Windows 8, a personal operating system succeeding Windows 7—was launched by Microsoft in the year 2012 as an update operating system of Windows NT family. It was released on October 26, 2012, for general availability to the public. The transition from Windows 7 to Windows 8 and the new features added in it makes Windows 8 a popular choice among window’s users. The changes made in the operating system (OS) made the user interface much more friendly and enhanced the user experience. The grid style display program is vibrant and appealing to the users. It is far easier to use and support the current demands of the dynamic technological changes.
A unique and convenient feature introduced in Windows 8 Enterprise is its ‘Windows To Go’. With the help of this feature, a user can copy their entire OS system including all of its applications, data, files, and settings to a USB drive. The user can then introduce their OS to another computer with pre-installed Windows 8 OS from the USB and make the new desktop an exact replica of their own OS. This feature provides a backup to the possibilities of failed or infected computer system without hampering the user’s ability to work on their desired projects and prevents other files from further corruption.
Windows 8 also allows transforming any Windows 8 OS system into the user’s personalized OS setting by syncing their setting with Microsoft account. Therefore the user can conveniently use and access their own files and settings anywhere and every time by logging into their Microsoft account.
The upgraded security features in the new OS has a variety of security patches—software that fixes and upgrades computer programs and data. The patches are being customized in time according to the needs of the market. One of the latest being ‘WannaCrypt’ patch meant to protect individual OS’s from WannaCry Ransomware Attack that affected OS’s all across the globe and caused a chaos in Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) by disabling their cyber system. Other measures include a parental control that maintains family safety as it gives more power to the guardians to prevent children from misusing and accessing unethical websites on the internet. For mobile phones and tablets, touchscreen new authentication measures are provided, namely PIN and Picture Password.
Windows DVD Maker is removed as Microsoft proclaims that it is no longer popular among users.
Windows Media Center is no longer inbuilt inside the OS. Users now have to buy it additionally.
Windows CardSpace technology, a safety net for accessing resources and sharing personal information on the Internet has also been removed.
Start Button, Desktop Gadgets, and Sidebar have been removed to make the home display look livelier and clutter free.
Microsoft has divided the windows 8 into four versions with. Each version is designated to be used according to the need of the user and differentiated between Windows 8 for home use, Windows 8 Pro for business use, Windows 8 Enterprise for large enterprises that require bulk buying, and Windows RT for devices running on ARM processors.
Each version of Windows 8 needs different disk space for installation. Each space partition depends on the number of programs and software installation along with Windows 8 and the size of the core processor. Microsoft recommends a partition of at least 16 GB free space for installing Windows 8 (x86) and 20 GB for Windows 8 (x64).