Should I install Windows 8 on a PC I only use for movies?

Jacques Knipe January 23, 2013

I have a quite old PC connected to my living room TV which I use for movies and series. It’s time for a format and I lost my Windows 7 installation disc. Is Windows 8 a good choice for only watching video files?

  1. Scott Macmillan
    February 27, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    I wouldn't bother installing Windows 8 if only using your PC for movies.It is fine as it is.8 will only add more bloat.

  2. Jordyn Bushaw
    January 29, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    No, they removed the DVD decoder, which allows you to watch movies on it, unless you buy the media center pack for Windows 8, which has the DVD decoder. You can also by a DVD decoding program such as Cyberlink PowerDVD.

    January 28, 2013 at 6:28 am

    Hello, personally I would not buy windows 8 just to watch movies. You have several choices including free ones.

    If your computer is old, the best way would to try installing a linux distro such as linux mint that already has all the codecs for playing media and it is user friendly. Also, it works pretty good on older systems:

    If just linux mint is not to your liking, you could try installing something like xbmc that works in windows, linux, mac:

    Also, if you have the license, you can ask a friend that has same windows 7 version as yours if you could use his installation disc. As long as it is the same version, you can still use your license to install it.

  4. SoftwareDemons
    January 28, 2013 at 5:07 am

    I don't thjnk its a good idea,

  5. Newell Fisk
    January 26, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Definatly not, don't get window 8 period

  6. Âdil Farôôq
    January 26, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    totally waste of money if you want to buy only for watching movies.

  7. Ivan Vucic
    January 25, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    If you are watching movies and series than i would suggest you to install ubuntu, or some android version you will be more satisfied, and it's free!

  8. Vhora Rizwan
    January 25, 2013 at 10:22 am

    no, i don't prefer windows 8 for only watch video.

  9. Nevzat Akkaya
    January 25, 2013 at 9:30 am

    If you will use it for other purposes in the future then it becomes logical. However at this stage I don't recommend you spend your money for Windows 8 for watching movies. Windows 8 requires Media Center Pack ($9.99) for DVD playback. It does not even has a Blu-Ray playing capability. You could of course install some freeware alternatives like XBMC if you intend using Windows 8. I only recommend you to buy Windows 8 if you don't want to miss reduced prices until this month.

  10. Josh Smith
    January 24, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    If movies are the only thing you use it for, then the only thing that really makes sense to upgrade is hard disk space for more movies. Changing operating systems to watch movies seems a little extreme, especially considering the price of the the Windows 8 standalone product.

  11. Adriel Tan
    January 24, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    If you still have a serial key for Windows 7 and you just lost the disc, don't waste it. You could borrow a disk from someone or download it (be cautious with downloading from the web though). Windows 7 works very well for HTPC setups.

    Windows 8 is nice for a living room tv setup only if you have the media center pack though. The metro interface IMO makes it easier for doing certain tasks as the tiles are big. There is not too much of a reason to pay for the upgrade if you are only using it to view video though.

    Just my two cents....

  12. David Brown
    January 24, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    If your looking just to play media why not try XBMCbuntu from xbmc's own operating system

    • ha14
      January 24, 2013 at 4:03 pm

      good advice:)

    • Yashodhan Bhatt
      January 25, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      I perfectly agree to your comment provided XBMCbuntu runs fine on that old pc

  13. pp potana
    January 24, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    IT doesn't matter if you use only to watch movies

  14. Ahmed Khalil
    January 24, 2013 at 8:47 am

    i can not find any advantage of paying money for upgrade to win8 for only use in movies win 7 is more than enought

  15. Junil Maharjan
    January 24, 2013 at 4:05 am

    why don't you make it a media server so that you can stream movies and series onto any device like TV. or you can use it for this

  16. Jagbir Sembhi
    January 24, 2013 at 3:19 am

    personally i think no because you are only watching movies and for that you can download third party software for user friendly interface and more supported video formats.

  17. Jose Paolo Gonzales Otico
    January 24, 2013 at 2:40 am

    Spending on an upgrade when you only do one thing isn't really worth it. Save your money.

  18. Ray Randall
    January 24, 2013 at 1:26 am

    older PC's will be sluggish on Windows 8
    Windows 8 is really only good on touchsceen devices

  19. salim benhouhou
    January 23, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    don't waste your money if you only use it for movies .

  20. Newell Fisk
    January 23, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Don't buy windows 8 just for that..

  21. Safvan Vhora
    January 23, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    only for watching video i don't prefer windows 8.

  22. Kuriakopoulos Marios
    January 23, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    if you install windows 8 on an old computer you will have many compatibility problems. its never good idea to use newer os than the one that came with your pc.

    • ha14
      January 23, 2013 at 6:21 pm

      true perhaps windows upgrade assistant can help.

  23. ha14
    January 23, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Understanding the Media Options in Windows 8

    Windows 8 has two resolution requirements
    resolution of 1024×768 or greater.

    you will need windows 8 media center

    if you do not have the option to get back windows 7, then i suggest use the upgrade feature to go to windows 8. Upgrade is less expensive than the full commercial windows 8 DVD.

  24. Alan Wade
    January 23, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Personally I wouldnt buy Windows 8 just for watching video files, it seems to be just a waste of money. You can, if you dont know your Win 7 serial number download a utility like Magic Jellybean Key Finder to locate it in your registry,
    Available here: [Broken Link Removed] just be careful on the install not to include any crapware.
    Once you have your key you can download your version of Windows 7 here:

    • ha14
      January 24, 2013 at 3:58 pm

      perhaps the license do not allow more than one time activation?

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