We already know that Windows 11 uses computer resources better than Windows 10, and Microsoft says its new operating system will run significantly faster even on older hardware thanks to certain improvements. The company has now posted a video detailing these performance-optimizing improvements, Microsoft VP Steve Dispensa, as well as explaining why Windows 11 runs faster than the 10 on the same computer.
According to the top manager, Microsoft has done a great job of managing the computer’s memory, focusing on prioritizing applications and processes. Simply put, the system requires more memory and processor resources for the applications that the user is currently working with. Even if the processor is 90% loaded, applications will start almost instantly, since they are in the foreground, and at that moment they will receive more resources. Thus, the operating system becomes more responsive and faster.
The same approach applies to the Windows shell itself, as well as to open tabs in Microsoft Edge thanks to the Sleeping Tabs feature. Basically, this is a built-in browser hibernation that saves an average of 32% memory and 37% processor resources. All of these optimizations also mean longer laptop battery life.
The developers of Windows 11 have made sure that the computer wakes from sleep mode faster than before. They optimized calls to hardware components for better memory management, and at the software level, they reduced the resource constraints for key processing threads to save them for those who really need those resources.
Last but not least, Windows 11 updates will now be 40% smaller thanks to a new mechanism that only downloads missing files from Microsoft’s servers. These improvements should already be visible to insiders, who download new builds of Windows 11 from the Dev and Beta channels almost every week.