Originally Posted by Elrick
Listen, running anything on a 2600K isn't going to be slow no matter if it's the dreaded 10 or any other future release down the road.
Try installing the latest version of 10 onto a P3 Pentium then chime in here on OCN and let us know what real frozen molasses looks like, when it runs on really old hardware and not on anything released recently.
Love that old adage by Redmond, that it runs great on "OLD" hardware yet more than half the population on Earth have ancient PC systems running in 2016 and I don't mean Z97 chipsets here.
Funny you mention that, but contrary to what some may think both Windows 8 / 8.1 and Windows 10 have higher system requirements compared to Windows 7.
They require a CPU with support for the NX bit (even though if you install it on a system with it and then turn it off in the BIOS you'll see that the requirement is artificial since it will work perfectly without it), PAE and SSE2. They also require 1 GB of RAM. I'm not sure if they enforce that part, but Windows 7 doesn't.
This means that Windows 8 / 8.1 and 10 won't install on a Pentium 3 system (no SSE2 and NX bit) whereas Windows 7 will. But it also means that they won't install on a Pentium 4 Willamette or Northwood or Gallatin or even the first Prescott series that runs on the 478 socket either. Support for the NX bit was only introduced with the 500 series Prescott CPUs for the 775 platform.Edited by tpi2007 - 2/8/16 at 4:36pm