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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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Should I jump from XP to Windows 8?

by retheesh.r18 In reply to Should I jump from XP to ...

agreed with sneymeyer. better option is to go with Win 7 64 bit.
system should have minimum 4 GB RAM

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XP > 7

by Aleksiev.Boris In reply to Should I jump from XP to ...

I am ready for win 7 PC but prefer windows xp :)

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Speed, simplicity, an advantage of applications

by Aleksiev.Boris In reply to Should I jump from XP to ...

Speed, simplicity, an advantage of applications

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Are you getting a system with a touch screen?

by Deadly Ernest In reply to Should I jump from XP to ...

Windows 8 is designed and optimised for use with a touch screen and is has huge difference in the way the Graphics User Interface looks, feels, and works you need to be aware of that. If what you're thinking of getting is a touch screen tablet or you use a touch screen tablet or smart phone a lot, then it won't be much of a change to go to Windows 8, if you don't use such a system a lot, get prepared for a case of culture shock.

However, don't forget that there are other options to going for the latest Microsoft offering as well, one of them may be better suited for you, that will depend on what you see as your mission critical software. Also, not all software that runs on Win XP will run on Win 8 or even Win 7, you should check that out first as well.

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If going to Win 7, get the Enterprise version

by Deadly Ernest In reply to Should I jump from XP to ...

I've had to help several people with their Win 7 system and have found the Win 7 Enterprise version as the easiest to use and the most useful with regards to capabilities.

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What is this Enterprise you speak of?

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

(and why am I getting a 404 trying to reply to Deadly Ernest?)

Win 7 has Home Basic, Professional, and Ultimate. The major (maybe only) difference between Pro and Ultimate is BitLocker encryption baked in. Of course, that may matter. Then again, I got Ultimate, and have never used BitLocker (my laziness overpowers my paranoia.)

I've got Pro at work, and it's fine. Home Basic is a little too stripped-down for me. On that note, though, you'll likely need a PC from a business line to get Pro or Ultimate. Not a bad idea anyway, if you're going with one of the major OEMs - their home machines are crap, quite frankly.

Another option is to order the machine without Windows - whether it be FreeDOS (as Dell does now), Linux (not likely), or nothing. Then buy a retail (or cheaper system builder/OEM) license. Major bonus there is, no wasting an hour uninstalling all the crapware the machine will be loaded down with if you get Windows pre-installed. A clean install of Win7 on fresh hardware is a beautiful thing.

As to the upgrade - tread lightly. I took 8 for a test drive (granted, it was the Developers' Preview) and hated it. I like my task bar, I like my start button, I don't mind chrome on my browser, and I don't need the Ribbon on Explorer. However, it has been announced that there will apparently only be two versions of Win8 - Home and Pro. The upgrade from 8 Home to 8 Pro (needed if you want Media Center) will be $15 - a damn sight better than they've handled upgrades in the past, imo.

But, I highly recommend getting a Win7 machine - I resisted for over a year, as I'd spent a lot of time tweaking XP to be just the way I liked it. A year later, I hate working on XP machines. 7 is, to me, by far the best OS MS has ever released. They seem to alternate by version - 98 good, ME terrible, XP good, Vista terrible, 7 best ever...see where this is going?

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by Deadly Ernest In reply to What is this Enterprise y ...

According to the wiki article there is next to no difference between Win 7 Enterprise and Win 7 Ultimate except Win 7 Enterprise is not supposed to be available as a retail option , yet my son downloads it from the Microsoft web site and it's on the new systems my church just sent us for the Family History Centre.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_7_Enterprise

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

The Enterprise version is distributed by Microsoft to those businesses that have purchases Software Assurance for volume licensing. A church may have such licensing, but I don't see an individual purchasing a volume licensing plan. The son who downloads it from the Microsoft web site might have access from his workplace and by downloading and installing it on personal home PCs is probably violating his company's licensing agreement.

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by Ken the IT guy In reply to What is this Enterprise y ...

You neglected to mention Home Premium. Home Basic or Starter is primarily used on Netbooks. Home Premium is what you will usually find on laptop and desktops geared toward home users. Win 7 Professional is the minimum version required if your in a network with a Domain Controller. Home versions will not join a domain, so will not work with Active Directory, Group Policy, etc. so should not be used for anyhing more then a personal or home office setting. The Pro version also has access to the Security properties of all the various parts of the system without having to restart in Safe Mode, making it easier to troubleshoot and fix.
Personally I run Win7 Home Premium x64 on my personal laptop and I am very pleased with it. I still run XP Pro on my personal desktop.

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by Deadly Ernest In reply to What is this Enterprise y ...

Shaunad,

My son downloads Win 7 Enterprise off the MS site here at home and runs it on his PC. He doesn't work at all as he has a mental disability that affects his ability to interact with people he doesn't know so he has poor interpersonal skills and that means no one wants to employ him.

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