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Is Windows 8 More Secure than Windows 7?

Is Windows 8 More Secure than Windows 7? Before upgrading Windows 8, many users could have this kind of concern. The big improvements, including an integrated antivirus and application reputation system, make Windows 8 definitely more secure than Windows 7. And we’ll detail you in what ways is Windows 8 is more secure than Windows 7.

Windows 8 Secure Boot

On new Windows 8 computers that use the UEFI firmware instead of the old-style BIOS, Secure Boot guarantees that only specially signed and approved software can run at boot. On current computers, malware could install a malicious boot loader that loads before the Windows boot loader, starting a boot-level rootkit (or “bootkit”) before Windows even launches. The rootkit could then hide itself from Windows and antivirus software, pulling the strings in the background.

Note: If you forgot Windows 8 password and can’t boot up your computer running Windows 8, Windows Password Reset could come in handy. Just free download it and have a try.

Windows 8 Apps

Windows Store apps dramatically reduce the risk of malware. Users can only install Windows Stores apps that have been checked and approved by Microsoft, which greatly reduces the risk of having malware hidden within it. Windows 8 runs Windows Store apps with very limited privileges and no system-level access, reducing the ability of malware to exploit vulnerability in an app.

Windows Defender

In Windows 8, Windows Defender has been upgraded from antispyware to a full-featured antimalware solution capable of detecting and stopping a wider range of potentially malicious software and viruses earlier in the boot process. Windows 8 users no longer need Microsoft Security Essentials, because Windows Defender is now just as powerful. The Windows Defender is enabled by default and you don’t need to enable it by yourself.


SmartScreen Filter

The SmartScreen filter was previously exclusive feature of Internet Explorer. It is now implemented at the operating system-level and used to scan EXE files you download from Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and other programs.

As you download and double-click an EXE file, Windows will scan the file and send its signature to Microsoft’s servers. If the download is an application that already known a good one, like the installer for iTunes, Photoshop, or other popular programs, Windows will allow it to run. If it’s contains malware or virus, Windows will stop it from running. If it’s new and Windows doesn’t know what it is, Windows will pop up a warning and allow you to bypass the warning.

What’s more, the Windows 8 has already been upgraded to Windows 8.1 which has all the security protections of Windows 8. If you want to have the latest Windows OS on your computer, check the post How to Upgrade to Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 is Here for Download and Installation

The long-awaited Windows 8.1 upgrade is launched on Thursday, October 17 for download and installation. The update has fixed most of the problems that users are having during these years.

Windows 8 users can get a free update from Microsoft Store app. For earlier versions of Windows OS, the operating system can be purchased at Microsoft Stores and retailers like Best Buy for $119.99 for Home version and $199.99 for Pro version.


What’s changed in Windows 8.1

Many people say that the new software represents a reset and rebirth of the bets that Microsoft made with its Windows 8 operating system.

  1. Start button – tapping once on this brings up the tiled interface and a long press opens up system controls
  2. Web browsing – Windows 8 machines will now display separate web pages side by side
  3. Gesture control – some applications, such as those for cooking, can now be paged through without touching a screen
  4. Keyboard shortcuts – removes the need to toggle between different on-screen keyboards when Typing numbers and letters
  5. Desktop mode – lets people avoid the tiled interface entirely
  6. Tile sizing – the blocks on the touchscreen interface can be in one of four sizes

A lot of other changes, including better support for multi-tasking and improved links to Microsoft’s Xbox game console, are also in the update.

Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Pro

As you already know, you have 2 options to choose from: Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Pro. The Pro version of Windows 8.1 offers Remote Desktop Connection, Bitlocker encryption and Windows Media Center with DVD playback. Note that third-party video software, like VLC, offers DVD playback for free.

Don’t know how to download and install Windows 8.1? Check the post How to Upgrade and Install Windows 8.1.