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    Default Windows 7 or Windows 8.1?

    I'm going to have to choose one of them next month to buy. What do people suggest I do? I don't really need Media Center, unless Windows 8 still causes third-party codecs and VLC to crash on DVD Menus. The motherboard I have has secure boot mode options and options pertaining to Windows 8 specifically... not sure if that should be a factor since I can turn those off.

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    Windows 8 is better than 7 in every way as long as you install Classic Shell as soon as you get it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Songz View Post
    Windows 8 is better than 7 in every way as long as you install Classic Shell as soon as you get it.
    I don't like throwing third-party shells that require an extra process to change the shell's look.

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    Windows 8
    It's faster than 7 and you will rarely use the tablet UI. You have the option to boot directly into desktop mode IIRC. Searching for installed programs is also way faster and precise than with previous windows versions.

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    Once you get used to Windows 8 changes, youll realize that Windows 8 is definitely better.


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    UH no windows 8 is not better then 7 lol, after using windows 8 sense last xmas i come to realize i hate it in every possible way. I see a big speed boost on windows 7 then i do on updated windows 8


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    Well... ultimately you could use a 30-day trial and see how it goes for you.

    Windows OS trial is downloaded from legal sources like Digital River and you can only legally use it (without buying) up to the point it asks you for a key.

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    Quote Originally Posted by invadertim View Post
    UH no windows 8 is not better then 7 lol, after using windows 8 sense last xmas i come to realize i hate it in every possible way. I see a big speed boost on windows 7 then i do on updated windows 8
    How old is the hardware that you're using? Windows 8 does a lot with SSD management, Hyper-threading, and GPU management. Windows 8.1 also improves some of the back end as well. If you're running something that isn't using hyper threading (like a Core2Duo) or you're using drivers that haven't been optimized for Windows 8 you'll probably see no performance boost, but it is there for people with the hardware that takes advantage of it.

    When you say you see a big speed boost on Windows 7 do you mean that you're seeing this during benchmarks? I'd say try benching between the two with the same drivers and same setup and you'll probably find that Windows 8 benchmarks higher by a small margin.
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    Thanks guys so far. I think I'll go with Windows 8.1, since it's a newer kernel and whatnot.

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    Im going to repost one of my old posts here just for your information.


    Windows 8 does reserve 20% of your bandwidth for update only. Unlike the problem posted above by somebody who obviously doesn't have windows 8 this bandwidth reserve problem is real.

    Its not a specific problem for windows 8 only other OS do this also. Luckily its a easy fix in the registry. Ill recommend a guide but your best bet is to Google it yourself and do your own research.

    Source: random Windows 8 blog
    Windows 8 by default reserve approximate 20% of your bandwidth for its own use if you are using a broadband connection, all is due to the Windows 8 frequent updates and validation processes, if we will disable this in Windows 8 we can use that rest of 20% internet speed which had been settled for updates. - See more at: http://filescrop.blogspot.com/2012/1....8Ydq7F4D.dpuf
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    Neither. But, if you must go with Windows, you want to go with 8.1 since 7 is going to be rendered obsolete and start losing support in the near future.

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    Know you made up your mind already but wanted to toss in I think 8 is better as well. I got used to the new layout of stuff and its way better than 7. Some of the small stuff like the task manager is a way more useful and its easier to keep things organized. I have computers that run all the OS from XP to now and it is def the best one so far and has had the least amount of issues. I had so many compatibility and random problems with vista and 7 when they first came out I hated them but they became good over time. 8 has been stable from the start though and is much faster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mazdra7 View Post
    Im going to repost one of my old posts here just for your information.
    Going to repeat: Bullshit.
    I'm getting my full bandwidth on Win8 as does all my other apps.

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    Win8 is better

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    Quote Originally Posted by coldReactive View Post
    I'm going to have to choose one of them next month to buy. What do people suggest I do? I don't really need Media Center, unless Windows 8 still causes third-party codecs and VLC to crash on DVD Menus. The motherboard I have has secure boot mode options and options pertaining to Windows 8 specifically... not sure if that should be a factor since I can turn those off.

    I agree get windows 8 with classic shell. But, I also recommend a SSD because then your performance will be a lot better.

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    how big shud a usb ssd be for win 8 ...?
    i think this ssd shud be the one for boot up and for the win8 install right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by queenvoo View Post
    how big shud a usb ssd be for win 8 ...?
    i think this ssd shud be the one for boot up and for the win8 install right?
    At least 128GB for normal users. You need about 20GB for Windows, probably another 20-30GB for user and application settings so a 64GB one would be a tad too small.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnOwBunZz View Post
    At least 128GB for normal users. You need about 20GB for Windows, probably another 20-30GB for user and application settings so a 64GB one would be a tad too small.
    so i can't use a cheapo free 1 gig stick from the local real estate agency ?

    geez 128gig costs over $100..
    don't these big SSDs have a finite lifespan, like only 1 million read/writes before they short out....
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    New SSDs can read up to a few hundred of TB before failing so you don't have to worry about that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnOwBunZz View Post
    New SSDs can read up to a few hundred of TB before failing so you don't have to worry about that.
    longer expected lifespan than a platter hdd ? ah well then.
    hm. i still suspect paper and ink is the longest and most durable archive method.

    sry im drifting Off the OP's topic.
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    Well Windows 8.1 is definitely a better option. Given the interface is fresh and perky, it should be your choice.

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