Windows 7 is the most preferred OS, Windows XP second

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  1. I miss XP as well ! bought 8.1 (I have windows 7) when I opened the pack only the product key for the 32 bit was there bottom line I’m still on 7 but XP was great lots of us miss it

  2. It was great after seeing win 95 and win 98 XP was the one; one snag with 7 is one had to purchase new software, if I could recall my product key I’d install XP on a partition

  3. I still have copies of Windows XP. We use Windows 7 pro & ultimate on our hardware. I have a Dell Branded 8.1 disk that came bundled with my recent purchase. In all likelihood it will just stay in the box, or sell. I beta tested and occasionally use Windows 8, never have been impressed. Windows 7 not only works better, takes less space but by far in my humble opinion is more elegant. Them newer flat icons look silly to me. But that’s my opinion. Some may really like it. Looks are all about tastes. What’s not is the ease of use on non-touch screen desktops. Microsoft has a good idea but it’s product and it’s marketing obviously needs some help. Windows 10 hopefully for their sake will be. So far, I like.

  4. I bought a Windows 8.1 machine but I wanted to downgrade to Windows 7 but apparently I cannot. I even tried to make my partition multiboot but that to was blocked by uefi. I rarely use 8.1’s metro and installed a thirdparty startmenu program to get the old Windows 7 feel. Anyhow I like 8.1’s speed. I only wish I could uninstall metro like any other program (wishful thinking). The other downside to 8.1 is the input lag (mouse) in games which makes most newer games almost unplayable (not the frames per second, just mouse delay). When Microsoft releases 10, I won’t be upgrading right away. If its too close to 8.1, I will buy a Windows 7 machine instead.

  5. You can directly format the drive where Windows 8.1 was installed and then you can use the same drive to install Windows 7.

  6. Thanks you guys for the tip. The trouble with this approach is that I’d have to format the whole drive. That includes the recovery drive and a third drive I’ve made for media. Since I don’t have an external harddive for those and I’ve givin away my old pc, I rather not format the drive. I just wanted both OS’, the other dedicated for gaming (Win7) and Win 8.1 for other things.

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