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BANGKOK 22 March 2019 01:04
simon43

Replace Win 10 OS with Win 7 on laptop

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I've had it with Windows 10.  If it's not some problem that pops up after the latest security update, then it's a slow-running computer, with the CPU overloaded with un-necessary apps running in the background etc.  I can kill the apps, run CCleaner etc etc, but slowly my laptop returns to 'snail' mode.

 

OTOH, my second laptop that runs Windows 7 is reliable and fast - always!!

 

My Win 10 latop is an Acer Aspire, just a couple of years old.

 

Is it feasible to completely remove windows 10 OS and install Windows 7 instead?  (I can't do a rollback to Windows 7 because the machine was bought new with Windows 10 already installed).

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Just curious has that laptop a SSD drive ? otherwise spending some money on an SSD drive would solve the problem.

 

 

It would be feasible to install windows 7, why not if you can get the software and a key you can install it. 

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If you can avoid it don't re-format your existing drive, pop it out and replace with an SSD which you can either clone from your existing W10 or install something else.

 

Your biggest issue with going W7 (apart from it being unsupported) will be finding drivers for such a young lappie.

 

I've been using W10 on an older machine since it came out, I do not see the issues that you have.

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The wife has a 1 year old Asus flip book running windows 10.  Was slow.  I did a fresh install of win 10 and loaded Advanced uninstall and Advanced system care and uninstalled all the programs I didn't need.  The driver booster stopped it from working so did another fresh install and added AOMEI one key recovery so I can re install quicker.  I was thinking of putting in a new SSD and probably would if it was me but I just told my wife to be a bit more patient after all the darn thing is only a year old.  

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O/P, I also have an Acer Aspire, (5742 in my case)


I've had it for 8 years now and It is my second Acer and it has run flawlessly for all that time as did the previous one.

 

I accepted the free upgrade from Win 7 to Win 10 from Microsoft in March last year and I am very pleased with it and would not even think about returning to Win 7, even if I could, which I believe is not possible now.  anyway.

 

My one input to your problem is to ask whether you are running a good antivirus programme? 

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I wouldn't downgrade to 7, best to just get a small SSD and install W10 from scratch.

 

I have a $350 or so 5 year old laptop, it used to take 6 minutes to stop the CPU/HD usage from being stuck at 100%

upgraded to a cheap SSD and it can boot in windows about 25 seconds, ready and browsing in less than a minute.

 

 

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I sympathize with OP. Every time I build a new rig I seriously consider Win7. It was, IMO, the best Windows ever, it just worked. Apart from the early BSDs with nVidia drivers, which nVidia refused to accept. Made me switch to AMD for couple of years.

It seems that with every new Win 10 update, there are new problems. I was forced to upgrade Skype recently, which killed the microphone in my WebCam. The mike works everywhere else, but not in Skype.

 

The biggest problem installing Win7 is that the manufacturer might not provide specific Win7 driver. This is especially true for Laptops, and as the OP states, it came preloaded with Win10, so I would expect the Win7 drivers might not be available. Best to check on the manufacturers support website. Microsoft has also been making problems installing Win7 on certain platforms.

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I have a problem with low microphone volume on windows 10; a quick google search shows I'm not the only one.  Yes, windows 10 seems slow on one of my laptops - HP Notebook 14.  I also much prefer windows 7 format.

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Simon a new laptop may very well tell you only win 10 can be installed. Mine does 2018 Acer bought in Oz. Never ending windows updates continuously cost me a fortune using MTP in Burma.  I ended up doing a reinstall from the built in program. Fixed everything and stopped the continuous windows upgrades . Then look at you tube about the spying that is built in with Win 10. Disable a lot of that and all is good.

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I have a tiny Acer laptop running one of the N3450 Celeron processors, and had a problem with it locking up with Win7.

 

I have no clue why, but when I'm downloading a large file from the interweb, the CPU goes to <20% of maximum frequency and it locks up as if it's overheating.  (Resource Monitor)  I installed some CPU temp programs and found the temperature wasn't the problem.  I upgraded to Win10 and still have the same problem, and have been unable to find a solution on any blogs.  I've reached the end of what time I'm willing to spend on a $300 machine, so I just don't use it to download large files.  It's my backup video player.

 

Sorry I can't be of more help, except to possibly save someone some time by not changing OS.  I hated to spend hours and hours changing the OS, getting the drivers all lined up, reloading a bunch of software, then find out it didn't fix the problem.  I'm guessing it's a motherboard thing, but I've already spent too much time on a $300 machine.

 

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consider Win 8.1 x64 with Classic Shell (or open shell) for the start menu.  you will get the stability of windows 10, but without the telemetry and forced updates bullshit.

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