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Windows 8: should i or should i not upgrade from windows 7?

  1. #21


    Posts : 1,308
    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    Robot, may be of you try Windows 8 and 7 on a faster CPU that an Athlon 240 , a decent Hard Drive and a SSD , you will find there is no difference in performance between them.

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  2. #22


    Cole robot,

    How much power savings are you seeing? I've been meaning to benchmark with my killawatt electricity meter but haven't taken it into work where I am running 8 on a could of test boxes. Be interested to know exactly how much savings you are seeing.
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  3. #23


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I haven't done a hard benchmark as of yet, I'm curious to see the results myself. But I base this claim off the idea that using less system resources and the CPU parking feature is going towards the power savings. That, and the other claim I've seen is added battery life on a new laptop compared with 7 to 8.
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  4. #24


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by area 66 View Post
    Robot, may be of you try Windows 8 and 7 on a faster CPU that an Athlon 240 , a decent Hard Drive and a SSD , you will find there is no difference in performance between them.
    Oh I've done all the above. I've tested with an Intel Atom, Pentium 4, Core Duo, Core Duo 2, and a few i5s. That, along with my AMD processor, an AMD XP series, a lower Athlon, and the Llano APU. That, along with different hard drives from an elder PATA drive to several 2.5" hard drives, to desktop drives, and a SSD. I've even tested Windows 8 on a netbook with a SSD. That, along with most of those systems with a Windows 8 To Go drive, there are improvements. There is a max limit where performance doesn't feel faster, but for the VAST majority of non-SSD systems there are improvements to speed regardless.
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  5. #25


    Posts : 80
    Windows 8 Pro


    There are big differences between Core 2's and Ivy Bridge:

    AnandTech - Bench - CPU

    That is the standard Q6600 vs a dual core i3 3220.

    I wouldn't bother with Win 8 on anything slower than an E8400 (pushing it), preferably an i5 750 matched to a late model SSD.
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  6. #26


    Posts : 534
    Windows 7, Windows 8 RP


    You shouldn't rely on anyone's opinion whether you should upgrade or not, the only person that can decide that is you based on your experience. You should definitely test W8 and judge for yourself. I highly recommend you do so dual booting to a VHD, it is simple to do and simple to remove once you're done and you don't have to mess with partitions. Boot to VHD and you'll be running W8 on your current hardware within 20 mins. There are guides available on this site but I followed this article, very easy.

    Dual Boot Windows 8 from VHD using Windows Setup | Concurrency, Inc.
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  7. #27


    Agree totally with Robr, dual boot with a vhd or use a vm, with the free enterprise trial and decide for yourself.
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  8. #28


    Posts : 25
    Dual: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 (default) & Win8Enterprise 64


    @all: tyvm for sharing ideas., i have decided to do a dual boot on my desktop and still use win7 for my laptop.. have a nice day to all.
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