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Windows 7: Which one is the best Windows OS for Laptop?

13 Feb 2014   #1
basitr846

Windows XP SP3
 
 
Which one is the best Windows OS for Laptop?

I am so confused about which Windows version to install on my new Dell Latitude D620 Laptop. The question that i'm asking is that, which one is better from these versions of Windows:
1) Windows 7
2) Windows 8/Windows 8.1

I've heard from many places that Windows 8/8.1 is more touch screen specific and not quite suitable for laptops/PCs.
I am currently using Windows XP SP3 as it came pre-installed on my new laptop machine. Since Win XP is retiring after next 2 months as announced by Microsoft, I would like to make an upgrade to the latest Windows release. So which one is best Windows operating system version from the choices written above. Please answer it. Thanks in Advance!



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13 Feb 2014   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Windows 8.1
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13 Feb 2014   #3
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

I would agree if your system spec's are accurate win-8.1 would be better,
Cheers.
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13 Feb 2014   #4
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

If you own a Win7 license which you want to try on the PC, then you can shrink C to try Win7 alongside Win8 to compare.

Once you shrink C in Disk Mgmt, enter BIOS setup to disable Secure Boot, enable Legacy BIOS or CSM, boot the Win7 disk to Clean Install Windows 7.

I've tried this on many PC's and always end up using Win7 which is a better OS unless you have touchscreen.

Let us know how this goes.
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13 Feb 2014   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

There is no best. You have to choose what you are comfortable with. Windows 8.1 is a whole new world and you may be discombobulated at first. It is also not yet as stable as Windows 7. It may be slightly better in performance though. And it is great for tablets.

If I had to choose, I would take Windows 7 on our machine. I run 7 on the PCs and 8.1 on the tablet and in a virtual machine for testing purposes..
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13 Feb 2014   #6
basitr846

Windows XP SP3
 
 

OK, so how much disk space should I allocate for shrinking for Windows 8.1 partition?
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13 Feb 2014   #7
basitr846

Windows XP SP3
 
 

And after all, Windows 8.1 is made for touch screen devices only. So I would go for Windows 7 unless I use a touch panel or something like that on my computer. Am I right?
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13 Feb 2014   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The OS itself needs appr. 20GB - plus whichever programs you want to install and your own files. A 30GB partition is enough for normal use - no games though because those are usually big.
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13 Feb 2014   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by basitr846 View Post
And after all, Windows 8.1 is made for touch screen devices only. So I would go for Windows 7 unless I use a touch panel or something like that on my computer. Am I right?
8.1 is can also be used without touchscreens but it really was designed for touch.
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13 Feb 2014   #10
basitr846

Windows XP SP3
 
 

So if you could conclude this discussion/debate, then is Windows 7 the recommended OS according to the specs of my Dell machine? You can check the specs by clicking on "My System Specs" at the bottom left side of this post.
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