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Windows 7 or 8?

post #1 of 8
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I am at a crossroad, and would like your opinion:
Running a i7-3990K with 32 gigs of RAM. I want to do video editing and gaming.

I am now at the point where I have to buy my operating system, and would like some advice. I have read many online articles, some talking about personal preferences, and some doing side-by-side comparisons. I am still undecided... BTW, my current system is a windows XP (just building the above-mentioned system - going to buy the operating system this morning).

So, what do you think?
post #2 of 8
I'm using Windows 8 right now. When you get the Windows Start Button back, there's really not much of a difference from Windows 7. There are some small additions to Windows 8 from 7 that I like though, although not a deciding factor. If you're not specifically looking for features Windows 8 has that 7 doesn't have, you should just get whatever is cheapest. Just remember that you have to use a third-party program to get the Start button back if you're on a desktop computer. Otherwise it gets quite annoying biggrin.gif
 
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Yeah. .. The pricing I'm getting from retailers is the same for either editions.
post #4 of 8
I"d say go with 7 its more familiar and a bit more utilitarian in ways, windows 8 isn't entirely terrible but its advantages are best exemplified in say touch screen or media centre situations.

I'd recommend 7 just because i don't think windows 8 is really useful for much nor does it provide any sort of gaming advantage, I will say that boot up is a bit more stream ligned but that can actually be a problem with the lack of dedicated safemode boot option
post #5 of 8
I would say go with 8, unless your hardware won't support it (like my laptop, no GPU driver native or otherwise). Personally, I have not noticed a bit of difference from the older start menu vs the start screen, it boots faster (but still not quite as fast as Linux in my findings). I do not like the BSODs anymore, as it gives a error local, not the code itself (which makes it more difficult to know weather to let the GPU cool or to up vCore/Memory voltage). It is just a handoff really, some good, some not.

And @ert3, there is still safemode. I can get it up just fine with the ancient F8 option on boot, but it takes a bit more work to boot it than it used to.
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post #6 of 8
Simple :-)

Windows 7 is for Desktop Computers
Windows 8 is for Touch Screen Tablets or Touch Screen Monitors

If you have a touch screen monitor go for Windows 8 if you have a normal monitor like 99% of the people out their :-) then go for Windows 7
post #7 of 8
Generally if you give it a chance, then you will find different. It runs desktops and laptops just fine without a touch screen (with few exceptions, like my laptop with no GPU driver, and my P8P67 WS REV motherboard that BSODs with the correct Lan drivers installed).
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post #8 of 8
Simple difference.

Windows 7 - More classic UI

Windows 8 - Faster, more features, new UI (no classic), more compatability
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