Microsoft (MSFT) is taking a big gamble with Windows 8. Right off the bat, Windows 8 looks nothing like its predecessors. The tried-and-tested Start menu and desktop is gone (at least on the RT version) and in its place is a tile-based home screen that displays apps and notifications. Microsoft has said before that Windows 8 is a complete overhaul of its Windows operating system — and it is. But even if over 1 million people downloaded the Consumer Preview version of Windows 8, it doesn’t mean they like the changes made. In fact, a survey of 50,000 Windows 8 users polled over at ForumsWindows8 revealed that 53% of them still prefer Windows 7 over Microsoft’s new version of Windows.

Now, that doesn’t mean Windows 8 is going to be a flop — its reception can go either way (although gamers might be turned off).

Those polled in the survey also praised Windows 8 for its fast boot-up and shutdown times, easy installation and Internet Explorer 10, while the most disliked features included price, system requirements and incompatibility issues.

Windows 8 launches on October 26th.

[Via TechWeekEurope]

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Raymond Wong is a technology reporter with a passion for cutting-edge gadgets and clean design. He first realized his love for technology when he burned through so many AA batteries on the original Game Boy that scraping battery acid off it became the norm.