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Anyone using Windows 8 as Primary OS?

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit

    Anyone using Windows 8 as Primary OS?


    I am interested in giving the consumer preview a trial run, and am wondering if anyone has gone ahead and started utilizing it as their primary OS. If so, let me know how it measures up, and if you think it is worth doing at this time. I am ready for some change..

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  2. #2


    Posts : 207
    Windows 8.1 update 1 Pro X64 with WMC


    Quote Originally Posted by musiclover7 View Post
    I am interested in giving the consumer preview a trial run, and am wondering if anyone has gone ahead and started utilizing it as their primary OS. If so, let me know how it measures up, and if you think it is worth doing at this time. I am ready for some change..
    the release preview is more stable version
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  3. #3


    Posts : 219
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit


    I am going to install it to a virtual machine and give it a try I guess. In my experience, it is hard to truly weigh in on an OS until you have actually committed to it for a few days to a few weeks as your primary operating system. I installed the Win 8 Beta to a virtual machine earlier this year, and was not very impressed. I want to take a more comprehensive dive this time, to see for myself if there is any hope for this release, but I don't want to wind up with a system that crashes every other day. So I guess this question is to those who have taken the plunge and started working with Windows 8 as your primary system, if there are any in here doing this. How is it working for you? Is it stable enough that this is worth my time? Any advice appreciated!!
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    I'm a fanboy of 8 so I may be a) biased or b) lucky.

    I have an older Acer T690. I'm dual booting 7 Ultimate with 8RP. Both 32 bit. When I do business I'm in 7 otherwise I'm in 8 more often. I will do business there when there's better apps and I'm more confident. No problems whatsoever with 8 for stability. Just a few very minor glitches, but nothing big to mention.

    I read horror stories of dual booting. Maybe I'm lucky. I haven't had a BOSD since Windows 98 1st addition on a Gateway.

    Go for it! What have you got to lose? Be sure to back everything up. Good luck if you install.
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  5. #5


    Redmond
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    Windows 8.1 x64


    I have it running on a Samsung Series 7 slate and an HP 8540w as primary installations, and use both regularly. Other than NVidia driver issues on the 8540w (which can be worked around with an older Win7 driver), both work fine.
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  6. #6


    Tropical Island Pair a Dice
    Posts : 3,030
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64/ Windows 7 Ult x64


    I'm dual booting with Win7, but using Win8 as primary, no problems.
    Have Win8 on two desktops and two laptops with no problems.
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  7. #7


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    I gave up on Windows 8. Too much trouble.
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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    I gave up on Windows 8. Too much trouble.
    I still have that To Go USB version but it's not a primary OS. You know the speed on USB 2.0 ...
    For the rest Win 8 in VBox and Win7 as a host.
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    Posts : 636
    Windows 7/8


    Having read through virtually every post for several weeks now it seems that there are quite a few people attmepting to use it as their primary OS.

    Many have had to back track to 7 though and there are still /quite/ a few bugs and incompatibilities once you really start trying to use it daily for the 20 difference programs and pieces of hardware you need to get your work done.

    So I'd be careful if you are actually planning on doing this on a machine where you NEED to get stuff done. If it's just for play then go for it, but I wouldn't trust relying on it to boot and run normally every day when it had to yet...
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    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    I do use Win8 primary on an older dual core that I'm online with, but my main laptop uses Win7.
    Win8 works well despite that many don't like the look and feel (not a fan of Metro either). I saw something choppy in an empty Word 2007 document once but didn't repeated itself (errors? bugs?.. Bugs Bunny).
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