Bob Rankin: Why You Shouldn’t Wait for Windows 8

why you shouldnt wait for windows 8

Why You Shouldn’t Wait For Windows 8

By Bob Rankin

Traditionally, sales of new PCs slump a few months ahead of the release of a new version of Windows. Would-be buyers tend to postpone purchases because they want the next-generation operating system to be included “free” in their next PCs. Read on to learn why you shouldn’t wait for Windows 8.

It was understandable for those suffering with Windows Vista, to hold their breath and jump on the Windows 7 bandwagon as soon as possible. But waiting for the release of Windows 8 may not be the best strategy for you. In fact, right now may be the best time to buy a Windows 7 PC.

Don’t worry about obsolescence. Microsoft is not going to drop Windows 7 the day Windows 8 comes out. Even Windows XP, released eleven years ago, is still in use on about one-third of Windows computers. Microsoft still provides security-related updates for Windows XP (and will do so until April 2014), as long as your copy is up to date with Service Pack 3. Vista, the short-lived Windows mistake of all time, is still in use, too. So a Windows 7 PC purchased now will be supported for years to come, long after you need yet another new computer.

Falling demand for PCs means lower prices, another good reason to buy now. HP, Dell, and other big names have reported double-digit percentage slumps in PC sales so far this year. It’s not just that people are waiting for Windows 8; PCs are being replaced by tablets and smartphones in many consumers’ budgets.

Summertime traditionally dampens PC sales, too. Back-to-school sales depress prices further. So the summer may be the perfect time to buy that Windows 7 PC.

Another reason to buy a Windows 7 PC now…Postpoing the Learning Curve

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19 thoughts on “Bob Rankin: Why You Shouldn’t Wait for Windows 8

  1. just downloaded the windows 8 preview and it is working fine on my asus.

    Operating System: Windows 7 Professional, 32-bit.
    DirectX version: 11.0.
    GPU processor: GeForce 9400 GT.
    Driver version: 302.82.
    DirectX support: 10.
    CUDA Cores: 16.
    Core clock: 550 MHz.
    Shader clock: 1400 MHz.
    Memory clock: 350 MHz (700 MHz data rate).
    Memory interface: 128-bit.
    Total available graphics memory: 1279 MB.
    Dedicated video memory: 1024 MB DDR2.
    Shared system memory: 255 MB.

  2. just downloaded the windows 8 preview and working fine on my asus.

    Operating System: Windows 7 Professional, 32-bit.
    DirectX version: 11.0.
    GPU processor: GeForce 9400 GT.
    Driver version: 302.82.
    DirectX support: 10.
    CUDA Cores: 16.
    Core clock: 550 MHz.
    Shader clock: 1400 MHz.
    Memory clock: 350 MHz (700 MHz data rate).
    Memory interface: 128-bit.
    Total available graphics memory: 1279 MB.
    Dedicated video memory: 1024 MB DDR2.
    Shared system memory: 255 MB.

  3. For those Vista users shrugging their shoulders about the fuss.. you are clearly normal end users that have one pc with Vista installed. The more you deal with Vista, the more the glitches become apparent. I've had printing, network and graphic issues with Vista… not to mention the compatibility issues with other programs. Use Windows 7 and the same pc purrs in comparison. What I've seen and heard of Windows 8, hold on to your "Os"ses. That's a maelstrom I'm nervous to tackle… wait till SP2 of it or Windows9 when Micro$oft are forced to push it through the way the did with Windows 7.

  4. I've tried twice to subscribe to "Askbob updates." and slthough I get messages saying to check my mail for a confirmation email I haven't gotten one. I have no spam filters on and AOL wouldn't put things into the folder anyhow – they'd just delete it. Guess he doesn't need subscribers that bad.

  5. what I have seen of the win 8 I just hate it! why would m$ bring such a big change to a OS?
    it has a large learning curve or it seams like it does! I will wait untill the last day of win 7 to upgrade this OS sucks for laptops and pc’s!

  6. Win 8 is to be released as a download for the price of $39.99 and as a retail DVD in stores for around $59.99 according to press reports last week.

    Therefore you can buy 3 downloads of Win 8 for under what you would pay for 1 copy of Win 7.

  7. MS has a habit of created a lemon then stable and repeating the pattern. Also for most home users – only ever buy the pro version – home and ultimate aren't worth it ( one too crippled one too expensive for what it gives). Win 8 looks like a great os for phones and tablets but it absolutely sucks for pcs's – one more thing its rarely worth getting an MS operating system on or near release – wait till sp2 , by then the major bugs are ironed out.
    Xp pro is going end of life 2014 so people will really need to upgrade – Vista was a joke but Wiin7 pro is as good as xp – buy now and stick with win7 until either win 9 or they uncripple win8.

  8. I've had a miserable experience with Vista so am eager to change. Now determining whether I should stick w a laptop w Windows 7, or move to MacBook Pro. This is for my primary computer Thoughts?

    • @Darice Clewell:
      I was a Windows user from my first PC till I received an iPod Touch as a gift. About a year later I bought the new iPad and I can assure you that my Windows 7 laptop is living on borrowed time at this point. I’m getting a MacBook Air or Pro as soon as I can.

    • if you are willing to learn a different computing "ecosystem" go with a MacBook Pro

      if you are not willing to learning computing "ecosystem" buy a laptop now with Windows 7 so you don't have to deal with Windows 8

  9. I’ve had XP Pro since 2003. Its still an excellent operating system. Prior to that I had Win 98 2nd edition. Unfortunately somewhere along the line I bought Windows Millenium. Now that one has got to be the worst OS Microsoft ever made. Right now as I type this I am downloading the Win 8 preview. If I like it enough I just might upgrade my PC and get the reduced price on Win 8.

  10. I have had Vista since it came out, and have always been happy and most satisfied with it. I do not understand the fuss! I find Win 7 to be little different. A note here: My computer shipped with Vista Home Premium, and runs it just fine.

    • I would like to know why Bob Rankin calls Vista “the short-lived Windows mistake of all time” as well.

      I have a PC running XP and a Vista installation disk but I am reluctant to install Vista because I am expecting Doomsday based on Mr. Rankin’s regular negative comments about it.

      So please, Mr. Rankin, tells us specifically:

      What’s so bad about Vista?

      Should I not install it and keep running XP?

      Thanks!

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