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Downgrading from windows 8 to xp or 7?


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#16 n_K

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 23:20

If you've got problems with 7 but not XP that sounds very much like a problem with the Dell parts in the system, when dell release a system, they only bother to support the OS it comes shipped with, if it works or doesn't with the next iteration of windows is hit and miss. Look for BIOS upgrades and whatnot. I've always had problems with dell PCs/workstations/laptops, their servers are much better though.


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Posted 18 November 2012 - 23:32

Anyone ever used Windows Server 2003 or 2008? 21th century equivalents for the magnificent Windows 2000. Fast, simple, robust and native 64 bit support (Unlike the travesty that Windows XP 64bit was).

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 23:34

I used to use server 03 on my dell box (lol) that was from dreamspark, stopped using it in the end because of some problem with the hardware or whatnot, had to keep reactiviting it with MS so phoned them up and said it was the same PC it was activated on and couldn't be bothered with the hassle of having to keep doing it.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 01:07

Anyone ever used Windows Server 2003 or 2008? 21th century equivalents for the magnificent Windows 2000. Fast, simple, robust and native 64 bit support (Unlike the travesty that Windows XP 64bit was).


Windows 2003 and 2008 were the last vast superior server OS from Microsoft that was actually useful for use in desktop in contrast with their respective client version (xp and vista).
2003 is nt 5.2 and was considerably faster than XP (nt 5.1) ever could be, I used server 2003 until 2007, but I think its futile to advocate its use because people still too much 'hur dur its a server OS', they can't realize its superiority.
2008 was very strange it had the same kernel as Vista but in my benchmarks it was about 10-15% faster than Vista, I only heard some theories like the removal of DRM responsible for such better performance.
from 2008r2 and 2012 no real gain is observed in comparison with the client version (7 and 8).

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 07:40

now if we're talking server OS's which are an option for me via dreamspark... what is the next best thing after xp, server 2003?

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 07:43

2008 R2

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 19:42

From my knowledge, any hardware that can run XP can run 7 whether it be with some concessions or not. I'm still on the fence if I want to stay with 8 or go back to 7.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 06:38

Downgrade to Windows 7. It's so much better and it looks so sexy! :)



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