Windows 8 Selling Far Below Expectations, But Don’t Count It Out Just Yet

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Bullwinkle J Moose

We could be discussing a topic that affects a Vastly greater number of people than Windows 8 ever could

We could be discussing what is happening at the Pirate Bay this week

But no, lets all just hold our breath and wait for Windows 8 to become a hit

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Andrew.Hodge

And? Some vigilante launched a botnet attack against TPB... Again. Nothing crazy.

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captainjack

link please?

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Bullwinkle J Moose

Google Still Works!

If you still can't access the Pirate Bay, just Google> "unblock the pirate bay"

http://www.isitdownrightnow.com/thepiratebay.se.html

http://www.nsaneforums.com/topic/148840-ddos-takes-down-the-pirate-bay/

http://www.nsaneforums.com/topic/149253-zeiko-attacks-the-pirate-bay-again/

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Torrent-Site-Attacker-Returns-Takes-Down-Pirate-Bay-and-isoHunt-306774.shtml

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davelray

Personally I could give a rat's ass about The Pirate Bay.

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theplustwo

Seems like a lot of people would be potentially waiting for Black Friday or other holiday sales to ramp up before purchasing upgrades or new Windows 8 devices. Might be a bit premature to make any broad declarations.

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sklep

Windows 8 is another Win ME or Vista. I'm skipping this version. Win 7 is great and I don't have any reasons for an upgrade.

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kevaskous

In order for that to be true, it would have to be -broken- it's not broken, you just got your -opinions- about it, windows 8 works like a champ, lighter and faster, metro aside, it's a great os.

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AzMonguse

I tried Win8 on my desktop the release version and aside from the Metro issue (which sucks btw) and can be gotten rid of easily. (but I should have been given a option of what interface to use.)I tried it for about 2 weeks the boot time was no better than win7 - No SSD for me at this time, also while it did run MOST software fine, I found major issues trying to play some games. I like to play WoW for fun it releases stress for me to be able to go out and kill stuff and just in general do quests etc. after upgrading the win8 - even after installing the newest drivers for my video card every 2-3 mins the video drivers crashed and 'had to restart' or during the small amount of time between crashes they work when I turned in in a different direction I would get big black chunk of missing video. I'm just glad I had a image of my system before the upgrade so for me 8 was a waste of $$. it will never be installed on any of my computer and from our IT people at work it will never see the light of day there either - we still use Win XP - although they are looking at upgrading to win7 soon. Oh and the same video drivers run perfectly on Win7.

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Leo Scott

Microsoft just doesn't get it on this one and neither do you! I have been a Microsoft fan since Windows 3.1 and have run just about every OS, including server versions, they have put out. They could easily let us select a Windows 7 type interface on Windows 8, but NO, we have to eat it their way. That is why I won't be installing Windows 8 on any of my PCs. BTW, I have 5 free licenses to each version of Windows 8. It is another Vista, ME, version of windows because of Microsoft managements pig headed decision about the interface. This is just a dumb decision and will cost them in their stock prices also. Is this a new paradim on customer service: "Make them take it your way, not have it the customers way?"

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Emeraldflame

I dunno what you are talking about. I have been running windows 8 since release day now and I love it. If you really don't like the new metro ui that much, as soon as you hit that little button that says "desktop" you are in a "Windows 7 type interface". Not only that but the boot times on windows 8 are blazingly fast, heck even on my desktop where I have it installed on an old sata 3g/s WD Caviar Black it literally takes longer for my motherboard to do its post procedure than it actually takes windows to load. I know for me too windows 8 is using literally half the ram that windows 7 did. It really is an amazingly nice and quite polished OS that has simply gotten a lot of negative press because editors found something that when they whine about it they get page views.

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DoctorX

getting unstability with rtm i never had in cp or rp... saw my first bsod last week.

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davelray

unstability? I don't think that's a word. As for your issues, Well Doc, you seem to have issues with any version of Windows. I'm running just fine. The dozen or so people I know running 8 are running fine as well. Don't doubt you might be having an issue, but ever thought it might not be Windows? Maybe it's just you? *smirk*

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kevaskous

Cheers, I personally have never found the OS itself to be of any major fault, sure some incompatible hardware or software. But compatibility lies with who makes said device/software, not the OS. If you're stupid enough to deploy stuff that doesn't work with the Os you have, then you lose all credit when you complain about things breaking.

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ak lj

I think your dumb, and I like it.

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nyjets011269

How about some substance instead of your ignorant comment.

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Rage1340

I purchased windows 8 pro for 30 bucks. I installed and tried it. Without any doubt i can tell you that windows 8 is a product that i cannot endorse. It feels like a half complete attempt at the best of times. And a horridly misguided attempt on the rest. only meant to pander the the touch interface boom.

I had NO problems with windows 8 before i tried it. i am not nor will i ever be biased. In fact i heard it supported better multicore so i was excited.

In the end though every expectation (they were not high) was let down. Metro is clunky its "simple" interface makes getting to any settings or control pannels a chore. sure it boots fast, then you search for whatever your trying to launch for 30 minutes.

and yes some are right. you can trick it out a bit with 3rd party software.. but why should you have to? if not for the deal they have going this product would be nearly two hundred dollars. for that price you SHOULD provide a smooth fast experience. Windows 8 is neither.

TLDR: Flatout no bias windows 8 is hardly worth the 30 dollars... once they try to squeeze a few hundred bucks out of it..well lets just say at that point windows 8 becomes the fastest program in the world in the sense. the fastest uninstalled.

my disclaimer is that while this is my opinion, I also understand that it is the opinion of a "pc" enthusiasts..

anyone who really uses a ton of tablet/phone stuff.. and has no interest in control over windows may enjoy this program for 30 bucks. But honestly i dont think ANYONE will want this operating system over windows 7 for their pc once the deal ends.

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jesse_n_sf

Have you thought of "Right Clicking" the bottom left corner? You might find something useful if you did. :-)

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Granite

"...makes getting to any settings or control pannels a chore..."

Is it a chore for you to right click an icon?

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kevaskous

I would like to note that I suffer no such issue and I do not use 3rd party software. Problem is between the keyboard and the chair and it sounds a lot like someone who won't spend to the time to organize their stuff. Sorry if that's rude but I'm a very critical person and Win8 is fine for me, as was Vista, as was Win7 and honestly never had trouble with WinMe personally, either.

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Kirsah

I agree. Most of these negative comments seem to be from people that are probably causing most of the problems they are experiencing. That has usually been the case for most supposed Windows problems. It wasn't the OS so much as it was the user jacking things up. I still have a laptop with Vista that works fine and I never had any issues at work with it once IT migrated everything over. I am tempted to purchase 8 while it is cheap but I just don't have a real reason to upgrade from 7. Then again, maybe that vista laptop would make a good testbed for it.

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AzMonguse

Well Vista worked fine for me as well, but lots of people have issues to this day with trying to connect it using wi-fi. I should know I do tech support for a major provider and we get calls all day long and vista and wi-fi is still a big problem for lots of people - granted many of them know next to nothing about computers, but still even after all the SP's ect to vista it should work better on wi-fi for everybody.

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cmasupra

I think that these days, even the average PC user pays attention to reviews for Windows products. That means Microsoft needs to start pleasing the tech crowd a little more (because the tech crowd is the one writing the reviews) if they're going to get an OS to sell well.

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tekknyne

I never understood that whole bit about "New Windows coming out, HP and Dell upped their sales forcasts "... Like seriously, what has a new Windows ever brought that was so compelling that people would buy a whole new rig just to get it? I guess they usually throw it in "free" with a new PC upgrade, so that's some incentive.

That said, I bought Windows 8 and I'm kind of meh about it. Although my bluetooth adapter finally works. So that's something.

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