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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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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benytocamela Member since:
2013-05-16

rather than jumping to react so quickly, I recommend you try comprehend what I wrote and its context at least.

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