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Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 Enteprise?

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I have connections with someone that I can get free license keys of Windows 7 (legally gray area, but not pirating/stealing, and I will never sell the keys). I plan on getting a new 13 inch or 14 inch laptop in either the 2013/2014 winter (Black Friday to New Years Eve), or 2014 summer.

I'm starting college next week for my freshman year.


I haven't decided if I'll ever need a touchscreen laptop for college.
post #2 of 7
Windows 8.1 hands down. W8 has a bad rep among a lot of the lazy/simple users that don't want to adapt to change but in reality W8 is incredible. 8.1 helps appease those lagging behind among other things, great OS thumb.gif
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I definitely agree that you should go for 8.1. Bunch of changes make it a fair bit more user-friendly and you get the performance boost of all the under-the-hood tweaking they did with 8 and then some.
post #4 of 7
Windows 8 + Start8 = amazing.

I would first research models of computers that fit your needs, and then factor in touchscreen. My girlfriend just got the Asus N550JV, and to make it a touchscreen it was only $100, so she went for it. She does like the touchscreen (even with Start8 installed), and it was worth the $100, but not worth making it a priority in looking for laptops, if that makes sense.
    
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Slightly off topic, but what about older laptops that don't have touchscreen capability? I have a Samsung NP300U1A-A01US (11.6", Core i3-2357M) and Asus NQ61J (17", i7 720qm) laptop that I plan on using until they're no longer sufficient for what I need.

The 17" Asus will be in my dorm, and I will be using the Samsung 11.6" for on-the-go uses.
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Slightly off topic, but what about older laptops that don't have touchscreen capability? I have a Samsung NP300U1A-A01US (11.6", Core i3-2357M) and Asus NQ61J (17", i7 720qm) laptop that I plan on using until they're no longer sufficient for what I need.

The 17" Asus will be in my dorm, and I will be using the Samsung 11.6" for on-the-go uses.

With Start8 (or equivalent) you'll never have the "I need a touchscreen for this" feeling. With stock Windows 8, you get that feeling a little bit, especially using any apps, even the built-in ones. But that does not mean Windows 8 is dependent on a touchscreen.
    
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Slightly off topic, but what about older laptops that don't have touchscreen capability? I have a Samsung NP300U1A-A01US (11.6", Core i3-2357M) and Asus NQ61J (17", i7 720qm) laptop that I plan on using until they're no longer sufficient for what I need.

The 17" Asus will be in my dorm, and I will be using the Samsung 11.6" for on-the-go uses.

I'm guessing you wouldn't even want a touch screen. Using the tablet interface half of Windows 8 is probably stupid anyways, so you'll likely just end up using the normal Windows desktop and normal programs just like you would with Windows 7. You don't want a touch screen for the desktop as fingers are too fat for clicking and fingerprints are annoying, so you won't be missing anything.

Windows 8 has those same changes under the hood as in MacOS X that are important to get that magical 10+ hour runtime out of a tiny Macbook Air. I don't know if that only works really well with Haswell or also older architecture, but it just might do something useful enough to make Windows 8 the obvious better choice. When using it, it mostly looks pretty much like Windows 7, so it can't be worse.
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