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Windows 7: Upgrade W7 Ultimate to W8 whatever

28 Sep 2012   #1
blockie

 
Upgrade W7 Ultimate to W8 whatever

Does it make sense to upgrade my W7 OS to W8. My W7 is the Ultimate package. I don't even know the costs of the various packages.


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28 Sep 2012   #2
Ztruker

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

Nope, Windows 8 reeks!
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28 Sep 2012   #3
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

"Make sense". That means different things to different people.

Win 8 has a radically different look when first booted that most people find frustrating at first. Many, including me, find it a major step backward in usability. It's not exactly made for a mouse and keyboard user.

I assume you can still get the preview and give it a test ride if you want.

If you can't stand to be without the latest, never mind if it's the greatest, go for it.

If you have a more practical mind set, you might not be amused. I can't think of any over-riding reason to go to Win 8, but anyone who buys a new PC a few months from now will likely be forced into it. I expect to see major bitching and moaning at that time from those who have not previously tried it.
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28 Sep 2012   #4
ColinJK

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows XP x64 SP3
 
 

If you're a basic user planning on binning your keyboard and mouse and getting a touchscreen, I think Windows 8 is for you.

Best to wait until it goes "main stream" before picking up the upgrade. Remember Vista...
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28 Sep 2012   #5
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Blockie I'd shrink your C partition and do a test install of WIn8 preview, try it out as suggested until you realize as many have that it has no place on a desktop, or are willing to overlook that because of performance improvements. Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista - Windows 8 Forums
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28 Sep 2012   #6
ColinJK

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows XP x64 SP3
 
 

Only advantage in my personal opinion is the ability to start kicking WinSXS back by removing feature packages, that's if space is critical for you
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28 Sep 2012   #7
lehnerus2000

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
VHD?

You could create a VHD of W8 (it's not difficult).
You wouldn't have to repartition anything.

I used this tutorial for W8 (DP, CP, RP and Ent):
Mister Goodcat | Installing Windows 8 Developer Preview as bootable VHD

An alternative tutorial:
Dual-boot Windows 7 and Windows 8 using a VHD | TechRepublic

The VHDs worked great, W8 not so much (unless you totally customise it with 3rd party software).
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28 Sep 2012   #8
blockie

 

Question answered. I'll wait and see. I am satisfied with what I got.
Thank you, all.
Bill
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28 Sep 2012   #9
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Windows 8 is terrible, make a partition and install it. You will see, yuk . JMO
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