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Should I upgrade to Windows 8?

  1. #21


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Wait until Windows 13 is ready.

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  2. #22



    I am Woman! Hear Me Roar!
    NJ
    Posts : 1,116
    4 Windows 7 Pro Sp1- 4 Win 8 Pro, 1- xp pro sp3


    I actually like Startisback better than start8. I have them both on two separate machines
    Startisback allows you to trial it for 30 days and if you purchase it is $3 for 3pcs and $5 for 5 pcs. Also you can configure it to put the task bar on the metro screen
    As for which OS to get, right now win7 is still more stable then 8. I would wait till all the bugs are out of 8.1 before putting it on
    If you are a tinkerer, then go with 8.1 because Microsoft is forcing one eventually to go on it or you will not be able to do security updates. Microsoft is still supporting win7 for at least 4 more years, maybe longer unless they finally get it right and people start loving their OS again
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  3. #23


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    just found this ,but you have to buy ,well there is a trial download ,,not sure what it will do but i downloaded it and will try it on my install of 8.1 in a few minutes ,edit it didn't remove it just hide it ,like the others that are already out there ,had a tutorial and a lot of settings i didn't get into it to much ,it has a 7 day trial
    How To Completely Remove Metro UI From Windows 8 | Redmond Pie

    download site
    https://licensing.thinix.com/products/Product.aspx?ProductID=6472




    Yah, that is Thinix, I installed that first thing. Start8 does more of what I want.


    I used StartisBack for a few days, I liked it, but again, Start8 allows me to do more of what I want. I like Classic Shell - I use it to get rid of the :Breadcrumbs" in my Explorer Address Bar so that it shows the location by Path instead of Crumbs.

    Breadcrumbs are Crummy!
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  4. #24


    8.1 is a free upgrade from 8.0 Not free from anything else.
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  5. #25


    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Got my Windows 8 laptop last week. Have it looking and acting like Windows 7 (Minus Aero) thanks to IObit Start and other tweaks.

    If I do switch to Metro the only tile there is the Desktop one.

    I don't need or want Metro on a 17.3" laptop (desktop replacement) without touchscreen. Have to say it boots very fast with the new UEFI bios. So far, with it turned into 7 feel and look, I like it.
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  6. #26


    Mauritius
    Posts : 545
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Finally did it, bought a copy and upgraded to 8.0 then subsequently to 8.1 (couldn't wait). The upgrade from Windows 7 did take quite a long a long time though.

    I managed to reinstall Windows Gadgets via some mod and all my gadgets work flawless except for a GPU monitoring tool (throws a System.Runtime.InteropServices error - Net 3.5 related? )

    All the touch crap is now disabled via Start 8, it's surprising how MS wants to lock users & force them to buy 3rd party tools to restore basic functionality.

    Edit: Is the WMC upgrade really worth it? If so when will the store purchases be available? (Online purchases not possible in my region )

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  7. #27


    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    yowanvista
    , my desktop after 3rd party tweaks. Is my laptop with OEM 8, sorry you are having problems upgrading.

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  8. #28


    Mauritius
    Posts : 545
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    yowanvista
    , my desktop after 3rd party tweaks. Is my laptop with OEM 8, sorry you are having problems upgrading.

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    No problems upgrading, all my programs are working as expected. Here's my desktop btw, I tend not to run any bloatware.

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  9. #29


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Aw, ya should have stuck with 8, at least for a while to get used to it and use it as bridge to learning 8,1.

    If ya dont like 8.1 - And it IS more restrictive for me, you can go back to 8 but you'd have to do a fresh reinstall.

    The reason why I stick with 8 is because it is rock solid for me, and 8,1 is not, and I have the latest evaluation. If the 8.1 release is as good as 8, maybe I'll do it. But 8, despite all of the bad I had been told, is easy to use and modify. But I still to this date have not been able to sell it to a single one of my customers. So I used all the licenses I had for myself heh.
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