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Which is the best combination of laptop and windows license?

by JS2015 / October 13, 2015 8:41 AM PDT

I am planning to buy laptop for personal use and please suggest which of the following windows license is suitable.

1) Buy blank laptop and install windows 8.1 cd OEM
2) Pre-installed laptop windows 8.1 from manufacturer
3) Buy blank laptop and install windows 8.1 cd Retail

Q) What is the differences comparing option 1 & 2 because both will give OEM license of windows finally?
Q) How to get retail license of windows 8.1 because microsoft is no more selling that in market?
Q) Which one is good windows 8.1 or windows 10?

Looking forward your reply. Thank you.

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It's all about you.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 13, 2015 8:51 AM PDT

Most folk and even techs can't get a laptop fully functioning today. I don't know your skill levels but will write that the office is taking in Windows 10 laptops without any issue. We had a temp ban on 8 for a time but Classic Shell addressed that issue.

But back to you. Since all makers don't hold hands on the OS, driver and app install will you be OK with that?

As to the retail license, that's in name only It was a move to sell the OS and support separately.

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Re: Windows
by Kees_B Forum moderator / October 13, 2015 8:53 AM PDT

Since Windows is so difficult to install on a laptop, there hardly are laptops without OS, and both OEM and retail licenses are much more expensive than the bundled ones, I'd go for #2.

Most people (but you might be an exception) prefer Windows 10 above Windows 8.1, So then your final choice is a laptop coming with Windows 10.
Some older models still might come with Windows 8.1 and the strong suggestion to upgrade to Windows 10 immediately. if you have any trouble with that upgrade, it's a warranty issue.

Kees

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Compatibility issues in windows 10
by JS2015 / October 13, 2015 9:03 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: Windows

I think windows 10 is recently launched in 2015 and many applications may not support that. This is the only reason i am planning old windows 8.1 to avoid compatibility issues. Please suggest.

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Seems to me
by itsdigger / October 13, 2015 9:12 AM PDT

That if a manufacturer is selling the laptop with Win 10 installed, they did the research to make everything work.

What compatibility issues are you referring to ?

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So far I haven't seen this issue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 13, 2015 9:15 AM PDT

So far, what works in 8, works in 10. I do read folk that fall back to XP and 7 if they have really old apps. But given your prior posts, I'd move to 10, preinstalled to avoid losing weeks over a laptop Windows install.

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FWIW I'd go with 10 preinstalled.
by wpgwpg / October 13, 2015 9:36 AM PDT

Windows 10 is mainly Windows 8 under the covers with a new user interface and a couple of new things like Edge and Cortana. If you should go with 10, just be careful to turn off all the "snoopware" under Settings->Privacy. There are 47 of them there. Whatever you go with, I'd get the preinstalled version, and be SURE to make the recovery discs according to the instructions in your user guide.

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