"Upgrade" is debatable.
windows is bad LOLZ
Binro the Heretic
I'm not usually one to bitch about a new OS, but Windows 8 kind of gets on my nerves. Most of it is getting used to the new layout and procedures, but there are some performance issues that will hopefully be patched.
I've literally never paid money for an Apple product in my life, I'm just saying a new version of Windows isn't always an upgrade. If you want optiumum performance with a modern, solid state hard drive for example, stick with Windows 2000.
Shit, stick with Windows 2000 in general if you can get away with it, it's all downhill in either direction from there, at least in terms of performance and stability. 7 is decent.
I just recently took the plunge and actually committed to buying (rather than piratingg) the new Usine (http://www.sensomusic.com/usine/) which means I'm pretty much committing myself to transitioning over to a multitouch oriented system in the next 12 months, which might mean Windows 8 is actually a reasonable option. Too bad I have to use Pro ools for work and Pro Tools will only support one specific version of Windows 7 because Avid are dicks.
Yes, damn my Apple computer that weighs 3 pounds, runs 7 hours on the battery, has never crashed, and pays all my bills with the work I do on it
Remember when XP was the worst version ever?
Fluffy, you bastard, you take that back.
strip out all the metro crap and thats what's left. YMMV.
In Windows 8 -- actually, in just about every Windows -- hit Microsoft-D to get to your Desktop. ("Microsoft" is the key next to your Ctrl key on the left, with the Microsoft logo.)
Then install Classic Shell to get your Start button back, and to make it look like the XP menu system.
So... this is a good way to listen to the latest Daft Punk album I suppose.
So... I'm buying a new computer soon. I'm using a five year-old relic with Vista (I KNOW. IT SUCKS) so what would people recommend? 7, or 8?
7 is my favorite since 2000, and the actual 3rd party performance figures I've seen back that up. Vista is the worst 21st century Windows I've used, but Inever found it nearly as bad as its reputation. Hell, I used a terribly maintained Vista laptop without a single major problem for 2 years before I had to upgrade for work. A lot of people have complained about 8 but that happens every time. 7 ran noticeably faster on the same hardware after the update, and I didn't even do a clean install.
Oh, one thing worth knowing is that Windows 7 has a well documented bug that can make audio performance REALLY poor and glitchy when you use the native drivers, although I haven't had much trouble with it lately so maybe a recent update fixed it. ASIO works fine though.
Still prefer to book into OSX. It took me a while to adjust (had to google how to power down!) but it isn't terrible as long as I'm on the desktop.
I can live with it. It does everything I need. Still pisses me off when I accidentally switch to metro, but the muscle memory is learning.
Metro seems like a total waste. Want Skype in Metro? need a Microsoft apps account. My google email isn't good enough for an account?! Fuck you Ballmer, just downloaded the Windows 7 version.
7 was easier to just "use" but at some point, the new stuff will only work on 8, so may as well bite the bullet. Support will outlive 7, so you'll pay for the upgrade anyway at some point.
Mind you, I switched development to OSX and Linux years ago.. The apps you use will probably make the decision for you.
7 is the best Windows, so get 8 and make it look and act like 7 and you're all set for the next few years.
I'd go with a dual boot of Windows 7 and Ubuntu.
|Jet Bin Fever |
I got a strange joy from seeing Windows 3.1 again. It was like seeing an old friend. You used to spend so much time with them but haven't seen them for years. Then, they show up suddenly one day and you remember all the things that you liked about them.
I think I only like this because I installed Windows 95 about three thousand times.
PROTIP: Recently I wanted to play Kings Quest VI for Windows (because it was the version I played the shit out of as a kid) and since it wouldn't run properly on 7 I had to install Windows 3.11 and run the whole OS in DosBox. It was an ordeal, but I got to hear the incredible ending song of KQVI in all it's glory.
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