Does Windows 8 occupy lesser internal memory than Windows 7?

DrSunil Vaswani November 28, 2012

Does Windows 8 occupy lesser internal memory than it’s Windows 7?

Is that reason why it boots quick?

  1. Nicola De Ieso
    December 6, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    On my two system, in effect, the total memory occupied by windows 8 is lower than windows 7. I tried this on the 64 bit version of both systems

  2. Réy Aétar
    December 5, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    no thats not the reason it boots quicker because it is made that way
    and the size is less because maybe it doesnt have certain features like media centre .it will increase the size after increasing dot net framework and other updates in future maybe

  3. prasad kondaveti
    December 4, 2012 at 2:27 pm


  4. dhanunjayarao chunduri
    December 1, 2012 at 12:24 pm


  5. Mihovil Pletikos
    November 29, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    it occupies a less of memory since it is more optimized, but that's not the reason why it boot faster, as everybody stated...

  6. susendeep dutta
    November 28, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Have a look at the link below illustrating the comparison between memory consumption between Windows 7 and 8 -

    • DrSunil Vaswani
      November 29, 2012 at 4:42 am


  7. saad ahmed
    November 28, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    both require same type of machinery u can see in
    the following links:
    win 7=
    win 8=

  8. Alex Perkins
    November 28, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Yes, it should. As Windows 8 was made for portable devices with small amounts of memory.

    • Brian Gove
      November 28, 2012 at 12:40 pm

      Also interested in this question, and your Alex response to me seems the most understandable

      • Alex Perkins
        November 28, 2012 at 6:33 pm

        Thanks, I'm no expert but I do my best.

        • ha14
          November 28, 2012 at 10:52 pm

          Windows 8 and Windows 8 mobile they are different, you cant install Windows 8 desktop OS on mobile phones.

        • Rajaa Chowdhury
          November 29, 2012 at 6:19 am

          Absolutely correct. Windows 8RT for the ARM architecture and Windows 8 for Intel are two different OS. Apps for the Windows 8 Intel will not even install in the RT. You need to puchase / download apps from the Store only for RT. More details at

      • Rajaa Chowdhury
        November 29, 2012 at 2:30 am

        Do this argument really hold good? The Windows 8RT for the ARM architecture is a different kernel than the one meant for the Intel based devices including the MS Surface Pro and as far as the rumour goes the Surface Pro will have specs to match a ultrabook. The version of Windows 8 being refered here is the one for the Intel architecture so I personally do not think the portable devices argument hold good. However, still doesn't mean than Windows 8 doesn't consume less resources than Windows 7.

        • DrSunil Vaswani
          November 29, 2012 at 4:41 am


        • Sunil
          December 1, 2012 at 9:52 am

          Appending a subquestion : Which win 8 editions in can be installed in win 7 home basic?

        • Rajaa Chowdhury
          December 1, 2012 at 10:59 am

          A beautiful link which will answer all your queries on Windows 8 including the upgrade-ability path :

  9. ha14
    November 28, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Windows 8 is Using Less Memory Than Windows 7
    The Windows 8 machine currently has 3 less system processes (9+% less) and has 124 MB (~20 percent) more "Available Memory" on his 1 GB notebook -- the Windows 7 minimum memory requirement.

  10. Aniket Singh
    November 28, 2012 at 7:40 am

    try alane wade link..

  11. Alan Wade
    November 28, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Its because of the Hybrid Boot/Shutdown.
    You can read more about it here:

    • Kiril Vasilev
      November 29, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      This is the right answer. Thanks. Without hybrid boot Windows 8 doesn't boot faster.

  12. d3v1l .
    November 28, 2012 at 7:38 am

    No, it start fast because of integration of UEFI.

    • DrSunil Vaswani
      November 29, 2012 at 4:44 am

      I understand that faster booting is not dependent on less memory occupancy by Win 8

    • Abba Jee
      November 29, 2012 at 8:27 am

      I'm agree with you :)

    • Muz RC
      November 29, 2012 at 11:07 pm

      Im agree with you too.

  13. Rakesh Mishra
    November 28, 2012 at 6:04 am
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