Totally agree; I find stuff runs faster on 8, 8.1, 10, including on a budget laptop we own..... one thing to watch out for on Win7, when installing updates, is to make sure you deselect the Windows 10 item. For instance - I just did this - if you invoke Windows Update from the control panel, the OS upgrade may be the only choice you see. Click the link "Show all updates" to see - - all updates. You can then select the ones you want, if new updates are available, and not the Big One if you’re not ready for it
One more thing - I followed (selectively) this series of articles on Win10 tuning with very good results. The main page is here: http://www.askvg.com/master-tutorial-to-make-windows-10-super-fast/ There is a lot of stuff you can maybe live without that will lighten the load, particularly for older hardware.
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Richard L. Hess
Sent: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 11:45 AM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Audacity & Windows 10
No, you do not have to update to Windows 10. However, you might consider
by making the decision not to do it before July that you have consigned
the Acer notebook to the trash in 2020 when Microsoft pulls the plug on
I do not like using a Windows system that is not being updated for
security vulnerabilities. If you can skate on that thin ice, keep using
your computer until it completely falls apart.
I happen to LIKE Windows 10 and for me it solves the problem of Win 8.1
being so different from Win 7 and a bit of a headache for some of the
users I work with to use. Win 10 is more like Win 7 and not a completely
different interface, just some neat new features semi-seamlessly
integrated. For me, system robustness has improved with Windows 10 over
Windows 7, but I'm using two displays and remote desktop on a daily basis.
If you wish to buy a new computer in 2010 or before, then just keep Win
7. Since I support something like 20 computers (12 in my family, 8
outside), I decided that doing them all before July 2016 made sense. It
did not make sense to wait and spend money for the upgrade.
I was surprised how well W10 works even on a small notebook. We have a
Dell with an Athalon II Neo K125 single-core processor with 8 GB of RAM
and a 250 GB HD. W10 did quite well with it. I think it's faster now
than with W7. I thought MS was going to tell me that it wasn't
upgradable, but when it came back that I could upgrade it, I did.
Anyway, this started because I did not want to have to pay money to keep
my desktops and laptops beyond 2020. I use five machines personally. I
got into doing one laptop and since I was having stability issues with
my main desktop, I decided after a month with the laptop just to go
ahead and do it, as I was liking what I was seeing.
Everyone is different.