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Getting a new SSD. Should I clone my old 7 install or start fresh with 8.1?

#1MyDogSkipPosted 3/6/2014 10:32:20 PM(edited)
I don't care much about the GUI changes since I mostly use keyboard shortcuts anyway, but I am concerned about compatibility, particularly for old games. I know 8.1 offers performance improvements, though, and certain programs/features are becoming exclusive to 8/8.1 (like Project Spark and DX11.2).

If anyone wants to take a look at my Steam library and point out any games that would have issues, here it is:

http://steamcommunity.com/id/abrowne1993/games?tab=all

So, arguments for one option or the other? Btw, I'll probably get a 500GB 840 EVO.

EDIT: Forgot to mention that I already have a license, so cost isn't a factor.
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#2PsythikPosted 3/6/2014 10:37:11 PM
Literally everything that worked in 7 will work in 8.1
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#3MyDogSkip(Topic Creator)Posted 3/7/2014 1:18:36 AM
I know that's how it's supposed to work, but I can't help but be skeptical. Mostly about stuff that barely runs in Windows 7 (Fallout 3, for instance). Ignoring that, though, is there any reason for me not to go with a fresh install of 8.1?
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#4Master_BassPosted 3/7/2014 1:52:32 AM
Not really. You might as well since you don't have to pay anything. The only reason not to is if you don't want to mess with reinstalling everything.
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#5cmczdubPosted 3/7/2014 7:08:33 AM
I'd go with 8.1.

I was a huge critic of Windows 8, but 8.1 fixed a lot of the issues I had with Windows 8 and after using it, its really grown on me.

If you're not totally convinced on an SSD to buy, may I STRONGLY suggest the 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD512BW. I bought one for my laptop and it's amazing! Super fast, like 4 second boot time and it was rated highly as far speed goes on every website I reviewed.

Plus a new Windows 8.1 install will be more future-proof in the long run.
#6cmczdubPosted 3/7/2014 7:11:11 AM
*Samsung Pro Series that is.

I guess it would help to let you know the manufacturer huh?
#7Epicness2012Posted 3/7/2014 7:15:50 AM
Don't go to 8.1 if you have trouble adjusting to new things. That's the main reason it's disliked by so many.
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#8temgunPosted 3/7/2014 7:16:57 AM
No reason not to do a fresh install. Cloning an OS can have problems and 8.1 is better than 7 anyway.
#9Fear The ClownPosted 3/7/2014 7:27:07 AM
I was a Windows 8 detractor as well but when I built a new pc I put 8.1 on it since I knew that being in IT I needed to learn the intricacies. Anyways after a rough transition period relearning how to do even the most basic tasks such as turning the pc off I have to say I really like 8.1. There are some great tools as well for people who do trouble shooting such as the power user menu and the refresh/reload features(ofcourse it's all stuff you could do before just even easier to access our user now).
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#10MyDogSkip(Topic Creator)Posted 3/7/2014 8:41:41 AM
Definitely gonna go with 8.1, then.

cmczdub posted...
If you're not totally convinced on an SSD to buy, may I STRONGLY suggest the 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD512BW. I bought one for my laptop and it's amazing! Super fast, like 4 second boot time and it was rated highly as far speed goes on every website I reviewed.


I was leaning towards the Pro but the EVO is significantly cheaper for the same amount of space. For me it's a choice between a 256GB Pro and spending a bit more for a 500GB EVO. The performance gains of the Pro over the EVO will be small and hardly noticeable, to me.
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