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Hey everyone, I will be getting my new CPU, mobo and GPU today, so I was wondering if I should reinstall my Windows 7 or get Windows 8.1.

Mainly for gaming.

Also, if I decide to stay on Windows 7, do I have to reinstall everything again since I am switching out the CPU, GPU and mobo?


Thanks!
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That all depends if you have the time and motivation to reorient yourself around the new OS. Lots of people love it, lots of people hate it so just got to find out for yourself, is there someone you know that you can try it out with before you make the financial commitment?
    
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It's 'just' an operating system, it launches programs and takes care of stuff. 8.1 does it better, technically. It may look weird but it's easily configured to look like something you're used to and you will soon forget how it used to be, you're a human being so you adapt easily and forget almost everything. wink.gif

I guess you'll have to reinstall unless you get yourself a migration tool such as for example Acronis True Image.
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That all depends if you have the time and motivation to reorient yourself around the new OS. Lots of people love it, lots of people hate it so just got to find out for yourself, is there someone you know that you can try it out with before you make the financial commitment?

This is very true. I haven't kept up on the OS game, so I don't if most things are compatible with Windows 8.1. I didn't like the regular Windows 8 tho, since I'm used to the Windows 7.

I also have a OfficeMax near by, so I might check it out.
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Personally i like Win 8.1, Win 7 is just fine but to me Win 8.1 refines alot of things that Win 7 introduced. Things like performance and task manager, File explorer with the ribbon, power user menu (Win+X), Defender, etc. Having the apps is meh, but i do use the remote desktop app every day, sometimes use netflix app, and a few others. In 8.1 you can set it to boot to desktop by default so i only mess with the Modern interface when i want to.

If you stick with 7, i would backup and re install fresh, this will ensure that there are not any linger old drivers or programs to cause issues. Technically you dont have to, but ive always found things to go smoother for me with a fresh install.
post #6 of 41
I had a similar situation a little bit ago. Got 2 free copies of 8 Professional. I ended up leaving my desktop on 7 and moving my Lenovo from 8 to 8 pro. I use both on a daily basis and love both. That being said, I prefer 8 to 8.1 because of the search functionality.
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That being said, I prefer 8 to 8.1 because of the search functionality.

What do you mean about "search functionality"?
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In 8 you just start typing and it gives you Apps, Settings, and Files and I love that. 8.1 feels..."clunky" to me. Went from taking me 5 seconds to open the control panel to 10-15. Does not seem like a lot, but it drives me insane as much as I use my laptop for work.

Edit: someone who uses 8.1 on a daily basis please confirm or deny this?
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This is very true. I haven't kept up on the OS game, so I don't if most things are compatible with Windows 8.1. I didn't like the regular Windows 8 tho, since I'm used to the Windows 7.

I also have a OfficeMax near by, so I might check it out.

I personally dont like Windows 8 or 8.1, thats just my personal preference though. However the point is to make sure if its something you will enjoy working with since its what you will see everyday on your PC, so try it for yourself and see if you like it. You may really enjoy it, or really hate it lol There seems to be no middle ground on the new style OS.
    
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In 8 you just start typing and it gives you Apps, Settings, and Files and I love that. 8.1 feels..."clunky" to me. Went from taking me 5 seconds to open the control panel to 10-15. Does not seem like a lot, but it drives me insane as much as I use my laptop for work.

Edit: someone who uses 8.1 on a daily basis please confirm or deny this?

For me it was the oppposite, with regular windows 8 I had to manually click apps or settings to get the file or program or setting I was looking for. Meanwhile 8.1 seemed to grasp the concept of showing multiple categories on the same page better.
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