What’s the thing you most hate about Windows 8? Of itself, it’s pretty much a useful OS, so there’s no real cause to outright despise it. However, when you consider that it’s in the Windows line, and how many people around the world grew used to the Windows iterations that came before, you’ll see why they resent it. Let’s appraise Windows 7 vs Windows 8 for a better understanding.
A lot of confusion
The Start button has always been there in the lower left corner of a Windows system, offering a way into the Start menu, users’ lighthouse on the lonely seas of boredom. When you consider Windows 7 vs Windows 8, what strikes you first and hardest is the absence of that Start button. There’s no such option here, but only a tile-based Start Screen.
Turning your PC off doesn’t begin with the Start menu, as it did in Windows 7. There, you had the shutdown option when you hit the Windows icon, but in Windows 8, you have to go to either the lower right or the upper left corner, and click Settings on the slide-out. Then you hit the Power button and choose the shutdown option. Definitely a longer process than before.
The aero/transparency was ebbed a bit in Windows 8 so that the computer now uses less power. The only difference in Windows 7 was that you could choose to do this. There’s no more of the Flip 3D option either, which allowed the user to switch windows using Windows key + Tab. Admittedly this wasn’t an overly popular option to begin with, but was cool. In Windows 8, you have a Modern app switcher instead, which you can’t use to toggle desktop apps, but only to go to the desktop.
Adding to that, there is no provision to play DVDs on a windows 8 machine, unless you have the software installed. If you are thinking Windows Media Player, it is exactly what won’t help you, because they have taken out support for DVDs in WMP. Apparently, DVD is close to getting obsolete; still, you can use a program like VLC to work around that.
That was a Windows 7 vs Windows 8 comparison with emphasis on the features in the latter, which contributed for it being more confusing. Traditional users do not seem like migrating to the ‘modern’ platform any sooner, but the end-of-support for Windows XP and Windows 7 – which is due in a few months from now – will surely try to force them.
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