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Windows 7: Would you do this and switch to Win 8?

26 Oct 2012   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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Windows 8 and the mouse do not go very well together. I would stay with /7.
I don't understand this statement. Win 8 works perfectly fine with a mouse for me. It's designed with a touchscreen in mind but a mouse works fine.
The mouse 'works' - but it is a cumbersome mouse interface. After all, it is a touchscreen optimized interface.


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26 Oct 2012   #12
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

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Windows 8 and the mouse do not go very well together. I would stay with /7.
I don't understand this statement. Win 8 works perfectly fine with a mouse for me. It's designed with a touchscreen in mind but a mouse works fine.
The mouse 'works' - but it is a cumbersome mouse interface. After all, it is a touchscreen optimized interface.
I guess then that we can agree to disagree here since I don't feel the interface is anymore cumbersome to use with a mouse than any other GUI I've used.
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26 Oct 2012   #13
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

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After all, it is a touchscreen optimized interface.
By default, yes, but after installing Start8, I've found that I can use the normal desktop to be productive, and the newer, Modern/Metro whatever UI as a nice addition...but not where I want to be most of the time.
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26 Oct 2012   #14
bru

Win 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

A well respected Tech writer in our local paper reviewed Win 8. Here are some excerpts...remember I did not say this, he did.

Windows 7 catered to an aging audience who valued the comfort of the familiar over the opportunities of modernization. Windows 8 shows Microsoftís determination to remain a relevant and important OS in 2015.

These gesture-based controls shine brightly on a multitouch tablet (like the Samsung tablet provided to me for testing). There are keyboard shortcuts as well, and itís possible to engage them from external input devices. Even if you arenít using a tablet, the benefits are immediate. Microsoft has taken heroic measures to reduce visual clutter. The result is a UI thatís not entirely unlike staring out at a Zen contemplation garden.

Besides simple usability, The Land Of Tiles And Magic offers a second serious benefit: consistency across multiple classes of devices. When you move from your 27-inch office desktop to your 13-inch notebook and then to your iPad-like Surface tablet, itís all the same app with the same UI ó and Windows keeps your docs and settings synced between the three on its own.

I can give Windows 8 an enthusiastic and unreserved recommendation. I donít think Iím even going too far to call it the most exciting step forward in desktop operating systems since Mac OS X 10.0.

Itís a fresh look that shows an eagerness to progress beyond the familiar interface concepts that were considered hot stuff way back when Reagan was president. Windows 8 is gorgeous, but not at the expense of power.

Several things in this hit home including the fact that I eventually want a tablet and would prefer it be Windows based so why not have my laptop be Windows 8 too.

But will a Win 8 lappy network well with a Win 7 desktop? I basically use the laptop for surfing so would going to Win 8 be a waste of its technology?

A dual partition sounds like a good idea but I don't think I am comfortable enough to do it.

I guess I'll spend some time on the Win 8 forum and see what I can glean.

Ahh technology...
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26 Oct 2012   #15
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

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The result is a UI that’s not entirely unlike staring out at a Zen contemplation garden.
i can just see all those Buddhists contemplating..."oh why oh why did i go with 8"
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26 Oct 2012   #16
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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I don’t think I’m even going too far to call it the most exciting step forward in desktop operating systems since Mac OS X 10.0.
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27 Oct 2012   #17
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

The only way I would buy a Win 8 machine is if I could upgrade back to Win 7.
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27 Oct 2012   #18
bru

Win 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

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The only way I would buy a Win 8 machine is if I could upgrade back to Win 7.
Actually I heard you can. A machine with Win 8 preinstalled can go to Win 7 but if you upgraded your Win 7 to Win 8 there is no going back.
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27 Oct 2012   #19
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Well lets see a news paper person telling us Windows 8 is great because it looks and works like a Mac. I'm for sure that is not a selling point.
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30 Oct 2012   #20
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

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But will a Win 8 lappy network well with a Win 7 desktop? I basically use the laptop for surfing so would going to Win 8 be a waste of its technology?
If you network properly, without the use of "wizards" and such, networking between multiple versions of Windows has never been an issue. The principles behind Windows networking haven't changed since Windows 2000 was released.
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