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Guys should I upgrade to Windows 8? I need honest reviews on that. Pros and cons would be helpful. What about the speed? Some people say in order to fully utilize Windows 8, you should be having a strong system. How much space does it take? Please share your opinions on this. At the moment I am using Windows 7 Ultimate. So you can always do a comparison. Thanks

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Plenty of sites have done comparisons, benchmarking the two OSes to see how they perform. Here's a few:
http://www.zdnet.com/windows-8-vs-windows-7-benchmarked-70000026...
http://www.techspot.com/review/561-windows8-vs-windows7/
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/windows-8-gaming-performance...
http://usabilitygeek.com/windows-8-vs-windows-7-speed-and-perfor...

The consensus is that Windows 8 isn't anymore power intensive than Windows 7, and that Windows 8 either performs just as well, or sometimes even slightly better, than Windows 7 on the same hardware.

Here's a comparison on drive space, showing that Windows 8 uses only slightly more drive space than Windows 7:
http://superuser.com/questions/463183/windows-8-disk-space-usage...

Microsoft themselves state that Windows 8 has the same system requirements as Windows 7:
http://news.softpedia.com/news/Windows-8-System-Requirements-Sam...


However, unless you really need a feature in Windows 8, like Metro Apps, I don't see any compelling reason to upgrade to it from Windows 7. Keep in mind that there's no Windows 8 Ultimate, the closest you'll get as a consumer is Windows 8 Pro + Media Center.

I you need "productivity" (Office, etc.) stay with Windows 7. If most what you want is entertainment (movies, shopping, etc.), go with Windows 8.

My HP laptop that I got last month came with Win 7 installed and Win 8 on a disk. I used Win 7 for a couple of weeks, then got the bug to try Win 8. My computer has recovery partitions and also came with Win 7 on a disk too and also full drivers for both operating systems. I figured if i didn't like 8 I could always go back to 7 with all the software that they gave me. I tried 8 with the metro for a few days and got tired of it. I read about start menue programs that give you the start menu back in Win 8. I downloaded one and am not looking back. It gives me the look of Win 7 but retains the speed of 8. As I stated, my computer came with a disk of all drivers for both OS's. You may have to do some searching for the latest Win 8 drivers for your computer. If you are comfortable formating and loading OS's, I say go for it. I would do a clean install and not put 8 on top of 7. One thing I thought was funny: After I loaded Win 8 on my computer, I had to do a search on Google to find out how to shut down the computer. It's not obvious in 8. The start menu program solves all that.

If you are using a real computer, no.

miqie said:   My HP laptop that I got last month came with Win 7 installed and Win 8 on a disk. I used Win 7 for a couple of weeks, then got the bug to try Win 8. My computer has recovery partitions and also came with Win 7 on a disk too and also full drivers for both operating systems. I figured if i didn't like 8 I could always go back to 7 with all the software that they gave me. I tried 8 with the metro for a few days and got tired of it. I read about start menue programs that give you the start menu back in Win 8. I downloaded one and am not looking back. It gives me the look of Win 7 but retains the speed of 8. As I stated, my computer came with a disk of all drivers for both OS's. You may have to do some searching for the latest Win 8 drivers for your computer. If you are comfortable formating and loading OS's, I say go for it. I would do a clean install and not put 8 on top of 7. One thing I thought was funny: After I loaded Win 8 on my computer, I had to do a search on Google to find out how to shut down the computer. It's not obvious in 8. The start menu program solves all that.

It's really pathetic that Microsoft didn't include this as a feature in Win8. It's like they didn't want to admit their user interface might not be liked by some.

I've seen a couple of products that bring back the start menu. Was the one you used this program? http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/

I do like some of the stardock products, such as Fences and Multiplicity. (although I've replaced Multiplicity with Mouse Without Borders).

riznick said:   miqie said:   My HP laptop that I got last month came with Win 7 installed and Win 8 on a disk. I used Win 7 for a couple of weeks, then got the bug to try Win 8. My computer has recovery partitions and also came with Win 7 on a disk too and also full drivers for both operating systems. I figured if i didn't like 8 I could always go back to 7 with all the software that they gave me. I tried 8 with the metro for a few days and got tired of it. I read about start menue programs that give you the start menu back in Win 8. I downloaded one and am not looking back. It gives me the look of Win 7 but retains the speed of 8. As I stated, my computer came with a disk of all drivers for both OS's. You may have to do some searching for the latest Win 8 drivers for your computer. If you are comfortable formating and loading OS's, I say go for it. I would do a clean install and not put 8 on top of 7. One thing I thought was funny: After I loaded Win 8 on my computer, I had to do a search on Google to find out how to shut down the computer. It's not obvious in 8. The start menu program solves all that.

It's really pathetic that Microsoft didn't include this as a feature in Win8. It's like they didn't want to admit their user interface might not be liked by some.

I've seen a couple of products that bring back the start menu. Was the one you used this program? http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/

I do like some of the stardock products, such as Fences and Multiplicity. (although I've replaced Multiplicity with Mouse Without Borders).


I actually used Classic Shell, but I heard that this one was good also, but have not used it because I'm happy with classic shell. Once you load a start menu on Win 8 all is well again. All of those with new computers that are stuck with Win 8 and hating it can end their frustrations with one of these downloads.

miqie said:   I actually used Classic Shell, but I heard that this one was good also, but have not used it because I'm happy with classic shell. Once you load a start menu on Win 8 all is well again. All of those with new computers that are stuck with Win 8 and hating it can end their frustrations with one of these downloads.
Classic Shell looks like one of the other ones I've seen. It looks like the programmer improved his website since I last saw it a while back.

Its for touchscreen lattops, which I bet you don't have.



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