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win 7 or win 8

Posted 13 December 2012 - 09:10 AM

I want to upgrade my widows to either 7 or 8. I know 7 is a nice sleek running OS and I've tried 8 and cant get used to the whole start menu thing. My question is which one is actually better to get in the long run? The win7 which is already out of date or the win 8 which could be like windows ME?


If you have any personal reviews on either I would like to hear them.
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Re: win 7 or win 8

Posted 13 December 2012 - 09:14 AM

Eh.. get windows 7 and run with that... it's not going to sunset for sometime and if you are not overly thrilled about the windows 8 layout then it's the best bet.
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Re: win 7 or win 8

Posted 13 December 2012 - 09:19 AM

Windows 7 has already proven itself as a strong OS. Considering you have already tried Windows 8 and do not care for it, stick with Windows 7. As modi said, it will be quite a long time until support ends for Windows 7.

I'm hopefully finishing the build of my new computer this weekend. Installing Windows 7 with a VirtualBox of ArchBang.
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Re: win 7 or win 8

Posted 13 December 2012 - 09:20 AM

I currently have vista on my rig and it seems to be starting to run out of gas lol
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Re: win 7 or win 8

Posted 13 December 2012 - 09:23 AM

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Every other major user-centric iteration of Windows is terrible.

3.1 good, 95 bad
98 good, 2000 bad
XP good, Vista bad
7 good - I have no hope for 8
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Re: win 7 or win 8

Posted 13 December 2012 - 09:27 AM

That's just silly, but what evs.

Yeah - windows 7 home premium OEM.. 99.00.
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Re: win 7 or win 8

Posted 13 December 2012 - 09:35 AM

We have a Win8 thread going pretty strong already:
http://www.dreaminco...windows-8-apps/

The start screen is crap if you're not on a tablet. That's why most people install one of the many Start Menu replacement utilities out there that cause Win8 to boot then immediately go to the normal desktop we all know.

I wouldn't call Win7 dead yet. Look how many people and businesses are still on XP. Plus some retailers are being trained in how to upsell Win7 as a replacement for pre-installed Win8 because so many people are bitching about it.
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Re: win 7 or win 8

Posted 13 December 2012 - 09:43 AM

View Postdepricated, on 13 December 2012 - 11:23 AM, said:

3.1 good, 95 bad
98 good, 2000 bad
XP good, Vista bad
7 good - I have no hope for 8


Yikes. Imma give you a huge wtf (& this will push the topic to more of an Operating Systems subject than just Win 7/Win 8)

a: Windows 3.1 wasn't an os
b: Windows 95 was an improvement over 3.1
c: Windows 98 was a re-hash of Windows 95. None of my tech friends enjoyed Windows 98 at all... well calvinthedestroyer, but that was for all the wrong reasons.

& You completely skipped Windows ME, which throws your flip/flop theory out of alignment.
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Posted 13 December 2012 - 09:45 AM

.. and windows 2003/NT. Good ol' NT.
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Re: win 7 or win 8

Posted 13 December 2012 - 10:08 AM

I keep Win7/VS12/Office2010 on my desktop/development PC.

I recently formatted my laptop and made it totally up to date:
Win8
Office 2013
Stardock Start 8
Etc.

Once you spend some time beating Win8 into submission so it
  • Uses a real (local) login and not MS account
  • boots to the desktop
  • Has a Start menu and
  • stops trying to behave like a tablet
  • get media center going
  • Turn off all the helpful BS
  • Turn off the desire to go on-line for everything
  • Turn off the desire to report every fraking thing

Basically if you you can tame it to behave like Win7 then it isn't godawful. Personally I think that should be their new slogan:

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Windows 8 - Its not the worst thing we've ever forced on you.


I'll give it a couple kudos. It found all the drivers for all my devices including aftermarket USB3 PCi card.

I have it on my laptop strictly as a migrational path. The laptop is connected through my KVM so I can switch between the two computers easily. I use Win7 for 99% of development but use Win8 to work on future skill needs like WinPhone8 and {eventually} Metro/Tiles applications.

After a while (and age) you just quit bitching about 'the new OS' because after making the transition 20 or so times you just accept it. Not counting Commodore computers... Started with MacOS 6 (now on 10.8)... Win3.1 (now on 7 and 8)

My advice is 'just accept it'. Its life. Nothing you can do about it. They have to make money, and convincing everyone they have to upgrade every 2 years is how they do it. Be happy about it: It means you can update all your applications that you sell with Win8 compliance and market them as upgrades or new versions. Microsoft's desire to keep selling updates is your path to income and you aren't the bad guy. You're just updating out of necessity: That will be $19.99 please.
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Re: win 7 or win 8

Posted 13 December 2012 - 10:11 AM

Call me young, but I still get nostalgic remembering the day my Dad bought a PC for the house and I was taught to play Solitaire on good ole' Windows 98 ^^
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Re: win 7 or win 8

Posted 13 December 2012 - 10:13 AM

are you knocking commadore 64?-- the greatest computer ever made?
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Re: win 7 or win 8

Posted 13 December 2012 - 10:15 AM

Okay... you're young.

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commadore 64?-- the greatest computer ever made?

You mean still being made?
http://www.commodore...t/cusa_c64.aspx
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Re: win 7 or win 8

Posted 13 December 2012 - 10:25 AM

View Postmodi123_1, on 13 December 2012 - 11:15 AM, said:

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commadore 64?-- the greatest computer ever made?

You mean still being made?
http://www.commodore...t/cusa_c64.aspx


Personally, as a Windows PC all in one design it still kinda rocks. For an office desk there are only a couple cables: Power and Monitor. So that's clean and tidy. Having the USB and DVD easily accessed on top of the desk beats on the tower located someplace inconvenient, like under the desk. I'd install these as part of a sales POS system.
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Re: win 7 or win 8

Posted 13 December 2012 - 10:35 AM

View Postno2pencil, on 13 December 2012 - 09:43 AM, said:

View Postdepricated, on 13 December 2012 - 11:23 AM, said:

3.1 good, 95 bad
98 good, 2000 bad
XP good, Vista bad
7 good - I have no hope for 8


Yikes. Imma give you a huge wtf (& this will push the topic to more of an Operating Systems subject than just Win 7/Win 8)

a: Windows 3.1 wasn't an os
b: Windows 95 was an improvement over 3.1
c: Windows 98 was a re-hash of Windows 95. None of my tech friends enjoyed Windows 98 at all... well calvinthedestroyer, but that was for all the wrong reasons.

& You completely skipped Windows ME, which throws your flip/flop theory out of alignment.


a: What would you call it? As far as every definition I'm aware of, it's an OS.
b: Mildly so. I hated it, stuck with 3.1 until I upped to 98. There were some pointed differences between the two which at this point I hardly remember, but I remember 95 crashing constantly and 98 rarely.
c: and ME was a rehash of 98.

So lets accept your definitions here.

95 sucked, 2000 sucked, XP good, vista sucked, 7 good
That makes em 2 for 5, a 40% success rate. Still not looking hopeful for 8.

Or we could say
3.1 good, 95 bad
98 good, ME bad
XP good, Vista bad
7 good, 8 ?? (haven't played with it enough honestly)

I generally cut out the business versions like 2000 (which I still confuse sometimes with ME, like above), 3.11, NT, Server 2008 - as well as niche versions like CE or WinMobile in this 'flow'. Why I qualified it as major user-centric version.


edit: aside: anyone ever notice that Windows abbreviated versions spell CEMENT?

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