windows 8

I have been using windows 7 for a long time now and really like it. I think it's a good OS.
I got windows 8 as a beta, and then when it was released bought it when it was going for $60!! I wish I bought 2, see as now it is about $200.
But anyhow, from using win8 for a while, I feel like it's a nice OS too. But I get the impression that it's basically win7 with a different GUI.
Does that seem like a fair assessment? Or are there deeper differences? If there are differences is there a comparison somewhere that lists the differences?
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aadihConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Only minor improvements: Windows 8 uses less RAM; it's more secure; it's tad faster, etc.

Major: Faster start up and shutdown times; product key in BIOS, etc.

Revolutionary: The Metro Screen. Interface changes.
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Brian PringleConnect With a Mentor Systems Analyst II, SCM, ERPCommented:
The majority of the differences are not apparent.  Yes, it looks different and has the Start screen.  But, there are major security improvements behind the scenes.

And, you can buy it for about $90 from Amazon.
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JeffBeallAuthor Commented:
cool, I didn't know the product key is in the BIOS! I'll have to look when I get home.
I agree that it uses less ram. In fact, in my opinion, it seems to use less of everything ( processing power, ect. ) Because when I had the beta, I put it on my old laptop, and it actually ran better on win8 than win7.
I was impressed with this because I always felt that win7 managed memory pretty well.
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aadihCommented:
[Note: Product key is embedded in BiOS (can't see it) for pre-installed Windows 8 from PC vendors.]

[Windows 8] actually ran better on win8 than win7. ~JeffBeall

This is my experience also. :-)
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Sam Simon NasserConnect With a Mentor IT Support ProfessionalCommented:
windows 7 still proves he's the best. hint, if you want windows 8 with windows 7 appearance, download or purchase windows 8.1, and configure it to load directly to desktop upon boot up, and puchase a start menu plugin for windows 8 (such as stardock start8). this will make windows 8 look like windows 7.
attached an image of my laptop.
windows 8.1 with start8
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aadihCommented:
FYI, about Windows 8 embedded BIOS Key, "How to extract Win 8 OEM key embedded in the BIOS?" at:

http://superuser.com/questions/513904/how-to-extract-win-8-oem-key-embedded-in-the-bios >.
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Scott ThompsonConnect With a Mentor Computer Technician / OwnerCommented:
Windows 8 also has Secure Boot, which is good and bad in my opinion.  It's very difficult without a password to get into the computer.  Most installations of Windows 8 go GPT by default, instead of MBR.  This not only protects the data, but it allows for partitions larger than 2TB.

Windows 8 was also designed to be ran on multiple platforms, including Desktops, Laptops, and tablets.  I believe they have a version of it for mobile now also.

Windows 8 (NT 6.3) is also using the same kernel as Windows Vista (NT 6.0).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_NT

So, in essence, Windows 8 is the completely redesigned, cleaned up, and modified version of Vista.
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JeffBeallAuthor Commented:
wow, this is great stuff
I had no idea win8 is the new improved vista
I must admit that I didn't like vista, however, I recently bought an old pc from a school that was refreshing their equipment, and it has vista business edition. I must say that it runs great! So I feel like I was too hasty in my judgement of vista.
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aadihCommented:
Worry not. It [Windows 8/8.1] by no means has any resemblance to the 'vista' that we are familiar with.  :-)

[Give not such weight to a word and the power to disturb the mind.  :-)]
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Brian PringleSystems Analyst II, SCM, ERPCommented:
Instead of purchasing StarDock, you can get the free ClassicShell application.

http://www.classicshell.net/
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aadihCommented:
Go for the free Classic Shell. Can't go wrong. Have been using it to avoid even the XP start menu as 'classic menu' is the best. <An opinion only.>
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McKnifeConnect With a Mentor Commented:
More differences between 8 pro and 7 pro: 8 has bitlocker and language pack support.
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JeffBeallAuthor Commented:
thank you for all of the comments. Lots of good and interesting info.
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