Recent Windows Versions Compared
Recent Windows Versions Comparison
|Parameter||Windows 7||Windows 8||Windows 8.1||Windows 10|
|Release date||Microsoft launched Windows 7 on 22nd July 2009||Microsoft launched Windows 8 on 1st August 2012.||Microsoft launched Windows 8.1 on 27th August 2013||Microsoft launched Windows 10 on 29th July 2015|
|Version||Windows 7 was version 6.1||Windows 8 was version 6.2||Windows 8.1 was version 6.3||Windows 10 was version 10.0|
|RTM (The term release to Manufacturing)build||RTM build for Windows 7 was 7600.||RTM build for Windows 8 was 9200||RTM build for Windows 8.1 was 9600||RTM build for Windows 10 ranges from 10240-19041|
|Latest Build||The latest build for Windows 7 is 7601 SP1||No latest builds||No latest builds||The latest build was 18362.239|
|Status Support||Windows 7 is unsupported since 14th January 2020||Windows 8 is unsupported since 12th January 2016||Windows 8.1 is supported until 10th January 2023||Windows 10 is supported|
|Codename||The codename for Windows 7 is “7.”||The codename for Windows 8 is “8.”||The codename for Windows 8.1 is “blue.”||The codename for Windows 10 is “Redstone.”|
|Supported Architectures||Windows 7 supports IA-32 and x86-64 architectures||Windows 8 supports IA-32, x86-64, and ARMv7 architectures||Windows 8.1 supports IA-32, x86-64, and ARMv7 architectures||Windows 10 supports IA-32, x86-64, ARMv7, and ARM64 architectures|
|Editions||Windows 7 has the following editions:||Windows 8 has the following editions:||Windows 8.1 has the following editions:||Windows 10 has the following editions:|
|Operating System Types||The different OS types include Desktop, Workstation, and Multi-touch.||The different OS types include Desktop, Workstation, and Multi-touch||The different OS types include Desktop, Workstation, and Multitouch||The different OS types include Desktop, Workstation, Multitouch, Smartphones, PDAs, and IoT|
|Store||Windows 7 is not available in any store now.||Windows 8 is available on Windows Store||Windows 8.1 is available on Windows Store||Windows 10 is available on Windows Store|
|USB Support||Yes, it supports USB 3.0||Yes, it supports USB 3.0||Yes, it supports USB 3.0||Yes, it supports USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt 3|
|APIs||The available APIs are Win32 and .NET||The available APIs are Win32, .NET, and WinRT||The available APIs are Win32, .NET, and WinRT||The available APIs are Win32, .NET, WinRT, and Linux|
|DirectX||Yes, it has DirectX version 11.0||Yes, it has DirectX version 11.1||Yes, it has DirectX version 11.2||Yes, it has DirectX version 12|
|Supported File Systems||Windows 7 supports FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, ISO 9660, NTFS version 5, exFAT, UDF version 2.6, and ReFS.||Windows 8 supports FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, ISO 9660, NTFS version 5, exFAT, and UDF version 2.6||Windows 8.1 supports FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, ISO 9660, NTFS version 5, exFAT, UDF version 2.6, and ReFS.||Windows 10 supports FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, ISO 9660, NTFS version 5, exFAT, UDF version 2.6, and ReFS.|
|Windows Hello||Windows 7 does not have the Windows Hello Security Feature.||Windows 8 does not have the Windows Hello Security Feature||Windows 8.1 does not have the Windows Hello Security Feature.||Windows 10 has Windows Hello Security Feature|
|Visual Styles||Visual Styles in Windows 7 are Aero which is the default one, and Classic||Visual Style in Windows 8 is Metro||Visual Style in Windows 8.1 is Metro||Visual Style in Windows 10 is Metro|
|Browser||Windows 7 has Internet Explorer 8||Windows 8 has Internet Explorer 10||Windows 8.1 has Internet Explorer 11||Windows 10 has Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft Edge 12-13|
|Command Line Interpreter||Windows 7 has COMMAND.COM, cmd.exe, and PowerShell version 2.0||Windows 8 has COMMAND.COM, cmd.exe, and PowerShell version 3.0||Windows 8.1 has COMMAND.COM, cmd.exe, and PowerShell version 4.0||Windows 10 has COMMAND.COM, cmd.exe, and PowerShell version 5.0|
|Web Server||Windows 7 has IIS 7.5||Windows 8 has IIS 8||Windows 8.1 has IIS 8.5||Windows 10 has IIS10.0|
Microsoft launched Windows 7 on 22nd October 2009 to correct the errors made with Windows Vista, and it proved to be much more effective than the previous version. Compared to the introduction of previous versions, it was more stable, quicker, and easier to use. This version was significantly faster in general and could identify handwriting. Users may view minimized application windows.
Since Internet Explorer was the default browser in Microsoft Windows, antitrust investigations in Europe focused on Microsoft's decision to make it the default browser. As a result, it had to give users the option of selecting and installing a browser on the first boot. Internet Explorer 9 and Windows Media Player 12 were both included with Windows 7.
Every operating system has a life cycle and will eventually be disconnected from updates, abandoned, and vulnerable to security flaws that will not be addressed unless you have a bespoke support contract. The support-cut-off date for Windows 7 service pack 1 was 14th January 2020.
While its main strength now is familiarity, Windows 7 set the bar for a relatively clear and understandable user interface. You know where to look for items, what kind of results the Start Menu search bar will return, and you're familiar with the quirks of Windows Explorer, Task Manager, and Control Panel.
On 26th October 2012, Windows 8 was released, and it looked completely different from previous versions. This version enabled users to communicate with their Microsoft accounts, included USB 3.0 support, Xbox Live integration, and a smartphone-style lock screen. It also included a Web store. The Web store allows you to download various Windows applications; Windows 8 was the first to run it in full-screen mode.
A year later, on 17th October 2013, Microsoft launched version 8.1 as a free update to help users troubleshoot Windows 8. There was a start button on the taskbar again in the latest update and improved performance, and better SkyDrive integration.
The support cut-off date for Windows 8.1 is 10th January 2023.
Windows 8.1 supports multiple monitors better than Windows 7. Unlike Windows 7, 8.1 has a taskbar on each device that displays only the applications currently running on that screen. Furthermore, each monitor may have its wallpaper. Each screen has its wallpaper that users can customize.
Microsoft released Windows 10 on 29th July 2015, with the following main features:
- Cortana, a personal digital assistant,
- Microsoft Edge Web browser, which replaces Internet Explorer,
- The ability to switch between tablet mode and desktop mode.
Some several other improvements and shortcuts offer users a far more nuanced but convenient experience.
The support cut-off date for Windows 10 is 14th October 2025.
The Continuum mode in Windows 10 strikes a better balance here, trying to transform the condensed Start menu into a larger, touch-friendly Start screen as required. Links to the newly tweaked File Explorer, as well as lists of recently used apps and pinned directories, are both major pluses on the Start menu.
Multiple desktops (like Ubuntu and Mac OS X) are now integrated into Windows 10, making managing multiple windows and tasks simpler than ever.
Windows 7 and 8.1 aren't vulnerable by any means, but Windows 10 has dramatically improved home and business security, both in terms of local computer security and the security of your online services.
First and foremost, there's Windows Hello, which allows you to log in without a password using a fingerprint, face, or iris scan. Secondly, Passport is a consumer-oriented single-sign-on program that allows Windows to authenticate with websites on your behalf without requiring you to type in a password.
This service integrates with Windows Hello and uses your biometric scan or a PIN code to confirm who you say you are. As a result, you'll be less likely to use your password, making it much more difficult for hackers to access online accounts using stolen passwords.
Passport isn't commonly used right now, but as it grows in popularity, it will significantly improve the security of your online services. Passport and Hello, on the other hand, are both unproven and still in their infancy.
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