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  1. #21


    Posts : 103
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64 bit)


    Quote Originally Posted by nfsworldpinoy View Post
    im planning to install the new os windows 8
    before i do that i just want to know if

    can you give me some pros and cons of windows 8 vs 7?
    what at the changes between 7 and 8?
    is it lighter to use in pc (takes less memory usage, cpu)?
    is it user friendly easy to use?

    pls give me some tips and advices

    ps: if maybe can you post me some their bench marks
    I wouldn't go back to 7 after using 8 and 8.1 for a while. I initially disliked 8 and I know that a lot of people have that "change is bad!" mentality, but I used the Windows 8 preview for a couple of weeks and wasn't taken with it. However, after buying 8 and using it on my desktop machine for a couple of weeks, it suddenly clicked with me and now I really like it.

    Here's the pros of 8/8.1, based on what I actually care about and use: -

    8/8.1 Pros: -

    Faster startup and shutdown. My PC starts up in a few seconds and literally shuts down in 1 second. It uses a hybrid shut down by default, which is kinda of a mix of a regular shut down and sleep mode, plus the boot up process has been optimised. The difference is noticeable.

    Increased security. Windows Defender is baked into the system and doesn't seem to have much impact on performance. There have also been some other tweaks to security to tighten it up.

    Metro apps and live tiles. I know a lot of people don't like this stuff, but to me it's easy to ignore if you don't want to use it. Even though I'm running 8.1 and could boot to the desktop, I don't, because I have live tiles that show me calendar events, the weather forecast etc. and I see those as soon as my PC is turned on, before I get into the desktop where I spend 90+% of my time. It's also handy if you have a Windows 8/8.1 tablet or laptop, as you can log into those with your MS account and use all of your Metro apps. Some apps have notifications, which can be really handy, say, if you're a big eBay user as you can set it to pop up a notification when an item sells, when someone has paid etc.

    Better syncing across devices. You can use SkyDrive to sync all kinds of things, including your apps, start screen layout, passwords, other PC settings etc.

    SkyDrive is baked into the system on 8.1. I think this could still be improved and those who don't use SkyDrive may see it as a con that it's baked in, but you get 7GB of free space to store files and it's easy to use, so I see it as a pro.

    Search in 8.1 Again, I know some people see this is a con, but I really like it. If I search for "public enemy" for example, I get results of files on my PC, categorised into files, music, photos etc., but I also get web search results including videos from various sites. If I click on the list of web videos then type in a new search term, it will show me web-based videos for that new search term. It also integrates your contacts if you've linked your Facebook, Twitter etc. accounts, so if I search for "dave", for example, my friend Dave's Facebook account appears in the results and I can post direct to his timeline from there, I can click "View Map" to see a map of his location etc.

    Task Manager is much improved, shows more info than it used to and in a better way, and it also has new capabilities such as being able to see a list of start-up items and disable them - something you used to do with MSConfig or via the registry in 7.

    To me, even if you're the kind of person that thinks "bring the Start menu back!!!" I would still go with 8 over 7, because you can easily install a third party app and then you've basically got Windows 7, but better. That said, if you are perfectly happy with Windows 7, there are not any hugely compelling reasons to upgrade.

    The only tip I would give you is that whether you use 8 or 8.1, if you right-click in the bottom left corner of the screen, you get a "power menu" with a list of things on it, including Control Panel, Command Prompt, Device Manager etc. In 8.1, that also includes an entry that quickly allows you to shut down, log off etc. Some people do miss that because there isn't any hints that it actually exists, but it's very useful.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wynona
    What I especially like about Windows 7 is that the startup window isn't cluttered with a few gazillion tiles unless I put them there. I like my desktop to be clean and neat, without ANY icons on it.
    8.1 does go some way to fixing that. There are a few bundled apps with 8.1, but after initially installing it and removing the tiles/apps you don't want, from there it's a lot better than 8 because you manually choose to add new tiles via the All Apps screen, rather them being added by default when you install a new program. That's much better IMO, because some programs would add several new tiles in Windows 8, then you'd immediately remove either most of them or all of them.

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  2. #22


    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    And then, if I'm hearing correctly, one can boot straight to the desktop, which is probably what I'd do just so I wouldn't have to look at those ugly tiles.

    Thanks for the very good report on what 8.1 has to offer, both pro and con.

    One thing, though . . . does NumLock play nice in 8.1? That is, if NumLock is set to "ON" in the BIOS, is it on when the computer finishes booting? Reason I'm asking is that (1) I use the numeric keypad extensively in Excel and (2) I password my computer and parts of my password are numeric.

    For now, I've finally gotten good at remembering to press the NumLock key on startup, and if it ever gets fixed, I'll surely have to break another bad habit. Sigh . . .
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  3. #23


    MD
    Posts : 865
    Windows 10 Pro x 64


    Excuse me for interrupting. What does the Num key do? I will Google it but the answers there can vary. I have Win 8 x 64.
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  4. #24


    Quote Originally Posted by Peter2 View Post
    Excuse me for interrupting. What does the Num key do? I will Google it but the answers there can vary. I have Win 8 x 64.
    Number Lock key keeps the number keys on the right side of your keyboard acting like numbers instead of alternative keys like Home , Page Up , Page Down etc. (#7 works as a Home key when Num Lock is turned off)
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  5. #25


    Posts : 103
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64 bit)


    Quote Originally Posted by Wynona View Post
    And then, if I'm hearing correctly, one can boot straight to the desktop
    Yep, you can boot straight to the desktop. You can also disable the hot corners at the upper left/right of the screen. Also, you can set it so that when you click the Start button, it goes straight to the All Apps menu, instead of taking you to the Metro screen.

    For me, Num Lock was on by default in Windows 8, as it is in 8.1. That might vary depending on configuration/hardware, but it's not been an issue for me.

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter2
    What does the Num key do?
    If your keyboard has a number pad, then some of the keys have dual functions. The Num Lock key switches between those two states. With Num Lock off, pressing the "9" key is actually "Page Up", so you can use it while browsing the web for instance, but most people would have Num Lock engaged as they use the number pad purely for typing in numbers.
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  6. #26


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    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Peter2 View Post
    Excuse me for interrupting. What does the Num key do? I will Google it but the answers there can vary. I have Win 8 x 64.
    The NumLock key locks the numbers keys to where they always use the number instead of being dual use. For example: the 9 key will always type a 9 instead of being Page Up in some applications.

    Edit: Three of us owe each other a Coke for posting at the same time.
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  8. #28


    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Before computers, we had typewriters and adding machines. A typewriter had letters and a row of numbers at the very top of the keyboard, much like a computer keyboard (not taking into consideration the 10-key keypad at the right). An adding machine had/has (they're not obsolete yet) ten number keys and various other keys similar to the 10-key keypad.

    OK, now to your question . . . The NumLock key must be active (On) in order for the numbers on the 10-key keypad to register when pressed. If I'm working in a number intensive application such as Excel, this 10-key keypad to the right is much more convenient than reaching for the number keys at the top.

    Just as one should be "trained" on the typewriter/keyboard, one should also be "trained" on the 10-key keypad. Because of my past work history I am proficient with the adding machine; thus, much prefer the 10-key keypad.

    So, when the computer boots, NumLock should be ON so that when I type a number, it works. If it's OFF, of course, the numbers no worky. Then, I have to remember to turn on NumLock. Normally, this is set from within the BIOS; however, for whatever the reason, it seems that although NumLock is ON in the BIOS, it no worky on this HP 500-056 with Win 8.

    Now, having said all that, if someone never uses the 10-key keypad, then the NumLock key isn't important to them.

    BTW, calculators are a completely different animal, since their keypads are upside down to an adding machine or computer keyboard.
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  9. #29


    Quote Originally Posted by Wynona View Post
    And then, if I'm hearing correctly, one can boot straight to the desktop, which is probably what I'd do just so I wouldn't have to look at those ugly tiles.

    Thanks for the very good report on what 8.1 has to offer, both pro and con.

    One thing, though . . . does NumLock play nice in 8.1? That is, if NumLock is set to "ON" in the BIOS, is it on when the computer finishes booting? Reason I'm asking is that (1) I use the numeric keypad extensively in Excel and (2) I password my computer and parts of my password are numeric.

    For now, I've finally gotten good at remembering to press the NumLock key on startup, and if it ever gets fixed, I'll surely have to break another bad habit. Sigh . . .
    While you were using XP , 7 or any other Win OS and you saw your Desktop after you logged in. Did you press the Start button and before you could click on a program you were anxious to open ; the Start menu disappeared because not everything was loaded yet.

    That is my biggest argument for the Start screen. Once you move the Desktop tile to top left corner of tiles. You have 2 choices.
    1. Press the Enter key which will take you to Desktop , Quick launch , toolbars etc.
    2. Click on any Desktop Program tile and be swept instantly to that program opened already your Desktop.


    You can unpin or uninstall the tiles that came loaded and arrange tiles however you like.
    Once I understood Programs as we always knew them open on the desktop and Apps that came installed on the 8 Start Screen or added from the Widows Store open in the Modern screen. I sorted all the Desktop Program tiles to left side and Modern Apps to right side of screen.
    They claim the Modern side is safer especially for online banking , shopping , identiy etc.
    To close Modern Apps use Ctrl+F4 or click & hold the top and drag all the way to bottom of screen.

    If you don't like the Modern App Internet Explorer and only want to use Desktop Internet Explorer.
    1. Open IE on your desktop
    2. Click on Tools & Internet options
    3. Click Programs tab
    4. Checkmark Open Internet Explorer tiles on the desktop
    5. Click OK


    8 is going to be what we make it. Good or bad.
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  10. #30


    Stepsaving shortcuts

    This makes a nice shortcut on your taskbar to the Start screen "Start" Screen Shortcut - Create in Windows 8

    This makes a nice shortcut on your taskbar to All Apps on Start screen "All Apps" Shortcut - Create in Windows 8 instead of right clicking the Start screen and then clicking lower right corner

    This "Pin to Start" Files in Windows 8 allows you to pin ANY file (rtf , jpg , excel etc.) to your Start screen and then you can pin those documents to your taskbar. Comes in handy!









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