Microsoft releases an upgraded version of Windows every few years, but if you are not tech-savvy, there may not appear to be notable differences, barring surface details. However, delve deeper and you should see major alterations from one Windows version to the next.
Of course, not every change is a positive one, so if you have Windows 7 or 8.1, you may not be in a hurry to upgrade all the way to Windows 10. In this article, we compare and contrast the aforementioned trio of Windows options, and let you know the strengths and weaknesses of each.
- Windows 7: Although it was released in 2009, Microsoft still charges anywhere from $101 to $150 for this software license activation.
- Windows 8.1: This is of course the upgrade on Windows 8 and will set you back $101 on amazon.com.
- Windows 10: If you are a home or professional user of Windows 7, running Service Pack 1, or Windows 8 running 8.1, you are eligible for a free download of Windows 10 until July 29, 2016. Otherwise, you need to pay $119 for Windows 10 Home and $199 for Windows 10 Pro.
- Windows 7: The oldest of the trio actually boots faster than the newest version, by booting from the Windows logo to the desktop in 5 seconds.
- Windows 8.1: This is the fastest performer at 4 seconds.
- Windows 10: This lags behind the rest by taking 6 seconds to boot.
Waking Up From Hybrid Sleep
It should be noted that on laptops, all three versions wake up from sleep virtually instantly. However, on a desktop, Windows goes into Hybrid Sleep mode by default; this is a combo of hibernate and sleep which is designed to prevent your work from being lost forever in the event of a power outage. The times below relate to waking up from Hybrid Sleep.
- Windows 7: By far the slowest at 17 seconds.
- Windows 8.1: Next best at 12 seconds.
- Windows 10: The top performer at 10 seconds.
Waking Up From Hibernation
- Windows 7: Again, the slowest performer at 27 seconds.
- Windows 8.1: Next best at 23 seconds.
- Windows 10: The fastest at 21 seconds.
It seems as if there is little difference between the trio when it comes to gaming in DirectX11 (DX11). Experts tested gaming performance on popular titles such as Tomb