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How to decide: should you upgrade to Windows 8?

  1. #11

    The Contemplator
    Doncaster, UK
    Posts : 638
    Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

    A good point there. Pressing the <Enter> key whilst on the Start Screen will activate the application whose tile is currently selected (highlighted). By default, unless the highlight has been moved by means of the cursor keys, the application represented by the first tile (the one at the top left) will be executed. In your case, this will cause the system to shutdown. I too have the first icon set to show the desktop, and I consider this to be the most practical application for this position, and I'm not sure why this isn't the default.

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  2. #12

    wpcoe THANK YOU !
    I have been going NUTZ trying to find out how to stop pc from shutting down when I press enter.
    I was all through settings, google, bing, forums

    Now I love 8 even more. Widows key for Start Panel. Enter for Desktop.
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  3. #13

    I am Woman! Hear Me Roar!
    Posts : 1,116
    4 Windows 7 Pro Sp1- 4 Win 8 Pro, 1- xp pro sp3

    ok my opinion on if you should upgrade:
    If you are happy with Windows 7 and do not want the Metro UI then I see no reason to upgrade
    If you want to play around with the new OS and Know what you are doing, are an expert computer user, then upgrade
    If you have no clue what to do- then stick with what works now.

    If you really want windows 8 then purchase another computer or a tablet, you do no not need to go buy an expensive laptop, i see them all the time for less thant $500 at Bestbuy or one of the other chains, then at least you still have Windows 7 and Windows 8
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  4. #14

    VA USA
    Posts : 349
    W8.1up1 Pro x64 w/media center

    The decision was pretty straight forward for me, I got W8 Pro and the media center thrown in for free for 15 bucks, going from W7 home Premium.

    I'm not overly concerned about the "metro" thing, (it reminds me of 98 or XP) since I installed a neat little free start menu tool that takes me direct to desktop, I added back the old MS games, and even gadgets, and its business as usual. I'd like to find the areo code to add back.

    Only problem was for 2 months nobody had a working graphics driver for this weird Radeon 7690m xt/Intel 3000 setup on this HP dv7t-6c00, but finally a couple weeks ago HP posted one, and I was off

    So far I have had no big issues, all my programs run, even the 32bit stuff that was carried over from W7, only program that didn't work was Perfect Disk , but no biggie

    I'm sure as time goes on there will be sp's from MS to fix things here and there for us older desktop users, for the new kids, its just what's there to use, they won't know anything else and won't miss XP, Vista, or 7.
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  5. #15

    If you love the polish of Windows 7, you'll hate Windows 8. It offers an unpolished beta-esque experience.

    If you are indifferent towards Windows 7, give 8 a try and see how you like it.
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  6. #16

    I have just upgraded from Win 7 to WIn 8, and so far so good.

    I just run it as the old win 7 interface as i dont have touch screen facilities, so i installed 'Classic Start Menu' (freeware) and now you wouldnt know it was Win 8, apart from the font change in Notepad lol.

    Seems faster and more stable, but its early days yet ;-)
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  7. #17

    Posts : 64
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    It's faster yes, not by a lot but it is noticeable. I wouldn't go back, I like some new things. Boot time for me decreased a lot, and the OS loads faster upon getting to the interface.
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  8. #18

    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    The average boot time I've seen on some the PCs I've installed 8 on, from shut down to startup: about 20-25 seconds. Boot from shutdown: 15-20 seconds.

    These are six year old PCs.
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  9. #19

    I've been running Win8 Enterprise on my primary desktop for about a month now and I'm very happy with it, especially the snappiness (response) that I'm getting. everything seems to be smooth and very quick. Accessing the server's drives is fast and the folders populate much faster than in Win7 Enterprise. Everything works properly and I haven't had a BSOD, lockup or any issue since moving to the new OS. I'm running an Intel Q6600 CPU with 6GB of DDR2 RAM, 120GB SSD (boot) and 2TB WD Caviar Black (data), Creative HiFi-X audio card and an old GeForce GT 430 video card (I'm not a gamer). So my hardware is certainly not "state of the art" but is very mainstream and I haven't found anything that I don't like. I do use "Classic Shell", so that's my only crutch...
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  10. #20

    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10

    The article is fairly clear that XP users should upgrade.

    Having tried it on more than one PC, I'd be more cautious; I had all sorts of problems with drivers (including one that came through Windows Update but caused Blue Screens of Death).

    Also, I had a 1GB laptop. In theory this is the minimum spec but in practice I don't need much software running before the disk light goes frantic; I assume because of swapping, and earlier today the screen went blank for 10 minutes and I couldn't do anything except watch the flashing disk light. On checking I realised that my laptop has shared video memory within that 1GB which I imagine doesn't help, but that's not obvious at first and the Upgrade Assistant didn't mention it.

    So for XP users I'd be quite cautious, make sure I had full image-type backups before I started (which I did, and was very grateful for), check out drivers and potential BIOS updates before I started, and consider getting more RAM than 1GB- I'm off to my local tech store in the morning!
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