It doesn’t look like Windows 11 is much faster than Windows 10

Patrick Devaney
Jan 2, 2023
Windows 10, Windows 11 News

The general crappiness of Windows updates is so well-known these days that it has become a bit of a cliched meme. They often don’t work and sometimes even harm device performance. It is understandable then why many people try to avoid Windows updates but it seems even more so now, with new findings showing that updating from Windows 10 to Windows 11 won’t really offer much a speed upgrade.

It doesn’t look like Windows 11 is much faster than Windows 10

According to tests carried out by the team at PC World, you won’t actually miss out on much of a performance upgrade if you stick with Windows 10 over Windows 11. The short answer given in the video explaining the benchmarking tests and the results is that it doesn’t really matter whether you upgrade or not. This isn’t to say that performance is exactly on both operating systems, just that the differences aren’t large enough for it to make a real difference.

The tests were run on machines carrying the attest generation of the Intel I9 hybrid design processors, 32GB Ram, and the same 2TB hard drives, with one machine running the latest version of Windows 11 and the other running the latest version of Windows 10.

The tests looked at performance across a variety of tasks such as image and video editing, basic productivity tasks. Web browsing on Chrome, and gaming. According to the tests there were times when Windows 11 did show better performance than Windows 10 but there were other times when Windows 10 came out on top. Interestingly, Windows 10 actually won on all of the Microsoft 365 apps and programs apart from Powerpoint. Overall, though, the results did not have much at all between them, which leads to the conclusion that there really isn’t much of a performance differential between Windows 10 and Windows 11. You can check out the results of the test in full on this video.

It looks then, just like when Windows 11 first launched, there still isn’t a performance-based reason to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11. There may be other reasons for you to upgrade such as wanting some of the new features coming to Windows 11 seeing as Windows 10 no longer gets new features, or maybe your pc needs drivers that are only available or fully optimized on Windows 11. However, following these tests there is no definitive reason to upgrade if you are solely looking to get the best performance out of your machine.

It doesn’t look like Windows 11 is much faster than Windows 10
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It doesn’t look like Windows 11 is much faster than Windows 10
New benchmarking tests run on identical machines have yielded some surprising results about the difference performance levels you will get running machines with Windows 10 or Windows 11.
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  1. TREE said on January 4, 2023 at 3:55 am

    They want to track us like GURGLE so they can receive money from advertisers

  2. Anonymous said on January 3, 2023 at 9:15 am

    it would be much faster if M$ removed all the telemetry events tied to every part of this ‘os’

  3. Anonymous said on January 3, 2023 at 12:28 am

    Windows 11 is a significant downgrade and offers no advantages over earlier iterations of Windows. In every way you can think of, it is actually significantly worse. The entire Windows division needs to be rebuilt after dismissing everyone involved with this Windows 11 disaster.

  4. Anonymous said on January 2, 2023 at 9:12 pm

    “It doesn’t look like Windows 11 is much faster than Windows 10”. Maybe that has something to do with both being NT10.

  5. Cor Invictus said on January 2, 2023 at 5:45 pm

    Then why did they deny a ridiculously huge list of older but totally capable CPU’s? If the performance is so close, my i7 Skylake, which currently runs Win10 with no issues, should be more than okay for the 11, right?
    Or, there is something else – something ‘under the hood’ – which only the newer gen CPU’s are capable of running?!

    (Or, it’s just a carrot on a stick, a forbidden fruit tool intended to tease you and invoke desire via initial denial. Please, please MS, don’t leave me out of the flock… )

  6. pHROZEN gHOST said on January 2, 2023 at 5:10 pm

    I delayed updates long ago when it was recommended on this page. I have not had to experience the pain which the “free beta testers” experience with each new update.

  7. kimonamoko said on January 2, 2023 at 4:36 pm

    windows 11 is mostly a reskinned version of windows 10 and everybody knows it

  8. John C. said on January 2, 2023 at 3:51 pm

    With each update of Windows, M$ has always claimed that the new version will be faster. This rarely, if ever, has been the case.

  9. Lord Ba'al said on January 2, 2023 at 3:10 pm

    Post an article about AtlasOS and the advantages of this OS over Windows 10!

    1. John Wold said on January 3, 2023 at 1:56 pm

      AtlasOS is not a real OS. It’s just a series of patches for Windows 10 that disables some services, and removes other apps.

      It also disables some exploit mitigations that impact performance. This is useful in older CPUs.

  10. Phantom Menace said on January 2, 2023 at 2:39 pm

    So, Shaun’s post from a few days ago says Windows 11 is faster than Windows 10, and this one says the opposite.

    Which one is true?

    1. Anonymous said on January 3, 2023 at 2:09 am

      Both are slow compared to 7. 11 is technically slower because you need more clicks for the menu.

    2. Anonymous said on January 2, 2023 at 11:22 pm

      Shaun only writes nonsense as a pretext to post links to you-know-who (my comments seem to get censored when I mention that company in a critical comment).

      So in case of doubt, I’d bet that Shaun is wrong.

    3. John G. said on January 2, 2023 at 5:03 pm

      Probably both. W10 is better for some things and W11 for some other ones. Anyway the best version of W11 is W10 itself. If you all are in love with W10 just don’t move and please do continue being happy. W11 is no country for old men.

  11. Shania said on January 2, 2023 at 2:29 pm

    I think if a similar test was run on a much poorer hardware e.g. i3/8GB RAM (or even 4)/sata HDD or cheap SSD and compared, that would be interesting.

  12. John G. said on January 2, 2023 at 2:27 pm

    W11 is much faster than W10 breaking itself. Also is much faster destroying the user’s patience.

    1. Shania said on January 2, 2023 at 2:32 pm

      “…carrying the attest generation” typo, should be latest.

      1. Shania said on January 2, 2023 at 2:35 pm

        Not sure why this went under John G’s comment, didn’t mean to reply there and even reloaded page then clicked post reply which was showing under mine (John G’s comment first, then mine, then post reply).

      2. Peter Kraus said on January 2, 2023 at 3:25 pm

        Must be using W11?

      3. John G. said on January 2, 2023 at 4:01 pm


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