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Microsoft is offering an amazing deal for Windows 8. You can upgrade for only $40 until 1/30/13. I have Vista since it came with my computer 3 years ago. I hate it because it's pretty slow and does have problems occasionally. Is it recommended that I take advantage of this offer and upgrade to Windows 8? I've never used it before so I'm not sure how much better it is than Vista.

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Windows 8 is blazing fast compared to Vista, and a less resource hog. It would be a massive improvement for you, you'll just need to get use to the new UI. That being said, if you're having problems with your OS, a simple upgrade might not solve your issue.

And for the record, any upgrade solution of any OS would be better than Vista :p
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Yes, absolutely. It's mind boggling you didn't upgrade to Windows 7, given that you have problems with Vista. What are your PC specs - maybe you can buy some parts to make your computer faster?

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[quote name='tsupersonic' timestamp='1356637023' post='595418426']
What are your PC specs - maybe you can buy some parts to make your computer faster?
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Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
2 GB of RAM

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Windows 7 was the perfect upgrade to Vista. 8 is comparable in performance to 7, but as you might've seen in various threads around this forum, a lot of people get their panties in a bunch over the Start screen.

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[quote name='Crisp' timestamp='1356636960' post='595418424']
Windows 8 is blazing fast compared to Vista, and a less resource hog. It would be a massive improvement for you, you'll just need to get use to the new UI. That being said, if you're having problems with your OS, a simple upgrade might not solve your issue.

And for the record, any upgrade solution of any OS would be better than Vista :p
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no.. not really. Vista was a decent OS. Upgrade to 8 only if you understand that you are trading one set of frustrations with another.
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[quote name='seta-san' timestamp='1356637862' post='595418466']
no.. not really. Vista was a decent OS. Upgrade to 8 only if you understand that you are trading one set of frustrations with another.
[/quote]Well if OP hates Windows 8, he/she could upgrade from Vista to 8, and have the best of both worlds. Really, there is no reason not to upgrade from Vista to 7/8.

As for speed, you can try buying more RAM, an SSD, or a newer CPU (depending on what you're doing with your computer, but there could be complications here)

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A OS upgrade will help a little bit (either 7 or 8). With only 2 GB of RAM, I would think the best upgrade would be to add more memory (to at least 4 GB or more even 6 or 8).
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If you have dealt with Vista for three years, then, given your specs, run, don't walk, to the nearest Windows 8 upgrade.
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[quote name='seta-san' timestamp='1356637862' post='595418466']
no.. not really. Vista was a decent OS. Upgrade to 8 only if you understand that you are trading one set of frustrations with another.
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Oh I agree, I've already down graded back to 7 from 8, but I would easily choose 8 over Vista.

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[quote name='jackslade' timestamp='1356638227' post='595418476']
A OS upgrade will help a little bit (either 7 or 8). With only 2 GB of RAM, I would think the best upgrade would be to add more memory (to at least 4 GB or more even 6 or 8).
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Yes, but he will still be stuck with a 5 year old OS. The ability of Windows 8 to run smoothly on older hardware is almost legendary :).
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Ok, looks like upgrading is the best option. Just one more question.... if I buy the upgrade, will I lose all my saved documents on my computer, such as my word/excel files, pictures and videos? Or will they get ported over to Win 8 when the upgrade is complete? Just wondering if I need to backup before upgrading. Sorry if this question is silly but I've never upgraded to a new OS before on an existing computer.

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A backup is never a bad idea, even if you're doing the upgrade install. Things can go wrong. Personally, I prefer a clean install regardless.

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I would upgrade without a doubt or even thinking about it. Now I've had Windows 8 for a while, absolutely love it.

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.[quote name='DaDude' timestamp='1356636720' post='595418418']
Microsoft is offering an amazing deal for Windows 8. You can upgrade for only $40 until 1/30/13. I have Vista since it came with my computer 3 years ago. I hate it because it's pretty slow and does have problems occasionally. Is it recommended that I take advantage of this offer and upgrade to Windows 8? I've never used it before so I'm not sure how much better it is than Vista.

Thanks!
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I am surprised no one has suggested this yet
Well before -- I would go fork out the money-

I would at least run the Upgrade Assistant then see what is compatible first.

It should give you what is compatible and what is not. as a starting base.

[url="http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/upgrade-to-windows-8"]http://windows.micro...de-to-windows-8[/url]
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Yes do it!
You'll see a huge improvement.

[quote name='Max Norris' timestamp='1356639141' post='595418506']
A backup is never a bad idea, even if you're doing the upgrade install. Things can go wrong. Personally, I prefer a clean install regardless.
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This. Do a backup and do a clean install, much better.

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I've installed Win8 on an HP DV6609 with Athlon 64 X2 @ 1.8GHz, 2GB ram and it runs fine.
You might have to hunt down Vista or Win7 drivers though, depending on the hardware.

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[quote name='seta-san' timestamp='1356637862' post='595418466']
Vista was a decent OS
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:laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

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Just remember, if you upgrade to 8, I believe it is only for 32 bit OS and not 64 bit. ( talking about downloading, not buying retail). Also, you can always install classic shell if you don't like the windows 8 UI

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[quote name='DonnieJim' timestamp='1356644346' post='595418608']
Just remember, if you upgrade to 8, I believe it is only for 32 bit OS and not 64 bit. ( talking about downloading, not buying retail).
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Huh? Mine's 64.

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[quote name='DonnieJim' timestamp='1356644346' post='595418608']
Just remember, if you upgrade to 8, I believe it is only for 32 bit OS and not 64 bit. ( talking about downloading, not buying retail). Also, you can always install classic shell if you don't like the windows 8 UI
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lol wut? :/

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This is what I meant:
"Upgrade Advisor only provides you with the same platform type (32-bit/x86 or 64-bit/x64) as the system you

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[quote name='DonnieJim' timestamp='1356644346' post='595418608']
Just remember, if you upgrade to 8, I believe it is only for 32 bit OS and not 64 bit. ( talking about downloading, not buying retail). Also, you can always install classic shell if you don't like the windows 8 UI
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If you use the online upgrade assistant it'll only download like for like, so it'll only download 32bit if you're using a 32bit system.
Trick if you want to go from 32 bit to 64 is to either use a mates 64 bit machine to download the upgrade or purchase the backup upgrade disc.

Edit: to slow, beaten to it.

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Ohhhh, gotcha :)

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Ok, I was just about ready to do the upgrade, but the Upgrade Assistant came up with over 30 programs on my computer that won't run on Windows 8 and I'll be forced to buy upgraded versions, such as Office XP, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Ulead VideoStudio SE, etc... I thought people hated Vista because of its Compatibility issues. So, why do people like Win 8 better if its compatibility is worse? I have tons of old programs in Vista that run just fine and now I find out they won't work in Win 8. I don't understand the hype for Win 8 if it won't run older programs and its compatibility is worse than Vista's.

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