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Windows 7: Windows 8, yes or no?

30 Jun 2013   #1
Zach1928

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Windows 8, yes or no?

Whats up peeps, I'm trying to decide whether or not to upgrade my windows 7 to windows 8. I installed 8 on a partition and it seems like a nice OS and seems to be quicker than 7, but I'd like some input from people because the only reason it seems to have been a "flop" is because no one was expecting a completely different UI. But as far as performance goes, it seems to be less of a resource hog, and generally better on battery life for laptops and it seems to start up/shutdown and wake up faster than windows 7.


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30 Jun 2013   #2
x BlueRobot

 

Windows 8 has had some improvements made to the kernel, however, I believe the faster boot is due to the fact, that Windows 8 enters more of a sleep mode by default, rather than a complete shut down state (I may be wrong).

Windows 8 also has many features cut out, for instance I don't think you can play videos natively within Windows.

I don't like the fact, you need to create a Windows Live account to create a new user, I wonder where that information is being sent to..
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30 Jun 2013   #3
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

No, don`t do it
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30 Jun 2013   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Yes it is faster if you operate the OS from a HDD. If you operate from a SSD, there is quasi no advantage over Windows 7.

I have decided not to use Windows 8 - although I have one Windows 8 running in a virtual partition. But I don't really do anything with it - just the updates.

I do not like the new UI (too awkward to use) and I don't want to wrestle with the UEFI. But if you get along with those and don't have to make an extra investment, Windows 8 is probably OK. Just stay away from those tablet applications. The apps store is a joke.
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30 Jun 2013   #5
gregrocker

 

I think the decision should be made based on what you use the PC for. If you use it mostly for social media browsing and appreciate an IPhone/IPad interface to navigate, then its worth trying.

But if you depend upon a stable desktop environment for productive work then I'd keep with Win7 which fully evolved to a perfect desktop experience, something which MS was known for and relied upon for but which is almost completely sacrificed in Win8.
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30 Jun 2013   #6
Zach1928

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I use my laptop for school and playing games on and the upgrade assistant said mostly all of my stuff will be fine after upgrading. Can anyone confirm if you get a decent amount of power efficiency out of it? Because after two years my battery is like at 55% of its original retention so if I could get like an extra half our or more out of the battery it'd be almost worth it. And like the Metro UI doesn't seem to bad- though I did see you can load the windows 7 shell into it and lose the metro all together
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30 Jun 2013   #7
x BlueRobot

 

I'm not sure about the Power Efficiency with Windows 8, but to improve your battery life with Windows 7 you could change your Power Plan Options. It also depends upon what you doing, for example playing games is going to require much more power from your hardware.
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30 Jun 2013   #8
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Zack with a battery in that condition I recommend concerning yourself with getting a new battery. Once a battery gets that poor it will go downhill very fast.
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30 Jun 2013   #9
Zach1928

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I have been looking into the batteries, but cost a pretty penny from Dell, and I dunno how good the replacements are off ebay.. but back to W8 v. 7, does anyone else have any experience with the two side by side? It just seems like people were just shocked by the UI
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30 Jun 2013   #10
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I don't notice any difference in speed betwwen 7 and 8 , if that is the question.

Hard for me to judge as I have been using Linux recently, which is much more efficient, more secure and faster.
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