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Free legal copy of Wndows 7, sort of

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    Free legal copy of Wndows 7, sort of


    Before I post this on an XP forum, I might need to run a reality check. To someone running XP, what does 7 have that he doesn't have?

    1) gadgets--although he can get similar ones
    2) Windows 7 themes
    3) libraries
    4) Aero--which his computer probably can't handle anyway.

    If he installs the 8 Preview and sticks with the classic desktop, he gets all this. He can download free apps for everything else.

    Am I hallucinating?

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    Your list is very superficial Vince. The important differences are under the bonnet, not the desktop. Everything has changed since XP was created decades ago! As has the hardware. Those who cling on to XP offer all manner of reasons but few are convincing for me. There are exceptions such as specialised computer-aided machine control software and the like which needs XP, but generally it seems to be a personal thing. Maybe they also like low-definition monochrome television because it does all they need?
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    Valid pint, Brian. I am only dealing with the "results," not the more powerful engine that powers 7. But just the same, 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?
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    "Valid pint," thanks I'll have one!

    I've looked at various MS sites and nowhere can I find information that suggests Win 8 needs a valid copy of any version of windows installed. Therefore you can install Win 8 on a virgin machine and MS even provide a universal product key (
    DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J) should it be required. Therefore it does seem you get a free operating system - at least until the beta is superseded by RTM.

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    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by thatmanbrian View Post
    "Valid pint," thanks I'll have one!

    I've looked at various MS sites and nowhere can I find information that suggests Win 8 needs a valid copy of any version of windows installed. Therefore you can install Win 8 on a virgin machine and MS even provide a universal product key (
    DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J) should it be required. Therefore it does seem you get a free operating system - at least until the beta is superseded by RTM.

    https://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...-download.html
    Clean Install - Windows 8
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    Covington, La
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    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    Windows 8 Consumer Preview expires on January 15, 2013. So its only temporary and it may not be compatible with his hardware or software.

    Jim
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    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Oh my......just the simple usability of Windows 7 or 8 is just VASTLY superior than xp. The Control Panel is VASTLY better than xp's, Windows 7's start menu is super while the Start Screen of 8 is awesome, and things just work without it falling apart on you. Speaking of Aero, Windows 8 is so streamlined compared to 7, I bet that Aero transparency, even at least without transparency, will work on your xp era PC. I've ran 7 on a desktop that could never support Aero other than the Basic mode, then I ran 8 on the same desktop. Surely enough, I got Aero to run (without transparency) on it. I couldn't game on it though obviously. That PC was an xp era PC as well.
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    Posts : 32
    Windows 8 Home 64-bit


    W8CP also has compatibility issues with some programmes. I wouldn't use it as my main OS.
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    8250 x86 + 7 SP1 x86 + Ubuntu 12.04 LTS x86


    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.
    Curious as to which. There isn't anything I can't run well here, and I use a fair amount of different things.
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    Posts : 32
    Windows 8 Home 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by GMan View Post
    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.
    Curious as to which. There isn't anything I can't run well here, and I use a fair amount of different things.
    I've heard of people having issues with games. Plus, this one WiFi programme that I use for university won't install.
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