#008: Windows 8 Performance on an 8 Year Old Laptop (Thinkpad X41)


I recently retired my good old IBM Thinkpad X41 tablet laptop and decided to experiment with Windows 8. The claim had been that the system requirements were even lower than Windows 7 and I wanted to see just how low that could actually be. In all fairness, I did purchase a 1.8″ SSD from eBay as the only upgrade on the machine (the original 4500 RPM hard drive had died). I was absolutely blown away by the speed of this machine with Windows 8 installed! I’m going to be installing Photoshop or Illustrator in the near future to see how well it performs with a heavy-duty drawing program while using the stylus and will be sure to post another video here. Mind you, Flash video and other processor-intensive operations are still fairly slow but basic computing is pretty good. This actually brought new life to a machine I had long since written off!!

UPDATE: I have since learned that Windows 8 doesn’t truly perform a shut down in the traditional sense –It still executes a hibernation. This means a longer time in the powering down phase since it is writing everything in RAM to the hard drive but it also means much faster startup times. I have long suggested doing this when using laptops due to their slow drives but the fact is that it makes sense no matter what you’re running. Microsoft has simply forced our hand to always perform a hibernation when powering down and never truly shuts down the OS like we have conventionally though…

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