Which version of Windows?

Discussion in 'Windows OS and Software' started by Peon, Apr 19, 2017.

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Which version of Windows should I (re)install?

Poll closed May 19, 2017.
  1. Windows 7 Enterprise

    68.2%
  2. Windows 8.1 Enterprise

    4.5%
  3. Windows 10 Enterprise

    27.3%
  1. Peon

    Peon Notebook Deity

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    I will be reformatting and reinstalling Windows on an old system in a few weeks. Windows 7 is the OS it was designed for, but I don't think there should be any issues with newer versions of Windows.
     
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  2. yutzybrian

    yutzybrian Notebook Consultant

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    Windows 7 all the way. I'm only running Windows 10 on my current computer because of how new it is
     
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  3. saturnotaku

    saturnotaku Notebook Prophet

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    If you're looking at Enterprise editions, you might as well use Windows 10 since you can now turn all of its telemetry off.
     
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    yutzybrian Notebook Consultant

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    Windows 7 has some features built in though that Windows 10 requires customization for, such as ability to fully configure Windows Update. I'd much rather run the OS that has it pre-built in. Security updates won't end for a good bit of time on Windows 7, there's still too many critical users out there on it (i.e. government)
     
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  5. StormJumper

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    I thought Enterprise was for Business or Institutions that got the license for it. Regular users I doubt can afford to go from their version to Enterprise by themselves. I installed Windows 10 onto a Dell 1525 and it runs without problems and this was made for XP, Vista. I did upgrade the CPU to T8100 and 4gig RAM though.
     
  6. tijo

    tijo Sacred Blame Super Moderator

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    Individuals sometimes have access to enterprise through their workplace. Students that are part of the Microsoft Imagine program (or whatever they call what used to be Dreamspark these days) have access to Windows Education which is in essence the same as Enterprise just under another name.
     
  7. Aroc

    Aroc Notebook Consultant

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    I voted "Windows 8.1" in the poll. It depends on the what the video adapter is -- and you didn't state what it was. Windows 10 only really "officially" supports Intel Integrated video from Ivy Bridge and later. If it is a Sandy Bridge (second generation Core i) or earlier you may be better off on Windows 8.1 or Windows 7. If you have an AMD or an NVidia adapter than you can ignore all of that. :) If you plan to gift the system away at some point, I find most people (IME) are looking for Windows 7 computers, given a preference. I have a couple pieces of software that run better on Windows 8.1 Pro, so I tend to choose that for myself. But if DVD movie playback is more important, then one might choose Windows 7. It is sort of a toss up.

    Reference: http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/graphics-drivers/000005526.html

    If you do end up choosing Windows 10, please remove some of the junk from the WIMs, first. See @Mr. Fox 's video tutorial. See links below:

    Reference: http://forum.notebookreview.com/thr...xes-index-post-1.779394/page-30#post-10440822
    Reference: http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/clevo-overclockers-lounge.788975/page-1104#post-10493572
     
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  8. MahmoudDewy

    MahmoudDewy Gaming Laptops Master Race!

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    Unless you have a DX12 capable GPU which most probably you don't have as you said it's an old system. I don't see any point in using W10. My vote goes to 7 but 8.1 isn't a bad second option.
     
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  9. StormJumper

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    Windows 7 is the last viable alternative to Windows unless there are no drivers for it in Windows 10 and that means the system was created with Windows 10 in mind so no going back will help here. Windows 8.1 isn't my second choice-it will have to be Windows 10 if you want to have working updates. I got installed Windows 10x64 pro on a Dell 1525 with vistax64 drivers and have no problem running on it even though it was XP/Vista that came with this laptop. Windows 10 for it's faults is a better Windows then 8.1 by any stretch of the imagination.
     
  10. hmscott

    hmscott Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Windows 7 / 8.1 patch to stop hardware test on new Kabylake / Ryzen systems so you can restore Windows Updates:

    All-in-one patch script for KB4012218, KB4012219, KB4015546, KB4015547, KB4015549, KB4015550, KB4015552, KB4015553 (update 3)
    zeffy released this a day ago
    https://github.com/zeffy/kb4012218-19/releases

    List of Windows updates supported by this patch
    https://github.com/zeffy/kb4012218-19/blob/master/docs/Supported_Updates.md

    Top level, more info:
    https://github.com/zeffy/kb4012218-19
     
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