Recent figures have shown that Windows 8 had a sudden surge in popularity during August.
I thought that you might be interested in some information I have just received as follows:-
||Not just a little jump, either: around 30 million PC users decided to take the plunge, a figure that looks even more impressive when compared to Windows 7’s regular monthly sales of 20 million. But what if you do decide to give Windows 8 a try and then decide you don’t like it: are you stuck with it?
|That was a question asked by one subscriber this week. He’s pondering an upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 8, and he wanted to know whether he’d have the option to go back – effectively to ‘downgrade’ again – if he couldn’t get on with the new version, perhaps by using Windows’ System Restore feature.Although the answer to this is quick and easy (it’s a ‘No’, I’m afraid), it raises several interesting points and perhaps a few questions (‘Why not?’ being one of them), so let’s race through them.First, although it’s clear that Microsoft made some mistakes in the design of Windows 8, it’s still fast and reliable. It has a steeper learning curve than previous versions, but if you waited for Windows 9 or 10 to come along, I’m sure that curve would be much steeper still. In addition, the arrival of Windows 8.1 next month (as a free upgrade) looks likely to make the system a lot better.Second, Windows 8 is a huge improvement on Windows Vista. I have both, and although I’m not Windows 8’s biggest fan, there’s no question which of these two I’d rather use. (As you may remember, though, I’ve chosen to stick with Windows 7 for all my day-to-day work for the time being.)Now to the question of System Restore. As I’m sure you know, this feature allows you to ‘turn back the clock’ on your PC in a manner of speaking: it takes regular snapshots of your system’s setup, and if you run into a problem that you can’t fix in any other way, as a last resort you can reset your PC to an earlier date by making it revert to a snapshot taken before the problems started.However, when you upgrade from one version of Windows to another, all those snapshots are erased. So, if you change your mind about the upgrade afterwards, you can’t just set your PC back to a time when it was running the earlier version of Windows.There is a way to ‘downgrade’, but it’s complex and messy. In a nutshell, you have to start your PC using the installation DVD for your old version (a Windows Vista DVD in the case of our questioner), and install the old version as if you were doing so on a brand new, empty PC. That would disable Windows 8, while leaving all its files in place. After that, you’d have a lot of setting-up and clearing-out to do, and you’d have to install all your programs again. That probably doesn’t sound much fun, and it’s actually even less fun than it sounds.The bottom line is really this: it’s best to regard an upgrade of Windows as a one-way street and accept that you won’t be coming back again. If you have any doubts about what you might be getting into, my suggestion is to take a visit to a local computer shop and have a play with Windows 8 to see how you get on with it.
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