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It may be time for some to end reign of Windows 7...

  1. #11


    Hafnarfjörđur IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there
    Now I've got it working the way I want I'm happy --it runs extremely fast.

    I don't use Metro AT all -- I have a few apps on the quick launch bar and a few on the desktop. The old classic menu was also a load of rubbish if you had a lot of applications with menus, sub menus sub sub menus and so on. People forget that.

    Going back to 7 rather feels going back to pre XP -- I've got a decent looking XP / W2K3 server VM system which I'll be keeping for a while (legacy apps and hardware need it).

    Whether I would PAY for W8 is a moot point since the thing I want most is the Windows to Go (only will be available in ENTERPRISE which isn't available via retail -- although can be got from TechNet).

    So far I'm reasonably satisfied. I'll wait till final appears before deciding -- I certainly WON'T get it if it's METRO only.

    I'm missing the Windows classic games (for example Hearts which you could play while waiting for a slow download).
    Spider solitaire works but that's the only one I've been able to get working -- and I also will need the language packs that were available with 7 -- still a lot of them missing for W8.

    Cheers
    jimbo

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  2. #12


    Coke, I wouldn't do it. You can't be sure what will happen with the final version of 8. I am happily triple-booting with 7 ,8, and a 32-bit version of XP, and I get what I want.

    Depending on the prices, I plan to do a clean install of 8 when it comes out and keep my other two OSes.
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  3. #13


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


    Jimbo,
    How did you get Spider Software working. I play it all the time.

    Spider solitaire works but that's the only one I've been able to get working -- and I also will need the language packs that were available with 7 -- still a lot of them missing for W8.
    Jim
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  4. #14


    PhoneMan, use a search engine to search for free Spider Solitaire. They're all over the web.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 740
    Windows 8.1


    I kinda like Win8, but I need at least three key programs ported to Metro RT for me to consider switching: Chrome, Media Browser, and PowerDVD or ToltalMedia Theater.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 288
    Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows Developer Preview, Linux Mint 9


    If we should plan on getting Windows 8, which version would it be? How about you Cokey? I bet you'd go for the pro version then buy a pack with the Media Center+DVD playback suite. I hate the way they made this as another feature to pay for where it was natively available on most versions of Windows 7.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 740
    Windows 8.1


    iirc, if you get 8 (standard), the pro pack upgrade costs $15 and includes the media pack.

    Personally I'm perfectly happy with this, since I'd have to get bluray software anyways.
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  8. #18


    Posts : 272
    windows 7


    Well I've been dual booting W8RP with W7 and I have been using W8 as my main OS for the time being.
    I am finding it much better than the CP (which I hated and got rid of after a week). I have now got used to metro and vary rarely see it anyway and I actually prefer it over the old start menu now! And I never thought I would hear myself say that!
    I did a fresh install of W7 about a week before I installed W8, and I booted into W7 the other day and it really does feel like a step backwards using it again, I think I am actually coming around to liking W8. It seems much faster and snappier than W7...which I don't want to go back to!
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  9. #19


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Vertex View Post
    If we should plan on getting Windows 8, which version would it be? How about you Cokey? I bet you'd go for the pro version then buy a pack with the Media Center+DVD playback suite. I hate the way they made this as another feature to pay for where it was natively available on most versions of Windows 7.
    I think I might settle for the core version of Windows 8, as Hyper V doesn't cut it for my virtualization needs and Media Center to me, is best controlled with a remote since it's pretty abhorrent to navigate. I was disappointed that Microsoft didn't remodel it to be in the metro form. As for DVD playback, bah. My new desktop rebuild calls for no built in DVD drive since I won't be able to fit all my hard drive bays in the case the way I want the design to work. I'll end up with a total of 8 3.5" hard drives, and four 2.5" hard drives with two externally connected and an external mSATA port along with a dedicated SSD. A DVD drive would be superfluous to me since I personally have only used it to burn off new Windows 7 install disks, but a 16 gig USB flash drive installs Windows faster and I can carry some software with me as well.
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  10. #20


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by FuturDreamz View Post
    I kinda like Win8, but I need at least three key programs ported to Metro RT for me to consider switching: Chrome, Media Browser, and PowerDVD or ToltalMedia Theater.
    Wait, for Windows RT on ARM tablets?
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