People Hate Windows 8 So Much They’ll Pay $125 To Downgrade To Windows 7 [Image]

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You just got a new laptop with Windows 8 pre-installed. The new UI is beautiful, but you’re confused. Everything’s weird. You can’t find any of your files and apps. Things don’t work the way they have for the past 20 years. It’s a nightmare and you just want the old Windows back.

Don’t worry, there are Microsoft Certified Professionals out there who will help you out. And by help you out, I mean they will charge you $125 to downgrade your PC to Windows 7 so you don’t have to have Microsoft’s latest and greatest operating system. This can’t be a good sign for Microsoft.

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  • Robert X

    Ouch

  • MC Pearl

    I got a better idea, switch to mac

  • dtourond

    I got a better idea, switch to mac

    I’ve got an even better idea. Don’t downgrade to an inferior version of Windows. The truth is that Windows 8 offers a lot of improvements and if people are that dumb enough to downgrade just because they refuse to learn how to use it (which takes all of 10 mins.), then that’s there choice.

  • ekim1406
    I got a better idea, switch to mac

    I’ve got an even better idea. Don’t downgrade to an inferior version of Windows. The truth is that Windows 8 offers a lot of improvements and if people are that dumb enough to downgrade just because they refuse to learn how to use it (which takes all of 10 mins.), then that’s there choice.

    Think about people who aren’t into tech. Mostly parents, grandparents, children, or just people who don’t use their computer as much or talk about it all day. Most of those kind of people will just go get a simple computer, proabably with windows, since most computers come with it loaded. They are people who maybe have certain things they use their computer for then will turn it off. This isn’t for people who know everything about their computer and obsess over it; those people probably won’t get lost right when they look at Windows 8 for the first time. They will be intrigued and try to figure it out, or they won’t have to try since they are used to different UIs and can figure shit out. While Windows 8 might be better, there are a lot of people who will instantly look at it, not recognize a thing, and shut down because it’s too overwhelming.

  • Pennywise999

    Reminds me of Windows Vista.

  • dtourond

    If people are that willing to downgrade to an inferior version of Windows, they might as well have signs up offering people the option to downgrade to XP, 2000, hell even 98 for that matter.

    The more logical solution would be to not switch platforms, or downgrade, but to actually give it a real shot. No OS is perfect, and if people really can’t see that then they shouldn’t be using computers.

    I wish people wouldn’t be so blinded by the UI and actually think about all the things that makes Windows 8 really great and quite the upgrade from 7..

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/2012834/windows-7-to-windows-8-the-systems-biggest-improvements.html

  • dtourond

    Reminds me of Windows Vista.

    How?

  • Gadget

    The new Microsoft philosophy to have the same interface for all form factor devices will be a bigger mistake than Vista. Windows 8 for a desktop mouse interface is a complete joke.

  • pbriones

    I purchased win8 via their $39 promo, after installing all the apps that i use regularly (visual studio, rational, office and a multitude of others), the modern ui quickly looked cluttered and disorganized (i know you can create groups in modern ui, but it just didnt look right; the apps i use obviously didnt have a 48×48 icon so modern ui was stretching the 32×32 icon to fit the space. it sucked.)

    I’m not really a fan of flat surfaces, but during the time i spent on win8, i sorely missed the eyecandy of windows aero and glass.

    Also, and probably the biggest peeve for me was that huge disconnect between the modern ui and the desktop. I found it difficult to shift between paradigms and i was intentionally avoiding the start page (pane or whatever it was called).

    In the end, after trying really hard and giving it a couple of weeks, i decided to upgrade back to win7 and never install win8 ever. Win8, imho, looks flawed and maybe its the same reason why sinofsky got the boot from msft.

    Btw, i’m a software architect and spend most of my time working in windows. For me, win8 was a terrible experience.

  • Norbs

    I actually like windows 8, not a fan at all of the tiles so I’m on the desktop portion of windows 8 for 99% of the time. Overall the OS seems leaner and quicker which is saying a lot since windows 7 was pretty decent. I do wish MS left an option to revert the UI…

  • snydeje

    I agree no OS is perfect. You need to take in some things that account for what is really wrong with Windows 8.

    First: If you join a Wireless Network and then you change the Wifi Password try to join again and it fails. You have to open command prompt and type netsh wlan show profiles name=[profile name] key=clear. Manage wireless networks has been removed.

    Second: The lack of usability for a workstation. The use of it on a desktop is not practical. No one in an Enterprise environment will use a touch based interface. One word for the new Windows Server OS (HA)

    Third: Buy a Mac

    Microsoft is not about making what is existing a better experience and improving what people use daily. That revamp the whole OS and charge a high price premium for it. I look at Leopard and I would know how to use it in comparison to Mountain Lion. If I was a novice and moved from Windows 7 to Windows 8 I would be annoyed and would proudly pay to move back to Windows 7.

    Windows 8 is a complete catastrophe and has only made the move to Apple that much easier for end users.

    I wish people wouldn’t be so blinded by the UI and actually think about all the things that makes Windows 8 really great and quite the upgrade from Windows 7..

    You have to be joking right because I am still laughing. You obviously have not tried to use Windows 8 in an enterprise environment.

    Microsoft must be just confused by the users loyalty to there software. The things that you say make it great should have been improvements to the existing OS Windows 7 like Apple does.

    Don’t downgrade to an inferior copy of windows. This statement is moronic. You look at the improvements and do not look at the major issues. Try walking an 80 year old novice through command prompt to delete his wireless profile over the phone.

  • dcj001
    people are that dumb enough to downgrade…, then that’s there choice.

    You should not call other people dumb.

  • artfulEric

    If people are that willing to downgrade to an inferior version of Windows, they might as well have signs up offering people the option to downgrade to XP, 2000, hell even 98 for that matter.

    The more logical solution would be to not switch platforms, or downgrade, but to actually give it a real shot. No OS is perfect, and if people really can’t see that then they shouldn’t be using computers.

    I wish people wouldn’t be so blinded by the UI and actually think about all the things that makes Windows 8 really great and quite the upgrade from 7..

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/2012834/windows-7-to-windows-8-the-systems-biggest-improvements.html

    You know, for most people, the UI is the operating system, and frankly, most of us don’t care what Windows does better. I wish geeky PC users would stop asking casual users to make learning a computer system the basis of their lifestyles. We’re not interested.

  • Buster

    I haven’t used Windows 8 as my main operating system, but from the limited exposure I have had to it, I think Windows 8 is excellent for touch screens but bad for use with a mouse. The UI is different, and innovative. But i’m not sure people are going to want to re-learn how to use a computer. Teens and techie people will enjoy it, but baby boomers, and the generation after them probably aren’t in love with the huge change. OS X and iOS have a pretty good balance as mobile and desktop operating systems. Both need to make a lot of changes to feel modern, but they’re super easy to use, and that’s why people like iPads, iPhones and Macs

  • Adrayven

    I haven’t used Windows 8 as my main operating system, but from the limited exposure I have had to it, I think Windows 8 is excellent for touch screens but bad for use with a mouse. The UI is different, and innovative. But i’m not sure people are going to want to re-learn how to use a computer. Teens and techie people will enjoy it, but baby boomers, and the generation after them probably aren’t in love with the huge change. OS X and iOS have a pretty good balance as mobile and desktop operating systems. Both need to make a lot of changes to feel modern, but they’re super easy to use, and that’s why people like iPads, iPhones and Macs

    I really, and truly, don’t think it’s about learning a new way.. seriously. Yea it’s different.. the main issue is that the tiles, are REALLY mean for touch screen.. far to many systems use a mouse.. desktops, and most laptops, are not touch screen.. even the new systems you buy at Best Buy, Fry’s, or Newegg, yup, not touch screen.

    The reality is, they jumped ahead with the assumption that touch was ‘in’ and forgot to ‘check’ first if it had made it past tablets yet. ;)

    Touch adds more to a laptop, maybe some desktops, but not true value in most cases when a keyboard/mouse is REALLY faster .. and streak/finger print free. Especially when people are looking for cheap, not feature loaded.

  • seaaalex

    These people do realize it very easy to get rid of Metro ? And then Win8 is quite nice.

  • Andrew Newsome

    This has got the be the dumbest thing Buster has said and posted about.

    All Metro is, is a glorified Start Menu. It’s hardly “the new windows”. Everything else about Windows 8 is identical to Windows 7.

    I love listening to you on the cultcast, but wow some articles you post are ridiculous

  • Steven Quan

    I wish people wouldn’t be so blinded by both UI’s and actually think about all the things that makes Windows 8 really great and quite the upgrade from Windows 7..

    There! Fixed that for ya!

    Make that UI’s, as in PLURAL. There are 2 distinctly different operating systems in Win 8 and you have to account for each of them. Both operating systems do search in their own different way and a right click works differently in each as well. Each operating system looks, works, and feels completely different from the other. You cannot simply gloss over this. So annoying the way Microsoft evangelists seem to live in a dream world.

  • Pulagatha

    I have complained about Windows 8 so much I don’t even know where to begin. I’ve tried to give Microsoft constructive criticism where ever I’ve posted. Mouse gestures like “Grab And Drop”, “Long Pressing”, “Mouse Zoom” seem like part of what the desktop operating system is going to become. Not a half-ass forced “Windows Mobile Layer” onto of the desktop operating system. I honestly wish they would combine the title bar and menu bar (with minor adjustments to accommodate) to finally get rid of the empty space between the two. Or write desktop equivalents to the Messaging and Contacts Metro Apps. Or bring back Aero Glass. Or more customization to the Task Bar (maybe to get rid of the empty space between the system tray and the program icons). I mean they could at least remove the word “Start” from the “Start Screen.” Or remove the “Start Screen” altogether. Their Metro style is awful and that is kind of a big problem. I feel like (and I don’t even own a Mac, but love Windows 7) they were trying to outdo Apple when it came to style and they failed…. Miserably.

  • FriarNurgle

    Mac at home and XP at work. I’ll be retired by the time IT gets around to approving Win8.

  • tchncllyspkng

    It is only a matter of time before Apple merges iOS and OSX paths making iOS apps available on laptops and desktops – they will introduce a ‘start skin’ which shows all your iOS apps and gives you a link to your desktop to run power apps. Ziff-Davis and the Mac Clan will hail Apple as truly innovative…….

  • daov2a

    This is not really new. Every new iteration of Windows has had independent computer shops posting signs like this. Hate Vista, we will install XP! Hate Windows 7, we will install XP! Really, though, I can truly understand the folks who cannot learn, nor am I asking them to do so, Windows 8. It took me all of 10 minutes but I can understand not wanting to make that commitment. It is is especially difficult to have to do that when you pay for something and expect it to just do what you want in a way that you already know how to do it.

    I like Windows 8 and I like Windows 7. I find Windows 7 far more suited to the Enterprise. When someone states Windows 8 is not suited to a trackpad, what it really means is they have a crappy trackpad or they are using a trackpoint. Synaptics, so far in my experience with Windows 8 and trackpad manufacturers, is the only company making nice gestures for Windows 8 that make it easier and smoother to navigate.

  • sayonara

    Windows 8 is more of a tablet experience. I find it really dumb how so many OEM put windows 8 on a laptop with only a trackpad. Windows 7 and Windows 8 should have been different projects altogether not a predecessor/successor to each other.

  • photosbyrobert

    Upgrade to Linux for free. Always.

  • brians

    Personally, I found it better to just get rid of the “Metro” interface as much as possible. I wrote about it on my personal blog: http://computingcompendium.blogspot.com/2013/01/how-to-live-with-windows-8.html

    Certainly my way is cheaper (free). Windows 8 isn’t bad once you get rid of “Metro”. For example my ultrabook boots in 6 seconds (down from nearly 30 in Windows 7).

  • technochick

    That photo doesn’t prove a thing. That the service is offered doesn’t mean anyone has used it

  • technochick

    It is only a matter of time before Apple merges iOS and OSX paths making iOS apps available on laptops and desktops

    I don’t agree. If Apple wanted to do this they could have done it ages ago. Hell they could have put Intel chips in at least the iPad to make it really easy. Or an emulator program in OS X given that they basically have one in the developer’s toolbox for prelim testing of apps before its ready to go in a test device.

    They haven’t and I don’t see them doing it. Because unlike Microsoft they get that the devices and their systems should stay separate. Based off the same core, sure. But the UI, apps extra are not the same. The closest they might come to merging things could be to create one single store for all levels and allowing developers to create pay once packages that get you the Mac and an iOS universal app or separate iphone/ipad versions. Apps that might also use things like icloud document sharing to keep things in sync. I could see that being very useful for things like Evernote.

    For the record on that, I think that ‘universal’ apps should be more like two separate apps in one package deal, akin to buying HD video and getting 3 files. The games in particular can be a headache as one app cause they can get rather big with the iPad images etc

  • fteoOpty64

    Such silly people, install Ubuntu 12.10 and be done with it!. It is the most modern OS money CANNOT buy and is the best one around bar none!. Why be duped into getting the dumb MS stuff ?.

  • Jaylynn444

    I have given Windows 8 2 weeks and STILL hate it! The most UN-USER friendly crap ever!!! Why do they think the average consumer would want something they cannot figure out on their own? Best Buy doesn’t let people leave the store until they give a lesson because they don’t want people returning the laptops! I’m returning mine today – freaking ridiculous!

  • notamacuser

    im assuming that price is so high because its including win7 licensing?

    lol @ jaylynn, i think it’s ridiculous to not buy a new machine because you dont know how to dual boot it into w7 … figuratively speaking w8 is 97% w7, changes are minor. have you even found your way into desktop from metro yet?

  • vfora

    HATE HATE HATE WINDOWS 8!!!!!!!!

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