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Installing Windows 10 on an old laptop


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#1 justindaniels

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Posted 18 June 2018 - 11:29 AM

I plan to install Windows 10 32-bit on my old Dell Latitude D610 laptop. Currently it has a single-core 1.73 GHZ CPU,  1 GB RAM, and 80 GB hard disk space. I will upgrade the CPU to 2.26 and the RAM to 2 GB. Currently, my computer runs Windows 2000, XP, and 7, but Windows 7 runs very slowly. I plan to install Windows 10 in addition to these current OSes. Can I expect Windows 10 to run any faster than 7, or will it be worse? (Even if I get a new computer, I still plan to use this one, so don't just tell me to get a new computer.)



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Posted 18 June 2018 - 11:33 AM

You may want to check out this post.

 

https://www.reddit.com/r/Windows10/comments/4gpop2/windows_10_on_an_11_year_old_dell_latitude_d610/

 

You may want to consider putting a linux distro that is good for older hardware like Mint Xfce if you plan on  only doing some browsing and online purchases. Windows 10 license on this computer would be about $100 so I don't think it's worth putting that money into it. That being said some people have posted that installing Windows 10 will still get you an activation for free.


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Posted 18 June 2018 - 11:36 AM

Can I expect Windows 10 to run any faster than 7, or will it be worse?

 

about the same



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Posted 18 June 2018 - 11:40 AM

OK, thanks for the help. I probably will install windows 10, but not until I upgrade the CPU and RAM.



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Posted 20 June 2018 - 04:53 AM

I also recommend you installing some Linux distro there, but you can always check w10 specially if you have 2GB+ RAM.



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Posted 20 June 2018 - 12:41 PM

If it is a Dell laptop you may not be able to change the RAM and CPU. Best to stick with a good Linux as your OS.


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Posted 20 June 2018 - 12:55 PM

Agreed using a linux or stick with Windows 7 or even consider getting a new machine as it might as well cost a little more from upgrading your machine to buying a new one that decent enough.

 

Also would check your dell tag to see if drivers are available for your machine on Dell site to see if it worth the trouble because it might not even be supported depending on your hardware and age of the machine.


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Posted 21 June 2018 - 09:51 AM

I can't believe you have enough disk space left over to install 10 at this point?

 

IMO, Windows 10 will be slower than 7, almost for sure.  Then when Windows 10 does it's next Upgrade it may hose the whole pc, so consider that.  And how many Primary Partitions do you have currently?  You can only have Four so I assume you've already fixed that issue?  I would assume XP runs best on that machine and Linux would run well also.


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Posted 21 June 2018 - 10:17 AM

I will join the chorus that says that even making the attempt to install Windows 10 on hardware that was never, ever, ever designed for it, certified to run it, nor envisioned by its own designers to have the firepower to run it is simply a bad idea.

 

The best move, if one wishes to keep ancient hardware afloat, is to find a Linux distro that fits the hardware and one's personal preferences as far as the user environment is concerned.

 

In the end, whether we're talking Windows, Linux, or something else, hardware does have a functional service life.  Even if it continues to run, perfectly, it is no longer really fit to run what the world currently provides.  That's just a fact of life in the computing business.


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Posted 21 June 2018 - 10:35 AM

Yeah that hardware is quite old, perhaps even linux is going to push it unless you use say puppy linux or something.

I would just get a new (or newer) laptop, this kind of hardware really is too old for a lot of modern OS's

You dont need latest and greatest I mean even if you get a laptop with a core2duo would be better than this old thing


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Posted 21 June 2018 - 11:39 AM

I think you guys are missing the point, it seems as though the OP is just playing around with this pc, and just asking some general info about installing Windows 10.  I think it's a waste of space and time and will be slow as dirt but  if the OP wants to play around and install it then it's all good.


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Posted 21 June 2018 - 04:19 PM

@pcpunk,

If that's the case then have at it. It's still foolish and an exercise in futility in my opinion.

The comment about still using the machine leads me to a different reading than yours.

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Posted 21 June 2018 - 04:22 PM

I don't disagree Brian

 

It seems that ALL these OS's will be installed all at once, or at least that's the way I read it?

 

Currently, my computer runs Windows 2000, XP, and 7, but Windows 7 runs very slowly. I plan to install Windows 10 in addition to these current OSes.


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Posted 23 June 2018 - 06:01 AM

on your old laptop will work better Windows 7



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Posted 23 June 2018 - 06:22 PM

If it is a Dell laptop you may not be able to change the RAM and CPU. Best to stick with a good Linux as your OS.

I checked the maximum RAM and CPU. It can definitely be upgraded to 2 GB RAM and a 2.26 GHZ CPU.






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