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  • Windows 7

    96 55.17%
  • Windows XP

    11 6.32%
  • Windows 8.x

    57 32.76%
  • Windows Vista

    4 2.30%
  • Windows Longhorn

    1 0.57%
  • Windows 98

    2 1.15%
  • Windows 1.0

    3 1.72%
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  1. Wenda's Avatar
    Posts : 171
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       #61

    Re: The Start Button/Menu.

    When I got serious about Win 8 upon the release of the second beta (loathed the first passionately, bug-ridden and crash-prone), I installed Classic Shell to get the 'traditional' start menu back. However, I also enabled the Quick-Launch toolbar, and subsequently found that I was using it and the Start screen more than the Start menu.
    Upon installing the Win 8.1beta, I decided to give the 'improved' Start Screen/All Apps a fair chance so did not install any 3rd-party Start menu. I intensely dislike having either a desktop full of icons or a taskbar full of 'pinned' programs, so I enabled Quick-Launch, which holds all my most-used programs, and use the new All Apps screen as a start menu (set to sort by category) for everything else. This really does work well, better than the Start screen in Win 8, and is easily as good (though hugely different) as the old Start menu, imo.
    I use desktop programs 99% of the time, as opposed to the built-in 'apps' (the weather being a major exception) and literally never see the Start screen unless by deliberate choice. I've not even bothered to pin anything to it or make any attempt to customise it, All Apps is so vastly superior.



    Cheers!

    Wenda.
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  2. alphanumeric's Avatar
    Posts : 14,087
    Windows 10 IoT
       #62

    I didn't like 8 but I do like 8.1. Looking forward to 8.2 to see what it brings. My all time favorite OS would be Windows 2000 workstation. Very reliable and it let me play my old games. =) I ran it for a long time. Windows 7 would be a very close second. That's what I voted for as 2K and 8.1 weren't listed.
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  3. Posts : 104
    Windows 7 x64 HP
       #63

    Lee, post: 6525, member: 135 said:
    Could you please explain as what you mean by disaster. Haven't had any problems to date, so not really understanding the term disaster.
    Why would I need to explain myself? The hunches I have against it, is pretty much how bipolar the system is plus no "first party" start menu. Some options saw their location changed that doesn't make much change; mainly, from what I remember from the very little time I had with W8, the reginal/keyboard layout options and the things related to the "language bar". In Windows 7, It's two-three clicks max to remove it. In W8... it's hidden further under more clicks and windows. For me the negative outweights the positive.

    I heard 8.2 will bring back an actual Start Menu among other things. If so, I *might* give in although I don't like that flat and boring theme.

    Addendum: Secure wiping an SSD is a step that I really dislike doing before a clean install and, especially, doing a manual partition so the system reserved doesn't get created. ;\

    Addendum 2: I feel like I'm surrounded by Win8 fanboys while the Win7 fanboys, although more numerous, gets packed and beaten up in a corner.
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  4. Lee's Avatar
    Lee
    Posts : 4,793
    OS X, Win 10
       #64

    Lebon14, post: 7704, member: 48 said:
    Why would I need to explain myself? The hunches I have against it, is pretty much how bipolar the system is plus no "first party" start menu. Some options saw their location changed that doesn't make much change; mainly, from what I remember from the very little time I had with W8, the reginal/keyboard layout options and the things related to the "language bar". In Windows 7, It's two-three clicks max to remove it. In W8... it's hidden further under more clicks and windows. For me the negative outweights the positive.

    I heard 8.2 will bring back an actual Start Menu among other things. If so, I *might* give in although I don't like that flat and boring theme.

    Addendum: Secure wiping an SSD is a step that I really dislike doing before a clean install and, especially, doing a manual partition so the system reserved doesn't get created. ;\

    Addendum 2: I feel like I'm surrounded by Win8 fanboys while the Win7 fanboys, although more numerous, gets packed and beaten up in a corner.
    . . .you have a nice day. . .:)
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  5. davehc's Avatar
    Posts : 513
       #65

    "Addendum 2: I feel like I'm surrounded by Win8 fanboys while the Win7 fanboys, although more numerous, gets packed and beaten up in a corner."

    I would guess that a majority of members, other than those newly joined, are indeed.
    "Fan boys" is a little vulgar, just keep it to enthusiasts who are seeing the latest OS though unjaundiced eyes, and trying to help others with their ongoing learning experiences. I would guess that if you are seeking unchallenged, out and out, criticism of Windows 8, you can get moral support in this forum, from the discontented users, but it is often counter challenged by the supporters.

    By the way, are you a member, or are you aware, of the companion forum for Windows 7, you could get more sympathy for your views there, perhaps?

    Lee's Comment, "Could you please explain as what you mean by disaster. Haven't had any problems to date, so not really understanding the term disaster.", was not intended as a rebuke or criticism. The member was expecting feedback, from which we may have been able to help you enjoy your Windows 8 experience a little.
    The issue is that many of us have not had any problems large enough to term the OS as a "Disaster"
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  6. Lee's Avatar
    Lee
    Posts : 4,793
    OS X, Win 10
       #66

    davehc, post: 7714, member: 120 said:
    "Addendum 2: I feel like I'm surrounded by Win8 fanboys while the Win7 fanboys, although more numerous, gets packed and beaten up in a corner."

    I would guess that a majority of members, other than those newly joined, are indeed.
    "Fan boys" is a little vulgar, just keep it to enthusiasts who are seeing the latest OS though unjaundiced eyes, and trying to help others with their ongoing learning experiences. I would guess that if you are seeking unchallenged, out and out, criticism of Windows 8, you can get moral support in this forum, from the discontented users, but it is often counter challenged by the supporters.

    By the way, are you a member, or are you aware, of the companion forum for Windows 7, you could get more sympathy for your views there, perhaps?

    Lee's Comment, "Could you please explain as what you mean by disaster. Haven't had any problems to date, so not really understanding the term disaster.", was not intended as a rebuke or criticism. The member was expecting feedback, from which we may have been able to help you enjoy your Windows 8 experience a little.
    The issue is that many of us have not had any problems large enough to term the OS as a "Disaster"
    Thank you, Lee . . .:)
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  7. alphanumeric's Avatar
    Posts : 14,087
    Windows 10 IoT
       #67

    Some settings are a PITA to find through the charms bar. How to get to them isn't all that intuitive either. All in all though I still like 8.1 There are some settings in Windows 7 that are several menus deep too. You don't notice it so much when you actually know where your going to find that setting versus blindly clicking options until you find what you wanted. Windows 7 is a great OS, one of my all time favorites actually.
    Last edited by alphanumeric; 03 Sep 2014 at 17:11.
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  8. Posts : 5,834
    Dual boot Windows 10 FCU Pro x 64 & current Insider 10 Pro
       #68

    Lebon14, post: 7704, member: 48 said:
    Addendum 2: I feel like I'm surrounded by Win8 fanboys while the Win7 fanboys, although more numerous, gets packed and beaten up in a corner.
    I’m sorry you feel that way. Seems to me that we’ll all have to agree to disagree. If you don’t care for 8 that is, of course, ok. But, personally I didn’t join 9F to get into “heated discussions” on 8/8.1, unless it relates to the anticipated 9 in some way. e.g. “Will it be like 8/8.1?” “Will it be different?” “Will MS continue in their new direction or will they revert back to the Desktop model?”

    8/8.1 are what they are. We all know by now who likes and dislikes them, so I suggest we all just move on.
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  9. bigseb's Avatar
    Posts : 3,419
    Windows 10
       #69

    When reading the posts in this thread half of me feels I really lost out by never getting on the Win8 bandwagon and the other half doesn't...

    Definitely must pay more attention to 8.2 when it is released...
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  10. alphanumeric's Avatar
    Posts : 14,087
    Windows 10 IoT
       #70

    Whether its g8t or you h8t seems to depend on whether you like Metro or not. At least that's how it seems to me. I haven't seen to many "its OK" posts. Those that like it seem to like it a lot. And vise versa. I've run all the pre-release versions and the final versions. I always seemed to be going back to 7 on my desktop PC's for one reason or another. Until 8.1 came about, now its staying.
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