HP has seemed to make a lot of these CQ60 Compaq Presario laptops and let’s face it with how low they were priced the sold well. I have used two of them and the Presario CQ60-215DX is the older one. It originally came with Windows Vista and never seemed very fast so how well will Windows 8 run on here, we will find out.
With all of my install Windows 8 articles I again am doing a clean install of Windows 8 saving nothing. You can also choose to do a migration from Windows Vista that will copy over your settings and files but not the programs you have installed. For this install, I will be installing the 64-bit version of Windows 8 Enterprise.
The install went well but there was a driver missing after running Windows Update. The driver is for a coprocessor and I found out it is part of the Nvidia chipset. I tried installing drivers for this coprocessor but nothing I tried would get that driver installed. So you have to unpack the drivers and install it through the device manager. First, download the drivers from here, second right-click on the zip file and select Extract. Then go to the bottom left corner of the screen and right-click to bring up the Win-X menu (or by hitting the Windows Key and the X key at the same time) and select Device Manager. You are going to want to right-click on the Coprocessor and select Update Driver Software, then select Browse My Computer For Driver Software and then select the folder you extracted. It should find and install the correct driver and you should be ready to go.
Windows 8 performs well on the Compaq Presario CQ60-215DX and I do suggest the upgrade. I think you will find that Windows 8 will run better than Windows Vista or 7 on this machine. You will not be able to run Hyper-V 3.0 on this machine as the processor does not support SLAT. I ran Passmark Performance Test and this machine with Windows 8 got a 454.3, also below you can see the Windows Experience Index.
I have so say again that Microsoft did a great job getting Windows 8 to run better on older hardware than its older versions. If you still have one of these running and you are thinking of upgrading I would say go for it.