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Sticking to 8.1

  1. #41


    My first OS was actually Windows 95. I got a computer with vista in 2008. I got a computer with 8.1 in 2014. What im trying to say is the only way I ever get a new OS is when I feel that my computer doesn't do what I need it to do and end up getting a whole new computer in like 5 or 6 years at the most sometimes I use them for a lot longer.

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  2. #42


    Posts : 97
    Windows


    What killer features does Win10 have?

    In the past I remember introduction of NTFS, FAT32, USB support, x64, multi-core CPU support, increase of supported memory and disk space, ClearType, IPv6 support, UDF, SDHC support, Unicode, NT kernel etc etc.

    What of such innovations does Win10 have?
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  3. #43


    Forever West
    Posts : 591
    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1


    Let's see, it's time for a new OS in keeping with Microsoft's desire for a 3-year cycle. It alleviates some of the animosity against Win8.0, it incorporates a blend of previous versions' visual interface. I don't see as anything earth-shaking is necessary, could use the Preview I have installed now until it times out as all BETA versions do. A visit to the actual Windows 10 Forum gives a lot of perspective as shown in this page:
    10 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10: ITíS FAMILIAR - Windows 10 Forums
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  4. #44


    Posts : 375
    Win 8.1 64bit


    I have been running Build 10240 which reportedly is the last preview and RTM.

    - My limited opinion is (1) rendering is noticeably better - like having the latest HD device (2) less resources on my i3, 4GB, laptop. (3) seems slighty faster and smoother.

    - The above pros are when using Chrome. Edge at this time needs much work, user interface (ui), speed, and a subject not allowed to discuss on this forum.

    - Personally, I will probably upgrade and return to 8.1 if necessary. The below lengthy article from ZDNet is worth a read. Excerpts:




    If you're running Windows 8 and you can, you should update to 8.1 anyway. And if you're running Windows 8.1 and your machine can handle it (check the compatibility guidelines), I'd recommend updating to Windows 10. In terms of third-party support, Windows 8 and 8.1 will be such a ghost town that it's well worth doing the upgrade, and doing so while the Windows 10 option is free.
    If you're buying a new PC: Go ahead and get it with Windows 10. Windows 8 and 8.1 machines are about to become ghosts.
    If you're buying a Windows 8 or 8.1 PC and looking for bargains: Probably too much work to buy an 8 or 8.1 machine and upgrade to Windows 10. There might be driver and compatibility issues. That said, if you want to be frugal and can live with the probable pain, go for it.
    If you're buying a PC with Windows 7: If you're buying a Windows 7 machine now, it's because you want Windows 7.
    If you're building a new PC: You'll want Windows 10, especially if you want to do cool things with games and VR.
    If you're running Windows RT: Toss it in the trash and buy yourself a useful machine. There might be a chance you can upgrade to Windows 10, but you'll probably run into storage and other hassles.
    If you're running real Windows 8 or 8.1 on a traditional PC: Upgrade right away. Windows 8 and 8.1 are about become forgotten to history.
    If you're running Windows 8 or 8.1 on a tablet: Probably best to stick with 8.1. If you're running Windows 8, move to 8.1. Windows 10 might work, but it might not be worth the risk.
    If you're running Windows 7: Unless you absolutely love one of the Windows 10 new features (most notably Cortana or the gaming features), you should stick with Windows 7. I'm not upgrading my Windows 7 machines.
    If you're running Vista: Find thee a dumpster.
    If you're running XP: Look, you know who you are and why you're still running XP. You should stop, but you're not going to, are you?
    How to decide: Should you upgrade to Windows 10? | ZDNet
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  5. #45


    Posts : 308
    64-bit Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by strollin View Post
    I don't miss "the good old days" of DOS 2.1 on a PC running a 4.77Mhz 8088 with a whopping 256K of RAM in 1984. No hdd, just 2 floppy disk drives.

    I remember trying Windows 1.0 on a 286 machine and thinking how useless it was as there were no Windows apps, only DOS apps.
    For me, the "good old days" was DOS 2.0 on an 8086 with 128K. With that today, I couldn't get anything done, of course. But at the time I was in it mainly for the fun.
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  6. #46


    Posts : 79
    Windows 8.1


    Seems that I might be the only one on this forum, considering all the "I'm jumping over to Windows 10" posts here. Oh well, better stock up on provisions. Anyone got a spare tin opener?
    Last edited by Gort; 29 Jul 2015 at 17:47. Reason: Misplaced quote mark
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  7. #47


    Forever West
    Posts : 591
    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Dragon Drop View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by strollin View Post
    I don't miss "the good old days" of DOS 2.1 on a PC running a 4.77Mhz 8088 with a whopping 256K of RAM in 1984. No hdd, just 2 floppy disk drives.

    I remember trying Windows 1.0 on a 286 machine and thinking how useless it was as there were no Windows apps, only DOS apps.
    For me, the "good old days" was DOS 2.0 on an 8086 with 128K. With that today, I couldn't get anything done, of course. But at the time I was in it mainly for the fun.
    I can vividly recall when I purchased my first computer, made by Hewitt Rand and had an AMD 80386-40MHz CPU. The selling spiel was that Windows was the Gooey or GUI/Graphical User Interface. There were Windows-based programs such as WordPerfect 5.1 for Windows that I had, just gave a different look to the WordPerfect 5.0 for DOS, a little difficult when taking a continuing education course at the college which hadn't yet set up for Windows classes. MS-DOS 5 wasn't too bad considering the instructor was an Apple/Macintosh dealer [but she was cute].
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  8. #48


    Posts : 241
    Windows 8.1x64 Pro


    I was about to post on this topic until I found this one, so thanks to the OP.
    I really don't understand why everyone makes a big deal of the "Start" button, you can always customize it with 3rd party tools to your liking. I'm on Win8.1 and don't plan to upgrade to 10, for me 8.1 offers improvements under the hood as compared to Win7: better memory management, faster and very stable. I tried 10 in a VM and other than cosmetic changes to the GUI, I don't see any improvements under the hood relative to 8.1. Also it seems that 10 is more intrusive. For now I'll skip 10, I'm happy with 8.1 and will stick to it until a new OS offers performance improvements that justify the time and cost of upgrading.
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  9. #49


    Posts : 97
    Windows


    I totally agree. For me Win7 was the worst operating system from MS ever. Both in terms of design and quality. Win8.1 fixes at least two bugs of Win7 I found annoying and provides two features I like. It also has better default theme even if I do not use it (I prefer Classic). Yes, a big disadvantage of Win8.1 is the Metro/Modern design that pops up occasionally but actually it pops up very rare. I usually do not see it. Under Win10 it is invasive: it is everywhere, in player, browser, control panel etc.

    So I am now staying with Win8.1. I do not see any single feature Win10 can provide or improve. I use ClassicShell since Win7 (because I use it in Classic mode which they removed in Win7, but which existed from Win95 to Vista) so I do not need their new Start Menu.
    Last edited by Anixx; 08 Aug 2015 at 02:33.
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  10. #50


    Posts : 15
    windows 8.1


    My "Windows 10 Home "upgrade is sitting in "Hidden Updates" until I decide if I want it or not. Never was one for being on "the leading edge".
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