Windows 10: Windows 7 laptops

  1.    13 Apr 2016 #1

    Windows 7 laptops


    Did you upgrade a LAPTOP designed for Windows 7 to Windows 10? It doesn't matter if it had been upgraded to 8 first, as long as it is designed from the ground up for 7. How did it go? Is performance worse or better? What kind of problems have you had?

    Thank you.
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  2.    13 Apr 2016 #2

    I've upgraded a netbook that originally came with Windows XP to Windows 10. Works just fine. I have found that the older the hardware is, the bigger the improvement in performance I have seen - as long as all the hardware has drivers for it that will work with Windows 10.

    Acer Aspire One (XP-Based) Laptop specs

    I also put a cheap $50 SSD in it as well.
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  3.    13 Apr 2016 #3

    I went from 8.1 tp 10. I am not impressed. I hardly use that system now because I like my 7 or 8.1 systems a lot better. Performance was not an issue because all my systems run on SSDs.
    Last edited by whs; 14 Apr 2016 at 15:19.
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  4.    14 Apr 2016 #4

    What? Few people are upgrading Win 7 laptops to 10? I knew there were problems upgrading them to Windows 8.
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    Windows 10 Pro (Mix of Builds) / Linux Mint
       14 Apr 2016 #5

    Mine is a HP DV7, never had vista on it because I went right to 7 with it, and then 10. No issues at all.
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  6.    14 Apr 2016 #6

    Very rarely will there be any issues, provided you have the right hardware with driver support. Most well-known brands, like Dell, HP, etc use internal parts from major brands, like Intel, Nvidia, Realtek, etc. Some times, people claim to have an issue, but they really just didn't bother looking for the right driver. Assuming the system has enough memory, anything that runs Windows 7 should run Windows 10 just fine. Usually, the hard drive is the slowest, weakest link in the performance chain, so swapping it out for an SSD can easily breathe new life in the an old laptop.
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    W10 pro x64 and W8.1 x86
       15 Apr 2016 #7

    When you say 'upgraded', do you mean W7 > in place upgrade to W8 > in place upgrade to W10 or do you simply mean putting W10 onto a W7 (designed for) laptop.

    Well I tried both routes on a Dell Vostro 3750 i5 designed for and supplied with W7 pro. Initially with the pre release versions of W10, and the upgrade route was a disaster. Unusable.

    A totally clean install of W10 onto an HDD (actually a SSD) that was taken down to 'unallocated space' first (so like a new unused drive) was as troublefree and fast as you could ever wish for. Having done that I'm very impressed by W10. Its far and away quicker than W7 (or even W8.1) ever was. I did buy W8.1 and clean installed that using it for around 18 months. That was good but the experience ultimately ruined by all the constant MS updates and having to be one step ahead all the time to avoid installing any that were W10 related.

    W10, performance has been excellent in every way. Problems, nil.
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    Windows 10 Pro (Mix of Builds) / Linux Mint
       15 Apr 2016 #8

    DeaconFrost said: View Post
    Very rarely will there be any issues, provided you have the right hardware with driver support. Most well-known brands, like Dell, HP, etc use internal parts from major brands, like Intel, Nvidia, Realtek, etc. Some times, people claim to have an issue, but they really just didn't bother looking for the right driver. Assuming the system has enough memory, anything that runs Windows 7 should run Windows 10 just fine. Usually, the hard drive is the slowest, weakest link in the performance chain, so swapping it out for an SSD can easily breathe new life in the an old laptop.
    Well said, and spot on.

    I've always said, consider the number of laptops on the planet, and the wide array of configurations available. MS did an outstanding job when you consider how many of those systems upgraded with no issues at all, and as Deacon said, the others may not have know how to resolve a simple driver issue. (My DV7 is on fast ring, currently I use an older video driver to get my native screen resolution, and mouse to get full touchpad capabilities)
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  •    15 Apr 2016 #9

    I have noticed that most posts concern updating Win 7 desktops.

    When I wrote on the Acer forums, we had a lot of problems updating laptops from 7 to 8. It appears from various posts, along with this thread, that Win 7 laptops UAUALOLY upgrade to 10 with little or no problem.
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