Windows 8 is not a sales success. That’s partly because many users struggle with the clumsy dual-mode user interface. Some hate the new interface so much they ditch Windows 8 in favour of Windows 7.
Don’t do it.
I decided to see if downgrading is the answer. After a week using the older Windows, I can report Windows 7 isn’t the answer to Windows 8 woes. Unless you’ve got problems with an application that won’t run on Windows 8, deliberately downgrading to Windows 7 doesn’t make sense.
My trip back to Windows 7 only lasted a week, I didn’t have time to miss features upgraded in Windows 8 like account syncing or refresh and reset. I did notice the slower start-up time, but I use an SSD so the difference between 7 and 8 is seconds. File copying works better in Windows 8 but that’s not a big enough deal to swap operating systems for.
So if Windows 8’s features are not the issue, why am I now convinced the new operating system a better choice than Windows 7 despite the user interface? Mainly because Windows 8 is smoother and more polished. I like the file system, updated explorer and the SkyDrive cloud integration.
What about productivity? I suspected Windows 8 is lower than Windows 7, it turns out I was wrong. With everyday work there’s no noticeable difference. When it comes to tasks like moving files and backing-up, Windows 8 is better.