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A sad farewell to an old friend.

  1. #1


    South Coast NSW, Australia
    Posts : 615
    Windows 8.1 'Ultimate' RTM 64 bit (Pro/WMC).

    A sad farewell to an old friend.


    This afternoon, I bid a sad last farewell to an old friend. I've just removed my loved and much-modified Win 8 CP installation from my
    second machine before it expired, and replaced it with a system image of the machine's original and legal Win 7 Ult SP1 setup.

    My first experience with Windows 8 wasn't good, I didn't like the DP at all, nor did the machine. I was reluctant to try the CP after that
    but since I installed it around last April I've grown to love it. It's been very stable, most of my games and software worked and the driver
    issues I had with the DP were fixed. When MS stopped updating Defender, I put a free AV on for security also Malwarebytes.

    I had hassles with the RP and, to a much lesser extent, with the RTM trial version, but the CP really has been great. And it still had blur
    and transparency, I miss them both.

    When I purchased my Win 8 Pro retail pack, it came with both 32 and 64 bit disks. The 64 bit version has been installed and activated on
    this box, and WMC added. So, for a lark, I decided to see if the 32 bit would go over the Win 7. It did, with ease, but would not activate. I
    was asked to purchase another product key.

    I expected this so wasn't disappointed, and indeed may do so if I can do it before the promotional period ends, otherwise the 7 setup can
    stay. I's proven to be solid and reliable. That W8 test install has now been removed (I did not attempt any activation hacks at all) and
    the legal W7 install is running.

    The next step is to remove the DP from my old desktop box, and then I can get my Vista Ult setup back again. I do like the retail version
    of Win 8 very much, and have no plans to go back to Win 7 on this machine, but the CP just looked so nice in comparison.

    Anyone else still on any of the betas and what's your plan when they expire? Upgrade? Go back to 7? Or something else entirely?

    Wenda.


    EDIT: My Win 7 Ultimate desktop. Long time no see.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Nullarbor Desktop.png  

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  2. #2


    South Coast NSW, Australia
    Posts : 615
    Windows 8.1 'Ultimate' RTM 64 bit (Pro/WMC).


    And as an aside, I now have a truck-load of (now useless) Windows 8 discs ranging from the DP to the RTM, in both 32 and 64 bit.
    Not to mention the startup discs, repair discs, failed burns, ISOs etc.
    All junk now. I might hang them in the trees in the backyard to amuse the birds.
    Wenda.
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  3. #3


    Arnhem, The Netherlands
    Posts : 1,412
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Media Center Edition


    My condolences
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  4. #4


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Quote Originally Posted by Der Snoober View Post
    My condolences


    W7 looks gorgeous in your screenie.
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  5. #5


    South Coast NSW, Australia
    Posts : 615
    Windows 8.1 'Ultimate' RTM 64 bit (Pro/WMC).


    Thanks, SIW2.
    A fellow I know is a train driver, and he took this shot of a distant electrical storm while driving his train across the Nullarbor Plain.
    It's the longest straight stretch of railway in the world!
    Wenda.
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  6. #6


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Wenda View Post
    And as an aside, I now have a truck-load of (now useless) Windows 8 discs ranging from the DP to the RTM, in both 32 and 64 bit.
    Not to mention the startup discs, repair discs, failed burns, ISOs etc.
    All junk now. I might hang them in the trees in the backyard to amuse the birds.
    Wenda.
    Yep.
    I also got those disks around here..
    But no usage anymore.

    As a last token of gratitude, I copied the Aero theme from the themes folder in the RP install.wim (should work from DP as well) and added it to my RTM: it works BUT without transparency. That's still good since I liked the nicer borders in that theme.
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  7. #7


    Arnhem, The Netherlands
    Posts : 1,412
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Media Center Edition


    The background of your Win7 is suberb!!! Do you think it is possible to share this magnificient wallpaper with me/ Eightforums?

    I'd love to have this wallpaper
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  8. #8


    I'm also back on Win7 Enterorise. My Win8 Enterprise system crashed yesterday and I tried the Win8 Reset/Refresh (can't remember which one is the "save settings" one). Needless to say, the reset didn't keep my settings, but no data was lost. I tried to use Win* again after it attempted to reset my PC, but nothing worked, the entire thing was borked, so I went to my trusty Acronis system restore DVD , booted from it and restored my Win7 image from December of last year and I'm running Win7 again.

    I'm having a lot of trouble getting Outlook 2013 to see its data file, so I'm fighting with that, but everything else went well. I'll play with Win8 on another PC, but it will be a long time before I put it on my main PC, I think.
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  9. #9


    Arnhem, The Netherlands
    Posts : 1,412
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Media Center Edition


    Quote Originally Posted by azasadny View Post
    I'm also back on Win7 Enterorise. My Win8 Enterprise system crashed yesterday and I tried the Win8 Reset/Refresh (can't remember which one is the "save settings" one). Needless to say, the reset didn't keep my settings, but no data was lost. I tried to use Win* again after it attempted to reset my PC, but nothing worked, the entire thing was borked, so I went to my trusty Acronis system restore DVD , booted from it and restored my Win7 image from December of last year and I'm running Win7 again.

    I'm having a lot of trouble getting Outlook 2013 to see its data file, so I'm fighting with that, but everything else went well. I'll play with Win8 on another PC, but it will be a long time before I put it on my main PC, I think.

    To bad you have that much trouble with your Windows installation. Do you know why it crashed? Was it a software or hardware problem? As for your Outlook files. You might want to try open then on you other 8 pc and then save it as an 'old format' file. Then try importing it on Outlook 2010.

    Good luck with the Seven installation though!
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  10. #10


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I have several people running either the CP or RP builds, more likely than not I'll have to revert back to Windows 7 in the dual boot setup. But I have a feeling they'll want to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro.
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