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Interface aside, what do I lose by switching from Win 7?

  1. #1


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    Win 7 Pro

    Interface aside, what do I lose by switching from Win 7?


    Hi all,
    First time posting here. I know the debate about 7 vs. 8 and 8.1 is endless; it mainly seems to be about the new interface trying to cover all platforms and annoyance at having to learn the new layout.

    My 3-year-old Asus laptop (Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit) is due for a refresh, and before I pay extra for a Win 7 "downgrade", i thought I'd ask what Win 7 functionality and features I would actually lose if/when i switch to 8.1?

    I'm not a fan of Metro or the Start screen, and don't need a touchscreen, but I'm happy to install StartIsBack and I also don't mind taking the time to learn where controls and functions are now accessed.

    But "under the hood", is there anything important that's gone? I understand that Back-up and Restore is not what it once was but I use Acronis. Can I still? I don't want Windows Media Center, so that's fine, but can I still play DVD-Video by using VLC and third-party codecs? (I understand that MS didn't want to pay to include a DVD-Video codec).

    Is it true that Win 8.1 is more robust? Is it true that's it's more secure? Are there still the same Windows MMC Snap-ins?
    Thanks for any comments or insight you could give.



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  2. #2


    Central IL
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    Linux Mint 17.2


    Control. Stick with Windows 7. Right now it is to the point that Microsoft is trying to kill off 8 before 9 rolls out. You will most likely see people using Windows 7 for at least 2020 to this point.
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    Win 7 Pro


    Thanks for the advice, I think I'll take it.
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    I find everything I had in Windows 7 is also in Windows 8. I use the Pro X64 version for both. It's been rock solid for me with not a single BSOD. I prefer it over Windows 7 but then I don't use the Metro interface at all. True I have a nice computer (see Specs) that came with Windows 8 but I don't see the point of downgrading to Windows 7 when Windows 8 can be made to run as well or better.

    I've installed Stardock's Start8 to get the Start menu back (also used Classic shell on other Win 8 computers I've worked on), I use Quick Launch as I did in XP and Windows 7, I've installed 8GadgetPack so I have the Windows 7 gadgets. I boot directly to the desktop, never see the Metro start screen. All hot corners are disabled. I've also completely disabled UAC so I can't use any of the Metro stuff even if I wanted to

    Why do I bother to run Windows 8 you might ask? I like it's reliability and performance and it's what came with the computer when I bought it.

    That's my $.02 worth
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    Adelaide
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    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)

    Deal Breakers?


    Check the link below to see if any of these items are personal "deal breakers".

    Wikipedia - List of features removed in Windows 8
    List of features removed in Windows 8 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Win8.1 Pro, Desktop Mode


    No need to really lose much of anything. 7's interface can be saved with Classic Shell
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there

    Stick to the old Engineering adage - "If it ain't broke don't fix it".

    If you want to play around with W8/8.1 then you could always try these in a Virtual Machine - although the way W8 activations are handled makes this a bit of a bother -- W8 needs product key entered at install time whereas with W7 you got 30 days before activating).

    You can download the Enterprise trial version though for playing around with either as a Real or Virtual Machine.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    I would also suggest downloading and trying "Enterprise Evaluation". This will give you 90 days evaluation time which is plenty enough to learn about it. Then you can decide whether to buy 8 or stick with 7.

    Download Windows 8.1 Enterprise Evaluation

    Probably around August , a huge second update for "Windows 8.1" will release. This update is confirmed to be include a new generation style "Start Menu" and other goodies which will make the OS keyboard and touch friendly.
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    s: XP, Win7, Win8, Ubuntu


    I see that you already made a decision.... The below is added anyways, FWIW:

    You lose precious time by having to navigate around your computer to find stuff that was so easy in 7 that it wasn't even thought about - about how to get to it. Now in Win8, there seems to be a strategy needed to design, visualize and process just to get to the simplest things... Such as Command com.

    You also lose ease-of-visibility of your computer. This is tied in with the above and with what you said- about the interface. I see it as a separate issue. In Win7, everything is all integrated right to a point - the Start button. Your whole computer revolves around it. Now things are obstipated and (unnecessarily) complex.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dperecky View Post
    I see that you already made a decision.... The below is added anyways, FWIW:

    You lose precious time by having to navigate around your computer to find stuff that was so easy in 7 that it wasn't even thought about - about how to get to it. Now in Win8, there seems to be a strategy needed to design, visualize and process just to get to the simplest things... Such as Command com.

    You also lose ease-of-visibility of your computer. This is tied in with the above and with what you said- about the interface. I see it as a separate issue. In Win7, everything is all integrated right to a point - the Start button. Your whole computer revolves around it. Now things are obstipated and (unnecessarily) complex.
    In my opinion that's all wrong except Start button but even that I never used, nothing revolves about it but it could be replaced using different programs. Except for looks, nothing much has changed, most of things and settings can be done same way as in W7 and what's wrong with command com ?, works same as before with some enhancements. (console).
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