For new i7 4770: Windows 7 Pro or 8?

Osotosail wrote on 2/3/2014, 12:46 PM
Was happy in the XP world, getting new PC with i7 Haswell with HD 4600 built in and 8 Gig, probably upgrading to 16 gig if needed.

What should be my 64 bit boot OS? Can go with Win 7 Pro 64 or Win 8 home 64.

I don't care about eye candy, I'm looking for stability first, compatibility, security and privacy are also issues.

Will be installing VMS 12 on it, Gimp, other graphics editing, animation software, and maybe Vegas Pro some day. No games.


Steve Grisetti wrote on 2/3/2014, 1:27 PM
I'm a big fan of Windows 8.1. It really is a very snappy performer -- and, since the 8.1 upgrade, you can even dodge the annoying Metro start screen if you'd like.
Markk655 wrote on 2/3/2014, 7:23 PM
Running a 3770k with 8.1...No issues at all.
Editguy43 wrote on 2/3/2014, 9:55 PM
+1 on no issues I have had 8.1 since it was released and I run all my Sony software on it with no problems. I to see a much snappier boot as well as overall speediness.

I am running it on an older Quad core as well as a Core i7 both stable.
I am not sure what the hub bub about the modern interface is. Sure it takes some getting use to and some tweaking to make it your own but I find it to be as fast or faster in finding apps to run than the old start menu.

Given the choice I would go with 8.1 and not look back.

Paul B
Ivan Lietaert wrote on 2/4/2014, 3:29 AM
same here; happily running windows 8.1 64bit on a six year old system
If you don't like the metro style interface, you can easily bypass it and never have to use it again!
I did install a 90GB ssd, which is a huge advantage, and I would advise anybody to do the same.
Larry Clifford wrote on 2/4/2014, 8:56 AM
I am the one user here who prefers Windows 7 pro 64-bit SP-1. Unfortunately, with all of the emphasis on Windows 8.1 there may not be a SP-2 for Windows 7. I know why Windows 8 was written - to have "one" OS for PCs, tablets, etc. I admit that is a good justification. I have also been told it is only a matter of time until I will have to switch to Windows 8.x.

I have seen too many problems in the Sony forum for all of their products, professional and consumer, running under Windows 8 and 8.1. Professionals cannot afford problems while running Windows 8.

Also, I have seen many companies still running Windows XP Pro. I don't know if it is because of cost to buy a new OS, cost to convert, it is extremely reliable, or they are running software that will not run on Windows 7 or 8.

When I moved from Windows XP Pro to 7 the primary feature I lost was the ability to record from Internet Explorer, cassette tape, etc. directly to Sound Forge Pro. I have been looking at this, but have not made the required changes.
Osotosail wrote on 2/4/2014, 3:07 PM
Thanks to all for your comments.