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Best Windows OS for a *very* low-spec laptop?
« on: 20 February 2019, 13:19:03 »
What's the best version of Windows to run on an old Samsung NC10 netbook, Win7 or Win10?
(1.6GHz Atom, 2GB RAM, 160GB HDD)

All it needs to do is run office apps and browse the net
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Re: Best Windows OS for a *very* low-spec laptop?
« Reply #1 on: 20 February 2019, 13:49:48 »
go with 7. i'm using 10 on a somewhat outdated laptop and it's been a nightmare. it updates itself in spite of everything i do, wastes upwards of 8 gigs of memory on an "needed update" for programs i keep uninstalling and feels the need to fight with me about my choices of programs for everything while chewing up battery life on some background monitoring stuff i can't shut off.

10's advantages are only really for using on a phone, i think.
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Re: Best Windows OS for a *very* low-spec laptop?
« Reply #2 on: 20 February 2019, 14:59:36 »
Definitely Win7 (x32, of course), although pretty much anything will struggle on that.  If you can see if you can at least double the RAM.
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Re: Best Windows OS for a *very* low-spec laptop?
« Reply #3 on: 20 February 2019, 15:16:36 »
I'd also recommend Win 7.  The Win 10 machine I use requires me to disable Cortana and re-install software after every darned update.

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Re: Best Windows OS for a *very* low-spec laptop?
« Reply #4 on: 20 February 2019, 18:48:25 »
I still have an eeePC as a back-up machine that runs similar specs. I upgraded it from WinXP to Win7 32-bit. If you can max out the RAM and replace the HDD with a similar sized SDD (both of these upgrades are reasonably inexpensive). You will find you have a machine that can handle MS Office and basic web-surfing without noticeable lag.
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Re: Best Windows OS for a *very* low-spec laptop?
« Reply #5 on: 20 February 2019, 20:10:57 »
I loved the eeePC.

Definitely go with the Win7, but do they even sell that any more? Aren't we all forced to upgrade to Windows whatever nowadays?

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Re: Best Windows OS for a *very* low-spec laptop?
« Reply #6 on: 20 February 2019, 20:28:49 »
I have an Ubuntu load on my eeePC, and it surfs just fine.  And it can run Open Office if I ever need it to.

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Re: Best Windows OS for a *very* low-spec laptop?
« Reply #7 on: 20 February 2019, 20:50:09 »
I was given the netbook with Win10 installed recently enough that I can revert back to 7. It sounds like that's the best idea.

If you can see if you can at least double the RAM.

If you can max out the RAM and replace the HDD with a similar sized SDD (both of these upgrades are reasonably inexpensive).

The RAM is maxed out at 2GB (1GB soldered & a single SODIMM)
I've got a 240GB SSD that I was thinking of putting in it.

I have an Ubuntu load on my eeePC, and it surfs just fine.  And it can run Open Office if I ever need it to.

Unfortunately this is to be used for school work (highschool level) and they won't allow non-windows machines.
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Re: Best Windows OS for a *very* low-spec laptop?
« Reply #8 on: 21 February 2019, 04:50:45 »
Waste of an SSD imho, but you can try.

How slow does it run now?

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Re: Best Windows OS for a *very* low-spec laptop?
« Reply #9 on: 21 February 2019, 05:43:19 »
where can you get a copy of Win7 cheap? i have an old laptop from the Windows Vista age that i'd like to try and update to usefulness.

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Re: Best Windows OS for a *very* low-spec laptop?
« Reply #10 on: 21 February 2019, 12:15:54 »
where can you get a copy of Win7 cheap? i have an old laptop from the Windows Vista age that i'd like to try and update to usefulness.
if you already have a license key, you can download the install from Microsoft.
I believe you can still buy license keys, possibly even from Microsoft but I can't tell you where to get a legal license.

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Re: Best Windows OS for a *very* low-spec laptop?
« Reply #11 on: 22 February 2019, 06:02:37 »
if you already have a license key, you can download the install from Microsoft.
I believe you can still buy license keys, possibly even from Microsoft but I can't tell you where to get a legal license.

You can, google Windows 7 cd key and a plethora of sites show up.

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