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What features stand out of Windows 8?

  1. #11


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    Windows 8


    So how do I focus on the desktop only and get rid of Metro?

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  2. #12


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by bhavv View Post
    So how do I focus on the desktop only and get rid of Metro?
    Very simple, right click on the metro apps, and hit Uninstall. Go into File Explorer and any Libraries, folders, hard or network drives or even Control Panel items, right click on them and hit Pin to Start. A new tile is made, and you can group them, arrange them and do what you please with them. So basically, you will have a visual start menu made up of your Desktop apps you use frequently or infrequently along with your custom Desktop items. It makes up to be like the menu, but it's a full visual screen that holds more and is WAY better to use to get access to something faster since you not only have the left hand side of the screen with the traditional lower left hand corner to get to Start.
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  3. #13


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    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by gzt7d8 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ivy8 View Post
    Speed. Boot, shutdown, and general speed. Everything is faster, substantially so in some places. That and the fact that focus will now be on 8 and not 7 as the months roll by.
    Speed? On boot up I'm yet to see that. In Win 7 my best is 45 seconds, just tested in Win 8, a miserable 80 seconds, that's 77% longer than Win 7! Maybe it's because I have to click to go to desktop but still, very slow and especially with a SSD.

    Greg
    System boots in 10sec from cold boot, 7 took at least double that, shuts down in 3sec, 7 took at least 10. Then again this is a modern SSD, not an older model, and its less than a few months old too. The desktop also feels liquid compared to 7. On a HDD though, the differences are less noticeable. Then again, I've been spoiled by SSD's.
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  4. #14


    I also don't find 8 faster at much of anything outside of boot and shutdown.

    - Trim is native to w7 also, not sure what your point is...
    - I guess being able to show the same pic on two screens and have a taskbar on both is considered an upgrade...
    - Nice task manager but I hardly ever use it, would never be a selling point for me...
    - I have found no direct x improvements, in fact I cannot beat any w7 gpu bench's of my own with w8, none...
    - and yes of course the metro, of which I have zero use for
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  5. #15


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    TRIM had a lot of limitations on Windows 7. For instance, if you had a RAID array of SSD's, TRIM wasn't supported. This is supported in Windows 8.

    USB 3 is available through more than just 7 series chipsets. There are third party USB 3 chips and IO cards, for instance. The point is that Windows 8 supports USB 3 natively. Windows 7 did not include support for this, and it had to be added on. This meant that Windows 7 treated USB 3 devices as if they were USB 2 devices, and the driver did the translation. This was problematic because USB 3 added a number of new features that Windows 7 did not know about, thus could not support, such as the improved power management features of USB 3.

    Microsoft to provide USB 3.0 support for better battery life in Windows 8 | ZDNet

    The multi-monitor support does a number of things. First, it allows you to have *different* wallpapers on each monitor. Second, the taskbar has been added to each monitor, and it can be configured to only show icons for apps that are on that screen, or it can be configured for the main screen and the screen the apps are on, or it can be configured to show apps on all 3 screens. This is a nice feature.

    The improvements to DirectX are largely with new added features, which won't show up when benchmarking existing apps. You need apps that take advantage of those things. However, even so... there seems to be some performance problems with the built-in NVidia driver. Radeon's actually get better performance in Windows 8 than in Windows 7.
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  6. #16


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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit


    Where can you get it for 15$..?
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  7. #17


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    TRIM had a lot of limitations on Windows 7. For instance, if you had a RAID array of SSD's, TRIM wasn't supported. This is supported in Windows 8.

    USB 3 is available through more than just 7 series chipsets. There are third party USB 3 chips and IO cards, for instance. The point is that Windows 8 supports USB 3 natively. Windows 7 did not include support for this, and it had to be added on. This meant that Windows 7 treated USB 3 devices as if they were USB 2 devices, and the driver did the translation. This was problematic because USB 3 added a number of new features that Windows 7 did not know about, thus could not support, such as the improved power management features of USB 3.

    Microsoft to provide USB 3.0 support for better battery life in Windows 8 | ZDNet

    The multi-monitor support does a number of things. First, it allows you to have *different* wallpapers on each monitor. Second, the taskbar has been added to each monitor, and it can be configured to only show icons for apps that are on that screen, or it can be configured for the main screen and the screen the apps are on, or it can be configured to show apps on all 3 screens. This is a nice feature.

    The improvements to DirectX are largely with new added features, which won't show up when benchmarking existing apps. You need apps that take advantage of those things. However, even so... there seems to be some performance problems with the built-in NVidia driver. Radeon's actually get better performance in Windows 8 than in Windows 7.

    It is correct that windows 8 has native USB 3 support, but at a price. USB 3 is utterly slow compared to windows 7, with present driver anyway. It might be fixed with a forthcomming driver, but for now it is only 15-25% faster than USB2 in Windows 8.

    About Nvidia-driver, the build in has NO support for Physx, but easy to fix. go to nvivia.com and grab their newest driver for Windows 8, and then all is OK.
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  8. #18


    1. Aggressive memory usage. Frequently used memory intensive apps are preloaded into memory so they are ready to go. A real tangible difference in startup time as compared to Windows 7.

    2. Kind of times into 1 but everything is pretty responsive and snappy.

    3. Search: I hate the way search is handled now. It just complicates things and requires more input to get the results you want. If you start typing away in the new Start screen it defaults to searching in Apps only. Seriously, give a medal to the UI expert that thought that was a good idea although I suspect this was largely driven by MS app centric approach they've taken in W8. I'm almost irrationally pissed off by the way they implemented search. Why not aggregate the results? Instead it renders typing in the start screen useless and you have to press Win+F or Win+W.

    If they had to default to one section, why not files? You can pin all the apps you want anyways, makes zero sense.
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  9. #19


    Quote Originally Posted by musiclover7 View Post
    Where can you get it for 15$..?
    This is how: Windows 8 Promo Code Gaffe Lets Anyone to Upgrade for $14.99
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  10. #20


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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgurne View Post
    It is correct that windows 8 has native USB 3 support, but at a price. USB 3 is utterly slow compared to windows 7, with present driver anyway. It might be fixed with a forthcomming driver, but for now it is only 15-25% faster than USB2 in Windows 8.
    Don't presume that your results are everyones. USB 3 works fine for me, and I have a similar system. Your problem is likely related to your BIOS, which seems like it's still buggy, as you have seen.
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