Windows 7 or 8
Should I get Windows 7 or 8?
In 8.1, the look is very similar to Win 7. It lacks the default Start menu, but I do not miss it one bit. And that seems to be one of the main complaints about Win 8/8.1.
Boot directly into Desktop mode. All my most used shortcuts pinned to the autohide taskbar.
Task Manager is much better. As well as a few other behind the scenes functions.
Some games are reportedly a few FPS better with Win 8/8.1. And some better in Win 7. But the actual performance difference is very small.
8/8.1 is the way forward though. DirectX, etc, etc.
Until we see Win 9 or 10.
yea to be honest i prefer windows 8.1 myself, i cant go back to windows 7 now, ever. Couple of reasons being windows 8/8.1 boot times are so amazingly fast (capable computers boot under 30 seconds), it eliminates the need for maybe even an ssd...an annoying feature in windows 7, it updates everytime you boot up, in windows 8/8.1 it updates on shutdown (much more convenient as you can just leave your pc and it'll shut down)...windows 8/8.1 is newer so getting windows 7 may not be a good idea in terms of keeping updated. Windows 8 does reportedly has better performance http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/11/24/battlefield_4_windows_7_vs_81_performance_review/5#.U5jMYdgU_ug and honestly, even though some people might rage at this, i find the new windows interface alot better than that 'industrial looking' windows 7...alot more user friendly