Windows 8 Features - What Most Users Forget To Notice

Windows 7 Vs Windows 8

Windows 7 Features

After reading several Windows 7 vs Windows 8 comparisons, a common thing I found was that most of them favoured Windows 7 over Windows 8. Funny enough, reading some of these comparisons, I felt that critics, who make these comparisons, have actually not made any sincere effort to test both operating systems or evaluate their features. After having used Windows 8 for some time, here is what I have found interesting as well as annoying about the new Windows operating system.

Windows 8 features

Microsoft deserves appreciation for the great level of effort made to better Windows 8. Windows 8 outshines Windows 7 in many areas such as performance, graphics, compatibility of apps, etc.

Windows 8 offers better performance

Windows 8 performance is a point that most Windows 7 lovers forget to note down in their Windows 7 vs Windows 8 comparisons. Windows 8 offers better performance. You can run Windows 8 even a on a PC with modest hardware features.

Graphics properties

Windows 8 has better graphics properties when compared to Windows 7. You can experience the rich graphics features of Windows 8 while operating graphics-rich programs/applications.

App compatibility

According to Microsoft support desk, Windows 8 offers higher compatibility with apps. Nonetheless, note that some of the legacy applications are not supported in Windows 8. So, if you are planning to upgrade to Windows 8 considering the higher level of compatibility it offers, ensure that your legacy app is supported by the OS. If not supported, you can either continue using the older operating system or run the legacy application in Windows 8 through a virtual machine.

App Store

Windows 8 Features

Windows 8 Features

A newly integrated feature in Windows 8, App Store lets you download your favourite application from the Windows App Store integrated with your Windows 8 OS, meaning you do not have to visit several websites or download locations to find your apps. All apps are stored in a single place.

Windows 8 has a few downsides as well and I don’t want to hide them here. Microsoft has deprived Windows 8 of its Start button. Due to the absence of Start button in Windows 8, many users ditch the operating system or downgrade to the older operating system.

Had Microsoft not omitted the Start button, perhaps Windows 8 wouldn’t have disappointed many users. But, Microsoft has rightly replaced the Start button with a modern metro user interface.

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Upgrade Or Transfer Your Windows 7 PC

Windows 7 Vs Windows 8

Features Of Windows 7

If you have bought Windows 7 license during the last five years, then you can transfer the operating system to another PC. This is applicable for all upgrade licenses and for complete purchases. You can avail this service if you bought the license from a retailer or downloaded the program directly from Microsoft. The offer is applicable on the licenses that were given out with big discounts during the launch of the operating system. The offer also covers the three license family pack that was intended for Windows 7 Home Premium.

So, how can you make use of the new offer? If you had installed the operating system on one PC and have removed it, then the media and product key for the operating system can be used to install and activate the operating system on another PC. Sometimes, you might have to activate the product through phone and at this point, you will have to confirm that the operating system with the particular license is installed on only one machine.

Now, if you are using the operating system in a PC from the OEM, then you will not be able to avail this offer. This is because, these licenses are specific to the particular machine and therefore, you cannot transfer them. Sometimes, you might have a lower version of Windows 7 installed on your PC that you bought from an OEM. In this case, you can upgrade to a higher version of the program by paying a small amount. For instance, if you have the Windows 7 Home Premium installed in your PC, you can upgrade it to Windows 7 Professional for 90 dollars.

Windows 10

Features Of Windows 8

Even though Microsoft released Windows 8 before two years, many people are still interested in the Windows 7 operating system. This is because when they do a Windows 7 vs Windows 8 comparison, they find that Windows 7 is much better. Those who have carried out Windows 7 vs Windows 8 comparisons say that Windows 7 is a clear winner due to many reasons.

Windows 8 comes with a dual interface and touch screen capabilities. However, the inclusion of these features has not been able to allure users to the operating system. In fact, it has become one of the greatest flops of all time only second to Windows Vista. Now, Microsoft is planning to release Windows 10, with which, the company hopes to make a comeback in the operating system market.

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Analyzing The Reason Behind Windows 8 OS Series Failure

Windows 7 Vs Windows 8

Windows 7 Success

Microsoft gained unparalleled popularity when they developed the Windows series of Operating Systems. After Windows XP, which is of course the most popular operating system of all time, Windows 7 is the most popular Windows OS developed by Microsoft. Windows 7 is at present reigning supreme as the most used operating system, enjoying over fifty percent of the OS share.

Windows 7 was released after the awfulness known as Windows Vista. Windows Vista that was hyped as the next big thing was immediately replaced by Windows 7. Windows Vista had too many problems with even some of the basic features because of OS is described by many as the worst ever Windows OS.

With instant success of Windows 7, users would expect an OS that looks somewhat similar to Windows, yet with better and improved features. Actually, what happened in reality was much different. Windows 8, the successor to Windows 7 was not at all similar to it. There were many new features and the most drastic change is in the user interface. You will know this by just comparing Windows 7 vs Windows 8. You will not find many things similar between the Operating Systems especially when it comes to user interface.

New Windows OS

Windows 8 Failure

Windows 8 was heavily criticized by users and experts alike for the many new changes as well as the modern UI. The new Windows OS is really difficult to absorb and most modern interface elements are confusing. Just by making a comparison with Windows 7 vs Windows 8, you get a picture on how different both the Operating Systems are.

The problem is not just the difference. It is more, how the changes have been brought in. Agreed, Microsoft wants to look to the future, expand the company, and gain a foothold in the mobile sector. Probably this is why the new OS is modeled after the mobile counterpart of Windows 8. All this is understandable, but the company seems to have forgotten totally about the effect the changes can have on the users.

If the same changes were brought in systematically in stages, things would have been far different. But, no, Microsoft made a severe error of judgment by releasing Windows 8 as it is now. The features are advanced, modern and metro. But, it is so advanced that it went straight over the head of many users. No wonder it failed.

With the new Windows 10 on the horizon next year, Windows 8 problems will be hopefully resolved.

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Windows 8 Better Than Windows 7 In Five Ways

Windows 7 vs Windows 8

Windows 8 OS

Windows 8 was released a few years back in order to bring about a change in the way people used computers. The touch centric Windows 8 ecosystem, though it has many advantages, was the one thing that held back customers from buying it. The user interface has been completely changed when compared to the previous desktop versions. Here is a Windows 7 vs Windows 8 comparison, which will tell you why Windows 8 is superior to Windows 7 when it comes to performance.

Let us discuss about five features, which would tell you why you should be choosing Windows 8 over Windows 7.

The Metro UI – The Latest Desktop Ecosystem

The latest user interface called the Metro UI came into existence with the inception of Windows 8 operating system.  But, this is one of the features included in Windows 8 that was a drastic change compared to the older operating systems. Since there are no Taskbar in this view, you will be able to see all the apps in one screen. Metro UI actually helps in quick access of different apps.

Mounting ISO Files Directly

This allows the user to directly mount ISO files. According to the users, this is one of those features that were supposed to be included in Windows long time back. Until now, this feature was available only in Linux computers. You will not have to use third-party software since this feature is inbuilt in Windows 8 operating systems.

Boot From USB Drive

It is possible to install a copy of the Windows 8 operating system in a USB drive. This will let you boot from the USB in any computer. When you boot from the USB drive in any computer and pull the USB out, the operating system would freeze off. But when the USB drive is plugged in again you can start from where you left.

Latest File Transfer Window

Windows Operating Systems

Windows 7 Features

One of the interesting features included in Windows 8 is the latest File Transfer window. In Windows 7, it was not possible to have control over transfer file, such as pausing mid way or fetching information while the file is being transferred.

Native USB 3.0 Support

Windows 8 support USB 3.0, which is the latest generation USB interface in Windows operating systems. This has just arrived and would take time before it would be used universally.

Hence with this Windows 7 vs Windows 8 comparison, you must be clear on why you should choose Windows 8. With no further delay, upgrade to Windows 8.

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Microsoft Stops Sale Of Windows 8 And Windows 7

Windows 7 Vs Windows 8

Windows Sale Statistics

According to Microsoft’s Lifecycle sheet, the retail sale of the consumer edition of Windows 7 and Windows 8 will formally end on 31October 2014. Microsoft decided to stay true to this deadline and has officially pulled the plug on Retail sale of Original equipment that come pre-installed with Windows 7 or Windows 8 OS. This means, you will no longer see fresh computers that have bundled Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium and Ultimate for sale.

This means, if you have any intention of purchasing a Windows 7 or a Windows 8 PC, you should do so immediately, before the stocks run out. Although the sale of Windows 7 and Windows 8 PCs has officially ended, the existing devices will be on sale until the stocks run out. Do not be dismayed if you would like to purchase Windows 7 PC but cannot immediately purchase the same. Windows 7 Pro version will be available for sale from OEM vendors since Microsoft has not declared an end-of-sale date on the operating system. This means, the Windows 7 Pro version will be available for download for a minimum of one more year.

Although there was a lot of debate between Windows 7 vs Windows 8, the Windows 7 OS has emerged as a clear winner. Since Windows 7 operating systems are still popular and in high demand, especially in workplace environments, it is evident that Windows 7 PCs will become costlier over the next few months until the stocks run out. The Windows 8.x operating system turned out to be a major flop, and the new and upcoming OS Windows 10 is still not ready for release.

Windows 8.X

Windows 7 Sales End

Windows 10 OS has been in technical preview release for quite a few months. The new operating system has already gathered rounds and created a lot of publicity, with one million downloads of the technical preview edition in under two months. However, the anticipation of the upcoming Windows release has not affected the existing PC sales in any manner.

Business ventures can still use Windows 7 Pro OS by downloading and installing Windows 8.1 Pro and then downgrading their operating system. After Windows XP demise, Windows 7 has quickly grabbed the title of the most popular operating system. Windows XP still comes at a distant second, yet ahead of the current Windows 8.x operating system. Thus, in the battle between Windows 7 vs Windows 8, Windows 7 has officially won.

Because of the immense popularity of Windows 7, users will also be able to spot auction of Windows 7 licenses in online auction websites. However, it is better to stay away from such purchases because EULA license of Microsoft will render second hand purchase void.

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