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Hey guys,
So I have a few quick questions that I couldn't really find answers for any place legit. I think you guys might be able to give me a little more insight. Right now I have a 32-bit Vista Business Product Key that I am going to use on my system. Let's start with the first things first. I recently tore open my computer because I was hassled about using the open top case as being ugly. So I tore everything out and put them in a cheap case I got at a garage sale. After I did that, my components started failing one after another. First it was the video card and then the Wifi Adapter just stopped working. I thought it was the Windows 8 Drivers. But my Wifi PCI card is pretty old. I got a new upgraded PCI x16 Slot Wifi Adapter card. And the video thing started working again for some reason. But I decided to get a new case because I didn't like that one and I like having front USB and audio ports which were broken on that case. So I recently got ahold of a Windows Vista Key because I heard it's cheap to upgrade to Windows 8 for $40 when it comes out. (I got the key from an old laptop I had.) My main questions are, is Windows 8 going to be like Vista in the sense that there won't be many drivers for it when it comes out and stuff won't work for a few months/half a year? I was planning on using Vista/8 Dual Boot just for this reason. But, I mainly want Windows 8 because I have used the Consumer Preview version with my SSD and everything else and it just flies. I do think that 8 is the fastest out of all the systems out there in regards to XP probably. I have an SSD and a 320gb Hard Drive. I want to store my game files/music/etc on the hard drive and Vista/8 on my SSD so I have fast startup times and fast internet browser, etc. I will probably keep my photo editing programs, etc on the SSD so they load quicker, correct? But I just want to know if you think this setup will work nicely, etc. This way I can use Vista with everything that works and have 8 for a cheap price that it probably will raise in a little bit. Then when the Windows 8 drivers come out I can make a complete switch over to 8 and have Vista just as a backup. I thought 8 would be good because of the DirectX 12 drivers but it seems that won't be for quite a while yet. I want to get a 6850 Video Card eventually and DX11 does work in Vista I hear, but the performance won't be that nice as 8 I am guessing. Does all this sound good? Thanks!
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1. Please used paragraphs that is hard to read.
2. Please fill in system specs
3. Some drivers that have been designed for Vista and 7 will still work on 8.
4. The ATI 6850 doesnt support Direct X 12
5. I think that all looks ok but if it was me, i personally would do a fresh install.
 
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1. Sorry about the paragraphs thing, I really need to work on my Forum posting.
2. Just filled in system specs.
3. I actually did have my Wifi adapter working perfectly with Windows 8 but I have no clue how I did that. I have an old Gigabyte G104S Adapter or something and it works great in XP and Vista. And I believe I used the Vista drivers for W7 and that worked and I just did the same for 8 and it worked. Then one day it just stopped working. I just think it's outdated and they STILL don't have W7 drivers for it so I am thinking scrap it.
4. Do any video cards support DX12 yet? How far off is DX12?
5. I think I normally would do a fresh install, as I normally do. But I just remember how horrible Vista was when it first came out I had to wait FOREVER for printer drivers, etc. It's nice to have a system that fully works alongside one that is still upgrading. I kind of want to have every system side by side in the boot menu. I think that would be cool. But my XP key got thrown out. I was hoping to have XP, Vista, Ubuntu, and 8 all together on my SSD. But for now it's going to be Vista/8 and I think that will work out great for quite a while. I would do 7/8 together, but I don't have a 7 Product Key and I was lucky to get the Vista key. So I think my plan looks pretty well. Other opinions would be cool. Make sure to check out my rig I just updated.
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As stated, most Vista/7 drivers will work on 8.

As far as DX12, it's fairly irrelevant at this point.
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Thanks beers. That is what I figured, too. But it's turning out it's not true. When the Windows 8 Development version or whatever came out first, the Vista/7 drivers did work on it. That is what I am guessing. Since this newer updated Windows 8 Consumer Preview or whatever, the drivers don't seem to want to work. Hopefully, all said and done, when the real version of 8 comes out that said will be true that the Vista/7 drivers will work. My guess is they won't work still and 8 will be close to as buggy as Vista was when it first came out. The speed of 8 compared to Vista/7 is the only reason why I want to get it. The speed in everything plus the cool pop up login screen are the only reasons believe me or not. I agree with Chris Pirillo when he said he is just annoyed by the fact that you have Metro plus Aero in the same system. Windows 8 should have been much better than just a windows phone and windows 7 combined together. The XP to Vista change was the most dramatic with all that eye candy. I think 8 should have included more of that. But if the trends go together like (Windows 95, 98, 2000 > XP) and now (Vista, 7, 8 > next version of Windows) we should be good. I still think the $40 upgrade is worth it. And to have that failsafe as Vista for drivers working fully until 8 drivers are released, I think I am good to go. Sorry for ranting on.

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Thanks beers. That is what I figured, too. But it's turning out it's not true. When the Windows 8 Development version or whatever came out first, the Vista/7 drivers did work on it.

But, Since this newer updated Windows 8 Consumer Preview or whatever, the drivers don't seem to want to work. Hopefully, all said and done, when the real version of 8 comes out that said will be true that the Vista/7 drivers will work.

My guess is they won't work still and 8 will be close to as buggy as Vista was when it first came out.

The speed of 8 compared to Vista/7 is the only reason why I want to get it. The speed in everything plus the cool pop up login screen are the only reasons believe me or not.

I agree with Chris Pirillo when he said he is just annoyed by the fact that you have Metro plus Aero in the same system. Windows 8 should have been much better than just a windows phone and windows 7 combined together.

The XP to Vista change was the most dramatic with all that eye candy. I think 8 should have included more of that. But if the trends go together like (Windows 95, 98, 2000 > XP) and now (Vista, 7, 8 > next version of Windows) we should be good.

I still think the $40 upgrade is worth it. And to have that failsafe as Vista for drivers working fully until 8 drivers are released, I think I am good to go. Sorry for ranting on.

I actually just found out you don't need an XP/Vista/7 key to get the upgrade for $40. You can install their latest Consumer Preview and get it for $40 as well. Basically you can just use that Product key. That is pretty cool.

That is something they didn't do when 7 came out which they should have. I bet they would have made a ton more sales by doing that. I think they know that a ton of people won't be upgrading to 8 due to the problems everyone is already seeing plus the dislike of Metro. I personally like every update to Windows so far, including Vista when it came out.

My dad bought a Windows 7 PC with the upgrade to $14.99 offer so I will be using his key instead of getting the $40 upgrade because I know he won't want 8 on his computer that he can barely use 7 as it is.

Is this better grizzlyblunting?
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