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Should I jump from XP to Windows 8?

By reesa ·
I'm a web designer/creative/business user ready buy a new computer to replace my current XP PC. Since the Windows 8 release is approaching, I am thinking about jumping straight to 8. Most of the software I run (MS Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Quickbooks, etc.) is the latest version. So I would use my current software on the new computer. What problems could I run into if I skip Win 7 and go right to 8?

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by jjtoday In reply to What is this Enterprise y ...

DeadlyErnest,

Perhaps you son and my son can have a play date.

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by miketarlton In reply to Should I jump from XP to ...

One point missed in the prior comments is that Windows 8 offers a unified OS. You will be able to use it on your desktop, laptop, netbook, and even tablet. The Windows 8 Metro interface is patterned after the Windows Phone 7 OS. If you use multiple platforms, it's very helpful, and reduces the learning curve, if they all have the same look and feel. Win8 does NOT have to be used with a touch screen. The Metro interface is optimized for that, but you also have the classic desktop that works just fine with a keyboard and mouse.

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by Deadly Ernest In reply to What Do You Want to Do?

That's all great if you have even half of them and want them all the same, especially if you have touch screens for them all, but what about the people who just want a desktop computer that's easy to use - Win 8 fails badly at that point.

As to the Classic desktop, according to what the Microsoft website was saying last week Win 8 does not have the classic interface but have set up Metro to respond to a mouse click, even if it's a bit slower than the older interfaces.

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by miketarlton In reply to What Do You Want to Do?

I was speaking from my personal experience with the Win8 consumer preview and release preview. Obviously, other users' mileage may vary, and usability is a somewhat subjective thing. I think the biggest challenge for non-tech-savvy users will be the absence of the Start button from the classic desktop, but once people learn how to find the search function, they will overcome that.

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by Gemmz In reply to What Do You Want to Do?

Mike - is it not a case that you can search simply by typing on the metro interface? You can do that with Server 2012 which also has a metro interface. It isn't that well known yet, but is a neat touch.

Add to the fact that the metro interface is very easy to configure. You can add or delete apps that you want (or don't). Getting to the ones you don't use very often is still only a click or two away. You can even add a desktop on-off button with a few side-ways movements that should be well within the scope of a web designer like Reesa.

It is new, and many don't like it. I think when they realize how easy it is to use and adapt, they will soften quickly.

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by zazimi In reply to Should I jump from XP to ...

Windows 8 has it's benefits, but it is aimed mostly towards the consumer industry, especially touch screen PCs. It has its advantages for a business though, such as cross platform standardization. Windows 8 RT tablets, Windows 8 laptops/desktops, and eventually Windows Phone 8. All able to run many of the same applications, minus desktop applications, in which case a few tablets will be capapble of running. Look at whether you'd be interested in going with a Windows Phone 8 or Windows 8 tablet. If not, then for a business, I'd generally suggest going with WIndows 7. Now to address x86(32bit) or x64(64bit) since it seems to be a popular subject. In choosing 64bit Windows, the 64bit refers to the operations of the OS ONLY. As everyone is always quick to claim, this version will allow for a nearly infinite amount of RAM, but many often forget WHY. Twice the bit-bandwidth per clock cycle of the processor, which not only allows for more RAM, but ALSO speeds up the operation of actual Windows, the OS, and is suposed to increase stability (more often than not, isn't the case). How this, in reality, affects your other applications is this. You must make sure your applications are *compatible with Windows 7 64-bit* not whether the application itself is developed in 64-bit. Two different things. Also, if you are using a Domain setup (unlikely, but possible) make sure to get Ultimate. As for Win 7 vs Win XP, for us hardware fanatics, it's an *absolute no brainer.* Windows xp is over a decade old, and it shows. XP is designed to operate, at best, with a single-core processor w/ hyperthreading, heck, it didn't even originally allow for hard drives over 137GB. Don't get me wrong, until recently, XP was the wisest option for a business user, but too many people brag on XP without knowing it's competitors... which is just pure ignorance at it's best. A LOT has happened in the last 11 years, including multicore hyper threaded processors, going from 100+ nanometer(nm) processors to 22nm, hard drives breaching 3TB, complete redesigns of Intel motherboards, hexachannel RAM at frequencies TEN times that of when XP debuted. If you are planning on buying a machine with any hardware developed in the past 5 years, I'd suggest WIndows 7. Desktops and laptops these days are coming with dual/quad/hexa cores... XP will utilize 1 core, 1 hyperthreaded core, Windows 7, all the above. Plus, the design looks less like a thorn in your eye :) I'm going to be honest up front, I don't have as much knowledge with Win8. With my current job, I don't have as much time to research and beta test, but this all is my opinion.

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by zazimi In reply to Here are some up-to-date ...

ah, forgot to mention Octa-cores... in the serverside of things, the number of cores is maddening... 11yrs ago, not possible Don't get me wrong, XP had updates, but some things you can't change in a patch :)

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by v8Cowboy In reply to Here are some up-to-date ...

I have an Asus Aspire 5750G 64bit Laptop,8 gis of Ram, with nVidea Geforce GT520M and I have Windows 7 Home Premium...and I'm happy as Larry! Since I'm an IT Pro,I have yet to see a system as solid or as sound as this one (7).I have absolutely no reservations with reccommending either Windows 7 Home Premium or a 64bit machine but make sure you have at least 4megs of Ram,preferably 8 on a 64bit machine!

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by zazimi In reply to Here are some up-to-date ...

Just for Clarification, that would be an Acer Aspire :) But yeah, if the hardware is new, I'd suggest Win7, if it's touchscreen, eh, why not at least try Win8 with the free upgrade if you can revert (which is likely). It's oftentimes not good for a business to adopt an operating system so soon, but if it's just one person, the costs aren't multiplied out like an enterprise.

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by capeterson67 In reply to Here are some up-to-date ...

I don't disagree that XP is long in the tooth. No question that is true. For most consumers, Win7 is likely the way to go. In the commercial real however, XP will continue to have a strong following for some time to come. I have a customer who purchased a $150,000 Accounting/ERP package in 2003-ish that will not run on Windows 7 without a full version upgrade which will in itself cost an additional $35,000. Why on earth would they go to Win7 until they absolutely have no choice?

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