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Hmmm... Think I have an old vista laptop around here with a dual core and 2gb system ram. Should be able to run win 10. I might have to dig that out of storage and see how it holds up.

For sure. Windows 10 runs very well with 2GB.
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post #22 of 39
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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.
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post #23 of 39
No, lightweight Linux distros run great on older hardware while W10 won't even let you install it.

You have tons of videos with Athlon 64s and P4s doing everyday's work with ease.
post #24 of 39
I guess any CPU generation released prior to Kaby Lake and Bristol Ridge will be considered "old hardware". Microsoft is going to make Windows 10 mandatory for all new chips.
post #25 of 39
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It's still snappier, though.

Not in my experience (except on mech HDDs as above).

When 10 first came out I thought it was faster, and I even said so on some forums. I think that came down to placebo and me wanting to believe that it was faster, because when I re-tested it at TH2, windows 7 was definitely more responsive [on the old systems].
Well, it's definitely faster on my 850 EVO, even against a very process-stripped win7 freshly installed. I don't have Cortana crap, though.
    
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post #26 of 39
"Old" is subjective on computer tech. I have a couple buddies with a Q8400 gaming on W10 with no issues whatsoever. Hell, my parent's rig has an E8400 with integrated video (Q45 chipset) and it does not whine at all with basic stuff. It is more of what you do with your computer than what the hardware is used for.

That said, i have felt no real difference between running W7 or W10 on any of my rigs, be it Nehalem (Xeon X3460 & W3530), Westmere (i3-550 & Xeon X5650) or Sandy Bridge (E5 2670). Yes, they are all newer than that, but other than very fundamental differences, mostly from newer architectures and/or wider RAM bandwidth, W10 has not brought any differences against W7.
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post #27 of 39
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I guess any CPU generation released prior to Kaby Lake and Bristol Ridge will be considered "old hardware". Microsoft is going to make Windows 10 mandatory for all new chips.

Which makes my current computer the last computer i would ever own.
post #28 of 39
Somewhat true, it does run better than any previous windows I had on my DV9800, upgraded with an SSD and maximum RAM it's perfect for everyday browsing, but those generic drivers need some more tweaking until they work out of the box. Lots of BSOD, after spending some time with it the system is now stable.
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Intel performance over 5 years like what 4% each year, then you have dx9 which was used for like 10. I'm more impressed with the Pentium II running XP.
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I have a half second delay opening the calendar/clock in Win 10. I don't find it particularly snappy. I guess I'm not one of the lucky ones.
    
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