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This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64-bit (Full Version)
Pros: Nothing. There is nothing good about this mess of an OS.
Cons: It is by far the ugliest UI I have ever seen, everything from the flat, sharp edged windows to the Vomit inducing Metro UI is garbage. Even the install screens are full of eye wrenching colors. I wouldn't buy this even if they put the windows 7 start menu back. It's just too ugly. I would rather use windows ME with BOB for a UI than this garbage.
Other Thoughts: Microsoft really messed up on this one. They EOLed XP and are trying to scare people away from windows 7, but the windows 8 usage has flattened out and is actually slipping, while windows 7 is gaining more market share. They said they will have the start menu back in windows 9, but what I've seen of the windows 9 start menu, they are trying to wedge the Metro look in there too, so I probably won't be buying that either.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit
Pros: I installed on a second partition so it was easy to remove and didn't screw up my windows 7 install.
Cons: The installer has been changed to be even uglier that the last one. It switches between horrid bright green, purple, and other eye (and gut) wrenching colors during install with giant childlike text on the screen. The start button goes to the same cell phone interface that has absolutely no place on a desktop computer. I can't understand why Microsoft keeps pushing this garbage on people when it is obvious that no one wants it.
Other Thoughts: A year after windows 8 was released and computer retailers are claiming that 99% of their business sales are windows 7 and Windows 7 is still growing faster than windows 8 and Microsoft claims that there is nothing wrong? All the windows 7 code for the start menu is still there and to turn this all around they just need to put it back and remove the ugly garbage from the UI. They can still have an option to enable the metro garbage for those who want it, but seriously, I have not met a single person who likes it. In fact, I have spent a large amount of time helping people remove this garbage from their machines and reinstall windows 8. I have dealt with people who would rather lose everything on their computers that live with the windows 8 UI. So when you see glowing reviews of windows 8, remember that most of these have been paid for. There are companies that do nothing other than create numerous bogus accounts and write reviews to help bolster a failing inferior product.
Also, sales numbers mean nothing. I know of at least 12 computers that were sold with windows 8 that are now running with windows 7. Most people who need new computers are just building their own, hence the slow computer sales. If you believe tablets will ever outshine a desktop computer, you are an fool.
This review is from: ESET Family Security Pack - 5 PCs
Pros: Cheap while its on sale. When I had a problem with an earlier version the company refundced my money... probably wouldn't happen if you bought it through newegg though.
Cons: It has a very low score as AV-test (dot org)i n fact, there are only two programs that had lower protection scores (MS security essentials was the lowest).
Other Thoughts: I bought an earlier version of this program a few years ago and had problems where it would slow my internet to a crawl, regardless of it being active or not. I cold only fix the problem by uninstalling the program. I thought I would give it another shot since the sale price was so low, but after looking at the test scores I decided it's best to hang on to my money. I would rather pay full price for a good AV than get a poor one for a cheap price.READ FULL REVIEW