Old Machine New Operating System – Overcoming Windows 10 Sluggishness
In a world of always needing the most recent computer or laptop I am still running an older hardware system. Yes, it has Windows 10 on it, but I have upgraded the Operating System on it multiple times. I am sure that there are many computer users out there that have done the same thing to save money. The question is how many people have been able to Overcoming Windows 10 Sluggishness?
What has made this a reality for many people. Microsoft allowed people to download Windows 10 onto their existing computer. Then they could install a working version of the newest Operating System free. This was a helpful move on the part of Microsoft. I am sure that this move allowed many computer and laptop users to stay with Microsoft. They continued to use Microsoft’s Operating System.
The Sluggishness of a new Operating System on an Old Computer
The thing that a lot of people have encountered with this upgrade is sluggishness. Their working computer or laptop does not respond well anymore. I have been such an operator. Also, I have spent many hours waiting for my computer to work on some project or operation. This is true as I know that others have to. Wondering if the computer would move on or was completely frozen to the point of needing a restart.
Well in the past twelve months or so I have done a fair amount of research on these issues. I have looked into sluggishness, CPU usage, memory usage and more. I have tested my RAM, hard drive several times to see if any one of these hardware items had failed. As well, I am working with some very old hardware at this point and failure could happen. All hardware is still working well currently.
I considered what parts of the Operating System takes up the most system resources. Also, I looked at Cortana, network resources, and any application that started up at startup. If they were running in the background, were they slowing the computer down? Such research can be time consuming and may even up confusing to say the least.
Stopping Applications From Running in the Background
I shut off Cortana, I removed it from the system which helped somewhat. The big drawback with removing Cortana was that windows would not update. Yes, it would download and start the install. When the system found that Cortana was missing it would stop the install. The system then reverted back to the previous system setting. This I found out to be very annoying and dishearten.
I shut off different network resources and stopped many applications. Even without them running in the background I still ended up with the same situation. My CPU was always running at 95% or greater. My system was too old and not efficient enough to run windows 10. I would have to find another way to work on the internet and resolve my online working issues.
Relying on Another Operating System
So, I brought out an even older computer with less resources than the computer I was working on. My understanding was. If I can find a version of Linux that will work on this system then things would be even better. After all Linux is the Operating System that would resolve all the headaches of Windows.
Not so with Linux. This will work on anything almost I thought. It took some time to find a version that was lean enough and would function well on this older computer. Once I found that version which was Linux Mint it worked OK but that was it.
Now what? Now I had two computers with different Operating Systems on each working OK but that was it. I was having trouble with audio and video on both computers. This was because of lack of hardware resources in each computer. I did not want to give up but what was I supposed to do.
Well, back to the drawing board as they say. It was back to the internet for more research. How I could be improving one of these computer systems. With their over-sized Operating System and their under-sized hardware! I choose my Windows machine.
I did not do research first. What I did was to start to look at my machine’s actual hardware resources. I remembered that Windows 10 needed 20 GBs or more of free space to function let alone function well. What I found was that my Windows System was working under 20 GBs of free space.
So, I started to find ways to increase that free space. I moved files to an external hard drive. I then started thinking about all the backup Operating System files I had. Was I going to go back to Windows 8.1? I had been working with Windows 10 for about two years now. As well, I liked it much better than Windows 8.1. So, no I was not going to go back to the previous version of Windows Operating System.
At this point I still was less that 20 GBs free. With the removal of these old backup Operating System files I would gain over 23 GBs of space. I made the decision and gained over 23 extra GBs of hard drive space.
The Completed Outcome
Now with over 40 GBs of free space my computer is running much better. I have experienced little to no audio and video sluggishness and freezing. My applications open with greater ease. Using my Windows computer has become more hassle free these days. What about my Linux machine? Well, it is still hear in my office. It does get used from time to time but much less now that Windows 10 usability has improved.
So maybe Microsoft was safe in saying that Windows 10 will work on a system with 4 Gbs of RAM. That is the amount that I have on my motherboard. The things that I have come to conclusion about are the following. You need to make sure that you have 20 GBs of free space on your hard drive. More is better. You need to store all your data no matter what it is on an external drive or in the cloud. You do not want to fill up your C Drive. Yes, I am using Cortana but I have set it to be only searching on my system only. It does not search the internet for anything.
These simple concepts have made a world of different in my computer world. It is easier to do the work I need to do. It is easier to enjoy my personal computer time as well.
Thank you for reading this post. If you have any tips or trick for Windows 10 on an older machine I would love to hear how they worked for you.