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What features stand out of Windows 8?

  1. #1


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    Windows XP and Windows 7 Home Primimum

    What features stand out of Windows 8?


    Hey guys, I am deciding of should I get Windows 8 or not, and I want to know what features are standing out most. What do you think?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 80
    Windows 8 Pro


    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.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    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
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  4. #4


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by gzt7d8 View Post
    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.
    That's strange. My PC boots to the login screen in 7 seconds flat. That's including the POST. But then again, I have a modern motherboard with UEFI bios. Even with my old board it was less than 15 seconds though. I too have an SSD. And, unlike XP, the OS is very usable as soon as you log in.

    But boot speed is only part of what makes 8 special. It also:

    * Uses less resources than Windows 7
    * Executes apps faster (in most cases, this is minimal, but there is a measurable difference in benchmarks)
    * Utilizes multiple CPU cores better
    * Utilizes SSD's better (native TRIM, among other things)
    * Has tons of new features, such as
    * File History
    * Storage Spaces
    * Native USB 3.0 support
    * Lock Screen Widgets
    * Improved Multi-Monitor support
    * IE 10 (7 will get this eventually as well though)
    * Redesigned Task Manager
    * Built-in Anti-virus (and yes, it's really good)
    * DirectX improvements and other Graphics improvements (such as 3D support)
    * Client Hyper-V (it's like getting VMware for free)
    * And of course the controversial Metro apps.
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    Windows XP and Windows 7 Home Primimum


    I think I am convinced of buying it now. Thank you all for helping.

    ^Turtleboyfitz
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  6. #6


    You can get it for $15 as well. So, I guess that's something that stands out.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit


    Where can you get it for 15$..?
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  8. #8


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    I don't notice any improvement in speed or responsiveness over win7.

    The low price certainly stands out - they announced a knockdown sale evn before it was released.

    Clearly they are very worried by the huge negative reaction to the preview versions.

    You can get it for $15 bucks if you bought a new pc since June. Get a promo code here : Windows 8 upgrade offer - Windows 8 special offer

    If you didn't buy a new pc - then they are knocking them out at $40 - including media centre - here : Microsoft Store United Kingdom Online Store - Buy and download Windows 7 Professional, home file sharing, network connectivity, Home Premium

    If you sre buying from a different country e.g. India, it is lot cheaper still.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by thenerdal View Post
    You can get it for $15 as well. So, I guess that's something that stands out.
    If you buy a new PC right now with 7 already on it, it's 15 dollars and usually the OEM will cover the cost for you on certain models. Otherwise, it's 40 dollars until January 31st.
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  10. #10


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    One of the knockout features is obviously, the Start Screen. Love it, hate it, it's quite something. It's probably THE most flexible UI I've used in Windows. You want Windows 8 to focus on the Desktop only? You can do that. Want a mix of metro apps and Desktop apps? Sure. Want ALL of the Start Screen to be metro apps? Yep! You can customize it, group tiles, see new updates at a glance, switch around apps, start apps, and more. Plus, it's visual, so your configuration becomes almost second nature quite honestly.

    THAT, and the new hardware efficiencies and a decent feature set, Windows 8 is great!
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