61 months ago
I hear that windows 8/8.1 is better overall because of boot speed and it doesn't use as much resources as Windows 7. Is this true?
Thanks for the confirmation! :) Doesn't 8.1 have same or similar interface as win7?
Windows 8/8.1 have a much different interface by default than Windows 7. However, you can change it to boot to an interface a lot more like Windows 7, though there will not be any start menu. Of course there are different programs to use that will bring a start menu like feature to the desktop but since Windows 10 (they completely skipped over 9) has been released and will come out in 2015 (I think), and there is a start menu in that, I would recommend waiting for it to be available instead of getting another piece of software, as I mentioned above if the start menu is an issue for you. Here is a link to a tutorial for booting into the desktop on 8.1:
Hope this helped!
PS: I would not recommend getting 8 over 8.1, it will only save you a couple of cents and will be missing features like booting into the familiar desktop interface.
8.1 is a free update to 8. If you find 8 much cheaper, go for it, but it will just take a little time after installing it to update to 8.1 via Windows update... No biggie really
I know but in my opinion I would prefer to pay 50 cents so that I won't wait an extra 1-2 hours for a download that might not work, which in that case, I would have to do it again. But, that is just personal preference. If you do not mind you could get 8 and buy a candy bar with the 50 cents to celebrate the pc being built. :)
There are times where it's more like $30 difference and not 50 cents. At those times, 8 is worth it.
Thanks for the detailed answer. I'll keep it in mind :) I think I'm good with 8.1 for a while though. If win10 is appealing enough after it's release, I'll consider it. I'm not very concerned about the interface, just performance really.
10 is supposed to be a major improvement in more than just the main desktop interface. Time will tell though (or you can download the developer preview and try it out)
Sorta. You can make it exactly the same by installing classicshell.
I know, that is why I mentioned adding extra software.
Still far from the same, but a bit easier to deal with for sure.
I guess a better way to phrase it would be that it's the same for everyday use.