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Old Feb 17, 2013, 03:04 PM   #1
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Bootcamp Q: Win 8 or 7?

Hello all,

I am unsure which window OS should I get for bootcamp to run several games such as BF3 and Silent Hunter series. Could you please drop a suggestion for me to get either 8 or 7?

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Old Feb 17, 2013, 03:14 PM   #2
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I actually bought 8, and WOW did I hate it. Even considering my using Windows exclusively for the last 15 years. I was blown away with how they took the parts of Win7 that worked, and removed them.

I did do a win8 bootcamp and parallels install, and one day, it was gone. I'm not kidding. It wouldn't boot, and could not be repaired. I took this as a message and deleted the partition and brought Win7 back.

I am told it's leaner, which makes it good for games, but for me, the familiarity I have with win7 makes win8 an albatross. IMO, this is Windows ME or Vista for 2012!
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Old Feb 17, 2013, 03:15 PM   #3
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I believe Windows 8 is technically still unsupported by BootCamp. While others likely have workarounds for that, there's probably no benefit to running Windows 8 unless you need something in particular from it. I'm personally running both Windows 7 and 8 in VMs and haven't yet found a reason to prefer Windows 8 for my usage.
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Old Feb 17, 2013, 04:00 PM   #4
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Hello all,

I am unsure which window OS should I get for bootcamp to run several games such as BF3 and Silent Hunter series. Could you please drop a suggestion for me to get either 8 or 7?

Thanks,

Eric

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7, if you must do Windows.
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Old Feb 17, 2013, 04:02 PM   #5
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Win7 no question.
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Old Feb 17, 2013, 04:06 PM   #6
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I'd also go Windows 7 (Actually I did, Win7 64Bit VM) I have a Windows 8 Box and don't really like it. It's stable enough and pretty smooth but the interface just doesn't work for me. I tried to get used to it over a few months and did get a lot better but at the end of the day I felt they were trying to out Apple Apple and did not succeed .

Just my opinion go Win 7 (64 Bit)
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Old Feb 17, 2013, 04:18 PM   #7
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I would not touch Windows 8 with a ten foot pole.

I'd be worried about the potential for compatibility issues with some games as well, depending on their age, etc. I think Windows 7 is a safer bet and it offers a far better user interface than 8 does.
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Old Feb 17, 2013, 05:25 PM   #8
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Let's also put it this way: Gabe Newell of Valve Software hates Windows 8 so much they decided to make Ubuntu the OS in their Steambox game system.
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Old Feb 17, 2013, 05:25 PM   #9
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For gaming, greater compatibility, support, stability, etc. I'd go with Windows 7 64-bit at this point in time. GL!
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Old Feb 17, 2013, 05:29 PM   #10
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I vote for using Windows 7. It's a good, stable OS and doesn't have the annoying (to me) tablet overlay OS.
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Old Feb 17, 2013, 05:40 PM   #11
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7, I bought my wife a new laptop for Christmas it has Windows 8' and we hate it, so go with 7
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Old Feb 17, 2013, 06:17 PM   #12
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8 does everything 7 does and more. I have had no problems with 8 under Parallels or Bootcamp.
Any game I've tried works absolutely fine under 8.
The 8 interface takes a bit of getting used to, but if you want the same desktop type approach of 7, it's still there in 8.
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 08:29 AM   #13
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Wow thanks for all the comments! I will go with win 7.
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 10:54 AM   #14
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I installed Win 7 for my gaming needs , tried windows 8 but hated it after a week .
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 10:56 AM   #15
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Had to set up an 8 laptop for my cousin last week....what a wreck.

I've been using windows only for the last...21 years, and 8 is frustrating to navigate and while I got the hang of it after a few hours....I can't help but feel it suffocates the user.

Oh I want to use skype? I have to download the app? ok.

Normally it would be fine, but when I have to go into command prompt to make a workable hack so the Microsoft store will start downloading updates and apps onto a NEW COMPUTER something is terribly, terribly wrong.

Unbelievably frustrating to do simple things that have been only a few mouse clicks in previous editions of Windows...

This OS needs to be taken out back and put down.
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 12:30 PM   #16
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I heard from several people that Win8 is actually nice.
Stable as Win7, ultra-fast boot, but ugly as hell (at least my opinion), and last but not least, cheaper than Win7.

Personally, I'm running Win7, but if I had to buy a new licence, I'd choose Win8.
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