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Iv ran xp on a 166mhz pentium an windows 7 runs fine on my pentium 2 350mhz however they also have video driver support. Windows 10 doesn't have legacy driver support so if you want to play a game on windows 10 on older hardware you can't. especially on an Intel IGPU

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Something I've noticed is that most of the people claiming that Windows 10 is "snappier" than 7/8 are comparing a brand new clean install of 10 to a long established installation of the old OS. If they simply clean reinstalled the existing OS, they may very well find it to be just as responsive (thanks to the defragmentation and de-bloating inherent to the process).

It might be similar to the phenomenon of people comparing old, worn out CRTs to brand new LCDs and coming away with distorted views on the strengths of each technology.

That said, I have found Windows 10 to be marginally more responsive on systems with mechanical HDDs. I think it may be due to improved prefetching systems. I compared clean installs of Windows 7 vs Windows 10 on several old PCs (E6410 laptop with i7-M640 4GB RAM, old desktop PC with C2D E8400 2GB RAM, etc.) On old systems with SSDs, Windows 7 felt faster, and with HDDs, 10 edged ahead.

As for driver compatibility issues, I encountered very few, maybe two across all systems.
Im getting different results here but it may be subjective, the cold boot is definately faster on 10 tested with the same ssd its 6s v 11s
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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.

I think that's just W10 as with clock I got the same delay. smile.gif
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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.

I think that's just W10 as with clock I got the same delay. smile.gif

thats from W10 pinging MS your location to make sure it gives you the right time/day . .ya know being a service and all . .

i am joking
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I think it depends on what your definition of old hardware is. I've installed Win10 on about a dozen systems from C2D / Athlon X2 era. Performance is good provided it's a dual core with 1+ gb of ram.

Generally systems using older Nvidia/AMD gpu's are the biggest headache. Generally it's easy enough to get a Vista/Win7 video driver working, but then when Windows 10 does a major update (like the Version 1511 update) there's a chance the video driver will revert back to 'Microsoft Basic Display Adapter' which is a pain for the less savy PC user.
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W10 running on a Studio 1555 Dell. This thing has a core 2 duo and 4Gb of ram. No too slow, it's 'ok'. I changed the dead hdd with a ssd. I love W10 features on the laptop and it feels way better than w7 and w8.1. There is no much difference so it doesn`t really matter. The only downside is that the old ATI HD does not have driver with W10 and the fan spins too much frown.gif
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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.

I think that's just W10 as with clock I got the same delay. smile.gif


The calculator and I presume the others too are now Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps, the calculator is even available from the store. They added a splash screen to all UWP apps, that is probably one of the factors for the experienced overhead.
 
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The calculator splash screen is the main reason I rolled back smile.gif

The clock doesn't have a splash screen so it should be quick, but it's not. It's also not the only system tray utility that is slow to open. Some system tray utilities behave strangely if you click their icon when they're already open too. Both of these issues are UI annoyances that should never have made it out of insider builds.
    
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My Dell tablet would say otherwise....it's garbage now...should have never upgraded.
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