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    Hey guys,

    lately I been thinking to abandon Windows 7 and upgrade to 8.1, however I'm quite unsure in which way it would actually improve my working and overall user experience...

    Did you switch from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 or are you about to do so? What are your reasons?
    If not, can you tell me what keeps you away from Windows 8.1?

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    I wouldn't upgrade. If I need a new computer in the future I will be requesting a downgrade from Microsoft or just formatting and using a pirated version of windows 7. The new interface is just dumb in my opinion.

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    Default Re: Switch from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 - Worth it?

    I have similar question in mind even I have 3 genuine license of Win 8.1 from MS bizspark program.

    Although I keep postponing to upgrade.

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    noooooo windows 8 is the biggest piece of shit just like vista lol

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    I don't see myself upgrading to W8 in the coming future as I never had a problem with W7, it's still working perfectly for my needs. I see no point in fixing something which is not broken.
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    I dont see any good reasons to use 8.1 on a PC. Its for tablets obviously and using it on a pc is quite bad. A step back in every aspect of utilizing your operation system

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    i am very happy with windows 7 don't want to upgrade
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    Default Re: Switch from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 - Worth it?

    All I can say is that I'm happy with 8.1, it boots faster than Windows 7. Although having some compability issues, just find the drivers and you'll be okay.

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    Default Re: Switch from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 - Worth it?

    There's nowt wrong with Windows 8. Sure the new metro interface is shit, but simply type the program you want and it'l come up. I quite like that.

    Plus, when the metro interface comes up, it's only one click to get to the desktop. It's not a major burden. Plus you can install 'classic shell' and get your start menu back.

    If your Win7 is running good, don't bother upgrading just because you can; but if your Win7 needs a reformat anyway... I'd say do it.

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    Vista was much better than XP but some idiots whined because there wasn't much support for old hardware and software. But in any aspect the Vista was better than XP so is the 8.1 superior to any previous windows version. The modern UI is as fast or even faster to use than the old start menu, just learn to use win+s and you are done. And if you don't have SSD, then the upgrade is must. The W8.1 boots in like 20 secs on an old HDD, Windows 7 took something close to a minute. I have used windows 8 from the release to the date and I have never doubted it. It took two days to adapt to the new UI and there is no coming back as it is faster and easier than the old 7.

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    I have it pre-installed in my razer blade and for the past few weeks I've been using it, it has actually been a good experience. If those windows tiles annoy you, you can change it so that it goes directly to your desktop. What I really like about it is its search function, it finds anything on your comp and the web pretty fast. Oh and if you use hotmail, the email notifications come in handy.

    Grab an extra hard drive and test it out for yourself. You might like it.

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    I really like windows 8, and recommend it

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    8 is fast then 7.

    but i use both (you can easily install 2 versions on single pc )

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    Default Re: Switch from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 - Worth it?

    I'm used to Windows 8, now. I don't actually MIND it like I MINDED - Vista. That being said there is no reason to ''upgrade'' per say. I only have win8 on my new laptop. I'm perfectly happy with Win 7 on all my other setups. 8 is just a way for M$oft to spread across their crappy new layout among all formats windows phone/XBOX/ and so forth.
    It's fine to use but their really is no reason to upgrade.

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    I had win 8 and i hate it,prefer stick to windows 7

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    I use W7 on all my machines (Debian / Ubuntu as well) and W2012 in some of my VPS (but W2008 in most of them).
    I take a long time to upgrade my OS, if my current one is working great why change so soon?

    For fast search on W7 I advise Agent Ransack.
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    Can I run all major SEO tools like SB, SENUKE, GSA etc. on W8?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheUnborn View Post
    I had win 8 and i hate it,prefer stick to windows 7
    Same here.Never been a fond of 7.Upgraded to 7 SP1 and i am quite satisfied never has any issue with windows 7 since its launched.

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    I hope they don't make a new HALO game that only runs on Windows 8. I was dissapointed when HALO 2 came out on Windows Vista. Are they that desperate?

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    Let's put it this way: Let's imagine world war III starts, everyone dies of hunger and Justin Bieber, Hitler and Michael Moore share the presidency of the world.... Still better than win 8.1

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    Quote Originally Posted by prab1996 View Post
    8 is fast then 7.

    but i use both (you can easily install 2 versions on single pc )

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    lappy or pc ? config pls

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    Quote Originally Posted by cutekid1 View Post
    lappy or pc ? config pls
    both
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    Quote Originally Posted by Acclaim View Post
    Let's put it this way: Let's imagine world war III starts, everyone dies of hunger and Justin Bieber, Hitler and Michael Moore share the presidency of the world.... Still better than win 8.1
    same here.........

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    Thsi windpw 8 is useless I bought computer last year with window 8 the interface is goods for playing games for kids but it slows down work rate significantely I would not recomend any body to use it.

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    Hmm you guys make it hard to make a decision There's pros and cons for Windows 8.1.... Currently I'm facing performance issues with my Windows 7. When I reformat it, it takes me like 1-2 months until my system starts becoming slow. And I know what I'm doing as I am using Windows since 98. No matter what processes I kill and close, the problem won't stop. The slow booting process is really starting to annoy me. Guess I'll upgrade to Windows 8.1 soon.

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    Windows 8 is a piece of crap!

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    Quote Originally Posted by todordonev View Post
    Windows 8 is a piece of crap!
    You have to always explain such statements, otherwise, your post is what's crap.

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    I switched from windows 7 to windows 8 only to use the windows 7 mode.....i would stick with 7.

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    My own take is that Windows 8 is fairly bad. Most of the hardware industry is blaming Microsoft and Windows 8 for the decline in PC sales. The Metro interface is not acceptable to most people.

    Windows 8.1 is superior to Windows 8. If you install Classic Shell (free) or Start 8 ($5.00) then you get the start menu back. However, you still do not have windowed operation; all applications function in full screen, making multi tasking more difficult. You over come this by installing ModernMix ($5.00 same company that writes Start 8).

    With these two programs you now have a functional desk/lap top. However, you do not have the Aero effects of Win 7. To get the Aero effect, you install WinGlass (free).

    Un/fortunately, Windows media player will not play DVD's, even with the proper codex installed. To correct this feature/failure you have to install an after market video player. I have been installing VLC.

    Windows 8 is in almost constant communication with a number of servers and runs an unholy number of processes, so you have to run through the services and programs to shut down the unnecessary processes.

    Then you have a functional box.

    For me, it is an easy $50 to do the above work because I script it with Power Shell.

    Win 8.1 is actually far superior to Win 7 once you work the bugs out, but I prefer Win 7.

    Rumor has it that MicroSoft will be putting the Start Menu back in in Windows 8.2 and correcting some of the other problems.

    I would wait until Win 8.2, or perhaps Windows 9.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IMpossible View Post
    Hmm you guys make it hard to make a decision There's pros and cons for Windows 8.1.... Currently I'm facing performance issues with my Windows 7. When I reformat it, it takes me like 1-2 months until my system starts becoming slow. And I know what I'm doing as I am using Windows since 98. No matter what processes I kill and close, the problem won't stop. The slow booting process is really starting to annoy me. Guess I'll upgrade to Windows 8.1 soon.
    What are you doing? I have never had performance issues with Win 7. I run CCleaner once in a while, and Glary utilities.

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    I can just tell you I'm enjoying it pretty much
    But if you plan on GAMING hard, and you don't have a lot of knowledge on PCs, then don't. I had some problems playing games like: GTA IV, Call of Duty series, Assassin's Creed, etc... but everything is Fixable. Or maybe updates will be out soon, so you won't have to go trough that..

    Aside that, everything is Like win7, but with more options

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustUs View Post
    My own take is that Windows 8 is fairly bad. Most of the hardware industry is blaming Microsoft and Windows 8 for the decline in PC sales. The Metro interface is not acceptable to most people.

    Windows 8.1 is superior to Windows 8. If you install Classic Shell (free) or Start 8 ($5.00) then you get the start menu back. However, you still do not have windowed operation; all applications function in full screen, making multi tasking more difficult. You over come this by installing ModernMix ($5.00 same company that writes Start 8).

    With these two programs you now have a functional desk/lap top. However, you do not have the Aero effects of Win 7. To get the Aero effect, you install WinGlass (free).

    Un/fortunately, Windows media player will not play DVD's, even with the proper codex installed. To correct this feature/failure you have to install an after market video player. I have been installing VLC.

    Windows 8 is in almost constant communication with a number of servers and runs an unholy number of processes, so you have to run through the services and programs to shut down the unnecessary processes.

    Then you have a functional box.

    For me, it is an easy $50 to do the above work because I script it with Power Shell.

    Win 8.1 is actually far superior to Win 7 once you work the bugs out, but I prefer Win 7.

    Rumor has it that MicroSoft will be putting the Start Menu back in in Windows 8.2 and correcting some of the other problems.

    I would until Win 8.2, or perhaps Windows 9.
    Woaaah... these are some heavy arguments against Windows 8.1!!
    I didn't know you had to install like 5 addons just to make it look and feel like Windows 7.
    Hmmm... now I'm unsure... I don't see a reason upgrading now...

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    I just got a new hp notebook that has win 8.1 on itt. Honestly I am still getting used to it. Though the titles are extremely annoying. I may take the notebook back to the store and use my old machine with win 7.

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    I would say stay with windows 7, I have a laptop with 8, but currently all the things i can do with 7 i can do with 8, so there is no point of switching if you already have 7

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    How to make Windows 8.1 better and save yourself a bunch of headaches:

    http://www.classicshell.net/

    Now just use it like Windows 7 and know that at least you will buy yourself 3 more years of updates with 8. Since 7 will be deprecated in 2020 and 8 in 2023 - http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/lifecycle

    The first hour with Windows 8.1 you will want to throw the computer through something (I know I almost did) but seriously install Classic Shell and it's way better.

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    Windows 9 will be released next year. I would hold out until then.

    Post your system specs as there might be other reasons that your system is running slow.

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    I did an upgrade from 7 to 8.1. Not willingly at first, it was the only OS I had available to me at the time.

    While I don't think Win8 is as bad as some people say, it definitely takes some getting used to, and there are no major improvements I can see from Windows 7.

    In other words, don't fix what ain't broke. Windows 7 is great. Stick with it for a while dude.

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    I should add that if you don't need to switch then stick with 7. The only reason I switched is because all new computers come with 8 and I bought a new laptop recently. So in that case it's not worth it to me to buy 7 again. But don't upgrade to 8 just to do it - don't waste your money.

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    Windows 8.1 is good, windows 8 sux .
    Windows 7 is good too.

    Without touchscreen windows 8.1 is just so so, but it has an App Store which u can download apps. For me it works great for me (But then its not my main computer, my main is a mac =) )

    Just go test it out, its good, but whether you can adapt to the new interface is another question.

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    I happily used windows 8 for about half a year until my SSD became corrupted in some way and I had to reinstall my OS. I made the stupid mistake of installing windows 8.1 this time, and it was an absolutely horrible experience. I use the start menu to search for every program I use, it's just so easy to type a few characters of the name and press enter. I tried two different applications which were supposed to give the same feel of the old start menu, but these just didn't cut it at all. I can't remember what exactly bothered me, but it certainly made me go back to windows 7 before a day had went by. Also the metro view is just plain stupid in my opinion. I don't want the interface of a phone on my computer, I just want a start menu and a desktop. Though the time it takes for your computer to boot with windows 8 is great! Especially on a SSD harddrive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HelloInsomnia View Post
    I should add that if you don't need to switch then stick with 7. The only reason I switched is because all new computers come with 8 and I bought a new laptop recently. So in that case it's not worth it to me to buy 7 again. But don't upgrade to 8 just to do it - don't waste your money.
    Money is not the problem. Actually I'm a big fan of new things and updates and I was curious about Windows 8.1.
    Are you satisfied with it?

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    A few words of warning about Windows 8/8.1 that most do not know.

    Windows 8/8.1 comes with embeded anti virus. Win 8* uses Microsoft Security Essentials. If you install another AV product you risk a software conflict.

    Of the recently tested AV products, MSE performed the worst.

    However, the installation of an after market AV product most often slows the entire system down due to said conflicts.
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    Hmm you guys make it hard to make a decision There's pros and cons for Windows 8.1.... Currently I'm facing performance issues with my Windows 7. When I reformat it, it takes me like 1-2 months until my system starts becoming slow. And I know what I'm doing as I am using Windows since 98. No matter what processes I kill and close, the problem won't stop. The slow booting process is really starting to annoy me. Guess I'll upgrade to Windows 8.1 soon.
    I have my copy of Windows 8 sitting on the shelf. I bought a new computer a little over a year ago but after reviewing the changes in Windows 8 it became clear to me that Microsoft was really more interested in imposing their new store via their craplets aka the interface formerly known as Metro than creating a usable desktop solution. Keep in mind I'm no Luddite that is resistant to change, I run Ubuntu as well in my office. I do have Windows 8 running on one of kid's laptops and I immediately installed the classic shell so she could find everything. I love the quick boot of Windows 8 but the rest of the interface with those stupid charms is beyond any reasonable comprehension.

    As to your system slowing double check the programs and apps you have installed. I have a six year quad machine that has been running for 5 years on Win 7 that was on its knees in terms of speed and disk thrashing. For me a reinstall is impossible, I work in IT and do development work and I literally have hundreds of apps that I use. What I did was to start uninstalling some of these apps and network drivers that I don't use anymore. I removed twenty of them including some Cisco and Juniper drivers and guess what the computer is running at a decent clip once again and the hard drive is silent.

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    Default Re: Switch from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 - Worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by bertbaby View Post
    I have my copy of Windows 8 sitting on the shelf. I bought a new computer a little over a year ago but after reviewing the changes in Windows 8 it became clear to me that Microsoft was really more interested in imposing their new store via their craplets aka the interface formerly known as Metro than creating a usable desktop solution. Keep in mind I'm no Luddite that is resistant to change, I run Ubuntu as well in my office. I do have Windows 8 running on one of kid's laptops and I immediately installed the classic shell so she could find everything. I love the quick boot of Windows 8 but the rest of the interface with those stupid charms is beyond any reasonable comprehension.

    As to your system slowing double check the programs and apps you have installed. I have a six year quad machine that has been running for 5 years on Win 7 that was on its knees in terms of speed and disk thrashing. For me a reinstall is impossible, I work in IT and do development work and I literally have hundreds of apps that I use. What I did was to start uninstalling some of these apps and network drivers that I don't use anymore. I removed twenty of them including some Cisco and Juniper drivers and guess what the computer is running at a decent clip once again and the hard drive is silent.
    Thanks for this reply, I'll try to take a look at what I can do.
    However there is one more thing that I got to ask you about.
    Ever since my last reformatting to Windows 7, my Laptop's Fan is working like frenzy, as if some sort of background process is using too much CPU/GPU power and causes it to heat up?! Before reformatting, I had the exact same system settings but it was Windows 7 Professional instead of Windows 7 Ultimate (now). Got any idea?

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    Default Re: Switch from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 - Worth it?

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    Money is not the problem. Actually I'm a big fan of new things and updates and I was curious about Windows 8.1.
    Are you satisfied with it?
    All I'm saying is that I don't see any advantages right now unless you like the interface more. I don't and so I use Classic Shell and everything is back to the way I like it. The only issue I have with it right now is that for some reason on this laptop the transfer speeds are way slower than on the older version of this laptop which is running Windows 7 - this one has better hardware specs so I can't explain that..

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