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mikestock

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I bought two computers just before Windows 8 came out but they came with free upgrades. I upgraded one of the laptops, added Classic Shell and Windows Media Center. I kept it for three weeks and had, what I perceived to be several minor issues with the upgrade. I finally decided to roll back that computer to Windows 7.

The issue is that I also have a free upgrade for the other computer, good only until January 31. I had originally decided that I would pass on the free upgrade but with 6 days left I want to make sure I don't make a mistake by passing it up.

Does anybody see any advantage to Windows 8 on a laptop without touch screen?


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I have used both. I think windows 8 is faster but windows 7 is more comfortable and stable for me. I dont think its a good idea unless you have a touch screen device.

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I have read that others think it is faster although I didn't personally notice the difference during the three weeks I used it. There are several threads on this and other forums but what I am really looking for is the statement, "Windows 8 is better because....".

Since I was a purchaser of a Vista computer when it replaced the XP I have learned that Microsoft's newest ideas are not necessarily their best ideas.

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Windows 8 is faster but as previous poster said, I am perfectly comfortable with Win 7. My position is that I won't upgrade any of my personal computers to Win 8. If I should buy a computer in the future that has Win 8 already on it I will be fine with that.

I have to use Win 8 in my job as a developer because we support our product running on Win 8 (as well as Win 2000, 2003, XP, Vista). In our testing of our product, we have come across very few problems with Win 8. It's actually very stable.

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If I have to upgrade it is going to be a Mac. I am sick and tired of having to troubleshoot and fix all of Windows junk.


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I have one with XP and one with Windows 7 that is still a struggle but I am sure that is an age related thing.

We have to have 8 to test our new software releases. Our lead IT contact states she would NOT take a free upgrade from 7 to 8 for her personal use just because of the tile look and feel.

Professionally most IT types prefer to stay one major release behind Microsoft because they need computers that work well without software hassles or complaining users.

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I have an SSD drive for my "c" so speed is not an issue. I like cutting edge technology and normally embrace it. But, I am predicting that Windows 8 will be not be popular or well accepted and will turn out overall to be a bust for Microsoft.

(your opinion and experience may be different)


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yes upgrade for free. check several prior threads on this. don't see the need for a touch screen computer. that is a plus, not a requirement. but it has a learning curve, don't get it if you are going to use it two days, whine, and quit.
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Boots up faster than any Windows Ive ever used. about 10 secs on my Toshiba Satellite Laptop. Has been stable for me, no issues.


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I know we are looking for a laptop for Thom's mom right now. We are specifcally looking for one that has windows 7. Why not go with 8? Well it is WAY too different for her, we know her lvl on computers and the internet and we already get enough calls on how to do this or that even thou she's written the directions down several times.
Both the laptops we have in the RV are windows 7. Will we go to 8? Nope and probably never. Actually Thom got his laptop not that long ago just so that he could make sure it was 7 and not 8. He works enough on the computers at work even thou he's not the IT guy, he's the one that gets called for any number of reasons. Our oldest is very big into IT. Has to be with his job and no he's not even thinking about 8.

So in essance if you are having thoughts about should you or not then don't.


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