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I am wondering that I should switch to Windows 8? What I use my laptop is to surf the internet and edit videos and photos with 2 programs. I use Camtasia Studio 8 and Paint.net. I like Windows 7 but do you recommend me going to Windows 8? If I do I would be installing Windows 8 Pro 64bit. Is it worth switching and installing 8 pro 64bit or staying with Windows 7 Pro 32bit which is what I currently have installed. The laptop I have is a Lenovo T60.

asked Dec 08 '12 at 17:26

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If you're asking this question, I highly recommend anyone that's on the fence to try to use Windows 8, full screened on a virtual machine. If you can't do that, I'd go to a store, a Best Buy, a J&R, a P.C. Richard and Son, whatever, and try it out. This all depends on YOU. No one can tell you what YOU want.

answered Dec 08 '12 at 19:28

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DJ Scooby Doo

I agree with you on some points, but the fact of the matter is a virtual machine does not really give you a real feel of the OS, and you cant immerse yourself at best buy. But I agree it does depend on the individual and no one can tell them what they want.

(Dec 08 '12 at 21:19) trueb trueb's gravatar image

Right but you could at least try out the OS before you obliterate your files for an OS you don't want. I mean I tried out Windows 8 since Developer so I knew this was for me. Some people didn't have that luxury. About the Best Buy, I see your point there.

(Dec 08 '12 at 21:38) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

What do you really hope to gain with this switch? Is your computer capable of running a 64 bit OS...

IMO, if what you have works now, stick with it... If you have something to gain with the switch... think about if it is worth it.

Windows 7 is a great OS, i myself do not plan on changing any time soon.

answered Dec 08 '12 at 17:40

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My computer can run a 64bit OS. I just have Windows 7 32bit for now. I want to use Windows 8 because I heard it is faster and I want to try the new OS that everybody is talking about!

(Dec 08 '12 at 17:49) Studio66Designs Studio66Designs's gravatar image

I would stay with windows 7 as windows 8 is optimized for tablets but badly implemented because they include the old desktop

answered Dec 08 '12 at 19:21

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Try it first. I've installed Windows 8 Pro and it works better for me than Windows 7... But, that's not the case for everyone. I find myself still using the traditional desktop on Windows 8 rather than using the full screen apps. The only disappointment for me is that Windows Explorer is a bit buggy, especially when copying files to other folders. I've also heard complaints from gamers that they've said Windows 8 doesn't work properly with certain games. Having said that, if I were you, I will go and try it out before buying and see if it fits your needs.

answered Dec 10 '12 at 04:35

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