Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Jun 2013 16:41 UTC
Windows Microsoft has released the Windows 8.1 preview for download, but they region-locked it to 13 specific languages, and Dutch is not one of them. So, even though my Surface RT has been completely and utterly English from the day I bought it, I can't install Windows 8.1 and tell you something about it. Those of you who can download it, why don't you tell us what it's like - or you can head to The Verge who got early access. In case you couldn't tell, I'm a little annoyed that we're arbitrarily being left out once again.
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RE[3]: 8.1 is still a botch job.
by Nelson on Thu 27th Jun 2013 00:20 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: 8.1 is still a botch job."
Nelson
Member since:
2005-11-29

There are genuine and tangible improvements in performance for Windows 8 over Windows 7.

With Windows 8.1, particularly inside of Metro Apps, the performance gains over Windows 8 are especially impressive after playing around with it.

Disk Space taken up by Windows 8.1 has also gone down pretty significantly.

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benytocamela Member since:
2013-05-16

Microsoft's improvements of their codebase may be tangible. But the Core2 Quad test machine I have running Windows 8 not only "feels" significantly slower than the i7 rig running Windows 7 right next to it, but bechmarks much poorer as well. And that's not only totally expected, but I would have seriously suspected Microsoft had managed to break some law of physics if the situation had been reversed.

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MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I have a test machine at work, Core 2, and it ran XP rather slow. Windows 7 ran much better and Windows 8 almost flies.

At home I have another test PC, it came with Vista and it was terrible. Windows 8 was terrible too, but upgrading the 1 GB RAM to 2 GB it runs fine now.

My personal experience so far is that Windows 7 runs faster than Windows XP on the same hardware and Windows 8 is even quicker, if it has enough RAM.

I think this is a reason PC sales aren't doing very well. People used to buy new ones because they became slower when you upgraded Windows, but now you can run Windows 7 and 8 fine on machines that are 5+ years old.

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phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Microsoft's improvements of their codebase may be tangible. But the Core2 Quad test machine I have running Windows 8 not only "feels" significantly slower than the i7 rig running Windows 7 right next to it


Wait. You're complaining that a now-ancient Core2 CPU (aka 2nd generation Core architecture) is slower than an i7 (aka 3rd or even 4th gen Core architecture), and that it's obviously the fault of the OS?

Maybe if you reversed the OS installs (7 on the Core2). Then you could complain that Windows 8 is horribly slow.

Or, maybe if you had 7 and 8 both installed on the same system. Then you could complain that Windows 8 is horribly slow.

Right now, you're comparing oranges and orangutangs!

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shotsman Member since:
2005-07-22

Ok so W8 is faster than W7. so what!

For most people speed isn't critical but usability is.

For me, W8 is a complete non starter. It just gets in the way far too much and W7 was bad enough.

I make a living Developing applications for Server 2008/12 not using MS tools (lots of Java and other stuff). Using them in a W8 desktop is pure living hell.
As a result I've installed Server 2008 on my laptop. At least it keeps out of the way most of the time. Server 2012 runs in VM's.
W8 is just unworkable/unusable and after 40+ years in development, it takes a really bad system for me to say that. Now, on a tablet with W8 then things may well be better but I don't have any experience with one to say (I use Android Tablets.)

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M.Onty Member since:
2009-10-23

Ok so W8 is faster than W7. so what!

For most people speed isn't critical but usability is.


Credit where credit's due, Microsoft could have continued to have added bloat to the x86 versions of Windows to artificially induce better sales, but have instead made Windows faster in two consecutive releases. I can't imagine its helping PC sales, as someone says above, but it is good for users & we do notice, especially after someone lets a couple of prime offenders like McAfee & Adobe loose on the hard drive. Here's hoping they try & get the install size down next.

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