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

10 Aug 2015   #1
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 
Windows 10 vs. Windows 8.1 vs. Windows 7 Performance

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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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10 Aug 2015   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Personally I don't think the differences in time really should be use to judge whether a operating system is the operating system one should use.

A few seconds one way or the other I can live with.

1. How does the operating system work under daily use?
2. Does the operating system have functions that you desire or need?
3. Does the operating system have visual appeal that you desire.
After all you are going to be staring at it for many hours a day.
4. Is your operating system secure and that includes secure from Microsoft sneaking and peaking?


Windows 10 because it is new is like any other new operating system
one will just have to try it and see if meets or exceeds what one desires and or needs.
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10 Aug 2015   #3
Indianatone

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines
 
 

The visual quality of the image is crisper on Windows 7 than on 8, 8.1 and 10. I have confirmed this all on the same hardware. Windows 7 text is by far sharper and to me the visual cues and looks of 7 are in every way superior to the later OS.
I like the look of AERO too and the glow effects and transparency. I am on my 2nd really (for me a non gamer) expensive video card with 4Gb GDR5 EVGA GeForce GTX 960 4GB SSC ACX 2.0+ 4GB GDDR5 PCI 3.0 Dual-Link Ready Graphics Cards 04G-P4-3967-KR
Amazon.com: EVGA GeForce GTX 960 SuperSC ACX 2.0+ 2GB GDDR5 128bit, PCI-E 3.0 Dual-Link DVI-I, 3 x DP, HDMI, SLI, HDCP, G-SYNC Ready Graphics Cards 02G-P4-2966-KR: Computers & Accessories

That card pushes stuff around fast. If 10 had Windows 7 looks I would use it but not yet.
Windows 7 unfortunately is Microsoft's worst enemy as it is a good looking OS.
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10 Aug 2015   #4
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Maybe just disable the lock screen in 10 with group policy and see what it does
Can't remember if 8 had a lock screen or not :/
I'm sure it would do the same thing = slow it way down.

Everyone keeps referring to wake from sleep and hibernation ?
Wake from sleep in 7 is as fast as either 8 or 10 so I don't see what that is about ? you move the mouse and the system wakes

Hibernation is not a necessary feature unless you're running off a battery so why is it such an important bench for a desktop unless there's a power outage if so hello APC

Snappy is only as snappy as the startup items fast start in 7 is harmless
I wish I could say the same for 8 and 10.
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10 Aug 2015   #5
Seffrid

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

"you can feel free to upgrade and know you won't be sacrificing performance in the process."

It would seem that you can also know that you won't be gaining any significant performance either.

Wait and see, that would seem to be the best advice on upgrading to Windows 10, with even greater justification in holding back if you are currently using Windows 7 rather than 8 or 8.1.
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10 Aug 2015   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Sleep and hibernation to me is added B/S. So doing test using them is B/S of course this is my opinion.

As fast as Windows 7, 8, 10 boot their is no need for either of them.
Save your work and shutdown properly.
Boot your computer when you get in the mood or you need to.

Saving work, shutting down properly and then boot again is about 60 to 90 seconds. Who in the hell can't find 90 seconds in their lives.
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12 Aug 2015   #7
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Indianatone View Post
The visual quality of the image is crisper on Windows 7 than on 8, 8.1 and 10.
I can't tell any difference at all, they all look as sharp as each other to me on three systems.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Can't remember if 8 had a lock screen or not :/.
It does, as does 7.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Seffrid View Post
"you can feel free to upgrade and know you won't be sacrificing performance in the process."

It would seem that you can also know that you won't be gaining any significant performance either.
So the statement is not false then? Pointless picking nits with it when there's nothing wrong with it. Have you not noticed any performance gain in W10?
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12 Aug 2015   #8
Seffrid

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Boozad View Post

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Seffrid View Post
"you can feel free to upgrade and know you won't be sacrificing performance in the process."

It would seem that you can also know that you won't be gaining any significant performance either.
So the statement is not false then? Pointless picking nits with it when there's nothing wrong with it. Have you not noticed any performance gain in W10?
I was referring to the conclusions in the review that seemed to suggest that improvements in performance would be coming in the future.

Generally the advice on a variety of sites seems to be that it is really only worth upgrading at the moment if you're running Windows 8 or 8.1 with Windows 7 users recommended to hold back at least for now.

So far as my own situation is concerned, I am following developments with interest but see no reason to upgrade from Windows 7, although I would in any event wait a few months for things to settle down before installing a new OS on my two machines.
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12 Aug 2015   #9
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Everyone keeps referring to wake from sleep and hibernation ?
Wake from sleep in 7 is as fast as either 8 or 10 so I don't see what that is about ? you move the mouse and the system wakes
Not on my PC.
I have to press the power button.

I cannot make the USB mouse and/or USB keyboard wake my PC.
In fact, I've never had a desktop system that would wake using USB mouse and/or USB keyboard, regardless of the BIOS and OS settings (my laptop will wake up if I scratch the scratchpad).

OTOH, PS/2 devices have always worked for me.

I'll be keeping W7 on my Desktop, but I might upgrade my laptop to W10.
W10 uses ~200 MB less RAM (in my testing) and my laptop only has 2 GB.
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12 Aug 2015   #10
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Of course your correct hibernation requires the power button be pushed = my bad
A good reason I don't use it unless an emergency case because it gives a fault sense of the computers state

Hibernation gives the impression the computer is off
If a user doesn't use a password on wake anyone can continue if they press the power button

9 times out of 10 people will use a continuous screen saver slide show
The others I've seen usually leave the switch users login window open all the time.

Never have I seen anyone use hyper state on a desktop.
Nor have I personally used it
I prefer to startup fresh.
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