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Posted 28 December 2012 - 07:05
Posted 28 December 2012 - 07:16
Well I know Windows 7 runs super fast and performs awesome on a core 2 duo with 2 megs of ram, with earo and everything enabled.
And supposedly Windows 8 uses less resources than Windows 7, at least that's what people try to say, so I guess pick one of them 2.
Personally I can`t believe that you have Vista on specs like that, I`m amazed it even starts up, lol.
Posted 28 December 2012 - 07:40
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?
Posted 28 December 2012 - 08:10
Posted 28 December 2012 - 08:38
I would recommend Windows 8 and if the Start Screen is a problem, then install a start menu replacement such as StartIsBack (http://www.startisback.com/). I think it's a win-win situation for the OP since it's Vista. Plus, the multi-monitor support is much, much better on Windows 8.
Don't do it. Windows 8 is worse than Vista!
I'd recommend a Windows 7 upgrade instead.
Posted 28 December 2012 - 13:57
Posted 28 December 2012 - 14:09
Posted 28 December 2012 - 14:26
I did the upgrade on my laptop last night. The only issue I had was that the scrolling function on the laptop's touchpad doesn't work anymore. I have to scroll manually by either using the keyboard or dragging the scroll up and down on the browser. Office XP (aka Office 2002) installed successfully and worked just fine. I know, I need to update badly but I'm such a cheapskate since I think Microsoft products are just ridiculously overpriced. That is why I waited until now to upgrade my OS. Considering Microsoft's prices, $40 is such a steal. Unfortunately, I can't play DVDs right now. Microsoft is offerring a free Windows Media Center for us people that took advantage of this $40 upgrade, but my free product key will not be email until 24-72 hours, so I need to wait a few days for that to come.
I haven't tried Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0 yet since I mainly use it on my main desktop computer, not my laptop. I may, or may not, test it. I'll see what mood I'm in later. But overall, Windows 8 is A LOT faster than Vista. It feels like I just bought a new computer. It flies! I'm very happy with the purchase. It is VERY confusing at first since it's completely different than 7 or Vista, but I'll get the hang of it. Once I use it for a while and test it out for some time and like it, I may install it on my desktop computer too. Microsoft allows each copy to be installed to up to 5 computers, which is great since I only have 2.
Posted 28 December 2012 - 15:04
Did you install the touchpad drivers? Scrolling should work if they are installed
Posted 28 December 2012 - 15:13
I assume it automatically installed during the upgrade??
I use a Dell Inspiron 1318 laptop and you can download the driver on Dell's site and reinstall it. I notice on the site, it only says it's compatible with Vista and XP, but says nothing about its compatibility with Win 7 or 8. I can try downloading it tonight and installing it on Win 8 and see if it works.
Posted 28 December 2012 - 20:59
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.
Posted 29 December 2012 - 00:57
No, touchpad drivers and special buttons drivers etc, well, infact all drivers really, should always be installed after windows direct from the manufacturers site
Posted 29 December 2012 - 01:02