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08 Nov 2012   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Windows 8

I know this isn't the 8 forum but I was curious as to what the feedback is on it. I was looking to possibly upgrade and the research I've done has been about 50/50.
Jack

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08 Nov 2012   #2

7 x64
 
 

If you like Windows 7 stay with it. There is nothing really new in Win 8. Other then the completely stupid metro interface and it may boot a little faster then Win 7 (but that is from the system never really shutting down. It goes into a hibernate mode instead of shutting down).

I personally have been running it in a virtual machine since it first released as a beta then RTM and can't see why anyone with a Real Computer would use it. May be fine on a phone or pad but not for a real computer.
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08 Nov 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Jack,

For Windows 8, you might consider posting at our sister site Eight Forums to get better results.
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08 Nov 2012   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jack1953 View Post
I know this isn't the 8 forum but I was curious as to what the feedback is on it. I was looking to possibly upgrade and the research I've done has been about 50/50.
Jack
If you intend to use a touchscreen, it seems to be a great choice, but if you are using the conventional keyboard & mouse, I don't see any real advantage or reason to use it. The default setting for "Social Media" desktop isn't something I like.

You could install Virtual Box, which is free, and install Windows 8 in a virtual machine to get some hands-on experience. Then, if you like it, take the plunge.

HTH
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08 Nov 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jack1953 View Post
I know this isn't the 8 forum but I was curious as to what the feedback is on it. I was looking to possibly upgrade and the research I've done has been about 50/50.
Jack
I know if you use PowerShell at all it was great in windows 7. If you get into windows 8, its even better! PowerShell can actually download help from the internet. I think its a really cool feature man. The metro thing is a little strange but you don't have to use it if you don't want, I just go on the desktop if I'm using it on vmware. If you get a touch adapter the metro thing would actually be a lot more useful, but still I don't like typing on my screen while reaching across my keyboard. Instead of Anna they've added 3 more people that speak, they sound more like people too!
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09 Nov 2012   #6

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks for the input folks! That's pretty much on par with what I've heard. 7 is running super on my desktop so I am just going to use the old saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"
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09 Nov 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Ignore the "it's only for touchscreens" comments, because they simply aren't true. With one of several add-in programs, you can restore the start menu and boot right to a usable desktop. The Metro UI is still one click away, if needed. I am liking it so far, and it's quite responsive. There's nothing wrong with Windows 7, so I don't feel a need to upgrade, but I plan to on at least one of my three systems.
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09 Nov 2012   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Ignore the "it's only for touchscreens" comments, because they simply aren't true. With one of several add-in programs, you can restore the start menu and boot right to a usable desktop. The Metro UI is still one click away, if needed. I am liking it so far, and it's quite responsive. There's nothing wrong with Windows 7, so I don't feel a need to upgrade, but I plan to on at least one of my three systems.
I personally haven't seen anything that states "It's only for touchscreens". I have read quite a few reviews, however, that point out the touchscreen aspect as being one of its main features and I know MS is using it as a highlight in their advertising. I have been running it in a VM, and since I use a computer mostly for business, I don't see any real reason to change.

Just a couple of pennies worth of my thoughts.
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16 Nov 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sir George View Post
I personally haven't seen anything that states "It's only for touchscreens".
Read any of the other "Should I use Windows 8" threads. Someone along the thread always makes that comment.
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16 Nov 2012   #10

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sir George View Post
I personally haven't seen anything that states "It's only for touchscreens".
Read any of the other "Should I use Windows 8" threads. Someone along the thread always makes that comment.
What point are you trying to make?
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