Windows 10: Windows 10 vs. Windows 8.1 vs. Windows 7 Performance

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  1. Posts : 20,887
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
       10 Aug 2015 #1

    Windows 10 vs. Windows 8.1 vs. Windows 7 Performance


    Three years ago we were benchmarking Microsoft's then latest operating system, Windows 8. At the time we were keen to make sure Windows 8 performed as well as Windows 7, which was a huge upgrade from 2006's Windows Vista.

    In the end, we determined that Windows 8 was on par with 7 and at times a fraction faster, leading us to this conclusion in our performance review:

    "Looking beyond benchmarks, Windows 8 appears more polished than Windows 7, even if you plan to live on the desktop and aren't too fond of the Start screen, general usage is smoother and appears to be faster on Windows 8, which I found most noticeable on our somewhat underpowered Athlon II X4 system. If anything, it's a great start. Now the Metro/Modern style will have to prove itself as a cross-platform OS that marries desktop, laptop and tablet PCs."
    It's obvious now that the 'Metro' Start screen was an epic failure and in my opinion it was the only real issue with Windows 8, as I thoroughly enjoyed using the operating system with Classic Shell installed.

    Fortunately, Microsoft learned from its mistakes and addressed some of Windows 8's shortcomings in Windows 10, which we believe is the best version yet, if only for its improved looks and functionality across devices and form factors.

    After running the beta for months, I installed Windows 10 on launch day with the impression that it was relatively fast and stable, though it remained to be seen precisely how fast it was compared to Windows 8.1 and the beloved Windows 7.

    That's what we plan to find out today as we test various aspects of the operating system including boot up and shutdown times, file copying, encoding, browsing, gaming and some synthetic benchmarks.

    Test System Specs

    All three operating systems were tested using a fresh install with all the updates applied and then our test software installed. The exact same hardware was used for each configuration with the only difference being the OS used.

    • Intel Core i5-4670K (3.4GHz - 3.8GHz)
    • Asrock Z97 Extreme6
    • 8GB DDR3-2400 RAM
    • Nvidia GeForce GTX 980
    • Crucial MX200 1TB
    • SilverStone Essential Gold 750w
    • Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 Pro 64-bit


    Article Index

    1. Windows 10 Put to the Test, Benchmarked
    2. Synthetic Benchmarks
    3. Application Performance
    4. Storage Performance
    5. Encoding Performance
    6. Gaming Performance
    7. Faster, Slower, Better?

    Read more: Windows 10 vs. Windows 8.1 vs. Windows 7 Performance - TechSpot
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  2. Posts : 17
    64-Bit Windows 10 Home
       10 Aug 2015 #2

    I wait with baited breath for the results on this may you have as few hiccups as possible.

    Guess that's what i get for reading with a sleep addled mind.
    Last edited by CervenySun; 10 Aug 2015 at 18:38.
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  3. Posts : 1,973
    W10 Pro + W10 Preview
       10 Aug 2015 #3

    Overall performance wise am impressed with W10, though Edge is a disappointment in many respects, being nowhere near the finished product.
    Hopefully this will improve in time.
    In the meantime will use IE and Google Chrome.
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  4.    10 Aug 2015 #4

    Overall, I'm very happy with Windows 10.
    It has been a good investment. (Of my time, not money!)

    All the things that Microsoft wants us to embrace have no interest for me.
    My search is set to only look at my computer... NOT the web!
    All the tiles have been deleted.
    Cortana has been (almost) hidden away.
    Edge/IE? What is all that about? Don't know - don't care.
    Every 'app' has been uninstalled where it could be...
    (I'm a 55 year old man and I still have to tolerate an XBox app on my computer!
    Never played XBox or Wii or any kind of computer game in my life... but there it is... XBox on my computer! Grrr!)

    The OS runs all my programs just fine.
    (Had to update my video editor [PowerDirector], but that was the only program that was un-prepared for Windows 10 from the get-go.)

    My verdict is that it's very stable.
    Boot times are a lot LONGER (yeah, who'da thort!), and updates are out of control.
    Minor niggles that will get sorted out over time.
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  5.    10 Aug 2015 #5

    You should boot up in seconds because of the hybrid shutdown like in windows 8
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  6. Posts : 1,634
    W7 Pro x64 | W10 IP x64 | Linux Mint VM
       10 Aug 2015 #6

    JoeShades said: View Post
    You should boot up in seconds because of the hybrid shutdown like in windows 8
    This also screws up your primary/secondary OS if you're dual booting.
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  7.    10 Aug 2015 #7

    Hi there

    I'm another old Dinosaur --HATE XBOX / Most modern computer games / modern Thump Thump Night club music/ Facebook / twitter etc etc.

    My idea of pleasant music is a night out at the Opera preferably followed BEFORE the event by a decent meal in a proper restaurant -- no "Take aways" or vile stuff like that.

    However as far as W10 is concerned - It works fine for me - better than W7 / W8 / W8.1

    I do use smart phones, satellite TV and multi-media streaming so I accept SOME modern technology is for me -- even when a lot isn't. !!

    My main complaints

    Modern popular music --HIDEOUS, most modern TV Excruciatingly boring and the whole idea of "Fast Foods" or eating on the hoof -- what's wrong in taking a bit of a break and enjoying a great meal in pleasant surroundings taking as long as you like over eating it with pleasant company --forget rush rush all the time.

    Modern sport though (when they aren't all taking drugs) has greatly improved both for participants and as a spectator sport - and Modern bicycles are absolutely great even for oldies like me.

    I think also a load of computer hardware has also improved incredibly -- some stuff would have taken me weeks to do with ancient hardware - now it can be done in hours at the most.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  8. Posts : 147
    Windows 10 x64
       10 Aug 2015 #8

    Anecdotally, I'd say that Windows 10 is faster than Windows 7, but it just doesn't seem as snappy as Windows 8.1.

    Windows 8.1 is just extremely fast. It boots fast, apps open quickly, it shuts down quickly, etc.
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  9.    10 Aug 2015 #9

    You can get rid of all you don't want. Check this:
    Remove default Apps from Windows 10

    teachermark said: View Post
    Overall, I'm very happy with Windows 10.
    It has been a good investment. (Of my time, not money!)

    All the things that Microsoft wants us to embrace have no interest for me.
    My search is set to only look at my computer... NOT the web!
    All the tiles have been deleted.
    Cortana has been (almost) hidden away.
    Edge/IE? What is all that about? Don't know - don't care.
    Every 'app' has been uninstalled where it could be...
    (I'm a 55 year old man and I still have to tolerate an XBox app on my computer!
    Never played XBox or Wii or any kind of computer game in my life... but there it is... XBox on my computer! Grrr!)

    The OS runs all my programs just fine.
    (Had to update my video editor [PowerDirector], but that was the only program that was un-prepared for Windows 10 from the get-go.)

    My verdict is that it's very stable.
    Boot times are a lot LONGER (yeah, who'da thort!), and updates are out of control.
    Minor niggles that will get sorted out over time.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  10. Posts : 21
    XP/7/8.1/10 PRO 10586
       10 Aug 2015 #10

    On the gaming front, I found strange input lag in StarCraft II. It wasn't hugely noticeable but scrolling and commands took slightly longer than they did in Windows 8.1, just enough that in a competitive game it felt sluggish.
    After a quick Google search I found a number of users complaining about the same thing and all sources blamed Windows 10's Xbox application which is built into the OS and cannot be removed via conventional methods.
    Despite never running this app or having an Xbox account to actually use it, it appears this was my problem. Fortunately, there's a Powershell command to disable the Xbox app and doing so eliminated the lag, allowing StarCraft II to play like it did on Windows 8.1. It was a disappointing discovery, but I'm glad it was relatively easy to overcome with some help from the Internet.

    Well, that explains the Starcraft II problem, great .... it's the XBOX app .... haha man. How can the XBOX app break Starcraft II .... seriously. This O/S is seemingly not targeted for gamers. The DX12 is not even worth the hassle. Man on man, Im pist
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