Windows 10: Installing Win10 on an old Compaq laptop
Well ... that was an exercise in futility!
Should have run the in-place upgrade FIRST -- because when I finally got around to doing it, the update tool complained and said Win10 can't run on the Compax due to the "NX problem".
Had I run the upgrade first, I would have saved a lot of trouble.
Mark Phelps said:
You're right -- I should have checked ahead of time, and in your second post, you did say that doing an upgrade was the only thing that worked. I was just hoping to avoid the Upgrade because that totally trashed another laptop, and in that case, only a clean-install worked.
I was trying to give the benefit of my experiences, to possibly save you from grief and wasting time, but the only way to really learn is to make your own mistakes and learn from them, since YMMV.
There are apparently ways to circumvent the NX problem , I've read, but that seems, to me, to be "an exercise in futility" in an OS that's designed to be upgraded over time and again.
My specs show my Pentium 4 that happily runs Windows 10, but many P4s do not have the NX feature.
There are several threads here that document folks' experience with Windows 10 on "old hardware" or "old Computer(s)" for those that wish to experiment to pick up pointers and ideas.
NavyLCDR has made some interesting suggestions which I may try out in due course, probably when Redstone long term version is released, if Microsoft has not made the setup process more stringent by then!
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