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COMPARISON OF MICROSOFT WINDOWS 8.

1, WINDOWS 7, WINDOWS VISTA
& WINDOWS XP

Developer
Date of
released to
manufacturing
General
availability
Platforms
Kernel type
Edition

Windows 8.1
Microsoft
27 August 2013

Windows 7
Microsoft
22 July 2009

Windows Vista
Microsoft
8 November
2006

Windows XP
Microsoft
24 August 2001

17 October
2013
IA-32, x64,
ARMv7
Hybrid
Windows 8.1,
Pro,
Enterprise,
Pro N,[8]
Enterprise N,
Enterprise K,
Enterprise KN,
Windows RT
8.1

22 October
2009
IA-32 and x8664
Hybrid
Starter,
Home Basic,
Home
Premium,
Professional,
Ultimate,
Enterprise,
Starter E,[6]
Home Basic E,
Home Premium
E,
Professional E,
Ultimate E,
Enterprise E,
Starter N,
Home Basic N,
Home Premium
N,
Professional N,
Ultimate N,
Enterprise N,
Starter K,
Home Basic K,
Home Premium
K,
Professional K,
Ultimate K,
Enterprise K,
Starter KN,
Home
Basic
KN,
Home Premium
KN,

30 January
2007
IA-32 and x8664
Hybrid
Starter,
Home Basic,
Home
Premium,
Business,
Enterprise,
Ultimate,
Home Basic K,
Home Basic N,
Home
Basic
KN,
Home Premium
K,
Home Premium
KN,
Business K,
Business N,
Business KN,
Enterprise K,
Enterprise KN,
Ultimate K,
Ultimate KN

25 October
2001
IA-32, x86-64
and Itanium
Hybrid
Starter Edition,
Home,
Professional,
Media Center,
Tablet PC,
Starter,
Embedded,
Home N,
Home K,
Home KN,
Professional N,
Professional K,
Professional
KN,
Professional
x64

Ultimate KN. Enterprise KN  USER INTERFACE AND DESKTOP Windows 8.Professional KN.1 Windows Vista Windows 7 Windows XP .

and can be enabled or disabled on a case-by-case basis. Bliss. a new subpixel rendering system designed to improve the appearance of fonts on liquid-crystal displays. The Aero user interface is the top of the line and takes advantage of the latest advances in computer hardware. For example. will watch multiple locations which you can add yourself. the ‘Start screen’ received several enhancements on 8. Additional customization options were also added.1. Windows XP. such as expanded color options. and Windows Aero. . On computers equipped with graphics hardware that supports the new Windows Driver Display Model (WDDM). Windows XP's interface was overhauled with a new visual appearance. The app snapping system has also been extended. The default wallpaper. and the ability for the Start screen to use the desktop background instead. All controls are totally redesigned in Windows Vista and look even better now. with rolling green hills and a blue sky with stratocumulus and cirrus clouds. The various Libraries. Applications are no longer added to the Start screen automatically when installed. and all applications now have colored tiles (desktop programs were previously shown in a single color). small and extra-large sizes for tiles. folders and applications. Windows Vista. Windows 7.1. new backgrounds (some of which incorporate animated elements). and colored tiles for desktop program shortcuts. drop shadows. which completely change the appearance of the operating system. XP also added ClearType. one of the best things about Windows 7 is the improved search tool. and "visual styles". apps can be snapped to fill half the screen. so you don’t have to keep everything in one place. A new set of system icons were also introduced. which now rivals Mac OS X’s Spotlight to be able to find what you need quickly and easily. The main element of this interface is the transparent glass design. and can also be used on any display in a multi-monitor configuration. up to four apps can be snapped onto a single display depending on screen size. with an increased use of alpha compositing effects. The amount of effects enabled are determined by the operating system by the computer's processing power. with subtle effects such as dynamic reflections and smooth animations. is a photo of a landscape in the Napa Valley outside Napa. its features have four different levels of user experience—Basic.Windows 8. Standard. Also introduced is the concept of Libraries. which takes the ‘My Documents’ concept a stage further. such as Documents and Pictures. typing ‘mouse’ will bring up the mouse option within the control panel or typing a word will display it and split it up neatly into files. Windows Classic. including an extended "All Apps" view with sort modes (accessed by clicking a new down arrow button or swiping upward). the Aero provides more stability and smoother window handling. California.

Windows Vista has done most of the hard work for Windows 7 in this respect. but with Windows 7 almost all applications that work on Vista should still run. Windows Store and Windows Store apps to use enrolled fingerprints as an authentication method. allowing a device to be configured to use a single app in a restricted environment. the recovery key is stored to either the user's Microsoft account or an Active Directory login. While device encryption is offered on all versions of 8. allowing it to be retrieved from any computer.1 also features a transparent "device encryption" system based on BitLocker.1 unlike BitLocker (which is exclusive to the Pro and Enterprise editions). In simple terms. User Account Control. .1 also allows third-party VPN clients to automatically trigger connections. device encryption requires that the device meet the Connected Standby specification and have a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2. Many programs that individuals and companies used on Windows XP did not work immediately and required updates. compatibility on Windows 7 will be far better than it was with Vista.[76][77] 8. 8. Additionally. Encryption begins as soon as a user begins using the system.0 chip. COMPATIBILITY Windows 8. which allows user login. Windows Defender includes an intrusion detection system which can scan network activity for signs of malware. In essence.1 also introduces improved fingerprint recognition APIs. A new kiosk mode known as "Assigned Access" was also added.