Toshiba C660-1UX - in place upgrade, or better off with a new machine?


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    Toshiba C660-1UX - in place upgrade, or better off with a new machine?


    Hi, all.

    I'm new here, and a bit of a Luddite. (Terrible combination, I know.)

    I'm running a Toshiba C660-1UX machine, which I purchased in October 2011. It currently has 2GB of RAM, although I can upgrade to four gigabytes.

    Windows 7 and I have got along well, although the machine is now rather slow.

    Would I be better off doing an in-place upgrade, or getting a new machine which is optimised for W10?

    Many thanks,

    Casey
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    My main concern would be drivers for the Intel 4500M graphics in the machine. The latest Intel ones are for Windows 7. They may work well under 10, but they're not officially supported.

    I'm inclined to recommend 10 as an upgrade over 8, because the Win 10 interface is less bad than for 8.

    When you say that "the machine is now rather slow", do you mean that it has slowed down or that it seems slow compared to newer hardware? If it runs more slowly than in the past, it's probably possible to restore it performance. (The hardware usually never gets "tired", as long as it's working.) The extreme way to restore it would be to clean install Windows 7, plus all your software and files. Sounds like fun?
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    It occasionally freezes, and I have to wait for several minutes for programs to open. I no longer have a W7 disc, that I'm aware of, so a clean install would be somewhat problematic.
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    Casey said:
    It occasionally freezes, and I have to wait for several minutes for programs to open. I no longer have a W7 disc, that I'm aware of, so a clean install would be somewhat problematic.
    Windows 7

    There may be additional complications if your machine uses an SLP (key in BIOS) license. I haven't prepared an SLP disk since doing it a few years ago to replace a lost XP install disk for an old Dell PC, but I doubt that it's overly difficult. (Maybe it's unnecessary, if you still have a license code on the Certificate of Authenticity sticker.)
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  5. Posts : 30
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    Thanks, Bob.

    I've just tried to create an ISO file, and can't, because the software was pre-installed by the supplier of my machine. Think I may be up the creek. Happy to stick with my current installation for now, but would be grateful for improved performance. What a bind.
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