Windows 7 Features
When Microsoft introduced the Windows 8 operating system to the industry, they introduced some changes to the operating system interface. One of the main changes was related to the user interface. As opposed to its predecessors, Windows 8 had a tile-based design. This design, popularly known as Metro, gave a new face to the operating system. Here we discuss some of the major changes in the features of Windows 7 vs Windows 8.
One of the major differences between Windows 7 and Windows 8 is that Windows 8 lacks the Start menu button. This was the main reason that many stated for leaving aside the operating system. The absence of Start menu created chaos as old Windows users found it difficult to restart and shut down their computers. Some even claimed that the navigation features were minimized as the new tile based Start Screen occupies the whole screen.
Windows 7 vs Windows 8 debates will not be complete if we leave out the desktop gadgets available for Windows 7. Windows 8 does not have any of the popular desktop widgets like Calendar, Clock, Notes, Contacts, Currency conversion, Stocks, Weather etc that users had with the Windows 7 operating system. Not all of these widgets will be found in the sidebar of the screen. However, some of these futuristic widgets are added to the Start Screen to help people work better with Windows 8.
Windows 8 Pros
Another change that Windows 8 has when compared with the Windows 7 operating system is the absence of Update Notifications. Windows 7 provides its users with real time update notifications from the system tray located in the taskbar. Whereas, in the case of Windows 8, there is no such widget, as Windows 8 displays all update information on the login screen. If you choose to automatically login to your system, you may never see these notifications.
Another change that Windows 8 has when compared with Windows 7 is that the Windows media center program is not added to the operating system. The company reasoned the removal by stating that very few people used the program. However, if you would like to have it, you can install the program separately by purchasing it.
Windows Backup and Restore feature that helps the users to take a backup of their data and then restore it when needed is also absent in Windows 8, instead, it is replaced by a new feature known as File History.
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