What is the main difference between windows 8 and windows 10

Looking at the differences between the 8 and 10 windows platforms

If you are a PC user, and I assume that you are if you are reading this, then you may wonder what the differences between the Windows 8 and Windows 10 platform were. They both look about the same, function about the same, and apart from a few features here and there, they both have the same icons and apps. But there are some differences between the two (apart from the price) which should be considered, especially if you are seeking a new computer or looking to upgrade from Windows 7.

Ease of Use

While the Windows 8 platform was designed to have an ease of use, primarily for those who are familiar with the tablet and smartphone layout, some have found that the design was too much of a difference between the traditional Windows 7 and previous operating systems. When updating to Windows 8, the user is met with a touch screen, or mouse clickable, app start up page. The main screen has a scroll down function which also lists all of the programs on the computer. For those who are not familiar with favs or with app setup and sorting, this could be a bit confusing.

Windows 10 remedied the confusion by integrating the new app features with the traditional start menu button. They cleaned up and organized the software icons a bit more, making the desktop a primary, not a secondary part of the OS. While you can opt for the tablet and touchscreen configuration which was present in the Windows 8 version, the default is catered more to the windows 7 or 8 platform users.


Like most systems which upgrade, older software and newer software are made for the newer system and the older stuff becomes obsolete. Windows 10 does not support much of the Windows 7 or Windows 98 software. Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 has shown some compatibility issues with the 98 software, but most of the windows 7 software is compatible with the 8 operating system. Users should know that the troubleshoot may be able to make some older software work in Windows 10, but the outcome is a bit sporadic.

Benefiting Windows 10, is a cross platform with other major software developers. As Windows is a division of Microsoft, the newer gaming systems as well as the mobile platforms which use Microsoft technology are cross platform compatible. For example, those who have an xbox one, can use the Windows 10 OS to access, download, and in some cases play their games on a PC.

Will it work on your Computer?

Older PCs may find that they cannot install Windows 10. Newer systems may find that they cannot install windows 8. The reason is due to the drivers for the most part. Windows 8 Drivers have been known to cause issues, and you will need to contact or download the drivers from your manufacturer’s website. For Windows 10, it is not so much about the driver as it is about the size of the OS. Ensure that your computer has at least 10Gs worth of space (preferably more as there are updates and such which could push it to 12Gs or more) before attempting to install Windows 10.

Custom built PCs tend to allow for Windows 10 installation but have had issues with Windows 8.

Upgrades and tech support

Perhaps one of the biggest considerations when you are trying to decide between Windows 8 and Windows 10 is the upgrades and the tech support. While there are still both services offered on both platforms now, it is very likely that the windows 8 tech support will be phased out much like the windows 7 had been soon. As windows 10 is the last operating system which Microsoft will release, meaning there will be no windows 11, according to a press release from Jerry Nixon. This does not mean that the OS will not update, but rather that these updates will be incremental rather than full blown news OS editions.

Windows 10, at one point, was offered for free which sparked a major worldwide downloading of the OS. The software has since ceased the free upgrade to the 10 platform. If considering the press release, the masses of users who have windows 10, and the direction of app development and smartphone/mobile technology, you may conclude like many that all Windows systems apart from the windows 10 will become obsolete. But this does not necessarily mean that you will get free upgrades to continue running windows. As Gordon Kelly, writer for Forbes online states, the upgrades and “free” nature of the OS will be free until it is not (meaning that once the OS is phased out and we are dependent upon Windows 10 they can charge us to use it).

Which should you choose?

It all comes down to your computer’s age, the size of your HD, and whether or not you want to have a perpetual license on software which may become obsolete or if you want to have a license which is perpetual now but may transition to a subscription based software in the future.