A Week With Windows 8: Day Two – Performance

So I’ve now got my apps and data on my new Windows 8 installation. So in this post I’m going to concentrate on the performance on Windows 8. As I touched on in the original post I’m running Windows 8 on my main laptop (HP Pavilion DM1, AMD dual core, 6GB RAM) so the performance should be pretty good – even if it isn’t though, as this is my main laptop, I can make a direct comparison to my normal OS – Ubuntu 12.04.

Boot Up Time

From pressing the power button on my laptop to having a logon prompt, it’s about the same as my Ubuntu 12.04 install, around 8-10 seconds. However, whilst this is pretty good once I enter my password it seems to take an age to get a usable desktop, at around another 10 seconds or so. Whereas Ubuntu is only a couple of seconds if that.

This may be because I don’t have a very fast internet connection at home (around 1.5Mbps) so it may be caching the multitude of web apps that it has in the start menu – like weather for example. Ubuntu doesn’t have any of this useless information (IMHO) by default so logon times are much quicker. I also don’t like the fact that after logon, Windows defaults to the metro start menu rather than the desktop and I haven’t found a way to change it yet (I hope it’s possible).



This I have to say is quite shocking. Currently, the only thing I am running is Chrome with 4 tabs open (I couldn’t stick with IE9 any longer) and Windows 8 is using a whopping 1.3GB or RAM. Now for me this isn’t a huge problem as I have quite a lot of RAM at 6GB. But if I were using a more modest machine with only a couple of GB of RAM (which my desktop has) then I would quickly run out – especially since I use my desktop and it’s 2GB RAM for creating the artwork for this site and also creating longer articles and writing in LibreOffice.


General Performance

I decided to go with LibreOffice instead of an MS Office 2010 trial on the machine as that’s what I normally use. So I thought that since this was a review of Windows 8 as an OS rather than MS Office, I didn’t really think it mattered.

I’m running LibreOffice version and I have to say that it is horrific in Windows 8. It took 2 attempts to load LibreOffice up, the first time it crashed and the second time it took way over 90 seconds (yes 90!) to load up. Once loaded, things didn’t get much better, text tended to lag at times, as did menu’s and the right click menu when editing misspelled words took around 2 seconds to load.

Again, comparing the very same version to Ubuntu 12.04 on the very same machine – it takes around 4 seconds to load up, there is zero lag in entering text and no lag on menu’s either. I don’t know if this is poor development on LibreOffice’s part or Windows 8 parts but seeing as other applications that aren’t ‘meant for metro’ like Chrome, Skype & Google Talk all feeling generally laggy and cumbersome, I’m inclined to think that the problem is Windows 8. Now that LibreOffice is loaded into RAM – it’s much quicker to load but after a reboot it’s extremely slow again.

I’ve finally worked out how to create screencasts and screenshots in Windows 8, so finally I thought it would be a good idea to create a quick screencast so you can see what the performance I’m working with is really like – poor to say the least!

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A Week With Windows 8: Day Two – Performance
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