My HP Pavilion DV-7 runs too slow on windows 10 Pro. Should I shift to windows 7?


Processor : Interl(R) core(TM) 2 Quad CPU @9000 2.00ghz 2.00ghz


Installed windows: Win10 pro 64 bit.

This computer runs very slow on windows 10 pro, I was wondering if windows 7 would be better for this laptop..

Can you please share your experiences?

7 Answers

  • 3 weeks ago

    NO, Download The ISO for Linux Mint 20 Cinnamon. burn it a USB Thumb Drive.  Then restart the computer, go into your BIOS and start the computer from the USB Thumb Drive.  When Linux int fires up, install it, use the whole disk and be rid of windows, in 6 Months you will be so happy you did this you will want to kiss me!

  • 4 weeks ago

    I had a computer with similar specs that I purchased like that with Windows 10 preinstalled and  the lag drove me so crazy I format and put linux mint on it.

    But if you look around you can find  a Windows 7 ISO and burn it to a USB stick or DVD and burn it. Then you boot into it in BIOS and install Windows 7,  you get a trial before activation, I'm too lazy to find an activation key but I once saw a sketchy looking site that sells Windows 7 activation keys for a few bucks.

  • Enigma
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    Add another 4 gigs of ram if you can. Ask a PC repair shop if it's possible for your particular PC. After any OS install it is suggested to do a disk cleaning and defrag. It will clean up unnecessary installers and files that are no longer needed and that are slowing down the software. The defrag will tighten up the OS and help it run faster. A free utility called Wise Care 365 should be able to do all this for you. It has several cleaners and a defrag.  Here is the link:

  • Bill-M
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    NO. Windows 7 is no longer supported.   No security updates.

    You have problems than can be fixed.   The main reason Windows 10 is running slow is too many programs running in the background when the computer starts.

    Open TASK MANAGER and look at the Start Up Tab.   Disable all those start up programs except the ones you actually need to start, Like Windows Security.

    Another reason Windows 10 Runs slow is third party anti virus programs.  Like Norton.

    Again Take a look at Task Manager Performance TAB and see how much Memory your using.  Then look at the Process Tab and see which process is using the most memory.

    If you have Norton install it will be at the top of the list, hogging all your memory.

    You DO NOT NEED a Third Party Anti Virus Program.  Windows Security (Defender) is a good anti virus program.  

    The last thing you could do is upgrade your Hard Drive to a Solid State Drive.

    Replace your Hard Drive with a SSD and do a Clean Install, you will be shocked at how fast the computer runs on a SSD after a Clean Install.

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  • 1 month ago

    Nope.  the specs for Win 7 and Win 10 are the same.  So going back to Win 7 would not resolve the issue.  

    Plus there is no way to uninstall Windows 10 and have it go back to Windows 10.  You can only get to Windows 7 by completely wiping the drive and reinstalling Win 7.  It would delete everything you have on the computer.

    Also Microsoft has not sold Win 7 for over 5 years, and stopped all support and updates for it a year ago.  It is a zombie OS and no longer safe to run.  It is no longer being updated for new viruses, etc.  

    Finally, the most recent update to Windows 10 (which takes you from version 1903 to 2004 of the program) adds some files that require more RAM to run well.  While the "official" spec for RAM is still only 4 RAM, I have noticed poor performance on any PC that has less than 8 GB of RAM since that update.  You only have 4 GB of RAM.  Increasing to 8 GB would probably make a bigger improvement in performance then going back to Windows 7.  

    (Have been doing IT work for over 25 years.)

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    A properly set up Windows 10 installation should run just fine on those specs. Downgrading will not improve the performance of any applications you are using, it no longer receives security updates, and applications are slowly dropping support for Windows 7. Google Chrome, for example, will stop supporting Windows 7 next year.

    A RAM upgrade would be the most useful and enduring change you could make to your system. Also, you should probably check your CPU temps if you haven't changed the thermal paste in the last 10 years.

  • Damien
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    YES WINDOWS 10 is the worst thing ever, needs 10000s of GB to run properly or else does everything in slow motion. You're better off with windows 7. My windows 10 was pissing me off so much i wiped out the entire hard drive and installed windows 7 on it.And the worst thing about windows 10 is how chrome will behave, every couple of minutes it will say cant connect to this webpage despite no problem with the internet connection, infact i would have to go to taskmgr and there i see 30 chrome processes opened, close a few and voila chrome decides to connect to the website, then sometimes its a usb thing, i just have to insert a usb and disconnect it and voila, somehow now idiot chrome is able to connnect to the wesbite ,its sounds ridiculous but the usb, taskmgr all seem to somehow affect internet connectivity in windows 10, i've seen this with others browsers as well.and what about adobe? seems to have a heart attack trying to open in windows 10 if you dont have a 100000s gb of ram

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