Windows 10: Should I downgrade to Windows 8.1? Solved

  1.    09 Jan 2017 #1

    Should I downgrade to Windows 8.1?


    Hi, my laptop is an Acer Aspire ES1-512 with an Intel Celeron N2840 CPU, 4 GB RAM and integrated video card and I have installed Windows 10 Pro on it. I like to use it for browsing the internet (Youtube, Reddit, etc.) and to play Team Fortress 2. The performance of my laptop is very slow, compared to similar laptops online (Intel Celeron N2830 / N2840 / N2820 CPU Review with Benchmark, Gaming, and Specs | Processors for Laptop & Tablet PCs - Specs, Reviews, Comparison | Laptoping). Now, should I go back to Windows 8.1 to boost my performance or is there something I'm doing wrong. Any help would be appreciated.
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  2.    09 Jan 2017 #2

    Hi there

    I am curious why you think Windows 8.1 would boost your performance. Windows 10 is a solid performer for games and is similar if not slightly better than 8.1.

    You could have a look at what programs you have installed and remove any you no longer use. Also update your drivers to the latest for all your hardware. Laptop makers usually have a place where you can download reasonably uptodate drivers specific to your laptop.
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  3.    09 Jan 2017 #3

    swarfega said: View Post
    Hi there

    I am curious why you think Windows 8.1 would boost your performance. Windows 10 is a solid performer for games and is similar if not slightly better than 8.1.

    You could have a look at what programs you have installed and remove any you no longer use. Also update your drivers to the latest for all your hardware. Laptop makers usually have a place where you can download reasonably uptodate drivers specific to your laptop.
    I was thinking that because on the site, it says that they're using Windows 8.1 and because they get higher fps I assumed that Windows 8.1 was better. Thanks for the info though! Also, I have the latest drivers installed and only have some essential programs (WinRar, Chrome, Firefox, Avast Free, Notepad++, Steam and TF2, Python 3.5, Java, CCleaner and Microsoft Office 2013). I have also disabled some services for better performance with "Easy Service Optimizer". Do you think if I clean reinstall Windows 10 and download only Chrome and Team Fortress 2 I will get higher frames?
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  4.    09 Jan 2017 #4

    You have a similar software collection to me. You might want to consider the new Bitdefender Free which was just updated as its supposed to be fairly light. Avast can be a hog on lower end hardware (no disrespect intended).

    A clean install is certainly worthwhile and with the new install system there they have digital licenses that stick with your hardware, its pretty easy just to clean install and itl auto activate (don't enter the key during install).
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  5.    09 Jan 2017 #5

    OK, I'll do a clean install and then I'll only install Chrome, Bitdefender Free and TF2. I hope it's faster after that. Also, do you think a new SSD and 8 GB RAM would make the game (and system) run better?
    Last edited by matisluzi; 09 Jan 2017 at 12:13.
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  6.    09 Jan 2017 #6

    Its always worth installing an SSD. Do you know which motherboard you have or which version of sata it has. If its older than sata 3 then Id consider memory upgrade first.
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  7.    09 Jan 2017 #7

    You won't get more performance going back to Windows 8.1

    Your Laptop needs 8 GB of RAM for starters. The integrated HD graphics will take some of that depending on the applications you use.

    The processor is a low cost Celeron which is just not as good as i3/i5/i7 series.

    A SSD may make starting an application faster but that's about it. Large capacity ones are also expensive. RAM is faster and much better value for money.
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  8.    10 Jan 2017 #8

    OK, I clean installed Windows 10 and now it's faster! I also ordered 8 GB of DDR3 RAM on Amazon. Thanks all for the help!
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