These Dell Latitude laptops were very popular and there are still a lot of them out there. I am sure that some of the users of them are wondering if Windows 8 will even run on these machines. Well, I was curious too and decided to install it on my Latitude D610.
I did a clean install (meaning I started from scratch) and installed Windows 8 Enterprise. If you wanted to upgrade from Windows XP it will save all your files but not any settings or programs so you will have to reinstall them.
The install went easily enough but it did take some time. I am not surprised with how old this machine is. When it was finished I checked the Device Manager and four drivers were missing.
One of the drivers that installed was the Network Interface Card (Ethernet) so I connected the computer to the internet and Windows Update installed two of the missing drivers. One of the remaining two missing drivers is for the graphic card which does not support Windows 8 and I have not found a way to make it work. (the system runs ok without this) The other missing driver was the Audio Card. It is a SigmaTel C-Major Audio Card and the driver works from Dell’s website.
This system does not run the best with Windows 8 on it. It would probably run better with 2 GB of ram instead of 1 GB. It would be fine for E-mail, writing documents, and browsing the internet but it is not for doing anything with games or videos. For some reason I was able to install Hyper-V 3.0, however, I am not sure how it would run given its slow performance. I ran the PassMark Performance Test (which takes a while to start-up on this machine) and it gets a 103.6 so as you can see it really is not much of a performer. Below is the Windows Experience Index.
In the end, I am not sure I would recommend this upgrade to everyone but if you wanted to check Windows 8 and have one of these Latitude laptops lying around you can and at least get a better feel for Windows 8 before it comes out in October. Clearly, Microsoft has done a good job with performance because I am sure Windows Vista or 7 would not run as well on this machine. If you are interested you can also pick up these machines for pretty cheap on Amazon.