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Would it be wise to choose Windows 7 or Windows 8 for my home built PC?

post #1 of 13
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I do know a bit about the hardware of Computers as I've been doing a lot of research to understand the basics of building a PC.

Now that I have chosen my parts, I'd like to know what Opertating System would be best to choose. I'll be gaming on this PC and generally surfing the web.

Windows 8 or Windows 7?
post #2 of 13
Windows 8. It's the Windows 7 desktop with performance improvements, a new Start menu, and the option for Metro apps.
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
Hi, thanks.

Does Windows 8 have backwards compatibilty with older OS? it's just I also play some old games as well as new and some of them require a certain OS and it's usually older. If they do, how far back does the backwards compatibility go?
post #4 of 13
Vista, 7, and 8 all have the same compatibility. Things get a little wonky when you get back to XP games, especially in the area of surround audio. 8 gives you the advantage of also being able to play new Metro games, which you can't do in Vista/7.
post #5 of 13
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So the further back I go with OS, the more problems I get? Are the wonky problems too bad?
post #6 of 13
XP used a drastically different model for audio, while video was still pretty similar. The result is that when you try to play a 2003 game on Vista/7/8, video tends to work fine but audio is stereo only with possibly less effects available to it. The only real solution is to run XP, but building a new machine today and installing XP on it is a terrible idea. Again, 7 and 8 function exactly the same in terms of compatibility with older software. 8 just performs better and gives you the option to run new Metro style apps.

Windows 8 is the only correct choice to make today when selecting a Windows version to put on a new machine.
post #7 of 13
You should dual-boot. Install Windows XP first and then install Windows 8. This will cause the Windows boot loader to present a boot menu allowing you to start either Windows XP or 8. This strategy gives you maximum flexibility, as long as you are able to get XP drivers for all your hardware. But keep in mind that Windows XP will stop being patched in 2014 (I think in April 2014.)

And, just an FYI: Windows 8 lays waste to Windows 7 in performance, especially when transferring large multi-gigabyte files. File copies can also be paused! Other than better performance, it's very similar to Windows 7 and has the same compatibility options.

Just about the only thing not to like about Windows 8 is the lack of Start button, and that can be added back by buying Start8, an excellent $5 program.
Edited by TNO821 - 11/27/12 at 11:12pm
post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 
I'm not too familiar with the much older OSs, but if I installed both W8 and XPlike you said, can XP go as far back to Windows 95 or before then. So I think I'll also be playing games made in 1996?
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by Tyrone Burton View Post

I'm not too familiar with the much older OSs, but if I installed both W8 and XPlike you said, can XP go as far back to Windows 95 or before then. So I think I'll also be playing games made in 1996?

Yes the compatibility options on XP can emulate Windows 95. I'm not sure about Win 3.1, but you don't need that.

Windows 8 can also set compatibility for Windows 95, but it won't be as successful in certain situations as Windows XP (due to Win7/8 using a rather different security model than WinXP.)
post #10 of 13
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Sould I first install XP, then Windows 8? I'm assuming that's would dual boot means smile.gif
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by Tyrone Burton View Post

Sould I first install XP, then Windows 8? I'm assuming that's would dual boot means smile.gif

Yes. You must fully install XP first before installing Windows 8.

When you install XP, have it partition your hard drive, leaving plenty of space for your Windows 8 install. The Windows XP and Windows 8 installs need to use different partitions. I would set aside more space for Windows 8, as modern games are much larger than the old ones that you'll be playing on XP.
Edited by TNO821 - 11/28/12 at 5:21am
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post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 
Cool TNO, I thought installing it the other way round would not be good. thanks
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