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Windows 7: How to decide: should you upgrade to Windows 8?


03 Dec 2012   #1
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64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
How to decide: should you upgrade to Windows 8?

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With all the hype about Windows 8, one question remains for most current Windows users: should you upgrade to Windows 8? In this article, David Gewirtz walks you through all the possibilities, so you're armed with the best decision-making strategy for your needs.

Upgrading an operating system install is never a small decision. Upgrading to Windows 8 is a particularly challenging decision because the user-interface has so substantially changed from what we were all used to in Windows 7. In this article, I'll give you some guidelines that -- based on your personal circumstances -- will help you decide what's right for you.

If you don't have time to read all the details, you can skip to the end of the article and read a short summary of my recommendations.

Read more at source:
How to decide: should you upgrade to Windows 8? | ZDNet


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04 Dec 2012   #2

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

I'm still for Windows 7.
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04 Dec 2012   #3

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

I'm using Windows8 & 7. Can't complain I love 8.
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04 Dec 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

I have both 7 & 8 installed and alternate between them.
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04 Dec 2012   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

I won't be upgrading to Windows 8 on my current laptop, but I might buy a convertible laptop with Win 8 in the future.
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05 Dec 2012   #6

Windows 7 Pro 32/64 bit and Windows 8 Pro 32 Bit/64bit
 
 

I updated on one computer from windows 7 ultimate 32 bit- took me about 2 hours, had to install new drivers and new updated applications, then Microsoft issued the last set of horrible security updates and Windows 8 crashed. I had to revert back and start all over again- now that was a pain.

I also upgraded from a laptop running windows 7 home premium, now that did not go too bad- go figure and it was older than the desktop. Took about an hour

My opinion:
Do not upgrade if you are not a advanced user
Make sure if you do upgrade, you use the compatability tool that comes within the upgrade and listen and fix the issues before you do the upgrade.

My personal opinion:
If you are in love with "Apps" and like the new look then go for it
If you the least bit skeptical wait till there is service pack because there are lots of bugs in it that need fixing.

robin
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05 Dec 2012   #7

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Two things I found in the article and my suggestions for help.
  • If you're running Windows 3.x, 95, 98, or Me: Seek professional help. NIMH · Home
If you're a Mac or Linux user: Stop yer laughing. It's not polite.
NIMH · Home

NIMH is working on a help program for those that choose Windows 8.
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15 Dec 2012   #8

windows 8 pro 64 bit
 
 

i am running windows 8 and i love it..its faster, it needs less RAM and i love few of the apps.
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16 Dec 2012   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

I use both 7 and 8.
I use Windows 7 for my tower because I'm, more comfortable with Windows 7 regardless I like the desktop style.
I then use W8 on my netbook. I have to launch things from the desktop interface because of the stupid required resolution thing. W8 is on the netbook because it's a lot more snappier than Windows 7 was on the low-powered machine.
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17 Dec 2012   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

I've ordered a cheap upgrade to W8 Pro and will hold on to it for a possible upgrade later but only because it was so cheap. Windows 7 is still rocking my stability world and it's hard to imagine how a new look or a few app's would matter much till I have a touch screen system....but that's just me !
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