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What do you dislike most about windows?

I mainly dislike the price. Win 7 is basically an upgrade to Vista. I think more people would upgrade @ a lower price.

Feel free to post your reason(s) why you dislike Windows.

asked Oct 25 '10 at 09:37

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I left Windows at XP. I got my Mac just under a year ago. Vista was just terrible. I can not fully comment on Windows 7 because I very rarely use it. For me I left Windows because it was not reliable. I got to the point of about 20 BSOD's a day. No joke. It finally just went and everything died. All my family photo's and work. All my backups. Everything. Also the support for windows is terrible.

answered Oct 25 '10 at 09:50

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With respect to XP, if you were getting BSODs and you made no serious attempt to diagnose it's seriously your fault. There are 2 common causes: GPU drivers and RAM. It takes less than 10 minutes to work out which is the likely cause.

(Oct 25 '10 at 11:57) Seb Seb's gravatar image

I agree you can't just assume it was windows fault to just as easily been a hardware fault. I don't see why you couldn't get your data back a BSOD does not delete data there are many boot cds available for data recovery when you can't boot the main OS.

(Oct 25 '10 at 12:12) markd12 markd12's gravatar image

I did everything I could to diagnose the problem. Finally I went to a Microsoft employe and asked. It turns out WIndows had "got confused" and deleted vital information which allowed it to access my HDD. WIndows reaction was to delete everything on their because it could potentially be dangerous! Basically windows got scared of itself and gave up.

(Oct 25 '10 at 12:18) Fish Fish's gravatar image

It turns out WIndows had "got confused" and deleted vital information which allowed it to access my HDD. Windows needs to be able to access your HDD to begin with. It's an OS. That's what it does. It sounds to me like the employee you spoke to is incompetent. This sounds more like defective RAM causing bad data to be written to the drive, to me. This could happen on any OS.

WIndows reaction was to delete everything on their because it could potentially be dangerous! Well, if your brain (memory) were defective it might tell you that deleting yourself is a good idea too!

The nice thing about Macs is you don't have to do the diagnosis. Just call up Apple and tell them your Mac is panicking (this link is for those who don't know what an Apple panic looks like) excessively, admit you're an idiot by calling before attempting to diagnose and they'll fix it free of charge :)

PS: Don't worry. Everyone's an idiot, especially myself. It's impractical not to be one.

(Oct 25 '10 at 12:44) Seb Seb's gravatar image
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That is a problem I have never seen or heard of before, sounds like really bad luck. You most likely could recover a lot of that data from the main drive and backups.

(Oct 25 '10 at 17:38) Xiro Xiro's gravatar image

Probably the only issue I have with the current version of Windows is the startup time. It takes forever to get into the OS from pressing the power button. Other than that, I find Windows 7 extremely stable (has not crashed on me once) and I enjoy the new features. I do all of my gaming, editing, and day-to day computing in Win7, and it's easily my favorite OS of all time (yes, I have used OSX as well, but it didn't click with me).

answered Oct 25 '10 at 11:03

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I like Windows generally. What drove me away is price and the fact that I have to upgrade my hardware every time I want to use a newer version of Windows. These 2 reasons made me finally decide to abandon Windows.

answered Oct 25 '10 at 19:26

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I don't hate windows. But look at that price even for just the upgrade. I think the main thing people hate about Windows PCs is that they often have something go wrong after three or four years.

answered Oct 25 '10 at 19:32

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The main thing I dislike about Windows 7, and it was a problem with Vista that never got fixed in the Service Pack that is Win7, is the terribly slow copy/paste times. A dual boot machine can copy/paste the same file under XP in easily one tenth the time it can in Win7. This is a well documented problem.

answered Oct 31 '10 at 00:02

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Try the free program TeraCopy. It's automatic, so you'll see the same transfer speeds as XP while using Win7

(Oct 31 '10 at 00:05) Gorkon5567 Gorkon5567's gravatar image

I absolutely love Windows 7's performance on my aging PC and combined with the new start menu/taskbar, it's almost enough to stop me from migrating to Macs. However, I care about aesthetics almost to the point of obsession.

The inconsistency and sometimes difficult to navigate GUI of Windows 7 is pushing me away from the OS. I deeply value simplicity and ease of use and while Windows 7 was a huge leap from previous versions in this regard, I've just grown tired of the same old monotonous GUI. It could be Microsoft for not developing and more aesthetically pleasing GUI or it could just be me wanting a change.

The other critical problem is Windows Update. I understand the need to keep your PC updated to prevent security breaches but I really am fed up with having to download a new update every other day that just continues to eat up precious hard drive space. Macs may or may not have similar issues but I know they aren't anywhere near the extent of Windows security issues.

I see myself becoming a Mac user soon.

answered Oct 31 '10 at 00:40

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edited Oct 31 '10 at 00:41

the first thing that i absolutly hate about vista, is the reliability and performance index (which can be found in the control panel, administrative tools, reliability and performance monitor).

now i've hardly ever had a program crash, and my computer has been very reliable, but it hardly ever goes about 2 or 3, this is because windows prematurly says a window has stopped responding, or suggests a program has crashed when i actually close it, which all comes back as a error and is logged in there and lowers the score.

the second is the system restore, when you actually need it, you cant use it, i had a boot problem, and couldnt access it from the windows CD, it would not even load up the system restore in it, it woudl keep saying it's already running. and the other problem with it, which i only just learnt, when you defragment your computer, it makes backups of each file you defragment! makeing it take ages to defrag, and makes the problem worse and takes up space! (windows backs up files that are removed from the hard drive, defraging moves sectors and it reads these as a deletion so backs them up!)

those are the only issues i've ever had, everything else has been greate, never had any other issues in the few years i've used vista.

answered Oct 31 '10 at 08:46

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