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Should I use windows 8.1 or stick with windows 7?

TwistedChi

New Member
I am using Windows 7 Ultimate x64 AMD Dual Core Processor and 3 GB of RAM and a Geforce 8800 GTS gpu. I mainly do internet browsing and games like WoW, Source engine based games, and other games that aren't too resource needed.

I was wondering if an upgrade to windows 8.1 would be good for me or if i should wait for upgraded hardware.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop

oneeyed

New Member
Pro User
Honestly, if you're satisfied with your setup, then no need to upgrade to win 8.

The improvement on performance of windows 8 over 7 is minimal, except for boot times which are usually much better on 8. With 8.1, MS also reduced the overall OS footprint (less memory usage, less disk space taken by the system) so it might be better on very low-end machines, but this isn't your case.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 (x64)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop

patrickt

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Member
I recently bought a small laptop that came, of course, with Windows 8.1. I have a Windows 7 disk but decided to play with Windows 8 for a few days. For two days, I hated it. Then I discovered I didn't have to use a touch screen and I could use it pretty much like Windows 7. I bought Windows 8.1 for my desktop and don't regret it. Windows 8 sounds like it would have been miserable for me but with 8.1 the real irritants were removed.

There are a number of sites you can find with Google that compare Windows 8 with Windows 7 to see advantages of the engine in Windows 8.

Whatever, enjoy.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7

TairikuOkami

Be nice to all, please?!
Pro User
Windows 9 is behind the corner, like spring 2015, so better wait for it and do not bother with this junk. :zip:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo E525
    CPU
    AMD A4-3300M @ 2,0GHz
    Memory
    6GB DDR3 1333MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon HD 6480G 512MB shared
    Sound Card
    Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    WD 465GB
    Cooling
    Fusion Tweaker
    Keyboard
    Logitech K360
    Mouse
    Logitech M705
    Internet Speed
    50/50 MBps
    Browser
    Yandex
    Antivirus
    No AV & No Firewall
    Other Info
    Headphones: Sennheiser RS170

AirJordanFan93

New Member
I prefer 7 but thankfully with the work they did with 8.1 and the 8.1 Update its become a decent OS. Thankfully they added the boot to desktop option in 8.1 so you don't even need to see the Metro Screen at all. Unless you were going from XP or Vista I wouldn't bother upgrading.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavillion
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    AVG

wusd

New Member
No need to bother. I don't think there are real advantages to 8 for desktop computers, and it requires third party tools to make it comfortable. Switch when there's a feature you need, or else wait 2 years and switch to Windows 9 after its first major update.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    8.1 x64

Nuccii

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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Pavillion H8-1202
    CPU
    I7-2600 @ 3.4 GHz
    Motherboard
    PEGATRON
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NIVDIA GeForce GT 520
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC656GR CODEC
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SyncMaster S22B350
    Screen Resolution
    1920X1080 32 bit color
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 850 EVO SSD 500GB
    Keyboard
    Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013
    Mouse
    Logitech M510

strollin

Old Guys Rule!
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Pro User
From the get go I've felt that there's nothing compelling enough about Win 8 to warrant an upgrade from Win 7. However, there's no reason not to use it on newly built or purchased machines.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home built i7-8700K, Hp Envy x360 EVO Laptop, MS Surface Pro 7
    CPU
    3.7Ghz Core i7-8700K, 11th Gen Core i7-1165G7 4.7Ghz, 10th Gen Core™ i5-1035G4 1.1Ghz
    Motherboard
    ASUS TUF Z370-Pro Gaming, HP, MS
    Memory
    16G, 8G, 8G
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon RX580, Intel Iris X Graphics, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4
    Sound Card
    ATI High Definition Audio (Built-in to mobo)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dual Samsung U32J59 32 inch monitors, 13.3" display, 12.3" display
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160 (Desktop), 1920x1080 (laptop), 2736x1824 Pro 7
    Hard Drives
    500GB ssd boot drive with 2 & 10TB Data (Desktop), 512GB ssd (laptop), 128GB SSD (tablet)
    PSU
    Corsair CX 750M
    Case
    Antec 100
    Cooling
    Coolermaster CM 212+
    Keyboard
    IBM Model M - used continuously since 1986
    Mouse
    Microsoft IntelliMouse
    Internet Speed
    665Mbps/15Mbps down/up
    Browser
    FireFox, MS Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender on all
    Other Info
    Retired in 2015 after working in the tech industry for 41 years. First 10 years as a Technician, the rest as a programmer/software engineer. After 1 year of retirement, I was bored so went back to work as a Robotic Process Automation Consultant. Retired for 3rd (and final) time in 2019.

patrickt

Member
Member
I am running Windows 8.1 as if it were Windows 7 and I needed no third-party software.

One of the reasons had hadn't tried Windows 8 before 8.1 was that the Microsoft compatibility program said I should replace most of my software. When I got the laptop with Windows 8.1 I loaded Microsoft Office 2003 fully expecting it to not run and it runs fine. Then I loaded my older, much older, Random House Websters Unabridged Dictionary and that loaded fine, too. None of my old software had to be replaced. I don't play games, though.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7

jimbo45

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VIP Member
Guru
Hi there

If it works and you're happy with it why change.

I'd only upgrade if I liked playing around or tinkering. I do dispute some of the findings here -- IMO Windows 8.1 update 1 is a "half way" decent system but if you don't want to mess around just stay and run W7.

Cheers
jimbo
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1 X LG 40 inch TV
    Hard Drives
    SSD's * 3 (Samsung 840 series) 250 GB
    2 X 3 TB sata
    5 X 1 TB sata
    Internet Speed
    0.12 GB/s (120Mb/s)

HippsieGypsie

It's Gururrrrrr8!
Welcome to Windows EightForums, TwistedChi.

The best way to find out is to use it yourself. Perhaps visit a computer store to try it first. Preferably a MS store where you'll get more skilled help and better answers to your questions. There is a bit more of a learning curve than coming from other previous Windows editions, however not as bad as the press made it out to be.

I find the system much better to be personally organized due to the Start Screen vs Start Menu. Placing and arranging app, file, folder, IE favorite, weather, world times, news, etc. tiles in an order you prefer, not the way MS saw fit with the non-comunicative Start Menu. Here's a short video:

Start screen - Windows tutorial

The overall system is quicker in transferring/sharing data with others via the Charms and apps working in conjunction. Via the Desktop app/portal Charm included.

Kind of an old test, but fairly accurate:

http://usabilitygeek.com/windows-8-vs-windows-7-speed-and-performance-testing/

Faster system boot, but with a "quality real-time" faster boot:

http://www.eightforums.com/general-support/16379-real-quality-boot-time-8-verses-7-a.html

I found that it works just as well with mouse and/or keyboard as 7 with much more added support for touch and/or stylus.

If using multiple devices it's miles ahead of the others.

You may also want to compare editions:

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/32281-compare-windows-8-1-editions.html

Lastly, it runs faster on my older Acer than 7 did.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    8.1 Pro X64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer T690
    CPU
    Intel Pentium D Dual Core
    Motherboard
    Acer/Intel E946GZ
    Memory
    2GB (max upgrade)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3000 - PCI Express x16
    Sound Card
    Integrated RealTek ALC888 high-definition audio with 7.1 channel audio support
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer AL1917W A LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1440 X 900
    Hard Drives
    350 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10
    Thumb drives
    PSU
    Standard 250 watt
    Case
    Desktop 7.2" (183mm) W x 17.5" (445mm) L x 14.5"
    Cooling
    Dual case fans + CPU fan
    Keyboard
    Acer Windows PS/2
    Mouse
    Wireless Microsoft Arc
    Internet Speed
    54mbp/s
    Browser
    IE11
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    Office Pro 2013 / Nokia Lumia 1520 Windows Phone 8.1DP GDR1

altae

New Member
Power User
I always recommend Windows 8.1 since it's far more stable and faster than any other version of Windows. And if you don't like the new UI than you can always install something like Classic Shell to brng the start menu back. I almost can't remember when I last saw the sart screen. Despite it's controversial new UI, from a technical point of view it's simply the better operating system than Windows 8.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Update 1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    self built
    CPU
    AMD FX-8350
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD7 Rev. 3
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Zotac GTX 770 Amp 2 GB
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    GDATA Internet Security
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