What can I expect regarding performance if I upgrade from Windows 7 to 8?

Especially, are there any risks of a poorer performance? (With little RAM for example)

This is for a Netbook with 1G RAM.

What about Windows 8.1?

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    I would not upgrade to Windows 8 if you only have 1GB of memory. Sounds like you are moving from hardware sold that came with Windows 7 Starter or some other reduced functionality version.
    – Ramhound
    Commented Oct 7, 2013 at 12:50

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There is no difference at the system requirements. So you could update without to have to worry, that the speed will be worse.

Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2

RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)

Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)

Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver

But Windows 7 has for example the starter-edition which fits well at netbooks. This version doesn't exist for windows 8.

Also windows 8 apps need a resolution of 1366x768 to work well. So your netbook has to have this resolution.

But beside that, windows 8 works quite good on less powerful PCs.

So you probably can expect an equally well performance or even better than windows 7 if you haven't used the windows 7 starter-edition before.

  • I was updating the answer. But thx anyway.
    – Christian
    Commented Oct 7, 2013 at 12:58
  • You should try and post complete answers the first time.
    – Ramhound
    Commented Oct 7, 2013 at 13:10
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    I accidently posted the answer before I have finished my answer.
    – Christian
    Commented Oct 7, 2013 at 13:15

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