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Windows 7 or 8?


alberkhav
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I currently am using Vista on my PC. It's working fine, no complaints, except Vista doesn't support html 5, which I have a need for.

So, I'm thinking of upgrading, but aren't sure whether to get windows 7 or 8. I've heard quite bad things about 8 and it's interface, but I understand you can get software to restore the classic windows interface,

Any of you folks got thoughts on this?.

I use my PC for gaming, fractal generation and internet browsing at home. It's quite a high spec one.

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The vast majority of complaints I've heard about 8 are either from people that used it in it's Beta days (I did then as well, the beta was horrible) or from people that are inexperienced with it. For the average point and click user, navigating with 8 will be a bit slower, at least until they transition mostly to apps from the Windows store rather than legacy programs. If you're into shortcuts though, I found 8 to be a lot smoother and quicker than vista/7. Even some things that were fairly quick before have been improved, such as the search feature.

 

8 also has a few more features than 7, and I haven't noticed anything in particular than 8 seems to be missing. Built in support for mounting .iso's is awesome. Access to the windows store is a bonus, it's not like you can't still use .exe's. Faster boot times are awesome, especially if you have it installed on a SSD which I assume you would plan on in your high spec pc. My favourite feature is probably the Live tiles. Seeing my latest emails/messages without opening a browser, seeing the weather from my lock screen, and seeing Xbox Live notifications from my start screen are all awesome!

 

Also, if you're insistent on using the older interface, definitely talk to the "specialists" at wherever you're buying it. I know some of the manufacturers have features built into their OEM version of Windows 8 that'll give you an optional classic start menu, among other things. I know Samsung has done that with some of their all-in-ones. Not sure specifically which manufacturers have done that, but you should be able to find out in store.

 

Hope that provides some insight :). Just so I don't sound to biased, I do actively run both 7 and 8. I have 7 on my laptop, dual-booting 7 and 8 on my desktop, and I have RT on my tablet.

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The only drawback I have really found in Windows8 is with embedded videos in sites. Windows8 seems to really hate them. Apart from that, no problem whatsoever as far as I'm concerned.

 

Originally flash player in Internet Explorer would only work with Microsoft approved sites. Given how restrictive it was, and that their own sites largely run off of Silverlight, the only place it seemed to work was Youtube. Embedded youtube videos were hit and miss. I mostly ended up using the desktop version of Chrome for a while. They did an update a month or two ago though that removed the restrictions. So long as your version of Windows 8 is up to date you should have no issues with video in the Metro version of IE. If you still have issues though it'd be interesting if you could post some links, as I've watched hours and hours of (non-youtube) video over the last month with no problems.

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I recommend you to install Windows 8 in it. Windows 8.1 is coming with new features and it is also good for gaming. Until now I have had no problem while gaming in my Windows 8 PC. Also the performance boost and new features will interest you. If you want to increase your gamerscore, Windows 8 is good since there are about 45 games with an average of 175 G and Xbox Live is also fully supported.

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Windows 8 is terrible. I just bought a new laptop and the machine is great but Windows 8 is so annoying...and not in that only because I'm allergic to change way it's more like they hey we're trying to copy apple and failing way. I'm currently searching for a way to make it appear like Windows 7.

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Windows 8 is terrible. I just bought a new laptop and the machine is great but Windows 8 is so annoying...and not in that only because I'm allergic to change way it's more like they hey we're trying to copy apple and failing way. I'm currently searching for a way to make it appear like Windows 7.

 

You can pretty much get by without using the Metro interface it you dislike it so much. Below is a screenshot of my desktop which is pretty much Windows 7 desktop with start menu, program shortcuts, etc. I use a program called Start8 by Stardock to get the Start Menu. It only cost me $4.99. They also do a program called ModernMix which allows to open Win8 progams in a Window.

 

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Posted this in another thread. Might help.

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I use Windows 8 + Start 8 and I'm very happy with this combination.

 

To be honest with this combination and a few tweaks there is no reason to say Windows 8 is sh*t. I agree it is missing some of the best features of Windows 7 but like many others have said Win8 is more or less an optimised version of Windows 7. At first I was slightly baffled by how it was all laid out and wondering where everything was but once you work it out it is as easy to navigate as 7. People complain about change but so many more of us would be even more pissed if they changed hardly anything and tried charging us for it.

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