Re: 500+ million PC's obsolete in 2025 unable to run Windows 11, 2026 might just be year of Linux
Windows 10 works, I wouldn't say run, definitely not sprint on Pentium 4 laptop with 1.5GB RAM. Painfully slow due to software rendered graphics.
It runs much better on single core Atom netbooks, It is usable, I use it specifically for the OBD tools for my cars. They also run Win 7, which has same basic hardware requirements. But what can pass as acceptable performance (Considering the age and hardware) slows to molasses if you have fully bloated windows installs.
The only time Win 10 wouldnt install on an atom netbook that I tested was the beta version, all publicly released builds have. The beta would if you connected an external monitor as it didn't like 1024x600 resolution.
So there are many reasons not to run Win 10 you could give that are valid for you or other users, however, They have had the option of using a 'supported' OS by upgrading. My purchased Win 7 keys even activated the Win 10 installs. My netbooks still get used and all have at least triple boot options. At least one flavour of Gnu/Linux and two Windows versions. They each have useful tools on them that work better on specific OSes.
Hang on, that's what an OS is for to run programs you need. It should get the hell out of your way at all other times!
This was posted from my 10 year old quad core desktop running Debian 10, my left leg to its right, to the right of my left leg sits my 10 year old quad core desktop running Windows 10. The Windows box will even run Windows 11 (As a win2go ddrive), Now that is running Win 11 on unsupported hardware.
The last time the Windows PC was booted was to play around with dosbox-portable version and a menu system to allow a Ukraine teenager to play the original Lemmings, Lemmings 2 and other really old games. He has been complaining a laptop he was given by the hosts of one of his relatives was too slow. Too slow to boot, too slow to play anything, too slow for him trying to use Roblox to develop his own game. After giving him all my original CD's of old games and suggesting he tries some of them to learn about playability and keeping the gamer interested. It isn't all about eye candy graphics. I've sorted out the slow booting and miraculously he thinks his laptop is usable. He still wants a new Ryzen computer - his parents cant afford. But at least he appreciates playability and games that make you think.
So oddly enough a supported OS sometimes needs a 'leg up' to run programs that users try and run but get pop up messages saying their computer doesnt support it
Where there is a will there is normally a way.