Windows 7 or Windows 8 for HTPC?

Discussion in 'Home Theater PC (HTPC) & Media Servers' started by GlocksRock, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. GlocksRock Audioholic Spartan

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    I'm thinking of replacing one of my HTPCs with something newer/better, and all the new pc's come with Windows 8. I have zero experience with Windows 8, and love Win. 7. Does win. 8 have the same homegroup features that win. 7 has, or is it completely different? For those who have used both operating systems, which one is better suited to a media pc?
  2. Bryce_H Senior Audioholic

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    My understanding is Windows 8 does not come with Windows Media Center (if that matters to you - I have WMC7 on both my HTPCs).
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    ^^^ This is correct. Windows 8 comes with free downgrade rights to Win 7
    Free linux/xbmc might (or might not) be better alternative, unless you intend to use ocur tuner - it only works with win7 mce.
  4. Grador Audioholic Field Marshall

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    I cannot stand windows 8 for anything at all, so I say windows 7.

    IIRC that's only for windows 8 pro.
  5. Irvrobinson Audioholic Ninja

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    My take is that unless you insist on using a touch screen, Win7 is better than Win8, all day, every day.
  6. GlocksRock Audioholic Spartan

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    I likely won't be using media center, and definitely won't be using a touch screen. Just didn't know about the win 8 interface, and networking features. For playback I'll be using powerdvd 11, VLC, media player classic home cinema x64, windows media player, stuff like that.
  7. ratso Full Audioholic

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    i downloaded win 8 when it came out and was so cheap on my laptop. the hard drive on the laptop then fried, and it was covered by warranty so i got "downgraded" back to win 7. having had them both back to back i would sooner be beaten with a bat then go for win 8. i use win 7 -64 on my HTPC and it's the way to go IMO.
  8. Lulimet Full Audioholic

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    Get with the times. Win 8 is a modern operating system. Even if you don't like the Metro UI you can just go to the regular desktop with a push of a button. The boot up time in my win 8 laptop is less than 15 seconds and I don't even have a SSD. Everything runs faster in Win 8.
  9. Irvrobinson Audioholic Ninja

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    Not quite. The jackasses left off the Start menu. MSFT is lost.
  10. Grador Audioholic Field Marshall

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    It's extraordinarily cumbersome, and likes to jump back into metro for no apparent reason. None of the fancy features that were advertised work very well. I'm willing to wait 60 seconds for my system boot so that it works properly.
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    If you're not going with a touchscreen I'd probably stick with Win 7, not saying Win 8 is bad but it is different.
    I'm not sure how many of the programs you are planing to use have a Metro interface yet, that would be a good thing to check out because if they all run in the old desktop there would be no real point to get Win 8.

    I don't have any problems with most of the common reported "issues" with Win 8 but I was a bit disappointed that the full Aero theme was no longer there, kind of liked the glass.

    Steve

    P.S. I would consider Win 8 w/ touchscreen to be a cool HTPC but you're likely to pay a price for early adoption right now. I do like the ease of Win8 on my giant tablet from an end user perspective, a few taps or swipes makes for easy access.
  12. GlocksRock Audioholic Spartan

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    Thanks for the replies, looks like I'll be sticking with Win. 7 for now.
  13. bilesteve Enthusiast

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    I downloaded the Windows 8

    I downloaded the upgrade to Windows 8 and got add on for Media Center free from Microsoft. I do not use a touchscreen but my same media keyboard and have had no problems with either, other than the initial learning curve at the beginning since, as you know, it does not work the same as Windows 7. Now, with practice, it is fine to me. :)
  14. Daniel Fletcher Audiophyte

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    If you consider yourself tech savvy, i would suggest you to go with windows 8. Since all the OS tend to emulate the tablet looking style, probably the future is there, and it's not bad to be an early adapter sometimes.
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    I'm using a Mac mini. Built in HDMI port, combo optical/analog input/output jacks for those that want a dedicated hookup to a receiver, an easy to use underscan setting for the TV (the DLP is strange when it comes to computer hookups), built in WiFi, Bluetooth, and it works with the iPod dock remote. Not to mention it is very quiet, and takes very little room. :cool:

    Oh, this was about 7 vs 8.
    I think that 8 probably has better memory management over 7, but other than that, I've used 7 more than 8. Since my next pc isn't too far off, I'll have to make a choice soon.
  16. GlocksRock Audioholic Spartan

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    Just got my new media pc today and it came with windows 8 on it. I played with it for a few mins. and thought it was terrible, so I promptly did a clean install of windows 7, and now all is well.
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    If a user has no bias toward an operating system- Win8 is light years ahead of win7 in terms of intuitive use and interface. It also betters Win7 in almost every level of performance.
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    Absolutely. Good post.
  19. Oliver11 Audiophyte

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    Yeah this is goos suggestion i am also want to say you that but i think i have not need to say anythign after this great suggestions anyways you should follow any one from this thread and i am also get the ideas ...
    thanks for this
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    Modern enough that I'm having to install most non M$ apps in local user mode. Steve Ballmer sucks. Modern enough that you have to kill a chicken, burn a cigar, and poor a shot of booze to find out where to turn off the machine or put it into sleep mode. Steve Ballmer sucks. Modern enough that you can't simply type in CMD and right click the result and run with elevated priv's. Steve Ballmer Sucks.

    User management sucks the list goes on.

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