Flying Fox wrote:Need to wait for the mouse patch, but I think the multimonitor improvements of Win8 may be worth it.
Evan wrote:Hi everyone,
I'm debating whether or not to put Windows 8.1 on my system or just a fresh installation of Windows 7. My system is getting old but it's still decent, a Xeon W3680 (6 cores, 3.33GHz) on an ASUS P6T7 WS SuperComputer motherboard with 24GB of RAM, using a Radeon HD 7970 video card and three 24" 1920x1200 monitors. I recently got a 1TB Samsung 840 EVO so I'll be putting the new OS on that. The system also has four 2TB hard drives, which are currently in two RAID1 arrays but I plan to make it a single RAID5 array with the new OS installation. I do use the system for working from home some days (though I connect to the office VPN and remote into my desktop at the office), but mostly I use it for the usual gaming and Web-browsing. While I'm generally happy with Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, should I put on 8.1 instead? I haven't used 8.x in person but if it's faster, better at multi-tasking, etc. then I'd probably want to use it. If it makes any difference, I'm not using the onboard SAS controller, only the Intel drive controller, and the sound card is a Creative Labs SoundBlaster X-Fi Platinum. Thanks in advance for your thoughts and advice!
Diplomacy42 wrote:windows 8.1 is not an upgrade over windows 7 in any way, shape or form.
sschaem wrote:Thats coming from a guy that pretty much used all windows OS since windows95... And I had no issues with Vista. But windows8 is a joke for office/work.
Flying Fox wrote:sschaem wrote:Thats coming from a guy that pretty much used all windows OS since windows95... And I had no issues with Vista. But windows8 is a joke for office/work.
Even Windows ME?
Khali wrote:Under the hood 8.1 is a big improvement over 7. It uses less resources and does things more efficiently than 7 does.
Buub wrote:Khali wrote:Under the hood 8.1 is a big improvement over 7. It uses less resources and does things more efficiently than 7 does.
I keep seeing claims of this. The changes are evolutionary, not revolutionary, so I have problems with the word "big".
There have been subtle improvements that most people will not notice under the hood, as there are with every release. Some of them may be important to certain people, and some of them may be completely lost in the noise. Either way, I don't see any under-the-hood improvements that are compelling must-haves for most people using Windows 7.
Buub wrote:Windows 7. I find 8 to be an annoying step sideways in misguided UI design. It looks nice on a phone, but a computer with one or more giant monitors is not a phone.
rahulahl wrote:As it stands, I`m ready to go back to Windows 7 simply because I`m getting sick of all this crashing. Mine might be an isolated case, so take this as you will.
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JdL wrote:8.1 for crying out loud. I have found it faster and much better-tooled, yet I'm able to do nearly everything the same as if I was on 7. The new task manager is AWESOME. End of story.
Using mine with 3 monitors, occasionally 4. Gaming + coding.
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