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Is there a big difference?

by botanicaatlanta / January 31, 2013 12:18 AM PST

I am thinking about upgrading from Vista (came with my laptop in 2009) to Windows 8. Any opinions on whether that's a good idea? What are the differences? Will I see a big improvement in performance?

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Can't say.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 31, 2013 12:27 AM PST

If you have the usual 2+GB RAM I think it will work better. I've seen machines move from Vista to 7 and it was always better. HOWEVER if we had our number crunching app that took 2 hours, after the change, the number crunching still took 2 hours.

It doesn't change the machine that much but it can make the machine seem a lot better.

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There's a lot to consider re Vista -> 8
by wpgwpg / January 31, 2013 12:34 AM PST

Have you seen Windows 8 running? Don't upgrade until you have because it has some very big differences in the user interface. If you don't like the new "look and feel" as many experienced users don't (me included), there're some nice 3rd party programs to make it look and feel more like Vista and Windows 7. One is Start8, which is $5, another is Classic Start which is free. They both give you back the Start button and the things you're used to seeing there.
You will likely see a moderate speed increase with Windows 8 but understand the games have been removed FWIW. The only bug I've run into with Windows 8 is that the two desktop PCs I've tested it on don't wake up from sleep mode, so I just turned sleep mode off. There's probably a patch or BIOS flash for this but finding updates for my Biostar motherboards isn't easy.

Good luck.

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