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Windows 8: Do you need it?

  1. #31


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I for one, will be making a huge effort to update people's laptops to Windows 8 mostly due to improved battery life and speed. The Start Screen can be learned and navigation can be learned. I'll be installing HP's Learn Windows 8 app on said installs as well...
    I'm trying to come up with a good mechanism for myself to judge the real world different in battery life. Aside from boot improvements, I haven't really seem much to support claims that Windows 8 is really noticeably faster.

    I don't do much side computer work for people. After using them all day, I want to get away from them at home...so people in my circles have to upgrade if they wish on their own.
    I've read that on average battery life, on a new laptop with Windows 7 and 8, Windows 8 will add about 30-45 minutes to. But in real world comparison, 8 just feels faster and snappier. Yeah, 7 is fast, but 8 is faster.

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  2. #32


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I've read that on average battery life, on a new laptop with Windows 7 and 8, Windows 8 will add about 30-45 minutes to.
    I have read this too, but until I can see it for myself and quantify the difference, I will remain skeptical.

    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    But in real world comparison, 8 just feels faster and snappier.
    I think a lot of claims of speed are based on the gut feeling of "it just feels snappier". I am often scoffed at for my claims of not noticing speed improvements outside of bootups, but when I ask others if they did time test with stopwatches or other devices (like i have) they always say no. Then you find they compare an older load of Windows 7 with tons of cruft, to a new machine with new hardware and a fresh load and say, "Wow, look at how much faster it is". Really, it's faster!...this surprises them? It's faster hardware and a fresh load.

    I on the other hand, take 2 identical machines from work inventory, fresh load Windows 7 on one and Windows 8 on the other and test and I see very little difference. No doubt bootups and shutdowns are faster. But for most other things, I challenge others to prove to me it's faster....i've got my conclusive proof saying time difference is negligible.
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  3. #33


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


    i just dont see many advantages of 8 over 7 expect if you are going to put 8 on a mobile device. Windows 7 does everything perfect for me on my desktop pc's, why would I go to windows 8, its not going to happen.
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  4. #34


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Colonel Travis View Post
    GEMA outlawed (in Germany) a 70-year-old song video I uploaded a long time ago. They can be strict about this stuff.
    Thanks, Colonel. I never new this organization existed. I read up on it. YouTube is banned in Germany. Google took them to court over extravagant fees and lost. Now it seems it's to be heard in a California court.

    Copyright infringement is a touchy subject no doubt, but I should think the Stones don't care. They're rolling in dough. Anyway, thanks again. I learned something today.
    In principle, the GEMA is a good organization. They are e.g. providing funds for older artists once they retire. Whether that works well, I don't know.
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  5. #35


    I agree. I wouldn't want people stealing things I've created either. Mine just happens to be fixed real estate. Difficult to take.
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  6. #36


    I'm sticking with XP. I don't really like 7 that much, let alone 8. My kids have 7 on their PCs and laptops, and I just don't like it. I don't have a laptop or a tablet, have no need for one and no intention of getting one.

    I suppose that makes me a dinosaur. But then so is the organisation I work for: some 8,000 workstations, all with XP.

    PS. You Tube works fine here in Germany.
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  7. #37


    Australia
    Posts : 716
    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    Ironically I was at docs getting a prescription and his surgery is ultra modern and in an ultra modern complex, yet I noticed he was running XP as he printed out the prescription. I couldn't resist asking him why he still used XP. And he replied: Because it does everything I want! End of story.

    I stopped short of telling him support would be withdrawn in a few years.
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  8. #38


    USA, Idaho
    Posts : 1,062
    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    Please do not take this wrong if you are not going to upgrade to 8 or for that matter 7. With the strokes that have caused a decrease in my ability to comprehend even the smallest of things at times I still cannot understand why if someone is not going to use 8 (or whatever) they find the need to join a forum that is designed around a specific OS.

    This has been one of the things that really gives my broken down old brain fits. . .
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  9. #39


    Posts : 534
    Windows 7, Windows 8 RP


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    I on the other hand, take 2 identical machines from work inventory, fresh load Windows 7 on one and Windows 8 on the other and test and I see very little difference. No doubt bootups and shutdowns are faster. But for most other things, I challenge others to prove to me it's faster....i've got my conclusive proof saying time difference is negligible.
    Time is not the only determination. My Latitude D620 with XP on it sat on the shelf for a number of years because it took to long to boot and even longer to login to. I figured it's obviously bloated from many years of use so I formatted and installed 7 and it was better but still sluggish with only 2GB of ram. I couldn't stream 720P movie over wireless without it stuttering or video pausing while audio kept playing. And forget trying to run anything else while trying to play that video. When W8 dev came out I installed it on the 620 and it was night and day difference, boot up was quick, login was quick and resource utilization by the OS dropped quite a bit in comparison to 7. I can stream 720P movies from my network drive without issue, I can let that play and also launch the browser with no stutter or anything and ram use is just over 1GB. Windows 8 has put new life into this 620 that I'm using right now after sitting on a shelf for years.

    So yes, W8 is faster but as the hardware it runs on gets faster it's just not as noticeable because there are more resources available. I think a good test for newer hardware is to start launching many programs, does the performance start to drop sooner on 7 or 8 as more programs are running? That would be a true test for newer hardware.
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  10. #40


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    Please do not take this wrong if you are not going to upgrade to 8 or for that matter 7. With the strokes that have caused a decrease in my ability to comprehend even the smallest of things at times I still cannot understand why if someone is not going to use 8 (or whatever) they find the need to join a forum that is designed around a specific OS.

    This has been one of the things that really gives my broken down old brain fits. . .
    My thoughts exactly.
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