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Thinking of replacing W7 64bit with the W8 preview. Need feedback

  1. #21


    USA
    Posts : 100
    Windows 7 Professional


    If I were you, stick with Windows 7 until Windows 8 is in the stores. Most likely, with all of the new Metro stuff, wait for service pack 1, so you know all of the major bugs will be fixed.

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  2. #22


    Las Vegas, NV
    Posts : 76
    Win 8.1 Update 1 Pro 32-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by GMan View Post
    Under "normal" circumstances, does the driver installer also install software too, like an .exe that starts with Windows?

    If so, try just running that .exe off of your already installed 7 partition. If that works well, try copying the folder that holds that .exe to a permanent place on your 8, then add the .exe to autostart with Windows 8.
    To keep this thread in line with the OP, I know longer have a Win 7 partition. I installed Win 8 originally as a dual boot with Win 7, played with it for a week, and uninstalled 8. Fixed my corrupted boot manager with EasyBCD.

    This is the first dual boot I've ever done...The learning curve and all that. I then did the whole dual boot from scratch again to make sure I knew what I was doing. Didn't want to load all my software in Win 8 to test how it all worked together, so I next just upgraded my Win 7 (no dual boot). Everything was cool, so I did a Win 8 refresh, which basically gets rid of most vestiges of 7.
    That's when the keyboard driver would no longer work and I tried reinstalling it, with resulting errors.

    Gman, to answer your question, yes, once installed the OS loads a keyboard driver stub at startup. This maps all the extra keys for media control and a few other functions. Essentially I then have a 125-key keyboard.

    John
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  3. #23


    Posts : 1,851
    8250 x86 + 7 SP1 x86 + Ubuntu 12.04 LTS x86


    Do you have a link to the driver installer? I'll see what I can do with it for ya - maybe extract the driver stub software or something.
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  4. #24


    Las Vegas, NV
    Posts : 76
    Win 8.1 Update 1 Pro 32-bit
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  5. #25


    My advice to anybody who is considering getting rid of Win 7 in favor of the Win 8 Preview is not to do it. I have Win 8 on a virtual machine AND on a separate partition. I like it better than 7, but there are some things 7 does better. A few months ago, we had people writing in that they had installed 8 over 7 and now they wanted to go back and were having trouble.

    And if you can't figure out how to install a VM or another partition, for $20 your local computer store will do it for you.
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  6. #26


    Posts : 1,308
    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Vince53 View Post
    My advice to anybody who is considering getting rid of Win 7 in favor of the Win 8 Preview is not to do it. .
    you right, you don't install a preview or beta as the only OS, I have it in VM and on a test PC.


    Quote Originally Posted by Vince53 View Post
    . for $20 your local computer store will do it for you.
    You have shops who make $ 20 work ? If I don't install the OS, I don't make partitioning, and it cost more than $ 20.
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  7. #27


    You have shops who make $ 20 work ? If I don't install the OS, I don't make partitioning, and it cost more than $ 20.

    Well, uhm, you have to live in Mexico.
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  8. #28


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    To add a pro to the list, boot times are ALWAYS, 99% consistent. I've been testing Windows 8 since the Developer Preview release back in September, and every restart I've done both in the Developer and Consumer Previews; they are always at the same time. Three full turns of that little loading circle animation (I know, very archaic way of measuring a boot time) and I get to the Welcome screen and a few seconds later, a glorious startup sound I added in plays and my cool blue tiles on a black background appear.


    In Windows 7, I CAN achieve that fast boot time, but that means I have to do additional maintenance to get that.

    Windows 8 already does that.
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