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  Reply # 708667 29-Oct-2012 20:19 Send private message

LABCAT: Hi there,

I have been reading this thread and found it very informative so I signed up to see if I can find some answers for questions I have.

What are the physical memory limits of the different versions of 8?

I am looking at buying a system that has windows 8 installed, however I have windows XP and activation code so could buy the system without the operating system and instal then upgrade to windows 8 pro.

What are the differences between windows 8 and windows 8 pro? Any reccomendations?



- Um more memory than what you have in your machine unless you run the 32bit version of Windows 8

How much RAM do you have?

- Windows 8 Pro includes Bitlocker Drive encryption and a bunch of other IT Pro features including domain join to Active Directory. More relevant for Home users is you can add Windows Media Centre to it (the NZ$49.99 includes the right to get a free MCE key)



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  Reply # 708683 29-Oct-2012 20:40 Send private message

LABCAT: What are the physical memory limits of the different versions of 8?


Basically if you run Windows 8 64 bit then you shouldn't have to worry about memory limits for home use - and even for business use it will be a higher limit in the Pro version:
  • Windows 8: 128GB RAM
  • Windows 8 Professional: 512GB RAM
LABCAT: I am looking at buying a system that has windows 8 installed, however I have windows XP and activation code so could buy the system without the operating system and instal then upgrade to windows 8 pro.


Don't go there. You won't find a system without Windows unless you buy the parts and build it yourself. Just buy one with Windows 8 pre-installed. The price difference won't be that much.





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  Reply # 708687 29-Oct-2012 20:49 Send private message

Is there a geekzone app to replace the geekzone gadget.  Or can you run the gadget If so how ?
One of the few things I miss at the moment.
Thanks



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  Reply # 708700 29-Oct-2012 21:02 Send private message

There isn't a Geekzone app at the moment. I don't think there's a Gadget platform on Windows 8 though. We stopped promoting the gadget as it seems the Windows Gadget platform wasn't 100% secure for the users.





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  Reply # 708702 29-Oct-2012 21:04 Send private message

Correct Gadgets are deprecated from Windows 8 due to security.

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  Reply # 708782 29-Oct-2012 22:34 Send private message

nathan:

How much RAM do you have?


The system I'm looking at has a choice between 16 or 32G so either version will be fine.

freitasm:

Don't go there. You won't find a system without Windows unless you buy the parts and build it yourself. Just buy one with Windows 8 pre-installed. The price difference won't be that much.



Spoke to the supplier and its $10 cheaper to get it with windows 7 and then I can just get the $20 upgrade to pro so I'll probably take that option.

If I buy an activation key online can I use my friends upgrade disc and avoid the large download?

Thanks for the help,its much appreciated.



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  Reply # 708795 29-Oct-2012 22:51 Send private message

Id pay the $10 and save yourself having to upgrade

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  Reply # 708801 29-Oct-2012 23:05 Send private message

Excuse me if I am puzzled, but why would you pay $10 more, then go through the ugrade path, for the same thing?

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  Reply # 708821 30-Oct-2012 00:10 Send private message

OK. Made the leap to Windows 8 just now.

It comes with Windows Defender installed and running by default. This is all good.
My understanding is that it is the Security Essentials equivalent for Windows 8, so there is no need to install Security Essentials. This is also good.

There's one thing that is puzzling me, though.
There doesn't seem to be an option to set a scheduled scan (Quick or Full). WTF?
Perhaps there isn't really a need for a regular scan anymore, as most things may be caught by the real-time background scanner? Maybe it is considered 'old school' to be running scheduled scans now?
Still seems like a weird decision to remove the option to set up a scheduled scan.

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  Reply # 708824 30-Oct-2012 00:16 Send private message

dontpanic42: OK. Made the leap to Windows 8 just now.

It comes with Windows Defender installed and running by default. This is all good.
My understanding is that it is the Security Essentials equivalent for Windows 8, so there is no need to install Security Essentials. This is also good.

There's one thing that is puzzling me, though.
There doesn't seem to be an option to set a scheduled scan (Quick or Full). WTF?
Perhaps there isn't really a need for a regular scan anymore, as most things may be caught by the real-time background scanner? Maybe it is considered 'old school' to be running scheduled scans now?
Still seems like a weird decision to remove the option to set up a scheduled scan.


Apparently there is no need for separate anti virus softare anymore as it is all built in, so I wonder if retailers will continue to upsell this. I presume they don't upsell it with apple macs. I am wondering what advantages additional antivirus protection will actually offer.

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  Reply # 708825 30-Oct-2012 00:20 Send private message

mattwnz: 
Apparently there is no need for separate anti virus softare anymore as it is all built in, so I wonder if retailers will continue to upsell this. I presume they don't upsell it with apple macs. I am wondering what advantages additional antivirus protection will actually offer.


Queue Anti-Trust law-suit from Norton, Trend Micro, Kaspersky etc... ;)

I'm happy enough with Windows Defender (which is really just an integrated version of Security Essentials anyway), but was just puzzled about the lack scheduled scan option.

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  Reply # 708826 30-Oct-2012 00:43 Send private message

dontpanic42:
mattwnz: 
Apparently there is no need for separate anti virus softare anymore as it is all built in, so I wonder if retailers will continue to upsell this. I presume they don't upsell it with apple macs. I am wondering what advantages additional antivirus protection will actually offer.


Queue Anti-Trust law-suit from Norton, Trend Micro, Kaspersky etc... ;)

I'm happy enough with Windows Defender (which is really just an integrated version of Security Essentials anyway), but was just puzzled about the lack scheduled scan option.


do one full scan.. and thats it

new file, changes etc will be scanned automagically. this eliminates the need for 'regular' scanning





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  Reply # 708851 30-Oct-2012 07:51 Send private message

BraaiGuy:
linw: At last, found a forum thread with others with the same IE crashing/not starting problem as me (nice to know you have company!).

It is caused by the Logitech Webcam software. Uninstalled that and, bingo, problem went away.


Thanks for that. I have the logitech software too..
Will uninstall it tonight


Tried uninstalling the logitech software, it did not solve the problem.

Turns out its the Avast antivirus shield thats causing the problem.

http://www.forumswindows8.com/archive/t-7564.html

For those seeking a manual fix for this issue until Avast sorts it out, this is what I did to get it working:
- Open up the Avast user interface.
- Click on "Real-Time Shields", and then on "Behavior Shield"
- Click the "Expert Settings" button.
- Click on the "Trusted Processes" tab.
- Find all instances of "WWAHost.exe" on your computer, and add it to this list.


I just uninstalled the Avast antivirus. There seems no point using it anymore on Windows 8.


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  Reply # 708853 30-Oct-2012 07:58 Send private message

mattwnz:
dontpanic42: OK. Made the leap to Windows 8 just now.

It comes with Windows Defender installed and running by default. This is all good.
My understanding is that it is the Security Essentials equivalent for Windows 8, so there is no need to install Security Essentials. This is also good.

There's one thing that is puzzling me, though.
There doesn't seem to be an option to set a scheduled scan (Quick or Full). WTF?
Perhaps there isn't really a need for a regular scan anymore, as most things may be caught by the real-time background scanner? Maybe it is considered 'old school' to be running scheduled scans now?
Still seems like a weird decision to remove the option to set up a scheduled scan.


Apparently there is no need for separate anti virus softare anymore as it is all built in, so I wonder if retailers will continue to upsell this. I presume they don't upsell it with apple macs. I am wondering what advantages additional antivirus protection will actually offer.

Avast: Microsoft "actively discouraging" Windows 8 Metro version


 

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  Reply # 709190 30-Oct-2012 15:06 Send private message

nathan: Correct Gadgets are deprecated from Windows 8 due to security.


I didn't know this, should i not be using them in windows 7, I just have network, hard drive, gpu and cpu meters and the weather one.













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