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Windows 7: I've heard all Windows 8 is, is Windows 7 with a layer on top of it???

18 Jun 2013   #11
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 z3r010 View Post
I've been using Window 8 for about 6 months and I don't think I've seen the metro interface since the day I installed the system, after adding a start button and setting the program defaults to use the desktop version of programs, I'm left with a nice updated version of Windows 7.
Yes Z I was thinking of doing a dual boot and using that app I found yesterday here

The Windows 8 Start Menu reimagined and reinvigorated | TechRepublic

for the start UI


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18 Jun 2013   #12
z3r010

 

That looks very nice, I know the guys at Reviversoft and they do great work so I may have to give it a go.

Edit - I've just tried it out and it's a little to Metro for my taste (it does look very good though) I think I'll stick with my Start8.
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18 Jun 2013   #13
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

I've moved to using Win8 nearly all the time -- but waited until Stardock came out with Windowblinds, so I could make the desktop UI look very similar to Win7. I also run Start8 (because I LIKE having a start menu) and ModernMix (because I like being able to have more than one app open on my desktop).

So for me, Win8 is more like a service pack upgrade to Win7 -- which is OK, from my perspective.
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18 Jun 2013   #14
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 Mark Phelps View Post
I've moved to using Win8 nearly all the time -- but waited until Stardock came out with Windowblinds, so I could make the desktop UI look very similar to Win7. I also run Start8 (because I LIKE having a start menu) and ModernMix (because I like being able to have more than one app open on my desktop).

So for me, Win8 is more like a service pack upgrade to Win7 -- which is OK, from my perspective.
Interesting observation Mark it will be different eh?

The only thing is I am left wondering will my Kaspersky ISS still cover the second install??
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18 Jun 2013   #15
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
The only thing is I am left wondering will my Kaspersky ISS still cover the second install??
I may get arguments for saying this, and you should really post in our sister forum (eightforums.com) for Win8-specific questions, but I ran into the same question but with Norton AV, and for now, an using the default MS AV in Win8, and have not had any problems.

I can "migrate" Norton AV from Win7 to Win8, but I still use Win7 and would rather not leave it unprotected. I also don't want to buy another Norton AV subscription right now.

So, what I would do (if I were you) would post a question in the Win8 forums regarding what folks feel about using the default MS AV product versus installing a third-party product.
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18 Jun 2013   #16
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
Depends ...

IMO, W8 is OK if you totally eliminate Metro (i.e. install a replacement Start Menu like Classic Shell).

Significantly faster "boot" only occurs if you use the pseudo-shutdown option and/or your hardware likes W8.
On my PC, the standard boot up sequence was 6s - 9s faster than W7.

Pseudo-shutdown only starts as fast as my PC wakes from Sleep, so no real benefit there (on a desktop).

I've never used Hyper-V (I have VMware Workstation and Player) but it may be of benefit to people who don't have another VM manager available for installation.

I can't say that I noticed any difference in overall speed or network performance.
All I can say about that is that W8 wasn't obviously slower.
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18 Jun 2013   #17
pessimistic

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

I'm sorry, I don;t believe I made myself totally clear.
As an end user, I perfectly understand (and like) how Windows 8 works. I just can't have it on my machine because it's a shared computer, and my mom is confused by it.
I was really more interested in the structure, and how they managed to completely isolate the desktop from the rest of the OS.
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18 Jun 2013   #18
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

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Windows 8 is an OS designed for tablets - not suitable for traditional PCs without a touchscreen.
Or even with a touch screen, especially if one has my shoulders.
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18 Jun 2013   #19
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

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They should have made a tablet version AND a desktop version.
Exactly - and that would have been easy. But they are just stubburn. I wonder how much of a price they are willing to pay for that.
I'm wondering how much longer they'll last before something really bad happens to them. It's pretty obvious that the new Xbox will get bad profits as well as people will stop buying their Office because I think it's ridiculous to put a price on something that a lot of people only use for typing papers or making power points; especially when there are already programs that are free and open-source to replace them.

Next year is going to be really ugly for them.
What's going to kill Office is what is essentially a 300% price increase and the increasing push to the cloud. Office 2010 Family Pack allowed up to three installations at one time on a license and could be moved from one machine to another. Office 2013 allows only one for around the same price. M$ already has had to backpedal on an added restriction that was on Office 2013. Before they gave into public outcry, Office 2013 couldn't even be moved from one machine to another.

If M$ has their way, eventually all Office "installations" will be rented from the cloud.
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18 Jun 2013   #20
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Windows 8 is an OS designed for tablets - not suitable for traditional PCs without a touchscreen.
Or even with a touch screen, especially if one has my shoulders.
Yeah right - it is an orthopedic nightmare unless you have one of those convertible Ultrabooks that you can lie flat on the table.
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