Does Windows 10 use more or less resources than 7?

I’m on a 2012 Windows 7 Toshiba laptop. It is a Satellite L775.


Processor Intel® Core™ i3-2350M CPU @ 2.30GHz, 2300 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)

8 gb ram(came with 4, I upgraded)

500 gb hard drive, about 100-200 free space. I can clear more if 10 is larger.

The upgrade is telling me to upgrade.

Also, Does 10 still have Windows Explorer, the normal way(for a guy like me) to navigate my folders and files? I hate the idea of losing direct access. I basically love 7, but am wondering if 10 will help me out or run the computer better. I guess I am up for the update if the computer can handle it. Again, the upgrade is telling me to do it every single freaking day.

Windows 10 (and 8) will perform better on the same hardware compared to Windows 7. It was one of Microsoft’s big focal points so they could hit tablets.

Windows Explorer is still present in Windows 10. You can downgrade from 10 back to 7 too, if that helps.

If you decide you don’t want to install Windows 10 now, GWX Control Panel is the quickest and easiest way I have found to stop the annoyance.

It removes the GWX (Get Windows x) app and prevents it from being reinstalled by Microsoft unless you actively allow it.

I did the upgrade yesterday due to some driver errors I’d been having with Windows 7. I ran a fix from Microsoft’s web site that did not fix it, so I installed Windows 10.

10 runs fine, it was like a refresh of the computer(with keeping my files).

It seems very similar to 7 to me at this point. Some small differences, but little that I care about.

I don’t notice the computer running faster or better. Still, I don’t see any worse performances either.

One odd thing is that my Windows Defender is off. I have Avira, which updated to its Windows 10 version immediately. Because it has a virus protection, does Windows 10 turn off its own? I can’t seem to turn on Defender, either. I was hoping for double layer virus/spyware protection, too. I heard Windows 10 comes with its own anti-virus.

Windows firewall is on, though.

That is why it turned off. You don’t want “double layer” resident protection. Aside from performance issues that are important for you they all operate at pretty low levels that try to prevent other programs (like malware) from interfering with their operations. That can cause conflicts that affect system stability. It is possible to use other programs to conduct other scans as long as you don’t install full time, resident, or something similarly named forms of protection.

Was same for me but I noticed some performance improvements after using Winreducer. There’s actually a crap ton of little things going on that you can’t normally turn off and really dont serve the regular user any purpose. Something is always logging and sending, waiting for this first, checking into that…etc. I removed all that. Cut about 6 gigs of useless stuff from it, very snappy now and no annoyances and I can fit the iso on a 2 gig USB.
Oddly enough I gained exactly 1 fps higher average on games, actually I think the minimum frame rate didn’t dip as low allowing the average a frame higher…meh, it’s 1 frame I can use for AC Syndicate which used to barely hit 30fps for me.

Everyone in my local circle of friends who has upgraded to 10 has regretted it in the long term, due to reduced program stability and lack of driver support for certain things. (One friend’s touchscreen was rendered useless, and it’s been six months, and nothing has patched it.)

I’ll keep both my PCs on 7 until I retire them entirely, I suspect.

Data point:

I have a 2010 Toshiba laptop running Win7. I upgraded it to 10 a couple weeks ago.

Almost entirely painless. As a generic Office, dev, & browser user I saw no obvious performance change. Some things start quicker & it is prettier in the modern style. For sure I did NOT see a performance loss.

Can they not revert?

Both didn’t reach the tipping point of “I can’t stand to use this anymore” until after the ‘reversion’ window built in to the upgrade was closed.

Which is why I always clone my drive before upgrades. I wound up finally downgrading. It just kept getting slower to access my disk–as if Windows 10 was constantly writing things to disk for no reason. And I’d tired all the other advice I could find.

The only thing I haven’t done is roll back 1511 (which is when things became absolutely horrible) or do a complete reset. But both of these seem to require my installation media, and I’ve not taken the time to backup my thumb drive again so I can redo it. Apparently Windows can’t just download it again, like it did the first time.

Not everyone has the resources to do a clone. I had another personal experience with Windows 10 that turned me against it as well - One of the ‘Prepare for Windows 10’ updates, specifically. Downloaded and installed it, and it killed my Window’s authenticity. My laptop, purchased new from Dell with OEM Windows 7, said I wasn’t running genuine Windows 7. MS and Dell tech support were useless, each blaming the other but refusing to comment further without my coughing up more than a hundred bucks.

I did a system restore and figured out which update was at fault, and now I hide/block every single Windows update that says it has anything to do with the upgrade.

This is a good reason why you should keep a small C: partitition, or use a relatively small SSD for your system drive. You can then routinely make an image of it and store it in a backup location.


Been saying this since Win-98-se :cool:

Many thousands of folks wailing in the darkness about loosing everything when the “C” crashed/died since then. :rolleyes:

*All I can do is wander away :confused:… *