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Using a WDTV Live connected via CAT 6 to a computer downstairs. Is there any benefit to upgrade to Windows 8 for smoother and easier movie streaming?
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Probably no difference- but maybe ask at the Windows 8 forum at My Digital Life: http://forums.mydigitallife.info/forum.php

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I thought Win8 would include a new SMB version with faster transfer rates ? (can't remember the exact name)
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I thought Win8 would include a new SMB version with faster transfer rates ? (can't remember the exact name)
You mean SMB 3.0 ?
Streaming to a media player doesn't really require much- there's not much chance a WDTV Live box can draw faster than a Windows 7 machine could stream to it.
FWIW- Win7 is proven and solid- Win 8 still has a lot of bugs...

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Name one Windows 8 bug please...

Windows 8 storage pools is the main reason to go with it. It gives you lots of flexibility. So far, I have moved my storage arrays onto a windows 8 parity storage pool of 41TB.
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Win 8 all the way thanks to storage spaces, it's a killer feature for ease of use. It's a shame there wont be basic NAS boxes running Win 8 you can buy off the shelf.
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Name one Windows 8 bug please...
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_cp-files/bug-report-serious-filesystem-corruption-and-data/17f69e19-92ca-4e1e-b9d5-f78f1ac4e963

Plenty of other bugs will show (like they have in every single OS release prior to Win8) up once we hit the official Oct 26th release date too.

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http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_cp-files/bug-report-serious-filesystem-corruption-and-data/17f69e19-92ca-4e1e-b9d5-f78f1ac4e963
Plenty of other bugs will show (like they have in every single OS release prior to Win8) up once we hit the official Oct 26th release date too.

Windows 8 has been available to corporate users, msdn members and technet subscribers since September 1st. I have not had any issues with the golden release thus far while running it on 4 computers nearly non-stop since then. The bug you mentioned was squashed long ago and is not in the released product. Sure, there will be bugs discovered, but your statement that windows 8 has lots of bugs, is incorrect thus far and not substantiated by you.

I do NOT like the new user interface for desktop use, but the new features, hardware support and optimizations make it an easy choice for a storage device.
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After being in this business long before the inception of Microsoft, it is fair to state that Win8 will have its share of bugs, service packs,hot fixes, and out-of-band updates.
The Microsoft track record speaks for itself.

Yes, there are new features in Win8. New-More-Better-Upgrade Now, is the Microsoft/Apple marketing strategy.
But... do you NEED bells and whistles enough to tolerate the user interface changes and bugs?

Over decades of hard-won experience, I've learned to live on the trailing edge of technology for personal use.
I simply do not want the grief of bleeding-edge hassles at home. YMMV.

The real test of a streaming OS is how it handles storage failures.
Do you lose the entire disk, the entire array, or ???
Considering the amount of work in a movie collection, data loss is not acceptable.
Large TB drives have a much higher failure rate than the drives of the past.
And when they fail, that large space is a much larger impact on data loss.
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Microsoft was formed in 1975...

Not much was in the personal computer industry prior to that. I am just saying don't go casting aspersions.
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