Installing Windows 10 on old notebook that runs XP?  

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  1. Posts : 913
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       #21

    The bugger was running like a turtle.
    Right after installation, many scheduled tasks/updates/scans are started; it is necessary to wait an hour or two for normal operation & remove all that unusable metro apps.

    I tested out the links you posted, they're all older than the one came with Windows installation update
    Yes older but they include a program to manage GMA settings, see the picture:
    Let's run Win10 on really really old hardware

    I could barely play a 360p video in a small window
    I have no problem to play yt using Waterfox Classic (but it has only 64bit version); for saved video files I use MPC-BE. Afaik 720p is the max resolution which can be sometimes reasonably played.

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    Imo occasional use of this class of hardware is only a game "what can be done with this piece of junk", not suitable for regular work.
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    10 Home x64 (22H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #22

    althetrainer said:
    ..Out of curiosity I popped the SSD in and clean installed Windows 10 32-bit. The bugger was running like a turtle. Web browsing was slow but tolerable. Youtube, on the other hand, was definitely a nightmare. I could barely play a 360p video in a small window and that too took forever to buffer. By the way, when I installed Windows 10, the graphic media accelerator 3150 was installed correctly. It's not missing, just couldn't handle the load...
    My D270 has the Atom N2600, two cores with two threads per core, so it handles the load better. Browsing is quite acceptable, while Youtube is tolerable in a window. Unfortunately there are no drivers beyond Windows 7 for its gma 3600 series, and that one willl cause a BSoD .
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       #23

    muchomurka said:
    Right after installation, many scheduled tasks/updates/scans are started; it is necessary to wait an hour or two for normal operation & remove all that unusable metro apps.
    Yes older but they include a program to manage GMA settings, see the picture:
    Let's run Win10 on really really old hardware
    I have no problem to play yt using Waterfox Classic (but it has only 64bit version); for saved video files I use MPC-BE. Afaik 720p is the max resolution which can be sometimes reasonably played.
    Did you install 64-bit? I chose 32-bit because I thought it would be a better fit. I did play with the notebook for most of the day after installing Windows 10, just testing things here and there. By the evening I realized there's not more I could do to make it perform better, I put the old drive back inside. If I get another small SSD in the future I will give it another go with the links you posted to see if it likes the old version better. Meanwhile, I have plenty to tinker with to keep me busy.
    Bree said:
    My D270 has the Atom N2600, two cores with two threads per core, so it handles the load better. Browsing is quite acceptable, while Youtube is tolerable in a window. Unfortunately there are no drivers beyond Windows 7 for its gma 3600 series, and that one willl cause a BSoD .
    Ah the D270 has a bit more juice than the D260 then. Nice to be able to run an old system like that, it's like cheating death.
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    10 Home x64 (22H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #24

    althetrainer said:
    ... I chose 32-bit because I thought it would be a better fit. I did play with the notebook for most of the day .... By the evening I realized there's not more I could do to make it perform better,..
    Yes, 32-bit is best. I tried 64-bit on mine, it ran OK but a bit slow. The Aspire One's maximum 2GB installed RAM isn't really enough for x64 but it's plenty for x86. To help speed it up a bit I turn off all background apps and all visual effects.

    Turn On or Off Background Apps in Windows 10
    Enable or Disable Animate Controls and Elements Inside Windows
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  5. Posts : 913
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       #25

    Did you install 64-bit? I chose 32-bit because I thought it would be a better fit.
    Yes, reasons are 1. unification 2. 64bit-only programs. I tested 32bit Win7 (Starter preinstalled) & Win10 & Mint - performance is almost the same as 64bit, as bad as it can be. Finding proper 64bit win drivers was a challenge however there is no reason to revert back to 32bit now.

    (As usually, I disagree with other users of old hardware; when I said SSD has almost no effect on very weak atom systems /lack of speculative execution/, they all screamed as big performance jump it is... Placebo effect.)
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    Windows 10
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       #26

    Bree said:
    Yes, 32-bit is best. I tried 64-bit on mine, it ran OK but a bit slow. The Aspire One's maximum 2GB installed RAM isn't really enough for x64 but it's plenty for x86. To help speed it up a bit I turn off all background apps and all visual effects.
    Turn On or Off Background Apps in Windows 10
    Enable or Disable Animate Controls and Elements Inside Windows
    Thank you. Never had the need to turn off background apps but it may come handy in the future.

    muchomurka said:
    Yes, reasons are 1. unification 2. 64bit-only programs. I tested 32bit Win7 (Starter preinstalled) & Win10 & Mint - performance is almost the same as 64bit, as bad as it can be. Finding proper 64bit win drivers was a challenge however there is no reason to revert back to 32bit now.

    (As usually, I disagree with other users of old hardware; when I said SSD has almost no effect on very weak atom systems /lack of speculative execution/, they all screamed as big performance jump it is... Placebo effect.)
    This is a fascinating conversation. Interesting how the same setup on similar systems could yield such different results. To me, the fun is in the experiment and discoveries; it's the journey that counts.
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