Windows 8 or Windows 7
Microsoft is touting Windows 8 as the next big thing in computer world, and while it definitely has a lot of great aspects, but there are still many good things about Windows 7.
Windows 8 vs Windows 7:Speed Tests
We’ve heard it before: The next version of Windows is going to start up way faster and run faster than the last. With Windows 7, we were told that we could expect 15 second boot times, but that sure hasn’t been my experience. With Windows 8, it looks like the claims are for real: In using the Windows 8 Developer, Consumer, and Release Previews, I’ve noticed a huge improvement in startup times. No longer do you have to wait for nearly a minute just to log into a typical PC.Windows 8 machines only take 10-15 seconds to boot up, with some switching on even faster depending on the SSD.
Windows 8 has more enterprise features than Windows 7, with Windows to Go featured on the Enterprise edition allowing users to start a personalised version of Windows from a USB or any other machine running Windows 7 or 8.
It also means that the Windows Store is enabled by default, allowing users to access apps across multiple machines.IT admins can virtually run Windows without any third-party software. Adding in the optional Hyper-V support for your copy of 8.1 allows you to connect to a server.Although Windows 8 has more enterprise features as a default, Windows 7 has the benefit of being tried and tested.Then again, further updates for 8.1 have fixed many of the biggest problems inherent to previous iterations of the OS.
Multimedia performance is said to be another of the strengths of Windows 8, and as you can see when testing with PCmark 7, it was 9% faster than its predecessor.
Microsoft used Windows 8 as a guise under which to revamp the engine, and the results is a much faster system that consumes fewer resources than before.
This makes it a better choice than Windows 7 for low-end PCs.
The redesign opts for simple colours and fewer visual effects, also contributing to the increased speed due to resources saved compared to the Aero Glass effect of Windows 7.
Overall, Windows 8 is better for everyday use and benchmarks than Windows 7.
The biggest change from Windows 7 to Windows 8 is the Windows 8 user interface (or UI–all those buttons and scroll bars you see on your screen).
The front-facing user interface that characterises Windows 8 has been a huge talking point since it was revealed, and there are several reasons for that. For some,the radical redesign has always felt more like two operating systems meshed together, and it has become the most discussed element of Windows latest operating system.When switching on the computer, users are greeted with the now-familiar Start screen – a page of apps and live tiles. This Metro interface includes everything in the form of apps,including the classic desktop mode that has proven to be the preferred view for so many. In addition, apps like IE 11 are great for touch screen web browsing, but not much else.Windows 7 – The classic, familiar desktop remains popular for a reason, and thus wins the day. Windows 8 simply tries to do too much too quickly and, even though the 8.1 update allows users the option of booting straight to desktop, Metro still has a nasty habit of popping up when it’s not welcome.
Security is a massive issue for both individual users and businesses and, as the most popular desktop operating system, Windows is sadly the primary target for malware and viruses.
Windows 7 and Windows 8 share many security features, both of them using BitLocker Drive encryption, but 8 goes one step further by enabling them by default.
You can always download Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows 7, and it’s free, but its younger brother has it already built into the system..Windows 8 has the latest version of Windows smartly has more security features set as default.
Together with Aero theme, Microsoft abandons Flip 3D windows switching (WinKey+Tab). This wasn’t actually the popular feature among Windows users, still it looked cool and stylish.
In Windows 8, Flip 3D is replaced with a Modern UI app switcher, accessible by moving mouse up from the bottom-left corner or down from the upper-left corner.
This cannot be used for desktop apps, only to switch to the desktop.
In window 7 notification updates is shown in popup which is shown in desktop of the computer but in Windows 8,
these update notifications will no longer appear on the desktop. All Windows-Update-related messages will be shown on the login and lock screens,
so you might not even see them if you automatically log into your PC.