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should I avoid windows 8 on my new laptop ?

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3 years ago#1
getting a new laptop...Im a big fan of Windows 7 ...but it would be easier to find a lapotop in the stores around here that runs on 8. ... Does windos 8 have a lot of bugs? Ive heard a lot of bad things but now I know 8.1 at least added a desktop.

Is it worth ordering online so I can get a windows 7 or should I just go ahead and buy laptop locally with 8 ?
3 years ago#2
There is nothing wrong with Windows 8.
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3 years ago#3
Personally I've not experienced any issues with 8 or 8.1. However I would look around the web as I'm certain other people probably have.
3 years ago#4
heres a laptop Im looking at ...

anyone think this is an ok deal and laptop ?

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/aspire-m5-15-6-touch-screen-laptop-6gb-memory-500gb-hard-drive/1755183.p?id=1219063240784&skuId=1755183&st=categoryid$pcmcat247400050000&cp=1&lp=7
3 years ago#5
Keybored123 posted...
heres a laptop Im looking at ...

anyone think this is an ok deal and laptop ?

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/aspire-m5-15-6-touch-screen-laptop-6gb-memory-500gb-hard-drive/1755183.p?id=1219063240784&skuId=1755183&st=categoryid$pcmcat247400050000&cp=1&lp=7


It's fine for web browsing and watching videos. Doesn't have a graphics card so you won't be doing any gaming on it, It also only has a 1366x768 resolution. So it won't do 1080p video.
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3 years ago#6
Keybored123 posted...
I know 8.1 at least added a desktop.


Windows 8 has always had a desktop.

Anyway, if it's easier to get a Windows 8 laptop locally, just go that route. Nothing wrong with it. If you really insist on a Windows 7 laptop and don't want to mess with installing it on a laptop you get locally, just get one with it pre-installed from an online retailer. That's a fine solution as well. Just get whatever is easier for you in the end.
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3 years ago#7
Windows 8 is pefectly stable, but the metro interface sucks. You can just install a program called classic shell though and that'll let you bypass metro all together. Works fine for me.
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3 years ago#8
Yeah if you do get Windows 8 just install ClassicShell. After that you can avoid the terrible Metro interface 99% of the time and stay on the desktop. The desktop+ClassicShell is basically the same as Windows 7.
3 years ago#9
Windows 8.1 allows you to boot to desktop without any Start Menu replacement program. Personally, I never used the start menu much in Win 7; I preferred the taskbar for pinning common apps. The Start Screen in Windows 8 is basically a glorified, fullscreen taskbar (one-click launch and search-enabled). Even though most of my programs flip to the desktop, I've been using Win 8 long enough where using a friend's computer with Start8 (or Classic Shell, I don't recall) is actually more inconvenient to me. The OS is pretty stable though, so however you use it, I wouldn't be too scared. Heck, I'm posting during downtime at a LAN party and I'm running StarCraft (yes, the original) without any trouble.
3 years ago#10
Windows 8.1 is better than Windows 7. It's not a lot better but it is a bit more refined.
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