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Windows 8 Pro or Windows 7 Ultimate for new Alienware 14

Hi guys,

Just received my new alienware 14 few days back with Windows 7 Home SP1(Korean Version).

Followings are my system specs

Core-i7 4700MQ
16GB RAM, 64GB mSata+750GB HDD(7200 rpm), 2GB Nvidia GTX 765M

As I don't know Korean(I bought the system from Korea, they only bundle Win Korean Version), I installed Windows 8 Pro.

1. All the drivers and Apps were working fine except, Alienware OSD. However, this didn't effect the function buttons but the "Switch Display(F1)" buttons, which pops the change resolution dialog whenver I hit Fn+F1. Windows+P combo was however popping the screen change option slider.

2. The performance seemed quite good but for the past few days the system sometimes slows down terribly. In the resource monitor the memory shows almost 100% used even if I close down all apps. If I restart the system sometimes the system starts perform normally but at times it remains the same.

I am not sure whether I should install Windows 7 Ultimate or stick with Windows 8.

Also, I'm wondering whether I have installed Windows 8 properly or not. Can anyone point me to some datapoints for Windows 8/7 clean installation with msata caching?


Thanks in Advance.


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Re: Windows 8 Pro or Windows 7 Ultimate for new Alienware 14

See Windows Reinstallation Guide A Clean install of Windows 7/8:


Review the part which mentions the BIOS settings for Intel Rapid Response Technology. Ensure this was enabled before Windows 8 was setup and run the application after the drivers to enable caching on the mSATA cache drive.

For Alienware OSD uninstall the version you have installed and install this version here: http://ftp.dell.com/FOLDER01460982M/3/Application_934PN_WN_0.33.0.6C_A00.EXE

Dr Philip Yip
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