Is Direct X 11.1 and .2 the Only Thing Better in Windows 8 than Windows 7?

Hi, wasn't sure where to post this but systems is very general and my question relates to systems too :) I'm sure this has been asked a few times, basically what are the major differences performance wise in Windows 7 and 8.1, but I just want to post my own take on it and see what people have to say :)

I have experience with only 8.1 for gaming, not Windows 7, but I have more experience with Windows 7 outside of gaming. I have not tested Windows 7 on my new computer and I am really considering putting it on it because what's the point of Windows 8 if you are just going to be installing a start menu and bypassing the Metro on start up, basically why have it if it's not utilised.

Now back to my question, is there any major performance difference in Windows 7 and 8.1? I've read mixed opinions, some games may perform better than others and things like that. They also so that Windows 8 is more optimised and less of a resource hog than Windows 7 BUT if I was to switch to Windows 7 and disable Windows Aero feature, fix indexing, apply some registry tweaks and disable some services, would Windows 7 really be that much of a resource hog then once all that is applied, compared to Windows 8.1?

I would really like some people with lots of experience to share their thoughts on this, taking everything I said into account.

My Specifications are:
AMD FX-6300 Six-Core 3.5Ghz
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM
GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower
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  1. Windows 8.1 is faster to boot and for running applications. It is better than Windows 7 in many general ways and if you get used to it Windows 8.1 will be faster to use for basically everything, though it takes a little time to get used to it. There's basically no useless crapware on Windows 8.1, though if you don't like it (they consist of apps like Weather, XBOX Music, Hotmail) then you can just uninstall them.

    I use Windows 8.1 Pro.
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