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Old December 30, 2013, 12:55 PM
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Question Windows 7 VS 8

Hey guys for my new rig I was wondering, what would be better windows 7 or 8, from what I've seen of windows 8 it looks... well pretty . And all of the reviews are not to positive ether. This may just be because I'm so used to windows 7 and love the experience I'm having with it, so easy to use, nice and easy to navigate too. Unlike Win 8 where you must do a command or swipe, then click search, and then have to type in the full word to find the folder your looking for sometimes! Yes I know Windows 8 uses less RAM then win 7, but does it run games/video editing software any better then windows 7? ATM I really don't know if I'm even going to bother with it, but what's you opinion on it?
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Old December 30, 2013, 01:03 PM
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Windows 8 was Built for touchscreens and tablets/phones, PC's were simply an after thought that really got no thought. Its the same idea as running your PC on Android or IOS really.
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Old December 30, 2013, 01:03 PM
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As a long term card carrying anti - win8 protester I'd say that the current 8.1 version resolves the great majority of what was wrong with the win8 launch. There are still issues with it, but at the very least it's now a lot more intuitive so you're not stuck staring at the screen without knowing how to do what you want to do.

If it were me, and I was buying a new OS, I'd probably pick up win 8.1, but before I did that I'd double check the support forums of my hardware to ensure that there aren't any driver issues. (Currently dealing with some USB audio device issues myself).
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If you are used to Win 7 stay with it. The only good difference in between Win 8 and Win 7 is the fact that Win 8 requires less ram, but in this day and age price wise difference between 2GB and 4GB is almost nothing.
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Old December 30, 2013, 01:06 PM
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Boot times alone justify considering running win 8.1.
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Old December 30, 2013, 01:08 PM
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I'd say Windows 8 would be better if you are going to be using it for gaming. Most games now are getting optimized for windows 8 like battlefield 4. Personally i switched from windows 7 to 8 and i didn't see much of a difference. :)
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Boot times alone justify considering running win 8.1.
Windows 7 with a SSD is about the same.
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I'd say Windows 8 would be better if you are going to be using it for gaming. Most games now are getting optimized for windows 8 like battlefield 4.
I beg to differ : when you will want to play older games what happens?
For sure the new games will work just fine with win7 but there is no way of knowing the compatibility with older games and win8. OS on a SSD takes care of the boot times just fine.
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Windows 7 with a SSD is about the same.
Not even close
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I asked the question before and in general a slightly higher % of people like windows 7 over 8 for a gaming desktop computer.
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