guys....really the only difference between windows 7 and windows 8 is what happens when you press the "start" button. instead of the usual menu that pops up when you press "start," it takes you to tiles. the only other main differentiating factor is that windows 8 and windows 7 is the amount of customization windows 8 allows you...something I really like. something else I think is really cool is that you can dl apps and certain programs have an app like feel to it. I also really like how you can open and look at two programs at the same time.