Windows 10: Let's run Win10 on really really old hardware

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  1.    23 Jun 2016 #121

    CountMike said: View Post
    He did say that some driver finding and updating program found newer ones but I talked him out of it because those programs are often wrong.
    And his Win10 stopped insisting on further driver upgrades?
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  2.    23 Jun 2016 #122

    HnKG36 said: View Post
    And his Win10 stopped insisting on further driver upgrades?
    He's not on insider version and I don't know if any drivers were updated but still work.
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  3.    23 Jun 2016 #123

    Alright, i'll keep that in mind.
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 1706 (CU build 15063.483)
       23 Jun 2016 #124

    You cannot upgrade directly from Windows 7 32-bit to Windows 10 64-bit. Backup all your files, format and clean-install Windows 10 with your Windows 7 serial
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  5.    29 Jul 2016 #125

    Another AMD Athlon 64 installed just under the wire:

    HP Pavilion WMC PC (circa 2005)
    AMD Athlon 64 3200+ 2.2 GHz (Socket 754)
    2 GB DDR
    Asustek Salmon K8S-LA mbo
    Nvidia GeForce 6200 AGP

    Upgrade-installed (with iso disc) Windows 10 32-bit on the 1TB Samsung HDD that had replaced the original 80 GB Maxtor. It's running fine so far, about on a par with Windows 7.

    Just for the heck of it, this same old PC actually has a quad-boot setup:
    1. the original XP Pro MCE,
    2. Vista 64 Ultimate,
    3. 7 64 Ultimate,
    4. 10 32 Pro.
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 1706 (CU build 15063.483)
       30 Jul 2016 #126

    Good job! You should also install official NVidia drivers for Vista/7 32-bit to have full performance. Forget Microsoft drivers from Windows Update!
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  7.    30 Jul 2016 #127

    spapakons said: View Post
    Good job! You should also install official NVidia drivers for Vista/7 32-bit to have full performance. Forget Microsoft drivers from Windows Update!
    Thanks. Yes I did just that after Win10 setup didn't recognize the 6200 driver in Win7 upgrade.

    Now that I've had some time with Win10 running on this PC, I think it feels snappier and more nimble than Win7.
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 1706 (CU build 15063.483)
       31 Jul 2016 #128

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  9.    31 Jul 2016 #129

    spapakons said: View Post
    You cannot upgrade directly from Windows 7 32-bit to Windows 10 64-bit. Backup all your files, format and clean-install Windows 10 with your Windows 7 serial
    Hi there

    Interesting experiment for you -- you CAN run W10 X-64 as a VM on a 32 bit machine - provided the VT bit is turned on in the BIOS -- also HOST + GUEST can only address together a Max of 4GB RAM. I've had a W10 x-64 VM running as a VM allocated only 1GB RAM - worked fine -- even on XP HOST !!!!!

    It goes without saying of course that the HOST machine must be capable of INTEL VT technology being available (or AMD equivalent). The HOST machine itself -- contrary to popular opinion doesn't actually need to support native 64 bit CPU instructions.

    You can do interesting things with VM's with old hardware. -- Note though if using VMWARE the latest releases require 64 BIT on the HOST - but earlier releases such as Workstation 10 work fine.

    You probably need at least 3GB in the HOST though to make this to work reasonably.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 1706 (CU build 15063.483)
       01 Aug 2016 #130

    You forget one little detail... If the CPU supports Intel VT or equivalent, then it also is 64-bit. Not sure about other applications, but VMWare will only allow you to install 64-bit Windows with a 64-bit host. And what's the benefit anyway if you can only use 3GB RAM? The other way round (installing 32-bit Windows with 64-bit host) makes sense if you want to run 16-bit applications and old Windows games that are 16-bit (such as Tetris from old Windows 3 Microsoft collection)
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