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    Old 12-07-2013, 03:26 PM
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    Hi guys,

    I've been thinking for a while now as to whether or not I should upgrade from Windows 7 to 8.1 as newer games such as BF4 run better with it. The whole tablet design thing doesn't bother me so I just have a few questions:

    Would you recommend 8.1, YES/NO/WHY?

    Is it better for newer games (BF4, AC:BF etc)?

    Whats the difference between 8.1 and 8.1 N?

    If I bought the downloadable copy from windows store how would I install it?

    Is this copy the one I would need to buy as I run Windows 7 or do I need to buy Windows 8 first? (I am a student)

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    Thanks!
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    Old 12-07-2013, 03:39 PM
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    I wouldnt do it but only because I loathe the UI of Win8. Win7's UI is just about perfect so I have no reason to upgrade. If you like the Win8 UI then there is certainly no reason not to switch because its still a good OS.

    As for the performance upgrades, as far as I know, theyre not that great. Just a few percentage points. Definitely not enough to be worthy of an "upgrade" in my opinion.

    When you download from the Microsoft store, you generally burn it as an ISO to a DVD then just install it like you normally would with a disc. Just slap it in and boot from it.
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    Old 12-07-2013, 03:41 PM
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    If I am not mistaken 8.1 brings the start button back so you don't have the tablet feel/look. On top of that there is a number of apps that changes desktops feel/look. Setting that to one side I have notice a lot of programs saying works better on windows 8, has added features on windows 8, only works on windows 8. I am going to stay on 7 until 8 becomes completely mandatory or until 9.
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    If I am not mistaken 8.1 brings the start button back so you don't have the tablet feel/look. On top of that there is a number of apps that changes desktops feel/look. Setting that to one side I have notice a lot of programs saying works better on windows 8, has added features on windows 8, only works on windows 8. I am going to stay on 7 until 8 becomes completely mandatory or until 9.
    The "start button" on 8.1 simply takes you back to the Metro crap. If you right click on it, itll bring up a list of programs and stuff that you can use but I still I dont understand why it just cant be the same old start menu that we've had and used for so long now.

    Again, this is a personal preference. If you dont have a problem with Metro, then this wont matter. I personally hate the look and feel of Metro and wont switch for that reason. I prefer the basic, simple, familiar and just plain better UI and Start Button menu of Win 7.
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    Personally I like Windows 8. Everything is easy to get to and it runs very fast. There are a few things that run better and most new games coming out will probably run better on Windows 8. But that being said the difference is pretty small. The thing to understand about the start screen is that the metro UI is the "start menu". Everything you can do with the start menu you can do with the new button and metro layout. I personally like it because it is a bit more customizable, everything isn't so cramped, and everything is laid out and organized as you want it. Instead of scrolling through a list of programs you can create a group on the page call it school and add all relevant school programs. I also like the search functionality that makes pretty much everything searchable in an instant. I also enjoy the very fast app switching for programs using ARM.

    With all that being said only upgrade if you really want to. Windows 7 is a still a very good OS. The main reasons to switch to Windows 8 is if you like the UI layout (see if you can try it out somewhere). It doesn't do anything too much better that Windows 7 doesn't already do.
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    The "start button" on 8.1 simply takes you back to the Metro crap. If you right click on it, itll bring up a list of programs and stuff that you can use but I still I dont understand why it just cant be the same old start menu that we've had and used for so long now.

    Again, this is a personal preference. If you dont have a problem with Metro, then this wont matter. I personally hate the look and feel of Metro and wont switch for that reason. I prefer the basic, simple, familiar and just plain better UI and Start Button menu of Win 7.
    I agree with this standpoint.

    the actual performance difference is marginal at best.
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    Thanks for the replies guys. I think I'll stay with 7 for now then. I like the new UI of 8.1 but thought the performance would have been substantially better. Not really worth £50 for a marginal increase.

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    there is never a massive increase in performance, even XP to 7 there isn't a massive difference, the only real difference is DX10.
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    Gaming performance isn't much but Windows itself definitely performs smoother and faster with 8.1
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