Rumor: Windows 8 to arrive on January 7, 2013

By Emil ยท 42 replies
Jan 21, 2011
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  1. A bunch of new information has sprung up regarding Windows 7 and Windows 8, courtesy of the Russian site, which has leaked credible information before. Because the dates are so far into the future, however, we're labeling this one as a rumor.

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  2. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 823

    I'd be surprised if Microsoft even knows down to the day the actual release date for Windows 8. No worries, perfectly happy with Windows 7 and will be in no rush to upgrade unless there are some really compelling new features that I just can't live without ... not likely.
  3. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 820   +345

    Well i'm not happy with Windows 7 and have stuck firmly with Windows XP64. Let's just hope that Windows 8 will be a lot better for gaming than Vista and Win7 have proven to be.
  4. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    Win7 has proven to be better for gaming then XP. You people are holding back technological advancement by clinging to things of the past.
  5. vipor231

    vipor231 TS Rookie Posts: 27

    xp is dead and people need to relize that,clinging on to old 10 year old technology is fine if you want too,but don't cry when things stop working
  6. vipor231

    vipor231 TS Rookie Posts: 27

    as for windows 7 not being good for gaming i highly disagree on that,windows 7 is the best thing to happen in a very long time
  7. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    Try not to double post viper. But in the two comments I've seen you make, you've made more sense than all of lurker's comments I've seen. I hope to see you hanging around here more.
  8. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 820   +345

    If it's been proven to be better for gaming, then why do games run better on XP64 than Win7 on my rig? And why are there still a slew of problems with a range of modern games on Win7 that simply don't exist on the archaic WinXP? I gave Win7 a fair chance, hoping to upgrade but XP64 is still superior in both performance and functionality, as far as my needs are concerned.
  9. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    Your needs and your rig are not the only ones in the world. Also win7 doesn't have problems with modern games that XP doesn't. You're simply angered that your rig doesn't perform well with win7 so you assume that everyone must suffer that issue.

    P.S. these benchmarks are from the win7 launch. Before any improvements,updates or fully suitable drivers.
  10. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,718   +860

    Win7 has been proven time and time again to be a superior gaming OS over earlier versions of Windows. That's just a fact, Jack. If it's not running right for you, then it could be a number of problems starting with your own system not being able to handle it.

    As far as Win8, I'm with Mizzou. Win7 is working just fine for me and there would need to be a number of substantial upgrades or applications offered for me to consider an upgrade. (Or a super-sweet upgrade deal.)
  11. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 820   +345

    Well my rig's certainly got more than enough grunt to handle Win7, but after doing my own tests, I found that XP64 just runs games better than either Vista of Win7 so I've downgraded to XP64.

    Say what you want, but at least I gave Win7 a fair try before downgrading.
  12. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 843   +38

    I agree. When I was on XP waiting for Vista, I was impatient...and then upset. Then I heard of Win7. Once again I was so impatient. I couldn't wait. And now, on Win7, I look at Win8 and go..."Meh, I can wait" lol
  13. Until retirement I worked with DEC-Compaq-HP.
    After retirement I did some contracting. One job was to evaluate Vista and then WIN7
    for deployment.
    Vista was a no go.
    WIN7 was a winner even on older equipment.
    This wasn't gaming platform, but still very resource intensive.
  14. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    Wooo Start your engines for jan 2013!!....Nah only kiddin', Win 7 will almost certainly be still holding strong on my system even after then. Plus i doubt i'll have saved enough money to even afford the "Windows 8 tramp/bum package".
  15. @matrix: funny, I felt the same way. Was digging for scraps of XP long before launch, running leaks, and the final version early. Same with Vista and 7. Now, I see Win8 news and read it cause I'm a tech geek, but I kinda say, "meh, whenever, take your time MS". Win7 success!
  16. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    We've given you more than enough evidence to prove that you're wrong. If you want to go believing win7 is bad just because you have problems then go ahead.
  17. For me win xp x86 is up to 20% faster than win 7 x64 for almost every game i tried (unreal 3, starcraft 2, oblivion) and 3dmark06. Fresh installed OSes with a radeon 4650 and intel e5200

    You say win7 is faster just because your rigs are so powerful you can't tell the difference between 292 and 257 fps...
  18. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    what? yikes, then you have other issues. win 7 vs XP for gaming has been benchmarked in to the ground. You have other things going on if that's true. If you tried win 7 the games will default to the highest DX version available many times, where as XP will only run DX9 or less. So if your running a game in DX 10/10.1 in win7, and DX9 version in XP, 20% is right around the FPS hit for the higher DX version in many games. the article princeton posted
  19. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 843   +38

    For once, Balmer actually said something smart when he said W8 will be their riskiest product, and comments like ours just prove his point. But who knows, when the betas start coming out, we could be singing a different tune. It's hard to imagine, but it's not impossible...just improbable :p
  20. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    Like most here I'm perfectly happy with Windows 7 and have no intention on upgrading right away unless it really has some 'must have' features, shoot I still haven't finished upgrading all my PC's to 7 =( .
  21. g4mer

    g4mer TS Maniac Posts: 310

    I have both Windows 7 and Windows XP 32bit. XP runs much better for gaming than Windows 7 to me too. Maybe it's because W7 is more compatible with never CPU's and XP with older ones like mine. Or maybe it's DX10 thats slowing gaming idk...
  22. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    I'm the same. I keep an XP aside for gaming, it's always run my games better than 7...Nobody can straight tell you that your wrong because people have different setups (including software aswell).
  23. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    Too early to be thinking about Windows 8. I still have one PC running Windows XP Home 32-bit and a newer one running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. Probably just use XP to run my older games and Windows 7 for the current titles. I have plenty of both because as I get older, i find myself accumulating more game titles than I actually have time to play them on my gaming PC.:(
  24. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,021   +2,551

    Well, sometimes it's like that in the bathroom too, all grunt, and no go....:rolleyes:

    Besides, XP 64 bit has the worst reputation of any version of XP. If you're having luck with it, God bless you.

    You seem to have a habit of massively overestimating both your influence and effect on the tech arena as a whole. "Forward progress" can sometimes be overrated. And sometimes, "Forward progress", is just worthless propaganda from somebody trying to generate cash flow.

    You might try taking your megaphone and going out in the real world, to businesses just getting by, and tell them they're "holding back technological advancement", by clinging to one of the best operating systems ever produced. Which, by the way, is Win XP.

    Better still, put your money where your mouth is, and cut them a check for a copy of Win 7. If you're broke, but your heart's still in the right place, at least write them Win 7 drivers for their aging prebuilt computers.

    Yeah, a few malingerers at Techspot are the driving force behind OS development at M$. Get a grip, if you don't already have one.

    Oh, a final, "word to the wise" note; there are certain neighborhoods where you shouldn't ever start spouting that, "you people" phraseology. It seems to have a profound and infuriating effect on some ethnic groups
  25. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 823

    In addition to that well known fact is a lesser known fact; namely that XP 64 would be deader than a doorknob had it not been for Vista 64 and Win7 64. Without the drivers developed for these two operating systems you'd still be running the very limited range of hardware that XP64 originally supported.

    This from the Wikipedia summary on Windows XP editions:


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