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Should I jump to Win 8?

  1. #1


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    Should I jump to Win 8?


    Look at my system specs. Question is, should I jump to Win 8? I'm not going to replace any of my four displays with touch screens. I like have 4-5 windows open at one time (often more). I have all my major icons on a dedicated 15" LCD panel, turned to portrait position, and kept in order using the excellent "Fences" utility (see attached snipped screen) ... see no need for Metro. Use InDesign, Photoshop, and Dreamweaver -- assume these Adobe products are compatible. Use MS Office products (also compatible?).

    So, what's in it (Windows 8) for me?
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  2. #2


    Hi,
    Welcome to the forum, you can try this 90 day trial on a separate partition:Download Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation
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  3. #3


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Hello and welcome!

    As usual, Windows 8 is just like any other Windows OS version (except vista) where there are performance and features that are improved. For your multi-monitor setup, Windows 8 has a new feature for that. It's like how Stardock has a program to add a Taskbar and panorama images to each monitor, Windows 8 has that innately built in. You can have different Taskbars, with different items pinned to each Taskbar if you'd like. There are new multi-monitor wallpapers that can span screens better.

    The Start Screen can be used in both landscape and portrait mode real well. You can take all you have on your Fences utility and keep your portrait screen as your Start launcher. You can group the tiles, add more, have less, whatever. And in red too!

    Windows 8 has MUCH better improvements towards system efficiencies, such as less CPU usage, less disk usage, and overall less RAM usage with fewer processes running. It has a feature called Hybrid Boot that can take a five year old PC and make it boot more akin to a PC with a Solid State Drive in it, like it can boot in 10-15 seconds and shut down in 6-15 seconds. It also has a neat feature called Storage Spaces, which is kind of like a software RAID, but better from what I know. You can allocate different hard drives from SATA to USB to be used as backup media. Windows 8 also has built in anti-virus through the use of Windows Defender, which is like Microsoft Security Essentials, and Windows 8 has actually been found to withstand 85% of the top malware, and has been taken off Kaspersky Labs' list of security riddled software which now is being occupied by an apple product. It may be the most secure Windows version out of the box EVER. Windows Updates are VASTLY improved to the point where it NEVER pesters you anymore about updates, they run in the background, with fewer restarts. If you do need a restart, it'll tell you Windows will restart in like two days if it hasn't been already.

    It also introduces these new metro styled apps, as well as a Windows Store for such. The Windows Store is AWESOME! It not only has these metro apps, but since you're a Desktop user, it also houses Desktop apps as well. A few days ago, I found Grand Theft Automobile 4 under the Games category as well as Adobe Photoshop CS6 under Photos. The Desktop apps can be reviewed by people, you can see the details for them, and to download, it takes you to the publisher's download site to get it. The metro apps are pretty neat, especially ones with live tiles. The ones with live tiles are kind of like gadgets from before, except they don't really use system resource to constantly be checking things. You can see the latest headlines, stock info, weather conditions, if you have new emails or new messages from a social network, what song you're currently playing, and you can even use an app to create live picture tiles. They don't really use much system resource, which is nice. If you have a smartphone with certain apps you like to use a lot, chances are that you can get those same apps for Windows 8, in a form to take advantage of more screen estate as well as VASTLY better hardware to render, as these new apps are built to use the graphics card versus the CPU, so graphics and text render more quickly.

    Overall, there are several good reasons to upgrade to Windows 8, other than the 40 dollar upgrade fee. I would recommend testing it first, with the Enterprise RTM 90 day trial that brummyfan posted. Make a partition and go. We're here to help, as Windows 8 also takes a bit of time to learn and make it your own.
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    Posts : 1,308
    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    If you don't know if you need something it's because you don't need it , at least it's my way of thinking.

    COKE you not little be exaggerating ? I know you want everyone adopt Windows 8, be honest at least, Windows 8 will not change an old mechanical drive in SSD, especially if you upgrate from 7
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    Posts : 2,156
    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    @websquad:

    Try the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant on your rig. But, don't expect it to uncover every problem you might have with 8. Given some of the things you say, I would be surprised if you were not disappointed with some of the Win8 "features." Indeed, you might be very disappointed from the "what's in it for me perspective?" I wouldn't be overly eager to "jump" given your setup--unless I prepared very carefully for a return to where I started if things don't work out. There are various ways to be prepared, but personally, I recommend using Acronis True Image to backup your whole system on an external drive.
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    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by area 66 View Post
    If you don't know if you need something it's because you don't need it , at least it's my way of thinking.

    COKE you not little be exaggerating ? I know you want everyone adopt Windows 8, be honest at least, Windows 8 will not change an old mechanical drive in SSD, especially if you upgrate from 7
    I know a hard drive doesn't become a SSD, I'm not insane. I'm simply saying that with Windows 8 and Hybrid Boot, a mechanical hard drive powered system can boot up at relatively the same speed as if it were running a SSD.
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    Is Hybrid Boot called Hybrid Sleep in the Power Plan? How do you turn it on/off?
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    Posts : 1,308
    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    Still not true, with a mechanical you have to wait to open an apps as the OS is still not fully load, with a SSD you can open an apps as soon you hit the desktop or the start page, the apps will open right away, from your spec COKE, I notice you don't have an SSD. The difference come even more obvious when peoples have a lot of stuff that automatically open.
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    You might try the 90 day evaluation in a dual boot.
    Download Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation
    Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista
    Sure, it's a little faster than 7, but I'm sticking with 7.
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    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by area 66 View Post
    Still not true, with a mechanical you have to wait to open an apps as the OS is still not fully load, with a SSD you can open an apps as soon you hit the desktop or the start page, the apps will open right away, from your spec COKE, I notice you don't have an SSD. The difference come even more obvious when peoples have a lot of stuff that automatically open.
    Yeah I know, I'm saying it's that fast. Of bloody course it's not going to be instantaneous like a SSD, but boot time with Hybrid Boot in Windows 8 puts startup time in the category of SSD boot times. They're obviously not going to be the same.

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