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5 year old Laptop - downgrade OS?

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5 year old Laptop - downgrade OS?

Hi Guys,

I have a 5 year old Acer laptop lying around which I hardly use. The biggest reason why i dont use this one is its slow. I have removed majority of software in it (MS Office, etc) and its basically a stripped down Windows 10 machine.
I was wondering if downgrading the OS might make the system better. I am thinking of installing and running CS:GO.
Current config:

Chip: Intel i5-3337U @ 1.80Ghz
RAM: 8 GB
GPU: Intel HD 4000
Current OS: Window 10

If you think i should downgrade OS - to maybe Win 7, do you think it will become faster?

Cheers
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the cpu is pretty poo

install a ssd if it doesn't have one already
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i would not downgrade to windows 7 its not supported anymore. as the last person said grab an ssd its a great way to make things load faster. if that don't help ud probably be better off switching a version of Linux os i'm not a Linux user so can't recommend one but i always hear people saying how installing Linux is a great way to give an older machine a bit more life.
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I find that Win10 runs faster than Win7 on old devices. I have an even older laptop with slower CPU and it's OK for what it is. As others said if it doesn't have an SSD yet it would be the best upgrade it could get. You might change your mind about installing a different OS.
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Try it out and run some benchmarks. You can always reinstall Win 10 if you don't like it
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A SSD will make booting and loading files way faster, unfortunately it won't help gaming or processing performance.

A 5 year old laptop is actually fairly new, shouldn't be too bad as long as you check your expectations.
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krishnasty wrote: Hi Guys,

I have a 5 year old Acer laptop lying around which I hardly use. The biggest reason why i dont use this one is its slow. I have removed majority of software in it (MS Office, etc) and its basically a stripped down Windows 10 machine.
I was wondering if downgrading the OS might make the system better. I am thinking of installing and running CS:GO.
Current config:

Chip: Intel i5-3337U @ 1.80Ghz
RAM: 8 GB
GPU: Intel HD 4000
Current OS: Window 10

If you think i should downgrade OS - to maybe Win 7, do you think it will become faster?

Cheers
Outside of a few corner cases that don't seem to apply here, once a computer has booted, the OS has virtually no impact on performance levels. How fast things run is entirely dependent on hardware. This is especially true for CPU/GPU bound tasks, like gaming.

Installing Win7 won't help; if the laptop is too slow for your workload then you just need something faster.

Do your research before buying, however. An i5-3337u is not an especially slow laptop processor by contemporary standards. Check carefully (e.g. by using Passmark or Userbenchmarks scores) that anything you might buy is actually faster than what you have.
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krishnasty wrote: Hi Guys,

I have a 5 year old Acer laptop lying around which I hardly use. The biggest reason why i dont use this one is its slow. I have removed majority of software in it (MS Office, etc) and its basically a stripped down Windows 10 machine.
I was wondering if downgrading the OS might make the system better. I am thinking of installing and running CS:GO.
Current config:

Chip: Intel i5-3337U @ 1.80Ghz
RAM: 8 GB
GPU: Intel HD 4000
Current OS: Window 10

If you think i should downgrade OS - to maybe Win 7, do you think it will become faster?

Cheers
Big question: if it's stripped of virtually all software what do you use it for? How do you judge that it's slow? And what do you want to use it for?
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krishnasty wrote: Hi Guys,

I have a 5 year old Acer laptop lying around which I hardly use. The biggest reason why i dont use this one is its slow. I have removed majority of software in it (MS Office, etc) and its basically a stripped down Windows 10 machine.
I was wondering if downgrading the OS might make the system better. I am thinking of installing and running CS:GO.
Current config:

Chip: Intel i5-3337U @ 1.80Ghz
RAM: 8 GB
GPU: Intel HD 4000
Current OS: Window 10

If you think i should downgrade OS - to maybe Win 7, do you think it will become faster?

Cheers
Try windows 10 LTSC, it's very lean.
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Are you sure its not caused by malware? Or simply Windows rot?
I would get any data you want off it (pics, vids, whatever) and wipe the HD and reinstall windows. But from an install CD/flash drive.
If it has specific drivers see if you can get your hands on them before you reinstall.

I would not try downgrading to Win 7 as others have stated.

If you are going to install an SSD simply take out the present HD and install Windows fresh on the SSD prevent any "cross contamination"
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That thing just needs a good cleaning, follow along closely

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SSD + fresh install of windows will make your computer feel brand new again. My daily driver is an even older laptop (2nd gen i7 mobile dual core) and it runs windows 10 just fine.
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How about trying a 'live' lighter version of one of the popular Linux distros?
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W10, Ubuntu mate or similar, Neverware cloudready

Actually typing on a more then 10 year old laptop using NW CR.

Have W10 Pro on a laptop like 15 years old... mainly used for banking and MS office, no gaming or streaming.
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You may have had it for 5 years, but any laptop with those specs would've come out 8 years ago in 2013.
Windows 10 performs better than Windows 8.1. Downgrading would harm not help performance. Downgrading to Windows 7 would be even worst.
The i5-3337U and Intel HD 4000 can run CSGO in 720p at 30 fps without issue. Whether or not this would be a good experience for you is a different issue.
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krishnasty wrote: Hi Guys,

I have a 5 year old Acer laptop lying around which I hardly use. The biggest reason why i dont use this one is its slow. I have removed majority of software in it (MS Office, etc) and its basically a stripped down Windows 10 machine.
I was wondering if downgrading the OS might make the system better. I am thinking of installing and running CS:GO.
Current config:

Chip: Intel i5-3337U @ 1.80Ghz
RAM: 8 GB
GPU: Intel HD 4000
Current OS: Window 10

If you think i should downgrade OS - to maybe Win 7, do you think it will become faster?

Cheers
Product description

Acer Aspire M5-582PT-6852 Specifications

Display: 15.6-diagonal, 10-finger multitouch input support, 1366x768 resolution

Processor: Intel Core i5-3337U dual-core “Ivy Bridge” 1.8GHz – 2.7GHz, 3MB cache

Graphics: Intel HD 4000 integrated

Memory: 6GB DDR3 at 1,600MHz

Storage: 500GB 5,400rpm hard disk


Optical drive: DVD burner

Webcam: 1.3MP

Audio: Stereo speakers, Dolby Home Theater v4 audio

Network: 802.11N wireless, Gigabit Ethernet LAN, Bluetooth 4.0 + HS

Input: Isle-style backlight keyboard with num-pad, multitouch touchpad

Ports and Slots: 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x VGA, 1 x SD/MMC media card reader

Battery: 3-cell 4850mAh lithium-polymer, up to 6-hour battery life

Dimensions: 1 x 14.8 x 10 ihches

Weight: 5.3 pounds

Operating System: Windows 8
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Go with one of these and install a fresh copy of Win OS. Your other option would be to go with a Linux distro and keep the hardware unchanged (if you do not wish to spend $$$).
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+1 on SSD, fresh install and a stripped down windows 10. That's what I did to my old laptop.
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And while you're in there installing an SSD clean the dust out of the fan and replace the thermal paste under the heat sink - best things you can do for an older laptop
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That ain't running CSGO. Sure it's a 10 year old game but an HD4000 isn't going to give any kind of playable frames.

It's a browsing, netflix, YouTube and Office(which you ironically removed) Machine

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