Question Old laptop upgrade to Win 10 or replace?

Tims996

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Any advice welcome. I have a 9 year old toshiba satellite laptop running windows 7. It s mainly running Word and Excel for writing and accounting. I’d rather keep it going a little longer and save the expense of a new machine if possible.

this is the original spec, decent processor.
It is now running a big 500GB solid hard drive which is really quick,

https://support.dynabook.com/support/staticContentDetail?contentId=2533576&isFromTOCLink=false

so my question is will this run Windows 10 or not?
i upgraded my wife’s laptop which was a similar Toshiba Satellite , running Win 8. It is quite slow but I think this is down to fact it is running the original hard drive rather than a SSD.
processer on it is 1.9 whereas mine is 2.13, same chip.
 
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Grobe

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You can try to install Windows and wait for buying a licence until you're satisfied that the computer run W10 properly.

Worst case scenario is that it works very slow or not at all.

Alternatively, you can install a Linux distro (select one that use XFCE or Mate as default desktop) and the computer will probably respond quicker than ever. Linux Mint or Linux Lite is good choice for starters :)
I run Linux Lite on my Dell Latitude D620 (12 ish years old) and it works just fine.
 

delaro

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Windows 10 will install but the 4GB of RAM can be a little annoying. If you up the RAM to the max 8GB you should be fine, an i3-330m is a 2 core 4 thread CPU so it won't be all that terrible especially now since you have a SSD to avoid the most common issue with laptops "100% disk caching"

There is always Linux distros too and using Microsoft Office Online since Libre and the other alternative tend to mess up spreadsheet printing and are bad with macros.

Satellite L505-ES5036
No support for Windows 10
Sure about that?

Toshiba Satellite L505 Drivers for Windows 10 (32bit|64 bit) 75.19.971.9834

Screenshot:
Driver Package Size in Bytes: 499945
Driver MD5 Info: 8bc8771cef3bf57366d843564c21b38c
Driver Model: Satellite L505
Device:Windows: Windows 10 (32bit|64 bit)
Version: 75.19.971.9834
Category: T
Added: Oct 07th 2019
Publisher: ToshibaHomepage: Visit Toshiba Homepage
Driver ID: {2578CC7D-5C77-3993-0445-BC9EED432EAB}
 
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Tims996

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Thanks. Toshiba help site said that neither laptop was listed as upgrade compatible but the newer one works ok. That’s an L955.
so if I up the memory to 8gb it should work reasonably?
 

delaro

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$12 for RAM
$13 for a 120GB SSD/ $27 240GB

Yes, it's worth the upgrade for something that will see basic use. It won't be a speed demon but no slower than buying something new with a Pentium N3540 to N4000 and the same resolution screen.
 

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