Which one is faster – Windows 7 or Windows 8?
The new computer operating system Windows 8 is scheduled to be launched by Microsoft in October/November 2012. It sports a refreshed design with the Metro user interface and several performance improvements. According to Microsoft, Windows 8 is faster than its predecessor, that is, Windows 7.
Michael Muchmore, who isÂ PC Magazine’s lead analyst for software and Web applications, conducted speed tests to compare Windows 7 and Windows 8.
Hardware specifications of the computer used to test Windows 7 and Windows 8
The speed tests were performed to compare the 64-bit editions of Windows 7 Ultimate and Windows 8. Michael first did a clean installation of Windows 7 on a Toshiba Portégé R835-P88 laptop. The laptop is powered by a 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-2450M processor. It has 6GB RAM, a 500GB hard drive, and an Intel HD Graphics 3000 integrated graphics processor. After testing Windows 7, Michael installed Windows 8 on the same laptop.
Speed test results
Michael evaluated the time taken by Windows 7 and Windows 8 to start up, shut down, copy files, encode video, etc. While Windows 7 takes 38 and 12.2 seconds, respectively, to start up and shut down, Windows 8 is a lot faster. It takes 17 and 9.9 seconds, respectively, to start up and shut down. Browser speed was also found to be marginally better in Windows 8 as compared to Windows 7.
Read a detailed analysis of the tests conducted to compare the speed of Windows 7 and Windows 8.
(Via PC Magazine)