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Windows 7: Thinking of a new Laptop, what do you all think?

22 Nov 2012   #51
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Win8 Activation is now coded on the BIOS chip, but the question is if it will activate if you don't want to use Secure Boot or even EFI BIOS.

Windows 8 BIOS Keys - embedded goodness - Keith Combs' Blahg - Site Home - TechNet Blogs
So does this mean that you cannot pick up the activation code with Speccy or SIW anymore Greg?


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22 Nov 2012   #52
gregrocker

 

I don't know as I haven't gotten my hands on a Win8 PC yet.

Haven't had time either since we are swamped here helping with the best OS ever which is only three years old and wildly popular.
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22 Nov 2012   #53
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I don't know as I haven't gotten my hands on a Win8 PC yet.

Haven't had time either since we are swamped here helping with the best OS ever which is only three years old and wildly popular.
Yes mate I wished I had kept my old dual boot to try it now. Mind you it will,be 2020 before I shall be going 8 to me it's a bit like fixing an unbroken wheel apart from the small apps I just don't think it's necessary if even then.

I'm 7 all the way if I could hep you I would but I am only just savvy enough to turn the thing on
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22 Nov 2012   #54
tlarseth

Windows 8 64-bit (6.2, Build 9200) (9200.win8_rtm.120725-1247)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post

Haven't had time either since we are swamped here helping with the best OS ever which is only three years old and wildly popular.
I don't know about best, if support didn't end on it, I would still be using Win98SE.
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23 Nov 2012   #55
tlarseth

Windows 8 64-bit (6.2, Build 9200) (9200.win8_rtm.120725-1247)
 
 

Okay, the new laptop works great, Guild Wars 2 on ultra settings got me 39 FPS and a max CPU temp of 62 degrees Celsius.

The old laptop was at 11 FPS on minimum settings with a max CPU temp of 95 degrees Celsius.
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23 Nov 2012   #56
gregrocker

 

Is that with Win8? Is Metro loaded, or are you using the Win7 explorer shell from Ex7ForW8? I'd benchmark both.

Are you going to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7?
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23 Nov 2012   #57
tlarseth

Windows 8 64-bit (6.2, Build 9200) (9200.win8_rtm.120725-1247)
 
 

Right now just win8, will try the win7 shell after all my data is transferred over.

This will be after I get off of work, just gotta research about how to implement the shell, I am in new water here. I don't like the idea of going through 3-4 menus to shutdown the computer, luckily all windows 7 keyboard shortcuts work, like Alt+F4, which I use to shutdown. I also don't like how certain applications won't shutdown there is no option, only Task Manager or Alt+F4 will close them. These are any programs built into Windows, they try to stay resident in memory.
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28 Nov 2012   #58
cytherian

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Win8 Activation is now coded on the BIOS chip, but the question is if it will activate if you don't want to use Secure Boot or even EFI BIOS.

Windows 8 BIOS Keys - embedded goodness - Keith Combs' Blahg - Site Home - TechNet Blogs
Hmmmm... if you have an older laptop running Windows 7 and you upgrade, what if the BIOS chip doesn't support the Win8 Activation encoding? Does Microsoft only utilize it if available, but otherwise do the Win7 method?

My mother is in dire need of a new laptop (we've squeezed all we can out of XP so it's time), and I'm recommending she go with a Win7 installed laptop. Few retailer websites are making them available. Thankfully HP still allows you to buy a Win7 installed new laptop directly from their website at pretty decent prices. For $50 you can buy a 32Gb boot cache too (can't find other sites making this available, including Dell). SSD's bought with a new laptop are absurdly overpriced. Better to get a traditional HD installed and then buy an SSD separately.
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28 Nov 2012   #59
tlarseth

Windows 8 64-bit (6.2, Build 9200) (9200.win8_rtm.120725-1247)
 
 

If your bios doesnt support win8 key storage, it then stores encrypted in Windows.
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28 Nov 2012   #60
gregrocker

 

I believe the new Win8 BIOS-chip coded Product Keys are for factory OEM only.

On Win8 machines it's turning out that the new Secure Boot protection must be turned off to UPDowngrade Windows 8 to Windows 7
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