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Old core i5 laptop & win 10

Discussion in 'Windows 10 Help' started by dave71, Feb 3, 2020.

  1. dave71

    dave71 Established Techie7 Member

    Hello all

    My partner gave me an old HP laptop to see if I could get any use out of it. Turns out it was in its day, a fairly high spec machine with an i5 processor and 6gb ram running win 7. Not sure exactly how old it is.

    Soon discovered the hdd to be faulty so replaced with an ssd and installed win 10 to see how it went. Initially booting up was fine but it soon went downhill, especially when updates are installed. I think, for whatever reason, it just doesn’t like win 10. Had 2 unrecoverable crashes to date and had to do a new install on both occasions. On a good day it boots ok but most of the time something isn’t right. Mouse and keyboard drivers not loading, taking 10-15 mins to boot and even longer to shutdown etc.

    Currently won’t startup so I’m thinking I should go back to the OS it was designed for, win 7. At least that way I can get all the specific device drivers from HP support. I’m only using it for tinkering with some dmx lighting software, bit of L&D and playing music whilst doing so, no intention of it being a typical home pc, considering win 7 is now unsupported.

    Before I do, is this usual and should running win 10 on older machines be avoided?

  2. Digerati

    Digerati Super Moderator Techie7 Moderator

    That depend on how old and if the manufacturer supports W10 on that hardware. If the hardware supports W10, I recommend running W10. If not, then I recommend migrating to Linux, or keep W7 off the Internet.
  3. dave71

    dave71 Established Techie7 Member

    Thank for the reply, been a bit busy so not even looked at the laptop for a while. I think I'm going to install linux as the 2 bits of software i need have linux versions available.