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Anyone still running Vanilla 8?


SmartEyeball

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Just out of curiosity, I was wondering how many people have not updated to 8.1? And if not, why?

My laptop is running 8.1, yet due to OS instability caused by sound card drivers with 8.1 (and no 8.1 driver update available) my Desktop is still only vanilla 8.

However since I have several Stardock products installed - Start8, Modernmix, WindowBlinds, Decor8 and Fences 2 - I am more than content to stick with the vanilla version. (After Start8, Modernmix is probably the next most useful as it allows you to run Modern apps in resizeable Windows. The others are just aesthetic icings).

Overall I have an OS that looks and behaves like Windows 7, customized to the way I like my OS to be set up with the benefits of most of Win 8's under the hood improvements. So far, I have not encountered any barriers being stuck with Vanilla 8.



So, is anyone else sticking/stuck with the Vanilla version of Win 8? And if you are what is your reason/rationale?



EDIT: Just had a look and a 8.1 beta driver was released a week or so ago for my card. I've decided I'm still sticking with the Vanilla version though)
 

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pparks1

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Yes, my work laptop is still on Windows 8, my wife's home laptop is still on Windows 8, and my kids laptop that we got for Christmas is still on Windows 8. My home desktop is still running Windows 7, as I could not justify spending money to upgrade it to Windows 8.

My reason thus far for not upgrading? Windows 8 is working perfectly fine, nothing is broken that I need to work and I see no sense in potentially breaking anything to get on the latest version.

I do have machines at work on Windows 8.1 for testing, and I've run 8.1 in a VM, so I know what it has to offer...it's just not advantageous enough to change machines which are currently running flawlessly.
 

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I, too, know many that are still running 8. Why? They have it set up to their needs and do not want to run the risk of crashing their system. I am running a basically naked 8.1, because I am waiting on 9. The less on your system, the easier the upgrade.
 

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I did not update my tablet due to many problems have had on that unit. I did not update my All in One either. I lost some function when going from 7 to 8 and have read of problems going to 8.1 on it so why bother. May for 8.1 if I ever have to redo a drive but not betting on it.
 

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SmartEyeball

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it's just not advantageous enough to change machines which are currently running flawlessly.
Exactly. If it's working - why change it for little to no benefit.

Especially if you believe the update might be of detriment.
 

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    ASUS P8Z77 WS
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    3x Gigabyte GTX 670 OC WindForce SLI
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    SB X-FI Surround 5.1 PRO USB + ATH-AD900 Headphones
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    x3 Dell U2410 / 58" Samsung / "40 Sony
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    5760*1200/1920*1200 / 1920*1080
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    2x Intel 520 240GB * Crucial M4 128GB * 2x Samsung F3 1TB (RAID 0) * 2x WD Caviar Blacks 2TB (RAID 0)
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    Corsair AX1200
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robinb9

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I though if you do not upgrade you will no longer be able to get security updates
 

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robinb9

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I read that somewhere
 

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pparks1

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I though if you do not upgrade you will no longer be able to get security updates
At some point, they will stop supplying updates to Windows 8.0, and instead require that you are on a minimum of Windows 8.1. In other news, they just recently stopped updating Windows XP!.
 

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SmartEyeball

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Updates will potentially become a serious issue at some point, but I'm confident that by that time arrives - any remaining hardware/software issues that would affect me should have been rectified.

I can also easily live without the changes in the upcoming Update 1 as I have quite a few of the intended UI changes in place already and I don't really use the modern side.

Basically - no rush :)
 

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  • OS
    Vanilla 8 Pro x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    SmartEyeball Custom Systems
    CPU
    Intel 3770K @4.8ghz
    Motherboard
    ASUS P8Z77 WS
    Memory
    16GB G.Skill Trident 2666mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    3x Gigabyte GTX 670 OC WindForce SLI
    Sound Card
    SB X-FI Surround 5.1 PRO USB + ATH-AD900 Headphones
    Monitor(s) Displays
    x3 Dell U2410 / 58" Samsung / "40 Sony
    Screen Resolution
    5760*1200/1920*1200 / 1920*1080
    Hard Drives
    2x Intel 520 240GB * Crucial M4 128GB * 2x Samsung F3 1TB (RAID 0) * 2x WD Caviar Blacks 2TB (RAID 0)
    PSU
    Corsair AX1200
    Case
    Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D14
    Keyboard
    Topre Realforce // Ducky Shine MX Black // Filco Ninja TKL
    Mouse
    Razer Imperator + Thermaltake Theron
    Other Info
    Laptop Specs: Clevo Sager P170HM // 17.3 Matte 1920x1200 // i7 2720QM // 8GB 1333mhz // Dedicated GTX 485M // 240GB Intel 520 + 750GB + Blu-Ray // Samsung Story 2TB USB 3.0 // NexStar USB 3.0 enclosure 500GB

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