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Windows 8 stable enough?

  1. #11


    Posts : 520
    Windows 8, x64, DP8102 - Win7 Ultimate x64, Dual Boot


    Quote Originally Posted by freelancer91 View Post
    This isn't even the craziest thing I've done with my system. The craziest would either be the time I tried out Arch Linux or the time I Hackintoshed both of my machines. I don't have any data that I would be devastated to lose. If something does go wrong, I use a program like Acronis to restore.
    I have too many programs I use for work. I cannot risk having the DP or anything else as my main OS regardless of the data involved.
    It would take an entire week, at least, to re-install all of those programs and set them up the way I want them.

    I'll dual boot through this process until the final release and play with a few of the programs in the interim..

    When I have work to do, I fall back to Win7. Heck, it took me this long just to get it exactly right after 10 years on XP.

    Granted, when Win8 is officially released, I'll do it all over again but not until then - though I will play with it.

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  2. #12


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,515
    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by mikedl View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by freelancer91 View Post
    This isn't even the craziest thing I've done with my system. The craziest would either be the time I tried out Arch Linux or the time I Hackintoshed both of my machines. I don't have any data that I would be devastated to lose. If something does go wrong, I use a program like Acronis to restore.
    I have too many programs I use for work. I cannot risk having the DP or anything else as my main OS regardless of the data involved.
    It would take an entire week, at least, to re-install all of those programs and set them up the way I want them.

    I'll dual boot through this process until the final release and play with a few of the programs in the interim..

    When I have work to do, I fall back to Win7. Heck, it took me this long just to get it exactly right after 10 years on XP.

    Granted, when Win8 is officially released, I'll do it all over again but not until then - though I will play with it.
    If you depend so much on your system, I suggest you be very careful. My first Win8 installation destroyed several partitions on the same and on other disks. Fortunately I had all the images on a disconnected external drive (it could not get at that one). So I was able to restore.

    After some finagling I got it to work without incidents. But at first it was scary. You might want to consider the Virtual Box option.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 520
    Windows 8, x64, DP8102 - Win7 Ultimate x64, Dual Boot


    Thanks, whs, good advice.
    I keep my data backed up but I prefer to test out the new OS with direct hardware.

    Apparently, it leads to less issues from what I've been reading so far.
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  4. #14


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,515
    Vista and Win7


    Sure, installing it on the real hardware is preferable. But it bears more risks.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 230
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    I installed it on a seperate HDD so that it is seperated from Win7 (no double boot).
    Wolfgang, how do you boot to your second HDD - the one with the Win8 installation? I've tried the VBox route but have had no success keeping Win8 stable enough to do anything of interest....I'm interested in your approach.

    Regards,
    Golden
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  6. #16


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,515
    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by Golden View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    I installed it on a seperate HDD so that it is seperated from Win7 (no double boot).
    Wolfgang, how do you boot to your second HDD - the one with the Win8 installation? I've tried the VBox route but have had no success keeping Win8 stable enough to do anything of interest....I'm interested in your approach.

    Regards,
    Golden
    Booting to the second HD is quite simple. You restart the system and when the BIOS spash screen appears, you tap the function key that gets you into the Boot screen (on HP that is ESC, on Dell that is F12 - but if you have a different system, the spash screen should say). Then you highlight the HD from where you want to boot (with the UP/DOWN arrows) and hit Enter.

    When you rstart from Win8, it will automatically restart your default system. No need to go via the BIOS.

    Now this works only, if the bootmgr for Win8 (the active partition) is on the second HD. To make sure of that, predefine a primary, active partition on that HD and then install Win8 into there. And make sure, that there is no other active partition already present on that HD. If there is, you need to define only a primary partition. The already existing active partition will take the Win8 bootmgr.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 228
    Black Label 7x64


    Got a desktop with 7 and a laptop with 8. Don't care what happens with the laptop so 8's the only OS on there and it's been fine thus far.
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  8. #18


    I installed it on an older Dell Laptop (Vista), runs fine, erased Vista.
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  9. #19


    Posts : 30
    Win 7 Ultimate (32bit), Win 8 CP (32bit)


    Its very much stable, I've used Adobe Indesign CS5, Adobe PS CS5, Corel Draw 15, MS-Office 2010, etc. and not even a single BSOD or any other problem, so I think it is stable enough.
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  10. #20


    I have W8 installed in my laptop on it's own(Vista gone), in my desktop dual booting with Vista, both are stable except for minor issues like uploading Youtube videos( using FF6). I really like the responsiveness and IE10's speed.
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