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Windows 7: Should I buy windows 7 or windows 8?

28 Oct 2012   #21

Windows 10x64 Build 1709

With that machine I'd go 7 for sure.

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28 Oct 2012   #22

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1

Here's the deal: Windows 7 will have support for plenty of years to come, probably past Windows 9/Next/Blue or whatever they want to call it. NO school or business will be going to Windows 8, and in NO WAY are you obligated to switch over to Windows 8 unless you are just itching for something new. Like I said in my first post, desktops/workstations/gaming desktops/desktop replacement laptops/regular laptops should stick with Windows 7.......if you want to put 8 on your brand-new shiny Ultrabook, or you want to buy some tablet or other touch device with 8 on it, go ahead........Microsoft don't get a crap either way honestly. They will brand this is a success no matter what and will quietly put it down like the family dog if it is as big of a flop as most people think it will be.

I say start bitching when you don't have a choice, but as of right now, you still have a choice. If you choose to invest any time/money/effort into Windows 8 and you realize its were warned. If it turns out to be the best thing since sliced bread, congratulations.

Myself, I will not even entertain the idea until SP1 comes out.....and then, I still don't see me putting it on a desktop. Can you imagine how freaking irritating it will be if you have to disconnect yourself from the mouse and reach out and touch the monitor for anything? For me, it's either/or. Either buck the system and use a mouse/keyboard for everything, or adapt to using touch/gestures for everything. I still think touch/gestures belong on a small laptop type device, tablet, or phone.
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28 Oct 2012   #23
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

There is no evidence. But maybe the 'relative success' of Win8 on PCs will make them rethink the strategy.
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28 Oct 2012   #24

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit


RTM builds of Windows 8 reveal Microsoft blocked any bypassing of the Metro desktop

Quoting the above:

Prior builds of Windows 8 allowed the user to create a shortcut so you bypass Metro and go straight to the Explorer desktop.

Rafael Rivera, co-author of the forthcoming Windows 8 Secrets, confirmed to Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet that Microsoft does indeed block the boot bypass routine from prior builds.

He also believes that Microsoft has blocked the ability for administrators to use Group Policy to allow users to bypass the tiled startup screen. There had been hope that Microsoft would at least relent and let corporate users have a bypass, if only for compatibility’s sake.
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28 Oct 2012   #25

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)

yep i agree im sticking to my w7 not upgrading it might consider another pc/touch-screen set up just for w8 :)
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28 Oct 2012   #26
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

Can you just think on a room full of employees at workstations reporting to sick bay with carpal tunnel of the shoulder. Holding there arm up all the time to poke a screen. If moving a mouse a fraction of a inch or typing can cause carpal tunnel can you just think what a touch screen would do in the work place. Not being able to adjust your position to consider the eye relief (distance from screen to you eye) because of your arm length or you are a heave person. Having to use a pointer of some kind to make adjustments. This may sound silly but one has to think about such things in a work environment. Except for a bunch of kids and/or Apple users you in the hell ever asked for such a mess.
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30 Oct 2012   #27

Windows 8 Home premium? 64 bit

I cant find the windows 7 version do you guys think I should pay $200 for windows 7?
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30 Oct 2012   #28

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Do NOT believe this BS about Win 8 being 'unusable with a mouse', or
'needing a touch-screen' or being 'unproductive'.

NONE of it is true.

Not ONE word of it.

Oh, and the new UI is EASY to bypass/ignore if you don't
like it. Just install Classic Shell, problem solved.

This FUD about it being 'another Vista' is simply rubbish!

And yes, I did hate it at first, but rather than bitch about
it, I installed it and LEARNED it.

You really DO have to spend some time with it before you
diss it, because the amount of wrong information out there
is staggering!!.
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30 Oct 2012   #29
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rick99 View Post
I cant find the windows 7 version do you guys think I should pay $200 for windows 7?
Here is one for $99.99 - comes also in 32bit.

And as was said, for the casual user, Windows 8 is not too bad. But for the advanced /7 user it is more involved.
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30 Oct 2012   #30

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 8.1 Pro x64 (on laptop)

i really don't like windows 8 i gave it a try out and it's most definitely designed for the user experience when using a tablet this is alright if you have a tablet of course but on a laptop or a desktop pc i would really just stay with windows 7, home premium - ultimate, depending on what features you would be relying on, there is many features that ultimate has over home premium and most of them are listed here: Differences between basic and ultimate have a look at that, definitely wouldn't be going for windows 8 on a non-touch device though.
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