If you’re new to my Blog and YouTube channel, I once upgraded an Old Dell Optiplex GX280 to run Windows 10. This was an old desktop PC with a Pentium 4 which didn’t support Windows 10. Since back then Windows 10 wasn’t officially released I upgraded the computer to run Windows 10 Insider Preview and I used it as a test PC. The video can be found below…
This time I’m upgrading an old Dell Latitude D430 business laptop but unlike my first upgrade, which by the way, was my first ever YouTube video I will go into a lot more detail.
The first Upgrade – Dell Optiplex GX280
To begin with, I will talk a little bit more about the Dell Optiplex GX280, at the time I had a laptop running on Windows 7 and it wasn’t performing well. I decided to move to Windows 10 Insider preview and I decided that the GX280 was ideal for this, it once again became my main PC running Windows 10 Insider Preview. In terms of performance, I didn’t have any major issues. I even managed to play War Thunder on it.
|Model:||Dell Optiplex GX280|
|CPU:||Intel Pentium 4|
|Graphics Card:||EVGA GF GT 210 1GB DDR3 Graphics Card|
|Storage:||160GB Hard Drive|
The Second Upgrade – Dell Latitude D430
The video of the first upgrade is one of my most popular videos even though it’s almost 5 years old! I decided to do a more professional remake with a laptop. The D430 isn’t as old as I first thought but never the less it’s still an old laptop. The Dell Latitude series actually has a special place in my heart as the first ever laptop I used was a Dell Latitude, running an old version of Windows, it was either Windows 95, 98 or 2000. Back then I was in year 3 and about 7 years old and didn’t have much knowledge about computers. All I remember was that I was good at ICT. Yes, I know that kids these days know a lot about technology at that age, but this was 16 years ago!
|Model:||Dell Latitude D430|
|CPU:||Intel Core2 Duo U7700|
|Storage:||60GB Hard Drive|
Did I face any problems?
Yes! I was planning to upgrade the tiny 60 GB Hard drive to a 120 GB Solid State Drive (SSD) but as seen in the video, the included hard drive was literally tiny! and there wasn’t any space to include an SSD.
The second problem I faced was the performance. Although the Windows 10 Installation went fast, the part after removing the flash drive went very slow. In fact, it was so slow that I went to make a coffee and when I came back, it was still loading! It got there in the end though and the performance was better than I expected. I upgraded the drivers using Driver Pack Solution and it was working ok.
The final problem was that it didn’t seem to have support for graphics making playing games impossible. Due to this the benchmark was incomplete.
Benchmarking the laptop with Windows 10
So was this upgrade worth it?
Unlike the first upgrade, where I didn’t face any major issues I wouldn’t recommend this upgrade unless you have an SSD. The laptop is slow and under performs. I’m actually thinking of putting Linux Mint on it instead. So to answer the question, I think it was worth the experiment but I wouldn’t use the laptop with Windows 10 installed due to performance.
Before conducting any upgrades or buying any PC’s please do some research first especially if you’re thinking of purchasing a PC that you will be using on a daily basis.