Windows 10 might be the first Windows upgrade ever that doesn’t exact a performance penalty. In fact, based on these preliminary benchmark tests, Win10 actually makes some systems run slightly faster than they did under Win7 or Win8!
Plus: A reader argues that it’s better to stick with Win7 or 8 than to upgrade to 10.
Preliminary speed results for Win10 installs
Microsoft has stated repeatedly that — unlike many past Windows upgrades — Win10 is designed not to require major hardware upgrades.
In fact, Win10’s minimum hardware requirements are decidedly modest:
- CPU: 1 GHz or faster
- RAM: 1GB for 32-bit Win10; 2GB for 64-bit
- Hard-disk space: 16GB for 32-bit Win10; 20GB for 64-bit
- Graphics: DirectX 9 with Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 1.0
- Display: 800 by 600
Note that these are the requirements to run Win10 — but not necessarily to run it well.
So, to see how Win10 performs on hardware in real life, I upgraded six PCs — a mix of Win7 and Win8.1 systems.