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

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


    Hi,

    I was wondering if W8 is good enough that I can ditch my W7 64 bit completely and use W8 consumer preview for my desktop. I don't have a touch screen so will not be using those touch stuff. Only normal work and decide if I should preorder W8. Core applications which work on W7 which I can't live without:

    MS Office,
    Endnote,
    Adobe (acrobat pro, CS4),
    rainlendar,
    pop peeper.
    W7 desktop gadgets

    Does anyone know if all of these work on W8? If all is fine, I would just upgrade it immediately. I did try W7 consumer preview when it first came out few years ago and only the printer software did not work. Everything else worked fine.

    Also, I have one of those all-in-one-desktops from dell which is a huge monitor with all the hardware being built behind the monitor. That monitor has touch screen capability. Would it be worth to put W8 on that, though I am not sure if the drivers will work though.


    I read the comparison here and it seems W8 is better
    Comparison Between Windows 7 and Windows 8 Memory Management System - Tweaking with Vishal

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    Posts : 1,320
    Server 2012 / 8.0


    Not knowing your experience level...
    Before a trial installation I would suggest using reliable disk imaging software to backup your current system.
    Opinions and experience varies with dual booting.
    Also, not knowing your experience level, I would also suggest looking into creating a bootable CD or DVD that has a partition editor and a file manager among other utilities.
    Until you have experience with deleting partitions and restoring images I would be careful.
    Save your work first.
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    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    The great thing about Windows 8 is, you DON'T need a touch screen to use it.

    Having said that, I would make a partitiion on your hard drive, say, 30-40 gigs and install Windows 8 on that. That will allow you to keep Windows 7 just in case, but let you use Windows 8 as a main OS. From the looks of it, yes, all of your programs should work. If not, install them and run them under Windows 7 compatibility mode.

    I just noticed you said you have a touch AIO PC. Windows 8 will work with that right off the bat. If it has a bevel around the screen, that might be a little difficult to use for the system commands and app commands, but you change change the pixel amount around the edges of the screen with NVIDIA or AMD's video driver software.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    The great thing about Windows 8 is, you DON'T need a touch screen to use it.

    Having said that, I would make a partitiion on your hard drive, say, 30-40 gigs and install Windows 8 on that. That will allow you to keep Windows 7 just in case, but let you use Windows 8 as a main OS. From the looks of it, yes, all of your programs should work. If not, install them and run them under Windows 7 compatibility mode.

    I just noticed you said you have a touch AIO PC. Windows 8 will work with that right off the bat. If it has a bevel around the screen, that might be a little difficult to use for the system commands and app commands, but you change change the pixel amount around the edges of the screen with NVIDIA or AMD's video driver software.
    Quote Originally Posted by mdmd View Post
    Not knowing your experience level...
    Before a trial installation I would suggest using reliable disk imaging software to backup your current system.
    Opinions and experience varies with dual booting.
    Also, not knowing your experience level, I would also suggest looking into creating a bootable CD or DVD that has a partition editor and a file manager among other utilities.
    Until you have experience with deleting partitions and restoring images I would be careful.
    Save your work first.
    I've got no problems with the backup and installing part. Just want to know if W8 consumer preview is heavily designed for tablet use and ruin W7 desktop function?

    I don't mind the partition as well, only not too sure if my OCZ synapse will play nicely for two OS. The software is quite picky.
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    Server 2012 / 8.0


    Solid State Drives are awesome.
    They are the future.
    My primary is Solid State and works well with 8.

    I did a search on OCZ synapse.
    That system seems a bit complicated.
    Good Luck with that.
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    I'm not running a SSD, but a cache drive. SSD still needs a long time to go before I ever start considering them. Prices for 500 gb need to be around 100. Hate to manage software installation between partitions. With the cache drive, I get SSD-like performance (almost) without having to partition drives. Just put in any kind HD size you want and you can boost it like SSD speeds with the cache drive.

    I found this cache drive by mistake while trying to go onto SSD. So far I've compared to the crucial m4 256 gb on my i7 (8gb ram) laptop and don't see any difference.

    Reviews here:

    OCZ Synapse 60 GB Caching SSD Review - Page 10/10 | techPowerUp

    OCZ Synapse Cache SATA 3 64GB SSD Review - Top Caching Solution At a Great Price - The SSD Review


    BTW, I have decided not to install W8 on my desktop as I don't like the idea of going to a different start screen when I need to use the start button as I have work on the desktop. Hopefully a desktop only W8 version comes out, then I am willing to upgrade. Also feedback from this forum influenced me to go against it.
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    Server 2012 / 8.0


    My 80 GB SSD was about 180 US dollars.
    I think it was worth it.
    No moving parts !


    I like to have external storage sata III that is many terabytes.
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    Server 2012 / 8.0


    Maybe you'll change your mind.
    I went back and forth for months before going full on 8.
    You get used to it.
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    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by mystvearn View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    The great thing about Windows 8 is, you DON'T need a touch screen to use it.

    Having said that, I would make a partitiion on your hard drive, say, 30-40 gigs and install Windows 8 on that. That will allow you to keep Windows 7 just in case, but let you use Windows 8 as a main OS. From the looks of it, yes, all of your programs should work. If not, install them and run them under Windows 7 compatibility mode.

    I just noticed you said you have a touch AIO PC. Windows 8 will work with that right off the bat. If it has a bevel around the screen, that might be a little difficult to use for the system commands and app commands, but you change change the pixel amount around the edges of the screen with NVIDIA or AMD's video driver software.
    Quote Originally Posted by mdmd View Post
    Not knowing your experience level...
    Before a trial installation I would suggest using reliable disk imaging software to backup your current system.
    Opinions and experience varies with dual booting.
    Also, not knowing your experience level, I would also suggest looking into creating a bootable CD or DVD that has a partition editor and a file manager among other utilities.
    Until you have experience with deleting partitions and restoring images I would be careful.
    Save your work first.
    I've got no problems with the backup and installing part. Just want to know if W8 consumer preview is heavily designed for tablet use and ruin W7 desktop function?

    I don't mind the partition as well, only not too sure if my OCZ synapse will play nicely for two OS. The software is quite picky.
    Windows 8 has A LOT of touch centric control that Windows 7 doesn't have. The Start Screen is in itself, the main touch interface. Windows 8 has side swiping gestures that work great with touch. It doesn't really ruin the Desktop experience as long as you configure it to do so. For example, after an install of the Consumer Preview, media files want to open in metro apps that take you away from the Desktop. Uninstall those and use the Desktop programs and you'll be fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mdmd View Post
    Maybe you'll change your mind.
    I went back and forth for months before going full on 8.
    You get used to it.
    I will get the retail edition if preorder is available. If I don't like it, I will sell it off. Got double what I paid for the W7 64bit HP preorder on ebay recently. Also would like to try it on the Dell AIO pc. If a corporate W8 desktop only is available, I will get that one immediately.

    I don't like the idea of having a totally different start screen if I need to find stuff as I work with dual monitors, photoshop, endnote, word, excel, acrobat reader (sometimes all open at the same time) and I need to be able to see what I'm working on without disruption from a different start window. I am slightly affected by this as I have a keyboard with dedicated search button so I could live with that.

    Though I see great promise with W8 especially if MS will include it for tablets as working with office products for android is a pain. Hopefully MS and Asus will come up with a W8 tablet that looks like the Asus Transformer Prime. That is a win-win situation for me and a lot of people. Tablet OS when you use the screen and desktop OS when you dock the tablet to the keyboard.

    Hopefully someone from MS is reading this and implements it.
    What I want: ASUS Transformer Prime running Windows 8 | ZDNet
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