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Why everybody are using windows 8.1?


#1
Why all you guys use windows 8.1?

For a stupid reason i can´t go to windows 8.1.
(Stupid Compaq didint have links for realtek win 8 drivers)
 

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#2
Because we are tech enthusiasts and we want to try whatever is the "latest and the greatest".
 

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#3
Okay okay.But heres my own question.I can´t goto windows 8.1?
The Drivers if i goto windows 8 it dosen´t have realtek drivers.
On the webiste.
Or Can i go?
 

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    Hewlett-Packard 3577 (Socket F1)
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#4
Okay okay.But heres my own question.I can´t goto windows 8.1?
The Drivers if i goto windows 8 it dosen´t have realtek drivers.
On the webiste.
Or Can i go?
Try the Windows 7 driver. Get the unzipped ones and install through the device manager.
 

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    Intel Core i7-4790
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#5
Ok i use VituralBox!
 

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#6
Ok i use VituralBox!
Would be heavier for the system though: only 2GB RAM; divide it wisely.
The cpu can still do fine IMO.
 

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    Intel i7-3630QM
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    HP, Intel HM77 Express Chipset
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    16GB
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#7
In many cases, the hardware drivers are baked right into the operating system itself. When I install Windows 8 on many of our laptops, there are usually only a few devices in device manager which even require a driver). Chances are good that thinks like networking and audio are just going to work under Windows 8, or 8.1 for that matter.
 

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#8
Okay,So if i make a partion is it gonna eat alot of RAM?
 

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Okay,So if i make a partion is it gonna eat alot of RAM?
:think:

Partition on a Virtual Disk will use real disk space: whole disk will be a file in this case. The virtual OS will use RAM as well. You will have to try between 512MB and 1GB for the Virtual machine (in VirtualBox) and the rest of the RAM, respectively 1.5GB - 1GB for the main (host) OS which is Win7 in your case.

If you install it as the main OS, partition will use disk space, RAM will be almost as much as in Win7 but you said there are problems with drivers so you decide what path you take. I wouldn't rush it until the 8.1 final release in October so try it in VirtualBox first.

How to install Win8 in VirtualBox tutorial:
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/2241-virtualbox-install-windows-8-a.html?ltr=V
 

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    HP Envy DV6 7250
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    Intel i7-3630QM
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    HP, Intel HM77 Express Chipset
    Memory
    16GB
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    Intel HD4000 + Nvidia Geforce 630M
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    IDT HD Audio
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    15.6' built-in + Samsung S22D300 + 17.3' LG Phillips
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#10
Because we are tech enthusiasts and we want to try whatever is the "latest and the greatest".

Agreed...I have 8.1 Preview install in a virtual machine.
 

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    Custom build
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    AMD Phenom II X 4 965 BE
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    Gigabyte GA-MA790X-DS4
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    G-Skill 8 GB PC 8500
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    AMD XFX HD Radeon 6790D
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    Realtek HD onboard
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    2l Samsung SyncMaster S20B300
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    1600 X 900
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#11

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    Windows 7 (Always upgrading to Better)
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    Compaq Presario CQ57 301-SA
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    AMD E-300
    Motherboard
    Hewlett-Packard 3577 (Socket F1)
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    2,00GB DDR3 @ 532Mhz
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    Generic PnP Monitor ([email protected]) 384MB ATI AMD Radeon HD 6310 Graphics (HP)
    Sound Card
    Realtek
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    Generic PnP Monitor 1366x768
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    1366x768
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    298GB Hitachi HTS543232A7A384 SATA Disk Device (SATA)
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    Compaq Presario CQ57 Basic Case
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    Compaq Presario CQ57 301SA Basic Cooling
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#12
I run Windows 8 in VMware Player. I find that more convenient than Virtual Box which I have used for years.

One of my versions is on an external SSD which I can attach and run on any of my systems. Runs super with USB3 and acceptable with USB2. But my systems have 4, 6 or 8GBs of RAM. I would not recommend to do that on a 2GB RAM system because you should have at least 2GBs of RAM for the host and 2GBs for the guest.

The beauty of VMware Player is that the whole virtual partition ends up in one folder - that usually ends up in Documents. That folder you can move/copy to any disk (internal or external) and run it from there.
 

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    HP Envy DV6 7250
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    Intel i7-3630QM
    Motherboard
    HP, Intel HM77 Express Chipset
    Memory
    16GB
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    Intel HD4000 + Nvidia Geforce 630M
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    IDT HD Audio
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    15.6' built-in + Samsung S22D300 + 17.3' LG Phillips
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    multiple resolutions
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    Samsung SSD 250GB + Hitachi HDD 750GB
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    120W adapter
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    laptop cooling pad
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    Backlit built-in + big one in USB
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    SteelSeries Sensei
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I run Windows 8 in VMware Player. I find that more convenient than Virtual Box which I have used for years.
Yes Wolfgang, I've seen the differences as well.
However, Markus here has 32bit host and VMWare Player cannot be installed there (only version 3.1.6 which doesn't support Windows 8).

If the CPU has x64 and AMD-V, using an x64 host will be the best way to start all this testing.
 

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    Windows 10 x64
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    Laptop
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    HP Envy DV6 7250
    CPU
    Intel i7-3630QM
    Motherboard
    HP, Intel HM77 Express Chipset
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD4000 + Nvidia Geforce 630M
    Sound Card
    IDT HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6' built-in + Samsung S22D300 + 17.3' LG Phillips
    Screen Resolution
    multiple resolutions
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 250GB + Hitachi HDD 750GB
    PSU
    120W adapter
    Case
    small
    Cooling
    laptop cooling pad
    Keyboard
    Backlit built-in + big one in USB
    Mouse
    SteelSeries Sensei
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    slow and steady
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    Windows Defender
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    That's basically it.

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#15
I run Windows 8 in VMware Player. I find that more convenient than Virtual Box which I have used for years.
Yes Wolfgang, I've seen the differences as well.
However, Markus here has 32bit host and VMWare Player cannot be installed there (only version 3.1.6 which doesn't support Windows 8).

If the CPU has x64 and AMD-V, using an x64 host will be the best way to start all this testing.
OK, got you. I had overlooked that little detail. Thanks for clarifying.
 

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    5 SSDs and 12 HDs
#16
So i can´t run Windows 8.1?

EDIT:I have to partion or use VMware?
I Have 32-bit iso.
 

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    Windows 7 (Always upgrading to Better)
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    Laptop
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    Compaq Presario CQ57 301-SA
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    AMD E-300
    Motherboard
    Hewlett-Packard 3577 (Socket F1)
    Memory
    2,00GB DDR3 @ 532Mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Generic PnP Monitor ([email protected]) 384MB ATI AMD Radeon HD 6310 Graphics (HP)
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic PnP Monitor 1366x768
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    298GB Hitachi HTS543232A7A384 SATA Disk Device (SATA)
    Case
    Compaq Presario CQ57 Basic Case
    Cooling
    Compaq Presario CQ57 301SA Basic Cooling
    Keyboard
    Standard PS/2 Keyboard
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    Logitech Wirless (Red)
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    2 Stars (Speedtest.net)
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    Mozilla Firefox
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    Avast! Free Antivirus
#17
I am a Windows enthusiast like someone stated early on in this topic. I enjoy learning the latest, so I can find out if it'll be beneficial to my peers to learn. I'm a student involved in Cisco Networking. It helps to learn all the latest kinks and bugs when upgrading. Our current network uses Windows 7, but we're looking to expand a few computers into Windows 8/8.1 so our students can learn those as well.


I, personally, made the change to Windows 8 because Windows 7 was much too like Vista/XP/2000. I needed something new to work with. Which is why I made the change. I'm glad I did because I thoroughly enjoy it. It was a trip and a half trying to learn everything in Windows 8, and I'm still not done yet! Plus, my school is wanting to add a Windows 8 course, and if I'm knowledgable enough, I can get the job while being a student! :)

So i can´t run Windows 8.1?

EDIT:I have to partion or use VMware?
I Have 32-bit iso.
What exactly are you trying to do. For some reason, I can't read the first page, refuses to load for me.
 

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    Windows 8 Pro 64bit
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    Intel Q9400 2.66Ghz
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    Gigabyte P43T-ES3G
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    G.Skill 4GB DDR3-1600
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    NVidia GeForce 560
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    On-Board
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    Acer 21.5" Widescreen
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    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    160GB WD
    WD Caviar Black 640GB
    WD 500GB
    WD 1TB
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    OCZ GameXStream 600W
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    Sunbeam Transformer Black
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    Fan
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    Logitech G15 Keyboard (Original)
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    Logitech MX518
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    Fiber Optic

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AS a Techgeekhead, I always want The Latest. But I also want The Greatest. Windows 8.1 is not The Greatest, not by a longshot. I like 8, I'll keep it until the real 8.1 shows up. Then I'll make a unilateral decision based on what I find.
 

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    PC/Desktop
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    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus § DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2300 MHz (11.5 x 200) 4400+ § Corsair Value Select
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    AMD 4400+/4200+
    Motherboard
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus/Asus A8M2N-LA (NodusM)
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    2 GB/3GB
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    GeForce 8400 GS/GeForce 210
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    nVIDIA GT218 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Hitachi 40" LCD HDTV
    Screen Resolution
    "1842 x 1036"
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD50 00AAKS-007AA SCSI Disk Device
    ST1000DL 002-9TT153 SCSI Disk Device
    WDC WD3200AAJB-00J3A0 ATA Device
    WDC WD32 WD-WCAPZ2942630 USB Device
    WD My Book 1140 USB Device
    PSU
    Works 550w
    Case
    MSI "M-Box"
    Cooling
    Water Cooled
    Keyboard
    Dell Keyboard
    Mouse
    Microsoft Intellimouse
    Internet Speed
    Cable Medium Speed
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    Chrome/IE 10
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    Eset NOD32 6.x/Win Defend
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    Recently lost my Windows 8 on my main PC, had to go back to Windows 7.

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#19
I'm not brave enought to try anything still in BETA.. I'll be awating the full release in October 2013,
then I'll give them time to work more bugs out before I will actually up-date to 8.1 for my Windows 8, laptop.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8 - 64 bit
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer 7540-1284.(Special pkg made for HSN )
    CPU
    Processor:Intel- B960
    Memory
    3GB Memory , 320 GH HDD
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics -ATI Radeon HD 4200 Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3 HD+LED LCO
    Hard Drives
    M300 ( 2.0 GHz,1MB L2 Cache)
    320 GH HHD

    Up to 1407 MB HyperMemory
    Case
    Laptop 17.3" HD+ LED LCD
    Keyboard
    Full size keyboard plus number pad( 5 full rows of keys )
    Mouse
    Touch pad..( I have a portable mouse I use )
    Internet Speed
    I don't know
    Browser
    I E 10, Chrome
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    Avast
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    DVD Super Multi DL drive

    Acer Nplify 802.11 b/g/n

    6 cell Li-ion battery

    plus a lot more ...I do NOT need

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