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Speed: Is it improving?

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    Speed: Is it improving?


    So, for as I've measured, Speed isn't much different from Windows 7, but then again, they are using almost identical hardware. How is Windows 8 running on XP or Vista?

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    8 is the fastest version of Windows I've ever used, its also the lightest. I have tried it on much older hardware, but everything I've ran it on p4 or better flies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Konceptz804 View Post
    8 is the fastest version of Windows I've ever used, its also the lightest. I have tried it on much older hardware, but everything I've ran it on p4 or better flies.
    Most say that it is bloated like vista, but I'm siding with you. It is much faster on my computer than on 7.
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    for me 8 is faster than 7, it shutsdown a lot faster too. glad i ignored all the negative press and tried it, i like it and will not be going back to 7
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    Quote Originally Posted by hclarkjr View Post
    for me 8 is faster than 7, it shutsdown a lot faster too. glad i ignored all the negative press and tried it, i like it and will not be going back to 7
    8 is amazing, it will be my primary OS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGrantFitz View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Konceptz804 View Post
    8 is the fastest version of Windows I've ever used, its also the lightest. I have tried it on much older hardware, but everything I've ran it on p4 or better flies.
    Most say that it is bloated like vista, but I'm siding with you. It is much faster on my computer than on 7.
    Most have no idea what they are talking about lol. When MS first showed it, they had a side by side presentation of W8 preview, Win7 SP1, and Win Vista SP2 all 64bit and Win8 was on average using 30% less ram idle at the desktop then the other two OSs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Konceptz804 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by TheGrantFitz View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Konceptz804 View Post
    8 is the fastest version of Windows I've ever used, its also the lightest. I have tried it on much older hardware, but everything I've ran it on p4 or better flies.
    Most say that it is bloated like vista, but I'm siding with you. It is much faster on my computer than on 7.
    Most have no idea what they are talking about lol. When MS first showed it, they had a side by side presentation of W8 preview, Win7 SP1, and Win Vista SP2 all 64bit and Win8 was on average using 30% less ram idle at the desktop then the other two OSs.
    At the desktop... :smile:
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGrantFitz View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Konceptz804 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by TheGrantFitz View Post

    Most say that it is bloated like vista, but I'm siding with you. It is much faster on my computer than on 7.
    Most have no idea what they are talking about lol. When MS first showed it, they had a side by side presentation of W8 preview, Win7 SP1, and Win Vista SP2 all 64bit and Win8 was on average using 30% less ram idle at the desktop then the other two OSs.
    At the desktop... :smile:
    Metro is just an interface, and even with it added, 8 is still lighter then 7
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    Startups and shutdowns are faster for sure, not sure there is any real noticeable difference anywhere else.
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    Hi there
    What exactly do you mean by "Fastest".

    Booting up W8 is definitely quicker than W7 -- but on the same hardware I can boot up XP or W2003 server (W2K3 server probably the best OS ever to come out of Redmond--even compared with W7 and W8 ) so fast even on a VM that I sometimes wonder should I just run a few XP or w2003 server VM's or run a W8 system. !!!

    Lack of RAM and slow disks will kill ANY system even if you've got the latest MOBO with the fastest Intel I7 in it.

    With decent HDD's (especially if you go for SSD's) Boot time should not be an issue any more whatever Windows version you want to run.

    W7 definitely takes longer to shutdown --but that's probably because I'm using the default "Services" start up -- if you only start services that are really needed this should fix that problem too.

    Where W8 scores of course is the far superior security protection built into the kernel.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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