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Is there any compelling reason to go with windows 8 over windows 7?

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I'm a gamer, and so far have not heard any compelling reason to go with windows 8. I was just curious if anyone might have a compelling reason. If windows 7 is not direct x 12 compatible, that's a start; but I haven't heard either way. And I seriously doubt that would outweigh the cons of a standard (not touch screen) monitor and a gaming pc running windows 8. I am building a 2000 dollar rig currently.
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I was in the same boat as you with a rebuild and just said screw it and went 8.1. I couldn't find any reasons to stay at 7. I find 8.1 easier than 8.
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You didn't really answer my question lol. What were your reasons for going with 8.1 rather than 7? There has to be a reason 7 is still more expensive than 8.1
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I can't give you any reason to go 8 or 8.1, my daughter got a new laptop a few months back and her only choice was 8.1 and I have tried to like it when I tune it up and install programs for her and I just can't stand it. I am going to wait for windows 10 when I build my new system in 2015, hopefully 10 will be ready, if not I have another windows 7 pro disk in the original sealed package.
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Having used both quite a bit, there's no real reason to go one way or the other, in my honest opinion. I like 8.1 just fine. I like 7 just fine. A lot of gamers prefer 7--see Roach's mouse sensitivity optimization thread.

One wrench to throw in the works is the rumor that Windows 10 will be given free to purchasers of windows 8. I doubt it's really true and haven't looked into it since I heard it a month or 2 ago.
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Originally Posted by electro2u View Post

Having used both quite a bit, there's no real reason to go one way or the other, in my honest opinion. I like 8.1 just fine. I like 7 just fine. A lot of gamers prefer 7--see Roach's mouse sensitivity optimization thread.

One wrench to throw in the works is the rumor that Windows 10 will be given free to purchasers of windows 8. I doubt it's really true and haven't looked into it since I heard it a month or 2 ago.

my very good friend of 20 years has worked for Microsoft up the highway from me here in Washington and he said as far as he has been informed there will not be a free windows 10 given to anyone.
the thing with going from 8.1 to 10 is you can get the cheaper upgrade disk/download, but from 7 to 10 you will need to buy the full disk/download. he has worked for microsoft going on 17 years. (yes were old)
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isnt dx 11.2 only for win 8?
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The only things I found useful coming from W7, going to 8.1 were the following:

- Ability to pause file transfers
- Native ISO mounting
- Faster booting

Those are the only things I personally found that benefited the way I used my setup. However, the only reason I switched back from 8.1 to 7 was because of the USB external drive issue that seems to affect people randomly. I was unable to use any of my external drives (4 total) as Windows just flat out refused to see any of them one random day. Everything was fine for about a month, then no external drives...

Switching back to 7 was the only fix that actually worked.
    
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Windows 8 is also known to be faster than Windows 7 in multiple areas, including boot/shutdown times. Here are a few references for you to consider:
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I was unable to use any of my external drives (4 total) as Windows just flat out refused to see any of them one random day. Everything was fine for about a month, then no external drives...

Switching back to 7 was the only fix that actually worked.

Same here, had to go back to 7 simply because every external peripheral still works with 7 but with 8.1 it wouldn't. Stay with what you're using especially if you've spent big on external devices plus with 8.1 it's still too glitchy when it comes to relying on 24/7 run times. My 7 setup is literally rock solid compared to 8.1 which is sometimes flakey and unreliable when run for more than 3 days straight.
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