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    News - Windows 8.X usage up to over 21 per cent according to Steam data

    But NetApplications puts the Windows 8.X users figure at just over 10 per cent.
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    Re: News - Windows 8.X usage up to over 21 per cent according to Steam data

    which simply means 8.x is more popular amongst the gamers vs nongamers

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    Re: News - Windows 8.X usage up to over 21 per cent according to Steam data

    Quote Originally Posted by ChinesePate View Post
    which simply means 8.x is more popular amongst the gamers vs nongamers
    This seems ironic to me, given how up in arms Gabe was towards windows 8 and how bad it would be towards gamers.

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    Re: News - Windows 8.X usage up to over 21 per cent according to Steam data

    Probably more likely that gamers are more likely to want the bleeding edge, whereas the non-gamers will only upgrade when a new PC is bought and it comes preinstalled.

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    Re: News - Windows 8.X usage up to over 21 per cent according to Steam data

    Quote Originally Posted by ChinesePate View Post
    which simply means 8.x is more popular amongst the gamers vs nongamers
    Or that gamers buy new computers more regularly?

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    Re: News - Windows 8.X usage up to over 21 per cent according to Steam data

    BF4 runs like a dog on W7 and runs much better on W8, that's the reason.

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    Re: News - Windows 8.X usage up to over 21 per cent according to Steam data

    If BF4 was available on Steam that may have been true, but AFAIK it isn't.

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    Re: News - Windows 8.X usage up to over 21 per cent according to Steam data

    Part of the reason why Win 8.X is higher through Steam than via other sources is because corporations haven;t GENERALLY upgraded from XP or 7. Very few corporations will allow you to install Steam on their machines, so there's a whole bunch of machines out there not even being captured by Steam's statistics.

    Headline should read "Windows 8.X usage up 21.26 per cent of Steam users"
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    Re: News - Windows 8.X usage up to over 21 per cent according to Steam data

    Quote Originally Posted by Tattysnuc View Post
    Part of the reason why Win 8.X is higher through Steam than via other sources is because corporations haven;t GENERALLY upgraded from XP or 7.
    This is very true, but that means Steam is probably a better reflection of the consumer market than any other measure, as it removes all those slow to change corporate networks (I'm on Win 7 at work, but the rest of my office is currently going through a gradual reimage to Win 7 from XP...).

    I guess the answer is which figure means more to Microsoft - the fact that more consumers are getting behind Win 8.X, or the fact that many businesses still haven't upgraded from Win XP...? Every office machine that goes from Win XP to Win 7 is still another license fees in MS's pocket...

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    Re: News - Windows 8.X usage up to over 21 per cent according to Steam data

    Quote Originally Posted by Corky34 View Post
    If BF4 was available on Steam that may have been true, but AFAIK it isn't.

    Yeah it's a user survey of what OS you are using, how many people on PC have BF4 as well as a steam account? makes no difference if the game is on steam or not they are taking your system specs and that means just having a steam account.

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    Re: News - Windows 8.X usage up to over 21 per cent according to Steam data

    whats more disturbing is that those on 8.0(10%) havent updated to 8.1 (10%)

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    Re: News - Windows 8.X usage up to over 21 per cent according to Steam data

    Quote Originally Posted by zarnywoop View Post
    whats more disturbing is that those on 8.0(10%) havent updated to 8.1 (10%)
    Some of us can't update to 8.1... I can't update my amd x2 x64 windows 8 rig to 8.1 because Microsoft went and added an additional requirement that prevents me from upgrading (yes aren't they lovely) because my cpu doesn't support it, even though windows 8 works absolutely fine...

    Supposedly I can downgrade to x86 and get 8.1 which is great except for the fact I have x64 software I use....

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    Re: News - Windows 8.X usage up to over 21 per cent according to Steam data

    Quote Originally Posted by zarnywoop View Post
    whats more disturbing is that those on 8.0(10%) havent updated to 8.1 (10%)
    And I'm one of them

    Problems with mouse support in games, full Windows Backup, broken Reset/Refresh on update, no way to sign into SkyDrive on another Microsoft account, integrated ads on Bing unified search + a few other things stopped me "upgrading" to 8.1. I've workarounds or fixes for most of the problems now but in all reality I'll probably stay on 8 as I continue to move away from Microsoft products.

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    Re: News - Windows 8.X usage up to over 21 per cent according to Steam data

    Related titbit: Pirates leak Windows 8.1 Spring update ISO

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    Re: News - Windows 8.X usage up to over 21 per cent according to Steam data

    I wonder about laptop/desktop split. Truth is that I move too often nowadays for a desktop. And whenever you buy a new laptop, you are quite often stuck with the latest OS whether you like it or not. Well, in my case I do have a retail copy of Windows 7 so I could technically "downgrade" if I was to get a new laptop today (still on a Win 7 laptop), though I'd probably end up giving Windows 8 a go, and stick with it because I can't be bothered to downgrade later on (kinda like Vista really - I hated it and wanted to downgrade but never got to it).

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    Re: News - Windows 8.X usage up to over 21 per cent according to Steam data

    Quote Originally Posted by Firejack View Post
    And I'm one of them

    Problems with mouse support in games, full Windows Backup, broken Reset/Refresh on update, no way to sign into SkyDrive on another Microsoft account, integrated ads on Bing unified search + a few other things stopped me "upgrading" to 8.1. I've workarounds or fixes for most of the problems now but in all reality I'll probably stay on 8 as I continue to move away from Microsoft products.
    The full system image backup is still there. Just obfuscated
    Society's to blame,
    Or possibly Atari.

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