This is pure hogwash. I have Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit installed on a PC World E-System with the following hardware specification:
- Intel Celeron M 420 @1.60GHz
- 2GB PC2-4200 RAM (originally 512MB)
- 37GB 5400rpm HDD (SATA I)
Time to boot (to login screen) is 56 seconds (less than half the time that XP took, iirc). Log-in is a rather leisurely affair since I load quite a lot of software (Apache, MySQL, etc) but Mozilla Firefox loads in less than 10 seconds. Microsoft Word 2013 loads in about the same time.
Naturally, performance is not as good as my 64-bit Intel quad-core i7 desktop but it is adequate for general Internet browsing and e-mail, which is all that the OP's relative seems to need. I did a clean install rather than an upgrade, iirc, and I still have 5.6GB of disk space left with 12.4GB of user software and data installed.
I hadn't noticed that the HDD on the Inspiron is PATA (IDE). However, the OP isn't interested in installing a solid-state disk but PATA SSDs are still available and at reasonable cost, for example
The Windows Experience Index for the E-System is as follows:
Gaming graphics: 3.0
Hard disk: 4.3
I would be interested to know what the values are for the Inspiron.
I will carry on using my E-System lappy until it gives up the ghost or until I can afford to replace it with a MacBook Pro. Until then, Windows 7 rules, even on a [censored] old laptop.
Why is "cr-ppy" censored? [sigh]
"All things are ready, if our minds be so."--Henry V
Edited by micksharpe (Sat 30-Aug-14 21:57:18)