Although according to Microsoft and also Stat Counter , Windows 10 already surpasses Windows 7 in installations , there are still many users who are still clinging to a version of the system that is almost 10 years old , that was left without initial support in 2015 and that is will be out of extended support in February 2020.
For its part, Windows 8.1 continues to maintain a discreet third place. It is a version that will be supported until 2023 but that never really got off the ground. For many Windows 7 was simply better and they preferred to stay there. But, objectively, between these two almost abandoned old men , which system performs better?
Everything Microsoft improved with Windows 10 and 8 / 8.1
The misfortune of Windows 8 / 8.1 was its interface, all the initial changes, leaving aside the classic start menu and changing quite drastically the interface that everyone knew, it ended up driving away many users, but leaving that aside , the reality is that Windows 8.1 has many improvements in relation to Windows 7 . Read Windows vs Mac OS https://www.windo11release.com/5-reasons-why-windows-is-better-than-mac/
With Windows 8 / 8.1 the shutdown and hibernation modes were combined into one, the system uses a hybrid boot mode which makes the computer start up much faster thanks to the kernel leaving the system hibernating instead of shutting it down completely, making it possible for the computer to start up in a few seconds .
You may or may not remember it, but it was highly praised when Windows 8 was released. One of the few things people took time to praise after complaining about the startup screen for days.
Speed and resource consumption
- Aero Windows 7
- Aero, nightmare nightmare
Despite the errors made in usability, the new Windows 8 / 8.1 interface was a way of dressing the new engine that opting for simpler colors and fewer visual effects than the Aero Glass in Windows 7, ended up offering a faster system than consumes fewer resources .
Saying goodbye to Aero Glass in Windows 7 meant an improvement in resource consumption for Windows 8.1
This is especially true on low-resource computers. Multiple benchmark tests left Windows 8 / 8.1 better than Windows 7, albeit with minor differences.
Windows 8.1 transfers data faster and with a better interface . Microsoft understood that there were elements of the Windows 7 file transfer system that were confusing and somewhat disastrous.
That was improved with Windows 8 which has better and more detailed dialogs, with far fewer failures to end operations when copying . Especially when dealing with files and folders that have the same name.
Directx 11 Offline Installer
Windows 8.1 64-bit supports Directx 11.1 , something that in theory should improve performance when it comes to making better use of your GPU when gaming, and that Windows 7 did not receive. However, Windows 8 / 8.1 was never a favorite of PC gamers, as many games had compatibility problems and caused many errors and headaches. Everything Microsoft improved with Windows 10 is spread on web fastly.
Overall, Windows 8.1 added a long list of improvements to the system to improve its performance , it is a version that boots faster, consumes less resources and optimizes file transfers and GPU performance.
Many of the Windows 8 interface horrors were fixed with Windows 8.1, but a lot of the damage was done and Microsoft jumped on the Windows 10 truck fast.