Puget Systems Offers Free Service on New PCs to Make Windows 8 Look and Feel Like Windows 7

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Ravi-Namboori-S...

Good

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Blues22475

I've seen a couple OEM's trying to do this, as well.

I saw a Toshiba computer doing what was mentioned here, and I also saw an Acer machine come with with W8 doing the same thing.

Quite interesting, and quite funny the OEM's have to do extra work to make people adopt Windows 8.

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blackcat77

Win 8 came on my laptop so I installed Stardock's Start 8 and Window Blinds. Now I have a quick, efficient OS with the interface I like.

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maxeeemum

"Puget Systems says the adoption of Windows 8 from its customers is "very weak" and even slower than it was with Vista."

All this effort from many firms to make Win8 work like Win7. LOL!

Windows 8 is like a plague to the PC industry! And seriously overrated by its fans and M$ but most don't listen. I recommend to everyone I know to build a PC with Win7 or find a company that sells one with Win7.

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USraging

I ran into a issue the other day where I needed to download the Windows 7 iso. I thought I would be able to download it from Microsoft, but Microsoft had pulled the iso from the site. Now the only thing you can find is an iso for Windows 8.

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maxeeemum

You can still buy Windows 7!

http://www.maximumpc.com/newegg_daily_deals_windows_7_home_premium_64-bit_wd_green_4tb_hdd_and_more

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dbqfan

My Lenovo W530 with Win7 boots in about 12 seconds and that is plenty fast for me. I will not tell you what Microsoft can do with Win8.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

My socket 775 with ddr2-800 and SATA 3Gbps boots in 2 seconds

But that's with a Samsung 840 Pro and Windows XP

Best boot time with Windows 8.1 was 6 seconds

XP boots in 3 seconds on newer systems with slower CPU clocks

So, with 2 - 3 second boot times depending on CPU speed.....
XP wins again!

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majorsuave

Kudos to Puget. I have been using Classic Shell since day 1.

Would never go back.

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Shalbatana

I bet right now HP is going "why didn't we think of that?"

Seriously though, the issue is not Windows 8, it's the fact that they just threw everyone into the fire and didn't tell anyone how to use it that was a tragic mistake.... one they have yet to even attempt to rectify.

It took me a long time, but I now use 8 as fast as I do 7, I use the charms menu just like a start menu, only instead of looking for the icon, I hit the windows key and start typing the name. Three letters and it's there......but they didn't tell anyone about this!

Windows 8 is a stepping stone, we get that. It was a rough jamming of two concepts together and they never meant it to be great. It was a necessary stepping stone to what 9 will be....but they refused to admit that, and left their customers out to dry. It could have been handled so much better.

As for startup, the article doesn't mention that...just that Win8 in general is faster, so it's a bit off topic.

Anyway, underneath it all, 8 is indeed a great OS with great improvements [yeah, I know, the man is spying on win8...face it, stuff like that has been in every OS], so is 7. It was never meant to be "the ultimate to all", just a necessary step towards merging desktop and touch, emphasizing touch to draw in the new market as best as possible....I just wish MS would have owned up to it and warned everyone to that fact. That ruins 8.

What I do wish they'd fix are the microsoft live accts. I have two now because upon startup, MS told me that xbox and windows could be the same (again, no one told me, they had different names at the time) and each acct with purchases on them...and no way to merge the accts. Such a mess.

MS messes up their customer handling like Sony misses the mark on it's proprietary idiocy.

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LatiosXT

[Insert obligatory 'you must've been paid by M$' comment here]

Though unfortunately, a lot of people are misinformed. A random person wouldn't know why say, Vista sucked, only that it sucked. And a random person may think that Windows 8 is only about Metro, when in fact it has a perfectly useable desktop environment.

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Renegade Knight

Perception is reality. 8's getting a bad rap for a lot of bogus reason (the real reasons don't come up nearly as much). However because perception is reality it doesn't matter that Vista actually did suck and 8's and 8 doesn't. On the alter of public opinion. 8 sucks just like Vista.

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Blues22475

Then let me offer a couple of reasons why I dislike W8 (and I am not on the OMG W8 IS A SIN bandwagon anymore).

1. Safe Mode itself. An integral part of troubleshooting, but you have to be able to boot the system normally to get access to it. Otherwise, better start up the CLI and brush up on your bcdedit skills.

2. Some small features in IE in "Tiles Mode". If a user was infected by a virus from the Website, it's possible that you re-open IE and it opens your previous page thus introducing you to virus land. On top of that, why are we even having two different copies of Internet Explorer?

3. Some useless features like "Refreshing" Windows. Half the time I use it, it just wastes time and I still have to reload the system (on software related issues with the OS obviously).

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Hondoe1950

It really is a shame that so many reviewers focus on the increased speed of the Windows 8 boot-up, since it's a hybrid between hibernation and a clean boot and therefore shouldn't be compared to a clean boot in Windows 7.

I predict that over time, users will have more and more issues with their Windows 8 PCs because they never really clean boot.

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Renegade Knight

Can't say that I have had any more issues than with 7. The Roll back feature didn't do anything for me though. Which means periodic reinstall. Same as before.

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Nixon

I disabled the fast boot feature. It has an issue (it doesn't happen much, but it's annoying) where the system will fail to discover the local user profile, so Windows creates a temporary user profile (very similar to a roaming user account.)
I believe that it happens only to some users that tie their user accounts to a live Microsoft account, which in my case I do for the convenience of the MS office cloud features.

It's probably been fixed by now through an update, but it's rather useless when the OS is installed to an SSD.

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don2041

I agree about the boot time thing. I hardly ever turn my computer off so fast boot times don't matter to me

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LatiosXT

If you restart the computer, it does a clean boot. Fast boot only kicks in if you shut down the computer.

And I don't know many people who actually fully shut the computer down.

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fdhealy

I shut down my computer every night and unplug it. Just trying to be green and save a few electrons over the course of a year.

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LatiosXT

You're saving at most 1-2W versus standby. I guess if you really want to pinch pennies and your carbon footprint...

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don2041

Anything that gives the customer what they want that's free. is great.
Too bad Microsoft can't figure this out.