First post, by Standard Def Steve
So I just installed Windows 10 on one of my older laptops today. 1.83GHz Core 2 Duo, GMA950 graphics, 4GB DDR2, and a 250GB/7200RPM HDD.
I must say, I was very impressed with the out-of-box compatibility and performance. I was especially surprised that Windows managed to find a driver for the GMA950--that's an IGP from 2005! Everything else--LAN, WiFi, audio--worked out of the box as well.
The next big surprise was the performance. Despite the ancient processor and graphics, Windows just felt FAST. Programs launched quickly. Window transitions, Start menu animation, and Edge browser scrolling were all displayed at a silky smooth 60fps. The old laptop even managed to handle 1080p Youtube streams!
Just thought I'd share my latest experience with Win10, mainly because I was quite critical of the OS when it first launched. I'm still not a fan of the way updates are handled (especially the big ones that basically rewrite the OS, like 1511 and the upcoming Anniversary update), but the OS itself has improved enough that I'll probably end up installing it on my main computer in the near future.
P6 chip. Triple the speed of the Pentium.
Tualatin: PIII-S @ 1628 MHz | QDI Advance 12T | 2GB DDR-310 | 6800GT | X-Fi | 500GB HDD | 3DMark01: 14,059
Dothan: PM @ 2720 MHz | MSI Speedster FA4 | 2GB DDR2-544 | GTX-280 | X-Fi | 500GB SSD | 3DMark01: 42,148