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Golddiggie 11-28-2012 05:08 PM

Windows 7 or 8??
Ok, so I scored a new high performance SSD (solid state drive) with a 'black Friday' sale. I'm in the process of backing up my system in order to install the new drive (for the OS and apps) as well as another pair of drives (higher performance SAS drives) to take over for the ones I've been using. So, all the drives in my system will be getting replaced. Since I'm not one to try to clone my existing OS over to the new drive (usually doesn't fare so well) I'm going to be installing from scratch (downloading the Windows 7 x64 with SP1 iso now). I have access to Windows 8 too (thank you TechNet subscription), so I could install that here too. I have it on my Windows tablet, and it seems pretty good, on a tablet. Just wondering how many people, with new systems, are using Windows 8 (non-touch screens please) and either like, love, or hate it.

I also have Office 2013 downloaded, and will be burning media of that iso. Trying to decide if I should upgrade to that as well. I know 2010 works well, and don't see any issues with 2013 so far (also have it on the Windows tablet)...

Vote up and lets see what's what. :D

GilaMinumBeer 11-28-2012 05:15 PM

I have no opinions to share about Win8, but a TechNet subscription is the best money ever spent on computers.

KBentley57 11-28-2012 05:17 PM

The only thing wrong with the options is that none of them are linux.

Golddiggie 11-28-2012 05:22 PM


Originally Posted by KBentley57 (Post 4629493)
The only thing wrong with the options is that none of them are linux.

Not using that for the main OS on my tower. IF I need to use Linux, I'll fire up a VM (Workstation 9 :rockin:) and use it. When done, I'll go back to the main system and not worry about it. Everything I need to use runs on Windows. I've not seen the vSphere Client available for a Linux desktop (yet)... Since I'm a VMware admin/IT professional, I need access to ALL the tools native to the OS on my system. To try and run a VM so that I can then administrate my ESXi host is not viable for me.

headbanger 11-28-2012 05:25 PM

I couldn't find the none of the above selection. :confused:

bribo179 11-28-2012 05:44 PM

I run it on a desktop. It runs fine without the touch screen...but I'd install Windows 7 if it were me

Golddiggie 11-28-2012 05:51 PM


Originally Posted by headbanger (Post 4629532)
I couldn't find the none of the above selection. :confused:

That's because it's not an option. :drunk: Looking for feedback on the options listed...

I WILL be installing Windows 7 or 8 on this system. I WILL be installing either Office 2010 (using it now) or 2013 (have it downloaded and the keys already)...

Stay focused people...

BTW, this is definitely a more 'G' rated thread compared with the last one I started. :eek:

45_70sharps 11-28-2012 05:53 PM

I was just messing with 8 a little last night at my brothers.
If you have a touch screen, it might be OK. It's a mess though. Everything you knew is out the window.
All the things you learned to make life on the computer easier are no longer pertinent.
I told my sister in law she should order 7 and quit stressing over how 8 works.

If there is a store near by with computers, go mess with a windows 8 computer. Try and do specific things you do every day on your computer.

Golddiggie 11-28-2012 05:57 PM

It did take a bit of work to get the tablet setup the way I could use it. I'm probably just going to install Windows 7 x64 SP1 on the tower... It has plenty of raw power (dual e5345 Xeon's, 16GB RAM, 8800 GTX video card, etc.) so I'm not concerned there. I might be looking to get a more quiet/cooler running video card soon.

One thing I don't like about Windows 8 is they completely took away the Start menu. You can [sort of] navigate either via the apps selection (pull up from the bottom of the screen) but it's still not as good. I use the command window, and run line, for a good amount of stuff, so I needed to put those where I could get them.

carguy13 11-28-2012 05:58 PM

windows 8 would be good for a tablet / phone application. they should have never developed anything other than RT. it isn't very strong for anything other than facebook and other mindless tasks. If you are a serious computer user, or using your computer for work or anything that isn't causal browsing it is terrible. The separation between the desktop and the start tabs is terrible. Plus not having a start button in the Desktop mode is confusing. I installed the app to put it back but that stuff i don't want to do on a brand new OS. Did not like it. Period. I hope they never develop an enterprise version... it would be terrible.

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