Windows 8 vs Windows 7?
Question: I'm looking into a new laptop for school and everyday use. I was wondering what you guys like an dislike about Windows 8, and if you prefer it over Windows 7. Or just a general opinion :) Thanks guys!
Best Answers: Windows 8 vs Windows 7?
I like how fast Windows 8 starts up and shuts down compared to Windows 7. I also actually like the tiled start screen because it gives me plenty of room for all my favorite programs. I've got 38 programs pinned to the start screen, try doing that with the task bar and everything turns into a cluttered mess. The tiles are large, easy to hit targets, unlike the classic start menu. Also unlike the start menu, the start screen scales with the resolution of your display. The larger the display, the more tiles that can fit on a single page of the start screen. 20 items is the most the start menu can show on the All Programs list at one time before being forced to scroll. I dislike the Windows 8 apps. They're mostly useless if you're on a desktop PC, for example. They're improving slowly but you'll pull your hair out if you stick with the default Xbox Music, Xbox Video, and Reader apps. I highly recommend going to Default Programs, under Control Panel, and settings Windows Media Player, Windows Picture Viewer, and your favorite PDF document reader as the defaults. Oh, and if you're getting a Windows 8 laptop, make sure you disable the app switching gesture as soon as you sign in for the first time. It will also drive you nuts when apps suddenly pop up on your screen for no apparent reason. Windows key + I → Change PC settings → General → Turn off "When I swipe from the left edge, switch directly to my most recent app." Once you do those things and customize the tiles you'll find Windows 8 isn't so bad. - Dominic
Here you go: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windo... Home Premium is plenty enough for gaming.
I prefer Windows 8. Desktop and boot up wise its faster, and in some ways easier to set up. And the new version has a start button. But for playing games because of incompatibilities its best to get Windows 7. Otherwise 8 in nearly every respect is better.
Hi, Put very simply it means that the 64bit processor can perform more calculations than a 32 bit one as it can directly address more memory. The cpu you have is a 64bit cpu so it can run windows XP 64bit which means it will be faster than a 64 bit cpu using a 32bit operating system, as with a 32bit os the cpu is limited in how it can work. So yes upgrading the ram to 8gig and using XP 64bit will make a big difference in speed. As for the Quad core and above processors, they are only effective if the software is written to use more than 1 core, currently most is not but new games are coming out that will use multicore processors. Arnak
Just get it.. It is smoother to use and I like it because you will receive your e-mail messages automatically in the Windows 8 mail app.. Hope this information helps!!
Most laptops have a "Restore Partition" on it from which you can restore the OS, but if I were you I would borrow a friend's XP disk or download a trial copy of one (you are going to use it to repair the installation, not re-install the OS, so you won't need a product key -- you can use the key that is on the label under your laptop). Once you have an XP CD, here's what I recommend: 0. First try to go into safe mode to possibly repair it that way: a. Restart the PC and tap the F8 button repeatedly as it is booting up (before Windows splash screen come on). If windows starts, you need to re-start the PC after it completes and start the repeated tapping of F8 sooner) b. Select "Safe Mode with Networking" c. When it completes the boot up to Safe Mode, it may give you the option to go to System Restore. Try to access System Restore if it is available (if not available, go to step 2). 1. Do a System Restore to a point before this was a problem: a. Start - All Programs - Accessories - System Tools - System Restore (click to open); b. Select a restore point well before you started having these problems; c. Start the restore process and let it complete (Name the restore operation something descriptive like "Start Up Repair"). Note: you will need to re-install any programs and maybe the updates that were installed after that restore point -- one of which may be the cause of this. Re-Install one at a time so you can see if any one of them causes the problem). If still not working properly, proceed to the next step: 2. Repair the Windows installation: a. Insert your Windows installation disk in the disk drive; b. Re-start your PC and opt to boot onto the disc drive; c. When asked if you want to install windows or repair it, select REPAIR (if you select install it will format the drive and install Windows but you will lose everything, so select REPAIR); d. It will check all the files and replace them as needed. Once complete, you should be able to boot into windows and all should be fine. As for what caused this, many times system hangs or freezes are due to fragmented system files, which the built-in can not handle. I suggest you get a good third party defrag tool and defrag that way. It will make your system perform much better and you'll probably eliminate these system hangs. Fragmentation is desribed in detail at the Defragmentation Information Center (see links below). It really slows your computer down and wears out your disk much faster. Windows has a built-in defrag tool but it is very slow and you cannot use the PC while it is running (some users complain that it did not completely defrag their disks despite running all night). Below is a Top 10 Reviews side-by-side comparison of the best defrag programs around. Check it out. Select a program and install it. The better defrag programs are automatic. The gold medal winner in the above review defragments while you use the PC and it also prevents fragmentation. You can get a free trial for the gold medal winner via the review or at the site listed below. Good luck. Bill R TechSpec ..
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