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What is the difference between window 8.1 and windows 10?

shinhosuck1973

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Can some explain the main difference between windows 8.1 and windows 10? The reason I'm asking this is because I just deleted windows 10 and installed windows 8.1 to compare boot time on a normal laptop HDD. The difference was huge. The windows 10 normally took between 11/2 to 2 minutes. But on windows 8.1, it took between 20 to 40 secs. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus
    CPU
    i3 2330m
    Motherboard
    k43sj
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia 520m
    Browser
    Google chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
Solution
Windows 10 is the newest OS and it's more suitable for newer hardware, mainstream support ended in 2018 for Windows 8.1, so you will not receive any security updates, otherwise if you are happy and more familiar with the way 8.1 works you can continue to use 8.1, the boot time depends on the hardware in your PC, I think your PC is more suitable for older OS.

brummyfan

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Windows 10 is the newest OS and it's more suitable for newer hardware, mainstream support ended in 2018 for Windows 8.1, so you will not receive any security updates, otherwise if you are happy and more familiar with the way 8.1 works you can continue to use 8.1, the boot time depends on the hardware in your PC, I think your PC is more suitable for older OS.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire E1-571
    CPU
    i5-3230m
    Motherboard
    Acer Type-2
    Memory
    8GB DDR3 1333MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 4000
    Sound Card
    High Definiton Audio Device
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 850 Pro 256GB
    PSU
    Generic
    Keyboard
    QWERTY
    Mouse
    ELANTECH Touchpad
    Internet Speed
    12.68Mbps
    Browser
    IE11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
Solution

Bree

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Can some explain the main difference between windows 8.1 and windows 10?
mainstream support ended in 2018 for Windows 8.1, so you will not receive any security updates
No, the end of mainstream support means there will be no further development of Windows features. Extended support means you will continue to get new security updates, but nothing else. Extended support ends on 01/10/2023.

 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    8.1
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Hyper-V

carl55

New Member
Exactly: there are still Security Updates and Windows Defender signatures updates. However it is not the same Windows Defender running Windows 10. on WIndows 10 there are several services and processes that could drain your hardware. Anyway my suggestion would be to update your HHD to a SSD for better experience on both the OSes.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo

Stealth

Member
For that laptop I would stick with 8, and if you like 8, even better! Windows 10 is a pig, and is not good on old hardware, laptops especially. Some laptops fair better than others, and some require an SSD IMO. Windows 10 is a big PITA!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP g7-2235dx
    CPU
    AMD A8-4500M
    Motherboard
    Hewlett-Packard 184B
    Memory
    8GB RAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    512MB ATI AMD Radeon HD 7640G
    Sound Card
    AMD High Definition Audio Device
    Screen Resolution
    1600x900@60Hz
    Hard Drives
    SANDISK 120GB SSD
    Internet Speed
    72Mbps
    Antivirus
    Avast Free
    Other Info
    Salvage Teardown now all up and working like new.

TechnoMage

Active Member
Power User
In playing around with different OS's, I've found that the only real benefit, for me, using older PC's, is that Windows 10, pig that it is, has a GREAT Hardware Driver Package. It will install the correct hardware drivers on just about any old PC.
However, Windows 8.1 is a more user friendly OS, and it seems to have the same Great Driver Pack as 10.
Just for fun, I've installed Windows 8.1/Pro/x86 on a very old Dell Laptop, that originally came out with Windows XP on it. Everything on the laptop works great now, with Windows 8.1 installed on it, without me having to chase down any drivers. Then I installed the new Classic Shell on it, and it looks just like it has Windows 7/Pro on it. I prefer that!

Cheers Mate!
TM :cool:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win-8.1/Pro/64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home Made
    CPU
    AMD 8 Core
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte, Ultra Durable, GA-970A-DSP3
    Memory
    Crucial, 8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon HD 5450 (2 GB)
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" LG
    Hard Drives
    Sandisk, SSD 120GB, 8TB Seagate backup drive
    PSU
    Antec Earthwatts, 650
    Case
    Pac-Man Case
    Keyboard
    HP Professional
    Mouse
    GearHead Wireless
    Internet Speed
    5 Meg
    Browser
    Firefox
    Other Info
    Using Classic Shell on Win-8.1 /pro/64

CB

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One among the differences is that Win 10 has no option to disable the update. It can only be paused per 7 days. And arrange the active hour so that it won't disturb working time. Other trick is set the connection property as metered connection.

Just for fun, I installed Win 10 64-bit to an old ASUS K42F bought in 2011. Core i3 with 4gb memory. Replaced HDD with 240gb Kingston SSD. It takes only 45 second to complete the boot sequence.

Kevin
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home Built system
    CPU
    Core i5
    Motherboard
    Intel DH55PJ
    Memory
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI 4650
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG Flatron L1742S; LG Flatron 19"; Samsung TV 48"
    Screen Resolution
    1280:1024; 1366:768;1920:1080
    Hard Drives
    SSD 256 GB
    Seagate Barracuda 500 GB
    WDC 1 TB
    PSU
    Power
    Case
    Simbadda
    Cooling
    Conventional
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech Wireless
    Internet Speed
    1.4 MBPS
    Other Info
    External HDD WDC 2 TB
    Dial Up Modem Huawei
    Home-made Home Theater

Bree

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One among the differences is that Win 10 has no option to disable the update. It can only be paused per 7 days....
That's anything up to 35 days in the Advanced options. In both Home and Pro the update to the next version of W10 remains optional until shortly before your current version reaches end of support. And there is as lot more control in Pro than in Home through Group policies.

Then there are also 3rd-party options to completely control updates in Home or Pro.

 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    8.1
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Hyper-V

CB

Revived
VIP Member
Power User
I read that out.
Thanks @Bree
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home Built system
    CPU
    Core i5
    Motherboard
    Intel DH55PJ
    Memory
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI 4650
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG Flatron L1742S; LG Flatron 19"; Samsung TV 48"
    Screen Resolution
    1280:1024; 1366:768;1920:1080
    Hard Drives
    SSD 256 GB
    Seagate Barracuda 500 GB
    WDC 1 TB
    PSU
    Power
    Case
    Simbadda
    Cooling
    Conventional
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech Wireless
    Internet Speed
    1.4 MBPS
    Other Info
    External HDD WDC 2 TB
    Dial Up Modem Huawei
    Home-made Home Theater

TechnoMage

Active Member
Power User
There IS a script, that permanently disables Auto Updates in 10. I install that on every Win-10 Setup.
And then, there are NO unwanted updates. Minus updates is COOL!

Cheers Mate!
TM :cool:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win-8.1/Pro/64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home Made
    CPU
    AMD 8 Core
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte, Ultra Durable, GA-970A-DSP3
    Memory
    Crucial, 8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon HD 5450 (2 GB)
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" LG
    Hard Drives
    Sandisk, SSD 120GB, 8TB Seagate backup drive
    PSU
    Antec Earthwatts, 650
    Case
    Pac-Man Case
    Keyboard
    HP Professional
    Mouse
    GearHead Wireless
    Internet Speed
    5 Meg
    Browser
    Firefox
    Other Info
    Using Classic Shell on Win-8.1 /pro/64
In playing around with different OS's, I've found that the only real benefit, for me, using older PC's, is that Windows 10, pig that it is, has a GREAT Hardware Driver Package. It will install the correct hardware drivers on just about any old PC.
However, Windows 8.1 is a more user friendly OS, and it seems to have the same Great Driver Pack as 10.
Just for fun, I've installed Windows 8.1/Pro/x86 on a very old Dell Laptop, that originally came out with Windows XP on it. Everything on the laptop works great now, with Windows 8.1 installed on it, without me having to chase down any drivers. Then I installed the new Classic Shell on it, and it looks just like it has Windows 7/Pro on it. I prefer that!

Cheers Mate!
TM :cool:
Windows 10 will take out the web cam drivers on an old Toshiba Satellite laptop and you'll never get 'em back - at least not on Windows 10. I love Classic Shell. I still use Windows 7 as well. For some reason I'm still getting extended support with it too so no complaints there. :)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 10, Linux Mint and more
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS
    CPU
    AMD 3800X, Intel 6900K
    Motherboard
    X99 E-WS USB 3.1, CROSSHAIR HERO VIII
    Memory
    128 GB CORSAIR DOMINATOR, 32 GB TEAM GROUP T FORCE
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA 1070, SAPPHIRE RX 590 NITRO+
    Sound Card
    ONBOARD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    SAMSUNG 32"
    Screen Resolution
    4K
    Hard Drives
    :::GRINS::: SERIOUSLY?
    PSU
    CORSAIR 1000 W PLATINUM
    Case
    THERMAL TAKE / AZZA
    Cooling
    NOCTUA / CM
    Keyboard
    LOGITECH PRODIGY
    Mouse
    LOGITECH
    Internet Speed
    360 Kbs
    Browser
    FIREFOX
    Antivirus
    KASPERSKY
    Other Info
    PC builder. Own a dozen PCs / built hundreds. All of us have a lot to learn. Some of us stand to learn more than others and those who think they know the most generally know the least. I'm here to learn and pass on what little I know.

davexnet

Member
I tried it out and looked for myself -
PC is a 2014 AMD FX-4300 system, 8GB RAM, onboard video
I used the MIcrosoft Media Creation tool and made a Windows 10 install USB stick.
Used Macrium Reflect Rescue CD to backup the 8.1 system to a removable drive.

Booted 8.1 to the desktop, inserted the USB stick, ran setup.exe, and upgraded the system to the latest
Windows 10 (Took about 90 minutes).
Some observations. It takes about 1 minute 15 seconds from the BIOS post to the usable desktop (Vs. 45 seconds 8.1)
It's an upgrade install, probably not as efficient (clean) as a fresh install, but MS. did a really good job
of transferring my settings and all the desktop apps.

10 has a more refined feel about it, hundreds of settings that didn't exist before,
with reasonable defaults except for the Privacy-related; they're firmly in MS's favor .

Installed 10 Pro, so I have GPEDIT at my disposal, and I've already set a few of the policies
My impressions, based on a few day usage, are that it is very polished, performs well and worth a look.
I haven't decided yet whether I will revert back to 8.1 via my backup
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    AMD FX 4300
    Motherboard
    Asrock 960gc-gs
    Memory
    4gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    onboard
    Browser
    Firefox

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