Hardware practice: Windows 11 vs. Windows 10 – How Microsoft tricks to make Windows 11 feel faster than Windows 10

Anyone who has already made the switch to Windows 11 will have noticed that Microsoft’s new operating system somehow runs a bit faster than Windows 10. Browsers and programs just start a little faster.

And that although technically they hardly differ from each other. The biggest changes are of a purely cosmetic nature, such as the rounded corners of the windows, the new context menu, revised system sounds and animations, not to mention the start menu and the taskbar. You can find all information about Windows 11 in our large overview article:

Windows 11 FAQ

Update, requirements & innovations

When looking at the performance in games, we also see that the two operating systems perform almost identically. The inevitable question is whether Windows 11 is really faster than Windows 10. And if it isn’t, why does it feel faster?

Microsoft pulls out all the stops

A pinch of deception

If we take a closer look at the program starts, we find that they can be opened practically as quickly under Windows 11 as under Windows 10. However, Microsoft has revised the visual appearance of the operating system and added a few small animations and effects, among other things.

And it is precisely these animations and effects that make the difference: For example, the icons in the system tray jump briefly when we minimize or maximize a window. At the same time, the opening or closing windows are highlighted with a new and very flowing animation.


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This gives us prompt feedback and gives us the feeling of interacting more directly with the operating system. Every click immediately has a noticeable or visible effect. We therefore perceive the animations less as waiting. Meanwhile, Windows 11 uses every millisecond in the background to load the relevant application.

And a touch of optimization

And although Windows 11 is actually not faster than Windows 10, a lot has changed under the hood. Because Microsoft has significantly revised the resource management:

Programs running in the foreground are given higher priorityso that they still run smoothly even if another program in the background is already consuming a large part of the computing power. This is different in Windows 10. For example, if you are rendering a video and want to surf the net at the same time, the browser may not run smoothly and annoying lags may occur.

In addition, Windows 11 holds back some of the resources for the surface of the operating system. The start menu, task manager and the like react really quickly even when the workload is very high. This makes the whole system feel more reliable and responsive.

Older, inferior systems in particular benefit noticeably from the revised resource management. But new computers do not go away empty-handed either. How to install Windows 11 on an older, actually not intended system, you will learn in the following guide:

Install Windows 11

All information about upgrade, ISO file and reinstallation

What about with you? Have you already switched to Windows 11, or are you still staying with Windows 10? And if you’ve already upgraded or reinstalled, what is your experience with Microsoft’s new operating system? Let us know and write it in the comments!

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