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Old 04-25-2014, 05:35 PM   #1
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I got a new laptop today. It arrived with copies of both Win 7 and Win 8 but only one can be installed/activated. The computer has a touch screen but I'm not huge fan of Win 8 (only have limited experience with it however).

Any advice before I fire it up?
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Old 04-25-2014, 06:08 PM   #2
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Well id say windows 7 but thats only because i love it so much lpl

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Old 04-25-2014, 08:03 PM   #3
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I say give Windows 8 a try for a couple of days and see how you like then make your final decision. I myself use Windows 8 and have never looked back..
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I would have to say Windows 7. Iv always been a huge fan of Windows 7 and i'm used to it. I don't think i'll ever upgrade to Windows 8 but that's just me.
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go with windows 8 and download a shell to make it look like windows 7. you get the blazing fast boot up and general speed of windows 8 (and all its optimizations plus guaranteed direct x 12 support) with the look and feel of windows 7
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I agree with jarlmaster and BK.
Go windows 8 and download some software like "iobit start menu".
You get a start menu (which in my opinion is better than the standard win 7 menu) and it can deactivate all hot corners as well.
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Old 04-26-2014, 07:52 AM   #7
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I agree with jarlmaster and BK.
Go windows 8 and download some software like "iobit start menu".
You get a start menu (which in my opinion is better than the standard win 7 menu) and it can deactivate all hot corners as well.
I've said this once and will say it again, I was one of the Windows 8 haters when it came out, I nabbed a copy and setup a dualboot on my old laptop with Windows 7 already installed and tested for a while and got to like it. It started to cause problems so I removed it and went back to Windows 7, Then a managed to get a decent second laptop with Windows 7 and I got an 8.1 Pro key so I wiped the drive and installed and have been using it for the last 2 months now and absolutely love it. I love the task manager as it is new and redesigned in some ways, Detail resources usage for every program and how much ram, cpu and hard drives are being used and other details.

Also if you are looking for someone tips, tricks and tweaks Let me google that for you



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Old 04-26-2014, 02:58 PM   #8
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Its all up to preference you have to try them both and see what you like.
i have windows 7 on my desktop and 8.1 on my laptop, in my opinion windows 7 is better.

i had a windows phone before i had 8.1 so it just seem too much like a phone to me.
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Given one or the other, I'd go with windows 8 now. Going into it with an open mind (originally didn't like the little bit I had used) I've found it much quicker to get around and the boot time is very fast. I don't have any issues with compatibility in terms of software either.

I think before we let opinions get in the way, what do you want to use the computer for? Any old (4+ years) software or hardware like printers we need to consider here?
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I spent the weekend with Win 8. I admit defeat - I'm done. I gave it a good workout and tracked what I did.

Besides web surfing I used:

Sibelius
Wordperfect
Snagit
Photoimpact
excel
atlassian products
eSpatial
Acrobat
Google docs, mail, etc
A dos emulator (needed a commander keen fix)
Skype

I really tried, wanted to like it... it's so pretty but waaay too tabli-fied. Using multiple programs at the same time was unmanageable, tool bars went mia, labels are not present and many icons don't make visual sense, it's hard to tell what's clickable in the interface (especially for system settings, interactive vs static items were unclear; the user interface is decidedly unfriendly.

Back to Win 7.
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Interesting. That's also why I tend to stay in the normal desktop mode. At least you gave it a shot
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While a bit on the old side I did remember reading an article from PCWorld and afterwards thought no way I want this on my computer. Here is a link to the article 20 must-know Windows 8 tips and tricks | PCWorld .

I already had Windows 7 on anyway and really haven't had any big issues with Windows 7. Certainly none of the complaints I have heard about with Windows 8 and as a matter of fact too Market share of Windows 8 even shows how poor an operating system it is here is a link to the latest market share statistics I could find Operating system market share .

There already is talk right now that Microsoft is thinking about rolling out Windows 9 with a great deal of what Windows 8 has in it removed. People have been so frustrated by how you have to navigate through Windows 8. If you do use Windows 8 though I hope you download the classic shell it will give you at least some functionality back.
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That program still runs??
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It's still for sale?!?!?!

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I used Win8 here at work for a good 2 months. I just set it up so that I never had to leave desktop mode. Doing that, I got all the benefits, with none of the tabli-fied-ness (I love making new words).
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I have Win 8.1.1 on a laptop, netbook and a tablet. On the laptop and netbook I use it strictly in desktop mode while with the tablet I use both desktop and Metro sides. Works for me.
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That program still runs??
Yup - and there are current versions out there

Try it sometime, you might be pleasantly surprised. It's more flexible that Word, doesn't make grammar assumptions based on a 6th grade comprehension level and has an awesome equation editor. Oh and.... the most commonly used menu items aren't hidden under a cartoon-y circle on the menu bar.

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Silly people paying for office software... Google drive is where it's at :P
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Silly people paying for office software... Google drive is where it's at :P
Sadly the formatting options are just too limited for some kinds of work.
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At the school i work at more and more students are switching to Google Drive.
When they switch, they never look back.... and it's free. it's crazy how much better Google Drive is.
The only reason Microsoft is still earning money on their silly office suit is because most people doesn't know better.

one complain i have... how the f*** do you make double underline. Students need that in math class when typing in the result. The teachers here accepts single line, But it's still a pain.
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