Thinkpad T420: already has an 8gb of ram .. Do you recommend a faster operating system

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Oct. 10, 2022, 2:59 a.m.

I've been lucky. I managed to find my first T420 a hundred kilometers away for € 150. Now I will have to change hdd with an ssd. already has an 8gb of ram .. Do you recommend a faster operating system than win10?

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Oct. 10, 2022, 2:59 a.m.

Linux will be faster if you choose the right distribution, but I would recommend what you know and is more useful for you as the end user instead of focusing on boot up speeds and how it using the hardware.

If you know Windows, go with windows. If you know Linux, well both you and I know there are lightning fast distros on that side.

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Oct. 10, 2022, 2:59 a.m.

My T420 also runs well with win 10 pro. Just max the RAM to 16 GB and use SSD to get it done

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Oct. 10, 2022, 2:59 a.m.

I use windows 10 on my daily driver t420. But almost every linux distro works on this thing flawlessly. It's up to your preference really 🙂

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Oct. 10, 2022, 2:59 a.m.

I just bought the same machine recently, with i5, 128gb SSD and 2x4gb ram... The previous owner installed win11, I have yet to really use this laptop. Is this model still preferred by collectors? This seller still have another unit T420 selling at very good price, just that battery needs replacement

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Oct. 10, 2022, 2:59 a.m.

Give Windows 11 a try. Much snappier than Windows 10 on SSD, plus the built-in bluetooth works great with Win11

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Oct. 10, 2022, 2:59 a.m.

wipe Windows 10 and replace it with MX Linux 21.

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Oct. 10, 2022, 2:59 a.m.

If OS performance is your #1 concern but you want to use it as a daily driver, you might think about installing a mainstream Linux distro that has a light and efficient UI like LXDE OR XFCE. For example, Lubuntu or Xubuntu.

But Windows 10 would run fine on that, especially with an SSD and a few tweaks. It’s got comparable or better performance to a low end entry level brand new laptop that ships with Win 11 in 2022. Or Windows 7, if you’re okay with an EOL OS and you are careful online.

I’d try it with Win 10 or 11 for a while first and see how it does. Google some tips and making Windows run a bit leaner to give yourself a little edge. My hunch is it will be just fine because my W530 and x131e both ran Win 10 perfectly and they’re only one generation newer. They both had SSD’s but the x131e only had 8 GB RAM too and a 3rd Gen Intel Core i3.

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Oct. 10, 2022, 2:59 a.m.

I highly recommend at least 16gb of ram. This will make a significant improvement to perfs.

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Oct. 10, 2022, 2:59 a.m.

Win 10 is enough for this great machine

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Oct. 10, 2022, 2:59 a.m.

It just depends on your use case. Ssd will make even windows 10 feel fast. But if you can switch to a Linux distro that allows you to still use the computer the way you need to use it then I’d go Linux. If not, Stick to windows

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Oct. 10, 2022, 2:59 a.m.

Win 10 is fine even on older models

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Oct. 10, 2022, 2:59 a.m.

Win11, Appearance and improved ability to run Android apps. Thats about it. Hardly worth the bother.

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Oct. 10, 2022, 2:59 a.m.

This is the one I was wanting with the big winger key I ended up with the small enter key

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Oct. 10, 2022, 2:59 a.m.

I think it is the best advice to use what you need. If you need Windows, Win11 is definitely a bit quicker than Win10. If you have the option, most of the current Linux distros are very complete and software like OnlyOffice can give you a great option for a productivity suite.

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Oct. 10, 2022, 2:59 a.m.

w10 arium (modded light version of industrial automate and ATM )

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Oct. 10, 2022, 2:59 a.m.

My ex-wife still has her C2D Toshiba Satellite Pro from 2008/09 and it works flawlessly fine with Windows 10. I'm pretty sure W10 is the best choice for T420.

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Oct. 10, 2022, 2:59 a.m.

I would install Kubuntu, but that's me.




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