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    Formatting My Machine, But Which OS?

    My machine is running like a dog and I haven't imaged it since I started here, so now is the time.

    BUT... Windows 7 or Windows 8.1?

    I'm on Server 2008 R2 with the DC.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Hi Joanne,

    As long as you are not restricted to Windows 7 due to certain programs, I'd personally use Windows 8.1. With 8.2 around the corner now would be a good time to get used to the whole Windows 8 interface.

    It's always good to keep updated

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    If you have a touch screen w8, if you don't windows 7.

    *waits for 'stuck in the past gibes*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simcfc73 View Post
    If you have a touch screen w8, if you don't windows 7.

    *waits for 'stuck in the past gibes*
    I'm with you in retro-7-land

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    I'm already very familiar with Windows 8.1. I've had it on my laptop at home since it came out.

    I don't have a touch screen... suppose if I install 8.1 I can get the group policy crap working...

    No software restrictions that I know of... the network is 64 bit Windows 7...

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    While I've left the rest of the domain on Windows 7, I've got 8.1 on my laptop now. After despising Windows 8 with a passion, the improvements that came with 8.1 made it worthwhile. There are still a few things that really annoy me, but overall I do like it now. I'm non-touch, so very rarely go near the metro side of things. I really do miss the 'Start Menu', though.

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    I'm on Win 8.1 with Start 8 as my replacement start menu: The Windows 8 Start menu returns with Start8!
    I've been using Start 8 since Windows 8 was released and is the best £3.50 I've spent is quite a while.
    Given the stability and features of Windows 8 I would recommend moving especially as it'll make using and working with W8 easier once your domain moves over.

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    Another vote for 8.1, surprisingly usable on a desktop after using it for some time on my home machine plus a couple of laptops

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    I'm on Win 8.1 with Start 8 as my replacement start menu: The Windows 8 Start menu returns with Start8!
    I've been using Start 8 since Windows 8 was released and is the best £3.50 I've spent is quite a while.
    Given the stability and features of Windows 8 I would recommend moving especially as it'll make using and working with W8 easier once your domain moves over.
    Just installed Start8 and I no longer have ANY issues with Windows 8.1.

    Of course, @Joanne, you could always dual-boot - if you felt the need.
    Last edited by StevieM; 16th June 2014 at 11:40 AM.

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    I would go with 8.1

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    In the past I've had various OSs on my machine that differ from the the rest of the network.

    Now I have the same as everyone else so when I'm doing any training materials or showing staff etc. it's the same on mine as it is for them.

    If your network clients are windows 7 I'd go with that.

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    Windows 7 (1st preference) or Windows 8.1 with Classic Shell

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    I'd go 8.1. My office PC is the only one in school not on 7 and it is nice and quick! Not had any issues here, using 2008 DC

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    Downloading the 8.1 ISO from VLSC as we speak... I might have to get myself some more RAM though... pitiful at 2GB

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    I'd highly recommend Windows 7 in that case. Windows 8.1 runs slow with 2GB of memory. It runs nice on the right system, but it has a larger memory appetite!

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