For more than twenty years, Microsoft Windows has been the dominant operating systems which has allowed users to easily navigate their computers and get their work done efficiently. Microsoft’s newest operating system–Windows 8–is basically a complete redesign of the Windows system. Unfortunately, changes haven’t been well received, causing some people to return to a previous generation of the operating system. Here are three of the main reasons why one-in-three Windows users has stopped using Windows 8 and downgrade to Windows 7:

Windows 8 is incompatible with some software

It’s important to note that a large number of Microsoft users are businesses. For a long time, certain business-specific software programs were only designed for use on a Windows machine with a specific generation operating system in mind. Even though Microsoft has updated the operating system, many software companies have not been able to update their products to be compliant with the requirements of Windows 8. By sticking with Windows 7, businesses aren’t required to pay any upgrade fees, and won’t need to worry about any additional training that may be required by the newly designed interface.

The new interface is difficult to navigate

Many Windows users report being frustrated by the fact that icons with which they’ve become familiar have been changed. Everything down to the ‘start’ button has seen a redesign. Additionally, someone who is used to finding specific options in certain places will have a lot to learn, as many of the option locations have changed. One of the most confusing elements for some users is the new “Metro” screen, which is designed to help the user have an easier desktop/touch-friendly hybrid experience. However, many users report that the screen does not function like expected and causes complications with work.

Decreased Productivity

Ultimately, many people decide to downgrade to Windows 7 because they find that their productivity has dropped as a result of the upgrade. Much of this is due to the fact that they are not used to the new interface and are unsure of where to find certain options. As with any change, adapting to a new software system takes time, training, and patience that some Windows users may not have.

Windows users wanting to downgrade from Windows 8 need to make sure to confirm they have the downgrade rights to do so. In many cases, users will still be required to purchase a new and unused version of Windows 7 in order to completely make a switch. 

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    January 2014