Computer Type Laptop System Manufacturer/Model Number Toshiba Satellite C850D-st3nx1 OS Linux Mint 17.2 CPU AMD E1-1200 APU with Radeon (tm) HD Graphics 1.40 GHZ Memory 12GB Graphics Card AMD Radeon™ HD 7310 Graphics Sound Card Realtek HD Monitor(s) Displays LCD Screen Resolution 1366 x 768
Mouse Logitech M525 Hard Drives Crucial M500 240GB SSD Internet Speed 45/6 - ATT U-Verse Browser Google Chrome Antivirus None needed. It is Linux. Other Info Arris NVG589 Gateway; Router - Cisco RV320; Switch - Netgear GS108 8-Port Switch & Trendnet TEG-S50g 5-Port Switch; Access Points - Engenius ECB350, Trendnet TEW-638APB; NAS - Lenovo ix2-4; Printer - Brother HL-2280DW; Air Print Server - Lantronix XPrintServer
A/V UPS - Tripp-Lite Smart 1500LCD 1500 Va/900 W.
. . .agree with Dude. Now if you have VMWare Workstation or VirutalBox (both are for creating VMs; you could create a VM of Windows 8.1 and test it that way to see if it is something you would really like to use as an OS. VirtualBox is a Free application. . .Good luck either way. . .
Computer Type PC/Desktop System Manufacturer/Model Number HP Pavilion p1423w OS Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista) CPU Intel Core i5 3330 Ivy Bridge Motherboard Foxconn - 2ADA Ivy Brige Memory 16 GB 1066MHz DDR3 Graphics Card ATI Radeon HD 5450 Sound Card HD Realteck (Onboard) Monitor(s) Displays Mitsubishi LED TV/Montior HD, Dell 23 HD, Hanspree 25" HD Screen Resolution Mit. 1980-1080, Dell 2048-115, Hanspree 1920-10802
Keyboard Microsoft Keyboard 2000 Mouse Microsoft Optical Mouse 5000 Case Tower Cooling Original (Fans) Hard Drives 1 SanDisk 240Gig SSD, 2 Samsung 512Gig SSDs Internet Speed 1.3 (350 to 1024 if lucky) Browser Firefox 19.1 Antivirus MSE-Defender
Just bite the bullet and go for 8.1, sooner or later you'll have to get into that environment, so better to start with it now. just make sure you have all the drivers right for it. With the newest iteration of 8.1 you will not have too much interaction with Start, aka Metro, Modern UI, if you don't want to. Apart from Start button menu (that can be easily replaced too ) if you can't get used to "new way" everything else will look like W7 but work better.
Computer Type PC/Desktop System Manufacturer/Model Number Home made OS Windows 8.1 Pro CPU AMD FX 6300Be @4.7GHz Motherboard Gigabyte GA-990XA-UD3 Memory 8GB Kingston 1866 Graphics Card MSI AMD R7 260 oc
PSU Sharkoon, Silent Storm 660W Case CM Dragon Tower Cooling Scythe Mugen 3 Hard Drives Silicon Power V70 240GB SSD
Kingston V300 120GB SSD
WD 750GB Green
WD 500GB black
Bunch of backup HDDs. Internet Speed 10/2 Mbps Browser Firefox Antivirus WD
Sick with 7. It's a fat more better OS and is matures, no quirck.
windows 8, 8.1, 8.1 update, all have their quircks
I'm tired of typing it over, but they're a lot!
The only reason I use 8 is because to install Windows 7 on my laptop, I would have to enable CMS and disable secure boot and fast boot. Now when I do that, for some reason, the laptop just feels sluggish. Not to mention the fact that ASUS doesn't provide official drivers for my model, so I am dommed with 8 and will not buy a new laptop anymore until a new decent OS comes out so I can get it bundled with the new OS
I prefer 8.x, performance is just better. Faster boots and shut downs. I don't use any of the new UI stuff, so that doesn't bother me at all. I also love the embedded keys in the Bios. No typing them in, no activation issues. It just works.
System Manufacturer/Model Number Self-Built in July 2009 OS Windows 7 CPU Intel Q9550 2.83Ghz OC'd to 3.40Ghz Motherboard Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R rev. 1.1, F12 BIOS Memory 8GB G.Skill PI DDR2-800, 4-4-4-12 timings Graphics Card EVGA 1280MB Nvidia GeForce GTX570 Sound Card Realtek ALC899A 8 channel onboard audio Monitor(s) Displays 23" Acer x233H Screen Resolution 1920x1080
Keyboard ABS M1 Mechanical Mouse Logitech G9 Laser Mouse PSU Corsair 620HX modular Case Antec P182 Cooling stock Hard Drives Intel X25-M 80GB Gen 2 SSD
Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black, 32MB cache. WD1001FALS Internet Speed 15/2 cable modem Other Info Windows and Linux enthusiast. Logitech G35 Headset.