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Editorial: Has Windows Search Got Any Better Over The Years? Hint: It Hasn't

Last weekend I was feeling a bit nostalgic and fired up Windows 2000 on my home computer. Win2k has a special place in my heart. Sadly, due to planned obsolescence it's no longer possible to use this fantastic operating system with the latest software available.

Be that as it may, what annoys me even more are the "improvements" made to Windows search through the years. The search box in Windows 2000 is very powerful, there are no cute animations and there are no exclusions. It's just no-nonsense search, as you would expect it to be. I'm afraid to say, Windows search has got worse, and not better over the years, 8 included.

Windows 8 vs. Windows 7 Benchmarks: Microsoft's Latest OS Put to the Test

Back when Vista first arrived I remember comparing how it performed to XP and being extremely disappointed with the results. Vista was generally rough around the edges and that included drivers, so gaming and productivity applications were more often than not slower in the new OS. Microsoft's PR machine has been hard at work over the past few months, trying to explain the numerous improvements Windows 8 has received on the backend. The good news is that it shows.

For comparing Windows 7 and Windows 8 we will measure and test the performance of various aspects of the operating system including: boot up and shutdown times, file copying, encoding, browsing, gaming and some synthetic benchmarks.

Tuesday tech deals: Windows 7 Family Pack for $100

Tuesday tech deals: Windows 7 Family Pack for $100

NothingButSoftware offers the Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade Family Pack, model no. GFC-00236, for $99.99. With free shipping, that's $20 under an October deal and the lowest total price we could find now by $10. It's the cheapest you're likely to find unless...