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

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

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


    Hello everyone, particularly to all those who were able to upgrade and now using the OS windows 8 from windows 7.

    I am just getting the opinions, or the experiences good or not so good or bad or worst as it may, after installing windows 8.

    Is it really a wise move to upgrade?

    Coz with windows 7 as my OS, I am satisfied using it.. but I hear that others are upgrading to Win8.

    Disregarding the use of a TOUCH SCREEN (which is a must to have for win8), can you tell me the pros/con Win7 vs Win8?

    Thanks for sharing your ideas..

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22
    Windows 8 Pro


    If you are not comfortable backing up your current irreplaceable data, and then installing Windows 8 cleanly do not do it. There are so many factors that come into play when you attempt an upgrade on a current Windows installation. Many in this forum have had good luck upgrading, others have not. You can lose all your data!! Many factors come into play when you upgrade: Incompatible drivers, incompatible apps(especially virus scanners), and viruses will cause problems. When you do a clean install where you backup your data, and then format and install the new OS you end up with a dramatic increase in the chance the installation will be a success and you won't have odd issues.

    Windows 8 has many advantages over Windows 7. I like the ability to run Metro apps if I want to, boots faster, storage spaces is nice, virus scanning is now built in, and it seems to run a bit faster.

    The desktop start menu missing causes quite a bit of aggravation at first as users have gotten used to using the start menu over the last 17 years, and some don't know any other way of doing the things that you get from the start menu. You have to either install a third party app or learn new ways to accomplish the desktop start menu tasks.

    Bottom line is there is nothing in Windows 8 desktop that is a dramatic improvement over Windows 7 desktop, so if you are happy with 7, just keep using 7.
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  3. #3


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


    @ddeen / @all: i run windows 8 upgrade assistant tool, and it notified me of that 17 programs &/or applications are not compatible with windows 8 and required/asked me to uninstall before proceeding with the upgrade..

    >> how about having my system on DUAL BOOT, will there be a problem or has anyone with a dual win7-win8 dual boot encountered any problems?

    i have a H61M-P31G3 MSI mainboard, N430GT videocard, 500GB HDD, intel core i3 2nd gen.
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    Posts : 22
    Windows 8 Pro


    Dual boot is a good way to try an OS as long as you have a couple of hard drives or at least a couple of partitions on 1 drive. That way you wouldn't have to uninstall anything from your 7 install. If you only have 1 partition on the 500GB drive, you'll need to repartition using disk manager to split it into 2 partitions. Do not do this without backing up your irreplaceable data first. You'll need a partition to install 8 on of at least 50 GB in size.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8


    If you enjoy tinkering with your computer, are perhaps the kind of person who re-installs Windows every year or so just to get the cobwebs out, maybe have tried Linux once or twice, then go for it! If not, then as a non-touchscreen desktop or laptop user, I don't think you'll see any advantage over Windows 7. Possible exception: if you are head-over-heels in LOVE with the ribbon interface, you might like having it in your File Explorer.
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    I'm still dual-booting 8 and 7. I really dont see corporate people moving to 8 right now, and 7 is rock solid. I use some tech apps that really need 7. Anyways 8 is very good for my personal use.
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  7. #7


    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    I am still running Windows 7 and Window 8 Pro RTM in dual boot and still have a few programs on Win 7 that I have not tried on Win 8 but will do so shortly after I check if they are upgraded for Win 8. Most Win 7 programs will run fine on Win 8 but there are always some that are tricky to get working right. A touch screen is not required as it works just fine with a mouse and keyboard.

    Jim
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  8. #8


    Atlanta, GA
    Posts : 18
    Windows 8 Pro x64, OS X Mountain Lion, CentOS


    I used the Preview release for 20 minutes and thought I saw enough new thinking above the hood and under the hood to go for it when it was released. I even rebuilt my computer, lol.

    However, I have had some pains - UEFI (which is my new motherboard, not Windows 8) gave me fits for 6 hours. My Chrome just wigged out when started from the Start screen. It was the xMarks plug-in but the way Windows seems to start a different Chrome instance or whatever made it a devil to troubleshoot. My Logitech DFGT wheel works, but not well and the software/drivers have not been updated yet, Had to install some old .NET framework to get my AMD Catalyst Control Center to work so I could fix underscan on my TV output, etc. None of these are "showstoppers" but, it leads me to think that if you are not the type of person who either likes or can deal with things going weird, there is no harm or shame in waiting ~6 months or so for things to stabilize and mature in terms of drivers, software and Windows 8 updates itself.

    If you are cool with troubleshooting things occasionally, go for it, I think it's (obviously) the future of Windows and I think their best update since Windows 2000 Professional and XP ended the crash train that was Windows 95/98. Otherwise, Windows 7 is in a good place - mature and stable.

    Just my opinion.
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  9. #9


    Atlanta, GA
    Posts : 18
    Windows 8 Pro x64, OS X Mountain Lion, CentOS


    Quote Originally Posted by vrosa View Post
    I'm still dual-booting 8 and 7. I really dont see corporate people moving to 8 right now, and 7 is rock solid. I use some tech apps that really need 7. Anyways 8 is very good for my personal use.
    Yeah, I don't see corporate adoption of Windows 8. No way they leave Windows 7 for this. I like Windows 8, but, Microsoft should be prepared to support Windows 7 for a while on the corporate side. I think they already said no Service Pack 2 in an effort to force people to think about 8. I think they should rethink steps like that.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 1,308
    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Alpha0mega View Post

    Coz with windows 7 as my OS, I am satisfied using it.. but I hear that others are upgrading to Win8.

    You reply to your question, if you satisfy , there not need to change. From what I can see , you have more than 50% peoples who dislike Windows 8, but mainly everyone seems to like Windows 7, so I say, you have less than 50% to like it ( and I'm generous here)
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