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April 18, 2013 3:53:22 AM

I currently have windows 7 professional on my 2005 Alienware gaming PC. as you can see in 2005 windows 7 wasn't out already so I went from windows XP to windows 7 on my 2005 alienware.

So in this new PC I am about to build what do you guys recomend? Windows 8 or 7?
I will be adding a Samsung SSD and/OR also a HDD.

And also a noob question: Can I use the same copy of windows 7 Professional to put it on my gaming PC or do I need to buy a brand new copy of Windows 7?

Thanks in advance (like always) =)

Fx7

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April 18, 2013 4:07:32 AM

Fox Seven said:
I currently have windows 7 professional on my 2005 Alienware gaming PC. as you can see in 2005 windows 7 wasn't out already so I went from windows XP to windows 7 on my 2005 alienware.

So in this new PC I am about to build what do you guys recomend? Windows 8 or 7?
I will be adding a Samsung SSD and/OR also a HDD.

And also a noob question: Can I use the same copy of windows 7 Professional to put it on my gaming PC or do I need to buy a brand new copy of Windows 7?

Thanks in advance (like always) =)

Fx7


In the end, it all comes down to preferences and your personal build. Me personally, I don't care about the Metro GUI because you can fully work with the normal GUI, and I like the side pannel a lot more than the Windows start-button. As for performance, there is hardly no difference.

Take a look at this Windows 8 review from Tomshardware.
a c 389 $ Windows 7
a c 253 * Windows 8
April 18, 2013 4:28:39 AM

I've been using Win8 for months, and have had zero problems. In a dualscreen setup, the primary monitor opens to Metro, and the secondary opens to the desktop. One click on the desktop, and the Metro side goes away.

Sure, some things are in different places. But we had that going from Win98 to XP to Vista & 7.
Remember when XP came out? People hated it. "Looks like something made by Fisher-Price!" "Damn toy interface!" "I'll never use it!"
Now, many people will not move off of it.

Pin your most used stuff to the taskbar, and it is surprisingly like Win7.
All down to your personal preference, but I like it.
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April 18, 2013 4:38:05 AM

USAFRet said:
I've been using Win8 for months, and have had zero problems. In a dualscreen setup, the primary monitor opens to Metro, and the secondary opens to the desktop. One click on the desktop, and the Metro side goes away.

Sure, some things are in different places. But we had that going from Win98 to XP to Vista & 7.
Remember when XP came out? People hated it. "Looks like something made by Fisher-Price!" "Damn toy interface!" "I'll never use it!"
Now, many people will not move off of it.

Pin your most used stuff to the taskbar, and it is surprisingly like Win7.
All down to your personal preference, but I like it.


I agree :) 

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April 18, 2013 5:30:46 AM
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Bottom line first - Flip a coin, you will either love Windows 8, or hate it.

First on transfering your Win 7 from one computer to another - it depends on which version you have. If OEM, then answer is NO, if a full Retail version, Yes.

On Windows 8.
.. Overall it has been a flop, while better than Vista, it will share the same fate and will be replaced soon by uSoft (Windows 8.1, windows 9, or Blue). Windows 8 has been rejected by corporate Americia - just check the sales figures and financial reviewers. Just check the number of post on downgrading windows 8 to windows 7. However, Most Hardcore computer folks here tend to Love it About a 60-40 split in a couple of poles here at Tom's
.. Most of the Negative comments can be resolved by adding back a start menu, such as start 8.
.. I upgraded a Windows 7 laptop with Win 8, do NOT plan on upgrading My desktops, May when uSoft rolls out new version.
...... Have NOT had a problem with it, outside of one program. Total Theatre increased Boot time from about 10 Sec to > 30 Sec. Removed it (should have tried diasabling it in start up. Waiting for Total Theatre to fix their problem.
...... Disabliing hibernation (recommended for SSDs) apparently ALSO disables fast boot. One of the Biggest Plusses for windows 8 is fast boot time. With a SSD my windows 7 boot time went from about 15 Secs to about 8->10 Sec - 5 Sec decrease in boot time is Nice, but NOT a real biggy.
..... For some reason, uSoft buried the back-up app, still there just hard to find. One of the Pluses for Start 8, along with giving the Power off easier access.
April 18, 2013 5:37:22 AM

Windows 8 is a better OS in terms of performance. It has lower system requirements which give more ressources to other applications running, which result into an overall faster experience, not to mention fast SSD-like boot times on a HDD compared to Windows 7.

Windows 8 is not hard to learn using, if you're willing to just give it 10 minutes.

Of personal preference I would choose Windows 8, I've been using Windows 7 since the launch and did shift to Windows 8 at the day of launch.



April 18, 2013 9:19:50 AM

RetiredChief said:
Bottom line first - Flip a coin, you will either love Windows 8, or hate it.

First on transfering your Win 7 from one computer to another - it depends on which version you have. If OEM, then answer is NO, if a full Retail version, Yes.

On Windows 8.
.. Overall it has been a flop, while better than Vista, it will share the same fate and will be replaced soon by uSoft (Windows 8.1, windows 9, or Blue). Windows 8 has been rejected by corporate Americia - just check the sales figures and financial reviewers. Just check the number of post on downgrading windows 8 to windows 7. However, Most Hardcore computer folks here tend to Love it About a 60-40 split in a couple of poles here at Tom's
.. Most of the Negative comments can be resolved by adding back a start menu, such as start 8.
.. I upgraded a Windows 7 laptop with Win 8, do NOT plan on upgrading My desktops, May when uSoft rolls out new version.
...... Have NOT had a problem with it, outside of one program. Total Theatre increased Boot time from about 10 Sec to > 30 Sec. Removed it (should have tried diasabling it in start up. Waiting for Total Theatre to fix their problem.
...... Disabliing hibernation (recommended for SSDs) apparently ALSO disables fast boot. One of the Biggest Plusses for windows 8 is fast boot time. With a SSD my windows 7 boot time went from about 15 Secs to about 8->10 Sec - 5 Sec decrease in boot time is Nice, but NOT a real biggy.
..... For some reason, uSoft buried the back-up app, still there just hard to find. One of the Pluses for Start 8, along with giving the Power off easier access.


Thanks for your answer, I think I will stick with windows 7. And yes I bought Windows 7 and installed it on a Native Windows XP Alienware. So let me get it right.. IF I bought just one copy retail version of Windows 7 Professional I can't install it on two Pc's? Or I need to buy one for each PC?

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a c 253 * Windows 8
April 18, 2013 9:25:30 AM

Fox Seven said:
So let me get it right.. IF I bought just one copy retail version of Windows 7 Professional I can't install it on two Pc's? Or I need to buy one for each PC?



1 for each PC.
April 19, 2013 2:21:08 PM

USAFRet said:
Sure, some things are in different places... Pin your most used stuff to the taskbar, and it is surprisingly like Win7.


I dont think so.
My Windows 7 Start Menu shows me the 20 applications I use most.
Not enough space on the Windows 8 taskbar to pin 20 apps.
And pinning does not change if you frequently use a different application.
And both are just examples.

Windows 8 does not simply move around a few GUI elements.
It forces you to use a GUI metaphor which is built for a tablet (touch screen, small display and low information density) even when you have a desktop PC (mouse, keyboard, big display and big information density).

Face it: if you use Metro GUI, you simply say goodbye to usefull features like right click, ctrl + click or multiple windows.
And sometimes you must use Metro GUI, just because Microsoft decided so.
If Metro GUI would be optional, I would upgrade immediatly.
But now an upgrade to Windows 8 wuold only make me less productive.

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April 19, 2013 2:57:08 PM

corradolab said:
USAFRet said:
Sure, some things are in different places... Pin your most used stuff to the taskbar, and it is surprisingly like Win7.


I dont think so.
My Windows 7 Start Menu shows me the 20 applications I use most.
Not enough space on the Windows 8 taskbar to pin 20 apps.
And pinning does not change if you frequently use a different application.
And both are just examples.

Windows 8 does not simply move around a few GUI elements.
It forces you to use a GUI metaphor which is built for a tablet (touch screen, small display and low information density) even when you have a desktop PC (mouse, keyboard, big display and big information density).

Face it: if you use Metro GUI, you simply say goodbye to usefull features like right click, ctrl + click or multiple windows.
And sometimes you must use Metro GUI, just because Microsoft decided so.
If Metro GUI would be optional, I would upgrade immediatly.
But now an upgrade to Windows 8 wuold only make me less productive.



My current taskbar (on a 22" 1920x1080) contains 21 items I have pinned there. Goes about 2/3 across the screen. Plenty of space.
To invoke the 'new' Start and launch something that isn't there, bring up Metro.

I rarely see Metro. On a dual screen, on boot, Metro appears on the primary, desktop on the secondary. One click, and Metro is gone from the left (primary) screen.
I almost never have to interact with Metro.

If I was on a single screen, I might think differently.
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