1.    09 Sep 2016 #1
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    Requirements to make Windows 10 feel smooth?


    The minimum requirements for W10 is 1Ghz CPU and 1GB of RAM, but what are the requirements to make W10 just run smoothly, quick to boot, quickly enter the web browser, folders etc.? I just installed W10 on a eight year old computer, but the system is operating like its moving through syrup, but why? I have 2GB of RAM which should be plenty to open a web browser so why isn't it quick as a rabbit? Perhaps a SSD drive would make a difference? I'm mostly just technically curious about what it takes to just make it feel smooth when not running any heavy programs, what the bottle necks are and why?
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  2.    09 Sep 2016 #2
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    SSD will for sure make a difference. I recommend at least 128Gb for OS and programs with data on a spinner. Money well spent IMHO.
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  3.    09 Sep 2016 #3
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    Hi Plecto, welcome to the forum.
    What you are asking is pretty individual thing. I find anything with less than than older (4th generation processor), 2 cores, up to 2.5 GHz, 4GB of RAM and slow HDD pretty unbearable even for simplest tasks. It may be just enough for some business and very simple games but that's about it.
    That goes for any computer with above Windows XP. If you have right drivers, W10 should be at least a bit faster than Vista and up.
    SSD makes some difference in overall feel of course but except for faster BOOT and programs start they don't do anything for programs themselves.
    I could say that having enough memory can make most difference. Less than 4 BG of RAM makes it swap to virtual memory on the disk and if that one is slow look out, molasses may look like fast river !
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  4.    09 Sep 2016 #4
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    Thanks for the replies Lets say the the computer in question is just going to be used for playing music, comparing my life to other people lives on facebook, and mine sweeper. None of these programs require a fast CPU and having 4GB (perhaps 2GB is enough?) of RAM should be enough to do all three at the same time, the smoothness-feeling then boils down the the bandwidth of the hard drive, the time it takes for the programs to load from the drive to the RAM?
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  5.    09 Sep 2016 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plecto View Post
    Thanks for the replies Lets say the the computer in question is just going to be used for playing music, comparing my life to other people lives on facebook, and mine sweeper. None of these programs require a fast CPU and having 4GB (perhaps 2GB is enough?) of RAM should be enough to do all three at the same time, the smoothness-feeling then boils down the the bandwidth of the hard drive, the time it takes for the programs to load from the drive to the RAM?
    Those things would run just as well on a phone with much less performance but that would not make windows on desktop look any faster.
    Mine sweeper was made at the time of 386 DX computers and is not going to look and work any different on a top end server. Facebook, except for some badly optimized games on it, can also be used on practically any configuration but open 5 tabs in Chrome and it will eat all of 2GB RAM and practically work of the HDD and swap file slowing it to a crawl.
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  6.    09 Sep 2016 #6
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    I see. I installed W10 on a different computer with a Intel Pentium G3250 CPU. Still just 2GB of RAM and still with the same type of hard drive, but it ran a lot smoother! The install went a lot faster as well. Maybe the part of my brain responsible for computer-orientation is a bit simple, but this sort of shows that the reason for the syrip-like behavoir of the first computer wasn't caused by a lack of RAM or low hard drive transfer speeds, but rather the CPU being way too weak for even opening File Explorer in a satisfactory way? Would looking at Passmark CPU scores be a good indicator of how smooth W10 will feel, assuming that I don't run out of RAM?
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  7.    09 Sep 2016 #7
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    In short, yes. It isn't so much the age/generation of the processor as much as it is the quality of it. For the first year or so I ran windows 10 I was using an i7-875k. Ran like butter even though that is an "old" chip. In fact the only reasons I upgraded were 1.) I got a 50$ i5-4570 that was essentially brand new and 2.) I needed a processor with a higher STP for emulation. But just for videos/music/browsing older chips are fine. If it was mid to high end when it was released chances are it will run fine now. If it was garbage then it certainly won't be magically fixed by a new OS :P

    Out of curiosity what was the old cpu you were trying to use before the pentium g3250?
    Last edited by Carsomyr; 09 Sep 2016 at 20:48.
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