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

26 Oct 2012   #1
bru

Win 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Would you do this and switch to Win 8?

I bought a laptop about a month ago. It was a pretty good deal and I grabbed it as I thought I wanted Windows 7 since that is what my desktop is and new Windows 7 machines would be disappearing soon. Also my reading about Win8 didn't thrill me. Since that time I have watched the deals closely.

Now Win8 is out and the very first day I can get essentially the same laptop for a few bucks less. And I imagine there will be even more deals.

I really thought Win8 suits itself better to touchscreen and of course this laptop doesn't have it and I understand not many do at this point and those that do certainly won't be low priced.

So would anyone here buy the Win 8 computer?

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26 Oct 2012   #2

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Why consider it since you don't have a touchscreen and by your own admission, your reading about Win 8 didn't thrill you?

Many would consider Win 8 a downgrade. Why volunteer for aggravation?
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26 Oct 2012   #3
bru

Win 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Buyers remorse I guess.

And Win8 is the newest, fastest ,etc. Reviews seemed to have turned positive as well. If I wasn't slightly informed I most likely would have not cared and probably gotten something with Win8.
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26 Oct 2012   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bru View Post
Buyers remorse I guess.

And Win8 is the newest, fastest ,etc. Reviews seemed to have turned positive as well. If I wasn't slightly informed I most likely would have not cared and probably gotten something with Win8.
I can understand buyer's remorse, but......

You knew Win 8 was due soon when you chose to go with Win 7 a month ago.

You informed yourself and found Win 8 to be less than thrilling.

The positive reviews you see don't over-ride the negative conclusions you came to---justifiably in my opinion since you are a mouse and keyboard guy, at least on this hardware.

Stand by and watch for a few weeks when I think you will start to hear uproars from people who just blindly bought new PCs with Win 8 without doing any research such as you did.

What would you have thought if you just blindly bought Win 8 without knowing anything about its interface and what you would encounter on the first boot?
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26 Oct 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

What you could do, as I have done along with many others, is partition your hard drive and install the Release Preview (beta) and try it out. This is a dual boot setup and works very well for trying out new and different operating systems.

I tried this out on my desktop and with older hardware I had a lot of driver issues and just said no to that. Then, recently I tried it on my laptop and it worked surprisingly well. There are some minor differences from the RTM version vs the RP version. Overall it was a nice experience. It took some getting use to, I found it a bit cumbersome or even somewhat backwards but that's probably do to the lack of a touch screen, although I can't verify this.

So, try it and you decide whether you like it or not.
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26 Oct 2012   #6
whs

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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Windows 8 and the mouse do not go very well together. I would stay with /7.
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26 Oct 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I wouldn't upgrade to windows 8 as it isn't as good as windows 7. It only suits machines with a touch screen or a tablet. If you are a old windows user you will probably not like this OS. If you are a new windows you will not find it intuitive. I don't know what Microsoft were thinking, they should have created windows 8 and a windows 8 mobile.
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26 Oct 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Windows 8 start screen and the mouse do not go very well together. I would stay with /7.
Fixed your quote.

The positive reviews of Windows 8 all seem to be the ones that have worked out there's a heck of a lot more to it than the new Start screen.
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26 Oct 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I certainly wouldn't consider buying a new laptop, but you also can't base your OS decisions on reading. Nothing takes the place of trying it out. I wasn't thrilled with Windows 8, until I spent more time with it. After installing Start8 1.0, I'm pretty much decided I'm going to Windows 8 on all of my systems.
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26 Oct 2012   #10

Win 7 Ultimate (64-bit), Win 8 (64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
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.
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