Windows 10: Windows 10 can be pre-ordered from Amazon on USB Flash Drive

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  1.    27 Jul 2015 #11

    If they don't come on a decent USB 3 drive and you don't have USB 3 on PC then it will suck.

    My experience of installing OS from a variety of USB 2 drives, from 'decent' ones to 'crap' ones, is that it's painfully slow, way worse than a DVD.

    USB 3 is another story, however.
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  2.    27 Jul 2015 #12

    Nus said: View Post
    If they don't come on a decent USB 3 drive and you don't have USB 3 on PC then it will suck.

    My experience of installing OS from a variety of USB 2 drives, from 'decent' ones to 'crap' ones, is that it's painfully slow, way worse than a DVD.

    USB 3 is another story, however.
    Hi there

    even USB2 is Better than a CD / DVD. If you've got really poor USB performance it's because your USB device (or the Mobo) is running at USB 1.1 speed) or it's on a USB hub shared with a USB 1.1 device (such as a keyboard or mouse) . You could also be using an unpowered hub when you should be using a powered one. Check also the USB stick is at least USB2.

    If the computer is REALLY old -- it would have to be YEARS old though - none of your USB ports would be faster than 1.1.

    Try updating any drivers as well.

    You must be in a minority of ONE if your CD / DVD install works quicker than a USB stick.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  3.    27 Jul 2015 #13

    jimbo45 said: View Post
    Hi there

    even USB2 is Better than a CD / DVD. If you've got really poor USB performance it's because your USB device (or the Mobo) is running at USB 1.1 speed) or it's on a USB hub shared with a USB 1.1 device (such as a keyboard or mouse) . You could also be using an unpowered hub when you should be using a powered one. Check also the USB stick is at least USB2.

    If the computer is REALLY old -- it would have to be YEARS old though - none of your USB ports would be faster than 1.1.

    Try updating any drivers as well.

    You must be in a minority of ONE if your CD / DVD install works quicker than a USB stick.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    No, in theory max USB 2 and max DVD read speeds are fairly comparable. In practice it's rare that a USB 2 flash drive gets to that level and speeds rapidly drop to a pitiful level if you're not reading large files.

    Admittedly, I haven't tried installing Win 10 from USB. If the installation consists of transferring one large file it may not be too bad, otherwise f that.
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  4.    27 Jul 2015 #14

    Nus said: View Post
    No, in theory max USB 2 and max DVD read speeds are fairly comparable. In practice it's rare that a USB 2 flash drive gets to that level and speeds rapidly drop to a pitiful level if you're not reading large files.

    Admittedly, I haven't tried installing Win 10 from USB. If the installation consists of transferring one large file it may not be too bad, otherwise f that.

    Hi there

    USB clean install -- around 10 mins on an SSD or about 15 if installing on to a conventional HDD. Note also that very slow system performance can be due to POOR HDD's -- BAD I/O is usually overlooked in performance related problems --I've often seen people spending a lot of dosh in adding a load more RAM or even upgrading the processor when simply changing the HDD's would be far more effective (and cost effective too).

    Lack of RAM is rarely a problem these days and even a fairly "slow" processor is enough for what typical users want to do on their systems -- however slow cheap HDD's (especially those with almost ZERO cache or really cheap and nasty early model laptop drives) will slow ANY system --even with an i7 processor.

    The best performance you can get is to replace where possible HDD's (certainly for the OS disk) with SSD's -- and at least swap IDE HDD's for SATA one's where possible.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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