Now, that's a Windows 10 laptop with some city-miles on it!
Back in June we have seen how well
Windows 10 is capable of handling older software applications, including Word for Windows 95, as Gabe Aul reported. This time around, we are learning about how impressive is Windows 10 when it comes to older hardware!
With only days left before the official release to manufacturers, expectations surrounding the brand new operating system by Microsoft are mounting, and users who have signed up to try the preview release of Windows 10 have been putting the system to the test.
A YouTube user has recently released a video today, which shows what seems to be a seven-years-old Acer Aspire One. The video was produced by Softpedia, which ran the experiment.
This de-facto dinosaur, by laptop standards, has survived to this day, running Windows XP Home Edition, on a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, 1GB of RAM and a 320GB of HDD storage.
The owner of the older laptop was able to install, and run Windows 10, and according to the original report by Softpedia “...the result is surprising to say the least, as installation not only went impressively fast, but Windows 10 also works fast as long as you’re not launching a very demanding app such as Photoshop...”.
Windows 10 hardware requirements are already quite conservative. At its lowest point, Windows 10 requires a 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM for 32-bit systems and 2GB of RAM for system running on 64-bit processors. The minimum HD storage required is 16GB for the 32-bit version of Windows 10, and 20GB for the 64-bit version.
The minimum video requirements are also quite low, starting at 1024x600 pixels, which is not far off from Windows 3.1, whose average requirements were 800x600 pixels.
15 minutes to win it
According to Softpedia, the installation took an amazing 15 minutes, and was performed from a USB drive, with a few extra minutes needed to setup a user account.
The booting process was the only thing that took longer than it would on other systems, which was approximately 40 seconds.
In spite of the obsolete hardware, the laptop performed very well running Windows 10, which is great news for users who may want to breathe new life into their old devices, although the caveat is that due to the fact that most older laptops run Windows XP, these users won’t be able to get free upgrades to Windows 10, and would still have to buy standalone licenses.