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44. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 2, 2013, 17:58 Creston
Steele Johnson wrote on Jan 2, 2013, 17:09:
- Boot time and shutdown time is nearly instantaneous. While your Win7 machine is chugging along loading drivers and allocating resources during boot, I'm already in a game playing.

That's because Windows 8 doesn't "shut down." It now has hibernate as its default "off" setting. If you hibernate your Win 7 machine, it boots wakes much faster as well.

- Syncing my settings between home machine and work machine. If I make changes on one, I can enable the change on any number of my machines without having to drill through the settings all over again.

You have identical home and work machines? In any case, that seems like a cool feature.

- No more 3rd party antivirus. The new Windows Defender is built right in and doesn't bog down your machine (and actually works quite well).

Windows Defender is standard in Win 7 as well, though it's recommended to upgrade it into Security Essentials. (and it's not a great antivirus solution. It ranks in the bottom in virtually every av test.)

- Factory Reset (i.e Refresh)! If something goes wrong, no need to dig around for installation disks, etc,. Everything is there, hidden away for a clean reset.

It's also available in Win7. According to multiple Blues users, this feature actually still sucks and in several cases simply refused to work in win8. When I tried to use it in win7, it wanted to backup my C, D and E partitions for a "windows backup."

- Native ISO support. :)

Yep, cool.

- Way better resource management. All my apps that are resource hogs run much faster under Win8. Including a lot of my games.

There are literally dozens of benchmark tests on the web that show that Win 8 is basically just as fast, or a tiny little bit faster in games. So your claim that "a lot" of your games run "much faster" is going to be taken with a huge amount of salt, I'm afraid.

Anyway, urgh. SNIP

I could go on and on. I thought I'd offer something a little positive over the average negative naysayer who's afraid of change. ;)

Or, you know, it could just be that Windows 8 offers nothing over Windows 7 that people find worth upgrading for?

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