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I bought Windows 8 pro on sale at Best Buy last month for $80. I want to install it on my pc but everyone and his brother is saying that Windows 8 is like not even having a computer. Is it really that bad?

I don't think I will mind the metro UI. I have one of those Logitech touch pads that I am getting used to plus I don't respond to change with Braveheart style resistance. For me, change is like "meh, oh well I guess I can get used to this."

The problem I might run into is that I have a lot of Steam games on my HDD and I would be putting 8 on my SSD over my Windows 7 install. I don't know if that's a real problem or not.

I am mainly getting it because I want a change of flavor on my computer (gayest thing I have ever said btw) and I saw that it uses less RAM and games run a bit smoother on 8.

So with all that being said, will Windows 8 really ruin my life or is the hype a bit overblown? Are there any problems I might have? I like to use Firefox with lots of addons, will that work in Windows 8?

Will my 7870's drivers and my FX 8350 drivers work?

What reason, if any, should I stay with Windows 7?

EDIT: If I want to downgrade back, I know I have to delete everything on my SSD and resinstall 7, but I put all my programs and games on my HDD, do I have to delete those as well and format the HDD too?
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EDIT: If I want to downgrade back, I know I have to delete everything on my SSD and resinstall 7, but I put all my programs and games on my HDD, do I have to delete those as well and format the HDD too?

Just dual boot Win 7 and Win 8 by installing Win8 to a different partition than the one with Win 7 in on. It all happens automatically. You'll get a boot menu screen where you can choose which OS to boot. Of course you'll have to reinstall most programs and games under Win 8.

Or you can dual boot by adding a cheep HDD ((100 gigs??? Got one laying around???) and install Win 8 onto that to try it out.. If you don't like it you can just get rid of Win 8 with BCDedit.exe. Do not unplug your SSD. add another HDD and install Win 8 on that. You'll just create a bunch of headaches for yourself.
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There is nothing wrong with Windows 8. The Metro UI is as keyboard friendly as it is mouse friendly. The start button is actually still there too--just instead of having a graphic for it and making it take up space on the taskbar, it is in the lower left corner 1/2 cm from where the old start button was. To open a program, you still just type "WindowsKey + ProgramName" and it searches even faster than 7 did IMO. Under the hood improvements are there though I don't know what they are. Windows Defender is now a legitimate Antivirus if you are somewhat careful with what you download. IE10 is also a legitimate browser.

The only annoying thing really is the metro apps, and how they can't split-screen with the desktop. There is a definite partition between desktop and metro. That said, some of the metro apps are pretty decent, and switching between metro and desktop apps is just a click in the top left of your screen.

There is a bit of a learning curve (Shutting down a machine takes way too many clicks), but I preferred 8 to 7 after just a few weeks of use.
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Sorry to hijack the thread, but I'm also thinking of upgrading from 7 to 8, but the only thing holding me back is that I heard you need to re install most of your games to get them to work once you've upgraded. Anyone else experienced this?
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Not sure. I did a clean install. I'm sure a google search would answer it quickly though.

If you use the "uprade" option in the installer though, I think it saves programs, but I may be wrong.
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If that works (upgrade), there's no easy path back to Win7 though
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Eh, a fresh install is good every once in a while. You don't realize how much junk you have on your machine until it's all gone, then it's a matter of just spending an hour to install the important things, and then doing quick installs of the smaller things as they pop up.
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Originally Posted by KaiserFrederick View Post

Sorry to hijack the thread, but I'm also thinking of upgrading from 7 to 8, but the only thing holding me back is that I heard you need to re install most of your games to get them to work once you've upgraded. Anyone else experienced this?

    If you do an upgrade install and install Windows 8 over Windows 7 on the same disk, you shouldn't have to reinstall all your programs.  However, if you do a fresh install or install Windows 8 separately on another disk, your programs will won't have any of their registry entries on Windows 8, and thus they will not work.
 
 
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Eh, a fresh install is good every once in a while. You don't realize how much junk you have on your machine until it's all gone, then it's a matter of just spending an hour to install the important things, and then doing quick installs of the smaller things as they pop up.

    I agree.  You will get better performance if you simply do a fresh (clean) install rather than an upgrade install.  Remember to save all your files to a different HDD or to a flashstick before installing Windows.
 
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    Having used Windows 7 and Windows 8, here are my findings:

Cons:
  • Windows 8 is a little less intuitive; I used Windows 8 for several months and got quite used to it.  Then I went back to Windows 7, and it was an instant relief at how much more accessible things were, and how programs opened and responded sooner.
  • On fast computers, Windows 8 is a tad slower (more latency in responding to the user, mainly) than Windows 7.  If you find otherwise, it's probably because your Windows 8 installation is fresh and your Windows 7 installation was filled with junk and fragmented.  Additionally, on older computers (Pentium 4, 1 GB RAM) that were snappy and responsive with XP, programs that used to open instantly take a second or two to open in Windows 8, and respond more sluggishly to the user as well.
  • I hate the sluggish and ugly Metro environment in Windows 8, although ClassicShell greatly reduced my need for interaction with it.

Pros:
  • Windows 8 is slightly more stable than Windows 7.
  • Windows 8 uses slightly less memory than Windows 7.
  • Windows 8 installs very quickly compared to other versions of Windows (I got ~10 minutes compared to 25–40 minutes for other versions of Windows; and no, I didn't use a faster computer for 8).
  • Windows 8 has a new fancy Task Manager.

    Personally, I consider Windows 8 to be what Vista was to Windows XP: A slower, more bloated version of Windows.  I'm hoping that in the next release, Microsoft will focus on performance, both for the user (UI layout and accessibility) and for the computer (code and I/O speedups, and removing bloat).  That said, Windows 8 is not as bad as others make it out to be.  There are plenty of people that like it, and like Vista, it does work and supports newer hardware and features.
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Metro is awful but you don't have to use it. Just install a start menu app (I use StartIsBack) and keep it in desktop mode so it's basically a slightly improved Windows 7. I have never used Metro and never will. I also have a 7870 and the drivers work fine.
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