Windows 10 is not slow in general. Do you mean slow compared to other OS, slow compared to previous versions, are you talking about your personal case or a generalization?
First things first: the processes that consume cpu/memory (especially antivirus), the swap and swap files, the state of your hard drive, and the famous temporary files cleaning.
Generally speaking, use an SSD for the system disk, and if necessary a non SSD capacitive disk for the rest.
I migrated from Windows 10 to 11 on two of the PCs in our house, my sons not being “hot” to try the experience on their “gamer” PCs before having the feedback from their parents’ computers!
In both cases, I had noted the RAM and the % of processor before migration. Verdict: PCs running Win11 use significantly less RAM than did 10 (3.2 GB vs 4 GB). And they seem to boot even faster.
Now, both computers had been running Windows 10 for several years, with x successive patches applied which is never as “clean” as a fresh install. To have a really reliable comparison, you would have to reinstall Windows 10, measure the RAM used and then switch to 11.
No, because booting a system is done on a disk/partition specific to the system.
Unless there is a problem with a partition blocked by one of the two OS (usually a third partition data if it exists) the only time lost is the time given to GRUB, which allows to switch from one OS to another at boot time.
Yes of course, we don’t have much choice anymore!
Indeed, Microsoft has committed to support Windows 7 for 10 years, when it was released on October 22, 2009. And this duration is coming to an end in a few months. After January 14, 2020, if your PC is running Windows 7, it will no longer receive security updates .
Therefore, it is important that you upgrade to a modern operating system such as Windows 10, which can benefit from the latest security updates. For this, you have three options:
1 => Purchase a new PC.
2 => Migrate to Windows 10 (The ultimate guide to upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10).
3 => Install windows 10 on your current computer. You can find the process here Kapo El’s answer to How to install Windows 10?
If you continue to use Windows 7 after the end of support, your PC will continue to work, but it will become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Your PC will continue to boot and run, but you will no longer receive software updates, including security updates, from Microsoft.
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Windows 10 is optimized for SSDs.
So with hard drives some people have slowdowns or 100% hard drive activity rates while nothing is happening.
The solution is to put the System on an SSD and have for storage a hard drive.
All this in addition to the excellent answers already said!
Probably not, no one was forced to switch to Windows 10 (even if Microsoft didn’t mind presenting confusing dialog boxes at the time that made some people start migrating without realizing that this was what they were accepting).
There is a chance that the migration will be free for a while, and it is already known that Windows 10 will be obsolete within five years (so it will not be secure anymore). It’s quite possible that waiting for the end of Windows 10 support is the best way to have to choose between a paid upgrade and a system that will leave the field open to hackers.
On the other hand, maybe you’ll have to change your computer before that date, and then you’ll have no choice: once Windows 11 is out, that’s what you’ll find on all commercial computers.
Finally, there’s a good chance you won’t be able to migrate to Windows 11 anyway. The hardware requirements have been increased a lot and if your machines are more than two or three years old, it’s very likely that they won’t be compatible (which is a totally political decision from MS, as Windows 11 is not much more than a marketing move. Under the hood and the refreshed interface, it’s still Windows 10).
The installation process of windows 7 is quite simple. However, I advise you to read this other answer before you start.
If you decide, the main steps of the process are the following:
- As materials, you will need a USB key
- The image file of windows 7, which is totally free.
- Now you need to create a windows 7 installation USB key.
- After that, you will only have to install Windows itself
At the end of your installation, think about the essentials for a freshly installed system. You can find here the first things to do when you have a new PC.
If we talk about Windows 10 among Windows, Windows 10 is, all in all, more stable than Windows 8/8.1. Just like Windows 3.1 was more stable than Windows 2 or 3.0. From what I see of Windows, both at home and in the office, flexibility deteriorates with new versions. We are changing the operating model for Windows to a service model.
Now, if we want to go beyond Windows and consider MacOS and Linux, I would clearly say that Linux and MacOS are more stable and reliable. Linux offers a wider range of options than MacOS, which is controlled by Apple.