I think I can give you some great reasons why windows can be so slow compared to linux.
Firstly if you got your computer from a store and bought say a HP, Dell, Lenovo or whatever a lot of computers come with bloatware from the manufacturer that can bog down your system.
Secondly if using say windows 7, windows 7 can be very heavy on hardware so it can make things slow.
Vista and 7 are both quite heavy sometimes.
Thirdly is kernel, linux itself is indeed just a kernel with other stuff tacked onto it from your distribution.
Windows is everything tied into the kernel so everything like your file manager and your desktop are all tied into the kernel.
So you know: a kernel is the core of your system and it is what binds your hardware and software together and the design and layout of windows and linux are drastically different.
The linux kernel is known to be light thus is why its popular with devices like the raspberry pi and can be found at the heart of android and chrome OS.
The size of the linux kernel is tiny compared to windows too, you would be surprised how small linux is in reality.
And lastly is the type of hard drive you use for it.
Yup this can be a factor, on a standard platter drive windows can and will run like a snail.
Now windows 8/8.1 and 10 are considerably faster than older versions of windows but they too can be slow in the wrong scenario.
Standard hard disk drives or HDD's can be a factor and trust me buying a solid state drive or SSD will make windows much faster.
While I am still not the biggest fan of SSD's due to space limitation and some prices for them are high they can be a valuable asset in speeding up your system.
For the first time for me I feel windows and linux are on par in terms of speed and feel, windows 10 feels a lot like I am using linux and thats a good thing.
Both are fast to boot and are fast in operation.
I also like to mention that it does pay off if you can build your own machine.
I dont own a HP, Dell, Lenovo, Gateway, Apple or any other main computer maker.
This is my own build.
I chose the hardware and I made sure I chose well for what I was able to budget.
I have a core i5 4460, 16GB of ram and to add that SSD and two standard platter drives.
No GPU (yet that is) and while I cannot overclock or match the power of high end gaming rigs i still can game somewhat at 1080p so me having the ability to build my own has helped me.
Not bragging mind you as I have a puny buiild compared to others but still when you can make your own hardware choices and make your own choices on what comes on your computer it makes a heck of a lot of difference.
Edited by MadmanRB, 03 March 2017 - 09:06 AM.