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Windows 8 - higher is better (?) - Part 1

Apr 28, 2013 by Adrian

Windows 8It's the 8th month since the release of Windows 8, and with 40 mil copies sold in the first month, Windows 8 is a serious contender for the supremacy of Windows 7. Let's take a look at some of the key features that make this operating system a very good choice:

Security

* Built-in antivirus: it's the first OS from Microsoft that has a built-in antivirus, more specifically Windows 8 comes with Microsoft Security Essentials (on previous versions this package can be installed optionally)
* Secure boot: the low-level exploits, which can infect the PC before the anti-virus solutions are loaded, will no longer infect the operating system because the Secure Boot feature will require a valid digital certificate for the applications that run during boot. This way, all the applications that don't have a valid digital certificate will be stopped from running.
* The Early Launch Anti-Malware (ELAM) will load the user's anti-malware drivers before any application.

Functionality

* Virtualization, Client Hyper-V: this is a new virtualization solution that incorporates sleep, hibernate and wireless features on both 32-bit and 64-bit virtual machines. Using Hyper-V, the administrator can create multiple virtual machines on the same server. Hyper-V runs on any 64-bit PC that has Second Level Address Translation (SLAT), including most laptops with Intel and AMD CPU's.

* Cloud-connected: wherever the user will log in Windows 8 on another system, the cloud system will automatically sync his apps and preferences. This allows the user to have the same user experience, no matter from where he logs in into the operating system.

* Refresh your PC and Reset your PC: these 2 options prove to be very valuable because they allow the user to restore the operating system in case of a malfunction. The Refresh option maintains the user's personal files and configuration settings, and reverts the OS to the default factory settings, deleting the applications. Also, a list with the removed programs will be placed on the desktop, so that the user knows what needs to be re-installed. The Reset functionality will erase all programs, configuration settings and user personal files and all the operating system will be reverted back to the default settings.

* Storage system: this feature allows the user to group multiple drives under the same logical drive letter. In case the user runs out of space, then he can plug an USB hard-drive to expand the already present logical drive letter. Windows 8 uses a software RAID system that protects the data in case the USB storage suffers a hardware failure, and in this way the data will not be compromised.

In Part 2 of the article, I will talk about Internet Explorer 10 and Windows To Go (which surely is one of the delights of Windows 8), so stay tuned!


Other posts in this series:

Windows 8 - higher is better (?) - Part 2
Windows 8 - higher is better (?) - Part 3
Windows 8 - higher is better (?) - Part 4


Tags: Microsoft  Windows 


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