I have two desktop computers that I have personally built on my desk at this moment. One has an Asus P8Z77-V-LX motherboard with 8GB ram, with a Intel I5 processor, with Intel HD4000 graphics, running 64bit windows 8.1 Pro. The other has an Intel DP43BF motherboard with 4GB ram, with a Intel Pentium Dual Core Processor, with Nvidia GT430 GPU, running 64bit windows 7 home premium. Now, which one of these machines do you think was the easiest to set up and get to working. Their is good and bad in each machine. I have my opinion, what is yours? Daniel.
Hi Daniel - That's a bit like asking how long is a piece of string.
I can't really see that, once you get to a certain level of hardware, the specs would make a great deal of difference during setup. Maybe what you are used to? I dunno. Maybe legacy BIOS versus UEFI? Again, just a guess.
Trouble is, given similar circumstances, people's mileage is going to vary, depending on quite a few variables.
I've installed both operating systems in a dual boot scenario sharing the exact same hardware so I'm in no position to be making any first hand comparisons. Except to say that Windows 8's hardware support is far superior to anything previous.
Hi Jim. Legacy bios will give a few more options for dual boot. The specs are not important, both machines run will after boot up. The big difference is boot up time, which windows 8 wins. Both machines required a driver for the sound cards installed. Both machines have fresh clean OS installs. I'm talking about out of box experience (especially desktop users) and what tweaks will be done after OS install. Surely, you will agree that windows 7 installs with a lot less hassle. Marc Thomas has a very good article on windows 8, and the good and bad and what was left out. Have a good day. Daniel.
Sorry Daniel but I don't see what boot time has to do with your original question... "which one of these machines do you think was the easiest to set up and get to working"
No, I don't agree that Windows 7 installs with a lot less hassle, maybe for those who don't already have a Microsoft account it might include a couple of extra steps, but overall, Windows 8's installation is pretty slick.
Windows 7 and Windows 8 are both terrific operating systems, there's nothing to pick between them really. Windows 8 offers a slightly different and possibly more trendy approach, that's all.
Cheers mate... Jim
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