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Should I buy Windows 8 or stick to Windows 7 HP?

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    Should I buy Windows 8 or stick to Windows 7 HP?


    Before I continue any further, I have to mention that I have asked the same thing on the W7 forums. Thread here: Should I buy Windows 8 or stick to Windows 7 HP? - Windows 7 Help Forums


    I just found out my OEM W7 HP no longer works as I have replaced the motherboard, which is annoying. I can't activate windows.

    Is it worthwhile to upgrade to W8? I don't have a touch screen and this is only for desktop use. I do have steam and old games, and I also have work applications. I don't like the startup screen, though there is a classic start software which can cure that problem. I do use a 2 monitor setup.

    So should I get W8 or stick to W7, which I can get cheaper than W8. If W8 is better, which version to get? I want similar stuff as my W7 HP.

    Things I have on the desktop at all times in Windows 7 are my rainlendar, Win 7 gadgets (internet speed and day counter) and trillian/ym. Pinned programs include FF, WMP, Word, PS, Steam, Snipping tool, Acrobat Pro X.

    Things in the taskbar inlcude Pop-peeper, Outlook 2010, Volume, Wifi strength connection. All other apps are hidden.

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    Hello mystvearn,

    If you like, you could download and install a free 90-day evaluation copy of Windows 8 Enterprise to play with to see how you like it versus Windows 7 before making a decision or purchasing anything.

    Download Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation

    See also: Compare Windows 8 Editions

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Thanks Brink,

    I am now waiting to download W8 Enterprise. I have experienced with W8 before, but never bothered with it as my W7 was good. Now I'm forced to upgrade to W8 Pro as I found a cheap deal which includes win8 Pro and Office 2013. The W7 retail packs are cheaper, but considering MS will terminate W7 support earlier than W8 and I need another office pack, I might as well go for it

    Thanks for your help.
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    You're welcome. I hope installation goes well.
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    Windows 8.1


    Personally I like windows 8 it is working well for me so if you want to try it go ahead. However if you want to save yourself some money just download the digital river windows 7 iso and use the microsoft COA code (which I assume you have) to activate it. It will work, I had a similar problem with HP when I changed the HDD the HP install disks that I had created wouldn't run.

    Follow the links here How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk
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    Windows 8 is everything that windows 7 was plus more. Just give it a chance and you will come to like it. Here are some facts.

    (1) All apps that worked on 7 will work on 8.

    (2) You can bring back thee start menu with classic shell.

    (3) Nobody is forcing you to use metro apps. I know a lot of people here would like you to believe that if you have 8 then MS will send out an assassin to force you to use metro apps. The reality is you have a choice between metro apps and millions of desktop apps.

    (4) It takes about 60 seconds to tweak the system to kill the start screen completely.

    (5) The world will not come to an end if you have 8.

    (6) 8 runs much better than 7. It is smoother, it starts up faster, and it is much more stable. But none of that matters because the world will end soon, according to some people here.

    (7) To give you an idea of how much better 8 runs compared to 7, I've written 2 apps using visual studio 2012 and published them using only an atom tablet running windows 8. I've got an i7 desktop now, so obviously I use the desktop for heavy duty lifting. But you get the idea. Could not have done this in 7, android, or iOS.

    I'm currently out of town, and I just submitted an update I wrote purely with the atom tablet I brought along. Again, couldn't have done something like this with 7.

    (8) Try to ignore the doomsdayers. They've been around since the dawn of civilization. And we're still here.
    Last edited by Brink; 28 Jul 2013 at 05:35. Reason: removed unneeded comment
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    If you replaced your OEM HP motherboard with a matching HP supplied motherboard a reinstall may fix your activation problem. Another option would be to use the product code on the COA sticker and activate by phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    If you replaced your OEM HP motherboard with a matching HP supplied motherboard a reinstall may fix your activation problem. Another option would be to use the product code on the COA sticker and activate by phone.
    I did not replaced a matching board. I went from a socket 775 to a 1150
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    Windows 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Preview


    Quote Originally Posted by mystvearn View Post
    I just found out my OEM W7 HP no longer works as I have replaced the motherboard, which is annoying. I can't activate windows.
    You may still be able to activate Windows 7 even though you replaced the motherboard. The reason I am suggesting this is possible is because I have seen it done (using unlike motherboards) before with success. Moreover, I can't find anywhere in the OEM license that specifically identifies what components can be replaced and which ones cannot. In fact, I don't even remember repair being discussed in any detail in that license document.

    UPDATE: If you try the phone activation and it leads into Microsoft asking you a few more "automated" questions, the response should always be "one." Don't start to try and explain your issue. Just say "one" to everything the robot asks you. Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JustATest View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mystvearn View Post
    I just found out my OEM W7 HP no longer works as I have replaced the motherboard, which is annoying. I can't activate windows.
    You may still be able to activate Windows 7 even though you replaced the motherboard. The reason I am suggesting this is possible is because I have seen it done (using unlike motherboards) before with success. Moreover, I can't find anywhere in the OEM license that specifically identifies what components can be replaced and which ones cannot. In fact, I don't even remember repair being discussed in any detail in that license document.

    UPDATE: If you try the phone activation and it leads into Microsoft asking you a few more "automated" questions, the response should always be "one." Don't start to try and explain your issue. Just say "one" to everything the robot asks you. Good luck.
    Should have obtained the advice BEFORE I pressed "two"
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