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  1. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 76
    Windows 10 Pro
       10 Aug 2015 #1

    How to make Win10 lean & mean on older PC.


    Hi,
    Have not upgraded from Win7 yet, later this year. No experience with 8 or 8.1.

    Want my old Dell D630 to run as quickly as possible. It is my understanding that keeping the apps at a minimum may assist in that effort? Read somewhere WinX might actually use less RAM than Win7?

    So just asking ahead of time what some of the experience here might suggest doing (aside from a clean install, will definitely do that after WinX is registered) to keep this machine running lean & mean.
    I like Win7 & am not particularly interested in WinX except that it's free & may be the last Microsoft OS I will never have to pay for. Perhaps will end up liking WinX (& all the extras) but at least for this machine would like it to run as fast as possible.

    Any tips members here can provide to achieve lean, mean & clean status be much appreciated


    thanks
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  2. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 133
    Windows 10
       10 Aug 2015 #2

    You call a Windows store near you and see if you can bring it in for them to help you and ask to be sure that there are no fees... http://www.bing.com/entities/search?...do&FORM=SNAPST
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  3. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 76
    Windows 10 Pro
       10 Aug 2015 #3

    letmein said: View Post
    You call a Windows store near you and see if you can bring it in for them to help you
    So then you're telling me not to bother posting here?
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  4. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 133
    Windows 10
       10 Aug 2015 #4

    dogpark said: View Post
    So then you're telling me not to bother posting here?
    NO I'm not but please wait for other replies offering solutions. I'm just a member like you trying to offer a easy solution. Very sorry if I gave you a bad impression.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  5. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 76
    Windows 10 Pro
       10 Aug 2015 #5

    Please don't post run Disk Cleanup or Defrag, etc. Looking for WinX specific tips:
    e.g. are there apps that can be uninstalled right away as they will be of no use. If didn't make use of it in Win7, don't need in it WinX.

    Windows 10 has new potentially memory hogging features like Virtual Desktops and desktop Metro Apps
    If true can this be simplified?

    thanks
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  6. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 243
    Win 10 Pro 64bit
       10 Aug 2015 #6

    I would not even consider using Windows Store staff to streamline and optimise my machines, lol...

    OP, what specs does your laptop have? If it's got a generic, small, 5400rpm drive then you'll want to do some stuff for that, for sure.

    I streamline the crap out of my machines whether they need it or not.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  7. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 133
    Windows 10
       10 Aug 2015 #7

    You can read these 2 very helpful links to prepare for the upgrade... Windows 10 - Upgrade Installation

    and Common Faults / Fixes List
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  8. Joined : Jan 2015
    Posts : 183
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       10 Aug 2015 #8

    I would search for compatible drivers first. I found out the hard way that direct in-place upgrading from 8.1 causes constant 100% (on 1 core) kernel CPU usage since the drivers aren't fully compatible with 10 despite the upgrade assistant saying that no incompatibilities.
    After clean installing, turning off Auto updates, then manually installing the latest Windows 10 drivers from each respective manufacture, Windows 10 runs much faster and has much less bugs. CPU usage is now 0-1% at idle and there are far less background tasks and apps compared to an in-place upgrade. However, since MS doesn't give a product key for Windows 10 upgrade, you need to do an in-place upgrade, then clean install and just get all your files and folders back on the Windows.old folder.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  9. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 76
    Windows 10 Pro
       10 Aug 2015 #9

    Nus said: View Post
    OP, what specs does your laptop have? If it's got a generic, small, 5400rpm drive then you'll want to do some stuff for that, for sure.

    I streamline the crap out of my machines whether they need it or not.
    WD Black 320 GB Mobile Hard Drive: 2.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA II, 16 MB Cache

    Will update "My System Specs"

    What streamlining for WinX in particular.

    thanks
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  10. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 76
    Windows 10 Pro
       10 Aug 2015 #10

    letmein said: View Post
    You can read these 2 very helpful links to prepare for the upgrade...Windows 10 - Upgrade Installation

    and Common Faults / Fixes List
    Have been all over the upgrade-installation tut. & did quite clearly say have yet to upgrade to WinX, why would I look @ common faults/fixes - yet.

    theveterans said: View Post
    I would search for compatible drivers first. I found out the hard way that direct in-place upgrading from 8.1 causes constant 100% (on 1 core) kernel CPU usage since the drivers aren't fully compatible with 10 despite the upgrade assistant saying that no incompatibilities.
    After clean installing, turning off Auto updates, then manually installing the latest Windows 10 drivers from each respective manufacture, Windows 10 runs much faster and has much less bugs. CPU usage is now 0-1% at idle and there are far less background tasks and apps compared to an in-place upgrade. However, since MS doesn't give a product key for Windows 10 upgrade, you need to do an in-place upgrade, then clean install and just get all your files and folders back on the Windows.old folder.
    I'm saying after the machine is already up on a clean install & running WinX.
    What other tweaks can I perform to make it run faster e.g. apps to remove & what I already posted above.

    Please post only to the question asked. Will be beneficial to those who may search this thread down the road.
    Last edited by dogpark; 20 Aug 2015 at 10:13.
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