Windows 10: Does it make sense to Dual-Boot W10 - Performance, tweaked / Comfort?

  1.    16 Jan 2017 #1

    Does it make sense to Dual-Boot W10 - Performance, tweaked / Comfort?


    I have a Lenovo Yoga 500 laptop. Core i7 6500, 8GB RAM.

    I'm a computer science student, so every bit of performance I can get is welcome.

    I'm thinking of creating a dual boot system of two Windows 10 installations, where one is tweaked towards the performance extreme, and the other for comfort and utility.

    For example, the performance one will have much less services enabled, almost no programs installed except for Visual Studio, no animations etc, and the other will be rich with "everything I could need". uTorrent will be there, VLC, Ultramon etc.

    I'm assuming a separate registry, c:\users, c:\windows and so on will help each system to be more stable, and do its designated job better.

    Basically I'm tired of trying to find out the "right balance" between performance / usability (or stability) in a pretty mediocre laptop. Might as well have 2 operating systems.

    What do you think?

    Thanks a lot,
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  2.    16 Jan 2017 #2

    You may have to buy a second copy I would think it's not worth the trouble
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  3. Berton's Avatar
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    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, WinXP Home Premium, Linux Mint
       16 Jan 2017 #3

    I considered dual-booting Win10 RTM and Win10 IP on a Desktop but having rehabbed some computers chose to keep the 2 on separate machines. Basically if one had a problem I could always use the other. Notebooks/Laptops are a different thing in that only the RAM and HDD can be interchanged/upgraded.

    In your case I'd keep the i7 for performance and for only about 3 times the cost for getting a copy of Win10 I'd get an i3 or i5 or AMD equivalent with Win10 installed for serious/required work.
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  4. slicendice's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 v1803 Build 17134.228 (Branch: RS4 Release Preview)
       17 Jan 2017 #4

    Based on your description of requirements I'd go for a second computer instead of dual booting. As Berton mentioned an i3 or i5 computer would be enough for serious work. Check out my profile for more info for my computer details. That one is enough for VisualStudio. If I need to create Huge virtualized systems while coding, then a desktop computer with enough CPU cores and RAM would be required. But for my testing purposes in VMs my i5 and 8GB RAM is enough for running 2 VMs and VisualStudio in the host at the same time. Not super fast but it's fast enough to do some basic application testing.

    Stick your torrent stuff on a dedicated desktop or laptop computer that is plugged to LAN. I use one computer for work only, one for entertainment/convenience and a third one for downloading stuff and serving files to the other 2.
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  5. slicendice's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 v1803 Build 17134.228 (Branch: RS4 Release Preview)
       17 Jan 2017 #5

    One additional note. When I was at school studying computer science, my laptop was faster than all the i7 desktop computers over there. Only thing that was faster on the desktops was USB3.0 speeds.

    We did VisualStudio, Hyper-V, Windows Server, SQL, VMWare etc...and every time while the computers were crunching something, my laptop was done first and the others followed seconds or minutes later, depending on the task.
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