Windows 10: Microsoft Confirms Windows 10 Will Work on Vista PCs

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  1.    15 Jan 2015 #11

    ThrashZone said: View Post
    Yep I believe that is what the downloadable 10 tool kit is about and then 10 update will be delivered through the windows update system as a trial,
    I have my 8.1 ready to download the tool kit as soon as it's available and update to 10 that way so I might be ready for any special upgrade os deals that may strike

    The iso is easy enough to download for a clean install if no deal hits
    Ah, I forgot about that tool kit. I have no desire to do an upgrade install so I'll wait for the ISO to show up and do a clean install. I should be able to pull one off of MSDN at some point.
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       15 Jan 2015 #12

    The upgrades were the least expensive options on just about all versions of windows 8 I believe a whopping 15.us
    And gradually increased,
    Cheap is always best for a toy
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  3.    15 Jan 2015 #13

    I wonder if Win 10 will have a compatibility mode, like Win 7 does, so one can run older programs and hardware on it.
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       15 Jan 2015 #14

    Microsoft has said if programs work with 7 they will/ should work with 10
    Trying is the ultimate test though,
    Cheers.
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  5.    15 Jan 2015 #15

    ThrashZone said: View Post
    The upgrades were the least expensive options on just about all versions of windows 8 I believe a whopping 15.us
    And gradually increased,
    Cheap is always best for a toy
    Microsoft MVP's get a free MSDN subscription. I don't get the actual DVD's but I can download the ISO's and get product keys for personal use. It's a very nice perk that Microsoft offers us. To me, just being able to download nice clean unmodified ISO's is a life saver. Every time I worked on a PC for somebody finding clean install media that you could trust was a chore. I can't thank Microsoft enough for making me an MVP and giving me access to all these resources. Add to that the info I get here and it just doesn't get any better than that.
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  6.    15 Jan 2015 #16

    Lady Fitzgerald said: View Post
    I wonder if Win 10 will have a compatibility mode, like Win 7 does, so one can run older programs and hardware on it.
    Compatibility mode has been a part of Windows since Windows 2000. Microsoft has a long history of bending over backwards to make old applications run on newer operating systems, even when the developers engaged in practices they were specifically warned against. Some of this is visible in the compatibility mode settings, most is not. I don't see compatibility mode going away as long as older applications have problems running on newer operating systems.

    As for something like XP mode available in some editions of Windows 7 (not Windows 8), don't expect to see that again.
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       15 Jan 2015 #17

    I have to give you guys and gals a big thumbs up for sticking with 8-8.1 I had to hold my nose reloading that one again yesterday to prepare for the tool kit,
    I'll have to leave it alone till then otherwise I'll end up using start8 or classic shell again
    Classic shell changes Way too much by default :/

    I'm not sure what we'd do without y'all MVP's I'm pretty sure we'd all be lost
    Cheers.
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  8.    15 Jan 2015 #18

    jimbo45 said: View Post
    Hi there

    I think the hardware requirement for W10 is actually LESS than W8/W8.1. Remember in W10 you can essentially disable the whole wretched Metro stuff as W10 is designed initially for DESKTOP users whom Ms hope to wean away from W7. The Consumer preview to come might be somewhat more machine intensive if the graphics are tested more (dynamic metro apps with video) but desktops should run just fine on it.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    And the hardware requirements are certainly less than those required by Vista, even (I believe that Vista x64 required 1GB of ram and recommended 2GB's +--Win7 cut that in half, IIRC...;)) PAE, NX and SSE2...got to have a really *old* cpu that doesn't support those....;)

    What made Vista's requirements so onerous at the time for some people was that ram was still $30-$50 a GB or so, IIRC. I'm pretty sure that even most of these cpus will run Win10:

    Athlon 64 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    That's going back 13 years, (but I'll always reserve the right to be wrong)...;) Although only in the formative beta stages, Win10 so far seems if anything more backwards-compatible than Win8/8.1--for instance, I have an old Windows game, Rune HoV, that while it ran fine under 8 x64 won't run at all under 8.1 x64 unless I turn off DEP for the Rune executable. But, in the latest official Win10TP beta, 9879, as in plain-Jane Win8.0, the game runs fine with DEP turned on. There are a few other older programs that I can run fine under the 10 beta that don't run under 8.1.

    Also, I've thoroughly investigated whether these incompatibilities are related to differing versions of Direct X--they're not, as I run DX9-11 on 8/8.1 & 10...same versions. Hopefully, when DX12 incarnates it won't cause any specific backwards compatibility problems--though that may be a neat trick...
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  9.    15 Jan 2015 #19

    ThrashZone said: View Post
    I have to give you guys and gals a big thumbs up for sticking with 8-8.1 I had to hold my nose reloading that one again yesterday to prepare for the tool kit,
    I'll have to leave it alone till then otherwise I'll end up using start8 or classic shell again
    Classic shell changes Way too much by default :/

    I'm not sure what we'd do without y'all MVP's I'm pretty sure we'd all be lost
    Cheers.
    I like 8.1, I'd still be running it even if I wasn't an MVP. It would just be Core instead of Pro on my laptops. That's what they came with. I will say I did not like Windows 8.0 all that much. The changes they made in 8.1 turned that around for me. I'm not anti-metro and like the Start Screen. If I don't like something I won't use it, even if it is free. Hopefully Windows 10 will be something I want to use.
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  10.    15 Jan 2015 #20

    The article says:
    Windows XP users, on the other hand, have no other option than to upgrade, as their old PCs won't have what it takes to run Windows 10. At least not without hardware upgrade.
    ... so what does that mean for my laptop that came with XP but I since upgraded it to Windows 8.1?
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