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Windows 7 versus Windows 8

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#1 DrivenByDemons OFFLINE  

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Posted 02 December 2014 - 02:07 AM

I've been running WMC with MB2/MB3 on a windows 7 machine for years. Love the setup and have been very pleased. I stuck with windows 7 because I was using some DMA-2100 extenders and knew 8 required a move to xbox. Thanks to the live TV implementation and a few other things I have decommissioned my last 2100. I'm either chromecast or xbox now. This machine is now due for a refresh. I've messed with sharks codecs, had the concurrent RDP hack installed which MS has been killing lately, and a few other misc things that I just want to wipe out and start fresh. My question is do I stick with 7 since it's been rock solid for me or make the move to 8? I already have a licensed WMC copy just for this machine. I will probably remove my current boot drive and set it aside and play with the new install on a different drive just in case things go sour but I'd like to avoid spinning my wheels with 8 if there are pitfalls. Thanks for any tips or thoughts. I'd like to keep it barebones and use WMC with MB3 and that's it. 



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Posted 02 December 2014 - 08:34 AM

Coming from an IT geek that has had to get used to Windows 8 due to work I will say that it is solid. The same hardware runs faster on Windows 8 then it does on 7 and that is with lab testing in my shop. With that being said there is a learning curve and it is a bit disconcerting having the start screen take up the entire screen. I do not know how you use your setup but I personally have a media center PC dedicated to MB3. The only thing I do with it is hit the MB button on my remote and browse so the OS would not make a difference regardless. Keep in mind however, with Windows 8 WMC is not built in and must be purchased separately but if I recall it was not very much money. I would also go with Pro if I were you so you can remote into the machine and not have to worry about any hacks etc. Lastly, I tell this to all of my customers, if you are investing into the future of something you are going to use then it is silly to invest into something already obsolete. Message me if you would like help with codecs, I spent weeks getting mine setup and can play any media type up to and including DTS HD etc and I feel I have a rig that produces as high a quality picture and sound as anyone out there and am happy to help. 

 

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Posted 02 December 2014 - 09:26 PM

Thanks for the info. You pretty much agree with my thinking. I do already have the WMC add on key for 8 so that's all good. Maybe I'll just dive in on a fresh drive like I said and see how it goes.





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