, JoshRoss wrote

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if you don't like the way Windows is going, don't buy it.

At the end of the day, this is the only feedback that MS are going to pay attention to.

For desktops/laptops, the true Win8 sales stats are going to be masked to some extent, as buyers intending to downgrade Win8 purchases will still be scored by MS as Win8 buyers (same as they scored Vista sales for users who actually immediately downgraded to XP) but eventually, if people don't like it, the result will be reduced demand, as hardware will dictate the replacement cycle rather than the O/S, and most modern hardware will last longer than an O/S version cycle.