• Compare Windows 7 to Windows 8.1
  • Windows System Properties
  • The Windows Desktop Desktop
  • My Computer
  • My Documents
  • Taskbar
  • Start Menu
  • Title Bar
  • Start button in Windows 7 was replaced with start screen

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    Start button in Windows 7 was replaced with start screen.

    Task Manager has been redesigned, including a new processes tab with the option to display fewer or more details of running applications and background processes, a heat map using different colors indicating the level of resource usage, network and disk counters, grouping by process type (e.g. applications, background processes and Windows processes), friendly names for processes and a new option which allows users to search the web to find information about obscure processes.

    Compare Windows 7 to Windows 8.1

    Windows 7

    Windows 8.1

    The familiar desktop

    Works with a mouse and keyboard

    Works with Word, Excel, Outlook, and other familiar programs

    Built for touch PCs and tablets

    Apps from the Windows Store

    Mail, People, and other built-in apps

    Keep your settings and apps on all your PCs and devices

    Bing smart search to find things across the web, apps, and your PC

    Start screen with live updates

    Faster startup times

    Windows System Properties

    • Using dialog boxes for easy tracking the installation.

    • Guide for installing step by step.

    • Speed command execution.

    • Using graphics, symbols, and icons instead of command writing.

    • Command's undo.

    • Delete and add through control panel.

    • Connect to the internet network.

    Files and Directories

    Everything on a PC is stored as files and directories. You can think of a PC as a big filing cabinet. Inside this cabinet there are some files and some folders with specific names. Inside the folders there can be text files, pictures, etc. or more folders (directories).

    When one directory is inside of another, it is known as a subdirectory.

    All of these files and directories have to be stored on disks. Hard disks can store a lot of information.

    The Windows Desktop


    The computer screen that is displayed is called the Desktop. As you move the mouse around with your hand, you see the mouse pointer move accordingly on the computer desktop. The icons on the desktop correspond to commonly used programs found in the computer. These icons are actually shortcuts to the programs themselves and double-clicking the icons will launch the programs automatically.

    You can also use the right mouse button to open up different commands. Right-click on an empty area of the desktop and arrange the icons by name.

    My Computer

    The My Computer icon will show a listing of the computer’s disk drives, network drives, and system files/folders. Local files or folders are found on the computer’s drives whereas remote files or folders are found on the network drives. Double-clicking on the drive letter will open the contents of that drive.

    My Documents

    The My Documents folder is the default folder where most of the Windows programs will save your files.

    It is as symbol or small picture, it implements link to certain objects that connected to program or folders.

    Recycle Bin

    It contains all the deleted files, you can restore them.


    All open windows will be accessible via the Taskbar. You can select them by clicking on the button that they formed when they were first opened.

    Time and date are found on the right-hand side of the Taskbar and can be changed by double clicking on the numbers that display the time.

    Start Menu

    The Start Menu contains shortcuts to the most commonly used programs that are found on your computer.

    The Help and Support Center can be a vital source of information. Click the Start Menu and select Help and Support.

    The Window's Windows

    Windows are the main forms of organization and navigation.

    Title Bar

    The Title Bar shows the name of which window you are viewing.


    Every window in the windows operating system will have a series of buttons on the top right corner of the Title Bar.

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