Originally Posted by hdkhang
People say Windows 7 is "WAY" better than Vista, but in reality it is 99% the same. It is faster in some things due to the way they tweaked the memory usage associated with displaying the desktop - for most users this was not an issue, but for those that it did impact, it was enough for it to warrant being called "WAY" better.
I never really had a problem with Vista. I never upgraded my main PCs because I didn't see a reason to spend the money, but my laptop that came with Vista worked fine and I didn't have any complaints.
Just the same, Windows 8 and all it's tweaks and inherent acceleration means that for some people "WAY" better is apt. Many people who use Windows 8 and experience that speed find it hard to go back to using Windows 7. As was mentioned in my original post, just because you don't find the improvements to be worthwhile, doesn't really make it so, everyone's experience/expectations will be different.
I had Windows 8 installed, actually on more powerful hardware (i7 3770s+16GB ram Win 8 vs i7 920 + 12GB for old Win 7 install) and never noticed any appreciable performance benefit. Actually I SSD in my Win 7 box made it's performance better, so any performance benefit in Win 8 is well less than the boost of getting an SSD.
Of course we come back to my main point, Metro turned me off so quick that I had no desire to use Win 8 long enough to notice any more subtle differences. Now give me a Start Manu (or something like it) or even just stop burying settings in Metro screens and I'd be more willing to watch it. As I said, Metro far overshadows any other changes in Win 8 IMO, MS may have built a great OS under the hood for W8, but IMO they made a huge mistake forcing Metro on desktop users.
Don't get me wrong, I understand what their overall goal is, and Win 8 looks like a pretty sweet Tablet OS (at least for the W8 Pro tablets), but they shouldn't have tried to make everything use Metro. They should have done something (and this is coming from someone who definitely isn't an Apple fan) like Apple did with Lion, where you can run "tablet-like" apps on the desktop, but without completely destroying the interface for regular PC/desktop/laptop users.