Survey: Half of Windows Users Prefer Windows 7

Survey: Half of Windows 8 Users Prefer Windows 7Windows 8 Forums, one of the largest Windows help sites on the Web put together a survey of 50,000 Windows users to determine what the new operating system’s strengths and weaknesses are. In addition, the survey takers were asked what their favorite version of Windows is. Of the people surveyed, 53% state that they prefer Windows 7.

What will undoubtedly draw ire from an already skeptical community is the fact that only 25% of those surveyed felt that Windows 8 was the best Windows operating system to date. One one hand, this could be taken as a grim number indicating that Windows 8 is more of a step back than it is forward. Keep in mind, though, that most folks just don’t like change. When it comes to software, there will always be someone who doesn’t like the latest revision. This is especially true in the presence of dramatic user interface changes (such as the new UI in Windows 8), which makes a high approval rating very difficult.

In a world where about a quarter of Windows users are still running the now practically ancient Windows XP, it stands to reason that Windows 8 will incur some initial pushback from users. I’ll be the first to recommend Windows to a friend or family member, though Windows 8 is a tough sell in part because much of it is unfamiliar to the average user. Intuitive it is not — at least not yet.

To me, the most important information gathered during the survey related to the strengths and weaknesses of the operating system.

Here’s a look at some of the strengths outlined by the poll.

  • 56% – Fast Boot and Shut Down
  • 50% – East Installation
  • 35% – Internet Explorer 10
  • 28% – Restart / Restore Capabilities
  • 26% – More Included Apps (Mail, Calendar, Etc.)

Weaknesses are also important, because they’ll be the pain points that users experience when attempting to actually use the new operating system. If anything, they’ll be what Microsoft should be concentrating the most on changing as Windows 8 is released to the public.

  • 26% – System Requirements
  • 25% – Incompatibility
  • 20% – Freezing and Crashing
  • 18% – Two Entirely Different User Interfaces
  • 18% – Incomplete Apps

Topping the list of weaknesses is price, but anything that ever costs more than free will always be a matter of contention for users. Microsoft has even gone so far as to offer Windows 8 upgrades at a significantly reduced price compared to previous editions. Still, it’s not the cheapest operating system out there — not by far.

Note: According to the detailed points of the poll: Only 26% of those polled had actually listed Windows 8 as an operating system they’d used.

Data Source: Windows 8 Forums

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Ryan Matthew Pierson has worked as a broadcaster, writer, and producer for media outlets ranging from local radio stations to internationally syndicated programs. His experience includes every aspect of media production. He has over a decade of experience in terrestrial radio, Internet multimedia, and commercial video production.

  • http://www.andrewaskew.com/ Andrew

    Multimonitor support is also just great. I am enjoying windows 8, been using it since it RTM’d. Just waiting for all the drivers to become official so I can reformat and clean install.

  • Ole Anders

    windows 8 have better UI, and improved task manager. it’s the only thing I think is something good with windows 8. The Metro Start Menu on a laptop was only a huge bomb on my face. I knew that Windows 8 not going to be good before it actually came since MS do not manage to make two good OS in a row. The funny thing is that MS do not care that 90% of the people on youtube are dissatisfied with windows 8, and I have tested it myself, and was deeply dissatisfied.

    • https://plus.google.com/112301869379652563135/posts Ryan Matthew Pierson

      I don’t buy into the MS doesn’t make a good OS twice in a row theory. It sounds rather superstitious to me. A lot of the charts you see outlining good vs. bad Windows operating systems leave out editions. Let’s not forget Windows server and Windows NT editions which are largely ignored by the mass public.

      • Ole Anders

        but windows serverNT is not intended for the general population. its a
        Workstation. windows 8 is not vista 2, not in the same way. Windows 8 is better than Win7, on pretty much every subject as performance. but the metro is meant for touch screen, which devastated people. I could have lived with that the Metro UI, if the metro UI had been on the classic desktop as a new replacement of the old icons, Instead of another OS on another OS.

  • maverick

    wow sounds about right

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1292299949 Nino Brunori

    When was this survey and how come I wasn’t included?

    Seriously, why on earth is this data coming to light when people have been complaining a long time ago about MetroUI and the rest of the fault?

    I will just chalk all this up to Microsoft can care less about what you want unless it falls in line with their idea’s such as George Lucas when he was writing Star Wars Episode 1 – 3.

    How many times can one complain about the removal of the ability to have individual folders that save their own windows position and sizes. This complaint goes back to Windows 7.

    Nope, Microsoft cooked their own goose with this one and until proven wrong there is no doubt in my mind that Microsoft has dropped plans for a desktop future in favor of competing in the Tablet and phone market. If Apple decides to make OSX universally installable outside of a Hackintosh and support professional gaming Microsoft is history.

    My future in all seriousness is use Linux and play my games with Wine.
    Why should I bother paying a couple hundred $$ just to use an OS that Microsoft forces down my throat.

    As a matter of fact this Christmas I’m getting all my kids Android tablets that do everything they care about. Lots of emulators, watch movies, play their audio files and surf the net with Wifi. 4 tablets for around $1,000. So why would I pay all that money just for a license brand.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1292299949 Nino Brunori

    When was this survey and how come I wasn’t included?

    Seriously, why on earth is this data coming to light when people have been complaining a long time ago about MetroUI and the rest of the fault?

    I will just chalk all this up to Microsoft can care less about what you want unless it falls in line with their idea’s such as George Lucas when he was writing Star Wars Episode 1 – 3.

    How many times can one complain about the removal of the ability to have individual folders that save their own windows position and sizes. This complaint goes back to Windows 7.

    Nope, Microsoft cooked their own goose with this one and until proven wrong there is no doubt in my mind that Microsoft has dropped plans for a desktop future in favor of competing in the Tablet and phone market. If Apple decides to make OSX universally installable outside of a Hackintosh and support professional gaming Microsoft is history.

    My future in all seriousness is use Linux and play my games with Wine.
    Why should I bother paying a couple hundred $$ just to use an OS that Microsoft forces down my throat.

    As a matter of fact this Christmas I’m getting all my kids Android tablets that do everything they care about. Lots of emulators, watch movies, play their audio files and surf the net with Wifi. 4 tablets for around $1,000. So why would I pay all that money just for a license brand.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1430310093 Wolfee Darkfang

      AVG with 2 color icons makes me think we’re going back to the 16 color era from windows 3.1. Whoever designed the desktop window frames for windows 8 failed bad. Even Linux’s ancient Metacity frame designs look better. Microsoft got lazy and didn’t want to put some art skill into it. Aero Glass was great. It allowed me to match my windows to my wallpaper by making them transparent so that the wallaper’s colors dominated my desktop. I could switch wallpapers for each mood and keep everything else in theme. This is why on Mint Linux I have Compiz Fusion and Emerald installed. To give me that feel under Linux.

      • chiefnoobie

        Yes I’ve noticed that as well I mean lets face it Windows 8 is more aimed at touch screen devices so why anyone would want to use a desktop AV like AVG on it is beyond me. I know MCafee do their own free app for andriod fair enough but they haven’t made the entire interface Windows 8 tastic!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1292299949 Nino Brunori

        I picked up Linux Mint and about to install it. but I like what your saying.
        Seriously and 100%, the only thing keeping me from fully moving to Linux is the lack of TV support using my Haupage USB tuner and the gaming. Wine is just not there yet.

        Windows really has no use for me anymore.
        Honestly, I think I can fully understand Microsoft’s direction when they see a losing situation. Tablets are where the money is heading, can you blame them? As long as PC users can still “USE” Windows it’s supported but you don’t have to be a fan.

        If you can use any OS on a PC to get the job done then why focus on a PC market as a primary source of income especially when Linux is free.
        They are just protecting their empire just as much as Apple has.
        In a sense, Linux does win in the end just 20 years later after M$ tried to squash it in the early 90’s by underhanded practices.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1378042266 Bill Reilly

    If you read the survey itself you’ll see that this whole article (as is the survey) is a joke, as only 26% of the people who took the survey had actually used Windows 8… http://www.forumswindows8.com/general-discussion/windows-8-survey-half-prefer-windows-7-a-7853.htm

    • https://plus.google.com/112301869379652563135/posts Ryan Matthew Pierson

      Where on the survey does it say that? If it is a joke, there’s nothing funny about it. It looks pretty middle of the road.

    • https://plus.google.com/112301869379652563135/posts Ryan Matthew Pierson

      I’ve made the clarifications. Thanks for finding the more detailed version of the poll, which I didn’t see at the time of writing. I wouldn’t say this article is a joke, though.

  • Eye of Horus

    Why is Microsoft bringing out operating systems it seems like every years or so? After XP was Vista. Then up came Windows 7. Now it’s Windows 8. Are they just trying to create a Mac OS or what?

  • jS

    I still fail to see why Windows 8 is needed. What does it let the user do that another OS hasn’t and isn’t already doing?

  • Tony

    East installation.