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Created by HatsuneMiku, 1476 days ago, 1993 views

So my laptop is really old, but I've upgraded it to 4GB of DDR2 memory, it has an AMD Athlon 64 CPU and about 250MB of dedicated video memory, I use my laptop for college so it needs to run photoshop word etc but I also do light gaming on it (JC1) so what OS shall I put on it? I tried Windows XP but I can't make it connect too the internet
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Zuikoz1476 days ago

I would say try windows 7. You say you're a student though, I think most colleges (my tiny community college does) offer windows 10 for free or at a massive discount as well.

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HatsuneMiku1476 days ago

Thanks I will try that, I have an install disc for 7 somewhere and it's pre activated

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Vinita1476 days ago

I have the exact same config and I need photoshop too (since I am a blogger). Windows 7 premium edition is working fine for me (almost 9 months now).

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ha141476 days ago

best will be to check the compatibility of your photoshop version and then install the right OS

Windows 10 requirements

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dandrews14921476 days ago

Stick with an older version of Windows as Win 10 is a memory hungry beast. Win 7 should work just fine for what you are doing with it.

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RevG1476 days ago

Actually, you might should use its original operating system, however, Windows 7 is still supported by Microsoft and Windows XP is not. You may also need to download manufacturer-specific driver files for your laptop's hardware, usually available from the manufacturer of your laptop's website. There is also Ubuntu, which is Lennox based rather than Windows based. Interestingly, there is also a chance you could download and install an Android based operaring system and run it on your laptop.

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Aravi1475 days ago

Hi @HatsuneMiku

Check its proformance via benchmark website. Preform stress test and preformance test. If the result of number of mb /sec is above 600 mb/s, then windows 7 sp 1 will work smooth. If below that then go for lower os like xp or vista.

This minimum preformance decides. Kindly preform the test without twikling the system / optimizing it.


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cutishael1475 days ago

Install win 7 and update all your drivers to get the latest configuration for your system. Also, if you want your machine run faster, then try this...
Hope this will be helpful....

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Nithin1475 days ago

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit is suitable for your laptop , it is worked with minimum requirements.

1 GHz or 64-bit (x64) processor

2 GB RAM (64-bit)

available hard disk space 20 GB (64-bit)

Windows 7 Home comfort for your use

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pustoi111475 days ago

Install android.)

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lexshvets1474 days ago


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edsays1473 days ago

I agree that Windows 7 is the best; but Microsoft wants to rake in more billions by selling new operating systems. Greedy SoBs.

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satareid1473 days ago

Windows 7 32 bit,Your laptop will not pull for more

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edmilson1473 days ago

windows xp 32 bits

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Sebo1473 days ago

Like everyone says window 7 but I disagree. If you install the free version of Window 10 like I did on my OS system, you will get the exact ram. Just check your system info and make sure 32 or 64.
I wouldn't advise to you buy OS laptop or notebook. Their charger overheats and breaks very easily compare to window operating laptops.
I thought I was the only one having this problem, but Googling online, I wasn't the only one at all. There are thousand of people around the world with the same problem. The sad thing is, Big company and Brand Apple did nothing about the fix the problem. I end up buying chargers more than 5 times in 4 yrs. That would buy me a brand new window operating Laptop.

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Sebo1473 days ago

Please do not buy window XP what so ever even if its free. First of all, Microsoft stops supporting. Secondly, it is too old and will not be compatible with some of the software you might install.
The last thing is, XP window very generous to accept virus if you are online. Stay away if you are getting online.

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wim1472 days ago

CloudReady is an operating system based on Chromium OS, the same open-source architecture as Chrome OS. Whether your computers are brand new or a decade old, installing CloudReady provides unparalleled speed, simplicity, and security without the hardware limitations of Chromebooks.
You will find the CloudReady experience to be a fantastic replica of the official Google Chrome OS. This is, without a doubt, the closest take on Chrome OS, for standard hardware, that you will ever experience. If you want a Chrome OS platform for your aging laptops and desktops, CloudReady is what you want. And any educational institution looking to keep hardware relevant for as long as possible, this might well be the solution you need.

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mayank6341472 days ago

good then look around if there are any grammatical errors or anything to receive daily medication dosage of hand-crafted experiences. nice.

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AskEpic1472 days ago

@HatsuneMiku You said that you require softwares like Photoshop, Word, and you need slight gaming.
After reading your PC Specs I'll suggest you to use Windows 7 Ultimate as it'll work awesome on your 64 bit AMD PC.
You will be good to go for Windows 10 when you have atleast DDR3 memory. So for now go for Windows 7 my friend.
Hope this will help you!

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nihal291472 days ago


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adam35771471 days ago

windows 10

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mrpj2u1471 days ago

XP is easy to connect to the internet you obviously don't have the right driver for the NIC
However the question is what is the best OS for the laptop, the answer is linux however
if you want to know the best Windows OS then that would in most cases be Windows 7

Kind Regards

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selected1471 days ago

Since you need Photoshop and Word your best option is Windows 7. Other things you may want to consider:

1. 4 gig ram - use 32-bit version. The 64-bit version will still use that much ram.

2. Drivers - it's unlikely you will find drivers for your machine using newer versions of Windows (e.g. Windows 10). Windows 7 is the next upgrade from Win XP so you have more chances of finding drivers for you devices.

3. You can trim down Win 7 to make it run faster, for example: by removing unnecessary programs, reducing graphic animation, cleaning up desktop shortcuts.

4. Win 7 generic LAN driver works with virtually any device so that would solve your internet connection issue.

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HatsuneMiku1470 days ago

Sorry I delay so much! I've been on holiday. Thought I would give a quick update I went for windows 7 because most people suggested that and that's what the laptop had when I brought it, but mainly because I love windows 7 thanks for all your answers!

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georgebates1470 days ago

windows 97

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HatsuneMiku1470 days ago

what? xD there is no 97

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tjiebudi1470 days ago

you can install linux (ex. ubuntu or mint), and for image processing/manipulating use gimp

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zrodfects1470 days ago


If your able to get Windows 10 on it, give that a go. I wouldn't go below Windows 8 if you can, older Windows are no longer supported by Microsoft, so if you want some of the latest updates or service packs you will not be able to install them, even Google Chrome no longer supports older windows so again updates will not be possible.

You could always install multiple operating systems by partitioning your HDD which I have done, I have Linux, Windows Vista (used for older software compatibility) & Windows 10.

If you wish to go this way make sure you install windows operating system versions in order, as you will have issues, for example, do not install windows 10 first then install windows 8 after it, has to be 8 first then 10 etc. when you turn on your computer once these are all installed you get a new option screen upon startup to select which OS you want to start, or select one to run automatically after say 10 seconds if you mostly use one type...


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