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Windows xp vs Windows 8

Enkita mody
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Hi
I am using windows xp professional on my laptop.Is it worth to buy up coming Windows 8 over Windows xp ?

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Rohan Deshmkh
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Windows xp??? I left using that long ago.
I have been using windows 8 for more than 7 months now..
It's way way better than xp , although i don't remember anything about xp now, as i said it's been more than 5-6 years i left using xp.
If you have used windows7 then it won't take much time to get familiar with windows 8.There are many many new features that were not present in Windows 7.
Also,Windows 8 looks awesome as compared to the xp or Windows7.
Before buying you should try out the free version and decide for yourself if you want it or not.

Enkita mody
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Rohan Deshmkh wrote:Windows xp??? I left using that long ago.
I have been using windows 8 for more than 7 months now..
It's way way better than xp , although i don't remember anything about xp now, as i said it's been more than 5-6 years i left using xp.
If you have used windows7 then it won't take much time to get familiar with windows 8.There are many many new features that were not present in Windows 7.
Also,Windows 8 looks awesome as compared to the xp or Windows7.
Before buying you should try out the free version and decide for yourself if you want it or not.



Thanks for reply.I was wondering, i found some negative reviews that it is not better than windows 7 and it is specially for touch screen devices.
Rohan Deshmkh
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ankita modi. wrote:
Thanks for reply.I was wondering, i found some negative reviews that it is not better than windows 7 and it is specially for touch screen devices.

The only thing required would be a screen resolution greater than 1024*768 for metro apps.If your laptop supports resolution greater than 1024*768,windows 8 would be a great choice.

Here is the link to try out windows 8 release preview
http://windows.microsoft.com/is-IS/windows-8/download
Winston Gutkowski
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ankita modi. wrote:I am using windows xp professional on my laptop.Is it worth to buy up coming Windows 8 over Windows xp ?

Just to be contrary, I'm going to disagree with my esteemed colleagues here.

In my opinion, XP was the first proper desktop system Microsoft ever produced. It's pretty stable and, compared to today's memory monsters, it's fast, lightweight and fairly trouble-free. Personally, I have a copy of it on one of my own laptops; and if I ever do change it, it'll almost certainly be to make it a dual-boot system with Linux Mint, which is, IMO, far better than anything MS has to offer.

And that may well be another reason not to change too soon:
1. Your laptop may simply not be able to handle these new monster systems. And even if it can, you may well find that it runs like a dog.
2. MS has mucked about with the MBR on their newer systems in order to stop you making dual-boot versions (although they'll never actually come out and say it).
3. A professional version of W8 is likely to set you back quite a lot of dough.

What you could try (especially if you have the original installation CD for XP) is to try and install 8 alongside XP so you can test it out first. But if you do, I'd definitely back up any critical stuff first.

And if you do decide to trash XP, send me the installation CDs if you have them.

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One drawback of sticking with XP is that it cannot run the latest IE browser which, while still the whipping post of modern browsers, is far far better than its predecessors.

Other than that, I'm not a Windows user, so I can't comment too much myself, but I do hear a lot of grumbling re Windows 8 versus Windows 7 from people I know who do use Windows. In general, they're not a fan of what they call the "Franken-UI" of Windows 8. Your mileage may vary.


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wayne morton
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I would say that if you need to ask then you don't need to upgrade. If you needed to upgrade you would be encountering issues using xp to do what you want to do.

I used xp for a very long time, not least because vista was atrocious, and still use it regularly as people i know still have it. W7 impressed me as it seemed like a natural progression from xp which improved on the great design of xp rather than trying to reinvent the wheel as vista seemed to be.

If you do decide to upgrade then i would look at what you want and the differences between 7 & 8.e.g. does 8 have extra features your actually going to use? You can then decide yourself whether to get 7 or 8 rather than asking other people who will give opinions based on what they find best rather than what you find best.

Enkita mody
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I bought Windows 8, and it was very dirty.I didn't find anything better than Windows XP till now.
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Winston Gutkowski wrote:
ankita modi. wrote:I am using windows xp professional on my laptop.Is it worth to buy up coming Windows 8 over Windows xp ?

Just to be contrary, I'm going to disagree with my esteemed colleagues here.

In my opinion, XP was the first proper desktop system Microsoft ever produced. It's pretty stable and, compared to today's memory monsters, it's fast, lightweight and fairly trouble-free. Personally, I have a copy of it on one of my own laptops; and if I ever do change it, it'll almost certainly be to make it a dual-boot system with Linux Mint, which is, IMO, far better than anything MS has to offer.

And that may well be another reason not to change too soon:
1. Your laptop may simply not be able to handle these new monster systems. And even if it can, you may well find that it runs like a dog.
2. MS has mucked about with the MBR on their newer systems in order to stop you making dual-boot versions (although they'll never actually come out and say it).
3. A professional version of W8 is likely to set you back quite a lot of dough.

What you could try (especially if you have the original installation CD for XP) is to try and install 8 alongside XP so you can test it out first. But if you do, I'd definitely back up any critical stuff first.

And if you do decide to trash XP, send me the installation CDs if you have them.

Winston


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Rohan Deshmkh wrote:Windows xp??? I left using that long ago.
I have been using windows 8 for more than 7 months now..

Wasn't Windows 8 only released five days ago? How have you had it for seven months?


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I thought there had been trial versions of Win8 available for a long time.
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I have not heard about the window 8 . Can anyone please tell me about " window 8 ".
Is it good OR not and what are the main features of window 8
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Read the Wikipedia article: Windows 8.
Enkita mody
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Windows 8 is waste of time,laptop isn't a cell phone, what I'm gonna do with a touch screen facility ? .Windows 7 could be better than Windows XP but that is not, Windows 7 sucks laptop battery like a dirty worm.Windows XP is best, i will continue it for more years.
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Winston Gutkowski wrote:

In my opinion, XP was the first proper desktop system Microsoft ever produced. It's pretty stable and, compared to today's memory monsters, it's fast, lightweight and fairly trouble-free.

Winston


I have always said that they should have stopped at XP and worked on something completely ground breaking. They had the potential to blow everyone out of the water if they had said "Ok guys, we have something that is immensely succesfful. Let's leave it at that, and work on something that no one has ever seen before" Look at where Apple and Google were wrt to Microsoft 11 years ago, and look at what they are now. They innovated, Microsoft released patches and new versions of the same old thing, and eventually tried to play ketchup.
Rohan Deshmkh
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fred rosenberger wrote:
Rohan Deshmkh wrote:Windows xp??? I left using that long ago.
I have been using windows 8 for more than 7 months now..

Wasn't Windows 8 only released five days ago? How have you had it for seven months?

Didn't saw your question earlier.
I was using windows8 release preview at the beginning and now i am using windows 8 consumer preview.And the release preview is available since late 2011 .And both these versions were free from Microsoft as they were in beta stage.
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ankita modi. wrote:Windows 8 is waste of time,laptop isn't a cell phone, what I'm gonna do with a touch screen facility ? .Windows 7 could be better than Windows XP but that is not, Windows 7 sucks laptop battery like a dirty worm.Windows XP is best, i will continue it for more years.


Not a user of Windows 8, but I would like to comment on Windows 7. After being a long time user of Windows xp, and hearing lots of complaints on Windows Vista, I decided to stay with Windows xp.

Later, when I bought a new computer, I had no choice but to get it with Windows 7 (or Vista, as XP was not an option). To my surprise, it ran faster and better than XP -- which I attributed to the faster better computer. I was thinking "imagine how it would have ran if Windows XP was on it".

Later still, my company forced an upgrade. I had to upgrade my work laptop from XP to 7. I had no choice.... To my surprise, the upgraded laptop booted faster, and even ran somewhat faster -- keep in mind that this is the same hardware (just the OS got upgraded).


Don't have an opinion on Windows 8, but I am definitely a fan of Windows 7.
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Jayesh A Lalwani
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windows always boots fast when you first install it. Comparing a machine that is freshly installed with windows 7 with a machine that is running windows XP for 5 years is comparing apples to oranges.
wayne morton
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In chronological order:-

XP was and is a great OS and when i still occasionally use it it feels like an old friend.

Vista was atrocious and i spent many extra years with XP because vista was so bad. I postponed buying a new PC because of vista and when i eventually had no choice i immediately removed vista and installed XP on my new PC. Any time i had to/have to deal with it i get that sinking feeling before i even start and it gets worse as i use it.

I fell in love with w7 from the first time i had chance to play with it. It just felt like the natural successor to XP. It felt natural and the shiny bits were actually useful rather than seeming like an exercise in what could be done.

Having some minor experience with w8 i get the feeling it is going to be a bit of a vista. In certain circumstances it is good.i.e. where the touchscreen facility is basically a requirement, such as factory floors/production lines and as has been out for a while on phones, although the phone version is not really that great.
When it comes to your general user.i.e. someone who is using it as a PC and not using the touchscreen it is fiddly and unnatural as it is obviously designed for touchscreens, seemingly at the expense of any other interface.
So my conclusion would be if you use/wish to use touch screen a lot then w8 will probably be a great help, if not then stick with w7.
 
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