This is long time support :: Windows 10 on a Netbook

by Volker Weber

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Just for kicks I updated a 2008 Samsung NC10 to the next version of Windows. Yes, this took a few hours, but it eventually ran just fine. This machine originally came with Windows XP, which Microsoft licensed to OEMs at a lower price than on PCs. I upgraded it from XP to Windows 7, skipping over Vista. That was already an improvement. Eventually I upgraded it to Windows 8 and 8.1.

When Windows 10 was released, it tried installing that and succeeded. I did not have any use for this little machine anymore since I was already using iPads and a Lenovo Yoga with Windows RT. Until yesterday, this Netbook had Windows 10 1507, so that was a four year old Windows 10 version.

I decided to try my luck with a current version. Downloaded the assistant from Microsoft to then install Windows 10 1809. Once that was running, I joined the Windows Insider Slow Ring and installed Windows 10 1903. It has now been removed from the Slow Ring and continues to run this very latest O/S from Microsoft.

This is a very lowly machine with an Atom N270 CPU, 2 GB of RAM and a 150 GB spinning HD drive. It takes a while to boot from a cold start but it would still serve me well if I needed it. No planned obsolence here. Can other vendors please take a hint from Microsoft?

Comments

Für unsere Techniktagebuch Vorleseaktion auf der diesjährigen re:publica wurde auch ein altes Netbook reaktiviert, eben weil darauf noch Windows XP lief und die Treiber des Nadeldruckers dies benötigten.

Die ausführliche Beschreibung steht hier:
https://techniktagebuch.tumblr.com/post/184736163382/20-märz-bis-8-mai-2019

Henning Grote, 2019-05-09

I have a Sony Vaio from 2008 as my Laptop. Originally Vista I installed an SSD cos 140GB just wasn't enough any more and then installed Windows 10 over the Vista OS it came with. It is probably my imagination but I think it runs faster on Windows 10 although the SSD probably has something to do with that. It is obviously a higher spec machine than you are using as well but 11 years with the the same Laptop and I still think it is a great piece of kit! I don't know what to get next cos Sony stopped making the Vaio but it feels like it will go on for a while yet anyway so what's the rush? :-)

John Lindsay, 2019-05-09

No post praising Win10 would be complete without mentioning that Linux is also running perfect on old hardware to extend its lifetime. Typing this on another Sony Vaio laptop, this one from 2009, in near-daily use with Xubuntu (and sometimes Win10).

Hanno Zulla, 2019-05-09

Indeed. Linux users are the vegans of the IT crowd. They WILL tell you.

Volker Weber, 2019-05-09

Yep.

Hanno Zulla, 2019-05-09

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