My dad asks: buy mom Windows 8 laptop or Mac laptop?

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Is switching to Windows 8 harder than switching to a Mac?

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  2. No

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  1. Sam Posten

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    Did you not see the 30 page "Windows 8 usability disaster" thread?
     
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    Windows 8.1 is a fine OS. While initially it had problems, it is faster and more efficient than Windows 7. That being said, I went out and got a Mac... not because of the OS but simply, ANY Windows laptap I found online had some kind of problem that consumers complained about. I could not find one that was universally accepted.

    The beauty of Macs is they are now Intel based. So using Boot manager I partitioned the HD on the Mac and installed Windows 8.1. So now I can switch back and forth between OS depending on development need.

    So you can provide both if need be.

    If the user is used to Windows, going to a Mac will be a learning curve and vice versa.
     
  3. DaveF

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    I've seen the thread. everyone likes to rant about windows. But asked directly here, no one thinks it's so horrible that switching to OS X is easy peasy in comparison. And that's what matters. Put another way: Windows 8 is weird. But to a windows user so, so is OS X. :)
     
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    Mom bought a 13" MacBook Air tonight. Did not see that coming!
     
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    And now you've got your work cut out for you! :D
     
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    As they say in Jurassic Park, Nature finds a way!
     
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    Now to figure out how to do remote screen sharing. My mom was having troubles getting her aol email to work on the Mac. So my dad helpfully leaves the house to wash his motorcycle.Oh boy.I really wish family would listen to my whole recommendation when I say "buy Apple...from the Apple store and have them set up the computer. "
     
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    :laugh:

    And it begins!

     
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    I just bought a Windows 8.1 HP. Man, 4 days old and I thought Vista and 7 had shitloads of updates...(Unless I don't know what I'm doing yet...likely. you can't update the OS and apps at the same time. PITA)
     
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    Everytime I reinstall Win7 on my Mac, I grind my teeth. it's 48 hours and dozens of rebooting updates. Hostile user experience.
     
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    I think I wish she'd bought a Windows 8 machine. Then this would be dad's problem :)
     
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    I knew you'd be running into all sorts of stuff.

    This is why I'm glad my mom's got Mac products and it's my sister who is the family Mac expert!

    :D
     
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    My 73 year old mom has an older iphone and a W7 pc and that's how it's gonna stay! No way in the world would I want to switch her to something like a Mac. She knows just enough about the PC she has now to be dangerous and that's fine with me. :)
     
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    I expect posts of everything you need to do.
     
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    If she already has an iPhone and iPad, how could you NOT get her a mac?You know the only right answer to this question, Dave.
     
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    Oh. Sorry. Didn't see there was a second page to thos. Good call! Get the Apple Store to be her tech support!
     
  17. DaveF

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    She's got her MBA. She hates it and OS X. But she's learning to use it.I'm pretty sure she'd hate Win8, so it's a wash, cosmically speaking.My dad grumbles about the Mac and how much money mom spent on it and the wasted money on Apple Store classes...and totally fails to realize how this made his life easier. If she'd bought Win8 laptop, it would be his problem and he'd have to help her figure it out. But the Mac? Not his problem, and she has to get help from other people. :)
     
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    Good luck!!
     
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    I have been windows user all my life but last year switched to a Macbook Pro at work. Hate it. I do realize that it might be all the security SW my employers forces, but I can't wait for tech refresh to get this out of my office.
     
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    Christopher - My experience is quite the opposite. After years of frustration dealing with Windows, I took a friend's advice and bought a MacBook Pro. Best computer decision I ever made, hardware and software-wise.
     

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