Solved Is my 2009 Dell Laptop too old to have Windows 10 installed?

Dell / N5030
August 11, 2015 at 19:05:41
Specs: Windows 7, Pentium T4500 2.30 GHz / 3.00 GB
Soooooooo... My computer has never been very fast, but I was told that Windows 8 would run much faster on an older computer like mine than Windows 7 would. With the arrival of Windows 10 (and its being free) and a recommendation from a friend that got it today, I considered installing it. Problem is, my computer is rather old. Has anyone else installed it on an older computer as well? If so, I'd like to know your thoughts on it.

Thanksssss!


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#1
August 11, 2015 at 20:50:29
Run a manual Windows Update and accept all recommended updates. If after the updates you do not see the "Get Windows 10" symbol in the tray (bottom right) within a day or two then your system is probably too old and drivers are not available that would be compatible.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#2
August 11, 2015 at 21:05:11
I've had the Windows 10 update notification since the day it came out, actually. All the recommended updates have been installed.

My main question (which I somehow failed to mention) is whether Windows 10 will run better than Windows 7 with my particular specs. As I said, I was told that Windows 8 would run faster, and I was wondering if Windows 10 would be faster as well.


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#3
August 12, 2015 at 04:05:08
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I was told that Windows 8 would run faster, and I was wondering if Windows 10 would be faster as well.

I hope you do not always believe what other tells you. Anyway, no one here (or in the world for that matter) can answer your question with absolute certainty. In theory the most recent operating system is supposed to be faster than its predecessor - but in reality it could be different. For this reason I suggest you read THIS and judge for yourself which will run faster on your not-so-old machine.

i_Xp/Vista/W7/W10 User


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#4
August 12, 2015 at 05:57:57
I don't xD But it was a good friend of mine that more or less knows everything about computers in general.

Alright, thanks.


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#5
August 12, 2015 at 08:33:49
You are welcome. Just in case you have not yet taken the plunge to upgrade to Windows 10, you can read THIS and play with the Windows 10 Compatibility checker. Who knows the answer you get may surprise you.

EDIT: Broken link fixed

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#6
August 12, 2015 at 08:54:55
An interesting link. From their conclusions:

"The short version of this conclusion is that a properly set up Windows machine equipped with semi-modern hardware should be capable of running Windows 7 or above more than adequately. The same hardware that currently runs Windows 7 competently can be upgraded to Windows 10 with no issues whatsoever on the performance front.
...
We wouldn't be surprised if certain aspects of Windows 10's performance are improved over the coming months and into next year, but most importantly today, you can feel free to upgrade and know you won't be sacrificing performance in the process."

Really, I am quite surprised. I'd have thought that it would take a while to catch up performance-wise, but the fact that it is as good as previous versions on release day is very encouraging. Things can only get better.


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#7
August 12, 2015 at 10:22:03
The link in #5 seems to have vanished.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#8
August 12, 2015 at 10:27:50
The first one worked.

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#9
August 12, 2015 at 10:34:05
Hey Derek Thanks for pointing it out. No the post didn't vanished - rather It was due to my typo in the HTML link that produced the "Page Not found" error. Below is the correct link..

http://www.zdnet.com/article/will-y...

Thanks again.


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#10
August 12, 2015 at 11:23:49
What say I were to absolutely hate Windows 10, or it didn't run well on my machine. How difficult would it be to go back to Windows 7?

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#11
August 12, 2015 at 14:29:18
How difficult would it be to go back to Windows 7

Google for "roll back to windows 7 from windows 10" and you will get handful of hits. From my experience there is no guarantee that you will get back the Old Windows with everything working just like before you upgraded to the New Windows.

There is one big caveat to be always mindful of. The option to roll back is good for only 4 weeks (28 days) from the day you installed the New Windows. On the 28th day Disk Cleanup will run its course automatically taking with it the Old Windows folder. Also, the Old Windows folder (windows.old) will disappear anytime you run Disk Cleanup before the 28th day.

Hope this helps.

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#12
August 12, 2015 at 14:36:24
Alright, I'll look it up. Thanks.

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#13
August 12, 2015 at 16:40:05
2009 Dell laptop? Well I guess you could use a reply from someone with experience. I own a 2006 HP Compaq laptop with the specs you can see. I have dual boot with both Windows XP and Windows 10, upgraded last week from Windows 7. I must say it performs brilliantly and fast, with absolutely no problems yet.

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#14
August 12, 2015 at 16:46:07
Sweet! Thank ya! 👍

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#15
August 12, 2015 at 21:40:45
One more thing you might want to consider, while running Windows 7, create the Repair Disk from the back up section and then create a Disk Image of your C drive on an external hard drive. Once you do this, you can wipe the drive and return to the exact state it was in before you made the conversion. The only things you would lose would be anything saved or added after the change over.

To be fair, I have been working with a single Windows 10 machine at work that was converted from a Windows 8 machine for a little while to test it with our system and I can say that I like it much better than Windows 8 and I am thinking about changing at least some of our home systems over to Windows 10 as well (Windows 7 and 8 machines).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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