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Should I buy Windows 8.1 or wait for 10?


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#1 person721

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Posted 04 June 2015 - 10:36 AM

Hi everybody! :)

 

Currently I'm using a not genuine copy of Windows 7 SP1, and I wish to use a genuine Windows 8.1 or 10 (considering a Retail version of Windows 7 isn't available anymore in stores).

 

I'm not sure if I should wait until July 29 to buy Windows 10 or to purchase now Windows 8.1 and have the option to upgade it afterwards (I want to format my OS drive and do a clean install).

 

I use the PC for a little bit of Gaming and web surfing.

 

I hope you can help me with these questions:

 

1) Is staying with this non-genuine Windows 7 can put my PC at risk so badly that I should go and buy Windows 8.1 and install it (My Windows is currently in Activated status)?

 

2) What OS would you recommend me to use: Windows 7, 8.1 or 10?

 

 

Thanks for reading and trying to help (=

 

 

 

 



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Posted 04 June 2015 - 10:42 AM

Hi person721 :)

If you are using a non-genuine version of Windows, you will be denied assistance here as BleepingComputer doesn't support that kind of activity. My advice, buy Windows 8.1 and then if you feel like it, upgrade to Windows 10 when the time comes. If you buy Windows 8.1, you'll have the choice between Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, so there's nothing to lose here if you ask me.

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Posted 04 June 2015 - 11:13 AM

Hi Aura., and thank you for your quick reply and advice :)

 

Believe me that I'm not proud for using a non-genuine copy of Windows and I want to change that.

 

This thread is about helping me to use a genuine Windows, and not assisting me while I intend to keep using my illegal copy.

 

Thank you for your advice, again (=

I might go and purchase it tomorrow.

 

Can you please help me decide if the basic version of Windows 8.1 is suited for me or that the professional version is more fit?

 

Thank you! :)



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Posted 04 June 2015 - 11:16 AM

I don't know what you use your computer and Windows for, so I cannot really help you. Here's a comparison between Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Professional.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/compare

Personally, most home users will be good with the standard Windows 8.1. However, if you decide to upgrade to Windows 10, the normal Windows 8.1 will upgrade you to Windows 10 Home, and Windows 8.1 Professional to Windows 10 Professional. In Windows 10, Home users cannot manage their Windows Updates (they have to install all of them as soon as they are released) while Professional users can. I think it's the most important point to take in consideration.

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Posted 04 June 2015 - 11:49 PM

'person 172',  (geeesh, sounds like something from a sci-fi movie.)

 

Absolutely wait for 10... it's only less than 2 months away.  Be silly to buy an 8.1 machine only to Upgrade it... save all that & just wait a few more weeks.

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Posted 05 June 2015 - 05:23 AM

It's "person721" by the way Drew  :rolleyes:


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Posted 05 June 2015 - 05:51 AM

To the OP, I don't know what country you live in, but here in the US there are plenty of retailers selling Windows 7.


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Posted 05 June 2015 - 06:32 AM

Here are all the OEM OS's

 

http://www.newegg.com/Operating-Systems/SubCategory/ID-368


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Posted 05 June 2015 - 06:35 AM

To the OP, I don't know what country you live in, but here in the US there are plenty of retailers selling Windows 7.

Best Buy has the retail version and OEM and OEM is much cheaper.


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Posted 05 June 2015 - 06:54 AM

Windows 8.1 Pro is also much cheaper than Windows 10 Professional so it's worth getting 8.1 now.

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Posted 05 June 2015 - 09:02 AM

I don't know what you use your computer and Windows for

 

I use the PC for a little bit of gaming and web surfing (It's mentioned in my first post in this thread).

And thank you Aura for the information about the editions of Windows. I think the standard version is enough for me.

 

 

'person 172',  (geeesh, sounds like something from a sci-fi movie.)

 

Absolutely wait for 10... it's only less than 2 months away.  Be silly to buy an 8.1 machine only to Upgrade it... save all that & just wait a few more weeks.

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Thank you for you comment, Drew.

Do you think, gaming-wise, it is better than Windows 8.1? (I'm talkin about PC Games.. Games from few years ago)

 

To the OP, I don't know what country you live in, but here in the US there are plenty of retailers selling Windows 7.

 

Hey Rocky,

In my country I can only find available editions of Windows 7 as OEM and not Retail.

 

 

Can you please explain what does it mean to buy on OEM version over Retail version? What are the differences?

In my country I can purchace an OEM version, but only if I buy a new PC/Laptop from them.


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Posted 05 June 2015 - 09:19 AM

If Windows 10 is as light-weight as Windows 8.1, it'll perform good game-wise. The only thing I don't know is if DirectX 12 (once released) will cause issues to play very old games.

Differences between OEM and Retail licences :)

http://www.howtogeek.com/198358/whats-the-difference-between-the-system-builder-and-full-version-editions-of-windows/

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Posted 05 June 2015 - 09:45 AM

When you buy a new PC from like Best Buy it comes with the OEM license and that license can't be activated on another machine.


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Posted 05 June 2015 - 11:46 AM

It's "person721" by the way Drew  :rolleyes:

Oh yeah... they look so much alike, oops.

 

"To the OP, I don't know what country you live in, but here in the US there are plenty of retailers selling Windows 7."

Wow, sure seems surprising.

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OEMs can only go in 1 machine and they are not supported by MS but, only by the Builder or manufacturer.

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Well, 8.1 Pro may be somewhat less money than Win10 but, (my ) logic suggests that, @ this point in time, just get 10 in the 1st place & saving having to bother Upgrading that 8.1 to 10.
 

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Posted 05 June 2015 - 07:12 PM

Stupid question, But............I have Windows 8.1. What happened to Windows 9?

 

It goes from 7 to 8 then 8.1, Now its going to 10 why did they skip 9? anyone know?






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