I have an MSI Windpad, which has good hardware but terrible performance issues with Windows 7 & 8 (upgraded to 8 to see if performance got any better - nope!). I'm sure the problem must be with Windows, as running Linux Mint or Ubuntu on it suffers from none of the same slow downs. What is the difference, and is there anything I can do to increase performance on Windows up to the same levels of Linux?
Examples of performance differences:
- opening an ebook takes 10-15sec on Win, 1-2sec on Linux
- listing directory contents in Explorer for 200 files takes 60-90sec, Nautilus/Nemo 4-5sec (both in small icon list mode)
- right click on a file in Explorer takes 5-15sec on Win, immediate in Nautilus/Nemo
- Block/cluster size is standard (4kb) for both Win/Linux.
- TRIM is used.
- No filesystem encryption.
- No compression.
- No RAID.
- Win has MS Security Essentials(7)/Defender(8). However, there is no significant performance difference with these disabled.
- Win drivers are latest from manufacturer.
- Actually replaced SSD with more space and faster specs, which made absolutely no subjective difference in Windows performance.
- Only non-MS software installed in Win is Google Chrome, Adobe Reader, ComicRack, Skype and LibreOffice.