I have a 5 man army tiny office and still on Windows 7 and Windows 8. (detest the forced upgrade policy with Windows 10. So wish to stay put with my current Windows 7 & 8 versions). Have 3 licenses for SketchUP Pro - 2 x 2018 and one 2019 version - stopped paying up for maintenance subscription - I might retire & close down in a couple of years or so.
I have noticed that these same versions run much faster or handle better large files with shadows enabled and with 3d trees etc., in Windows 10 laptops (core-i7 2.5 Ghz+ Nvidia 1050Ti & 4gb Vram+ 16 GB RAM)
Same file has great difficulty in rotating with shadows on and still no shadows are cast, and with shadows off, rotates, but with difficulty, on my desktop (Core-i7 4.00 Ghz + Nvidia 1050ti with 4 GB Vram + 16 GB RAM) - obviously my desktops are more powerful than the laptop mentioned. I realized this when a student sent me her large (160MB) SketchUP model and I had this difficulty. I am a senior visiting professor in School of Architecture in my city. But when I had visited the studio, this very same model had no difficulty in handling like rotating etc., with the shadows on, on her laptop I had mentioned above. Her OS, of course is current latest Windows 10. I requested her to copy the model on her friend’s laptop - same specs. No problem.
I tried that same model on all my 3 desktops - 2 running on Windows 8.1 and one on Windows 7 Sp-1, with the above mentioned faster processor & specs. In all the three, it had great difficulty in handling it.
This was the very reason I stopped upgrading SketchUP, as I do not intend to upgrade my OS to Windows 10. I have seen too many people including the students suffer because of the forced upgrades. I know almost everyone today is on Windows 10 and managing with the forced upgrades too. That should be a different topic.
My question now is, is it really true that Windows 10 is much, much faster - may be for SketchUP Pro ? If so, why does Trimble not mention a word about it? I am baffled because a less powerful laptop with Win 10 was handling with ease while my more powerful Desktops could not with Win 7 & 8.
Your replies would be very valuable to me. Thanks in advance.