Upgrade went perfectly
Desktop and Laptop updated, no problems. Both seem faster too.
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Why would I buy a new pc when my current works well. Pc development reached the point where fast, really useful units were available some ten years ago. OK gamers wont agree but my 2009 Chillblat Vista 3.2 mhz is quite fast enough for daily use. OK I have put in an SSD which was a really important upgrade but performance increase is mainly that startup is quicker..
It has been updgraded through Windows 7 and now to Windows 10. Why would I upgrade? I am sure that there are millions of users who are in the same situation.
Incredible price, fixed battery, fixed storage. No thanks, Mostly the same with tha Samsung Note 8.
I still have my old Note 4 which a superb phone with a nice big sd card, just replaced the battery for under ten quid. No thoughts of upgrading for these new mega price monoliths, might look at some of those Chinese models though.
With the general standard of hardware today I don't see browser speed as an issue anymore, even on my old 2009 vintage pc, loading and web access is almost instanteious whether it is Chrome, Edge or Firefox.
I much prefer Firefox and find nothing to complain about.
Sorry, but my experience is exactly the opposite, I have no connection to Microsoft and was a bit of a Microsoft hater(Ex OS/2 user), but as Microsoft were offering windows 10 preview for free I thought I would give it a try. I had an old Lenovo laptop which ran windows 7 but was so slow that are hardly ever used it, so I used it as a test bed for the windows 10 preview. This was January 2015 and even then I was amazed that transformed the laptop into the fast, usable machine. Since then I have participated in the "Insider" program and have seen how much the system improved!
I used feedback to report problems and saw all those problems fixed. It is Microsoft for credit for listening to user feedback marsh, as Microsoft were offering windows 10 preview for free I thought I would try it. I had an old Lenovo laptop which ran windows 7 but was so slow that are hardly ever used it, so I used it as a test bed for the windows 10 preview. This was January 2015 and even then I was amazed that transformed the laptop into the fast, usable machine. Since then I have participated in the "Insider" program and have seen how much the system improved!
I used feedback to report problems and saw all those problems fixed. I give Microsoft full credit for listening to user feedback and the obvious hard work they have put into making a fast, usable and reliable system. Even old legacy software runs better. e.g. Quake II runs better than on the old system it was released on.
I have noticed that when running utilities Glary utilities when doing a system check hardly finds any errors compared with windows 7 years to find loads of problems which time he indicates a far more stable system.
I am amazed at the paranoia going around about windows 10, look at Google who harvest and use user data far more than Microsoft do and where is the outcry against that?
I think this analysis is entirely wrong, the reason PC sales have slumped is because since around 2009 PCs have reached the performance targets that most people are happy with. Reliability has also improved and therefore most people live with what they’ve got. In the past one of the main incentives to buy a new computer was either to improve on the unacceptable performance or due to unreliability. I run a 2009 quad core desktop running windows 7 (upgraded from Vista) which still fulfills all my needs, reliable and fast. Why would I replace it? (Unfortunately the processor is too old to upgrade to Windows 10).
I also run an I5 laptop which does run Windows 10 and in my opinion it is the best operating system that Microsoft has ever produced.
Tablets have seen a huge sales opportunity for manufacturers’ not because they replace PCs but because they address a brand new and different market but even and these sales are starting to decline the same reason that PC sales have declined, many people now have a tablet which are fairly reliable and little incentive to replace.
I'm sorry but I am not a cheerleader for microsoft, I love Windows 10 because it is a tangable improvement on Windows 7(I never tried win 8 because hated the way mIcrosoft diverted the system away from desktop computing and too much emphasis on Touch). I have have a Lenovo I5 laptop which was so hopelessly slow that I hardly ever used it, Windows 10 has turned it into a fast, reliable and very useable system that runs all my legacy software though I hardly use any of the Microsoft apps. I now use all the time in preference to my quad core, SSD equiped Windows 7 desktop system. I can only share my actual experience of using Windows 10 for almost a year.
I have no connection with MS but I have been on their Win 10 Insider Beta testing program since January an have watched the steady improvement. I have personately reprorted 182 problems/suggestions and they have as far as I can see have ALL been fixed. I do think the July release was premature an left a lot of outstaning bugs but now my experience is that is stable, reliable and the optimised code makes Windows 7 really pedestrian. I have tried Linux (Mint) but it is not for me. I love Windows 10!
Just booted up my old 1997 Pentium 4 128Mb OS/2 Warp 4. Still boots in under a minute. Seeing that old familiar destop and realizing how ahead of it's time it was - Never crashed, speech recognition as standard, 4 virtual desktops, system restore, high security ring zero virus protection operating system - and almost as fast as my todays Windows 10 I5 2.4 4GB laptop. I wonder what it would OS/2 would have become if IBM had continued development. Trouble with IBM was that they were brilliant at technology but useless at marketing - the exact opposite of MS.
I wonder why the Register is so negative about Windows 10, I loaded it onto a 4 year old Windows 7 Lenovo Laptop. I hardly ever used it because it was so slow, like treacle more like and it has been transformed into fast really usable machine - fast in starting and very fast in use. No problems, it is solid and reliable. much better than Windows 7(I never bothered with Windows 8). All I can say is very well done Microsoft!
I certainly agree about tiles as they were under Win 8/Metro and was the main reason I never upgraded from Win 7 but under Win 10 the tiles are not a big deal, you can resize them down to almost icon size if you want and make the tile area much smaller.. If you really want to get rid of the tiles alltogether I understand Classic Shell and other addons still work as they did under Win 8. Most of my regular programs are on the taskbar so I rarely use the start menu anyway.
As a happy Windows 7 user I was not that interested in Windows 10 but thought I’d give it a try. I downloaded and installed the preview on a Lenovo E520 Edge 64bit laptop which I hardly ever used as it is so annoyingly slow with Windows 7, treacle like is a better description. Much to my surprise Windows 10 booted straight to the desktop and was lightning fast both starting up and in use! I have loaded up some of my usual programs – Office 2007, Libre Office, Firefox, Thunderbird, Nexus, VLC, Picassa, etc and they all run perfectly and faster than on Win 7 on my quad core desktop. I also loaded up some old games – Quake 2 & 3 and they ran really well and seem to be more compatible than under recent versions of Windows. All drivers work although initially the Lenovo sound driver did not work but MS fixed it in a later build. The start button works ok and I am grudgingly starting to use the tiles. The latest build (10166) is rock solid and remember there are over 5 million insiders like me who have been testing(I have reported 125 issues since I started testing in January an as far as I can tell they all seem to be fixed)
It has revitalised my laptop and I am finding I am using it more and more. It is not perfect and there are things I would change but I have not found any showstoppers and it is only a beta. Obviously Microsoft have put in a lot of work here to try to win back acceptance after Windows 8/8.1. I for one will definitely upgrade when it is released.
As a Windows 7 user who has been using the Windows 10 preview in it's various builds since January, I have found it to be a really huge improvement over Windows 7, sure there are some minor bugs but this is STILL A BETA, I am writing this using Firefox on Windows 10. Windows 10 is way faster than win 7, I am using it on a Lenovo E520 Laptop which I hardly ever used because it was so damn slow under Win 7, but it flies under Win 10! It is stable, I have had NIL crashes it runs all my win32 apps better than under Win7. I have tried a lot of the Apps and some of them are fun but my main concern is getting work done and for that I use Win32 programs - Firefox, Thunderbird, Office 2007, VLC, Picassa. Libre Office. Irfanview, Tapinradio etc. All run well. It is suc a drag having to go back to my Desktop PC running Win 7. Roll on the 29th when I can update to the release version of Win 10
I have to disagree, I am writing this comment on the latest build (10122) of the Windows 10 preview and as a Windows 7 user am very impressed with it. Back in January I was not very enthusiastic about Windows 10 but since the preview was free I would give it a try and was pleasantly surprised. I loaded it onto a fresh partition on a Lenovo Laptop which took ages to boot and crawled under Windows 7 Professional. It has rejuvenated the laptop! boots in about 40 seconds and is much, much faster in use. I loaded up some old games(Quake 2, Quake 3 Arena) and they run better than on my desktop Win 7 PC, compatiibility updating seems much improved. All my usual apps run perfectly - Firefox, Thunderbird, LibreOffice, VLC, Irfanview, etc. I have actually grown to like the start menu and the tile apps - news, finance, food, sport, video, photos, etc. As someone who never upgraded to Win 8/8.1 as I really was put off the interface, I now am using Win 10 preview in preference to my Quad core SSD Win 7 PC.
There are still a few bugs and it is a bit rough around the edges but it is stable and no show stoppers.
I for one will certainly looking forward to updating my main PC to the release version.
I am writing this comment on the latest build (10122) of Windows 10 preview and as a Windows 7 user am very impressed so far. I loaded it onto a fresh partition on a Lenovo Laptop which took ages to boot and crawled under Windows 7 Professional. It has rejuvenated this laptop! boots in about 40 seconds and is much, much faster in use. I loaded up some old games(Quake 2, Quake 3 Arena) and they run better than on my desktop Win 7 PC. All my usual apps run perfectly - Firefox, Thunderbird, LibreOffice, VLC, Irfanview, etc. I have actually grown to like the start menu and the tile apps - news, finance, food, sport, video, photos, etc. As someone who never upgraded to Win 8/8.1 as I really was put off the new interface, I now am using Win 10 preview in preference to my Quad core Win 7 PC.
There are still a few bugs and it is a bit rough around the edges but it is stable and no show stoppers.
If you haven't tried it give it a go.
The BBC used to the the worldwide bench mark for the quality of their programs but is now renowned for it's general mediocrity and lack of direction and purpose. There are still some areas of merit such as documentaries and their news programs and web site but otherwise it needs a good kick in the backside
I am very happy to pay for viewing if there are programs I would value and want to watch.
I still use my landline for calls and get no spam calls. How? And no I don't have a trucall type box. I used to get spam calls and instead of engaging them with any conversation, hang up immediately - "How are you today" = slam down. Now I get no spam calls at all, only valid calls. It works I don't know how but it does!
I have just Verbatim MediaShare Wireless Streaming Device to which I can put my own SD card, USB drive or even my portable Seagate portable 1TB drive(NTFS formated), I works brilliantly for videos/films, music, and documentswith my Ipad 4 and my Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Can also copy files to/from connected devices all for £30
Sorry but rodents are alive and well and will remain so for many years to come. I love mice, precision instruments which can do so much with only small movements of the hand. Touch is ok for tablets and phones, but fingers are so imprecise, how often have I pressed an icon on a tablet and nothing happens or get the wrong app! I even use a mouse and keyboard on my Android tablet for serious work.
Oh dear, MS had the chance to correct the mess that is Windows 8 but as a PC desktop user there is little to attract me to update from Windows 7. If they had offered a PC version without Metro and improvements to the desktop mouse/keyboard side of things they could have had a winner. This attempt to provide an OS for all devices was flawed from the start. I have been looking elsewhere and have installed Linux Mint 15 and am very impressed.
As many have already said the market for PCs are reaching saturation point. I am another who has a 4 year old quad core PC running Win 7 and Linux mint which is lightning fast and is quite adequate for all my needs and I cannot see myself upgrading any time soon. Win 8 offers me little that I want, I don't need the TIKRAM and its app store(does anybody?), I have proper Windows PROGRAMS, I don't need touch as I have a much more efficient and precise system in a mouse and keyboard. Sure Win 8 boots faster but how many times do I boot in a day and I usually use hibernate anyway. When MS brought out Win 7, I upgraded as it offered me some new useful features but Win 8 and even 8.1 offers me little to make it attractive. Also I hate that checkerboard look on win 8/phone 8.
I do have an Android Tablet with touch and that is great but that for me is an entirely different platform for different use in addition to my PC not as a replacement.
Installed it on Tuesday and am really impressed! Install an my Lenovo I5 Laptop was smooth as silk. and very smooth in use everything seems to be there. Connected to the web with Firefox and Thunderbird and was fairly easy to attach to my wifi Epson. Using it all the time now and haven't bothered going back to Windows 7.
I had a one of the original HTC Desires and it was a good phone but was left stuck on Android 2.2 froyo, it left a nasty taste that HTC seamed to forget about it. Now they have moved to fixed battery and no micro SD they have ruled themselves out of the market as far as I am concerned. I now have a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 which is superb and has removable battery and an up to 64GB micro SD slot and has already had Android updated since I bought it.
There has been a lot of talk around the computer industry that the desktop is dead because of lack lustre sales, from my personal point of view this is rubbish and a incorrect analysis of the actual situation.
The way I see it is that for the first time ever users can buy a fast, reliable computer at a reasonable price with a reliable operating system that works. Why would you need to upgrade or replace? Desktop computers have come of age!
In my own case I have owned 4 computers in the past and currently have a three year old quad core computer (Chillblast Sidewinder) that cost less than £1000 running Windows 7. For the first time I'm using a computer but loads programs virtually instantaneously, runs them without having to wait for a program to catch up, meaning that I can work or play the way I want all the time.
The two reasons that I am not thinking of upgrading or replacing my current computer is
1) For the first time I do not need more performance or reliability
2 ) As a mainly desktop user I can't see that Windows 8 is going to offer me much extra than I have now, If Windows 8 were a direct upgrade from Windows 7 with more relevant and new features to the desktop I would have bought it. I certainly don't want or need Metro.
Eventually I will replace or update if I encounter hardware problems or there is a new showstopper program that I need which won't run on my current configuration but this won't happen any time soon.
It has been said that tablets and smart phones are replacing desktops, from my perspective tablets and smart phones are in ADDITION to desktops and all have their place. I have a high-performance 10 inch Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean tablet (Toshiba AT 300) and a smart phone (Samsung Galaxy note 2 ) which are great when I am not home or in bed for browsing the Internet or simple games, but for all serious work I would much rather use the desktop. Mice and keyboards are precision implements, much easier than using an imprecise finger. For me touch screens are irrelevant for serious work, I have tried it and always revert back to my desktop (which I am using now).
Long live the desktop PC!
The thing that really annoys me is that the licensing authority has allowed more advert breaks and increase length, when there were only one or two breaks in a program and the length of the break was limited to three minutes, the adverts didn't annoy. Today however I have a DVR which allows me to pause the TV and skip the adverts by giving me the pause deferred time. I wait 5 minutes then select live TV, so never see the adverts. The TV companies are killing the goose that laid golden eggs by annoying viewers so much that they avoid adverts altogether. As advertisers realise that adverts are having no effect on sales they will stop using TV advertising. I do watch some BBC programs (although the dumbing down of their schedule mean that there is less and less to watch) I find that the number of trailers is almost as bad as the adverts on commercial TV so I skip those as well.
Although I have been reading books electronically for many years I don't think I will ever buy a dedicated ebook reader . I have used Palms for years and now have an HTC Desire. Even though I am now 69 I find a smart phone is perfectly suited to reading books. Most books I read are royalty free which I mostly get from Memoware website or the Guttenberg Project.. I use a great little app called Ireader.on my Desire.
So you can keep your Kindles
You would think that Microsoft would have learnt the lesson from Vista. Listen to the users! Unless there is an option to switch off Metro I will not be upgrading from Win 7, personally I dislike the UI of the win phone system even though I am told it works quite well. Surely it would be sensible to have an install version for non-touch systems which would bypass Metro and have a Win 7 type desktop.
This survey does not seem to ask the question, "Do you intend buying a tablet".I am one of those who will not be buying a tablet!
I have a Windows 7 desktop, a Windows 7 laptop and an HTC Desire phone. I can't think what I would use a tablet for. My next purchase will be an UltraBook.
I have recommendations from my Humax DVR and I hate it. I have yet to accept even one. I only wish that I could find a way to turn these recommendations off. I love choice! I prefer reading about a program before I decide to record it. There is so little to record what with all the repeats, gameshows, soaps and food programs. Long-lived choice
How cab they do this? The BBC's F1 coverage of F1 has been superb - a jewel in their crown, particularly after the ITV F1 debacle. Well that's the end of F1 for me. Next year I won't be watching F1 anymore. I won't even consider Sky. It seems that the BBC is entering a terminal decline both in the direction and quality of programs. The BBC used to be renouned for the quality of it's programs worldwide but now it is becoming a mediocre also ran.
I know that Talktalk get lot of stick but I've never had a problem and I was with them from the start. I once had a problem with speed but after helpful advice from their technical people it's been okay ever since. Living in Gloucestershire I get around 7 mpbs which is fine for me. Once have the landline go down on me but Talktalk were able to fix it while I was reporting it on my mobile. Of course Ofcorn have not never asked for my opinion.
If you count the automatic updates for people who were beta testing Firefox 4 it was 10 million in 24 hours. Another point is that as far as market share is concerned I'm sure a lot of people download all the browsers as new releases are available. I have IE 9, FF 4, chrome 10 and Opera 11 but my browser of choice is Firefox 4. In practice I find very little difference in speed in any of them, they are all fast enough not to notice the difference.
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