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Got a new laptop. Downgrade to Windows 7 or stick with 8?

#1LiL_JiggaPosted 8/2/2013 7:57:37 AM
Apart from the missing start menu pretty much everything else is the same as far as I'm concerned. But would downgrading to Win7 be worth it in terms of increased stability and better performance?
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#2Rolen47Posted 8/2/2013 8:02:57 AM
Just install ClassicShell and it's pretty much the same as Win7.
#3Mystical_NEETPosted 8/2/2013 8:04:00 AM
Downgrade if you want to make sure apps work properly.
#4Orestes417Posted 8/2/2013 8:09:30 AM
99.9999999% of anything you'd actually want to run on Windows 7 works exactly the same on Windows 8. The only things that come to my mind that don't are older software that was hardcoded for a specific Windows version like some AV packages.
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#5LiL_Jigga(Topic Creator)Posted 8/2/2013 8:20:20 AM
All right, installing ClassicShell and sticking with 8. Thanks.
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#6SmakkyofacePosted 8/2/2013 8:36:19 AM
Windows 7 boots painfully slow on laptops. I tried downgrading and even with an SSD, I noticed the difference in boot time. Never touching windows 7 again.
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#7jgatlabayanPosted 8/2/2013 8:43:25 AM
If it's a gaming laptop, stick with 8 for dx11.1
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#8PraetorXynPosted 8/2/2013 9:03:50 AM
Smakkyoface posted...
Windows 7 boots painfully slow on laptops. I tried downgrading and even with an SSD, I noticed the difference in boot time. Never touching windows 7 again.


My Windows 7 laptop with an SSD boots in under 10 seconds.
The only reason Windows 8 "boots faster" is because it doesn't actually shut down, it hibernates.

They created an option which is turned on by default called "Fast Boot", which basically changes Shut Down to mean Hibernate. If you turn that feature off in control panel, or disable hibernate altogether (that's what I did to free up 16 GB or so of space on my SSD) you won't notice a difference.
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#9gastamanPosted 8/5/2013 12:01:46 PM
PraetorXyn posted...
They created an option which is turned on by default called "Fast Boot", which basically changes Shut Down to mean Hibernate.


That's not exactly true. Really, it's just an oversimplified way of describing the comparison. There are, however, differences which exist between the two. For instance, when resuming from a hibernated state, no driver re-initialization occurs, where as powering on after a "shutdown" in Windows 8 will lead to the initialization of drivers.
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#10DragnfyrPosted 8/5/2013 12:04:32 PM
Windows 8 is actually a little faster than Windows 7.
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