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Last week as asked you which company makes the cell phone you currently own Which Company Made the Cell Phone You Currently Own? [MakeUseOf Poll] Which Company Made the Cell Phone You Currently Own? [MakeUseOf Poll] Which phone do you own? Which is the most popular company on MakeUseOf? Let's vote! Read More . More than 700 of you voted, and out of these votes emerged a clear winner. The real battle was for second place, and there too, one company managed to come out a winner. So what’s the most popular cell phone maker among MakeUseOf readers?

Out of 732 votes in total, these are the final results:

11th place goes to Lenovo, with less than 1% of the total votes.

10th, 9th and 8th places go to ZTE, Huawei and BlackBerry respectively, each with around 2% of the votes.

7th place belong to Sony with 5% of the total votes.

6th place goes to the hand-changing Motorola, which managed to grab 7.5% of the votes.

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In 5th place we have Nokia, which is still holding quite strong with 9%.

Moving on to our 4 big winners… in 4th place lies HTC with 10% of the votes.

3rd place belongs to Apple, which managed to grab 12.5%.

The coveted 2nd place goes to LG, which got almost 16% of the votes and probably owes this rating to the Nexus series.

And in 1st place… it’s no other than Samsung, with 30% of the votes. Are you surprised?

Another 4% voted for “other”, but the comments didn’t do much to clarify what these other companies are.


Comment Of The Week

This week’s best comment is by reader Rajaa C, who told us a bit about the smartphone market in India, and why the affordable Nokia Lumia 520 is actually not a bad choice.

Hailing from a developing country like India, buying a smartphone, and that too usually at a limited budget for most common people, I too was no exception. Also, we cannot usually afford the notion of changing the smartphone we invested in, on a regular interval, as in developed countries. These factor drove my evaluation process before purchase, where at-least my investment should hold good for at-least minimum 3 years, if not more. With a budget of around US $160 equivalent a year back, my choice almost became a no brain er. I cannot dream an Apple at that price, and the android choices I was getting, had a lot to be desired in terms of performance (lag and hanging issues. The undisputed choice, with an over whelming margin, was the brilliant Nokia Lumia 520 ( at the given price point ). When I started owning one, I was so pleasantly surprised with the zippy performance, the vivid colors and even the moderately great pictures and videos taken. Onedrive integration, MS Office mobile, simple wifi reverse tethering (pain in android), XBOX games, Nokia music and more such brilliant features, it simply stands tall among similar price point offerings from it’s competitor, specially android. Also the built quality is much better for a US $160. Today it is available at US $115 in India, and is practically a steal. A very satisfied customer one year down the line. Thank you Nokia and Microsoft. Lastly, I do not need the zillion apps other eco-system boasts off (do they get installed in one phone anyways I wonder, sounds hilarious when fanboys claim we have 10 million choices, yea but only one phone to get them all installed :P ), I do have all the important apps I need and yea pure MS Office.

Love our t-shirts? The best comment in this poll will get one of our geeky t-shirts. That’s right, for free! So get commenting!

Which Version Of Windows Are You Currently Using?

Windows is all over the news again. This time, it’s not a new version in the headlines, but an old one. Microsoft will soon stop supporting the beloved Windows XP, and many are not willing to say goodbye yet.

Last time we asked you which version of Windows you’re using What Windows Version Are You Running? [Poll] What Windows Version Are You Running? [Poll] Read More , it was 2010. Windows 8 wasn’t around yet, and Windows 7 and XP battled it out to a small win for 7. Has anything changed in 4 years? It’s time to find out!

Tell us which version of Windows you’re using right now. If you have more than one computer, choose the one you use the most. If you’re using Windows at work but not at home, take your work computer when you answer. You get the drill. Vote for it!

Why are you using the version you voted for? Did it come with your computer? Did your workplace decide for you? Do you think it’s the best version out there? Discuss in the comments.

  1. Leo Iannelli
    August 16, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    I have Windows 10, 8.1, RT 8.1 and 7. I also have Mac OS X Tiger on my iBook G4 and OS X Yosemite on the MacBook Pro.

  2. terry
    May 11, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    8 at work. 8 7 and X at home. Hoping to upgrade them all.

  3. rich
    April 30, 2014 at 12:05 am

    Wife has Win7Pro with XP in VM. I have Win7Home, three older XP machines, any of which may go to Linux, or not. Have a legal disc image of Win8 installation ready (Microsoft sale) but do not expect to ever want to install it.

  4. Russell Smith
    April 29, 2014 at 6:34 am

    After ending support with Windows XP, most of users are migrated towards Windows 7. Windows 8 still faces lower rate of acceptance across the world.

  5. Mark R
    April 9, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Windows 8.1 Enterprise N .

  6. Vishnunarayan
    April 5, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Actually I use Win 7 currently. But I am really obsessed with ridiculous price tag of the Win 7.
    I mean even Apple is giving their brand new OSX 10.9 Mavericks for free(Yeah, I know that Apple is more of a hardware company than a software company. But they have put a lot of effort in producing the Macintosh OS.) I am even thinking of hackintoshing. I think Microsoft should at least reduce their price tag and give a more simplified look for Windows 8(Atleast they should have put in an option to choose between the Metro style and the classic style. One of my relative couldn't even find the shutdown option :D). And for the record I am from India. I love my India. Jai Ho........

    • Leo Iannelli
      August 16, 2015 at 1:49 pm

      OK, you have Windows 7 and OS Ex Mavericks.

  7. Anonymous
    April 4, 2014 at 12:40 am

    XP Pro.

  8. Mark
    March 28, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    funny question....I use XP Pro, Win 7, Server 2003, Win 8, Centos both server and desktop, Ubuntu desktop

  9. Sandra
    March 28, 2014 at 12:03 am

    We still use XP Professional. We've tried Se7en and 8 on other systems. After trying these for a couple of weeks we decided to go back to the system we liked the most, XP Professional SP3.

    • Leo Iannelli
      August 16, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      Virus: Hello there
      Sandra: WHO R U?
      Virus: Your greatest fear
      Sandra: Uh-Oh!
      Virus: Your computer has been locked an you must pay $900 to unlock it.
      Sandra: ????
      Virus: Wiping drive:
      Sandra, Oh no! I should have stayed on Windows 7!! ????

  10. Franz W
    March 27, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Windows 8 came with my new machine, but I pine for Linux Mint every time the
    "charms" jump at me. My wife uses Windows 7 after a brief encounter with 8
    involving words not to be repeated here.
    My oldest likes 8, because of the fact that it can be used in a "windowless" way -
    the charm (there's that word again) of dragging and dropping and cutting and pasting
    has passed her by.
    My youngest uses 8 because it's there.
    My dad, also forced to use 8 because of a new machine, races to his 7 machine and my mum's xp whenever he gets a chance.
    MacOS works well, the little I played with it.
    All have their quirks, I suppose, depends on which quirks you find endearing and which anoying.
    Back in the days of VHS, before MTV (just after the world was made, in my children's eyes)
    some insisted that binary coding was the only true computing......
    What scares me is the idea that we might one day live within our operating systems, but, thanks to the older commenters here, I'm just a little less scared of Buildings 2!

  11. Spam Hater
    March 27, 2014 at 7:10 am

    Linux for me for more than a decade. I only touch Windows anymore to help one friend de-malware his Windows 7 computer once a month or so because he seems incapable of clicking "Cancel" instead of "Okay" on popup windows that he never reads. (Typical Windows user.)

  12. Jeremy D
    March 27, 2014 at 3:56 am

    I upgrades to Windows 7 from Windows 8.

    • Leo Iannelli
      August 16, 2015 at 1:45 pm

      No, you downgrades to Windows 7 from Windows 8.

  13. linuxiac38
    March 23, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    I install Linux Mint on the School computers, neighbors, local charities, Salvation Army, and all computers sold by the Friends of the Library, a bookstore in the Seminole County Library system. Corporate donated computers sell for $60, each, and Linux mint has over 40,500 Software applications, free and available on the repositories.

    Must use the OS that actually operates the entire Microsoft Corporate networks,
    and Windows build environment! Linux is immune to the 50 million Microsoft Virus! Install takes 17 minutes, and it simply works best, being that over 76% of the Internet runs Linux!!!

    170 nations run Linux! The Fortune 500 run Linux! All Universities and colleges run Linux!

    • dragonmouth
      March 26, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      Linux is great for the average user. However, users that use high-end professional programs, such as CAD or graphic design, cannot use Linux. I switched to Linux more than 10 years ago but I still keep and XP PC around to do my taxes every year. Neither TurboTax nor TaxAct make a version for Linux, and there is no native Linux tax application.

  14. Linda S
    March 23, 2014 at 4:10 am

    If I'm creeping up on the time when I'll need a new laptop, I usually wait until the new platform comes out, if there seems to be one in the works. This time -- no, quite the contrary.

    I'm already thinking about how I'll find a new pc loaded with Windows 7. btw your recent article on that topic was helpful. Reasons?
    1. I have a huge slab of a phone with which I've been quite pleased so probably won't be investing in a tablet before it have to find a new laptop. Which leads me to
    2. Since I don't/won't have a table soon, I think Windows 8 design will just sow me down. I've got a growing mountain of new tech stuff to learn and keep up with. What I need from an OS now is ease of use and familiarity.
    3. I'm not alone. While I don't mind being on the lonesome edge, the underwhelming reception of W8 indicates there are reasons other than the ones above for hanging on too W7.

  15. Theodore Leebrant
    March 22, 2014 at 6:58 am

    Why use Windows? It's convenient, easy-to-use, and games run on it. That's it? Well, you could manage many other things with Linux/Mac. For instance, Windows is a very *simplified, user-friendly* OS that even a kid could manage to use it. Ease of access is Window's selling point. Mac, on the other side, is also easy to use, but they fall behind in terms of applications, even with the excellent design. Linux is (nearly) purely customizable, but I won't recommend it on (normal) end-users, as many will say, "The computer is broken." when they inserted a CD and run .exe programs on it. Others could use Linux (like Ubuntu, which already have a good UI), but from 100 people who use Ubuntu I asked in my school, 75% don't know what is a .deb file, and when a program is not in the repository, they can't Install it. So why Windows? It's easy to use.

    • Theodore L
      March 23, 2014 at 11:05 am

      Users are already comfortable with Windows XP, as it is one of the longest-supported Windows OS available, so many people would not change from it. However, there are many other people who cares about new versions of Windows, and they install them. Normally, their first reaction for Vista is, "Holy crap this is shitty", and they reverted back to XP. Some are traumatized by this, so they still use XP. Others who are still enthusiastic upgraded to 7, and 8. The W8 layout is very different from the others, and they get back to 7 (Most of them don't upgrade it anymore) , then, XP's support was announced to be stopped. When 8.1 was released, it brings back the Start button (I think it's redundant, as in why should they have a start button and page?). This is far more similar with the previous WinOSs, so flocks of users went there, hence the new popularity of 8.1.

    • Theodore L
      March 23, 2014 at 11:27 am

      Hey, there are pre-installed OS too! In Indonesia, I still see many of computer/laptop/netbook sellers use PIRATED XP. 7 are also common, but nearly none sells a preinstalled 8 / 8.1, and that's the source of many 7. I guess they are just too lazy to upgrade/ doesn't have the capability to do it. Not me tho, I dual-boot elementaryOS and Ubuntu.

    • dragonmouth
      March 26, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      "from 100 people who use Ubuntu I asked in my school, 75% don’t know what is a .deb file"
      How many Windows users know what a ".pst" file is?

      Ubuntu is so easy to run that you do not need to know what a .deb file is to run it.

  16. Mosi
    March 21, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    I was using Windows 8 and upgrading to 8.1, but that update decided to brick my system. So I'm at Windows 7 now. Much happier with 7.

  17. Wantoo Sevin
    March 20, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Red Hat Linux

    • Leo Iannelli
      August 16, 2015 at 1:46 pm

      If RH dosen't make that anymore, why do you have it?

  18. Just a dude
    March 20, 2014 at 9:35 am


  19. Doguiz
    March 20, 2014 at 8:23 am

    My new laptop came with a coupon for an upgrade to Win8. I had to wait four months before Win8 came out. So it was on win7. At the time that I could upgrade to Win8, I doubted the negative criticism about Win8. I then thought, how can they all be so negative about something that's new ...
    So, I got my laptop finally updated to Win8 and later to win8.1.
    To my opinion, Win8 and win8.1 are the best versions of windows yet . Fast start-up and easy to use. Especially the speed the laptop is booting amazes me! The Windows 8 version is for me a fast win7 plus extra.

  20. Vijay Solanki
    March 19, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    I use Windows XP, Since I learnt how to use computer( and it came preloaded with the Laptop I bought). It is really useful than any other version of windows, because there are many features / options are missing or hidden in the latest version of windows. I'm happy with the XP and it is easy to use. I do not install any updates except for MSE and it runs smoothly. In future if I required to upgrade my computer I'll prefer to dual boot OS (Windows XP as secondary if not possible as primary).

  21. J Martinez
    March 19, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    I use Windows 7 in two of my computers because it came installed. At this moment, purchasing Windows 8 is not an option because of my budget constraints. I also have Windows XP in my oldest laptop computer (HP).

  22. drob
    March 19, 2014 at 3:15 am

    I hated MS till XP. I love(d) XP. Most of my computers run 7 , a few old laptop with XP (till the dateline), one is Mint flavoured,. And I can't see why people rave about Apple. Too many connectivities issues in mixed company in networks. Not to mention lack of explorer and many software updates which screw your system or data, like IOS 7.1 and Configurator 1.3. May be its just me...
    I work with all these and they all have their good and bad points, but for me 7 is the new King. Or may be Ubuntu, if only it would do all that I need out of the "box"!

  23. Jaime Salcedo
    March 19, 2014 at 1:33 am

    At Work I use Windows 8 because it came with the equipment. At home I have several OS: I have a Windows 7 PC, an IMac with Lyon operating system, a rather old lap top with Windows XP, a newer one with Windows 7, an Ipad, a pair of tablets with Android, several cell phones with Android OS, and I recently bought a Chrome Book.

  24. rich
    March 19, 2014 at 1:28 am

    Actually, I have XP Home on a desktop and laptop, XP Professional on a newer laptop, and the two newest laptops have Windows 7. I have a licence for and have downloaded Windows 8 but no intention of installing it. I am currently engaged in hardening my XP computers against attack (which process includes using the Win 7 machines mostly on the 'net) and backing them up onto external hard discs just in case. Yes, the 7s are backed up too.

  25. Mike
    March 18, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    XP because no sound card driver for 7 or 8. And why pay for a new OS?

  26. Fran
    March 18, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    I Bought a new desktop several years ago with Windows 7 and still use it extensively. I was trying to help people learn how to use Windows 8 a year ago and finally bought a laptop with Windows 8 so I could really learn how to use it myself. I actually like the features of both but probably go back to Windows 7 because I still miss the start menu under a button. Haven't upgraded to Windows 8.1 because I'm a little uncertain about what it might do to the computer which is working OK now.

  27. Judy
    March 18, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Windows XP is easy to use and we've used it for at least 5 years now at home. When I got a new computer I changed from Windows 7 to XP.

  28. A G B
    March 18, 2014 at 2:41 pm


    And Do Not Give Me The APRIL 2014 XPocalypse Deadline Again.

    I Have Not Installed Any Newer M$ ( Only M$ ) Updates Since The SUMMER Of 2009 - 4 Years And Counting, Without Any M$ Support Whatsoever.

    And, Yes, I Browse The Internet Every Single Day.

    APRIL 9, 2014 Will Be Business As Usual - Another Meaningless Date On The Calendar.


    • GraveDigger
      March 18, 2014 at 5:30 pm

      OK - that's one way of approaching the upcoming situation.

      Windows XP has been a very good operating system for over a decade - but that doesn't mean that Microsoft should be obligated to support it forever and not evolve their software (I've used their operating systems since the days of MS-DOS and Windows since version 1.0). While it's true that April 8th doesn't mean that your computer will stop functioning and you can't browse the internet or run your applications for the foreseeable future it does mean you're going to be taking greater risks the longer you do it.

      I can go back and re-install Windows 95 and use Internet Explorer 1.0 to surf the net, but the operating system and the browser are seriously outdated and I can't expect to be safe using a product that's almost 20 years old. You may not want to accept this, but it's the reality of using computers. Products have a useful life and innovations in newer products add more functionality, greater security and more features.

      If nothing else, use a different browser than IE 8.0 (like Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome), update your anti-virus and anti-malware software to the latest products you can use, and consider upgrading to a newer operating system like Windows 7 or 8/8.1 or a version of Linux (I would recommend Linux Mint, Ubuntu or Zorin OS for long-term XP users...)

    • A G B
      March 19, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      CHROME Is My Main Browser, But I Use IE8 For Video Streaming - Without Extensions It Is A Lot Faster Than CHROME.

      It Also Kills PopUps A Lot Better Than CHROME - Credit Where It Is Due.

      I Update The AV Religiously Every 6 Days, Too.


  29. johngalt
    March 18, 2014 at 2:03 pm


  30. jelabarre
    March 18, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Wine 1.7 and Crossover 12.5

  31. airamericaman
    March 18, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    I'm running Windows 7 (32 bit) now because it came on the used desktop I bought 2 months ago. I am researching installing Windows XP as most of the games I enjoy are older games that ran great on XP and not so great om Windows 7.

  32. Brian
    March 18, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Got a new touchscreen laptop with Win 8. Upgraded it to Win8.1. I've been using computers since DOS in 1980. What do I think of the Win 8.1 GUI? Simple. I hate it!

    I never use the touch input - why would anyone in their right mind want touch on a laptop? Makes absolutely no sense to me (and a stupid move on my part. A tablet or phone - sure, but laptop (or desktop) - annoying at best. PITA for certain. Why does it take, in some cases, three or four clicks/commands to do what I can do with one click in Win7? Want to delete a big folder? Go get a cup of coffee. Startup in desktop: doesn't matter; accidentally get your mouse cursor close to a screen edge and all kinds of annoying metro bars pop onto the screen which requires a click of escape to get rid of them. Want to add a quick desktop shortcut? Good luck on the "quick" part. I could go on...? Everything in it is designed to block productivity for a power user for convenience of a dummy on a mobile device. Sorry if I offend.

  33. Shahmir K
    March 18, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Windows 7 forever I hate Metro look.

  34. Nick K
    March 18, 2014 at 8:48 am

    I'm using Windows 7 Pro because I transitioned from XP Pro and wanted some of the same resources available. A more advanced Win7 would be suitable, but likely overkill for what is essentially a home gaming/production machine .

    I have a copy of Win 8 if it comes up, but I'm not in any hurry.

  35. Amin R
    March 18, 2014 at 4:31 am

    I've used XP, Vista, 7 and 8.
    XP: very good
    Vista: disappointing
    7: excellent
    8: not bad

  36. Amin R
    March 18, 2014 at 4:24 am

    Windows 7 is a more powerful and reliable OS than 8. The metro page on 8 gets in the way here and there and does what could be done on the 7's desktop. It's there for mere cosmetic reasons and is more friendly to touch which causes you to covet for a touchscreen device. More serious work can be done by 7 and it's not meant for girlie touches. What is the use of making the screen gunky and having to clean it up while a mouse can do the jobs for you more precisely? Can you do heavy detailed graphical work using your fingers? And if this kind of work is meant to be done using a mouse, why should we switch between mouseing and fingering?!

  37. Kevin
    March 18, 2014 at 4:15 am

    My workhorse is a 2003 Compaq Pressario with pclinuxos mate.

    My wife's workhorse is a custom built (by me) gaming powerhouse with pclinuxos full monty.

    I have a modern gaming pc with windows 7 for Steam only (all the protection software makes it slower than my 2003 rig)

    My wife has a laptop with windows 7 for Steam only.

    Lately we've been using Steam on Linux more and they add games every day. Soon, we will be M$ free!

    XP's 3/1 RAM split for 64 bit was pathetic.
    Vista was a resource hog.
    7 stripped down to bare bones is barely tolerable.
    8 and 8.1's GUI doesn't appeal to me (Ubuntu's Unity doesn't either).
    Don't get me started on the NT we run on the CNC machines at work...Ugh!

  38. Earl B. Stroup
    March 18, 2014 at 3:05 am

    We bought two custom built Win 7 Home Premium SP-1 computers configured exactly alike - one for my wife and one for me. Our first computer was DOS. We have upgraded over time through all of the Windows series with the exception of Windows 8. Win 7 has a slight edge over XP in ease of use, stability, and performance.

  39. Ed
    March 18, 2014 at 2:26 am

    I have an ten year old Toshiba laptop running XP, which I can't upgrade to Win 8.1 due to the old hardware.

  40. Lena R
    March 18, 2014 at 12:38 am

    I'm using Windows 7 on my machines. Still have an old XP running (Lenovo ThinkPads seldom die) and purchased a new Lenovo specifying I wanted Win 7 even though they were pushing Win 8. Microsoft is "Every-Other-Windows": Win 98 = good; Win Millennium = bad; Win XP = good; Win Vista = bad. Win 7 = good; Win 8 = bad. I've been running Windows since 2.0 (which was a far improvement over DOS 4.0 or 3.x or whatever I was running then). For the past 15 years I have happily skipped every other upgrade, and like others on this thread will hold out with these machines until Windows 9 -- yes, 9 -- is upgraded to SP1, and Microsoft has fixed its "improvements" on the backs of innocent early adopters.

  41. Supermoth
    March 18, 2014 at 12:34 am

    I just recently purchased a new laptop and decided, mostly due to my price range and needs, to go with Windows. Unfortunately, I didn't realize that most new laptops wouldn't even give me the option to go with anything besides Windows 8. I guess that's one way to get people to convert: don't give them another choice! I ended up with Windows 8.1 and honestly, it's been okay. I was expecting to not like it, but some of the changes in Word and Excel (which as a graduate student are the programs I use most frequently) are appreciated. And I tweaked a few things to make it look a little more like the Windows 7 I was used to and to have it boot directly to the desktop screen! Overall, I can't complain too much about 8.1. But I would have prefered the option to stick with 7 a little while longer!

  42. John
    March 17, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    I'm just about to buy a bargain Toshiba Portege, extra thin ultrabook . It is last years model but has an i5 with an SSD and Win 7 Pro 64 bit. It weighs a bit more than a tablet, but it should - it has a 13 inch screen. It is being sold off cheaply cheap because it has no touch screen and is therefore no use for Win 8(.1). Oh, and you can't pull it in half to get a massive tablet! So by dumping all the new metro, touchy, tablet, app crap I've saved about 35 percent. Long live Win 7!

  43. Julie
    March 17, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    I'm using windows 7 because my new computer came with it. I reset the appearance to XP standard because the new look, especially the whirling circle, was making me crazy.

  44. John O
    March 17, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    I currently have too many computers.
    I know I should get rid of some of the older ones but I was thinking of trying to set up an old desktop computer as a server one day or just advertise them "as-is".
    Some just need a hard-drive, power cable, mouse and keyboard and an OS installing.

    I have Windows Vista 32 bit Ultimate ( still ) on one laptop that I almost full price for the OS. :-(
    Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit on another laptop. Genuine but nowhere near full price paid for the OS key.
    Windows 7 Home premium on an ACER REVO RL100 under the TV
    which works great with XBMC installed. It came pre-installed.

    Finally I have an old laptop ( this one ), a DELL INSPIRON 1545
    ( Intel Celeron dual core T3300 running at 2GHz ),
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit with Media Center installed ( 100% genuine ).

    The screen isn't a touchscreen though.

    I bought Windows 8 when Microsoft had an introductory offer on it for just £24.99.
    What a bargain!! I wish I had bought 10 copies and sold them later seeing what price it retails for now.
    I know a website selling Office and Windows keys and they appear to be genuine
    so lately I have not had a problem activating WINDOWS / OFFICE at a bargain price
    using GENUINE downloads too from the digitalriver website. They have stayed genuine I have never seen "You may be a victim of software piracy...." message appear.
    So I guess they buy software keys in bulk from Microsoft.

    Anyway, I am thing of selling two of my old laptops and getting an i5 quad core laptop
    or possibly go back to using an desktop computer.

  45. Mike G
    March 17, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    I have an 8 year old Acer desktop, an 8 year old Acer laptop, and a 5 year old Acer netbook. I am running Win 8.1 on all of them. I upgraded from Win 7 and then to Win 8 and 8.1. I am age 70 and had no problem adjusting to Win 8 and 8.1. I rarely use the "Metro" interface other then to locate a programs that I don't use very often.

  46. Jason P
    March 17, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Windows 8.1 on my desktop and laptop, works really well with my Windows Phone 8! Although I don't have a touchscreen and I don't use much "metro" applications I find windows 8.1 very good, both good looking and performance wise with my desktop booting up in 3" and with a very good memory management. I have to use Linux for some University homework and I prefer Mint, the latest versions of Ubuntu are terrible in my opinion. While I like the Apple hardware I wouldn't want to use OSX, had to use it for a summer and ended up making a windows VM to use software that was unavailable for the MAC.

  47. blke
    March 17, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    I upgraded an old Vista Home Basic HP laptop to Windows 8.1! I am amazed how much faster and smoother it is. Windows 8.1 is Microsoft best OS.

  48. Bevity
    March 17, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    I have Windows 8.1 and I hate it. It came with Windows 8 and I upgraded it. I thought it would be an improvement on Windows 8, but I see no difference. It's horrible to use. Windows 7 was soooooo much better. I have been using computers for about 25 years and Windows 8 makes me feel that I am new to computers. Really, it is crap.

  49. Todd
    March 17, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Win7x64 on my laptop and my desktop (which originally came with Win8 which was incredibly hard to get rid of and replace.)

  50. jim forrester
    March 17, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    I KDUXP LINUX 12.04 LTS Portuguese ver. of ubuntu

  51. Alf G
    March 17, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Win7 at work.
    At home one XP Pro is running Apache as reverse proxy to let all my computers be reacheable from the Internet, it is also remotely controlling lamps, one old PC with Win97 is monitoring the heating system.
    XP pro on one notebook and Zorin OS on an other. My wife has been using XP Pro but is now using Puppy Linux.
    Then there are some RaspberryPi..., one with RaspBMC.
    Win8 made me leave Microsoft.

  52. Nikola
    March 17, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    XP Pro on desktop
    Linux Mint 13 Maya on laptop

    Some users remind, XP support will end soon... as for any old system. So it will be with Vista, Win 7, Win 8 and so on ( Linux distro's coming out every 6 months, some of them with long therm support ).. If you find your OS useful for any purpose you need, stick to it. OS needs to be stabile, not newest ;)

  53. JADsHome
    March 17, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Win7Pro on my desktop machine
    Win8.1 on my laptop

  54. Neville Fursdon
    March 17, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    My desktop computer is dual booted with Windows 8.1 and Windows 7. My laptop is dual booted with XP and 7. Two reasons. One I need W7 to print from my old HP color laser as HP have not made a W8.1 driver for it that allows me to scan reliably. Secondly I teach computer maintenance and support an SeniorNet club of over 500 students need all these systems to be able to remain familiar with them. Otherwise Windows 8.1 is good enough for me.
    One thing I have found that makes Windows 8.1 more acceptable is to set the same background for the desktop and the start screen.

  55. Dustin Harper
    March 17, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Windows 8.1 Update 1 on 4 PC's. Nothing wrong with XP or 7, but I choose to use the latest and greatest. I don't mind the new UI (does take some getting used to).

    I also run a Windows 2012R2 server for home with a few Linux development/web VM's.

  56. Meelis
    March 17, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    i use windows 7

  57. fafa
    March 17, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    I use Win 8 because it came installed on the laptop. I realize that the companies need to upgrade what they offer, since greed is the, for the most part, the American way. Too bad, since XP was & to a lot of people, still is, the best version

  58. Tim D
    March 17, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    My desktop actually quadruple(or more) boots:
    1. Xubuntu
    2.Windows 8.1
    3. Fedora
    5. Mageia 3
    6. OpenSuse

  59. Joe
    March 17, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Windows 7 came with my Notebook and I use it a few times a year to update my Harmony remote. I do everything else in Linux. I will eventually suck my Windows install into a VM and use it for Dragon Natural voice dictation.

  60. Leah C
    March 17, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    I use Windows Vista because it came with my computer and I just don't care to upgrade. My mom's got Windows 7 on her computer and I'm much happier with Vista.

    • Lou M
      March 19, 2014 at 2:15 pm

      You and me Leah seem to be the only 2 people in the world still using Vista! At least I do so on my main work desktop, for compatibility with older programs, but also it works well and looks good. Updating has improved it beyond measure (the original was a bit of a stinker). I do also use 8.1 on my laptops and new desktop and I like that too (very quick), but when you boil it all down they aren't really any "better" than good ol Vista.

  61. Knud J
    March 17, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    XP Pro (from the beginning and through many, many updates, and it still suits my needs very well). Sorry I have to scrap it for security reasons. What's next - reluctant to once more start with a new version and surely a again a vast number of updates. I fear the OS and thus the computers of today are getting suicidal (but I also started with "transportable" IBM (no HD and only two 320 kb disks, which allowed me to write big reports with graphs!).

  62. Angi G
    March 17, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Honestly the only thing I would change about my Windows 8.1 desktop would be the taskbar on my second monitor. In order to pin programs there I have to use the bloated and glitchy Display Fusion. On my tablet I would want Chrome to work better! I'm having some issues with it syncing my favorites. I know that's not the operating system's fault, but still it's annoying. Other than those things, I cannot express the joy I feel when I use the operating system! Anxious to try out what's new in the SP1!

  63. Bud I
    March 17, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    I upgraded from XP to Win 7 Home several years ago. (I upgraded to Win 7 Pro yesterday for needed function.) I have Win 8.1 on my laptop as a testing platform, and only use it when traveling. Neither computer has a touch screen monitor, so I don't think I am getting a good test of 8.1.

  64. **********
    March 17, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    1] Windows 8.1
    2] Windows 8.1 Pro
    3] Windows XP SP3 but due to be upgraded probably to Windows 8.1 Pro

  65. Gary
    March 17, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    I have a lot of special software used for development and other unique projects and don't have the time to risk an upgrade. When the current workhorse is ready to be replaced, I will move to latest Windows version and install the software in a controlled manner.

  66. Marianne Popp
    March 17, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    With 4 computers in the house and most in constant use of some kind, I'm sure at one point they all came with Windows, but three of the now have Ubuntu 13.10 and one has XP. We no longer have the XP connected to the internet because that just puts it out there for someone to hack.

    We've recently been talking about getting a new machine, we will probably start out with an Windows 8.1, but somewhere down the line it will be a dual boot with Ubuntu getting more use.

  67. Ruthie R
    March 17, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    I use Windows 7 at work--not my choice, but I did choose to get my Asus eePC with Windows 7 rather than 8. I am happy with my choice and rather like the fact that I have the same OS at work and home. I probably won't change until we change at work--I've learned to trust their decisions, and the reasons for those decisions.

  68. George Corcoran
    March 17, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Been using XP pro for years but now, since they are leaving us users high and dry, I will be upgrading to Win 7 Home Premium (64 bit) sometime within the next few weeks. I'm thinking of going dual boot, since Home Premium doesn't come with the XP compatability capability.......and I do have games and other NON-64 bit programs that I want to be able to use.

  69. Rick
    March 17, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    I use Windows 8 because it came with my new laptop but have installed Start 8 Stardock and it works like Windows 7. I do not notice much difference between 7 & 8 now.

  70. Matt
    March 17, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Windows 8.1. Got the newer OS for the improved security; use Classic Shell to make it work more like Windows 7.

  71. Marc
    March 17, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Anything after Vista would have been good; but Win7 was in any case a superb platform. I ran anything that ran in XP, only better. I expected Win8 to be another Vista, and for me it was. The difference, however, was not the stuff under the hood (it was faster than Win7), but the interface was all wrong for a PC. Steve Ballmer and the boyz simply did not understand PC users.
    I do video editing and DTP. I simply can't use an itsy-bitsy tablet or smartphone for that. The start button was going to come back if I could not migrate back to Win7. Win8.1 represents a bit of commonsense (rare at Microsoft, it appears).
    After having upgraded one PC and a tablet (wiping out all my software in the process, and ending up with Win 8 and nothing else -- a useless tablet), I decided against upgrading my main PC. I'm staying with Win7. It works.

  72. Nancy G
    March 17, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    I primarily use 8.1 on non-touchscreen hardware (laptop.) Win 8 was loaded on it when I purchased it, and have had no problems at all adjusting to it. Truth of the matter is that once you navigate past/learn to deal with the updated GUI (designed for touch-screen phones and other touch-screen hardware) I have found that Win 8/8.1 is nothing more than Windows 7 "under the hood."

  73. Eduard S.
    March 17, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Is really compulsory run MS-Windows (any incarnation)? Since 2000 I am using GNU/Linux, and did not need running MS software at all. There is life beyond (almost) monopolies!

  74. Rohan Shewale
    March 17, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Windows 8.1

    XP was superb, but soon Windows7 had its place only because I upgraded my hardware(but I still love the legacy support for XP). After trying Windows 8 rc it was not a pleasurable experience, and buying/upgrading OS here in India is not what we usually prefer(guilty I had not-so-legal CD of XP).

    Soon everything changed, Microsoft had to offer Windows 8 with affordable prices and free upgrade to Windows 8.1 !
    Windows 8.1 is superb, with so much upgrades from previous version.
    I would suggest to try Win 8.1 rather than even thinking about win8.
    Upgrades are always happening, and Microsoft has taken it to next level by soon to be unified UI(start screen) for all devices.

  75. Grcoeeg
    March 17, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    I use a Chromebook for 50 percent, and then go to Dell laptop with Windows 7 which dual boots the new Zorin 8 Core, which was upgraded from Zorin 6.4 Core . I can't help liking the Zorin, its just like Windows 7 and runs fast fast fast with a very small footprint. I will be adding Linux to my Chromebook soon. Oh, I do boot to the Windows 7 at least once every two weeks to update all the stuff that always needs updated, sigh.

  76. Mick T
    March 17, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Windows 7 on my desktop, and love it. Same as what my company uses. I run Ubuntu on an old Lenovo T-61 that's a workhorse. Not bad for a heavier portable. Have a very expensive MBP i7, SSD, HiRes 15" that cost me $2400 and it's like a bad marriage that you can't give up because of what you put into it.
    Normally, I build my own computer and buy parts that are quality. Not sure how I'll do the next one and what OS I'll use.

  77. GraveDigger
    March 17, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Windows 8.1 Pro on my 3-year old laptop (multi-boot with Ubuntu, Linux Mint, elementary OS and Zorin OS) which originally came with Windows 7. Windows 7 on my 3-year old desktop system (multi-boot with Ubuntu, Linux Mint and elementary OS) - I would've upgraded this system to Windows 8 but Microsoft only offered the low-cost upgrade for a few months - I wasn't willing to pay $200 to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro when I had originally purchased an upgrade for $40 when it first came out.

    I'm reviewing the various Linux distributions to see which ones would be the best alternative to staying with Windows XP - I prefer the distributions based upon Ubuntu as they're easier to install, have a variety of user-interfaces (Linux Mint and Zorin OS are especially close to XP in their look) and are easy to maintain and update/upgrade. I'm looking forward to the next Ubuntu release (14.04) as it's supposed to be a long-term support release and will be the basis of new releases of Zorin OS and Linux Mint that can easily be used by existing XP users for a number of years.

  78. Jarrod
    March 17, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Windows 7 is great and I keep telling myself I will skip windows 8 entirely. However, I battle with the thought of familiarizing my children, as well as myself, with current releases. I'm about to build another desktop to replace one running Vista and can't decide what OS to put on it.

    Another thought... Does anyone else see windows smart phones gaining tremendous popularity in the next couple years? I think we'll see a huge increase (Just another reason to familiarize yourself with windows 8).

  79. Howard A
    March 17, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    I use three different OS's but by far, I use Windows 8.1. I have followed Microsoft sense the Windows 98 days. I went with Windows 8.1 because it integrates with my Lumia 920 so well. All of the info I need while out and about (I am now retired) is available with my Windows phone. Medical and financial info that I process on my computer is at my finger tips through OneDrive (SkyDrive). I admit that there was a learning curve with the new OS but, what's new. There has been a learning curve with every version that Microsoft has put out. I build my own desktop computers and have picked Windows every time. The other OS's that I use are Windows 7 on a laptop because it came with it and Puppy Linux on an old Lenovo desktop that originally came with Xp. None of my computers use touch, just my phone but, when I go to the big box store, I am able to use a Windows touch computer without much difficulty. Having worked in the tech field, I have heard all the pros and cons of different platforms and Windows has always worked best for me cost and hardware wise. You keep current with antivirus and malware, which 8.1 has made automatic and mind where you go on the internet, you can have a very satisfying experience with 8.1.

  80. Guy
    March 17, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Currently using Win 8 & hating it.

    Building new box & will install Win 7 64bit.

    Win 8 is nothing more than a tablet OS.


  81. Jim Van Damme
    March 17, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Mint 16

    ...oh, I guess I could also boot Win 7 or XP on all these if I needed to. Hopefully I can buy my next machine without the Microsoft tax.

  82. cynthiaw
    March 17, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    I upgraded from Vista to Windows 7 as soon as it was available, but I never really had any issues with Vista. I'd probably get Windows 8, but I don't have a touch screen, so it seems pointless.

  83. Fritz G
    March 17, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    The computer I use most is a desktop which came with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit, and I am very satisfied with that OS. My wife's desktop has Windows XP and she and I both also like Windows XP, and while I would have considered upgrading her computer to Windows 7, there's no way I'll install Windows 8 in any version at this time. Downstairs, I have a laptop which came with Windows ME which I upgraded to Windows XP, and does not have anywhere near the resources to be further upgraded. I toy with the idea of converting it to some version of Linux in the future. Also downstairs is our first computer, which came with Windows 98SE. It is still used occasionally, although we never connect it to the internet.

  84. GaryM
    March 17, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    I have been a Windows phone 7 and 8 user so I was anxious to change from Windows 7 to Windows 8. Don't believe all of the negative tech writers' opinions of Windows 8, I think it is great. The live tiles give me information at a glance, weather, news headlines, stock market, etc. Of course it is a change from the years old Windows desktop but one that is easy to adapt to and more dynamic. I do not own a touch screen monitor and have had absolutely no problems or issues manuvering through the "Modern" interface with my mouse and scroll wheel. I actually have a 3 monitor setup. Overall I am very glad that I made the transition to Windows 8 (and 8.1).

  85. FlyingAce
    March 17, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Windows 7, it came with the laptop I purchased about 4 years ago. I feel really comfortable with it and am quite hesitant to move on to 8, but the laptop's hardware seems to be on the way out so I may just have to upgrade anyway :-/

  86. Ben S
    March 17, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    When I got into college, they were still distributing laptops with Windows 7 on them since 8 wasn't quite out yet. So I'm lucky to still be on Windows 7. Enterprise edition, to be exact. I'll never go to 8 unless I'm forced to do so.

  87. Ray Haxell
    March 17, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    I had a new laptop for Christmas, a Packard Bell. It came loaded with Windows 8. It took a little while to get used to it because it is so different. But, now that I understand how it all works I think that it is wonderful. In fact, I'm so impressed with it that I've upgraded to Windows 8.1. So far I've had no trouble running all my existing programs on it that I used on Windows 7 which is a bit unusual when Windows upgrades.
    I'm not a computer wizard at all. In fact, I'm an old git of 77 who is only just past the carrier pigeon stage but I find Windows 8 easy to use and would recommend it to anyone.
    Thank for everything in makeuseof. Its a really great, helpful site.
    Ray Haxell

  88. dar
    March 17, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    At home I use Kubuntu (Linux), but at work it's Windows XP.

  89. Richard Paul Jones
    March 17, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    In the 'what Windows' poll I selected 'I don't use Windows'. This comment is because I wanted to add why. I AM SICK OF WINDOWS. After decades of using it I finally quit. It's not that that the alternatives more robust or 100% reliable or easier to use (though they do tend to get closer to these ideals). It is the arrogance of Microsoft. The constant need to tweak this, add that, or edit the other to make the Windows do what you thought it was supposed to do out of the box The illiteracy of whoever writes the Help files. The interminable roundabout of the support system which invariably leads you back to your starting point without having glimpsed the answer you needed. Their insane knowledge-base articles which were simply not written for normal human beings. What I find most excruciating is the adverts for Windows that claim it will do everything you want, that it is easy, that it is intuitive, that updates are simple and will ensure your apps have the latest functionality. IT DOES NOT, IT IS NOT, THEY ARE NOT, THEY HAVE NOT. Phew! That's better. I suppose what it comes down to is that a computer is a complex piece of kit. For most people this means one of two things: Learn to use it properly or use a simpler, less versatile system which at least does what you need. I will not say which operating system I switched to as this will only result in scorn being poured down upon me from all directions. But I must say my new Mac is brilliant. And it does fall over from time to time, but when it does a human style window opens and say something like 'Oops, I seem to have fallen over, click here to pick me up. Sorry if I messed anything up.' And yes, I do feel like a wimp, but one who spends more time driving and less time under the hood.

  90. Bob M
    March 17, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Main Desktop System - Windows 7 64 Ultimate
    Secondary Desktop System - Windows Vista 64 Ultimate
    Tertiary Desktop System - Windows XP Pro
    Old Laptop - Ubuntu

  91. Tim T
    March 17, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    I'm using 8.1, but only because of Classic Start Menu from Classic Shell. I needed a new laptop and got the best deal with Windows 8.1. I wouldn't have done it without Classic, makes it better than Windows 7. I currently waiting on the Spring Update from Microsoft in order to fix the common defrag problem with Windows 8.1. My hard drive is currently stuck on 11% fragmented as is many other users.

  92. Mary
    March 17, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    XP on the ancient computer, 2 computers with Win 7, and one with 8.1.

  93. Ken E.
    March 17, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    I dual boot into Ubuntu 13.10 and Windows 7, but I prefer Ubuntu.

  94. ewooster
    March 17, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    While I use Windows 7 on my main laptop, I also have an old laptop with Windows XP on it for use with my ham radio station. Not looking forward to when Windows 7 will become a non-supported system. So far, I have found that waiting for MS OS releases have been on the street for awhile before adopting them has been very successful for me (Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 7). This method has saved me from Microsoft's Bob, Me, and Vista, by letting others find all the problems and security issues, by acting as paying beta testers for Microsoft.

  95. jack
    March 17, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    To be honest I use Linux as my main opperating system but have XP Pro install in a virtual machine for those few programs that I still love.

  96. Todd D
    March 17, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    I am actually on Windows 8.1.1 -- I was able to get the service pack early. I build my own systems so I like to stay current with the latest operating system. Once you are past the Metro screen the desktop is very similar to the old windows. It appears to me that Win 8 boots faster and is more responsive, but that is just a non scientific observation. Compared to my Mac and Android systems, Windows 8 has a long way to go to match them for ease of use in metro, but it is a start. I am looking forward to Win 9 next spring to see what happens...

  97. James Howde
    March 17, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    I'm using XP because it came with what is now an ancient pile of junk / old and trusted friend [depending on your point of view]. I'm not intending to upgrade because I'm lazy, it works and I'm not sure the hardware would cope with the ever increasing demands of more modern OSs. Lets face it the operating system is the boring bit that lets me run the stuff I'm actually interested in.

    I was figuring that if (when?) I get a bad virus and had to re-install I'd try something else; but after what seems like years of having people do that explaining to a retarded gibbon tone of voice about the topic I'm now more inclined to just take a copy of XP with as many fixes as it's going to get and use that.

  98. David
    March 17, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Main desktop and laptop using Windows 7.
    I have an old desktop that came with XP that I installed Win 8 on when MS was offering it a reduced intro price. (AMD Athlonx2 3800 etc) and it runs very well (better than XP) Have since upgraded it to 8.1 and I really like it.
    I have a few Linux distros on VMs on main desktop just to play with.
    I would move to Win 8.1 on main and laptop if it wasn't for the money.
    I like Win 8.1 very much... snappy, clean.. works well.
    I even like the Metro thing.

  99. wladyslaw
    March 17, 2014 at 11:14 am

    When I have to use Windows I usually use XP Pro. But my OS of choice is OS X, and Linux takes the second place.

  100. Paxton Mai
    March 17, 2014 at 5:05 am

    My vote is for Windows 7.
    If you ask me why, I'd say I love it. I was born in the last century and I have experienced all versions of Windows that Gates has thrown at me. Windows 7 is quite dominant on the market at the moment, in my opinion. For its brother Metro, despite the sleek design, I don't find Windows 8 any productive at all. There are many elements involved.
    Firstly, people tend to stick to the OS they are familiar with. To me, it's Windows 7. It's hard to change a daily routine, whether you like it or not. Now, you may call it a prejudice, but most (not all) people I know using Windows 8 are running with the trends. They always want to keep up to date with the latest technology whatsoever without having to know how to make the most out of it. When asked, they simply say they like it. What aspect they like, they know not.
    Secondly, I find Windows 8 is packed with abundant and almost useless functions. Take the touch feature for example. This is absolutely useful for people having difficulty using the touch pad on laptops or the mouse on desktops, like my mother. But hey, what do tablets stick around for? Besides, if you take the distance from yourself to the screen of a touch-enabled, Windows 8 operated machine into account, it's just awkward. Your arm won't find it comfortable doing so. Not to mention the absence of the signature Start button. Unless you want to turn your machine into a secondary tablet using BlueStacks, you're cool. Also, if you are trying to buy a pricey gaming machine with Windows 8 preinstalled to test your skill in CoD using touch feature, best of luck.
    Thirdly, talking about the design, I just don't like it. I'd rather stare at a desktop overwhelmed with icons than the Metro. Sleek design it is, I have to admit. But it's plain and tasteless. I always feel like something is missing from the Metro (remember, this is my personal opinion only). Anyway, if you mess around with Windows 7 long enough, you'll find many many possibilities to customize the look. So, again, like many others, I have no need for an update. I can always put in the Metro into my Windows 7 laptop if I feel like doing so, which I don't.
    Beside Windows 7, I sometimes use Windows XP. It's part of my childhood, to he honest, with all the Mario Bros frustration. Whatever Microsoft is trying to do with XP, I'll always keep it close to me. So… yeah. If I had a second vote, it would be XP. Who knows when Bill Gates decides to shut down Windows 7 like he's doing it right now to XP, would people also go crazy? Until then.

  101. Sean
    March 17, 2014 at 4:44 am

    I run Windows 7 Pro on my desktop and laptop (the latter dual-boots Ubuntu 12.04 LTS).

    I've played with VMs of Windows 8 and found that, after restoring the start menu, my biggest peeve is with full-screen Metro apps. I've found that ModernMix puts these in a window, so it didn't bother me too much after that.

    When I finally grab an ultrabook, I'll probably be okay with Windows 8.1 on it, so long as I can run ModernMix and I'll put it on a domain to avoid using the Windows Live login.

  102. Patrick
    March 17, 2014 at 2:51 am

    I am actually typing this on Mint...
    In my house I have two Win7 Pro laptops, a Mint laptop, and a beautiful G4 iMac desklamp that runs OSX.
    I was reluctant to go to from 2k to XP, then just as reluctant to go from XP to Win7. Once it became my job to migrate the company from XP to 7, I got really comfortable with it and think it is great. I have not used 8.1, but I found 8 to be a pain in the ass and too confusing for employees familiar with a layout that had seen few changes for fifteen years.
    Perhaps our next migration will be to Mint, but I wouldn't count on it.

  103. Rajaa C
    March 17, 2014 at 2:43 am

    I use Win8 on my desktop and laptop and a WP8 phone. Pretty consistent. :D My desktop came with Vista and was subsequently upgraded to Windows 7 and then to Windows 8. My laptop (Lenovo B490) came without any OS, so Windows 8 went straight in. I do not really understand the whole fuss about start menu in Windows 8, as I find it pretty easy to use actually, and without a start button, a cleaner interface. Windows 7 was brilliant over Vista, no doubt, but Windows 8 is no less brilliant for people who are forward looking. Besides it is faster on the same hardware specs over Windows 7, easier configuration, more device driver supports ensuring configuration of all my existing hardware during installation. Personally I feel Windows 8.1 is a step backward by re-introducing the start button, just for people who are not consistent with radical change in approach to things to take them forward. I will stick to Windows 8 as of now, probably till truly the next major upgrade comes along like probably Windows 9. Also I have Onedrive clients installed in all the three and enjoy a consistent file folder access and I like it.

    • Rajaa C
      March 17, 2014 at 3:06 am


      How can I redeem the tee shirt won. It is saying it will cost 2000 points to redeem.

  104. Paul G
    March 17, 2014 at 12:24 am

    I use an Acer tower with Windows 8 (not upgraded to 8.1) using 10 gigs of RAM, a 1.5 terabyte HD/SSD hybrid and a Intel® Core™ i7 processor.

    I was not sure about Windows 8 because of the toy looking menu (Metro) but the vendor showed me the Desktop box which sealed the deal and I later installed the free Start menu 8 from IObit.

    I think people should get past the look like I did because I am happy with it!

    P.S.: I also have a Windows 7 HP laptop, an Asus Nexus 7 Google tablet (First Gen) and an older tower converted to Linux Mint from Windows Vista.

    To me, each one has ups and downs. To enjoy, you just live and learn from it every day!

  105. Jim Z
    March 16, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Windows 7 Home on Primary HDD

    Windows Pro 8.1 on second HDD

    Linux Ubuntu 13.10 On partition on second HDD

  106. John C
    March 16, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Custom built Desktop-Windows 7, laptop#1-Windows 7, laptop#2-Windows 8.1.

  107. Jr
    March 16, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Windows 8.1 on my dell laptop , dell tablet, dell desktop. Its fast, uses less resources, stable and much better and Windows 7. People complaining about the UI, like everything new, you need to get used to it. Stop living in the past.

  108. Olivier
    March 16, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    I have been using Windows 8.1 since October and was using Windows 8 last year. I like how sleek the UI look, how stable the platform is and I just think it is clean and effective. I would not go back to Windows 7 or previous versions.

  109. Shawn
    March 16, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    1. Win 7 (Desktop)
    2. Xubuntu (Desktop)
    3. Win 7 (Laptop)
    4. Xubuntu (Old Desktops)

    My wife made me slim down a bit

  110. dragonmouth
    March 16, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    I have to use XP because of the tax software. Other than that I use various flavors of Linux. If anybody comes out with tax software that runs under Linux, I'll ditch Windows forever or until M$ does control it any more.

  111. Duey H
    March 16, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    My official vote was for Windows 7, because that's what I run on my primary laptop. I also run Windows 7 on my wife's Desktop. However, my kids desktops both run Windows XP (at least for now). Then my Media PC and my Dell Venue 8 run Windows 8.1.

  112. Bill
    March 16, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Windows 7. 8 is utterly unappealing - mainly visually, but I ## detest how they are pushing (like others) to "cloud" your data at every opportunity. 7 will be my last Windows - unless the current trend does not alter.

  113. Maarten D
    March 16, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    I currently have Windows 7. But I think if my laptop dies, I'll probably don't go to buy a laptop with 8.

    This because I think this metrothingie design is completely not my thing, and not productive at all. I suppose there are some Windows lovers who will say, 'but you can adjust everything' and 'when you get used to it you'll love it' and so on. But i won't. No.

    Windows did a terrible thing (in my eyes) and if Windows doesn't make a better evlution, much people are going to get started with other platforms, like Chrome OS, but also with Linux, Ubuntu,...

    And if you'd wonder what my next platform would be, it would be a Chromebook. These amazing machines are just limited to what I need, and super low-cost.
    I think there are much people who have a too advanced platform, for what they use their computer/laptop for. And guess what runs these too advanced computers? -That's right, Windows.

    I would like to see your opinion about the new platformsfor PC's lately. What will your next operating system be?

    • Steve McNeice
      March 19, 2014 at 2:04 am

      Most people don't know, that Win 8 or 8.1 can be used just like Win 7.
      You don't have to use, or even look at the "metro" interface at all.
      Almost every detail, adjustments, and settings (except for the improvements)
      are just like Win 7.
      I use my Win 8.1 with a desktop just like my old Win 7.
      I haven't seen the BSOD since my Vista days.

      My Opinion?
      Nothing really wrong with Windows now a days. (I will be sticking with it).
      Mac's are OK, but are really just a pretty looking Linux and are expensive.
      Linux runs good, but you must use the terminal too often for the average user.
      Chrome is not an OS, just a program running in a browser, just like Flash or Java.
      (I run an i7 920 , 12gb ram, GTX 660i Nvidia, 256mb SSD (fantastic!!), 2TB drive with an 8TB NAS box running raid 5 over gigabit network. I run OSX 10.8.4 and Kubuntu 13.10 in a virtual box. I also do repair work for all three OS's, and all of them do break down, and all of them do get viruses which are really not as common as the media makes you think.)
      Use the OS you are most comfortable with. There really is not a lot of difference.
      The biggest and most common problems are caused by the user!

  114. Jerry
    March 16, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    XP pro

  115. DevS
    March 16, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    The one and the only reason i haven't 'upgraded' my windows is - I DON'T FEEL THE NEED!

  116. Scott M
    March 16, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    People always bleat and moan about the new thing ruining the glorious awesomeness that was the old thing. People emigrating often pine for the old lands, forgetting why they were left to begin with.

    Windows 8 is new and it's different. I think it tries to tackle the challenges that a world with tablets face us with, and I think it has met those challenges admirably. Successfully on all fronts? Maybe not, but a move like Windows 8, in my mind, is like a signal to the consumer base. Microsoft is saying, "Do you want to spend your computer time in a chair at a desk? No. You want to have flexibility, so go ahead and get a tablet and take your Windows with you." I think when the consumer base see that a company like Microsoft, part of the old boys club of computing, says it's ok to buy a tab and take what you like about windows with you, that a lot of people react to that signal.

    Now, I'm no fanboy, but as a Windows 8 user since the preview stage, I like it. the Modern interface is different, but I need things to be different now and then to keep me on my toes and learning. I had 1 or 2 program hiccups in the early stages, and there are a change or two I'd make, but all said I like it.

    • Maarten D
      March 16, 2014 at 3:46 pm

      Would you rather by a new PC with Windows 8, or another OS like OSX or Chrome OS (if you didn't have to pay for Apple's too high price for their devices)???

    • Matt
      March 17, 2014 at 11:08 pm

      @Maarten D

      Macs aren't any more expensive than Windows PCs, at least when you are comparing apples to apples. That's an urban myth. In fact, Macs are very much cheaper. Can you buy a new Apple laptop for $500 -like you can with Windows? No, you can't -but those $500 Windows laptops are "cheapies" with cheap components, crappy screens and clunky dimensions that won't last nearly as long. For example, I was recently in the market for a new laptop and my first choice was to look at Lenovo Thinkpads. They even had a huge Spring sale and so I configured the 14" T440s to the specs that I wanted and it came out to about $1600. That was a Win 7 Pro, non-touch screen 1080p ips; i7 4600u dual core; 500gb 7200 rpm; 4GB 1600 RAM (I was going to buy another 4GB from Newegg, lest I pay another $80 from Lenovo for the extra 4GB); .80" height; 8 hours typical battery life -for about $1600 (marked down from $2100 with the Spring sale). However, just before I clicked "confirm purchase", I thought to head on over to the Apple Store to see what I could get for a similar price. To my surprise, I could get a lot more for around the same price. I was able to get the Retina Display ultra high res 15" screen, i7 quad core w/ Iris Pro (which adds to the processor performance not only in graphics, but also application performance -considering Iris Pro essentially adds 128MB of L4 cache; 8GB RAM and 256 GB PCIe based flash (vastly higher performance than SATA III), two Thunderbolt 2 (20 Gbps throughput each) -and all in a lighter and thinner form-factor. The price? Only $150 more than the sail price of the Lenovo ($1750). By the way, the Lenovo Thinkpad was the least expensive option for a serious business laptop. To boot, the typical battery life is 10 hours on the MB Pro, a 20% increase made all the more significant in that the Apple MBP is leaps and bounds more powerful with it's quad-core with a much, much better display. You cannot find a Windows PC with the same performance/specs for anywhere around the price of the Mac and the best part of all is that MacBook Pros keep their value much better than Windows PCs. With the quad-core processor on the Mac w/ Iris Pro, even running Windows in a VM is just as quick, if not quicker, than the slower, much less powerful dinky dual core i7 4600u in the Thinkpad (the most powerful processor option for the T440s). The only Thinkpad that comes close to the 15" MBP in performance, components and screen is the W-series portable workstations (or similarly spec'd Dell Precision which comes in at around $4,000 and is huge, clunky and both less rugged), both of which are extremely less portable, with far less average battery time and much bigger dimensions at over 2 to 3 times the price. To my surprise, I found that you get a whole lot more for the price with the Apple Macbook Pro, by an astronomical proportion and the icing on the cake is that you don't have all the headaches of the subpar Windows operating system. Now don't get me wrong, as I'm no apple fanboy and even when confronted with the much, much better price-point to spec/feature ratio for the Mac, I initially had a hard time deciding to go with the Mac because I was working on emotion, rather than logic, considering that I had previously been a Windows/Linux user. The moral of this story is that Macs are far cheaper for what you ultimately get -than Windows PCs. Do they sell Windows PCs for cheaper? Yes, yes they do, but those cheap Windows PCs cannot even be compared to what you get with the Apple. So, if all you need is some cheap computer to surf the web and check email and you don't care about portability, screen quality, ruggedness, retained value, UX, overall quality, and/or form factor, then by all means your best bet is a 'cheapo' Windows PCs in the $500 range. Or, if you require ISV certification, then be prepared to spend 3 to 4 times as much on the much more expensive Windows PCs. However, if you are looking for a high quality laptop with specs, form and portability, then the MacBook Pro is not only much, much cheaper, with much better quality and specs, but it is the least expensive option and I won't have to worry about upgrading in the next 18 months like I would have to do with Windows laptops. So again, it is a urban myth that Macs are "overly high priced", as they are much, much, much cheaper than their Windows counterparts and the lower price-point is not the only benefit. I suggest you do your research before simply repeating whatever you hear from the Windows marketing team/ fanboys. When comparing oranges to oranges, the Apple is a far less expensive option. I only wish I would have realized this sooner and saved my department a ton of money, if not only myself.

    • Dinika
      March 18, 2014 at 1:10 pm

      Agreed. I quiet like Windows 8 myself.

    • Steve McNeice
      March 19, 2014 at 1:35 am

      Sorry Matt. you are wrong.
      You really need to know what "apples-to-apples" really means.
      Win 8 Laptop. i5, 6g, 500gb approx $500
      You can't buy "any" Mac laptop or desktop (except for the Mac mini) for under $1000.
      You can by a $300 model, and you get what you pay for.
      (Canadian prices)
      You can't get the power of a i7 or GTX800 series in any Mac laptop, period.
      Case closed.

  117. Dave P
    March 16, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Windows 7. The laptop I bought came with Vista plus a free upgrade to Windows 7. So I took advantage and cannot fault this particular version of Windows.

    I toyed with the idea of switching to Windows 8 but bought a Chromebook instead. I'm actually not sure how much longer I'll stick with Windows; for anyone who lives online Chrome OS is pretty damn good.

  118. Dmitriy T
    March 16, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    While i honestly voted for Win7 - it is OS on notebook i use at home most - but must say that this OS was pre-installed and notebook was acquired used - after Win8 sellout ended :( - for price lower than that of W8 non-prof.
    At same time my desktop rig and my netbook both sport Win8(8.1) Prof as main OS ( desktop keeps WinXP Prof on secondary HDD - with some rarely used work-related software too expensive to update , but netbook was fully liberated from W7Starter which is sluggish (esp. at boot) and crash-prone on Cedar Trail Atom w/o SSD...too bad ASUS fast-booting linux was collateral).
    So while you must have SERIOUS reasons for upgrading from Win7 to Win8 with current prices, i don't understand Win8 bashing (don't confuse with "Metro-interface bashing" i'm all for, and i'll vote for official desktop-mode apps Market with my $s ).
    IMHO keeping exclusive loyalty to pre-W7 OSes (XP, 2000) makes sense only if your rig is at/past end of useful life as you can almost always keep these OSes as secondary/VMs if software you need is _that_ obsolete. *nixes - well, unless you're tinkerer or security-conscious, they're still too restricted in software/hardware department for bein' primary OS on general-purpose PCs (of more than casual 'browser-IM-movie'-type user).

  119. James
    March 16, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    XP pro

    • Howard B
      March 17, 2014 at 6:45 pm

      Good luck with that come April...

    • Mark
      March 17, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      @Howard B
      It's not like your computer suddenly stops working because they stop making updates for XP. And if you're going to bring up vulnerability aspect.. then I can tell you I've been using Win XP for 10 years, havn't done any updates for 4, I have no antivirus program, but also no malware (I installed one to scan just to check recently). And I download stuff all the time.

      Yeah, XP users need luck because they stop making updates I don't install.
      Bring it on, internet. Bring it on.

    • Dan
      March 18, 2014 at 12:08 am

      I'm still using XP too. With all the problem with Windows 8, I'm just going to wait until Windows 9 comes out. If the whole computer crashes, I'll just install Linux.

    • Sam
      March 19, 2014 at 5:40 am

      Eh, I use windows 7 simply because it's just as functional as windows 8, so why should I pay to upgrade?

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