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Windows 7: Thinking of a new Laptop, what do you all think?

11 Nov 2012   #41

Windows 8 64-bit (6.2, Build 9200) (9200.win8_rtm.120725-1247)

I thought there was no way to remove or hide Metro in the official release? Metro is the main reason I wanted to downgrade back to Windows 7, I didn't like the Mouse and Keyboard controlling of Metro, which is why I didn't want it, but if there is a way to show or hide it, I might stick with it. I heard it does better on certain aspects of laptops, specifically resource management and heat management.

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11 Nov 2012   #42
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Ex7ForW8 actually grafts on the Windows 7 Start button/menu, even had all my defaults loaded after installing in 10 seconds using my 7 files off adjoining partition. You can toggle between Metro or WIn7 Start or leave it either.

But it seems much faster than either 7 or 8 normally is, due to the 8 Metro features not being loaded into RAM.

Adding in the 8GadgetPack - Gadgets for Windows 8 and Win8 is stable, faster and perfect.
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16 Nov 2012   #43

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

I have to wonder if Microsoft will get wise to the huge number of people who are annoyed with the W8 GUI change, and in SP1 introduce an optional Start menu based on the work that enterprising computer enthusiasts have come up with.
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22 Nov 2012   #44

Windows 8 64-bit (6.2, Build 9200) (9200.win8_rtm.120725-1247)

They changed which computer is on sale, it is same model number just lowered specs, which is not what i wanted, so I decided to go with another one that is $7 cheaper. The one I wanted originally had an Nvidia Geforce 650M, but they changed it to a full shared memory Intel 4000.

This one has an AMD Radeon 7660G with 2GB dedicated and up to 2 more GB of shared. I was able to mess around with one and ran a DXDIAG and looked at the log file to see the actual vram value.


Processor and Memory
Processor Type:	 AMD Quad-Core A10-4600M Accelerated Processor
Processor Speed:	 2.3GHz up to 3.2GHz
Cache:	 4MB L2 Cache
Memory (RAM):	 8GB DDR3 SDRAM (2 DIMM)
Maximum Memory:	 Not Specified
Hard Drive and Multimedia Drives
Hard Drive:	 750GB 5400RPM hard drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
Optical Drive:	 Not Specified
Multimedia Card Slot:	 SuperMulti DVD burner
Graphics and Audio
Graphics:	 AMD Radeon™ HD 7660G Discrete-Class graphics and up to 4077MB total graphics memory
Audio:	 Beats Audio™ quad speakers and a subwoofer
Display, Keyboard, Mouse and Webcam
Display Size:	 17.3-inch diagonal HD
Display Type:	 BrightView LED-backlit display
Display Resolution:	 1600 x 900
Keyboard:	 Full-size island-style keyboard with numeric keypad
Mouse:	 Touchpad supporting multi-touch gestures with on/off b
Webcam:	 HP TrueVision HD Webcam with integrated dual array digital microphone
Ethernet:	 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector)
Wi-Fi:	 1x1 802.11b/g/n WLAN
Bluetooth:	 Not Specified
Modem:	 Not Specified
3 SuperSpeed USB 3.0
1 Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0
1 VGA (15-pin)
1 RJ-45 (LAN)
1 Headphone-out
1 Microphone-in
Expansion:	 Not Specified
Battery Type:	 6-cell 62WHr 2.8 Ah lithium-ion battery
Typical Battery Life:	 Up to 62 Watt Hours
AC Adapter:	 65W AC adapter
Operating System:	 Windows 8
Manufacturer Software:	 Beats Audio
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22 Nov 2012   #45

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Hum apart from the 8 looks a pretty good buy if had 7 on it I would be very inclined to slip in a SSD and use the original drive as an external:)

I don't suppose though is there is a possibility of downloading an ISO of 8 and installing onto a SSD (use the sticker code) and still use the original as an external.

I don't know much about 8 apart from you either like it or detest it.
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22 Nov 2012   #46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

You don't get a sticker code with win8 pre installed os.
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22 Nov 2012   #47
Microsoft MVP


So what if you Clean Install Win7 in a Dual Boot, requiring turning off Secure Boot? Does Win8 require reinstall and will it install and activate without Secure Boot?

Of if you wipe the HD and Install another OS, then want to go back to Win8. Will it activate only if you turn back on Secure Boot? How about if you turn off UEFI altogether?
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22 Nov 2012   #48

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 SIW2 View Post
You don't get a sticker code with win8 pre installed os.
Hum how come SIW they changed the rules?
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22 Nov 2012   #49

Windows 8 64-bit (6.2, Build 9200) (9200.win8_rtm.120725-1247)

Anti-piracy. The install Disk you make from the image file has the key already in it, encrypted and all.
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22 Nov 2012   #50
Microsoft MVP


Win8 Activation is now coded on the BIOS chip, but the question is if it will activate if you don't want to use Secure Boot or even EFI BIOS.

Windows 8 BIOS Keys - embedded goodness - Keith Combs' Blahg - Site Home - TechNet Blogs
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