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Which version of 8.1 do you think is best?

  1. #11


    Are you talking Pro 32 or Pro 64.....huge difference!
    Indeed it is!

    I am sure that most computer users do not see much difference between a 32 bit and 64 bit OS. They boot up the same way, run the same software with no apparent differences, and the user interface is virtually identical. You have to know where to look and even then the differences are far from obvious. A look at the folders in Explorer doesn't reveal much difference either. There is the unfamiliar "Program Files (x86)" folder but it contains many of the same folders so few people give it much thought. If you look hard enough you would see the "SysWOW64" folder in the Windows folder but it is just one of many. It would be more than reasonable to conclude that the differences between a 32 bit and 64 bit OS could not be of any great consequence.

    Reasonable, yet so very wrong.

    Under the hood (figuratively speaking) a 64 bit OS is a very different animal than the 32 bit variety. The native environment presented to an application is totally alien to what a 32 bit application would expect. It is an environment in which it could not function. But many people have a large investment in 32 bit applications and there is an enormous number of such programs available that will never be converted to 64 bit. An OS that could not run 32 bit software would not sell on the mass market.

    To solve this problem Microsoft created an elaborate subsystem within an 64 OS that provided an artificial environment in which a 32 bit application could run. And the masquerade (and masquerade it is) presented to 32 bit applications must be very good as many applications are very sensitive about such things and even a small difference may cause them to fail. The alieness of the 64 bit OS must be very carefully hidden from the 32 bit application. This subsystem (known as WOW64) includes a substantial portion of a 32 bit OS inside the host 64 bit system.

    I recognize that most of the above is more a matter of interest than something of practical value. A 64 bit OS can run most 32 bit software with no difficulties whatsoever.

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  2. #12


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


    I say 8.1 Pro 64-bit simply because I got it as a deal way back when they were giving it away as an upgrade. Everything has worked so far that I shove at it, 32 or 64 bit. Even 16 bit with DosBox and Daemon Lite.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    The latest version!
    I'm using the 'leaked' version of Windows 8.1 Pro "Update 1" and it's better than any previous versions.
    It might be a matter of 'Getting used to it'. Like many, I didn't like Windows 8 when it came out either.
    Seems to be improving slowly but surely!
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  4. #14


    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2


    8.1 Pro running in Desktop mode. My main use is Internet browsing, along with database building.
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  5. #15


    Louisiana, USA
    Posts : 172
    Windows 8.1 x64 OEM


    I have Win8.1 OEM.. Haven't tried the others but I think less is best since I'm a gamer.. Less things all running while you're trying to game is best. Doesn't tax the CPU as much neither
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  6. #16


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there
    Although not available through "Retail" I like ENTERPRISE version --the Windows to GO was (and is) a great feature although using other means - I've posted elsewhere on the Forums - you can make a totally portable version of Windows running totally from an external device (USB or HDD) by using VMware on a tiny Linux host.

    The Enterprise version allows easy installation of various different Language packs - so you can change Languages where required. Useful feature for me. Bitlocker encryption seems to be a nice feature too although I don't use it - and there are some decent extra networking and admin features - probably not needed for home users though.

    The "Standard" edition doesn't allow this and I think the PRO version allows you to install another language but not sure if it allows you to switch once you've installed it.

    I got Enterprise as I'm still on TechNet.

    BTW MSDN isn't a sensible option for TechNet when you finally get kicked off TechNet - October is when mine finally dies - as it's hideously expensive for an individual subscriber. - If your work pays -- that's fine.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  7. #17


    Rio
    Posts : 85
    Triple Boot Win7, Win8.1 and 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Jarminx View Post
    I have Win8.1 OEM.. Haven't tried the others but I think less is best since I'm a gamer.. Less things all running while you're trying to game is best. Doesn't tax the CPU as much neither
    I use Windows 8.1 Pro 32bit since it uses less resources, especially ram which any game needs for better performance. Unless you've got over 4Gb of RAM I don't see the point in using Windows 8.1 64bit for gaming, unless the game itself requires it.
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  8. #18


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I run 8.1 Pro 64 bit on my desktop PC's and 8.1 Enterprise 64 bit on my laptop. I have a complimentary MSDN subscription so why not.
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  9. #19


    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    BTW MSDN isn't a sensible option for TechNet when you finally get kicked off TechNet - October is when mine finally dies - as it's hideously expensive for an individual subscriber. - If your work pays -- that's fine.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    Yeah, the Microsoft solution is just for people to use the "evaluation" software that they make available. They never had any intention whatsoever for hobbyists to purchase MSDN subscriptions to get access to their software.

    Technet was never meant for permanent installations either. The only thing I don't like about the evals is that they only have a particular flavor available (for example, Enterprise....they don't offer evals of Pro or standard edition).
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  10. #20


    Louisiana, USA
    Posts : 172
    Windows 8.1 x64 OEM


    Quote Originally Posted by rafael1979 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Jarminx View Post
    I have Win8.1 OEM.. Haven't tried the others but I think less is best since I'm a gamer.. Less things all running while you're trying to game is best. Doesn't tax the CPU as much neither
    I use Windows 8.1 Pro 32bit since it uses less resources, especially ram which any game needs for better performance. Unless you've got over 4Gb of RAM I don't see the point in using Windows 8.1 64bit for gaming, unless the game itself requires it.
    I've got 16GB RAM on my computer.. Gaming isn't the only thing I use the computer for. Since it's the only computer I have, it's my hub for everything. Movies, games, music production, photography, graphics, and eventually video recording/editing.. Gaming is what it's used for mainly at this point until I can put some more upgrades in for audio and other hardware..
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