To 8 or not to 8

Discussion in 'Windows & Other OS Discussion & Support' started by Takaharu, Oct 20, 2012.

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Will you buy?

Poll closed Dec 19, 2012.
  1. I'll buy it or I have bought it

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  2. No

    18 vote(s)
    54.5%
  3. Undecided

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    3.0%
  1. mkk

    mkk Well-Known Member

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    I had given up hope for any real options arriving later like together with the first service pack, but now there's at least a glimmer of hope for some change. Now all Microsoft has to do is to shoot that hope down again. ;)
     
  2. Amberwizard

    Amberwizard New Member

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    I upgraded from W7 ultimate and I do like W8 yes at the mo it has some issues but all will be sorted in due corse.
     
  3. OldBuzzard

    OldBuzzard DH's oldest Geek

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    Tried it on my PC...hated it.

    That said, I did buy and install it on the wife's Acer Iconia Tab W500 tablet. So I did vote "bought it".

    She's 'on the fence' right now, but I think that after she plays with it for awhile she will probably end up liking it.
     
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  4. OldBuzzard

    OldBuzzard DH's oldest Geek

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    I bought the UPGRADE version for the wife's tablet.

    It had a 32-bit versions of 7 on it and I wanted to put 64-bit 8 on it.

    The 8 box contained both versions, 32 & 64-bit.

    I booted with the 64 bit, chose the CLEAN install option, formatted the HDD, and away we went.
     
  5. Dyre Straits

    Dyre Straits 10 Grandkids -2 Great-grandsons

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    Very interesting. Like I said, though, from past experience the only way I've been able to install an upgrade version of Windows...as a clean/fresh install...was to have at least a key from a previous version of Windows....or to be required to insert the disc from such...into the drive for verification...before the installation could proceed.

    I think...in your case...the Windows 8 Upgrade detected the previous Windows 7 on the HDD and allowed the format and installation due to that. It's the only scenario that makes sense...to me.
     
  6. CDsDontBurn

    CDsDontBurn AMD & Petrol Heads Mod

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    I would like to test this out. Especially seeing that I get a free copy of Win8 from my school's MSDN account. I'm curious to know if I could do a full clean install using only the Upgrade disk / key.
     
  7. Jac

    Jac Well-Known Member

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    I've always been an early adopter and supporter of M$. Most of the time I would be running betas rather than RTM OSs, I even installed and liked the Vista beta. I hopped on the Win8 bandwagon at the earliest opportunity.

    There were some positives, the leaner desktop section, some slight visual updates. Some negatives like the Metro UI and the move towards a more closed down OS in the vein of Apple.

    I tried to get to grips with Metro/Modern UI but I always found it a hindrance and I still feel it is completely irrelevant on a desktop PC. Add in the insistence of M$ to enforce it on desktop users and I came to hate it. Shit popping in all the time, two different visual styles, pointless unitasked & stripped down applications.

    I think the most inept move M$ made was in answer to criticism that the metro UI had no visual cohesion with the desktop Aero interface - their answer to this! Strip all visual flair and interest out of the standard interface and make it look like Windows 3.1. Seriously that must rank as one of the most asinine decisions a major company has ever made. It always rankles me that a company like Apple can create exquisite visual designs for their OS but M$ never seem to be able to get it right.

    It's quite worrying, everyone seems to think that the desktop PC is a dying platform and everyone really wants small tablets. Maybe they're right, maybe it's me who is out of touch - for now though I'm back on Windows 7.
     
  8. Dyre Straits

    Dyre Straits 10 Grandkids -2 Great-grandsons

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    I have a completely empty 500 GB HDD on my system right now named, W8Preview. It's been sitting in my system ... completely empty ... for several months while I waited to see something from MS re: Windows 8 that tickled my fancy.

    Maybe it will get used when the Service Pack is released. (But, not holding my breath!)
     
  9. Judas

    Judas Obvious Closet Brony Pony

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    I miss my Windows Vista/7 Completely Translucent Interface.....

    Now it looks like i'm running windows vista/7 Starter Edition.
     
  10. Takaharu

    Takaharu Unus offa, unus iuguolo

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    That was one of my gripes too. However, I decided to roll back to 7 because 8 booted so much slower and was buggy (didn't always start Explorer). I'm assuming that it had something to do with the mSATA SSD drivers, possibly one or two other drivers too.
    Don't try to persuade me, I'm more than happy with 7 and not interested enough in 8 to care. I'll eventually do the upgrade again, no doubt.
     
  11. Judas

    Judas Obvious Closet Brony Pony

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    Windows 8 of all things shouldn't boot slower or anything....

    Having installed it on numerous old/new/slow/fast machines.... Doesn't appear to matter.. the sucker flies..
     
  12. edperks

    edperks Life is Good

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    I will be sticking with Win7 my philosophy is don't fix anything that is not broke:) besides removing the start button is kinda a let down I use a PC not a tablet.
     
  13. Robert McClelland

    Robert McClelland I'm An Uncle for 2nd time Staff Member

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    Got windows 8 pro my bro helping out his wedding that he forget give me. Good thing I waited for it. I'd been loving windows 8 apps so far. You know guys if you want your start menu back there app for that too google it lol.
     
  14. CDsDontBurn

    CDsDontBurn AMD & Petrol Heads Mod

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    ^^ or just simply go to Ninite. I've seen the start bar for win8 there as well.
     
  15. Tyrsonswood

    Tyrsonswood HH's curmudgeon

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    Seems there's an app for everything these days... :rolleyes:
     
  16. CDsDontBurn

    CDsDontBurn AMD & Petrol Heads Mod

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    ^^ There's even an app for that!
     
  17. Tyrsonswood

    Tyrsonswood HH's curmudgeon

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  18. Robert McClelland

    Robert McClelland I'm An Uncle for 2nd time Staff Member

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    There program called pokki I found let you have custom star menu and it's free :) Some how I found unpond by searching cab support file lol which didn't work for me lol. So I uninstalled keep the pokki program lol. Some reason windows 8 hate PA 2007 :( I can't zip into cab file anymore. When I upgrade to PA 2012 it wouldn't let me do it either. So I told PA people let them know about the setup issue after ziping in cab. I had used my older XP HP computer get to work lol. I guess I be zipping on older HP computer for while :).
     
  19. malmental

    malmental System Builder > Hardware Specialist

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    http://www.hardcoreware.net/windows-7-vs-windows-8-performance/
    Windows 7 vs Windows 8 – The Definitive Performance Guide


     
  20. mkk

    mkk Well-Known Member

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    I got me an inexpensive little 11,6" laptop last week. Came with Windows 7 and it runs well, but since after all it's a low end performer I thought a little bit about maybe trying out Windows 8 on it after all. But then I noticed how that with 1368x768 on a 11,6" laptop screen (which you have further away than a tablet) it was nice to just slightly nudge up the font size for elements inside Windows. With Windows 8 they've taken that option away, together with a number of other customisations. So it's a no-go.
    (Edit: they've hidden a menu that lets you change the size of some system fonts but not the font itself, giving you back about 1% of the control present in previous versions of Windows.
     
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