over.
Posted: 2013-01-19 @ 2:59pm PT
I HATE WINDOWS 8 A LOT...IT HAS TAKEN THE ENJOYMENT OUT OF GETTING ON THE COMPUTER...HATE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT!!!!!!!
Pissed off consumer:
Posted: 2013-01-19 @ 11:38am PT
I hate windows 8. If ain't broke, don't fix it!
Posted: 2013-01-17 @ 7:18pm PT
I hate everything about Windows 8!
Posted: 2013-01-17 @ 3:20pm PT
Don't like the look of the GUI at all, reminds me of W98 with a mess of icons on the desktop.
I would also go back to W7 if I had the Pro version, but I had the Home Premium and wanted to move to the pro version, so I took the deal for new computer buyers, 15 bucks was a deal to go Pro and the media center thrown in for free.
Since Oct 26th, I have re done things to at least think I have W7 back, all except the Aero. I found a 3rd party start menu (start8) found the old MS games, and even found a gadgets progam (8gadgets) so its at least in a workable way.
I do hope MS comes out with at least a patch (SP) to allow non touch desktop and laptop users the same interface as W7. I don't have a cell/smart phone as it is.
The OS would be OK and just another "upgrade" as they go, but the way it came out the box for ALL users wasn't exactly the best idea, and is going to be nothing but a headache for MS.
Posted: 2013-01-17 @ 3:11pm PT
I wanted to buy a new computer, and when I started looking, I realized I cannot buy a new computer without Windows 8! That sucks. I will not be buying a new computer and when I have to buy a new one, I will be finally buying a Mac.
Posted: 2013-01-17 @ 9:01am PT
I hate most of it the separation of the 'smart panel' and the actual desktop is weird. It is clumsy. And, I hate that my account is now my hotmail account and that stupid email address is showing up in all my DLNA devices and I cannot change the display. I'm trying to like it, but I really hate it.
Posted: 2013-01-17 @ 5:12am PT
There are too many apps.....I liked when I went into the internet the task bar and now it is gone and everything is on a different app and it is time consuming. Also, I cannot open ecards and it keeps telling me that the plugin and or adobe is outdated. I downloaded all back in plus google chrome and it still does not work and I don't think it is user friendly. I would give it back in a heart beat if it was not so expensive.
Posted: 2013-01-15 @ 9:48pm PT
I work for a store that sells laptops and desktops. Most people do not like Windows 8. I have heard IT folks talk about lack of drivers and incompatibility issues. I personally don't like it. I have it on my system at home because I have to be familiar with it to explain it to customers but I would go back to Windows 7 in a heartbeat.
Posted: 2013-01-15 @ 7:16am PT
Windows 8 is terrible and those that love it...more power to you. Windows should be about ease of use but I am so disappointed and frustrated. Those that love it are the people that spend their whole lives on a computer...I don't have that kind of time.
Posted: 2013-01-14 @ 8:30pm PT
The only people that like Windows 8 are probably Microsoft employees. I find it very hard to do anything. Simple tasks are now very difficult.
Posted: 2013-01-13 @ 4:51pm PT
Windows 8 is garbage. It's nothing more than a platform that will lead Microsoft into marketing partnerships that will make Bill even richer than he is at the expense of consumers that simply want to fill basic computing needs without constant update, error messages, fixes, work arounds and trainings that take several week to finish. Stick with seven or better yet drop the nickel and go over to Apple or even better BlackBerry.
Posted: 2013-01-13 @ 2:07am PT
Hate it, sorry, in particular the lack of windows (small W) support in Metro, I am used to using all of my 26" monitor to run different applications at once, wanting to cut and paste between them, look up references, or even just watch a video in the background. Having just 2 windows in a fixed relationship is useless.
Lack of Aero feels like a backward step.
I need a new PC, and for the first time ever I'm going Apple, have been very impressed with what I've seen and they don't seem to force a common OS on all their users from mobile phones to laptops. It doesn't work Microsoft and I'm not going with it.
Posted: 2013-01-13 @ 12:12am PT
If Microsoft reads forums like these, they need to listen up. Here are some of the main points people don't like and the issues they need to fix:
--No Start button.
--Tile interface is bulky, confusing and hard to use.
--Normal programs like Windows Media Player and Control Panel are difficult to find and require customization to be able to locate easily.
--Why did you change Windows 7, which was perfectly useable, into this debacle? Think about changing it back to resemble and restore all the conveniences of Windows 7, make the tile interface optional instead of mandatory, definitely restore the Start button.
--The average user is not an advanced techie, they can't figure out difficult operating systems. Make things easier to use, not more difficult, and much more user friendly.
--Windows 8 is a lemon, not the wave of the future. It's OK for touch devices, but don't expect half the world to rush out and buy expensive gadgets just so they can use Windows 8, the world doesn't care.
--If it's not possible to conveniently use the same operating system on both touch and non-touch devices, then create two operating systems, not just one big loser.
Posted: 2013-01-12 @ 7:41pm PT
Hate, hate, hate, hate Windows 8.
My computer with Windows 7 almost died two months ago and it came back from the dead, until this past week when it refused to start. It's older and cost more to fix than replace so I got a new computer with Windows 8. After playing around with it, I packed it back up and returned it. I then went out and found after an exaustive search a cpu with Windows 7 on it. I hate Windows 8 so much I was thinking about switching to Mac, and I'm not an Apple fanboy.
Posted: 2013-01-12 @ 9:54am PT
I'm going back to Windows 7, unless Microsoft give you an option to turn off Metro and bring back Start menu - like a true PC mode and keep Metro for the laptop/tablet market.
Posted: 2013-01-11 @ 11:44pm PT
I really can't stand the tile colors. If you have yukky green next to blue for instance it's a clash on the "color wheel" (photo and art term) and for me makes me unable to work on the screen for long periods.I really think we need more customization and quick here. Then I will buy because it's an improved OS deep down.
Posted: 2013-01-11 @ 11:25pm PT
It crashes less. Slightly.
Starts up faster. Slightly.
Permissions are more customizable when running unknown programs. That's a plus.
Every time I want to move my mouse to another application some screen pops up and sends me out of whack.
Took me almost 15 minutes to learn to shut down the thing. While searching on Google.
Where is my control panel?
Chrome doesn't work right on this.
Neither does Firefox.
Half my software I use for Win7 no longer works here.
It's not as bad as ME or Vista, but it's definitely a lemon.
Posted: 2013-01-10 @ 6:02pm PT
Had a PC I loved with Windows XP. It finally died so I got a new one. It had Vista. It crashed all the time but I finally got it usable with software patches. It only took two years. It died as well. RIP.
Figured I would try a Mac as I had gotten very frustrated with Microsoft and Vista, so I bought a iMac. Hated it. Just was not what I expected... difficult to use in my opinion. Finder should be renamed Loser as it sucks compared to Windows Explorer. Especially did not like the lack of multi-tasking that I was used to with Windows so I gave it to my daughter-in-law. Was glad to be rid of it.
Bought a HP Envy with Windoes 8. Nice hardware... P-O-S operating system. What a mess! Totally unusable! Completely worthless in a business environment. I have found a public domain utility, ClassicShell that gives me the Start button plus a lot of other setup choices that "fix" many of Windows 8 new "features". Still a P-O-S but at least I can use it now.
Posted: 2013-01-10 @ 12:33pm PT
I hate win 8. Too much issues with trying to install programs like my HP Printer for one. I Don't like the lay out. I got so used to the way it was with the layout. Every time there is an automatic update my Google does not work until I restore it to before that Update. Never had that kind of problem. Hard to find things. Lots of Microsoft running in the background I don't know what is safe to delete, Lots of programs installed not of my choosing and can't uninstall unnecessary files that I don't need or want it. It is too complicated. Just my opinion. I wish I had win 7. This was built in.
Posted: 2013-01-08 @ 8:03pm PT
I installed Windows 8, spent about 20 minutes looking for a way to boot my gaming PC (8-core CPU, ROG motherboard, 3-way CrossfireX, multiple monitors etc,etc) in Safe Mode, gave up and revert back to Win 7. Why does Microsoft, in all it's wisdom, decided to hide something as important as Safe Mode boot-up in layer after layer after layer of application is beyond me. Can't even change or uninstall anything I don't like because I have no "permission" to do so. Trying to place my cursor on the 'invisible' Start button is a nightmare, as it would jump into the screen of the next monitor. Besides there is no way I am transforming my desktop environment into that of a cellphone. Keep your disgusting tiles Microsoft. 8 is a failure, with a capital F.
Posted: 2013-01-08 @ 11:52am PT
Hate, hate, HATE Windows 8! The splash screen at the beginning is obnoxious especially, if like me, you like clean, nicely organized screens. What a mess! I've set up two computers. My Grandma loves her games. The Microsoft Games crashes randomly in the middle and just shuts down. Really? Access to my regularly used programs takes more clicks than before unless I put them on my classic windows view. Also going to the corners for everything is a pain. Give me access to my clean menus again. This thing is a nightmare!
Posted: 2013-01-06 @ 10:02pm PT
Here's the results so far:
Posted: 2013-01-06 @ 8:08pm PT
Windows 8 is completely useless to someone who wants a useable computer. LEAVE THIS SYSTEM ALONE!!!!!!!!
Posted: 2013-01-06 @ 5:07pm PT
Hate it -- it's so intuitive at the expense of being wrong, time-consuming, flipping screens with some stroke of the touch pad that I cannot deliberately accomplish when I try...hate it. My next pc will be a Mac. The hell with all this foolishness. When will techies get that being efficient isn't arbitrarily achieved through change or faulty 'thinking' of psuedo-intuitive machines?
Posted: 2013-01-05 @ 11:51pm PT
I went back to Windows 7 Ultimate. Didn't care for the tiles "Metro" desktop and no start menu. Microsoft screwed up on this one.
Posted: 2013-01-05 @ 9:30pm PT
It blows, windows 8 doesn't even come with minesweeper anymore.
Posted: 2013-01-05 @ 4:33pm PT
Let's be frank about it, it doesn't work like one would expect. I vote no.
Posted: 2013-01-05 @ 7:46am PT
I'm in the "love it" category. It took getting used to. Made me feel like a novice again, but when I learned the interface, it is fun, fast and refreshing. LOVE the music integration.
Posted: 2013-01-04 @ 8:09pm PT
It is a piece of crap.
Posted: 2013-01-03 @ 10:08pm PT
Is this really progress? Why hide things and make things more complicated? Remember the saying, 'If it works then don't try to fix it' XP & 7 were the best - Vista & 8 the worst - Microsoft - Go back in time with Windows 9 & cut out all the stupid gimmicks - You were too late with the Tablets so just keep the majority happy & forget the trendies - they can buy some other gimmick!
Posted: 2013-01-03 @ 1:06pm PT
Lol at the comments below. Almost everyone despises Win 8. Tried it for a couple of days, completely unusable and worthless. Stick with 7.
Posted: 2013-01-02 @ 1:53pm PT
I'm a programmer, so I delve deeper into OS and how they work because the API is important.
Pros: Faster, more efficient, Moron 'friendly'.
Cons: Programmer unfriendly, everything is automatic, and windows seems to want a tighter hold on their products.
Here's some of the things about windows 8 I truely despise:
- No uninstall for IE. I will write a program to purge IE from my computer forever, because there is no other way besides manually doing it.
- No uninstall for pretty much all microsoft products tied to Win8. Complete bull.
- Trying to add a shortcut to the startup folder is ludicrousy. It says "windows can not modify this folder". BULL.
- Programs seem to be schedualed to run upon specific events/times. I have to keep running my program termination program (terminates every program in the program's folder, leaving only programs essential to windows 8 running) just to shut those things off and free up my processor.
- My old computer surrendered to my authority. No program ran unless I needed/wanted it to. No program I didn't need wasn't uninstalled, and nothing was run without my explicit consent. Windows 8 seems to do just the opposite. I don't need "PmmUpdate.exe" running. My computer is just fine without it, yet it persists to startup with my computer anyway. It is not a windows executable, but it's not in the startup folder, or in task manager. I'm about to write a program to disable these kinds of wasteful ses for processor power.
Get windows 8 if you dont know a thing about computers. DON'T get windows 8 if you are like me. The thing has a freaking mind of its own.
Posted: 2013-01-02 @ 2:57am PT
I upgraded to Windows 8 from Windows 7 and regret it so much. I'll be taking it to the computer hospital this morning to get windows 7. I made a costly mistake. I hate 8.
TIRED OF IT:
Posted: 2013-01-01 @ 8:29pm PT
I hate hate hate hate hate Windows 8. I try to do more than on tab and search the corners for anything. I try to search and search the corners. The screen enlarges at the drop of a hat.
DID I SAY I HATE HATE HATE WINDOWS 8???????
Posted: 2013-01-01 @ 2:07pm PT
I am a 20+ year power user of windows and I can't do a damn thing in Windows 8. I feel like an idiot and dread having to try to get anything productive done. It may be great for younger generations who live socially through PCs, but for people who just want a tool to help them get actual work done it absolutely sucks.
Posted: 2013-01-01 @ 12:48pm PT
Only a MORON would think it's a good idea to "force" people to use the new functionality of the new Window 8 by reducing the functionality that they had invested time in already, as in Windows 7, by removing the START button. Kiss your $goodwill$ goodbye with that maneuver. Allowing customers to discover your great new system at their own pace, rather than incapacitating their ability to get their work done would have been much better. There is no good reason for removing the START button. It could have said, "This new operating system will take at least 20 hours to learn well, so if you're lazy, don't buy it." If I wanted to not be lazy, I'd get off my duff and exercise. For now I have work to get done, rather than deal with this nonsense. Also, I love my Ipad.... totally intuitive, unlike windows 8 which was supposed to run my desktop.
Posted: 2013-01-01 @ 12:32pm PT
Just bought a new laptop and it came with Win8. I thought 'this will be interesting' because I love new technology.
Turns out that, as much as I love new technology, I love functionality even more! After a month Win8 is driving me insane because it continually gets in the way of me using it for what I want to use it for.
I'm sure it is a wonderful experience on a machine with a touch screen, but with a mouse - or, worse still - a track pad, I am reduced to mouthing profanities at it!
I have installed retroui to give me back the start button, but that doesn't stop Metro getting in the way.
So ... I wanted to open a PDF so I can cut an paste a link I created. The Metro PDF Reader opens up ... filling the screen ... and I eventually get to copy the link (but only after allowing it to open in the Metro version of IE - which didn't allow me to specify where I wanted to save the download the link pointed to). And then I can't just 'click' my way out of the program - I have to have them running in the background.
The worse moment came when I tried to download the proper version of Adobe Reader - the installer wouldn't run.
I'm in the process of restarting my laptop to see if that helps ... I'm writing this on my Mac Mini rinning Windows 7 with Bootcamp.
I guess MicroSoft is going have huge sales - of full versions of Windows 7 - by people desperate to get back to having a computer they can use.
Wow - what a retrograde step from MS.
P.S. This is just one example of many that have irritated me when using Win8.
P.P.S. The restart allowed me to install the proper version of Adobe Reader - thank goodness!
Posted: 2012-12-31 @ 5:13pm PT
Genuinely clunky. Whoever the genius was that got rid of the desktop Start button has no idea.
Posted: 2012-12-31 @ 1:33pm PT
I have run into a lot of people who got new computers or laptops for Christmas and overwhelmingly they all hate Windows 8. The release of a new OS should generate lots of comments like, "it's cool," and "I love it!" You know there's trouble when all I'm hearing is "I hate Windows8! Take me back to Windows7." That's exactly what I'm having my IT guy do to my new laptop on Wednesday.
Posted: 2012-12-31 @ 12:18pm PT
My husband and I purchased two new laptops on black Friday. Within a week we returned both. Hate Windows 8!
Posted: 2012-12-30 @ 8:24pm PT
Thank God Best Buy has a good return policy. I am a Mac user and thought Windows 8 looked pretty neat. Bought a all in one HP. About an hour after getting it home I gave up. Maybe I am lazy and stupid, but I do not have a problem with Windows computer at work, my iMac, my iPad, my Blackberry Playbook, or any other tech devices. Windows 8 just plain sucked. I have 3 teenagers, they could not figure out how to use it either. I returned it the next day.
Posted: 2012-12-30 @ 3:20pm PT
I thought I was buying a computer not a I-phone I hate the way companies have to change every thing good about product. I'm not a 13 year old school girl who loves all the bling. I gust wanted a simple operating program that does not require a degree from MIT to understand.
Posted: 2012-12-30 @ 4:00am PT
I have an Asus slate, so Windows 8 is perfect. I think I understand why a desktop-only user might not see the value, but laptops are all going to become tablets in some manner or another starting yesterday, so Windows 8 gives us the best of the desktop and a really well thought through tablet interface. The iPad is just a dummie-down Windows Desktop interface. Windows 8 is well thought through from my tablet to my phone (Nokia 920).
As soon as a good new full line of tablet PCs hit the market, it will make a lot more sense.
Posted: 2012-12-29 @ 2:23am PT
I bought a windows 8 laptop and really struggled to find much intuitive about it. After 2 days working on it, and finding it annoyingly inefficient, I brought it back. I like innovation, but take a lesson from Apple, when you develop something brand new, make it 100% usable and intuitive, on top of increased speed and efficiency.
I love Windows 7 on PC's, OSX on Mac, and iOS for touch devices, I'll stick with those options for now. Maybe I'll even buy a cheap chromebook just for fun.
Posted: 2012-12-29 @ 12:05am PT
I have been doing computer service and repairs for 15+ years now and I can tell you that there are a VERY large number of PC users (young and old) who have no desire or need to enter the "Smart Phone" world. Microsoft clearly could care less about these customers. To call someone "Lazy" just because they don't like the same things you do is a true sign of a very immature person. I see this as a golden opportunity for apple to gain more market share.
Posted: 2012-12-28 @ 7:57pm PT
Windows 8 is awful. It is not efficient in any way. It is very touchy and requires a lot of moving around to complete things which once only required a "point and click". Gone are the days when what I wanted to stay on the screen would stay on the screen and my ability to have more than one program was my choice. Windows 8 robs you of a lot of freedom. I just bought a laptop with Windows 8. It's going back.
Posted: 2012-12-28 @ 7:56am PT
I'm not a ADHD 4 year old. Nor do I have a touch screen. Metro is horrible for me. It was the same with Vista. I was happy with XP or Win 7 but it seems Microsoft is never satisfied when they aren't pissing off their users. Win 8 has robbed me of the flexibility I like. I want my start menu back in its gloriously efficient list form. You can't even delete the app shortcuts from metro if you want a cleaner look to the mess of the 'all apps' window without uninstalling the @&$!ing program.
Posted: 2012-12-27 @ 7:16pm PT
I just purchased a Windows 8 Laptop. After 2 hours of configuration, I brought the laptop back to the store. Windows 8 destroyed the PC industry. Very sad...
Posted: 2012-12-27 @ 2:03pm PT
What should I do; learn this new OS or Linux? Seems both have a bit of a learning curve and will need me to get new versions of my programs, but at least Linux ones are mostly free...
Posted: 2012-12-27 @ 9:35am PT
Just returned my new HP Envy due to Windows 8. I am not averse to new technology -- but it should be intuitive and inviting. I have a smart phone -- no issues, iPad-- no issues, MyFordTouch -- no issues.
Windows 8 is confusing and difficult. The user guide does not even contain instructions to find the MAC address for WiFi. A search of MAC Address in the user guide results in ZERO topics?! I had to search online on a different computer to find out how to locate this info on Windows 8 machine in order to connect to WiFi. Really -- do that many people have an unsecure WiFi?
I have decided to fix an older computer until the Windows 8 debacle has passed and is replaced with a usable alternative. Life is short -- I won't be spending any more of mine learning an inferior product. What works for a tablet does not necessarily work for a productivity tool.
Posted: 2012-12-27 @ 12:18am PT
I got windows 8 on my new Laptop and HATE it. It took me 45 minutes just to figure out of to turn the computer off. I had to watched 2 YOUTUBE tutorials just to learn how to turn the computer off. It seems to have many gliches, like surfing the internet the pages randomly close. Even using the apps is hard. No toolbar anywhere to open things. I am Miserable!!!
Posted: 2012-12-26 @ 8:44pm PT
Absolutely HATE it. Got a new laptop as a Christmas gift and will be taking it back. Looks like a toy, not a productivity tool, I need a computer that I can be up and running quickly for BUSINESS, not to shop or look at social media sites.
Posted: 2012-12-26 @ 7:26pm PT
I installed windows 8 on Christmas eve and love it. I haven't stop using it since and I was still using Windows 8, XP And Vista. Great Job Microsoft it is to bad so many idiots out there are resistant to change!!!
Posted: 2012-12-26 @ 11:42am PT
Windows 8 is Microsoft's way of telling people, "why not give Linux a try?"
When your "new feature" is so worthless you have to force it on people (like the Ribbon) it's obviously garbage.
Posted: 2012-12-25 @ 4:04pm PT
Windows 8 is like new Coke, didn`t ask for it, don`t want it. Looks like a five year old designed it. Had one look at bought an iMac.
Posted: 2012-12-25 @ 2:54am PT
I love Windows 8. Tiles, speed, Modern UI for quick use and consumption, then Desktop for creating and development.
I'm debating about getting Surface Pro or an HP touch Ultrabook. Then, want to get Windows Phone 8. But, will have to see what the effect of Fiscal Cliff will do to me. I already know that my taxes will go up $200+ so it'll be tight to get the latest MS stuff.
Posted: 2012-12-24 @ 4:28pm PT
Windows 8 is only getting about a 25% approval rating in this forum, that's pretty awful for such a major release.
Posted: 2012-12-24 @ 3:24pm PT
I hate it...period. Not a pro with computers so I'm lost most of the time and cannot find documents etc. This thing is not user friendly.
Posted: 2012-12-24 @ 7:27am PT
Hate it and who wants to have to learn all over again. There is nothing I can do faster on Windows 8 at all. I hate it, hate it, hate it!
Posted: 2012-12-24 @ 6:42am PT
I love Windows 8. Some people are just resistant to change. Well, an OS needs to change to adapt to technological advances. Here's one tip: YOU DON'T NEED TO MANUALLY CLOSE WINDOWS 8 APPS!
Posted: 2012-12-23 @ 12:26pm PT
I HATE IT!!!!! I never comment on anything. I will eat a raw steak or something that looks like road kill. I hate this operating system. It has ZERO intuition. My 60 year old father literally threw his brand new computer across the room. Please send us a patch to fix this black hole of an OS. It makes me angry that this was my only choice when my computer crashed!. I may just buy a MAC next time if this is what I am offered.
Posted: 2012-12-23 @ 4:35am PT
Why fix something that is not broken? Older Windows like XP and 7 worked for most people just fine. Windows 8 however must be the greatest mistake they have made so far. Nothing works as it should and all the things we used to find in seconds seems to take hours, that's if they are still there which most are not. In a word RUBBISH !!!!!!
Posted: 2012-12-21 @ 10:47am PT
I give up my posting keeps getting deleted
Troy "the little boy":
Posted: 2012-12-18 @ 11:20pm PT
Windows 8 = sucks bad, trust me.
I'm not getting any of my work done because I really can't stand using it. That's a deal breaker for me.
Posted: 2012-12-18 @ 6:19pm PT
I don't find it starts any faster than Windows 7 did. Things always start faster when new, before you load in all your software and other stuff.
Posted: 2012-12-18 @ 5:27pm PT
Why bother to buy a whole new OS, only to have to set it up to behave like the old OS? There are ways to set up the Desktop in 8 to resemble and behave like Windows 7, but why do I have to go out and purchase a whole new operating system just for the privilege of setting it up to behave like the old OS? Why do I need "tiles" to do all the things so easily done in the old desktop environment? Windows 8 isn't doing well in the marketplace and ultimately will do poorly over time. There were no such controversies about Windows when 7 was released. 8 might end up as worst than Vista as far as being a mistake.
Posted: 2012-12-18 @ 2:08pm PT
I hate Windows 8. No search box or back arrow on each page. No consistency between websites . A royal pain.
Posted: 2012-12-18 @ 9:32am PT
It is not that it is that difficult to use; yes it takes time but once you get used to it, well it works.
It would have been nice though to have spent less time on interactive features, and more time on a clean setup with maximum efficiency.
This is not what I need for a University, this is what I needed in grade school when I could not work a mouse.
Posted: 2012-12-18 @ 5:50am PT
Why should Windows make the decision about what I should have on my laptop? What about laptops that are gifts for kids? My son received one and I had to reconfigure his main page because some of options are completely inappropriate for kids. Also, Windows 8 has compatibility issues with some programs, possibly Safe Eyes (a parent-control program). All the same, I do NOT like it! I like to choose what my family can/cannot have. The reconfiguration is a waste of my time.
Posted: 2012-12-17 @ 10:47pm PT
Got a new laptop. Used to use Vista. This crashes more and programs which I really like such as google chrome do not work. In fact surfing the internet leads to continuous freezing and crashes. Windows Vista also had sleep mode with quick startup. Other programs run at approximately the same stability so performance wise windows 8 has been quite frustrating to deal with. Regarding the UI - would it kill them to give users the option to use the windows 7 version? Converting to the old system is a pain and I'm afraid to do it in case it makes my system even more unstable. Its very frustrating and only manages to make apple look that little bit more appealing.
Posted: 2012-12-17 @ 7:46pm PT
Tell "Paul" I have a H/P with windows 8 I'll trade him for a 5 year old Dell that might be laying around. Hate, Hate,Hate windows8!!!!! ....bhooooooooo
David in Orlando:
Posted: 2012-12-17 @ 7:22pm PT
I hate it when there's a document on the screen and I can't close it. There's no "x" key...I end up doing ALT/CTRL/DEL at "End Task". Grrrrr!!!!
Posted: 2012-12-17 @ 4:43pm PT
I just bought a laptop with this stupid OS and I'm returning it. It seems to be designed to make every simple task harder, while making useless activities easy and "fun." The main intent seems to be to sell apps. What a joke. I can't imagine businesses switching to this system. Think of the billions of dollars in retraining costs. I never thought I would seriously think about switching to Apple products or Linux, but if this is the direction MS is going, it's over for me.
Posted: 2012-12-17 @ 1:03am PT
Windows 8 boots much faster.
Windows 8 has a functional lock screen to which you can add functions and any image you wish to apply to it.
Windows 8 is more secure.
Windows 8 has the added functionality of the start screen apps, some of which I really enjoy a lot. There will be more to come.
Windows 8 can have a start button added on for little or no money. Instant comfort and functionality.
Windows 8 can have a sidebar on the desktop. I don't care if you don't like it-I do.
Windows 8 is very backward compatible.
Windows 8 is better all the way around.
Windows 7 User:
Posted: 2012-12-16 @ 10:55pm PT
"Windows 8 is very easy to use but you have to be willing to learn the new features and gestures of this new operating system, and it appears that a lot of people are not willing to do this."
No, it's not my responsibility to learn how Windows 8 works. Post Apple & Google, the onus is on the developers to make the software easy to use. Windows 8 is not. If I have to spend a week to learn an operating system, when I've been using Windows my entire life, then Microsoft has failed.
Posted: 2012-12-16 @ 5:12pm PT
I cannot believe that Microsoft would use their own operating system to try to do a money grab. It is so obvious. Killing ability to play DVD's, but selling you music service. Eliminating START menu to force you to "get used to" that horrible Fisher-Price Metro interface. Annoying you incessantly about signing up to their cloud whether you want it or not. The advertisements. Yuck! I cannot stand Windows 8 at all. Major Fail.
Posted: 2012-12-16 @ 1:29pm PT
If I wanted a multimedia device I would have bought a smart phone or tablet. I wanted a laptop computer. This constant daily or twice daily crashes that says "sorry computer ran into problems collecting data for microsoft" is a real pain. Mail interface is unreliable, takes two or three times to launch, also it shuts downs for no reason while you are reading of deleting e-mail. That's just a few of my complaints.
Posted: 2012-12-16 @ 12:44pm PT
Windows 8 will not run my MYOB 17 files. The result is that Windows 8 is bad for business. I returned to Windows 7 and also my Mac.
Posted: 2012-12-16 @ 12:24pm PT
OK honest question here for those people saying that Windows 8 on the desktop is destroying their productivity:
How exactly do you use the Start menu? I know, at least in my case, that my most used Win7 programs are pinned to the task bar. That means I rarely ever click the Start menu, and when I do have to click the Start menu, I'm in and out in a flash.
I loaded up Windows 8 on a desktop and seriously, how much time are you spending on the Start menu? How much time did you spend on the Start menu in Windows 7? You click, select your program and then forget about it for a while.
When you right-click the bottom left corner, there's faster access to system utilities than there ever was. It's more efficient to say, uninstall an app or pop up the device manager. Fewer mouse clicks.
I think all the hate is from people who haven't given it a fair shot.
Posted: 2012-12-16 @ 8:46am PT
I bought a new computer with windows 8 and after about 3-4 hours of using it returned it to the store and ordered 1 with windows 7. I need a computer, not a phone app. Windows 8 in very JAVA unfriendly. Don't know what Microsoft was thinking. 8 might be great if all you want to do is run apps, but what about the rest of the adult world that needs to get some serious work done. Go to your favorite store or stores website and order up a unit with windows 7 installed. I know Best Buy had lots online.
Posted: 2012-12-16 @ 6:28am PT
Windows 8 is paving the way to some nice user experience. Apps are growing at a fast pace, now we just need for the hardware to catch up. Once the new low power CPUs from Intel come out it will boost the battery life.
Posted: 2012-12-16 @ 5:52am PT
I'm finding that Windows 8 is pretty horrible. I want to go back to 7, or better yet get a chrome operating system. 8 doesn't play blu ray or dvd's in with windows media player. You have to upgrade to 8 pro to add windows media center, and that will cost you $69. If you are thinking about switching to 8 don't. Other than the fancy opening start window there really isn't any extra value in switching, but you will have your dvd playing ability and tv watching ability taken away. Also, everything is centered around apps with 8. What does that mean? You have to create an account and get all of your apps through their apps store. If you have a google account and everything that comes with it, FREE, what is the point of getting redundant apps specifically for Windows 8? I think Microsoft is screwing the pooch with this latest OS. Piss people off and they'll switch to Apple, Google or just about anything else that doesn't require purchasing software from third parties to do the simple things we all came to expect from operating systems.
Posted: 2012-12-16 @ 5:34am PT
Way too difficult to use. Things that should be easy to find are buried way too deep in the o/s. Most new software is intuitive... not this poj.
Posted: 2012-12-16 @ 4:06am PT
it's really laughable to hear people hate win8 coz of the stupid reasons
Posted: 2012-12-16 @ 1:37am PT
Still waiting for an OS upgrade for us 700+ million registered Windows 7 DESKTOP users. Windows 8 is clearly designed for touch (tablets and phones) with desktop users a thrown in as an afterthought. No way I am giving Microsoft a dime of my money for this. I will wait until they fix it or move on to something else.
Posted: 2012-12-16 @ 1:34am PT
I've had it for about a month. It boots up quickly, but otherwise it's a fail.
Posted: 2012-12-16 @ 12:22am PT
I love the live tiles of Windows 8 on my laptop even after the fact that I do not work for Microsoft - no lies.
Posted: 2012-12-16 @ 12:14am PT
I've had Windows 8 since its official release. Initially was put off by the new interface, but have grown to like it. I see room for improvement (e.g., Search function for the Calendar app), but Windows 8 is a nice marriage of desktop and tablet environments. This is actually tempting me into getting Windows 8 as my next smartphone.
Posted: 2012-12-15 @ 10:01pm PT
Windows 8 is an OVERBLOWN windows phone 7 on the desktop ? ! ? !
Vista's OVERSIZED Gadgets
made dull with ugly colors and forced down your throat..
but instead of gadgets, they call them Tiles..
These one color Tiles look DULL with those ugly colors
and those that update constantly, will drive you nuts after a while!
Those Vista gadgets failed..
cannot remember last time i saw them on Win7 PCs..
Windows 8 will fail also..
Microsoft STRIPPED AERO from Windows 7..
hired a bunch of two year-old kids
that took the rectangular tool in Windows PAINT
and created Windows 8 METRO UI..
WOAA ! !
The smoothly elegant rounded glass of Aero
has been replaced by tiles that are two-dimensional,
dull with hard, sharp corners.
This cartoony rectangular, flat, bland, boring,
dull, big yawn, dry, monotonous, stale, blah,
uninteresting, unimaginative, uninspiring
waste of desktop space called METRO UI..
That LOOKS like it's still in >> SAFE MODE <<
..will never.. EVER.. be more successful than VISTA..
Those colors on tiles are just HIDEOUS..
and a full screen Start menu??
Posted: 2012-12-15 @ 9:41pm PT
I love Windows 8 on my desktop.
Posted: 2012-12-15 @ 8:41pm PT
I tried it out but prefer 7 or vista I do not like the new interface at all
Posted: 2012-12-15 @ 8:17pm PT
WINDOWS 8 SUCKS
Posted: 2012-12-15 @ 7:22pm PT
Jake switched from MAC to Win 8 and he loves it, Toooo Funny, Microsoft could do a better job in training their plants to not be so obvious
Posted: 2012-12-15 @ 5:27pm PT
You sound like you never use it...repeaters with no thoughts of their own.
Posted: 2012-12-15 @ 2:06pm PT
AJ, why would you think that you get the full computer power on Win8?
Posted: 2012-12-15 @ 1:41pm PT
Those that are happy with Windows 8 probably work for them and want to save their jobs!
I DO NOT LIKE WINDOWS 8
Posted: 2012-12-15 @ 1:29pm PT
User David says hes coverted it to look like Windows 7... That proves the point entirely.. Its a waste.. Vista 2.0 or Windows ME 2.0.. The tech behind the scenes maybe great but let us use that not the METRO garbage.. I am so suprised Server 2012 has gone this route already.. Its terrible.
Posted: 2012-12-15 @ 10:49am PT
Anyone who switches from Apple and won't go back is a liar or Microsoft plant.
I do scientific research with heavy graphics. I want the full power of the computing machine easily accessible. Win 8 makes that difficult for the desktop user. When my hardware is ready to upgrade then Mac Pro is my choice, not a high end Windows workstation like I have been using. I am tied to my work not an operating system. I use software and expect the operating system to provide a productive environment. That is the great thing about choice. I don't have to complain, I just change and do something else. Goodbye windows.
Posted: 2012-12-15 @ 10:19am PT
Looks like I fall in the group that likes the new windows 8 better.
Posted: 2012-12-15 @ 10:01am PT
Windows 8 is great. I switched over from apple, and won't go back as long as they continue to support the modern interface. Once I got used to it, the live tiles made the static mac icons look outdated.