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Windows 7: Why should I upgrade to Windows 8?

09 Nov 2013   #11
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

The only reason that I would do it would be to develop for the App Store, and you say that you do development.

I upgraded for that very reason, and other than to develop apps, I strictly use Win 7. It's much better and a much more attractive interface. Win 8 is an eyesore if you ask me.


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09 Nov 2013   #12
jadinolf

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

No checkmark?
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11 Nov 2013   #13
gellertb

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Just to add to my original list, you lose valuable features like DVD Movie support by default. (Yes, Windows 8 does not support the playback of DVD movies, unless you buy the Pro Pack ~$99).
It does not come with Media Center (Also a part of the pro pack).
It does not come with RDP, Bitlocker (Some other things that were included in W7)... (Again, part of the Pro Pack)
It does not support things like Wubi (Windows Installer for Ubuntu)
And finally you will need a Microsoft Account (sooner/later) to use 8.1
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11 Nov 2013   #14
synth

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I appreciate all the replies guys, I really do, but judging from the majority of your posts, seems like I should just stick with 7, for now, atleast, maybe not till Microsoft decides to shove 8 on everyones throats when they retire 7.

Anyway, I was then wondering what are like the major differences Win 7 and 8 has, i mean ofcourse aside from the start menu interface that really does take time to get used to. Any other specific things that 8 has and 7 doesn't that boosts performance? Any detail and info would be great. Yes, I can just read up on it or whatever, but I prefer hearing these kinds of things from knowledgeable users who have at least tried it.

Thanks again guys!


P.S.

I'm thinking of installing a copy of it on one of my work computers. just for kicks. lol.
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11 Nov 2013   #15
rvcjew

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by synth View Post
I appreciate all the replies guys, I really do, but judging from the majority of your posts, seems like I should just stick with 7, for now, atleast, maybe not till Microsoft decides to shove 8 on everyones throats when they retire 7.

Anyway, I was then wondering what are like the major differences Win 7 and 8 has, i mean ofcourse aside from the start menu interface that really does take time to get used to. Any other specific things that 8 has and 7 doesn't that boosts performance? Any detail and info would be great. Yes, I can just read up on it or whatever, but I prefer hearing these kinds of things from knowledgeable users who have at least tried it.

Thanks again guys!


P.S.

I'm thinking of installing a copy of it on one of my work computers. just for kicks. lol.
they wont retire seven for a long time they are having enough trouble trying to retire xp since so many corporations are still on it lol.

To answer your questions, 8 s faster to boot up, requires less ram and as a whole is better optimized but its new start menu is a horrible interface without touch components and same for the charms menu, i use classic shell to just always stay on the desktop like in 7 as i have no need for metro apps. and you can open all pc settings in non metro form if you open the right links. for dvd support you can use xbmx for a media center which imo is way better than windows media center anyways. or if you want to just play a disc without any setup vlc will also do this. besides if you go into blu-ray no windows program can play that anyway. you always need 3rd party support for it. Now 8.1 for me was not anywhere near what i wanted in performance because the driver support was not their for my work computer(y510p). They are also still finding huge holes in 8 security wise not to mention 8.1. Id give 8.1 a month or so before jumping on it as some better support will be out for it, check manufacture support for of 8/8.1 before just installing it.
hope this helps with your questions.
rvcjew
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11 Nov 2013   #16
synth

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rvcjew View Post
To answer your questions, 8 s faster to boot up, requires less ram and as a whole is better optimized but its new start menu is a horrible interface without touch components and same for the charms menu, i use classic shell to just always stay on the desktop like in 7 as i have no need for metro apps. and you can open all pc settings in non metro form if you open the right links. for dvd support you can use xbmx for a media center which imo is way better than windows media center anyways. or if you want to just play a disc without any setup vlc will also do this. besides if you go into blu-ray no windows program can play that anyway. you always need 3rd party support for it. Now 8.1 for me was not anywhere near what i wanted in performance because the driver support was not their for my work computer(y510p). They are also still finding huge holes in 8 security wise not to mention 8.1. Id give 8.1 a month or so before jumping on it as some better support will be out for it, check manufacture support for of 8/8.1 before just installing it.
hope this helps with your questions.
rvcjew
It really does thank you so much for this. Specially the info about the RAM part. It really sounds optimal. Does it consume less resources compared to Windows 7? Is it the reason why it's boot up is faster?
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12 Nov 2013   #17
rvcjew

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64
 
 

[QUOTE=synth;2592770]
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rvcjew View Post
It really does thank you so much for this. Specially the info about the RAM part. It really sounds optimal. Does it consume less resources compared to Windows 7? Is it the reason why it's boot up is faster?
While it does have less overhead for ram usage it uses a kinda hybrid sleep state to be faster on startup and it has something called fast boot. it also uses a efi bootloader now i believe. this explains it better than i could> How Windows 8 Hybrid Shutdown / Fast Boot feature works - TechRepublic
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12 Nov 2013   #18
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
Hybrid Boot

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by synth View Post
It really does thank you so much for this. Specially the info about the RAM part. It really sounds optimal. Does it consume less resources compared to Windows 7? Is it the reason why it's boot up is faster?
It uses a hybrid Hibernation boot up sequence.
Hybrid Boot

Even without Hybrid boot enabled it was a few seconds faster to boot than W7, on my PC.
Not a good reason to swap from W7 to W8/W8.1 (IMO).

lol
rvcjew posted the same link I selected.
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12 Nov 2013   #19
Tyrandis

Windows 7 pro 64-bit
 
 

I think its a hard switch from windows 7 to 8, but that's just me
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12 Nov 2013   #20
rvcjew

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64
 
 

lol lehnerus we used the same article.
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