What features exist in Windows 8/8.1 but not in Windows 7?

Drsunil V March 7, 2014
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How are Windows 8 and 8.1 different from Windows 7 in features and enhancements from a non-geek point of view? For example, new hardware sections in control panel and menu panel on right vertical interface. Please note that response should include features which are common to both Win 8 and Win 8.1 but absent in Win 7. Difference between Win 8 and Win 8.1 would be added bonus to answer. Is there a good chart from basic (non-geek) point of view to cover all such distinguishing features and enhancements?

  1. Hovsep A
    March 7, 2014 at 10:11 am

    1) Better Windows Explorer with Ribbon Interface in Windows 8
    2) Fast Startup wth Windows 8 through UEFI integration
    3) in Windows 8 you need to play DVD with Windows Media Center
    4) Codec Pack with Windows 8 and you cant play MKV files
    5) Windows Live account in Windows 8
    6) Repair/Refresh Windows not included in Windows 8
    7) Windows 8 Resolution 2560x1600
    8) You don't have the Old start Menu in Windows 8, you have Charms Bar
    9) You Don't have Metro desktop in Windows 7
    10) You don't integrated Sky Drive in Windows 7, in Windows 8 even pc settings can be stored in the cloud.
    11) Better Copy Paste in Windows 8
    12) Windows 8 gesture support, Windows 7 has a limited set of touch gestures
    13) "Hybrid Boot" mode (which hibernates the Windows kernel on shut-down to speed up the subsequent boot).
    14) New lock screen with a clock and notifications.
    15) Windows 8 Enterprise with Windows To Go
    16) Windows 8 native support for USB 3.0 devices
    17) Windows 8: File History
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/dn448546.aspx
    18) Windows 7 has Windows XP mode
    19) Windows 8 Pro has Hyper V
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/hyper-v-run-virtual-machines
    20) PAE/NX/SSE2 Support Requirement Guide for Windows 8
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn482072.aspx
    21) Windows 8 Better Battery Life
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh825002.aspx
    22) Windows 8 sharper graphics and video rendering
    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2012/07/23/hardware-accelerating-everything-windows-8-graphics.aspx
    23) Windows 8 V4 Printer Drivers
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/hh706306(v=vs.85).aspx
    24) Windows 8 Storage Space
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/storage-spaces-pools
    25) Windows 8 Applications open full screen in Metro