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#1 sinetheo

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Posted 22 June 2014 - 17:26

Why should I change?

I have an un opened copy of 8.1 that I can't return once opened so I need to make a decision? Like XP users I feel no reason to leave what works. Not to sound old yet I feel strange putting a 5 year old OS on an i7 with raid 0 ssd.

What does 8.1 give me that 7 doesn't? I know I hate the GUI and need aero and a start menu replacement but is there anything else? What are charms? Can I run metro apps in a tile? Can I search by category on the desktop?

Or should I just stick with stable well tested 7?


#2 pack34

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Posted 22 June 2014 - 17:36

What part of 8.1 is not stable? Why stick with an outdated operating system? What advantage do you hope to gain by sticking with 7?



#3 itisomegakai

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Posted 22 June 2014 - 17:44

personally if you can adjust to strart screen then win 8.1

 

but if you have a purchased win 7 copy or own it then you can skip switching to 8.1



#4 PGHammer

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Posted 22 June 2014 - 17:45

It is highly LIKELY that the user in question is simply biased toward the Start menu - after all, said Start menu has been around all that time.

 

Some folks, despite protestations otherwise, are plain and simply change-averse.



#5 sikhwarrior

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Posted 22 June 2014 - 17:46

Advantage of windows 8.1 over 7; better trim support on SSD, windows 8.1 actually detects its a SSD and turns off features that could cause unnecessary writes.



#6 +Brando212

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Posted 22 June 2014 - 17:46

if you already have a copy of Windows 8 then no reason to trade it back in for something older. especially if you already know you can still modify it to your liking

 

Glass8 to restore glass and any start menu replacement app of your choice (Start8, Classic Shell, & StartIsBack being the most popular)



#7 1for-matik

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Posted 22 June 2014 - 17:47

Since Start Menu will come back in Windows 8.1 Update 2 this summer... Go for Windows 8.1 and wait...



#8 bankajac

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Posted 22 June 2014 - 17:54

I love the 8.1 start screen! Some do and some don't. I never understood the  complaints. In windows 7 you would click on start and then either your program if it was pinned or all programs and click through the groupings.  In windows 8 you do the same with less clicks!

 

Go with the latest and if you feel you need to have the windows 7 look there are tools to get that close.



#9 elenarie

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Posted 22 June 2014 - 17:57

Go with XP, it works perfectly.



#10 OP sinetheo

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Posted 22 June 2014 - 18:06

Advantage of windows 8.1 over 7; better trim support on SSD, windows 8.1 actually detects its a SSD and turns off features that could cause unnecessary writes.

Ssds are detected fine under 7 as such. I was under the impression you need the Intel driver for trim in an ssd raid whether 7 or 8?



#11 +Seahorsepip

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Posted 22 June 2014 - 20:11

Ssds are detected fine under 7 as such. I was under the impression you need the Intel driver for trim in an ssd raid whether 7 or 8?

Windows 7 still defrags ssd's thinking it's a hdd compared to win8 which will trim the ssd instead of defrag if I remember correctly.



#12 xendrome

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Posted 22 June 2014 - 20:17

8.1



#13 RandPC

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Posted 22 June 2014 - 20:29

Windows 7 still defrags ssd's thinking it's a hdd compared to win8 which will trim the ssd instead of defrag if I remember correctly.

 

Nah, that was Vista. Win 7 will properly recognize a SSD, disabled defragmentation on it. Enable trim, and a few other smaller changes to file system indexing. No real difference in how Win7 vs 8 handles SSD.

 

As for Win7 vs 8, like Metro, plan to use Touch input frequently? Dislike Aero Glass?
Use Windows 8

Dislike Metro?  Like Aero Glass?  Touch isn't a concern?  Use Windows 7.

Other differences are marginal, and won't make a huge difference. Newer version of DirectX but that's meaningful. Shadow Volume Copy/Previous versions is restricted to only desktop/libraries rather then entire HDD as in Win7. Win8 uses hybrid boot for quicker start times, but that comes with some draw backs so it's a bit of a trade off, and easily disabled if it doesn't suit you. You lose desktop gadgets in Win8, but gain Metro apps. etc.
For most people it's essentially going to come down to whether you like the UI changes.

I prefer 7, other people like 8. Just preference, largely determined by whether your using touch and how you like the UI changes. There are a million heated arguments on this and every other forum over Win8. I suggest avoiding it all and picking whichever one has the UI you prefer.



#14 OP sinetheo

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Posted 22 June 2014 - 20:37

will glass 8 work with update 1?

if you already have a copy of Windows 8 then no reason to trade it back in for something older. especially if you already know you can still modify it to your liking

 

Glass8 to restore glass and any start menu replacement app of your choice (Start8, Classic Shell, & StartIsBack being the most popular)



#15 webdev511

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Posted 22 June 2014 - 20:44

8.1 for the frequently mentioned SSD functionality and if you have a copy of 8.1 Pro there's Hyper-V for VM's and BitLocker for internal and removable drive encryption.