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Windows 7: Which is the better OS windows 7 or 8?

14 Jun 2013   #11
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

If you don't have a touchscreen, stay away from Windows 8. It is very cumbersome to operate with the mouse and keyboard. I have /8 installed but I only fire it up once per month to do the updates - else I use Windows 7. /8 also does not seem to be as stable as /7.

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14 Jun 2013   #12

Windows 10 Education 64 bit

New PC? What type, Desktop, Laptop, Tablet? Personally I'm not fussy for 8 on my desktop PC's. I find the new UI clunky to use with a keyboard and mouse so I'm running 7 on those. I have 8 on my laptop and find the user experience more pleasurable using the touch pad. I think it would rock on a tablet or other portable device with a full touch screen. You may want to check out your local computer retailer and play around with a display model or two to see if you might like Windows 8.
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14 Jun 2013   #13

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there
This question is a bit like "What's better - an Audi or BMW". If you don't have a HUGE amount of applications to run I would tend to go with W8 as it is a newer OS and it actually performs quite well. If you wait two or 3 weeks when Ms release the 8.1 preview then the question might be more easily answered as there are apparently a few changes in W8 to correct a lot of the initial complaints from Desktop users.

W7 is fine still also -- and probably a better choice if you use a computer at work and want it to have the same OS - or if you have some older legacy hardware.

On a W7 Forum you'll probably get more people telling you to use W7 while on W8 the advice might be the Other way around.

I think you'll have to make your own judgement call on this one -- although sourcing copies of W7 might be getting more difficult as time goes on.

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