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Will you be running Cumulus on Windows 8?

Yes, definitely
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43%
No, definitely not
102
43%
I'm undecided
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14%
 
Total votes: 238

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Windows 8

Postby steve » Tue Nov 06, 2012 11:38 am

I don't like what I've seen of Windows 8 and can see no reason to 'upgrade' from Windows 7. I like Windows 7. On a non-touch screen desktop PC, Windows 8 looks like a backwards step to me.

However, if lots of you do plan to use Windows 8, then I need to consider changing, purely from a support point of view. So please indicate your intentions in this poll.
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Re: Windows 8

Postby RayProudfoot » Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:26 pm

Steve,

Until such time as my netbook packs up and I'm compelled to buy another with a different OS I'll stick with XP.

But I would be surprised if W7 was withdrawn to be replaced by W8 for conventional PC use. I agree with you that W8 is not an upgrade to W7. From what I've seen and read of it it's really not suitable for normal PC use. I certainly don't want a screen full of fingerprints! :cry:
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Re: Windows 8

Postby gemini06720 » Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:31 pm

With my personal (and limited) evaluation, Windows 8 does not offer anything more (or better) than Windows 7...

I am not installing Windows 8 on any of my computers (already running Windows 7) - Windows 7 it is still the best (and very reliable) operating system ever developed by Microsoft...

Steve, I do not think many changes/modifications would be needed to run Cumulus on Windows 8 ... unless someone tries to run Cumulus on Windows RT (also improperly called Window RT/8)... :roll:

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Re: Windows 8

Postby jandrew » Tue Nov 06, 2012 2:02 pm

I'm using a very old (very cheap 2nd hand) Toshiba S3000-X4.
Running XP, it isn't 'modern' enough to upgrade to Vista, nevermind W7 or W8.
It is perfect for running Cumulus (and uploading to my website) and I use it for nothing else; saving my "real" computer for all the other stuff that I do.
It sits in the corner, minding its own business (but see my other message about audible alarms).
Why would I want W8 - what I do is not broke, it don't need mending :D

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Re: Windows 8

Postby mcrossley » Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:21 pm

I have upgraded my 'family' desktop to Windows 8, but I intend to leave the Cumulus machine on 7 for the foreseeable.

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Re: Windows 8

Postby Tonky » Tue Nov 06, 2012 9:13 pm

No upgrades to Windows 8 for now, but if I have to buy a new PC....... I may have to upgrade??
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Re: Windows 8

Postby Matt.j5b » Wed Nov 07, 2012 1:54 am

I am not interested in upgrading to W8 and found W7 to work fine for me and there is no point in changing from something that I happy with. I do agree that for non touch computers W8 does not offer new benefits and I don't think it is worth upgrading.
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Re: Windows 8

Postby franzliszt » Wed Nov 07, 2012 7:19 am

I find W7 to be the most reliable and suitable OS yet produced by Microsoft, and run it on the three computers on my network. I suppose that the only time I'd have to consider changing to W8 is when we reach the "end of life/support" position with W7? I don't think Steve should have to worry about this one.... :D

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Re: Windows 8

Postby avoorpool » Wed Nov 07, 2012 7:43 am

Hi Steve,

I ran a Beta (= trial) version of W8 on a second PC when it was first introduced (before I started using Cumulus) and didn't know how quickly I had to get rid of it :D
Stick to W7 with Cumulus and all will be fine in the great way it has always been!!!

Cheers,

Arthur

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Re: Windows 8

Postby mcrossley » Wed Nov 07, 2012 7:55 am

I did not notice the poll option when I first replied :oops: I'm a 'maybe', but really my vote would be for "probably in the future, but no time soon" :lol:

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Re: Windows 8

Postby uncle_bob » Wed Nov 07, 2012 8:27 am

I voted Yes definitely, but will probably never run it on Windows 8 as I run Cumulus on a server OS.
I voted Yes, because it's likely I will run it on Server 2012 in the future (GUI similar to 8) and because I'm sure others will want to run it on Win 8 at some stage.

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Re: Windows 8

Postby gemini06720 » Wed Nov 07, 2012 8:52 am

Indeed, there should be at least one additional option: 'Maybe' ... as in just waiting for all of the comments by users and specialists on how reliable and productive Windows 8 is in its 'official' release before I make up my mind ... or ... as in just waiting to find out how many bugs were left in Windows 8 and waiting for the first (or second or third) update release of Windows 8... :mrgreen:

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Re: Windows 8

Postby bruce45 » Wed Nov 07, 2012 10:04 am

I voted yes and agree that at some point users will want to have windows 8.

I have been running windows 8 on another laptop and so far the only issue I have found is AVG causes it to crash for no reason. AVG 2012, from what I have found out, was not wrote for windows 8 just gave it a face lift to fall in line with it. As for cumulus not having any problems and is working the same as on windows 7.

Just a thought for those who are unsure about windows 8. It is true that Microsoft want you to pay extra for media centre but you can get it free till the end of January 2013 from http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/feature-packs just put in your email address and then you receive an activation code. If you run Windows8-Upgrade Assistant you can buy the full Pro version for just under £30 so with the free media centre it is cheaper than windows 7. you also don't need the likes of adobe for reading pdf files or WinZip, WinRAR . it works and looks like windows 7 but with a few extras.

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Re: Windows 8

Postby gemini06720 » Wed Nov 07, 2012 4:55 pm

Cumulus has been installed in the root directory of Windows 8 - Cumulus is getting its data from the Vantage Vue console using the WeatherLink IP adapter (data-logger) through the local home/office network - Cumulus has been in operation for more than 12 hours without any error message or problem. For the time being, Cumulus has not been setup to upload it data to a web location - that will be added later on.

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Re: Windows 8

Postby Cliff » Wed Nov 07, 2012 5:25 pm

I'm undecided as well. I've used Win8 on my laptop and it takes a little getting used to over Windows7. That being said, my main PC that has Cumulus on it will "probably" not be upgraded to Win8. Like the old saying "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". And we all know that Microsoft fixes some bugs in new releases and introduces new ones. Why create a "perfect" product, your revenue stream would eventually dry up! Hell, they've been doing that since the first version in 1985 :lol:


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