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will my computer run windows 8

Varuuth

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I have a Dell XPS 630, running windows vista 64 bit. It has a quad core q6600 cpu, with 4 gigs of ram NVidia GeForce GTX 560, windows explorer says the hard drive is 594 Gigs, but I think it was a 650 when I ordered the computer... probably a hidden partition but that isn't really important. I'm curious will my computer run window 8?

The only reason I am thinking of upgrading to windows 8 is this computer hasn't been formatted since I got it about 4 years ago. And it takes a few minutes to boot up now. (haven't timed it to know exactly how long).

I know I asked if it will run windows 8, but also how well will it run? Will it be slower or faster then windows vista?

On a sub-note: i have never had a real problem with vista (with the obvious exception that things are now running slow, but i don't think that is an o/s issue, i think that is just the computer needs to be cleaned up).
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows vista 64 bit
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 630
    CPU
    Intel Q6600
    Memory
    4 gigs
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVidia GeForce GTX 560
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio (built in audio to the motherboard)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 2253BW
    Screen Resolution
    1680 x 1050
    Mouse
    Logitech MX 518

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Your PC will run Windows 8 fine, better than Vista for sure.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 enterprise x64
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Pc-Quebec / Area 66
    CPU
    i7-3960X Extreme Edition
    Motherboard
    Rampage IV Extreme
    Memory
    Gskill 4x4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    4 x HD 7970
    Sound Card
    onboard
    Screen Resolution
    2560*1600
    Hard Drives
    C:\Intel series 520 SSD , 250 GB
    D:\ WD 750 black with Intel 40gb SSD cache Intel RST
    E:\ WD 2TB Black
    PSU
    Corsair AX 1200
    Case
    TT Mozart TX
    Cooling
    Water Cooled
    Keyboard
    Logitech G-15
    Other Info
    Windows 8 VM is install on his own SSD.

Lazure

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Vista is actually the most demanding of the windows OS, especially the 64-bit version. If it can handle it, Windows 7 and 8 would do it even better.

You have a quad core CPU, 4GB of RAM, and an even better video card than me. For sure Windows 8 will run, and it would run like a dream. Windows 8 is definitely fast. The worst of your troubles, in terms of it running, would be if you have some mid 2000s device or something whose driver MAY not work in 8. That is pretty rare, though, as most things that'd work for Vista 64-bit should work even in 8 and you shouldn't need to worry too much about that. I reckon you'll have more trouble with the human aspect of Windows 8, that is, getting used to the UI changes. :) The machine will definitely handle it though.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit, Ubuntu 13.04 64-Bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Built
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 950 @ 3ghz
    Motherboard
    Asus Sabertooth X58
    Memory
    Crucial 6GB DDR3 1066mhz Triple Channel
    Graphics Card(s)
    1GB EVGA GTX 460 SE (Nvidia)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dual LG Monitors
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080, 1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    80GB Intel 320 Series SSD
    640GB WD Caviar Blue
    320GB WD MyBook (converted to Internal SATA)
    1TB Seagate Barracuda
    PSU
    Corsair 650TX 650w
    Case
    CoolerMaster HAF 922
    Keyboard
    Logitech G110
    Mouse
    Logitech G500
    Internet Speed
    20mbps Down, 2mbps Up

Varuuth

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Support + Downloads: MX 518 Gaming Grade Optical Mouse - Logitech
my only question at this point is will my mouse work. just to clarify, will the setpoint software that controls my mouse (at the above url) will that work? It only says windows 7, vista, xp .. it doesn't list windows 8. any ideas if this is going to be a problem?
hmnm ok time to edit this post. the link takes you to the top page not to where you really need to be.

just below where it says
MX™518 Gaming-Grade Optical Mouse

are some links that says Support Downloads Troubleshooting (etc)
cilck Downloads and then on that page you can choose the operating system. sorry about the messed up link but the logitech site doesn't allow a direct link.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows vista 64 bit
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 630
    CPU
    Intel Q6600
    Memory
    4 gigs
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVidia GeForce GTX 560
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio (built in audio to the motherboard)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 2253BW
    Screen Resolution
    1680 x 1050
    Mouse
    Logitech MX 518

Lazure

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The mouse should work, I don't see why it wouldn't. At the very least it'd be usable, as for configuring it with the SetPoint software I have not tested this. My logitech mouse is on my desktop, which still runs 7. :)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit, Ubuntu 13.04 64-Bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Built
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 950 @ 3ghz
    Motherboard
    Asus Sabertooth X58
    Memory
    Crucial 6GB DDR3 1066mhz Triple Channel
    Graphics Card(s)
    1GB EVGA GTX 460 SE (Nvidia)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dual LG Monitors
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080, 1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    80GB Intel 320 Series SSD
    640GB WD Caviar Blue
    320GB WD MyBook (converted to Internal SATA)
    1TB Seagate Barracuda
    PSU
    Corsair 650TX 650w
    Case
    CoolerMaster HAF 922
    Keyboard
    Logitech G110
    Mouse
    Logitech G500
    Internet Speed
    20mbps Down, 2mbps Up

Varuuth

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I just spotted on a different forum that someone said "Setpoint 6.32 with Windows 7 compatibility", so i will work to back up my files and the .. make the decision if i am going to go to windows 8 .. (haven't opened the box yet) .. I will let you all know how it goes.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows vista 64 bit
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 630
    CPU
    Intel Q6600
    Memory
    4 gigs
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVidia GeForce GTX 560
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio (built in audio to the motherboard)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 2253BW
    Screen Resolution
    1680 x 1050
    Mouse
    Logitech MX 518

machare

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If you click the Download button on this link you can run the upgrade assistant which will tell you about any incompatibilities.
No need to actually place an order.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows/buy

Using an SSD for your operating system and any frequently used data is a good way to make your PC work faster.
My PC uses an E6600 processor and with an SSD loads things like MS Excel and Word almost instantly.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7

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Since you upgrading, if you have some extra money, throw a SSD in your PC, this is a good time when you re install an OS
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 enterprise x64
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Pc-Quebec / Area 66
    CPU
    i7-3960X Extreme Edition
    Motherboard
    Rampage IV Extreme
    Memory
    Gskill 4x4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    4 x HD 7970
    Sound Card
    onboard
    Screen Resolution
    2560*1600
    Hard Drives
    C:\Intel series 520 SSD , 250 GB
    D:\ WD 750 black with Intel 40gb SSD cache Intel RST
    E:\ WD 2TB Black
    PSU
    Corsair AX 1200
    Case
    TT Mozart TX
    Cooling
    Water Cooled
    Keyboard
    Logitech G-15
    Other Info
    Windows 8 VM is install on his own SSD.

jbfoster

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Since you upgrading, if you have some extra money, throw a SSD in your PC, this is a good time when you re install an OS

I agree..... I put a SSD in both my laptop and desktop. Real nice and fast.

I picked up a 64GB off craigslist for $40 to try in my laptop. I don't save much to the drive so the size was just fine for now. Boots way faster. 30 seconds from pushing the power to entering password to logon. I liked it so much I got a 120GB SSD drive for my desktop. I use the SSD drive my my OS and apps. All data are on my other hard drives.

Jim
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro
    CPU
    AMD FX-8150
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-990FX
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 980

Varuuth

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ok I now have all of my files backed up . and was about to open the box for windows 8.. and had a thought.. how do i know if i bought the 64 bit or 32 bit version? the receipt says win 8 pro 32 bit/64 bit.. but i don't trust receipts lol and i don't see anything printed on the box. I bought it from best buy and their item number is 6559083

in response to the previous post. I would like to put in an SSD but can't afford it at the moment.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows vista 64 bit
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 630
    CPU
    Intel Q6600
    Memory
    4 gigs
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVidia GeForce GTX 560
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio (built in audio to the motherboard)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 2253BW
    Screen Resolution
    1680 x 1050
    Mouse
    Logitech MX 518

Lazure

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If I remember right, Windows 7 retail box contained two discs, one was 32-bit and one was 64-bit? Is Windows 8 the same way? Did you check to see if there were two discs in there?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit, Ubuntu 13.04 64-Bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Built
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 950 @ 3ghz
    Motherboard
    Asus Sabertooth X58
    Memory
    Crucial 6GB DDR3 1066mhz Triple Channel
    Graphics Card(s)
    1GB EVGA GTX 460 SE (Nvidia)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dual LG Monitors
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080, 1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    80GB Intel 320 Series SSD
    640GB WD Caviar Blue
    320GB WD MyBook (converted to Internal SATA)
    1TB Seagate Barracuda
    PSU
    Corsair 650TX 650w
    Case
    CoolerMaster HAF 922
    Keyboard
    Logitech G110
    Mouse
    Logitech G500
    Internet Speed
    20mbps Down, 2mbps Up

Varuuth

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:) not sure if there is 1 or 2 disks in there, haven't opened the box.. don't want to open if it's only the 32 bit version.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows vista 64 bit
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 630
    CPU
    Intel Q6600
    Memory
    4 gigs
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVidia GeForce GTX 560
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio (built in audio to the motherboard)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 2253BW
    Screen Resolution
    1680 x 1050
    Mouse
    Logitech MX 518

Varuuth

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i just noticed the tag on the top of the box itself. tiny writing , but it says win 8 pro 32-bit/64-bit.. i would say it is both in there. will hold off for a bit in case someone thinks otherwise lol . last thing i want to do is blow 75 bucks (after taxes)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows vista 64 bit
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 630
    CPU
    Intel Q6600
    Memory
    4 gigs
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVidia GeForce GTX 560
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio (built in audio to the motherboard)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 2253BW
    Screen Resolution
    1680 x 1050
    Mouse
    Logitech MX 518

Varuuth

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Since my last post i've, installed windows 8 (64 bit), installed Mcafee Total Protection, AVG Linkscanner, EVGA video card drivers, EVGA Precision X, Chrome, Imported bookmarks for chrome, currently installing Guild Wars 2 (that thing is huge so I have it running in the background as I am configuring other things). So far only one strange reboot, not sure what caused it, but other wise so far it's been good.

Things do run faster. :)

I do have a question, what directory is the background images stored in?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows vista 64 bit
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 630
    CPU
    Intel Q6600
    Memory
    4 gigs
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVidia GeForce GTX 560
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio (built in audio to the motherboard)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 2253BW
    Screen Resolution
    1680 x 1050
    Mouse
    Logitech MX 518

jbfoster

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Which one Lock screen, start screen or desktop?

You can use a custom image for the lock screen or the desktop but I have not found a way to use a custom image for the start screen. I read some where that the default images for the start screen are stored in a .dll.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro
    CPU
    AMD FX-8150
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-990FX
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 980

Varuuth

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oops sorry.. i meant the desktop images. I only asked because my mom was wondering about one of the flower pictures.. since i'm not going to use the picture, i figured no harm in giving it to her. but i was able to find the folder for it. :)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows vista 64 bit
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 630
    CPU
    Intel Q6600
    Memory
    4 gigs
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVidia GeForce GTX 560
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio (built in audio to the motherboard)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 2253BW
    Screen Resolution
    1680 x 1050
    Mouse
    Logitech MX 518

Varuuth

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it's in c:/windows/web/wallpaper and also c:/windows/web/screen
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows vista 64 bit
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 630
    CPU
    Intel Q6600
    Memory
    4 gigs
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVidia GeForce GTX 560
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio (built in audio to the motherboard)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 2253BW
    Screen Resolution
    1680 x 1050
    Mouse
    Logitech MX 518

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