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Windows 8.1 is AWFUL, great hardware but what can I do about this operating system?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by zander64, Sep 26, 2014.

  1. zander64

    zander64 Junior Member

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    Ok, I have been using dinosaurs for a decade, so used to win xp pro and really just want to stay with it. All my bots were built around it, I can find my way around it. I can pull up a cmd prompt. Update drivers with ease etc...

    My question is this.

    I know I cannot format this laptop and install win xp pro on it because of the chipset etc... Isthere any overlay OS or work around that can get me back to win xp without losing this quadcore cpu, 8 gb ram etc...?

    I seriously don't even want this laptop for free right now.

    Please help, anyone!
     
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    davids355 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Every windows 8 system I deploy goes out with classic shell - a windows 7 style start menu (but even nicer).

    the only other things I do is make sure the default is the desktop versions of IE and Skype.

    after that it becomes a great OS.
     
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    motzart Power Member

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    EDIT: Misunderstood the question.


    Honestly.. the sad, but harsh truth, is that you need to move on with the times.

    I liked the older OS way better too (much less clutter).


    For a programmer (and you can correct me if I'm wrong), don't you need the latest OS to do bug-fixes + compatibility checks?
     
  5. zohar

    zohar Newbie

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    Jesus, what kind of futuristic chipset do you use that you cannot install Windows XP Pro?
     
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    Windows 8.1 need some getting used to. It's much faster and if you install the start menu thing then it's just like Windows 7 but much faster. If you really need to use XP and it is not compatible then buy a cheap $100 laptop off craigslist. Although, wouldn't it be smart to convert your bots to run on the latest platform available? if you don't do that won't they be vulnerable? or slower as compared to what they could be if you update them?
     
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    You should not have any problems with increased performance with Windows XP Professional (64bit)
     
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    Classic shell here too. It's not that bad. You get used to it.