What is Windows 7
It is the latest version of Operating System developed by Microsoft Corporation and was released to production on July 2009.It follows Windows Vista. “Home Premium”, “Professional”, “Starter”, ”Enterprise”, “Ultimate “, and “Home Basic”-These are the six different editions of Windows 7;of which “Home Premium”, “Professional” and “Ultimate” are mostly available in the market. Minimum hardware requirements for Windows 7 32-bit are 1 GB Ram, 1 GHz x86 processor, 16 GB Hard Disk space and DVD Drive.
What is Windows 8
It is the latest Operating System developed by Microsoft Corporation .Currently it is in development stage and that’s why it is not available in market. Unofficially it may be released on October 2012. The hardware requirement is same as that of Windows 7.
Difference between Windows 7 and Windows 8
- Both are Operating Systems and developed by Microsoft Corporation. But still they have some basic differences between them mainly based on features. We are trying to point this out in the following
- Windows 8 is going to start “Protogon”- a new type of File System. This file system is very useful for getting detailed information about any connected device. This new generation File System is not present in Windows 7.
- In case of Security, windows 8 is much more improved than windows 7.There is a “Reset Function” in Windows 8.With the help of this you can reset your computer to remove virus from the system. It is not available in windows 7.
- Windows 8 will support a new feature “Multiple Desktops” which is not available in Windows 7. With the help of this, you can keep desktop in one monitor and start screen in another, or you can keep taskbar having different icons on both screens.
- “Booting Time” of Windows 8 is faster than Windows 7. Booting Time of Windows 8 is nearly around 20 sec whereas it is more in Windows 7.
- Windows 8 includes “Roaming User Profiles” for following you across devices. It is not supported by Windows 7.
- Windows 8 is going to use “ARM processors” and “System-on-a-chip” for the first time. As a result, devices using ARM infrastructure will now be supported by windows 8. But this type of devices will not be supported by Windows 7.It can only support what we called “x86 PCs”.
- In built Internet Explorer version 10 will be available in windows 8 which have better browsing facility. It is not present in Windows 7.
- “Hybrid boot” option has been included in windows 8 for faster start-up and shutdown procedure of a computer. It is not supported by Windows 7.
- “Facial Recognition” is an additional feature in login page of windows 8 which is not present in Windows 7.So in Windows 8 there is no more requirement of typing a password for unlocking your computer unlike in Windows 7.
- Windows 8 is going to implement “Charms” for share and search functionality and also for devices and settings.
- In Windows 8 “start screen” is going to implement in place of “start menu” in Windows 7.
- Since in Windows 8 there is no Start menu ,so availability of “Search” is either through “Search Charm” or through” Start screen”.
- Windows 8 will use better ” Touch Screen Devices” than windows 7.Although windows 7 includes handwriting recognition and touch features for supporting virtual hard disks; but it is a not a true touch interface that is what Windows 8 is going to implement. Apart from touch screen devices Windows 8 can also support mouse-keyboard based desktops, notebooks, etc. The touch screen devices of Windows 8 will have the ability of location-awareness and accelerometers.
- Windows 8 is going to present updated “Windows 8 installer” for cleaning up the disk. With the help of this feature, we can also check whether the hard drive contains any data where OS is going to install.
- For verifying ISO image Windows 8 is going to support “ISO Verifier” which is not available in Windows 7.
So in short we can say that Windows 8 is going to implement some modern and advanced features than that of Windows 7. And the best thing is, windows 8 is not demanding any additional hardware requirements for this. Hardware requirements for Windows 7 are sufficient for Windows 8.
This article was last updated on June 7th, 2012 in Windows 8