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Old 23rd May 2013, 22:14   #1
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Win 7 or Win 8??

Just a quick question that im hoping someone can answer but which is the better version...im speccing a laptop for myself and i have the choice of win7 ultimate 64 bit and win 8 64bit.

Which one is better and why, for the record i do use Win7 at my office and i kinda like it...much better than the vista ultimate i have on my laptop at home.

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Old 23rd May 2013, 23:14   #2
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Oh god, here we go again.
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Old 23rd May 2013, 23:15   #3
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I've had both on 2 similar spec'd laptops and Win 8 does run faster (start up, shutdown & general usuage) so I'm on win 8 at the moment, and won't be going back, as much as I liked Win 7 too

Lots of threads on here about the pros and cons of Win 8

(also Win 8.1 is due soon with some more improvements hopefully)

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Old 24th May 2013, 08:58   #4
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Win8. You can always install Start8, StartIsBack, etc, if you dislike the touch stuff.
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Old 25th May 2013, 11:52   #5
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Just a quick question that im hoping someone can answer but which is the better version...im speccing a laptop for myself and i have the choice of win7 ultimate 64 bit and win 8 64bit.

Which one is better and why, for the record i do use Win7 at my office and i kinda like it...much better than the vista ultimate i have on my laptop at home.

Thanks
Having had both on my Samsung Laptop I would say Win8 for sure, main reasons being longer battery life with Win8 and better security plus free upgrade to Win8.1(Windows Blue) latter this year.
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Old 25th May 2013, 16:29   #6
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Win 7, all day long.
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Old 25th May 2013, 18:23   #7
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2 week ago I would have said win7 but having now used win8+start8 I'm now firmly in the 8 camp. It's blisteringly fast and I even love the metro screen.
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Old 27th May 2013, 11:12   #8
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Win 7, all day long.
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Old 27th May 2013, 11:37   #9
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8, no contest.

Absolutely ZERO reason to go with Windows 7.
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Old 27th May 2013, 11:42   #10
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Win8. You can always install Start8, StartIsBack, etc, if you dislike the touch stuff.
If I'm not mistaken, Start button will be back in Win Blue (8.1)
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Old 27th May 2013, 11:49   #11
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If I'm not mistaken, Start button will be back in Win Blue (8.1)
Not really, it's a button to start screen.
People seem to confused about hot corners. I just hope you can disable it. I like the hit corners with our a visual button.

And if you have to buy a new os you would be pretty mad not to go win 8, give it a go for a few weeks, see if you can adjust if not startisback.

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Old 27th May 2013, 12:20   #12
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The rational option is to go with Windows 8.

There would have to be a good reason why you would choose an older operating system over a newer one.

The lack of a Start menu out of the box is not a good reason.

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Old 27th May 2013, 13:21   #13
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I was very anti-win 8 until I decided to upgrade due to wanting an SSD and decided the mega fast boot times would be worth a punt. To be honest I love it, its faster more nippy OS, especially with the better SSD support. Some of my games actually run better, whilst I hate metro apps, the all apps screen is nice as long as you keep it tidy.

I spend little time in metro, I just pin my icons so its nice to have all my shortcuts on click away and a clean desktop as a result. The under the hood changes are awesome. Adamantly MS could have made it more user friendly to the uninitiated when using a keyboard/mouse.
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Old 27th May 2013, 17:55   #14
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windows 8 all the way
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Old 28th May 2013, 08:38   #15
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W7 still the winner... im stay stick in 7 as no point to upgrade to 8... dont like look at 8.. so boring
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Old 28th May 2013, 08:54   #16
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8 is windows 7 on steroids with metro stuff, since there are plenty of ways to disable metro interface (if you don't like it) there is no reason not to go with windows 8.
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Old 28th May 2013, 10:55   #17
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choice of win7 ultimate 64 bit and win 8 64bit.
Windows 8 Professional.
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Old 28th May 2013, 11:25   #18
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W7 still the winner... im stay stick in 7 as no point to upgrade to 8... dont like look at 8.. so boring
I don't see how,if anything WIn7 is boring since same UI virtually since WIn95 ,so much for new ideas oh wait that's where Win8 comes in ie improved in several areas(some I already mentioned),at least we get a free upgrade to WIn8 .1 .

Btw is speccing for a new laptop so makes sense IMHO to go with latest OS for obvious reasons.
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Old 28th May 2013, 11:38   #19
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Windows 8

Only takes a second to press windows+D and you can always get 8.1 later this year. I'm not Windows 8 fan by any means, but there are some nice touches to it, which is why I see no reason to put Windows 7 back on.

Heck if you feel adventurous you even even setup the metro stuff, I did. Not really looked at it for about 3 months though.


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Old 29th May 2013, 00:18   #20
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I'd go with 7 as it's not just the metro but I love custom themes and so few are compatible with 8 and the ones that are just look meh

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Old 29th May 2013, 01:20   #21
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Personally prefer win7 for ssd desktops but would go with win8 for a laptop, especially with blue due.

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Old 29th May 2013, 03:40   #22
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especially with blue due.
Sounds like a song.

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Can't believe there are so many people still wanting to cling onto a failing state.
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Old 29th May 2013, 11:25   #23
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Or, just wander into a shop and try both. There are plenty of reasons to use either - only you, the person who actually has to use it day-in, day-out can make the call.

Personally I can't see enough reasons to upgrade for my usage and I don't really like Metro so i'm on Windows 7. But I appreciate that you might like Windows 8 so try both.


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Old 31st May 2013, 09:59   #24
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just to confirm it's a laptop not a notebook as windows 8 won't run on most notebooks (screen size)

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Old 31st May 2013, 16:39   #25
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Old 31st May 2013, 16:53   #26
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daft question - I'm considering Windows 7, WHS2011 or Windows 8 for a new H54L Microserver

I upgraded my main (new) Ivybridge PC from Window 7 Retail to Windows 8 Pro

Before I bought the new Ivy system last year - my old Machine (Q6600) had Vista (OEM) on it, which I'd a few years back moved to Windows 7 retail on it (not an upgrade) - this is the licence (full retail) that was moved to new PC and deleted off old PC. I then reinstalled Vista on the old Q6600

therefore currently have Vista OEM on the old Q6600

Old PC will be sold shortly as no longer have a use for it- Operating System less with a blanked out HDD. Before I sell it - can I use that PC to upgrade the Vista OEM licence to Windows 8 Pro ?

some internet forums then imply that Windows 8 Pro licence has none of the previous restrictions therefore is possibly transferrable to any other PC that I own - therefore I could transfer that licence to the HP Microserver ?

IE: I couldn't move the OEM licence of Vista from the old PC to the HP Microserver, as its OEM, but if I upgrade that licence on the old PC to W8 Pro - is that licence transferrable ?

any ideas ? seems grey to me - want to be fully legit

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Old 31st May 2013, 17:13   #27
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I'd just go for Windows 8 and buy StartIsback for $3 so you have the best of both worlds for the most part.
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Old 31st May 2013, 19:34   #28
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windows 8 is great and stable there is ther 8.1 coming out soon with alot of improvements as well

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Old 1st Jun 2013, 12:03   #29
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I'm getting a new PC soon, might get Windows 7 on it though as I'm not sure how much of the software I use will be compatible with Windows 8.
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I'm getting a new PC soon, might get Windows 7 on it though as I'm not sure how much of the software I use will be compatible with Windows 8.
Excluding drivers I would say it's close to 100% compatible.

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