Windows® 7 speed in comparison to Windows® 8 Consumer Preview
Windows 8 Consumer Preview was launched recently and its retail version will succeed Windows 7. Windows 8 introduces the new Metro user interface and several enhancements have been made to increase the efficiency of computers. Let’s check out how the performance of a Windows 7-based PC fares when compared to a system with Windows 8 Consumer Preview.
As was found in Windows 8 Developer Preview, the consumer preview version also boots faster than Windows 7. While Windows 7 PCs can take up to thirty seconds to boot, Windows 8 reportedly fires up in 10-15 seconds. Now that’s really fast.
In a speed test conducted by Laptop Magazine, it has been reported that Windows 7 copies faster than Windows 8 Consumer Preview, which is rather surprising. The speed tests for file transfer were performed by Laptop Magazine on ASUS Zenbook UX31, Samsung Series 7, and Dell Inspiron 15. In the case of ASUS Zenbook UX31 and Samsung Series 7, the difference between file transfer speed of Windows 7 and Windows 8 was found to be significant.
In Laptop Magazine’s OpenOffice Spreadsheet test also, Windows 7 was more efficient as compared to Windows 8. The graphics performance of both Windows 7 and Windows 8 was quite the same. Those who spend hours on end on their computers will surely be concerned about the battery performance of the operating systems. Presently, tests have reported that Windows 7 uses less power than Windows 8 Consumer Preview.
In speed tests on Windows 7 and Windows 8 Developer Preview, Windows 7 was found to be slower in case of compressing/decompressing files, encoding a movie, and boot time.
It would be too early to pass a judgment regarding which is faster – Windows 7 or Windows 8 – as the retail version of the new OS is yet to be released and there could be some bugs in the Consumer Preview. Also, there could be driver issues with hardware on which Windows 8 Consumer Preview is being run, and the OS could really turn out to be fast as compared to Windows 7 when it is out in the market later in 2012.