Windows 8 is the newest OS for Microsoft and has since become the standard that is installed on all new computers when purchased in store. The new Metro system is the biggest selling point to the Windows 8 OS and I have to say, I couldn’t be more apathetic to it.
Back in January, I was in need of a new laptop so I went to search for something that could truly fit my needs. I came across a beautiful Lenovo P500 laptop that fit the bill perfectly, but the only problem was that it came with Windows 8 built in. Being the creature of habit that I am, I was a bit hesitant at first to even buy the laptop, but finally I buckled and purchased it. Once home, I opened up the box to the laptop like a child opening a present on Christmas. Starting up and setting up the computer was super simple and quite fast, which truly impressed me.
Then we got to the Metro screen. It has always felt so unorganized to me. Even when Microsoft changed the Xbox format to the Metro, it just felt unruly compared to the simple way a desktop is set up. Then I saw it: the desktop was still available! To my joy, I clicked to what is familiar to me, and saw no Start button. I was confused as to how I was supposed to get to any information on my computer, and then it hit me: Metro. At first, Metro was quite the burden and took a bit of a learning curve but once familiar with it, it wasn’t the worst thing on earth.
As a few days had passed, after using my desktop with Windows 7, it seemed that Windows 8 was significantly slower than my desktop. They have roughly the same specs, no specials on either system, and yet Windows 8 took much longer for anything to really get done. It continued to get slower and slower until the point of me having to recover the computer altogether back to it’s original in-box settings. To make matters worse, it happened again!
You may be asking “What programs did you download?” or saying “You probably got a virus on the computer.” In terms of programs, I downloaded a grand total of two: GIMP and Minecraft, and I keep my computer well protected. I finally decided to downgrade back to Windows 7.
I don’t want to say that Windows 8 is a bad OS, it just may not be right for everyone, with the dramatic change in usage as one large hurdle for some. It just seemed to me that with Windows 7 being a step in the right direction, why not just follow that path? What do you think? Do you like Windows 8 or do you have a horror story? Leave a comment below and let us know.