Is upgrading to Win8 from win7 a painless experience or is it a mess?

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  1. poohbear

    poohbear Platinum Member

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    Hey all, here's my predicament, i need to upgrade my laptop (i5 @ 2.2, 4gb ram) from Win7 premium to either Win7 ultimate or Win8 because i NEED to run 2-3 languages on my computer (certain work files only work in a particular language so i have no choice), and Win7 premium only allows you to use one language (damn u Microsoft!!!!!) The ONLY thing i need is access to the 2-3 languages on the same OS without any headaches (so 3rd party programs that i googled are out of the question).

    So my choices are either to upgrade to Win7 Ultimate for $99, which i know will be painless and straight forward as it's just a matter of unlocking the language packs on my comp, or upgrading to Win 8 for $39 but risk all the nuances & pains in using a new OS.:(

    1) will upgrading to Win8 make me lose files & reset my settings or is everything preserved and stays the same?

    2) can i have the normal start menu feature in Win 8 and disable metro painlessly?

    3) is compatibility with some programs/drivers an issue, or if it'll work with Win7 it'll work with Win/8?


    I don't have time to learn to use a new OS or deal with compatibility issues, hated using a Mac cause it was so much different from Win7. Yes call me old fashioned or whatever, but is Win8 as similar a switch as from Vista to Win7?(i really had nothing new to learn making that switch & it was totally painless)

    Thanks for reading and any advice would be greatly appreciated!
     
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  3. kleinkinstein

    kleinkinstein Senior member

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    The mess is actually win8ate! No need to move off 7, just integrate the multiple languages you need with WDI. Stamp a new slipstreamed ISO and you'll be omnilinguistic.


    @ Mod, just being cute...not crapping.
     
  4. CSMR

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    For me it was a painless experience, with any needed driver/software updates found automatically by the Windows installer.
    Files, settings, and applications are preserved.
     
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    Painless. There were two apps I had to upgrade. Not a problem.
     
  6. tracerbullet

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    There's a few threads on dual booting 7 & 8 both, if you want to give it a try.

    Of course that leaves you w/ 2 OS's, potentially having to remove one later, and etc. but - maybe an option.
     
  7. bigrash

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    It was super painless. Using Windows 8 however is a different story.
     
  8. poohbear

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    i'm using Win7 premium, so i imagine activating the language packs without upgrading to Win 7 Ultimate invalidates my cd key, yea?

    so, Win8 works fine for MS office and surfing the net? This is for a laptop for work (excel, internet, messaging, conference calls, etc), i'm not using it for anything fancy.

    BTW MS office 2007 will install fine on Win8, correct?
     
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  9. ControlD

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    First off, when you start the update process there is a utility that will run to analyze your system. If you have programs and/or hardware that are known to not work with Windows 8 those will be flagged for you. You might also get some things flagged if they are not in the analyzation databse. You can run this update advisor right from Microsoft's site before you pay a single cent and it is worth doing so.

    Before I upgraded I think I had about four or five small utility programs that got flagged. The other hundred or so programs on my system tested fine. I did an in-place upgrade for the first time ever as a long time Windows user. The process itself was fast and painless. I didn't lose any files at all and I was back to using my computer like normal immediately after the upgrade.

    If you install a program like Start8 you will have a Windows7 style start menu and you will never see Metro unless you purposly decide to.
     
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    thanks Dave, that was very helpful.:) Only 3rd party programs run like win7? MS doesn't provide the option to drop Metro?

    Also, can anyone tell me if i go the Win8 upgrade route, if i ever need to reinstall the OS, do i have to first install a copy of Win7 then upgrade to Win8 again, or does it allow me to do clean installs using only Win8?(ie formatting my HDD and then just using Win8 DVD that i burn?)
     
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    There is no option to completely drop Metro. The normal mode of operating in Win8 is for Metro to be the "normal" view that you have when you are using yoor PC. There is a tile within Metro called "Desktop" that takes you from the Metro styled interface to what is called the "classic desktop" This looks like the desktop we have been seeing with Windows for years now, but there is no start button. When you drift your mouse cursor into the lower left corner and click you get taken back to Metro.


    When you install a program like Start8, rather than drifting to a hot corner and flipping back to Metro, you simply get the old start menu that you are used to and you don't switch back to Metro. In a sense you have removed Metro from your normal interraction with the PC at this point and you have to purposly select to enter the Metro interface.

    **Edit: I am curious to know the answer to the second part (how do reinstalls work with the upgrade?) myself.
     
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  12. Mem

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    How to do a clean install of Win8 with upgrade version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQyxD-ifsGo ,I should point out when you download or buy the upgrade Win8 version online you get a option to make a Win8 ISO or put it on USB as well.

    poohbear :This link might be useful to you http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/software/operating-systems/windows-8-1093002/review/2#articleContent


    Don't forget Win8 does have its own basic start menu(Win+X) or just right click in left corner on desktop ,gives you this [​IMG]
     
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  13. ControlD

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    Thanks Mem. Gonna clip this and save it for later use.
     
  14. bigrash

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    Thanks for that!
     
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    Upgrade stories are all mixed. For some people it's fine, for others it's not.

    If you're using this for work i'd buy a Ultimate license and write it off as a tax deduction :p.

    I never like take chances when work is involved. As much as i like Windows 8 I'd personally just go for W7 Ultimate if i were in your shoes.
     
  16. cmaMath13

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    It was pretty painless for me.
     
  17. poohbear

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    yea that's what i'm thinking, $100 for an oem Ultimate license is nothing in the long run especially when your job depends on it while im travelling.:p

    Really the ONLY thing i need is to have language packs available.... can any of you Windows 8 users tell me if u can change the OS to Japanese or Korean language in Windows 8 with no headache? is it as simple as windows 7 Ultimate (my desktop at work has win7 Ultimate so i can switch no prob, but not my personal laptop which has Win7 Premium). Thanks!
     
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    argh gadgets!!!! just read win8 doesn't allow any gadgets on the desktop screen?? There's no way around that? I love my CPU & RAM thermometer on my desktop screen and my currency conversion gadgets, i can't view any of those on the desktop of Win8?
     
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    If you use your laptop with a touchpad and you decide to go with W8 you will want to disable edge swipe. Edge Swipe is a hidden trigger to pop stuff up when you don't expect it. Happens every time you hit any edge of the trackpad and move toward the center, very annoying.

    This does not happen with a mouse.

    Here are a few things I did to make W8 more tolerable:

    http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2293473
     
  21. KentState

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    I only had a couple issues when upgrading from 7 to 8. Mainly, the monitors don't always go to sleep, screen saver never comes on and the unlock screen disables some of my letter keys until I press the Windows key. If it wasn't such a pain, I would prefer to do a fresh install.
     
  22. poohbear

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    So overall win8 is more efficient & faster than win7 but with Metro UI its worse?
     
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    Just buy something like Start for $5 and it's like Win7.
     
  24. lakedude

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    That sounds about right.
     
  25. Mem

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    Most compalints about Win8 are around Metro,you can avoid Metro for the most part, think of Win8 has having both Metro and Desktop UI,you can spend most of the time in the classic Desktop(via Metro Desktop Tile) if you like and have your shorts cuts on desktop or taskbar etc or use a third party Start button mod like Classic Shell.



    Metro I'm neutral on, there is room for improvement on Metro thats for sure, having said that I don't find it hard to use or customize,looks/layout is all subjective however I spend most of my time in old style desktop/browser mode,no need need for me to go to Metro Start UI much.

    Speaking of Metro you can remove Metro tiles or Columns you don't need and add your own for your applications/games etc..in this regards Win8 is very customizable.
     
  26. poohbear

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    Ok, but aero is removed too right? So its not as pretty? Is win8 "faster" simply because of the lack of aero?

    Also, the start button's most important feauture for me was the search option, i can get that function back with the 3rd party apps like start8?
     
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