Philldoe wrote:Just install Start8. it tucks the Metro UI away and you will not even see it 99% of the time. Adds a nice start menu that fits the Windows 8 look. Even I was happy to keep Win8 on my laptop, so that must mean something.
riviera74 wrote:Great suggestions from all. Now: which version of Windows 8 should I use: Windows 8 or Windows 8 Professional?
IIRC the only practical difference is that Pro offers networking functionality. If you're planning to join a domain, use hyper-v, remote desktop, that sort of thing, you need Pro.
It's possible that Pro supports more RAM too, but I think Win8 supports 16gb and that's plenty of RAM for home use.
riviera74 wrote:Since the Techreport has essentially recommended using Windows 8 in its last system guide rather than stick with Windows 7 for some reason, I was looking at using something like this once I either build my next desktop or buy a notebook. What are your thoughts about this and what do you recommend?
I haven't made a change to the OS, and I still don't see Metro 99% of the time.
riviera74 wrote:Even if you have a laptop with a touchscreen, such as a Lenovo Yoga, a proper desktop is still best when it comes to true multitasking and actually doing real work on a PC (whether one is playing Crysis 3 or working on an Excel spreadsheet and PowerPoint presentation).
riviera74 wrote:The issue I have with Modern UI is that it is a tablet UI. I would have replaced my (former) iPhone 4 with a Windows Phone if I wanted to deal with Modern UI. Modern UI makes perfect sense for a tablet or smartphone. It makes NO sense on a desktop or a notebook for obvious reasons. Even if you have a laptop with a touchscreen, such as a Lenovo Yoga, a proper desktop is still best when it comes to true multitasking and actually doing real work on a PC (whether one is playing Crysis 3 or working on an Excel spreadsheet and PowerPoint presentation).
Modern UI: I will pass on that.
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