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Windows 10 vs Windows 8.1 vs Windows 7 – Top Performance Comparison


In Windows 8, Microsoft introduced the Metro Start screen, which was a total disaster, and the users criticized the company for removing the Start button. But there were many other issues in Windows 8 that were addressed in Windows 10, which came with an improved look and extra features. This is the best version so far and since July 29, waves of users started upgrading from Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. In this article, we’ll make a comparison between their performances in terms of boot time, file copying, browsing etc.

For the tests was used a computer wit these technical specs: an Intel Core i5-4670K processor clocked at 3.4GHz (which can be boosted up to 3.8GHz), which was placed on an Asrock Z97 Extreme6 chipset along with Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 graphics, a SilverStone Essential Gold 750w computer source and 1TB of storage. On this machine were tested each of the three operating systems, and below, we’ll give you the results.


BootRacer is a useful testing tool which measures how long it takes a computer to boot up and according to the results, Windows 8.1 needed only 4 seconds to boot, being followed by Windows 7 with 5 seconds and surprisingly, Windows 10 booted in six seconds. However, you won’t get the same results on a computer with inferior specs, because it will be slower at booting.

Wake up from sleep

Windows 10 is faster, taking only 10 seconds to wake up from sleep, being followed by Windows 8.1 with 12 seconds, while Windows 7 is lazier, because it’s back on its feet in 17 seconds.

Wake up from hibernation

We have the same order, only different numbers: Windows 10 – 21 seconds, Windows 8.1 – 23 seconds and Windows 7 – 27 seconds.

Synthetic Benchmarks

The scores in the Cinebench R15 (a cross-platform testing suite created by Maxon, which measures hardware performance) are: Windows 10: 573 (multi-treaded)/158 (single threaded), Windows 8.1: 562/154 and Windows 7: 535/152. This means that Windows 10 is 7 percent faster compared to Windows 7 and 2 percent faster compared to Windows 8.1.

In the Futuremark PCMark 7 test, Windows 10 scored 7101, Windows 8.1 scored 6402 and as expected, Windows 7 was weaker, obtaining a score of 6294.

In the 3D Particle Movement test, Windows 8.1 had the best results: 421.8 (multi-threaded)/130.2 (single-threaded), being followed by Windows 7: 396.6/127.8 and Windows 10 had some disappointing results of 394/118.9.

Application Performance and Browsing Experience

Windows 10 and Windows 7 have the same performance when it comes to Excel 2013, while Windows 8.1 has a slower performance. Firefox runs slower on Windows 10, Chrome performs better in Windows 7, Microsoft Edge is faster than Internet Explorer 11, which runs a bit better in Windows 10, but WinRAR runs better in Windows 8.1. Better results for Photoshop CC were obtained in Windows 8.1.

Encoding Performance

In the HandBrake encoding test, Windows 10 was faster than Windows 7, but weaker than Windows 8.1, while in the Hybrid 4K benchmark, Windows 10 had the same result as Windows 7, but Windows 8.1 is faster than them.