Has anyone upgraded to windows 8 from 7. How is it if you have. I know you can turn off the whole navigation to make it look like 7 again but I was thinking of upgrading because I get a free upgrade through my school, and it's windows 8 pro. Plus I was thinking of getting the latest version of office.

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I've only played around with it a bit, but two of my friends recently purchased new computers and after a week downgraded back to Windows 7. If you prefer the feel of smartphones and tablets, go to 8, but if you like the vintage OS, stick with 7 good sir!

Besides the gestures for the corners and the tiled start menu, it is basically the same. If you are anything like me, you will pretty much never use any of the new windows 8 apps which are all designed for touch controls and are limited if you have non-microsoft accounts. All-in-all, you are going to use it in exactly the same way you used windows 7, except for the start menu and the corner controls.
That being said, in the month or so that I played around with it, I had numerous issues that never came up with windows 7. The Microsoft store, besides being poorly stocked with anything other than Microsoft or big brand apps, fails all the time. It is required to install updates which it seems to have trouble doing. It also just stopped working outright, as did most of the pre installed apps. I though that this might just be because of the computer I chose to upgrade, but it has happened on a couple of friends computers which came pre installed with windows 8 as well. The only way to get around this is to install apps and updates manually, which makes windows 7, or any other is, far superior. It is fairly easy to modify, but I don't see why I should have to waste the time on a product which is meant to work right out of the box.
I'm sure that as time goes on, it will improve and it will become the standard, which you will need to run some software, so if it is a limited time offer through your school, you should at least pick up a licence, whether you install or not. Also, unless the new office is windows 8 exclusive, I don't know, it is always best to have access to the latest office software as long as it remains the industry standard (which I believe is criminal, when free open source alternatives are just as good).
As for me, I'm still with Allen, Linux is the most sensible OS. It may require a little more tine and knowledge to get it the way you want it, but in the end it is the most versitile OS you can get, and it is being made easier and easier for beginners to get into than ever. I uninstalled windows 8 after a month because it was complicating my Linux experience more than it was providing a good windows experience.

Yeah I do agree about the linux fact. I have ubuntu on another computer I have and even though it is an AMD processor, I rarely if ever experience problems with Ubuntu, the only thing that stinks is that the software that I would use like for engineering isn't really available on linux which is why I have to have windows. If they made AutoCad Electrical, multisim, and uvision, and visual studio I would probably switch full time.

Decided to embrace the change and haven't regretted the choice. I like the feel, sometimes swipe, mostly mouse.

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