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Is Windows 11 faster than Windows 10? 

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Windows 11 is the latest operating system from Microsoft and promises to offer a new user interface, improved security, better compatibility with Android apps, and more.

But how does it compare to Windows 10 regarding speed and performance? Is Windows 11 faster than Windows 10? People have many questions like these on their minds, which need answering.

In this article, we’ll delve into the topic – Is Windows 11 faster than Windows 10?

Also read: Windows 11 Enterprise vs Pro: Key Differences

Windows 11 and Windows 10 performance compared

Windows 11 introduces exciting features like improved snapping, Dynamic Refresh Rate, and Direct Storage. However, the most significant changes may lie beneath the surface, unseen by users.

The new operating system prioritizes foreground apps, granting them greater access to CPU power and system resources. This prioritization results in more responsive apps, ensuring swift program loading, even under heavy loads.

Another feature enabled by default in Windows 11 is the Sleeping Tabs. his feature puts tabs to sleep after a designated period, reducing the system resources a PC consumes. Microsoft observed an average reduction of 32% in memory usage and 37% in CPU usage with Sleeping Tabs. Windows 11 enables PCs to achieve enhanced battery life by optimising resource utilisation.

Additionally, Windows 11 boasts faster wake-from-sleep times compared to Windows 10. While in sleep mode, Windows 11 energises the RAM while other components are powered down. Microsoft has optimized the interactions between Windows 11 and hardware components, minimizing processing thread delays. This optimization results in wake-from-sleep speeds up to 25% faster.

However, in reality, we see a not-so-much increase in the performance of Windows 11 over Windows 10.

PC Magazine ran some tests to compare the performance of Windows 11 and Windows 10 on a Dell Inspiron 14 laptop. Here’s a screenshot of the results:

Source: PCMag

As you can see from the above tests, the differences between Windows 11 and 10 may be small but noticeable. In various benchmarks such as PCMark 10, Geekbench, and Photoshop, Windows 11 consistently achieves slightly higher scores compared to its predecessor. Although within the margin of error, these differences suggest that Windows 11 offers a minor performance advantage.

One exception is Cinebench, where Windows 10 outperforms Windows 11 by 200 points. However, these variations have minimal impact on real-world usage. Whether it’s the 200-point gap in Cinebench or the 132-point difference in PCMark 10, users are unlikely to notice any practical difference.

Overall, the performance differences between the two operating systems are consistent but insignificant enough to affect everyday tasks. Despite this, Windows 11 takes the lead in terms of performance.

So, should you upgrade to Windows 11? Read this article to know about 7 talking points regarding the topic. Moreover, here is an article covering the pros and cons of Windows 11 to help you make the decision easier.

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Kumar Hemant

Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here: