Windows 10 on Lenovo Ideapad S10
By: Brad Voris

I decided about a month ago to upgrade my old Lenovo Ideapad S10 netbook to Windows 10.
This was going to be a long overhaul on my netbook considering it was built around 2007, still had Windows XP installed on it and needed a hard drive replacement.
Original specs for my my S10:

Lenovo Ideapad S10 Specs

Intel ATOM Processor N270 (1.6 GHz), 533-MHz FSB, 512-MB L2 cache
1-GB DDR2-667 SDRAM SO-DIMM (PC2-5300)
160 GB, 5400 rpm, 9.5 mm high, SATA interface


When I had originally purchased my S10 I had added a 2GB SO-DIMM. This was crucial for my Windows 10 installation since 1GB of RAM would just meet the bare minimum requirements and I didn't want this to be the slowest netbook in existence.

I ordered a copy of Windows 7 Professional and replacement SSD that was supported by the S10.

After I had received my drive and OS, I removed the old drive and installed the new SSD.
I installed Windows 7 Professional with an external USB DVD drive.
Windows 7 did perform better than Windows XP. It was a bit smoother, everything worked out of the box with no problems.
I went to Lenovo's site and downloaded my Windows 7 drivers.
Installed the drivers to make sure everything was current.

I had to wait a few weeks for Windows 10 to be available for deployment. Once it was ready I went ahead and started the install. I'd like to say this was a quick deployment but to be honest it took a good 4 hours after downloading the OS to get to the desktop.

Installation was painless and smooth no problems.
Performance was slightly better over Windows 7 Professional.
I wanted to speed up performance so I decided to increase the pagefile size from System Managed to 16GB. Yes its a giant pagefile and takes up a lot of room.
I don't store much data on this I use it to stream music and occasionally watch movies. Both of which were mediocre at best in Windows XP and Windows 7.
With pagefile set to 16GB (I did gradually increase it 2GB every time but finally settled on 16GB since it seemed to maximize performance)

I also made a few tweaks to the OS:
Turned off Peer updating via:
Search for “Check for updates” in the Start menu.
Under “Windows Update” choose “Advanced options.”
Under “Choose how updates are installed” click “Choose how updates are delivered.”
Disable the toggle under “Updated from more than one place.”

This helped minimize memory usage on the laptop and performance was a little better.
I also uninstalled OneDrive. I don't use it and it runs in memory.
I also stopped notifications and saw a significant jump in CPU performance.

So far the S10 is still performing strong. It isn't super fast but streaming movies or music I don't get buffering.
I can still play old dos games and a few Windows based games.

If you have an old Lenovo Ideapad and are just looking for something to play with and try Windows 10.... Give it a shot. I am sure you will be happy with performance with a few cheap upgrades.

Reference Links:
Lenovo Ideapad S10 Support Site
Lenovo Ideapad S10 Tech Specs
  • h for “Check for updates” in the Start menu.
  • Under “Windows Update” choose “Advanced options.”
  • Under “Choose how updates are installed” click “Choose how updates are delivered.”
  • Disable the toggle under “Updated from more than one place.”
  • Search for “Check for updates” in the Start menu.
  • Under “Windows Update” choose “Advanced options.”
  • Under “Choose how updates are installed” click “Choose how updates are delivered.”
  • Disable the toggle under “Updated from more than one place.”W
Microsoft Windows 10 Specifications