Google to Microsoft…Posted on December 17th, 2012 at 23:04 4 comments
… Up yours.
Interesting PR twist on a rather ho-hum development. InfoWorld Tech Watch.
4 responses to “Google to Microsoft…”
In an earlier post I stated my opinion that Windows 8 is a piece of meat. That opinion hasn’t changed in the slightest since that post. As of now, I can’t get my ipod to sync, Chrome is very twitchy and unreliable on Win 8, and most of the programs I’ve either downloaded or wanted to aren’t stating they’re compatible with Windows 8. In short, I’m disgusted with the whole deal. Microsoft hasn’t created the next best os, they’ve created a lame duck. Seriously, if I could, I would downgrade back to Windows 7 on my new laptop. Unfortunately, I don’t have the skills to perform such a task.
A word to Microsoft, Windows 9 should go back to a more traditional Windows os.
Did you get Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro?
If you have Windows 8 Pro, it’s at least theoretically possible to downgrade. Take it back to the company that sold it to you and beg…
rc primak December 28th, 2012 at 20:11
On my Toshiba Satellite core-i5 laptop in a dual-boot, Chrome works very well and is quite stable, even with streaming video, under Windows 8 Pro 64-bit, System Builder PUL.
There will be no going back on the interface.
While I don’t like the deprecated desktop, I have found that Windows 8 is a usable and stable OS with lots of legacy supports. But I have a lot of hardware here. I don’t know how it will perform on lesser machines.
Also, if the laptop came labeled as a Windows 8 laptop, but was sold early on, it may only be a Windows 7 laptop with Windows 8 slapped on top. This is a recipe for disaster, as there is no evidence of updated drivers or other configuration details. Some otherwise reputable retailers and resellers have been using this trick, sometimes only slapping the Win 8 COA on top of the Win 7 decal.
Check for driver updates before blaming the OS for what may be a hardware mismatch.
rc primak December 28th, 2012 at 20:32
Oh, and before downgrading Windows 8 to Windows 7, remember the reverse applies as well — you will need Windows 7 drivers for all downgraded hardware components. See this article:
It isn’t an easy process, and there is no guarantee of success. And you still need to pay for and reactivate a new Windows 7 pro license.
Best bet if you don’t like your new Windows 8 device or computer is to return it and take the hit for restocking fees. And buy the Windows 7 computer you should have bought in the first place.
If you wanted to just test-drive Windows 8, you could have done so during beta testing for free, and in a Virtual Machine or a dual-boot. then you would not make the mistake of buying something you have never tried.
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