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post #11 of 25
lol, there are like 20 apps to have start menu (classic shell)

off course go for win8, it is faster than win7
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Lets all stop hinting at piracy here. You all know the rules.

The Windows 8.1 Start button will just be a button that opens the current Start menu in Windows 8.0.
Windows 8 has reduced overhead (the OS itself takes less resources away from your tasks) so in games, as drivers finish maturing, there should be a small beneft there if your bottlenecked where the overhead reductions lay.
Windows 8 does have a better design in terms of security. For example, memory is now randomly allocated to help prevent buffer overflow attacks.
Windows 8 has better SSD support. For example, the defragment tool will TRIM your drive on command now. Which is a bit deal for SSD owners.

There are many, many improvement in 8 that have been overshadowed by a general dislike of change. Do some serious Googling to get a truly complete overview.
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NOT yet,wait till windows 8.1 thumb.gif .
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NOT yet,wait till windows 8.1 thumb.gif .

Care to elaborate for us?
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post #15 of 25
Worth it? = sure
At the beginning maybe you gonna hate it, you know (no start button, apps working in the background,
moving the mouse to the 4 corners, etc.)
You can move all icons to the taskbar, (god mode, control panel, run, etc..), and see improvements in the task manager.
Fast boot and shut down, native usb 3 support, better performance.
Give it a try, or move to ios or linux...
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post #16 of 25
Man not a lot of decent replies here so I'll give it a go for ya OP - I'm a software developer full time for 10+ years and noticed you put this in the programming thread so perhaps I can give you the perspective you're looking for.

In my opinion I like Windows 8 a lot and at first I didn't notice a lot of huge changes minus the glaring start menu/screen portion everyone whines about but here is a simple list of things I like about Win 8

1) System wide notifications
* Email
* Calendar
* Chat (ms/facebook for stock chat app)
* W8 apps from MS Store that support it
2) Way better file copy manager
* Can pause/resume
* Nice graph showing speed fluctuations during transfer (mostly eye candy)
3) Greatly improved task manager
* Can see processes related services much quicker/easier
* See app history performance (great for software developers tuning performance)
* This covers network usage, tile updates and cpu time
* Much better realtime performance display (CPU clock, friendly display of mem usage, disk utilization % etc)
4) Integrated authentication for "Live" applications such as the new office
5) Having WIn 8 installed directly on the machine I'm developing Win 8 apps for is great as you can easily debug
6) Ribbon design on most of the OS layers (tons of people hate ribbon but I love it personally)
7) Share options integrated into most MS apps running metro
* Very handy if you use the modern browser or most other MS store apps
* Some support sharing to devices, printers, email other MS store apps (very neat)
8) Syncing of settings data with other Win 8 devices
9) Integration with Skydrive
10) Skype integration

One thing Win 8 definitely needs that is supposed to be added in 8.1 is unified search - currently the search in Win 8 is broken up and you've got to click on a "category" that you want to search in such as "settings", "files" and "applications" etc... this pretty much sucks.

I think the UI takes up less gpu resources as well since it's not the transparent Aero UI stuff from Win 7 - every now and again I miss the Aero stuff but not really much as I hardly ever see that stuff anyways.

Other bonuses are UEFI support for ultra fast booting (which I think you mentioned) and overall just better boot times - even on older hardware.

Err I know I'm forgetting things, however, I hope this helped!
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post #17 of 25
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Well, you guys do realize that you can install a start button program on Windows 8 and disable the side craps.
Oh, yeah, to xyexz Thanks for the help.
     
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post #18 of 25
Np, and I recommend Start8 - I've put it on my pc as I've like it's unified search results much better, probably when 8.1 comes down from the MS cloud I will remove Start8 as unified search is really all I miss from my start menu.
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    Ryou-kun, as far as I know, Windows 8 will show the "Start button" as soon as you hover the mouse in the lower-left corner of the screen.  Of course, it brings up the new-fangled Start screen.  For the record, I hate the Start screen: No cascading folder menus (I use those all the time for folders that have files I'm frequently working on), no "send to desktop."  It's full screen, covering my work (sometimes I may go there to launch a program and promptly forget what it was; seeing my work would remind me).  My educated guess is that the new Windows 8.1 will simply make that "Start button" optionally (and needlessly) show itself all the time.  It would still open the new Start screen. tongue.gif
    If what you're really missing is the Start menu (and boot-to-desktop capability), just download Classic Shell.  You will immediately get your Start button and Start menu back.  It's free and highly customizable.  IMHO, it's better than the Start menu in any earlier version of Windows.

    xyexz, that is a good list that you posted.  I personally have fewer nice things to say about Windows 8!  I particularly agree with #2 and #3 on your list. thumb.gif
 
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post #20 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by Licht View Post

Lets all stop hinting at piracy here. You all know the rules.

The Windows 8.1 Start button will just be a button that opens the current Start menu in Windows 8.0.
Windows 8 has reduced overhead (the OS itself takes less resources away from your tasks) so in games, as drivers finish maturing, there should be a small beneft there if your bottlenecked where the overhead reductions lay.
Windows 8 does have a better design in terms of security. For example, memory is now randomly allocated to help prevent buffer overflow attacks.
Windows 8 has better SSD support. For example, the defragment tool will TRIM your drive on command now. Which is a bit deal for SSD owners.

There are many, many improvement in 8 that have been overshadowed by a general dislike of change. Do some serious Googling to get a truly complete overview.

There are sveral (legal) ways of obtaining a free upgrade/copy to W8.
You´re right, but it is nothing that you couldn´t achieve thru some tweaks in Win7 too.
The differences are very marginal, and like i said, if you invest some time in customising
it is like a difference between Audi A4 2012 and 2013 (;

Maybe a bad example but i hope you get the point...
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