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Speed: Is it improving?

  1. #11


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Windows 8 will probably perform about the same as Windows 7 if you have high end hardware. But if you have marginal hardware, Windows 8 will be much better. It makes far better use of resources and will self-optimize itself based on the current hardware conditions.

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  2. #12


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I've noticed Windows 8 to be a gift to older hardware as it is MUCH more light footed, which makes upgrading from an xp or vista machine more worthwhile. From 7 to 8, there are some speed improvements like startup and shutdown, and overall lower system usage which translates into lower power usage. Also, overall, Windows 8 seems to stay running fast and lean due to ye Automatic Maintenance feature over 7. From my usage, I've had the most consistent boot times every and I was using it as my main OS since the Developer Preview days.

    I don't know if it's the Enterprise version, but the RTM seems to be slower than before. Not only on my system but on another one as well. Boot time is longer compared to the RP and even setup identical to the RP.
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  3. #13


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    Windows 8.1 Pro, iOS 7.1, Elementary OS


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I've noticed Windows 8 to be a gift to older hardware as it is MUCH more light footed, which makes upgrading from an xp or vista machine more worthwhile. From 7 to 8, there are some speed improvements like startup and shutdown, and overall lower system usage which translates into lower power usage. Also, overall, Windows 8 seems to stay running fast and lean due to ye Automatic Maintenance feature over 7. From my usage, I've had the most consistent boot times every and I was using it as my main OS since the Developer Preview days.

    I don't know if it's the Enterprise version, but the RTM seems to be slower than before. Not only on my system but on another one as well. Boot time is longer compared to the RP and even setup identical to the RP.
    Same here, but where is that extra baggage in the RTM, since i have had the same problem.

    The Marketplace may slow down the computer the bigger it gets if it is left open.
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  4. #14


    My Win8 experience thus far (three days) is much faster and responsive than Win7, on the same hardware (dual boot system). To me, Win8 has less "eye candy" than Win7 and maybe that's why things seems to be faster? I haven't measured anything yet, so this is "seat of the pants" experience, not objective at all...
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  5. #15


    I think true with the older hardware. As you can see I have an older Acer. 8 flies past 7 in boot time, resources, and speed. Seems to be very stable as well. No problems whatsoever.
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  6. #16


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    considerably quicker as an os, just takes some getting used to the layout of the different aspects of the os.

    ran some games minor fps increase across the board, were talking 1-10 fps increase so nothing major and then it really depends on the game some games were the same others were 1-2 fps increase on avg and some seen as much as 10 fps increase, could be early drivers versions which may mean some will see larger improvments as time goes on.

    ran some rendering in 3ds which is important to me, a long scene render in win 7 tested 10 times for a base line, finished in 9 min 20 secs ish quickest was 9 min, done the same render in win 8 in 8 min 30 sec with the quickest render taking 8 min 19 secs. not colossal improvments but noticable(note both renders done using the same ssd drive and setup)

    all in all given some minor tweaking the os is solid and stable, runs fine on small netbooks as well and has all the major functions you expect.
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  7. #17


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    W8 boots faster than W7 that's confirmed here too.
    The shutdown doesn't seem faster (using the hybrid boot / swapfile.sys seems to make the startup faster and the shutdown slower) but most tests were made on IDE drives and some VM's. I still use W7 as the main OS and I'm still thinking over the switch. But I know I wouldn't encounter any problems as long as VBox / VMPlayer work ok.

    I'm glad they removed the 16bit display color modes (and put something to compensate this in compatibility mode) and Explorer is better with more UI features.
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  8. #18


    Never have seen these so called w8 speed increases outside of boot times. Throw a couple of hundred windows updates onto w8 and lets see how snappy it is, lol.
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  9. #19


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by DooRules View Post
    Never have seen these so called w8 speed increases outside of boot times. Throw a couple of hundred windows updates onto w8 and lets see how snappy it is, lol.
    True
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  10. #20


    Posts : 272
    windows 7


    Dual booting W7 & W8 on the same hardware and 8 seems a lot faster for me, boot times are really good too.
    I am planning on putting W8 on my partners laptop for the speed improvements...I just got to prepare myself for the "WTF is this and where has the blue thing gone, and how do I get back to the main screen?". Should be fun
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