Have you upgraded, or will you upgade, to Windows 8? [Ask dotTechies]

Windows 8 officially launched yesterday, Friday October 26. With so many monetary discounts provided by Microsoft for those that upgrade, I’m sure curious as to how many dotTechies have already upgraded or plan on upgrading. So, if you will, please cast your vote in the poll below and leave a nice (or mean) comment below to let us all know! If anyone is curious, I plan on upgrading very soon; you know, to stay ahead of the curve so to speak.

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  • Maximus

    My commercial accounts ask, How can we improve performance on our Vista(s) or Sys7(s)? “Upgrade to WinXP”.
    Do your homework: It takes an average of 5 years to work out the bugs and security issues of any new operating system. Why be a guinea pig for Microsoft?
    The only people that will benefit with Sys8 (like Vista and Sys7) are: Microsoft, hardware and software vendors.
    For me to upgrade everything on my Sys7 Dell, would cost about $1,600.

  • Godel

    I bought one of the Aussie boxed sets, It looks to be a full version, not an upgrade. I might try it on the weekend.

    The license to the media pack is available for the asking, no proof of purchase required.

    Even if you never intend to install Win8, it wouldn’t hurt to have a license or three, just in case. You might have a relative that could use it in the future. It took just over a day to arrive after I applied for it. It showed up in my spam folder.


  • KMHamm

    Add me to the list of non-upgraders. As has been said, M$ tends to get it right 50% or so of the time and I’m not going to chance it – especially if I can’t run programs I use a lot and love.

  • Switch-kun

    @Godel: The thing is, I’m not going to use Win8, but I’d just add it to my collection of random programs. That’s what I meant. Honestly speaking, I really don’t know if Win8 would too much for my dad; he’s terrible with computers. Sure, I could pay to upgrade to Win8, but I’d rather make him stick with Win7 rather than Win8. I don’t want him clicking everywhere and figuring out what is what, and eventually bothering me all the time on how to do simple things that even a 8 year old could do.

  • meldasue

    I’m still on Vista at home and perfectly happy with it, and I agree with some other posters – thou shalt neither be the first nor the last to install a new Windows OS or service pack. Wait until they sort out the bugs.

    However, it really depends on the future of The Sims – if I can’t run the next EP on my ancient computer, I’ll have to look at a new one, which will mean Windows 8 whether I’m ready or not.

  • faulkn_c

    I tried the upgrade advisor on my elderly Dell Inspiron (happily running Win7 on 2GB Ram) and it told me half my Apps (programs?) wouldn’t run – including my Acronis True Image 2012….
    So before committing to shelling out £25 I downloaded the RTM and tried installing it onto a spare 80GB HD that I’d already installed the release preview without problems.
    Sure enough the install failed, telling me I had to switch off my PC, ho hum.
    Seems old(ish) Pentium 4’s don’t support the NX bit, so that rules my laptop out.

    Already the claim by Microsoft that Win8 runs on hardware that supports Win7!!

    If I wanted a touch interface I’d use a device that had a touch screen, like, er a Tablet – not a PC with a mouse or a touch pad.

    This is a bad move by Microsoft, the speed improvement were attractive, but the interface not.

    p.s. I AM old – nearly 60! – I’ve used all incarnations of Windows and have always upgraded.
    I use Windows and Linux PC’s, have a Raspberry, various Android Tablets, Google NX7 etc.
    But I have always hated Apple’s walled garden (looks like Microsoft is building one now) and it’s Steve Jobbie spawn.

    But even they don’t force a tablet UI on their PC users.

  • Godel

    @Switch-kun: “Odd… where is the “I won’t buy Win8, but I’ll pirate it anyways for the heck of it” option? I’m disappointed. :(”

    Apparently the $15 upgrade offer for a recently purchased PC doesn’t require any real proof of purchase, so that’s almost as good. ;)

    Note to Aussie buyers: three retailers are offering the full boxed upgrade edition for ~$49. Static Ice is your friend.

  • @storageman: You can get a free upgrade to Linux that will work, with your choice of desktops. Be free of both Microsoft and Apple!

  • Mike

    When Windows 7 was released, I upgraded and ran it for a while but then reverted back to XP SP3 for various reasons. I’ll probably give 7 another go when MS ends support (security patches) for XP. When the time comes that 7 is no longer supported, I’ll most likely go to Linux unless MS manages to get back on track with Windows 9.

  • Switch-kun

    @DoktorThomas: Because I’m a badass. :) Does that answer your question? You can report me to the cops, but I highly doubt they’d care.

  • GF


    You have badly read the message of Susann. She has not said those words, she has reported only what other people think about old users of computers.

  • JohnnyG

    Today is Oct. 28. Where are the results of the survey?

  • DoktorThomas

    @Paul D: MSFT has no idea what PC user want. There you have it in a nutshell.

  • DoktorThomas

    @Switch-kun: You want help admitting to breaking federal copyright laws? If you are that free and easy with $250,000 (the fine), send some that green my way…

  • DoktorThomas

    Apple is looking more appetizing…

  • I work as the ISM for a small City (100+) users.

    I will install Windows ME 8 as soon as Led Zepplin starts their comback tour.This user UI may be great for a tablet but I have over 100 users with dual screens doing business work and they do not have touchscreens.

  • Mayank

    Even though Microsoft has tried to encourage or force it’s fellow people to use Windows 8. It’s still not ready to completely satisfy it’s users.

    An example of what you might encounter while using Win 8 & it’s services is this – http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/microsofts-atrocious-customer-service-case-point/

    Though the Metro UI [or as Microsoft says it – Windows 8 UI] looks tempting to use but still It’s recommended to not use it.

    If You see Microsoft’s History, You will know that every alternate version of Windows has been an epic fail. Windows 7 is best as of now and this next version Windows 8 is an epic fail.. :|

  • Mags

    @bwingler: “So much for the “too old” thoughts. I’m nearing 71 and have upgraded one laptop. Blame it on being senile. It installed smoothly for me. There is a bit of learning curve but I like the challenge. I decided to do this for two reasons 1) Keeping up with what’s out there 2) …… well I forgot the 2nd reason after all I’m too old.”

    LOL, I like that response to Susanne.

    I’m also in the 50+ computer user category and I take offense at that comment. I am not one who is ” too old/ stupid/ entrenched/ inflexible/ cliche-of-choice”. In fact I probably know a lot more about computers (both inside and out) than many younger people.

    My decision to not upgrade is not based on what you (Susanne) think but because Win 8 is not suitable for what I need for my business. I’m not knocking it for tablets etc. but for pc’s and laptops it just won’t work for people like you who use them for business.

    As for me I don’t have a smart phone or a tablet as I don’t need them. If I did need them I’d probably have at least one or the other. And yes, if I bought a tablet with Win 8, I’d take the time to learn how to use it, when I find the time.

  • ailric

    I upgraded to Windows 8 as soon as it was out. The price was right ($39.99) and I like to try out new stuff.

    My system:
    Purchased in 2008
    HP Pavilion Elite m9510f Desktop PC
    Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q8200
    8GB DDR3 SDRAM memory
    NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GS

    Downloaded Windows 8 using upgrade assistant.
    Created and burnt an ISO.
    Returned to Install Windows shortcut and installed from there.
    Chose to keep all programs and settings.
    Installation took approximately 1 hour.
    No problems.
    Acronis TI Personal 2010 works perfectly.
    Raxco PerfectDisk 2011 had to be uninstalled.

    The Good:
    New Themes

    The Bad:
    No start button.
    Navigation is confusing.
    Switching between apps is counter intuitive.

    Windows 7 was the best desktop OS Microsoft ever made.
    I’m going to stick with Windows 8 anyways.
    The Start screen is basically useless (for a non-touch PC)
    Startisback (http://www.startisback.com/) will give you the REAL start button back… for a price.
    My next computer will be a sexy and thin iMac… maybe for Christmas!

    I’m not a Mac fanboi, but I will be soon.
    I actually liked Windows ME and the only trouble I had with Vista was my hardware was too old.

  • bwingler

    So much for the “too old” thoughts. I’m nearing 71 and have upgraded one laptop. Blame it on being senile. It installed smoothly for me. There is a bit of learning curve but I like the challenge. I decided to do this for two reasons 1) Keeping up with what’s out there 2) …… well I forgot the 2nd reason after all I’m too old.

    Seriously, so far I find that most my programs work. I do miss the traditional Start button but am getting a little comfortable with this one. I find that when I open the desktop it works very much like Win 7. Has MS taken 7 and added the tablet angle to the OS? It kinda looks that way. Of course I’m disabled so I don’t have to use this OS in a work environment. If so I would be reluctant to switch to 8 on the work machine until I learn my way around 8.

    Now to all that say they never will install 8, I remember lots of people saying the same thing about 95, 98, Vista, Xp, 7 and one other one somewhere in the mix. But slowly, either by choice or just being forced into it, most eventually make the change.

    BTW, I also own a Blackberry Playbook and Google’s Nexus 7. Windows 8 conceivably could make their usefulness fade away, when they further develop their apps. Maybe I will be wishing I could trade my tablets in for a Slate.

  • Switch-kun

    Odd… where is the “I won’t buy Win8, but I’ll pirate it anyways for the heck of it” option? I’m disappointed. :(

  • sl0j0n

    Hello, all.
    Desmond Watson makes the excellent observation, on his webpage, that a computer and a phone need different GUIs.
    I happen to agree.
    The idea that one interface could work for both is staggeringly stupid, imo.
    Tools need to be, have to be, *MUST* be, designed for the job that they are intended for.
    You may be able to use a hammer, instead of a screwdrive, but it will *never* do the same job, as well as the *RIGHT* tool.
    Same principle applies to software, too.
    In the past, M$ tried to make a computer interface work on a phone. That didn’t work out too well. So why would the reverse work any better?
    IF you can’t see the point of that, you probably *like* winbloz8.

    Have a GREAT day, neighbors!

  • Susann

    Nope. I use WinXP & 7 (on different machines), & they do what I need, perfectly well. I make my living writing, & that means keyboard (I use even the mouse as little as possible), so all these tablet-like bells & whistles & flashy gadgets are useless to me except as toys. I won’t rule out buying a Win8 tablet somewhere down the line for playing on the internet, but for real work — not a chance.

    And I am getting REALLY tired of the “50+ computer users won’t try Win8 because they’re too old/ stupid/ entrenched/ inflexible/ cliche-of-choice” nonsense. Most people I know won’t bother moving to Win8 NOT because we can’t or won’t, but because we don’t need to. And we don’t see the point in wasting good hours of our lives messing about with something that isn’t going to benefit us. There are about 8 dozen things I’d rather do with my “spare” time — I actually have a “real” life! — than futz around learning yet another new OS!

  • INXS9000RPM

    You deserve an award for persisting with A) the installation, and B) a dignified uninstall. I would’ve booted Acronis and restored my C: drive in a heart-beat. Aiden

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  • GF

    Windows 8 is too young. It could be still full of bugs.
    It’s crazy buying immediately a new OS. It’s wise instead waiting for some years before buying it, so in the meantime some bugs will be fixed.

  • EGF

    I, too, had the free upgrade offer and, although my gut said stay with Windows 7, my head (and some of those second look articles) talked me into trying it. It took a number of tries to get it installed – the assistant did not identify a system snapshot program as one that needed to be uninstalled. It also forced me to uninstall my old, trusty Acronis 2011.

    After a couple hours of downloading and struggling, I gave birth to a Windows 8 machine, and, was I ever sorry! Most of my programs (non-Outlook email client, QuickBooks, Quicken, even Internet Explorer!) failed to run. I kept getting an error message. I managed to get online with PaleMoon 64, but could find nothing on Microsoft’s website to help.

    After another couple hours of fighting, I gave up and decided to download Acronis 2013 (which is compatible) and restore my Windows 7 machine. It downloaded fine, but I sure couldn’t install it. I kept getting the same error as when running my existing software. (BTW, my computer is about 4 weeks old, so that wasn’t the problem!).

    I tried booting from an Acronis rescue CD, but Windows 8 relettered the partitions so badly, I was afraid to map my old C drive to H!

    Eventually, I was unable to boot from my CD drive at all. I then had the bright idea that I might be able to uninstall Windows 8 and revert to my prior operating system. I remember the old days when that was possible. Not so with Windows 8 (although all Microsoft’s help talked about was the Consumer Preview). Don’t get me started on what help is not available on the MS website!

    After another couple hours, I managed to get my old Windows 7 DVD to load within Windows Explorer, and was able to reinstall Windows 7 (a clean install – lost all my C: drive files. Thank God I had my data on a different partition). Then I reinstalled Acronis 2011 and restored everything.

    All in all, I wasted about 8 hours of my life on Windows 8, and I wouldn’t recommend the exercise to anyone.

  • Paul D

    @Penwv56: Spot on. W8 is deliberately designed with a view to making desktops and laptops (without touchscreens) obsolete.

  • Doug

    For 39.99 for the downloaded upgrade it is worth the try on a second harddrive.
    I spend more than that at a restaurant.
    I will leave Windows 7 in place for now till I decide if this is good for me.
    It is quite responsive though.
    And with Classic Shell I can even have my start menu back.

  • Penwv56

    Windows 8 was designed for tablets and smart phones that can be used by holding them in your hands or on your lap. How many PC monitors can be used in this manor? Even if I had a touch screen monitor it is way too big for my lap. And I will never reach across my desk to touch screen my monitor.

  • jayesstee

    I have just voted: “I have not yet, but I plan on it”, but in truth, I’m not sure.
    I have been consistently vocal on this site against Win 8 and I hate the hijacking of a desktop/laptop OS to suit the tablet/toy market.
    However two factors are making me rethink:
    # 1 Some respected commentators have posted positive “second thought” reviews – http://www.freewarebb.com/topic/98152-windows-8-pricing-upgrading-details/#entry106645 – for instance.
    # 2 The price. The opportunity to future proof for $40/£25 is tempting. Remember Win 7 was offered at a discount for a while, then the price soared to the obscene level of today.
    So do I give in or not? I’ve got till the end of January next to decide.

    P.S. Microsoft are a joke! I just received an email from Microsoft entitled: “Introducing Windows 8”. My email client, (Microsoft’s) “Windows Live Mail” has flagged it as “Unknown Sender” and ask me “Delete and block” or “Allow sender”.

  • Terry Nachtmerrie

    In honor of Windows 8 I gave myself a fresh Windows 7 installation. I’ll wait till SP1, in the mean time, software can adapt to Windows 8.

  • Bull

    No need to upgrade for me. Windows 7 has worked near flawlwess for me.

    As for tablets, I just don’t see the need for one in my life. I have never been one to want to always get the latest toys out there, it’s not a necessity to me.

    Tablets are the new laptops, i figure Starbucks will once again have their business boom as they once did when laptops came on the scene and people wanted to be seen with one, instead this time around, it will be with a Tablet.

  • Frank D

    Everything I see and hear about Win8 makes me not like or want it. I think it’s designed specifically for the youngsters (or wannabe youngsters) that talk to the air (bluetooth device stuck in their ear) while thumbing away on their handheld as they ramble in traffic. I will definitely skip it (as I did Vista) and in a few years, when my current desktop machine fades or dies, I’ll shop around for a new PC that I can install my copy of Win7 on.

  • Bob Mason

    I may eventually upgrade, but not until it’s been widely reviewed and user-tested, and the first update is issued. Also may await news about Windows 9.

  • storageman

    I would love to upgrade my Dell laptop from XP but Dell says it is impossible!

  • JonE

    I haven’t even upgraded to 7, although I have used 7 on a relatives laptop. I have to admit that 7 is much faster and smoother than XP, but I enjoy tinkering with the guts and the inside of Windows 7 is clunge; not at all enjoyable to work on. My opinion.

    And I’m a Microsoft conspiracy theorist; I figure every time Microsoft comes out with a new OS they have found new ways to keep track of what we’re doing, what I’m doing.

    And I don’t plan on a Windows 8 Tablet, or Apple (or anything Apple), or Samsung, or any tablet or smartphone. I imagine I will go to my grave without ever having owned a tablet or smart phone; I just don’t need that kind of portability. I may, I might purchase a cell phone, at some point, but then I don’t need to be that available to anyone.

    And if you’ve come to the conclusion, after reading this, that I’m an old grump; you are dead on. And I get grumpier and grumpier with every passing day; especially after reading about the immaturity of Apple and recently the immaturity of our politicians. And they want me to vote for them?

  • BR

    PERSONALLY speaking, I have only just stopped using a Windows/XP VM for support of an old 32bit driver on a legacy scanner.

    Interesting that most people are not going to use it. As is said, change has to have a reason for it to be worth while. Seems that the reason for 8 is for Microsoft to try and recover the users “leaked” to phones, not upmarket or to pro or business users (like me – as I work on a server support team) for whom touch interfaces are just fluff.

    I don’t have a need for Windows Muck (sorry, Windows 8) personally right now. It looks like it is a reach downmarket and not worth the effort.

  • lerner

    I have just moved up to Win7 from XP. I dislike the way Microsoft changes the things we are familiar with each time they ‘upgrade’ the OS. I see there are lots of unnecessary small changes in Win8, so I plan to hold on to Win7 until it is completely obsolete!
    I plan to get a tablet, but it will be android, not any form of Windows.

  • @vandamme: …although I think my grandson might like the Teletubbies look of Win8.

  • tejas

    I have no desire to purchase Win8 at this time, but I can’t say that I never will. Since that option isn’t available in the poll, I didn’t vote…….

  • Wilson

    A better question: Will you buy a laptop or desktop machine with Win 8 installed?

    MOST of MS OS sales come from new PC sales so the question is not really whether the consumer will accept it, but whether PC manufacturers will accept the headaches involved with selling a machine no one knows how to turn off (among other issues).

    My guess: PC manufacturers will force MS into quickly introducing a Win 8 for the Desktop version which is essentially Win 7 with the Win 8 new technologies … something MS should’ve done before.

  • ds5929

    Sure. Right after I ‘upgrade my old box from Win98 to WinME. Should give me a good idea of what the experience will be like. Now your generation has it’s very own ME. Pray there’s a 2000/NT in your future.
    Guess I’d better lay in a couple copies of Win7 or even Vista or preferably XP. Maybe if desktop/laptop sales tank, and Win8 tablets pricing keeps them from being competitive (casual users stay with Android, and Jobsbots and the fashionable keep hosing money on iPads) MS’ll learn, but I would’nt want to bet money I needed on it.

  • I will try Windows 8 when it costs nothing, has no viruses, has customizable desktops, has apps built in for free, and installs in 15 minutes. I’ve tried Bodhi, Mint, Ubuntu, Puppy, and a couple others, and right now I run Ubuntu with the Cinnamon desktop because I like nested menus instead of buttons.

  • Mags


    Just recently bought a new PC with Win 7 64bit and very happy with it and will not upgrade.

    I’ll wait and see what M$ comes out with next time round. If I don’t like it I’ll stick with Win 7.

  • mukhi

    no upgrading for me mainly because i am quite OK with win7. i am not buying a computer in next 2 yrs; therefore, no win8 for me unless i decide to buy a win tab. given the horrendous price of winRT tab, i am pretty sure win8/86 tab will be freaking expensive, too, so unlikely to get a win tab.

  • Horrabin

    I’ve used Start Menu X for some time (and previous versions) and it’s great even for Win7. I’ve always detested the recent Windows start menus anyway.
    I’ve checked out the various Win8 incarnations including the RTM and can not get used to the horrible GUI. Looks like they raided Home Depot, swiped the paint color sample strips (the pastel ones), pasted text on them, and called it a day. I much prefer the regular icons so I can tell at a glance what I’m looking for (yes, I have a number of desktop icons and the quick launch bar enabled. I find it much quicker to get to my everyday programs with these rather than hunting through menus). I will say, once I actually get into the desktop things seem to run much faster and smoother (especially Dreamweaver & Photoshop) but I’ll stick to Win7 for quite some time, I think.

  • a simple happy man

    Hi Ashraf and all

    Interesting question this one but I do believe you have missed an answer.

    And that would be the one for people like myself who have tested out Windows 8 developer version and decided to stay with Win 7 instead.

    Yours respectfully
    him again

  • Doug vT

    I’ve been using Windows 8 RTM on an older PC and have been very impressed so far. Yes—when I first started, I was very frustrated and confused with “Metro” interface and inability to quickly find everyday tasks & activities as on previous versions. However, it appears to be very fast and after I installed “Start Menu X” (ordinarysoft.com), I find it much easier to navigate (ie, it boots to desktop plus provides “start” button again). Give it a chance. I’m sure many folks are still on XP and I’d never go back to it even though it’s still on one of my PC’s. I remember many people lamenting the arrival of XP also.
    [PS–I’m not associated with Start Menu X in any manner–I’m sure there are many other app’s which provide similar functionality such as “Classic Shell” @ sourceforge.net]

  • No! I discovered recently Win 7 on a new laptop and the opinions on Win 8 seem – at first sight – rather negative.

  • I have plans to buys a tablet where I can enjoy it in maximum but I think I won’t stop my enthusiasm of upgrading. But waiting for some feedbacks or atleast for the first SP might be wiser idea… Btw… I am yet to overcome Windows 7’s ease & beauty :)

  • AT

    Going back to icons and the removal of the START button reminds me of a blocky Win 3.1.

    I tested Windows RT and I guess it might make sense for tablets but Windows 8 on a laptop was just bad. The guy demoing Windows 8 was getting lost because everything was moved and/or renamed.

  • Unicorn02

    I was never a big fan of eyecandy in Operating Systems. But the design of Windows 8 is 3 steps backward. Just plain ugly looking squares. Might work for tablets, but totally out of place for a sleek desktop PC.