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Should I Upgrade from Windows 7 Ultimate?

  1. #1


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    Windows 7

    Should I Upgrade from Windows 7 Ultimate?


    I am trying to find out if I, given my situation, should upgrade or not? Whether it will help me or hurt me.

    Hardware: So I have a Dell Deskstop, a Studio XPS that is a few years old but is still pretty powerful and i've upgraded it overtime. I have a single 20 inch monitor without touch support. No tablet or laptop. I have an Droid 3 phone but MAY upgrade to windows phone 8 phone depending on the announcement.

    Use: I play a lot of PC games, usually involving steam. I have a lot of music all loaded into itunes and streaming using spotify. I download a lot using Utorrent. I watch a ton of videos using VLC and Media Player Classic. And of course web browsing with Chrome and Waterfox.

    Basically, I want to know if I should upgrade. I have read a lot about the pros and they seemed to be about the advantages for multiple devices, touch support etc etc....none of which effect me right now.

    Will Windows 8 help me with the things that I do now or will it make things more annoying? Any info you could give me would be wonderful.

    Thanks in Advance for the help.

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  2. #2


    Palm Coast FLorida
    Posts : 370
    Windows 8 Pro ($39.99 upgrade)


    Valve software relies on the open structure of windows and the internet to prosper their steam game store. Windows 8 seems to be the beginning of Microsoft trying to close the structure of Windows, could be a lot worse in Windows 9 and 10. If this trend happens, companies like Valve software are going to be up a creek, they can still sell their games (as apps) but then Microsoft will take a hefty cut.

    We shall see my friend, we shall see...
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    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    From what I can tell of your usage, upgrading won't help you, nor would it hurt you. One nice feature you might like, if you store a lot of videos is the Windows Storage Spaces, which allows you to combine drives of different size into a storage pool. But other than that, I don't see anything that would benefit greatly, other than the performance improvements in Windows 8.

    So it basically falls down to personal preference. Try it out, and see if you like it. If you want to spend the money, then do it.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 3
    Windows 7


    Thanks guys.

    That is what I suspected but I wanted to make sure. Lots of positive things online lately about Windows 8 so I wanted to make sure I wasn't missing anything.
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Where did you see those "lots of positive things"?
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    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Well, since you do PC gaming, there is SOME benefit to upgrading as Windows 8 is more efficient than 7. There's also better file management through the Ribbon in Explorer. I do a lot of torrentibg and that I find it to be hugely advantageous than 7 as the UI is better to use. Shoot, even file searching is more powerful than 7, and library management is nicer. I personally have a few hard drives full of video and with 8, I was able to combine ALL locations to be ungrouped, meaning EVERY video file I have is in correct alphabetical order in one clean view in my Video Library. No more scrolling.

    I'm not too concerned with Valve or Steam ditching 8, yes, Xbox for Windows can threaten them, but Xbox for Windows doesn't host the game quality and style of games Steam does. You can't get Dirt3 or Metro 2033 on it, yet. So far, the games are just simple ones. I don't know, but chances are that they might integrate their apps into Windows 8 as that's potentially a HUGE stage for them.
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  7. #7


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    Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Where did you see those "lots of positive things"?
    This is my next: Windows 8 | The Verge
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    You seem to be "power user". I was gonna say upgrade right away, but if you play games don't upgrade yet.

    Windows 8 is itself is very optimized. But softwares are not ready yet. They're gonna run just like in windows 7.

    Wait until official release. By then there will be new games out and then you can see the all awesomeness of Windows 8
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