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Windows 7 Still Being Sold On Up To 93% of British PCs 295

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nk497 writes "The vast majority of PCs sold by British PC makers are running Windows 7 — not Windows 8. PC Pro spoke to several PC builders, with some reporting as many as 93% of recently sold machines were on the older OS. One company initially sold its PCs with Windows 8, but feedback from users soon changed that. Customers quickly began to specify systems with Windows 7, those with Windows 8 'took delivery and wanted to change back to Windows 7' – a process the firm described as a 'nightmare.' Another firm found success by installing a 'start menu' tool on Windows 8 machines, and others said the switch would have gone smoother if Microsoft has offered a Windows 8 tutorial or better explained the new OS."
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Windows 7 Still Being Sold On Up To 93% of British PCs

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  • That's because (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 19, 2013 @10:47AM (#42944403)

    Windows 8 UI is ghastly. With Classic Shell though, you'll never need to load metro again, and then its just a fast Win 7...

  • I'm not switching. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by concealment (2447304) on Tuesday February 19, 2013 @10:49AM (#42944447) Homepage Journal

    There's a number of reasons for not switching from Windows 7.

    First, it's the operating system most of us always wanted. It gets closer to a perfected version of Windows XP. It does everything we need with the software and the interface paradigms we've known for 20 years.

    Second, I don't trust any new product until it has been on the market for 18 months in order to get the bugs out. Developers know why, and the reason isn't developers (generally).

    Finally, I distrust trends. They blow through, take your money, and blow out the other door. I trust reliability and paradigms that are time-tested.

    As a lack of positive reason, I'm not sure what Windows 8 offers that Windows 7 does not. There are improvements; they look really neat. I'd like to play with them, on some computer I'm not using for work when I have lots of spare time to play around with it.

    The computer is a tool for me. I use it to achieve other ends. Thus I'm not that fascinated with the OS and want it to "just work." Windows 7 does that, or an adequate job of it at least, on a wide variety of hardware.

  • Re:That's because (Score:5, Insightful)

    by The MAZZTer (911996) <megazzt@[ ]il.com ['gma' in gap]> on Tuesday February 19, 2013 @10:50AM (#42944449) Homepage

    Start8Menu was the best "free" alternative for me. Stardock's Start8 is the best trialware one that I saw.

    I tried Classic Shell but it aims to emulate the classic Windows 2000 and earlier Start Menu. I much prefer the more modern Vista/7 Start Menu, which my top two choices provide.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 19, 2013 @11:06AM (#42944655)

    My brother (in the US) just ordered a PC from a manufacturer's website (discontinued model, inventory clearance, actually a decent deal).

    Windows 8 was the default. Windows 7 was a $50 option (over 10% of the total price). He paid the $50.

    Microsoft, are you listening? (Yeah, I didn't think so...)

  • by bickerdyke (670000) on Tuesday February 19, 2013 @11:12AM (#42944713)

    There's a number of reasons for not switching from Windows 7.

    First, it's the operating system most of us always wanted. It gets closer to a perfected version of Windows XP. It does everything we need with the software and the interface paradigms we've known for 20 years.

    Yep. Win7 is the OS that made me switch my Deskop back from Linux. (That and the fact that ordering my new PC without Win7 wouldn't have been any cheaper thanks to the ridiciously low OEM prices)

  • by smooth wombat (796938) on Tuesday February 19, 2013 @11:13AM (#42944741) Homepage Journal
    Win8 is just horrible win 7 is at least what vista should of been ..

    That's because W7 is the service pack for Vista. Also, the phrase is, "should have been".

    XP is still tolerable but gets it support removed this year

    XP is far superior in numerous ways to W7. What used to take seconds is now a long, drawn out process of burrowing deep into menus or worse, having to go someplace else to make a change to where you are currently at. Add in that setting a folder view is not consistent across drives, you can't see every program installed through the butchered Start menu or if you mistype a network path through the Search box you can't immediately retype but have to wait for the timeout to occur, and W7 is a classic example of why you never let programmers design your applications.
  • Ah, statistics (Score:5, Insightful)

    by wonkey_monkey (2592601) on Tuesday February 19, 2013 @11:20AM (#42944799) Homepage

    Windows 7 Still Being Sold On Up To 93% of British PCs

    Good old "up to" - how many times have those two little words helped someone weasel out of a corner, or pull in punters from off the street.

    PC Pro spoke to several PC builders, with some reporting as many as 93% of recently sold machines were on the older OS

    "Some" is most likely journo-speak for "one." And it's probably one that caters to the hardened geek/gamer crowd, both of whom are going to be avoiding 8 for a while yet.

  • by jonbryce (703250) on Tuesday February 19, 2013 @11:32AM (#42944937) Homepage

    Windows 2000 was also a win.

    The ideas behind Windows Vista were sound, they were just badly implemented until about SP2. Windows 7 was Vista done properly.

    The difference with Windows 8 is that the whole idea of having a single interface for both tablets and desktops was wrong. It's not that there are some annoying bugs that need to be fixed, the whole specification of it is flawed. For Windows 9, Microsoft will need to either go back to the drawing board, or alternatively release a Windows 7.1 that brings any new under-the-hood stuff to the Windows 7 UI.

  • by Virtucon (127420) on Tuesday February 19, 2013 @11:33AM (#42944941)

    If MSFT keeps screwing with their licensing terms, ala Office 2013 for us folks who aren't connected all the time, I won't be buying it so no worries.

  • by Custard Horse (1527495) on Tuesday February 19, 2013 @11:52AM (#42945123)

    There is no harm in trying to look the same but the desktop overlooks the fact that hardly anybody has a touch screen monitor and not many people are likely to get one whilst they sit vertically on the desk.

    It makes sense in a tablet or phone format but if you have a separate keyboard you may as well have a separate mouse and this makes the whole touch interface redundant.

    Win 7 was, and is, great. It does what it's supposed to with some flaws but flaws that are easy to live with.

  • by drinkypoo (153816) <martin.espinoza@gmail.com> on Tuesday February 19, 2013 @11:55AM (#42945143) Homepage Journal

    Windows 2000 was also a win.

    In terms of quality at release, Windows 2000 is unmatched by any other version of windows save perhaps 3.51. All the problems with Windows 8 seem to lie in the interface, which differentiates it from other hated versions of Windows. It's a shame Microsoft can't admit failure in a timely fashion.

  • Re:That's because (Score:5, Insightful)

    by linebackn (131821) on Tuesday February 19, 2013 @12:08PM (#42945315)

    And if I'm using the keyboard I press Win-key and type just like in previous versions.
    The Win+x menu is also nice, although I'm sure there's a way to get that functionality on Win 7 as well.

    Memorizing keyboard shortcuts? how 1970s. Do you also like to use WordPerfect for DOS? I bet you are so good you don't even need the PC keyboard overlays.

  • Re:That's because (Score:5, Insightful)

    by linebackn (131821) on Tuesday February 19, 2013 @12:13PM (#42945375)

    But this raises the question why should millions of customers have go to the trouble of installing a separate program just to get a sane UI. And how many actually will, or can.

    What this story tells me is that Microsoft didn't threaten to break enough legs in the British PC sales market.

    Nobody here in the US wants Windows 8, and the manufacturers know it. They just sell it to make their Microsoft monkey overlords happy. Customers be damned.

  • Re:That's because (Score:5, Insightful)

    by NatasRevol (731260) on Tuesday February 19, 2013 @12:26PM (#42945547) Journal

    "I love how I get to customize every little detail with it" - a slashdot poster
    "I love how I get to customize every little detail with it" - no normal computer user, ever

  • by geminidomino (614729) on Tuesday February 19, 2013 @01:49PM (#42946483) Journal

    But the idea is to have a single interface for tablets, computers and *phones*.

    So that brings the idea from "wrong" into "brain-fucked stupid."

Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it. -- Perlis's Programming Proverb #58, SIGPLAN Notices, Sept. 1982

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