Comparing Windows 8 To Previous Versions 7, Vista

Comparing Windows 8 And 7 And Previous Versions Of The Os

Obviously the Release Preview isn’t indicative of final performance, but it’ll give us a give us a good indication of how Windows 8 is shaping up ahead of its likely October release.

Wondering how Windows 8 performs compared to its predecessors? Read on to find out

Even before you get to play around with Metro and its wonderful tiles, there’s going to be something else you notice: performance. Therefore, it’s important to see how Windows 8 and its previous versions – specifically, Windows 7 – compare.

Booting Up

If there’s one element of Windows 7 hate it’s the fact that you have to wait for everything to load before you can even open the browser. Windows 8 changes this by loading everything before Windows 8 appears on screen, reloading everything when rebooting rather than installing. PCMag said boot up times were reduced by half, and that’s without considering Solid State Drives are getting cheaper and once they grow in capacity they’re going to be become even cheaper. Shutdown time was also improved, but not as greatly as start up time.

Moving Files

Moving Files has been changed, so the progress of each operation when moving multiplayer files together. No speed improvement was shown compared to Windows 7, but there was an almost instant transfer when moving files to a different folder.

Browser Performance

We’ve already mentioned Internet Explorer 10 today and how it’s going under a redesign in Windows 8, but does it perform better than IE 9 which became competitive with Google Chrome?


Yes, in numerous ways: startup time was almost half, to 17 seconds in IE 10 to 38 seconds in IE 9; shutdown time dropped from 12.2 to 9.9 seconds; and it took 1:11 versus 1:22 in IE 9 to render video. Most importantly out of these stats is the startup time, which is massively improved. I use Chrome, though, so I wouldn’t be seeing the difference daily.

We saw with a Microsoft employee booting up Windows 8, and the Metro side just appeared. For an operating system hoping to be on a tablet, it’s essential. If I turn on an iPad, everything loads instantly: there’s no waiting for Wi-Fi to connect.

Also, optimizing for hardware is important. Android devices have great hardware, but often perform poorly.

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Jonathan is a writer on the technology and video game industries. He is comfortable with using Mac OS X and Windows; he began using Windows with Windows XP during his early double-digit years, and started using OS X in 2009 on a MacBook Pro. He began gaming on the SNES back in the 90s.

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One Response to Comparing Windows 8 To Previous Versions 7, Vista

  1. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    wizard of oz said:

    but the wireless is weak in windows 8 >> windows 7 i get 500 kb/s

    in windows 8 i get 37 kb/s >> youtube = 240p and still it loads the video SLOW x”O

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