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Is Windows 8 (Pro) any good?

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3 years ago#1
I have a coupon from Best Buy for $130 off, which would put the total at $70. Don't know if it's worth it though.
3 years ago#2
Do you need an OS???
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3 years ago#3
I wouldn't bother if you already have Windows 7. If you're building a new PC it would be a good deal though.
3 years ago#4
The difference between Windows 8 and windows 8 pro are a few technical features that 90% of the people would never use.

Remote desktop

Connect to Domain networks


If you never heard of these things, most likely you won't get any benefits from buying PRO over the standard version.
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3 years ago#5
It's not bad once you get used to it. Metro is pretty but fairly pointless on a PC because the majority of your time will be on the desktop. 8.1 is supposed to alleviate many of the issues people have with 8, but it really isn't as bad as people say. Also, the system is responsive and efficient as hell. It takes my laptop like two seconds to load after I press the power button, but to be fair I have an SSD.

I'd say the best reason to update is for the little features that aren't supported in 7, like DX11.1 (as opposed to DX11).

But again, since the majority of your time is going to be on the desktop, it feels like a pointless upgrade.
3 years ago#6
There's no reason to get Windows 8 Pro unless you actually need the advanced features that Windows 8 Pro enables compared to Windows 8.
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3 years ago#7
Yeah, I guess I should've specified that I have 7 and that I was considering going to 8. The only reason I put 'Pro' in the title was because that was for the version the deal was for, so a mistake on my part.
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