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Should I use windows 8.1 or stick with windows 7?

  1. #1

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    Windows 8.1

    Should I use windows 8.1 or stick with windows 7?

    I am using Windows 7 Ultimate x64 AMD Dual Core Processor and 3 GB of RAM and a Geforce 8800 GTS gpu. I mainly do internet browsing and games like WoW, Source engine based games, and other games that aren't too resource needed.

    I was wondering if an upgrade to windows 8.1 would be good for me or if i should wait for upgraded hardware.

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  2. #2

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    Windows 8.1 (x64)

    Honestly, if you're satisfied with your setup, then no need to upgrade to win 8.

    The improvement on performance of windows 8 over 7 is minimal, except for boot times which are usually much better on 8. With 8.1, MS also reduced the overall OS footprint (less memory usage, less disk space taken by the system) so it might be better on very low-end machines, but this isn't your case.
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  3. #3

    I recently bought a small laptop that came, of course, with Windows 8.1. I have a Windows 7 disk but decided to play with Windows 8 for a few days. For two days, I hated it. Then I discovered I didn't have to use a touch screen and I could use it pretty much like Windows 7. I bought Windows 8.1 for my desktop and don't regret it. Windows 8 sounds like it would have been miserable for me but with 8.1 the real irritants were removed.

    There are a number of sites you can find with Google that compare Windows 8 with Windows 7 to see advantages of the engine in Windows 8.

    Whatever, enjoy.
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  4. #4

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    windows 8.1

    in my opinion windows 7 is much much better then windows 8.
    you should stay with windows 7.
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  5. #5

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    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64

    Windows 9 is behind the corner, like spring 2015, so better wait for it and do not bother with this junk.
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  6. #6

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    Windows 8.1

    I prefer 7 but thankfully with the work they did with 8.1 and the 8.1 Update its become a decent OS. Thankfully they added the boot to desktop option in 8.1 so you don't even need to see the Metro Screen at all. Unless you were going from XP or Vista I wouldn't bother upgrading.
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  7. #7

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    8.1 x64

    No need to bother. I don't think there are real advantages to 8 for desktop computers, and it requires third party tools to make it comfortable. Switch when there's a feature you need, or else wait 2 years and switch to Windows 9 after its first major update.
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  8. #8

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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit

    Should you upgrade, providing your system will support it, a definite yes.

    Questions to consider:
    Should You Upgrade to Windows 8.1? Questions to Consider
    Make Windows 8.1 look like Windows 7
    Making Windows 8.1 Work Like Windows 7 | Windows 8.1 content from Windows IT Pro
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    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)

    From the get go I've felt that there's nothing compelling enough about Win 8 to warrant an upgrade from Win 7. However, there's no reason not to use it on newly built or purchased machines.
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  10. #10

    I am running Windows 8.1 as if it were Windows 7 and I needed no third-party software.

    One of the reasons had hadn't tried Windows 8 before 8.1 was that the Microsoft compatibility program said I should replace most of my software. When I got the laptop with Windows 8.1 I loaded Microsoft Office 2003 fully expecting it to not run and it runs fine. Then I loaded my older, much older, Random House Websters Unabridged Dictionary and that loaded fine, too. None of my old software had to be replaced. I don't play games, though.
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