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Poll Results: Should I install Windows 8?

 
  • 59% (85)
    Yes
  • 40% (58)
    No
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post #1 of 68
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Anybody can comment on this, but I would really like to hear from the people that have been running Windows 8.

I currently own a copy of Windows 7 and Windows 8. I am going to be installing it freshly on a new computer tonight. I've heard mixed things about it, however. Is it really one of those try it for yourself things?

My biggest worry is that it is going to be much more cumbersome, even after I learn how to use it properly, and know all of the shortcuts. The system will be mainly used for gaming, followed up by media consumption.

I know Windows 7 very well. This makes me slightly hesitant to install Windows 8. I really think I should give it a try, it's just that it would be a pain in the donkey to install 7 back if I didn't like 8.

The games I play the most are
  • BF3
  • Need for Speed Shift (Something like that)
  • Planetside 2
  • Medal of Honor War Fighter (The new one, can't remember the name)

It will be installed on a Plextor 128gb.


Another possibility. Put Windows 8 on one half, and Linux on the other. Hmmm.

Your opinions please thumb.gif
post #2 of 68
Unless you have a windows smart phone, xbox, and/or plan on getting a Surface tablet, I'd say no. If you do plan on, or have those devices, then go for it.

There are no speed benefits to Windows 8 over Windows 7 right now. The only speed improvements that people say they are seeing is because any freshly installed OS runs faster than an OS that has been installed for a year or so and builds up "schmootz". You'd get exactly the same gaming performance by doing a full reinstall of Windows 7.

I don't have or plan to get any of those Microsoft devices, so I don't plan on upgrading to Windows 8. I've been testing it for 9 months now.
post #3 of 68
No real advantage especially for gaming/media (better jump on those free MS keys for Media Player by January 31, 2013, or else you will have to purchase Media Center separately) unless your new system is a tablet.
 
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post #4 of 68
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Unless you have a windows smart phone, xbox, and/or plan on getting a Surface tablet, I'd say no. If you do plan on, or have those devices, then go for it.
There are no speed benefits to Windows 8 over Windows 7 right now. The only speed improvements that people say they are seeing is because any freshly installed OS runs faster than an OS that has been installed for a year or so and builds up "schmootz". You'd get exactly the same gaming performance by doing a full reinstall of Windows 7.
I don't have or plan to get any of those Microsoft devices, so I don't plan on upgrading to Windows 8. I've been testing it for 9 months now.

This definitely makes me lean to 7.
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Originally Posted by Gunderman456 View Post

No real advantage especially for gaming/media (better jump on those free MS keys for Media Player by January 31, 2013, or else you will have to purchase Media Center separately) unless your new system is a tablet.

Wait what? Where do I get these keys? I didn't know they were going to start charging for the Media Center.
post #5 of 68
The free utility ''Classic Shell'' pretty much fix the issues that people are having with the start menu and the new Metro UI.
I just purchased a copy myself and installed it, so far it's running great.

I agree that the new interface is confusing, but the Classic Shell utility fixed that.
It's not as bad as everybody says.
post #6 of 68
it's not a complete failure, but will take some time to get used to. I'm currently building a template image for deployment in an enterprise environment. Got rid of all the crap it comes with or at least hid it.
 
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post #7 of 68
I voted yes, but this is strictly an opinion poll right? Honestly, that's all you are going to get is people's opinions. I love the new interface and anyone leading you down the wrong "walled garden" path should be ignored. Everything I've tried installing so far works (although some use beta drivers, but hey it's new). The metro UI takes a little getting used to but most will adapt quickly. Used it for a month straight and then got lost on my 7 machine, but of course quickly recovered.
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post #8 of 68
The new start menu is better in every way once you get used to it. Anyone who says otherwise hasn't spent enough time with it to really see the benefits.

If you think about it, it doesn't make sense NOT to have a full screen start menu, especially on bigger screens.

So really, whether or not you install Windows 8 depends on how much you like aero glass. That's seriously what it comes down to, because everything else introduced in Windows 8 is unanimously awesome. It will FLY on an ssd. It boots in 10 seconds for me.
    
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post #9 of 68
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This definitely makes me lean to 7.
Wait what? Where do I get these keys? I didn't know they were going to start charging for the Media Center.

Go here and get your free Windows 8 Media Center key;

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/feature-packs
 
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post #10 of 68
Once you disable Metro, Windows 8 is amazing. You say I'm crazy for disabling "the big reason" for Windows 8, but it isn't the only good thing. Task manager is SO much better. File transfer box is SO much better. Boot times are SO much better.

I honestly hated it, but when I got rid of Metro, I fell in love with it. Just dual boot it and see if you like it. If you want instructions I can help you. Btw, Dual booting with 8 is a dream, it is a GUI interface to select with OS you want to boot into... Beautiful.
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