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Hey, i am thinking about giving win 8 a shot but then i got some questions before i jump into it:

Do win 8 have support for the most common programs people use daily? and programs like sony vegas 12, photoshop CS6, msi afterburner, fraps?
Can i customize win 8 to look almost identical to win 7?
Does it have the same settings UI as win 7?

And what other new features than a fast bootup does win 8 have?
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Hey, i am thinking about giving win 8 a shot but then i got some questions before i jump into it:

Do win 8 have support for the most common programs people use daily? and programs like sony vegas 12, photoshop CS6, msi afterburner, fraps?
Can i customize win 8 to look almost identical to win 7?
Does it have the same settings UI as win 7?

And what other new features than a fast bootup does win 8 have?

Ouch. Careful starting that thread here! tongue.gif

Anyway...

1. Windows 8 is compatible with all programs that were run on previous versions of Windows, so yes.
2. Windows 8 is, for all intents and purposes, identical to Windows 7 in desktop mode (sans Start button). There are some changes like the addition of the Ribbon UI (first debuted in Microsoft Office 2007) to File Explorer (formerly known as Windows Explorer).
3. Windows 8 has the same old Control Panel as Windows 7, however some settings can be accessed via the new Modern UI.
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Yes it has support for the programs people use as it is still basically the same OS with just optimizations and a whole new UI.
Yes you can customize it to look nearly the same as Windows 7 but i never liked the glass look of 7 so i opted for the solid colours windows 8 offers. You can also install a start menu program such as Classic shell to get the start menu back. Classic Shell is free however in recommend Start is Back as it makes the start menu pretty much identical to the Windows 7 one.
It does have the same Control Panel interface as windows 7 however some of the setting such as login users need to be configured in a "Metro" style window but this is merely a niggle and no a massive issue.

I personally had no issues with the swap after i got start is back and i prefer the look of the new UI (Desktop mode, I despise the "Metro UI") compared to windows 7 "Glass" look.
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Windows 8, some love it some hate it. I tried it out and I did not care for it. Then again when I first tried win 7 I didn't much like it either. There are differences like no more start button, searching for files is different as well. The look and feel is very different. I would suggest making a complete backup if possible before treading the waters, that way if you don't like it you can go back and have all of your files. You are going to have to upgrade to something else at one point though, whether it is windows 8, windows blue, or whatever is next. I personally feel that win 7 is great, and does not need anything else. The reviews that I have read about win 8 sum up how I also feel about it that it is great for mobile and touch screens but not so much as a mouse and keyboard combo, but that is just my opinion.
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You can turn Windows 8 into an improved version of Windows 7 by downloading a few third-party applications.

Aero glass is missing from desktop mode, but you can fix it with a dll file and quick registry hack (google it)

As for the start menu, there are plenty of replacements, but I recommend getting used to the start screen. It becomes really useful when you're used to how it works. You should also get Oblytile and a background changer to really liven it up.

I can't recommend 8 to everyone in its default state, but with a few tweaks it really is a great OS.
    
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