Link to home
Start Free TrialLog in
Avatar of xenonn
xenonn

asked on

What benefits do I get for using Windows 8 compared to Windows 7?

I intend to get a new desktop computer from Dell. I'm not going to have a touch screen. I have heard that Windows 8 is faster, but I don't really know by how much faster it really is. When Windows 7 was out, it said it was faster than Vista. But it turns out that it takes up so much of my computer's memory that it starts to lag pretty badly. I'm worried that Windows 8 is going to be even more memory-hungry. My main reason for changing my desktop is for it to run faster because my current one is lagging too much.

Since this is going to be a desktop and I don't have touch screen installed to it, I don't know what other benefits I can get out of Windows 8. There are even many mixed complains about the Metro interface and the missing start button and others. I am even expecting many programmes that I've been using now will no longer run on Windows 8.

Given with so many conflicting thoughts, and Windows 8 will cost me about a hundred dollars more than a Windows 7 machine, I'm thinking hard whether it is worth spending more to get a Windows 8 machine. I need some advice one this.
Avatar of Dipak
Dipak
Flag of India image

Windows 8 is faster than Windows 7 in some aspects such as startup time, shut down time, wake up from sleep, multimedia performance, web browsers performance, transferring large file and Microsoft excel performance but it is slower in 3D graphic performance and high resolution gaming performance. Battery life improved enough to be noticeable (for laptops). Moreover Windows 8 is significantly more secure than Windows 7 and it is basically designed to take advantage of touch screens while Windows 7 is only for desktops.
Avatar of Scott C
Windows 8 is much faster and is very stable.

If you are worried about the Metro interface, don't.  There are many add-ons that will make Windows 8 look like Windows 7 and not affect the performance.

http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-33642_7-57496506-292/how-to-get-the-start-menu-back-in-windows-8/#!

http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/
Avatar of xenonn
xenonn

ASKER

I have heard similar comments that Windows 8 is faster and stable, b
It is.  But if you don't like the new interface (I don't) you have many choices to make it look like the familiar Windows 7.  I personally use Start8 by Stardock.
Avatar of xenonn

ASKER

I have heard similar comments that Windows 8 is faster and stable, but in what sense is it more stable and faster (other than the start-up time)?

I have read that Windows 8 consumes more memory than Windows 7. Would this affect the speed when it comes to processing?
I disagree that Windows 7 is only for desktops.  I've had a couple of laptops with Windows 7 on it and have been very happy with the performance and use.
I haven't seen Winodows 8 consume more memory that Windows 7 but even if it does, it handles everything more efficiently and I've seen speed improvements in just about everything from start up to shut down to everyting in between...(app start time, shut down time, code execution, even my frame rates have improved slightly in high-end games).  I have a killer video card and Windows 8 seems to have miximized it as well.
Windows 8 consumes less memory than Windows 7.  And, of course, more stable, faster, secure, etc.
Hi.

Let me quote: "When Windows 7 was out, it said it was faster than Vista. But it turns out that it takes up so much of my computer's memory that it starts to lag pretty badly" - right here you should stop. The OS itself does not consume the memory but the applications do. The OS would be happy with 1 GB even, it would never lag, not with 7, vista or 8.

First, you need to analyse what is going on on your old machine, not buy a new machine/new OS because of memory consumption problems.

Win8 is at least as performant as win7 but that is no reason to buy it. You use programs, not the OS itself. The performance of those is not directly tied to the OS.
ASKER CERTIFIED SOLUTION
Avatar of Gary Case
Gary Case
Flag of United States of America image

Link to home
membership
This solution is only available to members.
To access this solution, you must be a member of Experts Exchange.
Start Free Trial
Avatar of xenonn

ASKER

Thank you for your informative answer! :)