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  1. #21


    USA
    Posts : 100
    Windows 7 Professional


    The only thing that I've seen that doesn't work for me is Office 2010. I tried to install the 60 Day trial and the installer quit.

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  2. #22


    Quote Originally Posted by windude99 View Post
    The only thing that I've seen that doesn't work for me is Office 2010. I tried to install the 60 Day trial and the installer quit.
    I downloaded the free Office.org with no problem.
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  3. #23


    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    I have Office 2010 Standard installed and working fine.

    Jim
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  4. #24


    Over all the forums, I've not heard of much in the way of compatibility issues with Win 8. Often a glitch just needs a bit of thought or a post on a forum and all is well. I can't think of any underlying reason why Office would'nt install for sure. What error did you get windude99?
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  5. #25


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    App compatibility is right back to how it was with Windows 7, literally anything from 7 works in the Consumer Preview. In the Developer Preview, some didn't always work. Windows 8 is still a work in progress. Microsoft has furthered development and we'll see that come May-Junish with the Release Candidate. Until then, that's how the cookie crumbles.
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  6. #26


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    App compatibility is right back to how it was with Windows 7, literally anything from 7 works in the Consumer Preview. In the Developer Preview, some didn't always work. Windows 8 is still a work in progress. Microsoft has furthered development and we'll see that come May-Junish with the Release Candidate. Until then, that's how the cookie crumbles.
    I dare you to install Macrium reflect free in Windows 8 CP

    P.S. Please don't, I am just kidding. It will just send you into BSOD loop. (unless they have already fixed it, have reported it the day CP has came out. But as far as I can see on the Internet it sill has not been fixed).
    What I am trying to say is: "anything from 7 works in the Consumer Preview" is a wrong assumption. It is still a beta product, so one should treat it accordingly.

    "if an XP user switched to the free 8 Preview version and then stayed with the classic desktop, would he effectively have a free copy of Win 7?"
    Yes, and the right to be a Guinea pig.

    I am just saying, that you should not assume that it will be as stable as Windows 7. And if you have something to lose (like productivity), just be prepared that you may have to spend some time troubleshooting.
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  7. #27


    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    Quote Originally Posted by Jav View Post

    I dare you to install Macrium reflect free in Windows 8 CP

    P.S. Please don't, I am just kidding. It will just send you into BSOD loop. (unless they have already fixed it, have reported it the day CP has came out. But as far as I can see on the Internet it sill has not been fixed).

    I am just saying, that you should not assume that it will be as stable as Windows 7. And if you have something to lose (like productivity), just be prepared that you may have to spend some time troubleshooting.
    I am running Macrium Reflect Free just fine. About a week ago I used it to restore my Windows 8 partition when another program (which worked fine on Windows 7) crashed my system. Just got a new update to 5354.

    I agree with your statement that you can't bet on Windows 8 being stable with everything you install.

    Jim
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  8. #28


    Yes, if you install the Windows 8 Preview version, you will effectively have a free copy of Windows 7 if you stick with the classic desktop. Sort of. This is true in the sense that you will have the libraries (which I really like), the ability to install Windows 7 gadgets and themes, and a more powerful system than 7. Unfortunately, it will expire on January 15, 2013.

    So far, almost everything that runs well on 7 runs well on the 8 Preview, but there are a few problems. If you are using XP and want to try out the Win 8 Preview, I strongly advise you to partition your hard drive or use a virtual machine. Also, a machine designed from the ground up for XP might not be powerful enough to run 7 or 8 too well.
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  9. #29


    I have been running Win 8 CP as my main OS (I can afford to take the risk) with just two crashes (both hangs) from which it recovered fine on a forced reboot. (No Windows closed unexpectedly message or safe mode asked for). I'm also running betas of two major applications from Adobe with no probs.

    I have dual monitors and was surprised to find Win 8 can put the task bar on both screens if required. This is handy as my main screen has my heavily customised Start screen for instant access, and my secondary screen has the task bar. Best of both worlds.
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  10. #30


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


    Quote Originally Posted by Freddie AppsHer View Post
    W8CP also has compatibility issues with some programmes. I wouldn't use it as my main OS.
    ??? as well -- I haven't found ANYTHING that it can't run which worked on W7

    And I've got some strange apps that normal users wouldn't usually have such as SAPGUI connecting to large SAP systems etc.

    I do have one or two programs that I still need XP for -- old legacy EXPENSIVE hardware such as Plotter, Glass cutting machine etc, but these run just fine on an XP VM using vmware on W8.

    In fact on one of my laptops (Sony VAIO) W8 even managed to get the built in DUAL card reader to work for both slots --SD and Sony Sticks -- on W7 I could only get the SD half to work.

    As for Macrium Free -- can't say but ACRONIS works --and in any case if you want Free backup on W8 try the built in Recovery version

    follow the threads in this post

    Built in Refresh saving your own data etc. - No need for Acronis Etc


    BTW even on the Windows to Go I managed to get some large apps like PHOTOSHOP CS5.5 to work without any fuss whatsoever.


    To JAV : I was at "The Bridge" on Sat Lunchtime -- Chelsea were very very lucky -- I reeckon Tottenham could have won that game by about 3 clear goals - especially in the 2nd half. Still Good luck for Tue night in CL v Benfica.


    Cheers
    jimbo
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