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bill - 6:59 am on Dec 3, 2013 (gmt 0)
With the same hardware I have seen Windows 8 outperform Windows 7. There are comparison tests on the web that seem to back my experience up. Windows 8 will boot, shutdown and recover from sleep much faster. Also, browser performance, multimedia performance and file transfer speeds are all better.
Internet connection speeds aren't necessarily something you can say are connected to the OS. If you have a lot of apps running, or your neighbor is downloading huge media files, or your line is heavily contented are just some to the factors that have nothing to do with the OS. Out of the box Windows 8 didn't have any apps running on my installs, so that sounds to me like something you turned on.
And about the Start Menu, I think it was the best shortcut menu ever created. Why did they kill it?
I haven't used the Start menu since XP. In Windows Vista and 7 you can hit the Windows key and start typing what you're looking for. Type one or two letters and you usually can find what you need. This works in Windows 8 as well. It's a huge time saver. I don't see any need for a Start menu at all.
Another disadvantage of win8 is that it's less customizable.
Windows 8 is less customizable? How so? I can do everything I could on Windows 7.
I loved XP, and when vista came out I just hated it.
Vista was a great OS if you had the right hardware. It was a resource hog, but it had a lot of the Windows 7 security and usability features.I used it on my primary workstation until Windows 8 came out. It was a very capable, stable OS for me.
There are evolutionary improvements to Windows with each generation. It sounds to me as though you may not have given 8 a fair chance.