I know what you’re saying, not another Windows 8.1 blog post. But, this is not like the posts I’ve made in the past. No, this actually speaks (somewhat) good about Windows 8.1.
Let’s talk about how Windows 8.1 is much smaller in stature. I have to hand it to Microsoft, they really trimmed the fat off of Windows. It’s smaller, lighter, and requires less hardware to run it. That’s good, I like that! Boot times are overall much faster which is good, I like that!
As proof I did a test. I created two identical virtual machines in VirtualBox and installed Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 (in separate VMs) and clocked the boot times. I don’t think I need to tell you which one won the boot up race. Oh well… I’ll tell you. Windows 8.1 beat Windows 7… by a wide country mile! Twenty to thirty seconds less than Windows 7! I’m not kidding you! So really, if not for the God awful user interface I’d run Windows 8.1. I really would. But no, the awful UI is what stops me.
Replace the UI with what we had on Windows 7 without the Metro garbage and I’d run it!