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Should I use windows 8.1 or stick with windows 7?

  1. #11

    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,374
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10

    Hi there

    If it works and you're happy with it why change.

    I'd only upgrade if I liked playing around or tinkering. I do dispute some of the findings here -- IMO Windows 8.1 update 1 is a "half way" decent system but if you don't want to mess around just stay and run W7.


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  2. #12

    Welcome to Windows EightForums, TwistedChi.

    The best way to find out is to use it yourself. Perhaps visit a computer store to try it first. Preferably a MS store where you'll get more skilled help and better answers to your questions. There is a bit more of a learning curve than coming from other previous Windows editions, however not as bad as the press made it out to be.

    I find the system much better to be personally organized due to the Start Screen vs Start Menu. Placing and arranging app, file, folder, IE favorite, weather, world times, news, etc. tiles in an order you prefer, not the way MS saw fit with the non-comunicative Start Menu. Here's a short video:

    Start screen - Windows tutorial

    The overall system is quicker in transferring/sharing data with others via the Charms and apps working in conjunction. Via the Desktop app/portal Charm included.

    Kind of an old test, but fairly accurate:

    Faster system boot, but with a "quality real-time" faster boot:

    The Real Quality Boot Time of 8 Verses 7

    I found that it works just as well with mouse and/or keyboard as 7 with much more added support for touch and/or stylus.

    If using multiple devices it's miles ahead of the others.

    You may also want to compare editions:

    Compare Windows 8.1 Editions

    Lastly, it runs faster on my older Acer than 7 did.
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  3. #13

    Posts : 148
    Windows 8.1 Update 1

    I always recommend Windows 8.1 since it's far more stable and faster than any other version of Windows. And if you don't like the new UI than you can always install something like Classic Shell to brng the start menu back. I almost can't remember when I last saw the sart screen. Despite it's controversial new UI, from a technical point of view it's simply the better operating system than Windows 8.
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