Will 8 GB make WIN10 run ok on a Core 2 Duo?  

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  1. Posts : 4
    WIN 7
       #1

    Will 8 GB make WIN10 run ok on a Core 2 Duo?


    A lot of posts on the net ask whether Win10 can run on old machines. But most of the inquiries seem to come from people with 4 GB or less RAM. Personally I can't use WIN7 with less than 8.

    My travel laptop is my slowest machine, a Latitude e4300, Core2 Duo SP9600. (I like it because of the screen size / aspect ratio.) If I upgrade to WIN10, will the 8 GB RAM help ensure that I don't experience a slowdown?

    Yes, I'm already using an SSD and hibernating between sessions.

    [Currently Windows version 6.1 build 7601]
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  2. Posts : 2,487
    Windows 10 Home, 64-bit
       #2

    If it's slow with 8 GB, it isn't likely due to the amount of RAM unless you are an unusual case--work load out of the ordinary.

    Win 10 and 7 both run about the same on a given amount of RAM.
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  3. Posts : 4,453
    Win 11 Pro 22000.708
       #3

    I have run Win10 X64 fairly well on an ancient laptop with 4GB of RAM and an Athlon 64 X2 CPU. About as well as Win7 X64.

    Switching to a small SSD helped quite a bit.

    I'd still be using it, but I replaced it by a laptop with an HDMI port.
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  4. Posts : 18,319
    Windows 11 Pro
       #4

    8 GB of RAM is more than enough for Windows 10.
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  5. Posts : 13,301
    Windows 10 Pro (x64) 21H2 19044.1526
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    I am running a Virtual machine of Windows 10 on a dual core apple with 4 gigs allocated for it.
    with no trouble at all.
    There are quite a number of Tutorials here on speeding up windows.
    Top of my list is turning off animation/
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  6. Posts : 161
    Windows 10
       #6

    My HP dv6 Laptop and how it is working with Windows 10 today.


    I have this older HP dv6 you can see below how it is configured, i upgraded it from Windows 7 to Windows 10 when Microsoft offered the free online update.

    I have been using it with no problems and have upgraded the OS each time Microsoft has offered it, and have not had and problems with this computer.
    =======

    This is my HP laptop system:
    The dv6 offers an
    Intel Core i5-2410M Sandy Bridge dual-core CPU, 6GB of DDR3 memory, and a discrete Radeon HD 6490M graphics chip.
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  7. Posts : 289
    Windows 10 Pro 21H2
       #7

    My 2006 core 2 duo runs fine with win 10 on 4gb ram. It will normally use around 50% ram with a couple browsers open. The cpu sure works hard though, still gets er done.
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  8. Posts : 7,724
    3-Win-7Prox64 3-Win10Prox64 3-LinuxMint20.2
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    LL northcoast said:
    A lot of posts on the net ask whether Win10 can run on old machines. But most of the inquiries seem to come from people with 4 GB or less RAM. Personally I can't use WIN7 with less than 8.
    My travel laptop is my slowest machine, a Latitude e4300, Core2 Duo SP9600. (I like it because of the screen size / aspect ratio.) If I upgrade to WIN10, will the 8 GB RAM help ensure that I don't experience a slowdown?
    Yes, I'm already using an SSD and hibernating between sessions.
    [Currently Windows version 6.1 build 7601]
    Hi,
    Recently updated with media creation tool and used update now on a 2009 model Gateway laptop
    Win-7 dual core with only 3gb's of memory

    Worked just fine on win-7 of course it was a 32bit os version mostly because that works best for this low end machine it came with 32 bit win-7 maybe Vista.

    Now on win-10 home 32 bit still works fine.
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  9. Posts : 4
    WIN 7
    Thread Starter
       #9

    Thanks, everyone for your feedback.

    For what it's worth, to celebrate the WIN7 end of service, I did prepare a replacement machine with a clean install of WIN10 - a Latitude e4310 (an i5). I love it, but unfortunately the beat-up old e4300 has more useful screen dimensions. After maxing out the RAM to 8GB, and switching to an SSD and using a hiberfile, I'm getting very decent performance, so for now I think it's safer to stay put with WIN7.

    But should I ever feel forced to stop using WIN7, your responses have giving me the confidence to try converting the e4300 to WIN10.
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  10. Posts : 5,122
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit
       #10

    Microsoft lists the Windows 10 minimum hardware requirements as:

    • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC.
    • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit.
    • Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS.
    • Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver.
    • Display: 800x600


    But I reccomend


    1. processor: 2.5 GHz Dual Core (Faster is better)
    2. RAM :- 4 GB (2018 Atleast 8 GB)
    3. HDD 320GB
    4. GPU :- any (Nvidia Tiatan v is the Best)
    5. Display :- 1920X1080 (Full HD)
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