Win7 vs. Win8 resource use

I noticed Windows XP use less CPU/RAM resouces than Windows 7.   I wonder if same case for Windows 8, and considering removing Win8 from laptop and installing a Windows 7.  I think Win8 use a lot more resources and more CPU/memory intensive.

Thoughts?
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Tiras25Asked:
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rindiCommented:
They are practically the same. So there is absolutely no reason to go for Windows 8.x.

Actually Windows' 7 resource usage isn't that much higher than what XP uses. If it uses much more, you have probably not set it up optimally.

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Tyler VerkadeCommented:
You can disable a lot of the graphical effects in Windows 7 and Windows 8, which will help cut down on the amount of system resources that your OS utilizes. I prefer Windows 7 because I find it's easier to configure the graphical effects and such which make it run more efficiently.
aadihCommented:
Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 are a tad less resource hungry.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Windows 8.1 has continued resource optimization and in general, performs better than Windows 7 on the same hardware.
nobusCommented:
why are you interested in the cpu /ram use?
Do you have a problem -slow running PC?
if you post details, we can help better
Tiras25Author Commented:
Well, nothing specific.  But the kid is using an Asus laptop with 1GB RAM and playing a lot of games on it.  Every often he has to wipe it and rebuild it, because getting slow, downloading junk, etc.

So I wonder if make sense to rebuild with Windows 7 or leave it with Windows 8?
aadihCommented:
Leave it with Windows 8.  And do some cleanups (CCleaner).
nobusCommented:
1Gb ram is very little - can't you upgrade the ram ?
what model is it?
Tiras25Author Commented:
Its a SonicMaster X202E
Tiras25Author Commented:
My apologies.  It already got 4GB total memory installed. Looked into BIOS.
  Maximum allowed on this model.
CPU Intel Core i3 3217U CPU @1.8GHz.  Doesn't look like a fast one.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
That's a 3rd generation i3 - compared to everything else other than 4th gen, i5 and i7 models (meaning all non-i series CPUs, AMD CPUs), it IS a fast CPU.  I'm quite happily use a second gen i3 in some places.

As for RAM, according to crucial, ALL RAM is soldered into this system so no upgrade and no downgrade is possible.
rindiCommented:
Make sure he is a standard user without admin rights, and also make sure he doesn't know the admin's password. Enable family safety. That will make it harder to install crap and malware. When something needs to be installed. do that for him. Or teach him how to make sure only only safe stuff gets installed.
nobusCommented:
>>  But the kid is using an Asus laptop and playing a lot of games on it.  Every often he has to wipe it and rebuild it, because getting slow, downloading junk, etc.    <<    when he downloads junk -  it installs virus, and unwanted software. Unfortunately, he will keep doing that, so your best way of action is :
1-install the OS + applications + drivers fresh
2-make an image of the drive
3-restore the image each time he gets in trouble!!!

personally, i use the free Paragon B&r for this : http://www.paragon-software.com/home/br-free/download.html
Tiras25Author Commented:
Thanks guys.   As for the image, do I keep it on the same drive different partition or separate USB thumb drive?  And then I boot into that image and rebuild it?   Thanks.
rindiCommented:
Backups should never be kept on the same PC. The disk with the OS and backup breaks -> no backup.
nobusCommented:
i put them on an external device :
external disk or usb stick
or on DVD's
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