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Windows 8 - should I upgrade to it?

 
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Windows 8 - should I upgrade to it?
I just got my laptop less than a year ago, so I don't see much since in getting a new computer again, esp. with how much I spent on this. I wanted something nice, but paid for it. I have an HP Pavilion dv7-6b63us. It has the i7 processor, 500 GB hard drive, 8 GB ram (came with 6, but I added), 17 inch screen - all in all I really, really like it.

I liked Windows Xp, vista was ok, and windows 7 has been my favorite yet. I'm thinking about upgrading to Windows 8. I can apparently get windows 8 pro for 39.99 if I directly download it (69.99 if I want it mailed to me). I'd rather spend just $40 then get a whole new laptop.

But - should I? How is Windows 8 different? Is changing to that hard or complicated? I'm pretty good with computers, troubleshooting - I've even done other work on previous computers (changed the hard drive in one, which meant literally taking the whole damn thing apart!). But, dont want to get into anything that would be TOO much, if that makes sense.

Any advice is appreciated!
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Re: Windows 8 - should I upgrade to it?
Download Vmware player , not hard to use play with it a bit in their , im going to upgrade probably its nice and fast , Metro looks cool but it does have Aero ( windows vista/7 desktop) you can re add the start button on aero too even tho alot of people are saying you can not.
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Re: Windows 8 - should I upgrade to it?
Install Linux. It's FREE

[link to www.ubuntu.com]
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10/31/2012 10:36 PM
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Re: Windows 8 - should I upgrade to it?
If your laptop isn't touch enabled I don't see the benefit of Win8

GLP geeks pls chime in
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Re: Windows 8 - should I upgrade to it?
If your laptop isn't touch enabled I don't see the benefit of Win8

GLP geeks pls chime in
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I used windows 8 just fine with my touchpad , you do NOT have to use metro you can use the new "aero"
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Re: Windows 8 - should I upgrade to it?
Install Linux. It's FREE

[link to www.ubuntu.com]
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Linux is good but you have to learn terminals and as of yet its not for gaming and such
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Re: Windows 8 - should I upgrade to it?
Its probably might stop alot of malware also , most of these viruses people get are written in VB6 they are half ass free clients nuubs use and i HEAR its not supported properly and the other reason is .net frame has to be installed by the user instead of already on the machine alot of malware need this also but it doesnt mean that you wont get them, its just might cut down.

Last Edited by AtsuiPanda on 10/31/2012 10:43 PM
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10/31/2012 10:49 PM

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Re: Windows 8 - should I upgrade to it?
Thanks for the responses so far - keep them coming!
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Re: Windows 8 - should I upgrade to it?
Install Linux. It's FREE

[link to www.ubuntu.com]
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I'm partial to mint [link to www.linuxmint.com]

OP why do you use Windows?
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Re: Windows 8 - should I upgrade to it?
Thanks for the responses so far - keep them coming!
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Np and like i said watch alot of tutorials and maybe get a trial version and play with it, i liked it just w8ing for SP1
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Re: Windows 8 - should I upgrade to it?
Install Linux. It's FREE

[link to www.ubuntu.com]
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I'm partial to mint [link to www.linuxmint.com]

OP why do you use Windows?
 Quoting: Wonkish


Linux is nice just not for gaming @_@
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Re: Windows 8 - should I upgrade to it?
Thanks for the responses so far - keep them coming!
 Quoting: amywood71605

I can see it being great on a tablet or other touchscreen device.

As a desktop OS, it does seem a bit quicker than Windows 7. Once I log in, I go straight to the Desktop mode anyway... so it's almost identical to what I'm used to. I do somewhat miss the quickness of clicking the Start orb to open my most commonly used programs, but I'm getting used to it.

The only thing I really use the "Metro" interface for is playing solitaire or minesweeper :)

EDIT: Almost forgot... the new Task Manager is wonderful.

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Re: Windows 8 - should I upgrade to it?
Install Linux. It's FREE

[link to www.ubuntu.com]
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 13127957


I'm partial to mint [link to www.linuxmint.com]

OP why do you use Windows?
 Quoting: Wonkish


Linux is nice just not for gaming @_@
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thank you OP putin
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Re: Windows 8 - should I upgrade to it?
Thanks for the responses so far - keep them coming!
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I can see it being great on a tablet or other touchscreen device.

As a desktop OS, it does seem a bit quicker than Windows 7. Once I log in, I go straight to the Desktop mode anyway... so it's almost identical to what I'm used to. I do somewhat miss the quickness of clicking the Start orb to open my most commonly used programs, but I'm getting used to it.

The only thing I really use the "Metro" interface for is playing solitaire or minesweeper :)

EDIT: Almost forgot... the new Task Manager is wonderful.
 Quoting: TurkeyTots


You can get your start button back hf i did
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Re: Windows 8 - should I upgrade to it?
Install Linux. It's FREE

[link to www.ubuntu.com]
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 13127957


I'm partial to mint [link to www.linuxmint.com]

OP why do you use Windows?
 Quoting: Wonkish


Linux is nice just not for gaming @_@
 Quoting: AtsuiPanda


thank you OP putin
 Quoting: Wonkish


YOUR WELCOME MANG
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Re: Windows 8 - should I upgrade to it?
...I'm thinking about upgrading to Windows 8. I can apparently get windows 8 pro for 39.99 if I directly download it (69.99 if I want it mailed to me). I'd rather spend just $40 then get a whole new laptop.

But - should I? ...Any advice is appreciated!
 Quoting: amywood71605



Oh fu$k no...

I did it and im a power user...

Would be great on a tablet, but not for a pc or laptop.

Thanks god, I didn't do my pc
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Re: Windows 8 - should I upgrade to it?
Thanks for the responses so far - keep them coming!
 Quoting: amywood71605

I can see it being great on a tablet or other touchscreen device.

As a desktop OS, it does seem a bit quicker than Windows 7. Once I log in, I go straight to the Desktop mode anyway... so it's almost identical to what I'm used to. I do somewhat miss the quickness of clicking the Start orb to open my most commonly used programs, but I'm getting used to it.

The only thing I really use the "Metro" interface for is playing solitaire or minesweeper :)

EDIT: Almost forgot... the new Task Manager is wonderful.
 Quoting: TurkeyTots


You can get your start button back hf i did
 Quoting: AtsuiPanda

Yeah, I read about some options... but I don't mind adapting. It's the 'fooooture' after all!
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Re: Windows 8 - should I upgrade to it?
I used the beta test version for several months then installed the $40 downloadable upgrade a few days ago. I is a little faster since the OS is better optimized for multiple processors and it has other tweeks but you won't "see" a lot of difference between 8 and 7 other than a little bit of speed and smoothness.

Bill gets another $40 so maybe he won't go broke any time soon!
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 Quoting: amywood71605

I can see it being great on a tablet or other touchscreen device.

As a desktop OS, it does seem a bit quicker than Windows 7. Once I log in, I go straight to the Desktop mode anyway... so it's almost identical to what I'm used to. I do somewhat miss the quickness of clicking the Start orb to open my most commonly used programs, but I'm getting used to it.

The only thing I really use the "Metro" interface for is playing solitaire or minesweeper :)

EDIT: Almost forgot... the new Task Manager is wonderful.
 Quoting: TurkeyTots


You can get your start button back hf i did
 Quoting: AtsuiPanda

Yeah, I read about some options... but I don't mind adapting. It's the 'fooooture' after all!
 Quoting: TurkeyTots


haha true i still need it at times tho
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Re: Windows 8 - should I upgrade to it?
Windows 95 - Good
Windows ME - Bad
Windows XP - Good
Win Vista - Bad
Windows 7 - Good
Windows 8 - ?

I can see a patern.
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Re: Windows 8 - should I upgrade to it?
I've been in this industry since before MS-DOS.. I've experienced everything is the OS field. Even if my company that I was working wasn't interested (if they were they paid for the software!), I did it on my own.

I currently have machines at home that run Fedora, a couple running Ubuntu (my kids laptops).. however I have to admit my primary two machines are Windows 7 (that is the area that pays the bills for me). I have 4 machines at work with Windows 8 Pro and two with Windows 8 Enterprise recently installed. Aside from a faster boot into the desktop, there has been NO speed increases that we observed. Look at tomshardware.com for comparisons as well.

The previously known interface called Metro is a pain in the ass. Click on an image, and it launches some new video thingy.. no buttons to exit. Hit escape... nothing. Hit the Windows key and it goes away, but guess what - the program is still running with your picture on it (took a bit to figure that out) - meaning resources taken. No direct way to get to control panel. Its like that with audio, video, still images, etc, etc. You want to run an app that isn't linked or have an icon on your desktop? It took a search to find out that you have to Windows Key + R to do it.

Oh, and it continually pulls info from the web bullshit. Hey, I new Istanbul's weather.. I guess that helped me. In my opinion, stick with Windows 7.
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Re: Windows 8 - should I upgrade to it?
Windows 95 - Good
Windows ME - Bad
Windows XP - Good
Win Vista - Bad
Windows 7 - Good
Windows 8 - ?

I can see a patern.
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You left out:
Win 3.0
Win 3.11
Win 98
Win 2000
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Re: Windows 8 - should I upgrade to it?
Windows 95 - Good
Windows ME - Bad
Windows XP - Good
Win Vista - Bad
Windows 7 - Good
Windows 8 - ?

I can see a patern.
 Quoting: McFly 26730954

You're missing Windows 98 in there, which was great.

And Vista was terrible at launch, then became decent over time (it's reputation never really recovered, though).

8 seems good so far, just different. No blue screens, no driver issues whatsoever. Certainly better than I was expecting.
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No direct way to get to control panel.
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Move your mouse into the lower-left corner (where you'd click to get to Start screen) and right-click to get a menu with some "power user" staples (Control Panel, Computer Management, Event Viewer, Command Prompt, etc).
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I think any speed increases would be more apparent on high resource programs like AutoCAD and other graphics intensive programs making use of multiprocessor threads.
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Re: Windows 8 - should I upgrade to it?
Windows 95 - Good
Windows ME - Bad
Windows XP - Good
Win Vista - Bad
Windows 7 - Good
Windows 8 - ?

I can see a patern.
 Quoting: McFly 26730954

You're missing Windows 98 in there, which was great.

And Vista was terrible at launch, then became decent over time (it's reputation never really recovered, though).

8 seems good so far, just different. No blue screens, no driver issues whatsoever. Certainly better than I was expecting.
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Well i have used windows NT also, i was just pointing out that every other release is not so good. I will wait 6 months and test in virtualbox before installing.
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No direct way to get to control panel.
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Move your mouse into the lower-left corner (where you'd click to get to Start screen) and right-click to get a menu with some "power user" staples (Control Panel, Computer Management, Event Viewer, Command Prompt, etc).
 Quoting: TurkeyTots


that and go to metro and start typing "control panel"
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Re: Windows 8 - should I upgrade to it?
No direct way to get to control panel.
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Move your mouse into the lower-left corner (where you'd click to get to Start screen) and right-click to get a menu with some "power user" staples (Control Panel, Computer Management, Event Viewer, Command Prompt, etc).
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Yeah.. found that Windows Key + X gave you the "power user" menu. The problem is, it isn't intuitive in directing one to where they want to go. I have to evaluate deploying this thing on over 1000 stations across all the continents with users ranging from experienced and resourceful to barely able to check email.... not looking good for Windows 8 so far with this consideration.
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No direct way to get to control panel.
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Move your mouse into the lower-left corner (where you'd click to get to Start screen) and right-click to get a menu with some "power user" staples (Control Panel, Computer Management, Event Viewer, Command Prompt, etc).
 Quoting: TurkeyTots


that and go to metro and start typing "control panel"
 Quoting: AtsuiPanda

That's an awful lot of work, though. Right-click is super quick... faster than Win7 even.
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No direct way to get to control panel.
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Move your mouse into the lower-left corner (where you'd click to get to Start screen) and right-click to get a menu with some "power user" staples (Control Panel, Computer Management, Event Viewer, Command Prompt, etc).
 Quoting: TurkeyTots


Yeah.. found that Windows Key + X gave you the "power user" menu. The problem is, it isn't intuitive in directing one to where they want to go. I have to evaluate deploying this thing on over 1000 stations across all the continents with users ranging from experienced and resourceful to barely able to check email.... not looking good for Windows 8 so far with this consideration.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 26588724

Yep, I can see it being an issue for some. There are definitely a lot of little quirks and tricks that you'd either have to look up or find by accident.
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No direct way to get to control panel.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 26588724

Move your mouse into the lower-left corner (where you'd click to get to Start screen) and right-click to get a menu with some "power user" staples (Control Panel, Computer Management, Event Viewer, Command Prompt, etc).
 Quoting: TurkeyTots


Yeah.. found that Windows Key + X gave you the "power user" menu. The problem is, it isn't intuitive in directing one to where they want to go. I have to evaluate deploying this thing on over 1000 stations across all the continents with users ranging from experienced and resourceful to barely able to check email.... not looking good for Windows 8 so far with this consideration.
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Sounds like they need Android tablets instead of PC's.

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