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Which operating system has better performance, Windows 7 or Windows 8.1?

27 mayo, 2021

Although according to Microsoft and also StatCounter, Windows 10 already surpasses Windows 7 in installations, there are still many users who follow clinging to a version of the system that is almost 10 years old, which ran out of initial support in 2015 and will run 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 have support 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 has better performance?


Everything Microsoft improved with Windows 8 / 8.1

Windows 8

The disgrace 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 truth is that Windows 8.1 has many improvements over Windows 7.


With Windows 8 / 8.1 the shutdown and hibernation modes were combined into one, the system uses a hybrid boot mode that makes the computer starts up much faster thanks to the fact that the kernel leaves 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 that 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 that 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 tests of benchmark they left Windows 8 / 8.1 better off than Windows 7, although with minor differences.

Data transfer

System to copy files with the same name in Windows 8.1 System to copy files with the same name in Windows 8.1
System to copy files with the same name in Windows 7 System to copy files with the same name in Windows 7

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 dialogues, with much less crashes 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 taking better advantage of your GPU when you play, 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.

In general, Windows 8.1 added a long list of improvements to the system to improve its performance, 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.

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