Five Differences Between Windows 7 and Windows 8

Five Differences Between Windows 7 and Windows 8As Windows 8 comes closer to its release date, there are still several people unsure of whether or not they should upgrade from Windows 7. One of the most frequently asked question regarding Windows 8 is: How is Windows 8 different from Windows 7? Well, here is a list of five new features in Windows 8 that may help you make up your mind.

Metro UI

The most visual change is clearly the new Metro user interface. Microsoft has scrapped the traditional Windows user interface with the start button we have all become so used to. Instead, Microsoft has taken inspiration from its Windows mobile phones to replicate the Metro user interface in a desktop capacity. While the new interface may seem confusing at first, it really doesn’t take long to adjust to it. The new layout is simple; it consists of neatly stacked, live tiles that display information and updates for the application corresponding to each tile. The tiles are fully customizable and can be arranged and resized to the liking of the user.

Despite all the negative feedback the new user interface has received, I feel that the Windows 8 Metro interface will be taken well by Windows users as it provides a good balance between style and simplicity. The interface displays a cleanly organized home screen that will provide a unique and user-friendly desktop experience for both non-tech savvy and experienced users. This should not be a cause for despair for those already accustomed to the Windows 7 desktop layout, as an almost carbon copy of the Windows 7 desktop can be brought up through a single click from the home screen.

New Task Manager

The Windows task manager is one aspect that hasn’t changed much over the years and has been in need of an upgrade. Windows 8 features a redesigned task manager that simplifies the way in which users manage processes and computer performance. The new task manager is designed to provide users with a simple but effective interface that is specifically optimized to deal with common tasks. Through data collected from Windows 7 users, it was found that 85% of users only open up the task manager to kill non-responsive applications and to monitor processes. As such, the new task manager in Windows 8 features a simplified layout that only lists currently running applications. The new task manager doesn’t prompt users to confirm when ending a task and, as such, tasks can be canceled by a single click.

For advanced users, a more in-depth task manager can be opened by clicking on ‘more details.’ This detailed version of the task manager has also been modified to provide a more user-friendly layout; things such as process names and their usage have been simplified to make it easier to monitor the performance of your computer. Over all, the task manager has been nicely improved and been made simpler to use for the not-so tech-savvy users.

The Lock Screen

The Windows 8 lock screen is similar to that of Windows Phone 7 and is optimized for both desktop computers and tablets. The lock screen consists of a few main components including the background picture, battery and network icons, login screen, and a few choice widgets that you can display on the screen to provide real-time updates relevant to the application. The widgets are customizable to only display selective information.

Windows 8 offers a new way of logging in which works by touch gestures; this is known as a picture password login. The picture password is easy to set up through the control panel and allows users to assign any image to the login screen. The next step is to create three gestures on the image and this acts as the password to log in to your computer. Picture passwords are one of the most secure forms of protecting your computer, and Windows 8 has nicely integrated this fine little feature into the lock screen.

New File System

Windows 8 Server will be introducing a new file system known as ReFS (Resilient File System), which replaces the traditional NTFS file system. While this new file system doesn’t currently apply to the main client builds of Windows 8, it is likely that Microsoft will eventually roll out ReFS for all editions of Windows 8. So how is ReFS different from NTFS? Well, it really isn’t all that different from NTFS. In fact, ReFS is built upon NTFS and is developed by utilizing many of its key areas. The primary focus of ReFS is on the resilience of data; this is achieved in part by making the file system simpler. Basically, ReFS is a more reliable and efficient file system that is less prone to crashing and errors. However, when errors do occur, ReFS is designed to detect and repair issues without causing any file corruption. We’ll go into more detail on ReFS and how it works in a separate article.

ARM Support

Windows has always been based on x86 systems and has not had support for ARM-based devices up until now. A lot of work has gone into optimizing Windows 8 for both x86 and ARM processors. Through its support for ARM-based devices, Windows 8 provides a consistent computing experience across devices including tablets, smartphones, and traditional desktop computers.

Will any of these five differences prompt you to make the upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 when it finally hits the shelves officially? Or are you content enough with your current operating system to keep it around for a while more? Drop us a line in the comments and let us know your thoughts!

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  • Bryan “bytehead” Price

    1. I don’t use the Metro GUI.  The only time I use it is to launch a program that isn’t already on my desktop, the other uses…  The only application I use full screen anyway is my browser, otherwise it’s a waste of 1920×1200.

    2. I use Sysinternal’s Procexp.exe as my replacement task manager.

    3. The lock screen, ooh, I have to hit a key before I type in my password!  Not a huge plus, and, could be replicated quickly in Windows 7 if you really wanted it.

    4.  The new file system is out.  Not even on the beta Server 8.  And we’ll drop some features.

    5. Arm support.  Well, I’m not currently running an ARM.  And if and when I do, will I be happy that I’ve been forced into running Windows 8 permanently?

    Meanwhile, I’m ready to go back to Windows 7.  Windows 8 has been nothing but cantankerous to me.  It hangs typically every 12-24 hours.  Sometimes when it’s just sitting there (monitor is off, keyboard, mouse AND POWER BUTTON do nothing.), sometimes, half the programs hang (the others will continue to work until they get to a hang point), all the time I’m able to move the mouse cursor all over the place, but unable to select programs, especially when everything has finally hung.

    I KNOW I have a bad hard drive in it’s current configuration (getting everything moved off is happening, but being a 90% full 1.5 TB drive, I’m trying to whittle things down), and even without the drive, it’s been problematic.

    Hopefully MS is getting the reports and figuring out how to fix them.

    • InfoDave

      Pay no attention to the man behind the credentials. OK, he may be a great father, I cannot pass judgement there. But, when it comes to technology, look elsewhere.

      I’m not saying Windows 8 is any good, but this is a myopic view of Microsoft’s future.

      • Bryan “bytehead” Price

        Thank you for letting me know how much of an a-hole you are, InfoDave.  You can’t say anything about Windows 8.  Yet you obviously don’t like anything I have to say about it, possibly anything I have to say. I’ve beta tested Windows 7, and had a much better experience.  Hell, I beta tested Windows 95, and had a much better experience. I even beta tested OS/2, and that was before Microsoft gave up on it.

        • IT

          OS/2 by Microsoft? I was blind for ssso many years thinking that it was IBM

        • InfoDave

          Yeah, whatever, bytehead.

    • Mark

      I refuse to upgrade to any windows distribution until at least the first service pack is release. By then, the major bugs tend to be worked out.

  • Jon-Luc Holmes

    Ubuntu 12.04 LTS is really good. If Windows 8 is a total flop, Ubuntu could get some new users, other I meant a lot.

    With Steam and some Steam games coming to Linux as well as EA making a deal with Canonical to bring some EA games to Ubuntu maybe this is the beginning of the end for Windows, or at least the tip of the ice berg

    • MrTechz

      The reality is, though, the average consumers which make up the majority of Windows users are going to use Windows 8, regardless of anything else. When new computers start coming pre-installed with Windows 8 as that operating system most people are going to use it as it is.  

    • LaurenLCD

      The reality is, no matter how bad Windows 8 plays out for some users (I haven’t had issue with it, my only gripe is that my resolution isn’t big enough, so I always have to do a bit of horizontal scrolling in my browser to read the full page) due to driver issues, program incompatibilities, etc. the average user doesn’t switch to a Linux distro. Many casual computer users don’t even know what Ubuntu or Linux is unless computer nerds like ourselves tell them. If they don’t like Windows 8, they’ll find a way to get Windows 7 back, whether it be through 3rd party programs that make 8 “7-like” or they’ll find a way to burn/buy a Windows 7/XP CD and activate it. Some users will go Mac. Either way, Linux is still going to be a minority.

      MrTechz already said it for me, most people just stick with the OS they’re stuck with and make themselves learn it.

      • Wolfee Darkfang

         The way I see it as of lately, WIndows is like AOL. Most peeps use it not knowing there is better out there, and the rest of us who do know can mock them when they aren’t around. :)

        • Joe_HTH

          LOL! What is better out there you retarded twat? That POS Linux? Please! OS X? Don’t make me laugh.

      • Optimus Prime

        Like I always say… it’s like people who used to LOVE (aka “me”) text based MMORPG and never could imagine playing and liking GUI MMORPG (I played a little of SRO or other free-based GUI based MMORPG games, but not WOW. Although I have seen others play WOW enough to appreciate the graphics) … just will not know or appreciate the improvements. Today’s Windows is FASTER and more stable than Windows 98 could ever dreamed to be… Windows 8 will look to be much more improved. I think Microsoft has gotten the point of what they need to do to make their OS better. Linux on the other hand… just keeps chugging along… pushing the idea that text based commands is the way to go… crappy GUI experience is not important for the overall experience of using a Linux operating system… It’s probably the same method North Korea uses to brain wash their citizens into believing that there is nothing better outside of their country.

        • Adam

          I installed Ubuntu on my sister’s laptop a few months back when her HD died. About a month ago, she called and asked me which operating system was on it.

          With that level of computing knowledge, how many time do you think she uses the command line? The answer is “none”. I am amazed at how many Linux haters (like you, Prime) out there still try to propagate the idea that Linux requires users to type out commands in a console.

          Your comment about stability is correct. Win7 (and probably 8 as well) is more stable than XP. But that is hardly an impressive comparison. Note that Microsoft has never compared desktop Windows to desktop Linux. The reason is not just market share or familiarity.

          Then you ironically mention North Korea and brainwashing, after you post so much misinformation. You are obviously trolling. But at first I thought you were a Windows fanboy that was at least a bit under-educated. Now I’m starting to think you are a very subtle Linux fanboy.

    • BigGuyWhoKills

      Do you remember how long XP stuck around after Vista launched?  I expect 7 to experience the same lifespan if Win8 is not up to par.  And I would be surprised if the game launches on Linux change anything.  I will probably dual-boot between some version of Windows for gaming and some distro of Linux for real work.

    • Joe_HTH

      LOL! How long have Linux idiots been say this, yet it still hovers below 1% market share. Vista flopped, even though it sold 250 million copies, and Linux didn’t even move the frickin’ needle. As for gaming, a few games here and there isn’t going to help Linux. Quite a few games haven’t helped OS X. Stop being a delusional idiot.

      • symbolset

        Android is Linux. We’re going mobile and you’re not coming with us. What a shame.

        • Optimus Prime

          We shall see. Windows Mobile 8 hasn’t even been released and I can see Android ultimately playing catch up. Reason being is that with Microsoft’s big corporate presence, ultimately all mobile companies other than the ones who make their own OS will join and produce hardware for Microsoft. If Microsoft tablet takes off as expected then it is possible that the Android market will just become a nitch market. It all depends on how robust Windows 8 will become. Most young people born within 10-15 years will ultimately not care about text based systems. They want touchscreen for convenience, powerful robust graphical systems that pushes 3D imagination. Linux can be the power behind some of that idea but up front it will never be a pretty face compared to Windows or OS-X/iOS. Linux will always be just a grunt doing the hard work.

          • symbolset

            You go ahead and think that. If you examine your post thoughtfully you will find in it many assumptions of future events that an objective observer would find doubtful at best. You will not get to where you need to be by assuming that there is an express lane built solely for your use, that the enemy will lay down their arms in fear of you. That might have been true once, but no more. You have to earn it now, if you remember how.

  • Ryan Keyes

    Definitely not biting for Windows 8… Most of these are simple changes or things that Linux has been doing already. And I’m definitely not a fan of the new UI. I feel stifled in what I can do on it and it feels less intuitive when switching to the mode that gives me power. I’ll just let my terminal guess what I want to say.

    • Optimus Prime

      Linux is a snooze … great as a server but as a client system Linux pales in comparison. I’m not against Linux, I’m just saying Linux technical advances is not geared for user-friendliness or future efficiency usage. The reason why iPad is such a hit in the world because it is SO EASY to use. Even old people who HATE computers can pick up an iPad and be on par with today’s technologies (i.e. digital readings, FaceTime communications, emails, etc). Linux will always be for geeks who want to stay in the medieval period. It’s like those who used to play TEXT based MMORPG and swear by it… never wanting to venture into the GUI MMORPG games (e.g. WoW)… they just don’t know what they are missing. Linux will never be easy to use as long as they are as segmented as they are today.

      • Adam

        Nearly everything you said here is incorrect. The part about Linux servers and how some MUD players still prefer text based games were the only exceptions that I noted.

        You sound like someone that used Linux in the late 90’s and have not kept up with developments. Either that, or you have a friend that used Linux in the 90’s, has not kept up with developments, and told you it was/is hard to use.
        I highly recommend you try a recent version of Linux (it’s free, so the cost to you is only your time), and then edit your comment when you are a bit more familiar with it’s current state. Download VirtualBox, and you can install Linux in a VM that will not affect your system at all.

        All three of my computers run Linux. Two of them dual-boot Linux and Windows for gaming reasons. I am very familiar with the current state of the Linux desktop (client system, as you call it).

        • Anon

          Nah, man. It’s still the same way in the 2010’s. Cost is only time? ALOT of time….

  • Jonathan Smith

    After an initial learning curve Windows 8 has continued to grow on me, It boots much faster than Windows 7 and I have learned to do everything I did under Windows 7.  The clincher for me is that after I got everything set up and wife who is very computer challenged has quickly learned to use it. A lot of people are resistant to change but I think the average user will adjust if all of the negative comments don’t turn them off first.

  • Doublebogey

    the best reason for changing is that it is much faster than Win 7

  • Wolfee Darkfang

    Staying with 7. My computer is not a iphone…

  • Ben

    Bottom line for many is they’re not going to “upgrade” to Windows 8 if their current OS does what they need it to do. As evidenced by a whole lot of people still using XP. Not because they have to but because they want to.

  • Karldallas

    Yeah well, MS and IBM developed it together but MS suddenly abandoned development and went with Windows.

    • IT

      True though I would consider OS/2 mainly an IBM effort. MS abandoned the development when it was obvious for them that they had mre growth opportunities without IBM

  • Jordan Rodkey

    Sticking with Win7.

  • Evan Berwick

    i’m so unhappy with every operating system right now, windows the most for completely changing windows, apple second for not allowing me to purchase a physical copy of lion which is why i wont upgrade, and ubuntu lastly for changing to their new UI a year or so back. that being said i will probably keep one mac pro for video and all new computers from this point on will be custom built with ubuntu

  • Xcalybur

    Let’s go through these one by one.

    1. Metro UI – Who cares? Maybe someone out there likes it on a tablet, but on the desktop it is a disaster.

    2. New Task Manager – About time, but how often will this be used? Maybe 2-5 times a year. Great place to put those resources Microsoft.

    3. The Lock Screen – Again, how often will this be used? Oh, and the lock screen on Win7 was such a bummer. 😉

    4. New File System – This has been promised for a LONG time. To the average user it means absolutely nothing. Was NTFS really unstable and slow?

    5. Arm Support – Finally, the last operating system on the planet that supports ARM. Little too late and you can strap number 1 up there on top of this one cause you’re gonna be stuck with Metro on ARM.

    Overall, a pathetic showing for Microsoft and it just shows that the good OS’s they put out require a dual cycle to complete. Just look at Vista and Win7. Took them two cycles to come out with a good OS, but it’s been like this for a long time with MS. They really should just take Win8 off the table and completely revamp it internally, then release it in 3 years and call it Win9 or Voyage or something else stupid.

    • Joe_HTH

       Another ignorant idiot spouting bullshit and whining because something is different. It’s plainly obvious your dumb ass hasn’t even used Windows 8.

      • jquigly

        Let’s not be so quick to condemn. Perhaps he has like many been deeply scarred by the WIndows 7 experience.

      • Robert Spears

        Another ignorant MS minion whining about valid issues real customers have with the Windows software.

    • Optimus Prime

      Metro can be customized so if you don’t like it you can get rid of it. Half of Windows 8 features are geared for the future. So whether you care or not is a non-factor. Techies use task manager all the time, there are many reasons to use the task manager (especially when you want to check resources/performance). The picture lock screen is going to be awesome for touchscreens. Once those come out for laptops, you’ll appreciate having this feature. You’ll probably appreciate it even more in the near future when you get a Windows 8 tablet. The new Resilient File System (ReFS) will improve on preventing more file corruptions, everyone should appreciate that. Not sure what the negativity is about finally supporting ARM… were you waiting on that before? This is the future man, I want a change and not be stuck with XP/Win7 interface forever. It will take some getting used to and more tweaking from Microsoft to make it a great experience for their customers… but I think they can get it done. I have experienced fewer bug (using Windows 8 Release Preview as my primary system now) with this OS than with other “beta” Microsoft OS versions in the past. In fact I haven’t really stumbled upon any major issues with Windows 8… my issus with Windows 8 has been commands that are missing, the inconvenience of accessing commands via commandline,etc.

      all in all, great OS so far….

  • John Parkman

    I liked Windows 7, but I upgraded to Windows 8 because I wanted something fresh and new.  Metro is cool if you can get used to side-scrolling.  Love the task manager.  Most of my apps exit Metro and go to a standard “Desktop” screen.  Multi-mon support only shows a standard desktop on second screen.  I would really like to have two Metro apps side by side, especially on high resolution monitors.  A mouse with a scroll wheel comes in handy.  I like it enough to plan to get Home Edition when it is available.

  • Tim Cook

    Windows 8 is making me switch to MAC

    • Joe_HTH

      Nobody cares dumbass. Do it and shut up. If you were going to switch to MAC, you would have already done it instead of whining about it. Nobody gives a shit if you ditch Windows for a MAC. It’s always hilarious reading idiots like you scream “I’m going to switch to MAC” as if that somehow is a threat to Microsoft, or a threat period.

      • symbolset

        Well more and more people ARE switching to Mac. Growth amazing.

        And you should clean up that potty mouth, Mr. Personality.

        • Optimus Prime

          True, but I feel Mac users have a purpose that Windows users are not as focused to be. Windows users are broad, general, casual and inclusive. Mac users generally focus on simplicity, safe, easy. Both Windows and OS-X users want fast and efficiency… but Windows users tend to prefer on availability… what’s available out there that I can try? Mac users are content to use what they have as long as it works. Can’t fault either one… I installed OS-X in a virtual environment and I really couldn’t grasp it comfortably … it wasn’t as boring as the “Oh I just installed Linux, now what?” OS… but OS-X was different enough that I didn’t find it interesting enough to use it long term.

  • Chris Harpner

    “This should not be a cause for despair for those already accustomed to
    the Windows 7 desktop layout, as an almost carbon copy of the Windows 7
    desktop can be brought up through a single click from the home screen.”

    Unfortunately, Microsoft has deprecated the desktop.  The latest version of Visual Studio does NOT allow you to write desktop apps.  They want all developers to write Metro only apps and they are planning on killing the desktop altogether in future versions of Windows.

    Another HUGE problem is that the Metro UI is a 100% walled garden.  We have completely lost our freedom to buy software from where we choose (if we buy Metro software).  The ONLY option will be the Microsoft app store built into Windows.  Microsoft will have absolute, complete control over WHO can write Metro software and WHAT Metro software will be available to us.  Developers will have no choice but to give Microsoft 30% of their earnings for the Metro apps they write because all customers will buy their Metro software from Microsoft’s app store since there are no other options, then Microsoft will divy out the payments.

    As far as I’m concerned, Microsoft just declared nuclear war against all of us… a complete and total take over of the 3rd party software market.  The department of Justice NEEDS to get involved here.  Remember when Microsoft got in so much trouble with the DOJ for simply bundling IE with the OS?  This is like that times 1,000,000.

    • Joe_HTH

      Are you still spreading these bullshit lies? You have been owned in another topic. Not a single thing you say is even remotely true or accurate.

    • Optimus Prime

      Huh? Damn, you sound like a rambling old man with white hair who has no clue of his surroundings….

  • DeltaLink

    After reading how much Windows 8 is going to change and with Windows XP
    getting to outdated to use, I decided to give Linux a try by starting
    with Kubuntu.  After tweaking some settings and installing WineHQ, I
    managed to get it to work just as good as Windows 7 and it only cost me a
    few hours of reading.   While Kubuntu does have it’s problems, it is a
    lot more customizable and doesn’t cost  a cent to upgrade or use.  After
    learning the basics, I now realize that the options for Linux are almost
    endless, unlike Microsoft.  Even if I only wanted things such as a new filesystem and the Metro UI, I
    would still rather go with a virus resistant operating system such as Ubuntu.

    Until they realize that they can’t just go
    around forcing people to use their operating system in the form that
    they want (with little to no customization/control options), especially
    for those who want to purchase a new computer, I will not be going back
    to them and several businesses won’t be either.  I would rather spend a year of my spare time learning about
    ReactOS than pay Microsoft another 150 dollars for another operating
    system that will be obsolete in 3 to 5 years time.  Just like Nintendo
    now with the upcoming Wii U, Microsoft needs to learn how to keep up
    with the times and give it’s customers what they want, instead of giving
    them only what they (Microsoft) want them to have and blocking its competitors.  Maybe Microsoft will learn a thing or two from its competitors after the release/failures of Windows 8.

  • Techbeast34

    People. Learn to change. It’s obvious that Windows 8 is going to be a good OS, like Windows. I also feel that Windows 8 will revive older computers, as it runs lighter and faster than it’s predecessors. Stop thinking negative, saying that Win8 will suck. This was designed for tablets, so there will most likely be a counterpart for non-touchscreen devices, making it not as bad. Microsoft will not try and tie users down to the Microsoft Marketplace, as PCs are designed for flexibility.

  • James Clements

    Flaw in this article right in the first paragraph, the tiles on the new Metro start screen are NOT fully customizable, while you can move them around to some extent, some will NOT go into certain columns no matter how many times you try and move them. I gave up and find that once I sign on and click on my Firefox tile which sends me to the desktop I NEVER use the crappy Metro interface anyway, other than when I want to view a PDF file and I use the built in Metro PDF reader app. All the other Metro apps I have changed to default to their Windows 7 counterparts.I do not have a touch monitor, neither do 99% of windows users, so what is the point of forcing Metro down our throats?

  • James Clements

     NOT so, I saw an article just the other day, I think on ZDnet where they did a comparison test of Win 7 vs Win 8 on the same PC and they are about equal in speed.

  • Jacw20

    I like that Hyper-V is included in the Win 8 builds.

  • Bubble Baths

    Windows is making changes, but is Windows8 really necessary? Win7 was released not too long ago it seems and the differences are bleh

    • Optimus Prime

      Windows 8 does have improvements in the file system that you’ll never need to worry about. Windows 8 is not a must-have OS, but it does have newer features that the future will build on top of. Most importantly, I find that Windows 8 does not have bug issues as they had with past OSes. It’s worth looking into if you are interested in new ideas and technologies. If you want to just sit with Windows 7… that’s perfectly okay as it has been out since 2009. Touchscreen is the future though… it already is for tablets, but look for this to be big for desktops/monitors and laptops too. This is what Microsoft’s strategy is for Windows 8.

  • Project Valkyrie

    Simple suggestion:

    Make two versions of Win8: Standard PC Edition and Tablet Computer EditionThat way, we will not have problems about the OS’s features and stuff.

    • Joe_HTH

      Windows 8 doesn’t have problems with features now. It has more and better features than Windows face, if you ignorant, whiny twats would stop crying simply because something is different.

  • InfoDave

    No, Microsoft gave up on OS/2 when they hired Dave Cutler away from DEC.

  • BFree

    I’ll be sticking with WIN7 until WIN9 comes out!
    Tired of playing Microsoft Shuffle…..been through too many changes in this lifetime.
    Is this just another excuse to buy another new computer?….or tablet?

    • Optimus Prime

      Windows 8 will run on your 5 year old PC that you are some how able to run Windows 7 on. How long do you plan on keeping old hardware and old technology? I can understand keeping old hardware to use for grunt work, but I don’t understand how people can continue to keep the mind frame of having to stick with old hardware for 5-10 years. I have a 2001 HP laptop that I use for testing, storage, and experimentation, but otherwise it collects dust. I’m moving forward with my Windows 8, iPAD 2, virtualization environments, bigger/thinner monitors and faster laptops… makes learning more exciting. :-)

  • GadgetFix

    Microsoft wants to be the first one to bring a “surface” style Minority Report UI. This is why they are switching to tiles.. #conspiracy j/k. I think that everyone is trying to go futuristic though. Apple and Android with touch and gestures, getting away from the traditional window and icon based desktop. With the technology in the Kinect as it becomes smaller over time everything will work with the wave of a hand or based on sound/heat/ or proximity. Star Trek here we come! Set phasers to STUN. 😀

  • Mr.Sour

    I’ve been useing the windows 8 beta as my operating system for 2 weeks now (duel boot) and some people are missing some of the strong points of the operating system, regardless of your personal perfered computing  experience (kde,gnome,metro) windows 8 is faster then windows 7. It boots faster, and with asynchronous app switching it runs better faster and more at the same time then pervius versions of windows and osx. By switching to metro windows has taken away the control of what apps are takeing up what processes away from the user and given it to the operating system make the whole thing faster, also windows 8 with the app store and metro apps are pretty much forceing devolpers to remake their apps from a devolpers standpoint this is kinda of annoying from the view of the consumer this is great becuase that means apps will run better and faster then before and with a consolodated marketplace theres no need to scour the internet for the peice of softwere you want. windows has also goten rid of alot of some of the annoyences that previous versions of windows sufford from with the market place, like thoses annoying oddball 3rd party installers that try to put 7 things on your computer when you just want one app, overall windows 8, regardless of how you like your desktop it is going to have the next generation of computing softwear advancements and is goint to . (and to the person who said you cant make “standared” windows apps and your stuck with metro im not sure were your looking but in visual studio 11 beta i can still make windowed apps for windows 8 running the new windows runtime just fine, i think you got the version thats just for windows metro apps versus the full windows visual studio that has both project templates.)   

  • David_chandler20

    Ill stick with 7 for now   . Its a great OS.

  • Joe_HTH

     LOL! I had a good laugh reading that bullshit. God help you with Linux. It’s a piece of shit. I doubt you ever used Windows period.

  • Optimus Prime

    Windows 8 is designed for touchscreen. ReFS will improve on stability/errors even more than what you have experienced from Windows 7/2K8. Old systems do not NEED to upgrade to Windows 8. It’s not necessary but if you are a social fanatic, Metro UI will make your head spin out of control (good or bad is up to you… was too much information for me so I logged out and uninstalled some tiles). Think people who want a change and have something new to venture into will like Windows 8. We’ll have some fun finding ways to be more efficient while trying to fit the new features into our lives. I’m definitely looking forward for Microsoft to release Windows 8 as a general release product soon.

  • Optimus Prime

    You don’t have to give up Windows 7 just because Windows 8 is out. Microsoft will support Windows 7 beyond your actual usage of your current hardware. You will probably upgrade and buy a new laptop or build a new desktop by the time Microsoft gives up support for Windows 7. You can then upgrade to Windows 8 if you want or stick with the “oh I have Linux, now what?” Linux OS. Face it, Linux is not as user-friendly as Windows or iOS and it’s GUI performance just can’t compare to real GUI OS. Windows criticism in the past was not due to the GUI factor, it was due to the fact that it was BUGGY as hell to use. Windows 7 and now Windows 8 has changed that entirely… Windows 8 is just going to make GUI experience even better… Linux will never catch Microsoft on this side… Linux will always be “text” based first, GUI based “whatever”.

  • Al Daniel Turco

    like it or not… this world is improving….. gud job microsoft

  • jquigly

    I have recently acquired a Toshiba E305, wanted a Mac Book Pro, but could not afford it. The Toshiba has the latest Synaptics clickpad. The scrolling is pathetic., My question: when is Windows going to learn to work with devices on these laptops? Windows Eight Hundred? Or what? All the arguments on this page are just rearranging deck chairs on the disaster that is MS Windows.

  • Ian Atkinson

    its funny cause apple can go from 10.6.xx to 10.7.xx and hear the same gripes about not changing much. But most upgrade. I think MS trying the same path. New OS every 18months and change a few things.

  • royal_kitsune

    I have not use windows 8. Just to go ahead and let that out. But i do think i will be sticking with my windows 7. most of the reasons for this is that several(ie: all) the games i play are not compatible with anything over windows 7 at the moment so… in the future my opinion may change :)

  • Harry

    What is Windows for?? For most users it’s only a Monitor Background to start an application like Office, SAP or something else. Thats the reason why so many companys still use XP. You can do nothing productive with Windows.
    Gamers who need DirektX or much memory need to have Win7 but for most business??
    Microsoft wants to kill the desktop?? I’m looking forward to use Word in Metro UI :-))))
    My windows life began with Win 3.1 and now i check Windows 8. And i have to say that I as a computer service guy recognize the differences of course but the user clicks an Icon and his App starts up. Ah like on an Atari ST or an Amiga :-)))
    My personal tip is that Windows 8 will be a second Vista. A few tablets and the new computers from stock. Who wants an easy tablet or Phone use IOS. MS is to late and Windows Phone was to bad till now.
    Sorry for my bad english

  • Pat Thompson

    After I see a few thousand comments on win8 I will then decide.

  • PaddyZ ‘Booyah!’

    Not interested in Windows 8. Mainly because im a bit geeky. I would upgarde but i got a nice desktop and so on

  • Win7forLife

    who want more crap in the computer? vista was crap because of tons of bullshit i like 7 by its simplicity not metro and iphone shit! windows xp -good vista-bad 7-good 8-bad 9-probably will be good

  • assasin creep

    windows xp good
    vista bad
    seven good
    8 bad

  • gamer4life

    who wants a giant iphone?
    not me
    im a gamer i like simplicity!

  • Halreads

    Hey, can you guys look into whether Windows 8 links with Iphone4s (5) any better than Windows7? I’ve never been able to detect my Iphone on Windows 7 machines and must go back to XP. If you search the subject on the Internet you quite a number of users experience the same problem

  • dz

    Thanks For Share Bro realy helpful 😉

  • Kahn

    I hate IOS as everything is limited. It is made for technological idiots which includes %90 of the population of earth explaining its market success. Linux, it is for far more intelligent and experienced users which is beyond avarage persons ability. OSX has the advantage of being preinstalled on default machine configurations from apple giving it self a relative stability (which it mostly lost with lion : you can google for wifi connection problems after upgrading to lion.), and can go in both ways. Can be a limited user interface like IOS or intelligent as linux.You will be a idiot, or a computer programmer using OSX. But never be in the medium line between them as windows. Windows is for avarage users giving more control to the comp enviroment locating itself between linux and IOS. This is what made windows so usable and preferable. Both technological idiots used, avarage persons used and experienced users used it. Everybody had its share of difficulties but can get along with it.

    But windows is trying to turn to IOS for a long time. First they removed ms-dos based OS availibility, now removing run as and may be cmdline (as I didn’t tried win8 dont know speculating from what I read and years of xp) starting to decline 3rd party and user interaction at the lower levels, turning itself to be technological idiot compatible with the each passing year. They will surely lose avarage user and intelligent users in the process as 3rd party will most likely decline windows in the end. May be it is for the market share but it is losing its core and gates ideas in the process. I strongly believe MS must be careful at what they do or they will lose all in the end to IOS or OSX and may be Linux.

  • Nino Brunori

    just to be funny with an old article.

    A 6th difference would be that people love Windows 7 and H8 Windows 8.

  • Mruktechreviews

    I’m running Windows 8 on my iPad (1st generation) by running it in the background on my MacBook Air and sharing the display on my iPad. This is really great tablet experience and works well. For the desktop I continue to use Windows 7.

    I have really warmed to Windows 8 and think that this is probably the best iteration of Windows yet.