I have a low-powered all-in-one pc that I like to install windows 10 on as it has windows 7 currently installed. and I was wondering if there any steps that I can do in order to make it run a bit faster. right now with a fresh install of Windows 7, it takes about 4.5-5 minutes to just boot into the desktop. also, I did a PassMark CPU test and it gave a score of ~150 just to give you an idea of how low-powered this system is.
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Based on the comments to my previous answer I have updated my answer.
I would suggest Linux Mint Mate or Xfce edition. Both are lightweight Linux distributions that are easy to use. In addition to that, Mint has a strong support community if you have issues.
I would definitely test these both these distros to see how well they run on your hardware. I think they should be fine, but there are lighter weight distros out there, such as Puppy Linux and Bodhi.
Windows 10 will run approximately at the same speed Windows 7 did. Windows 10 will do some self-optimizations based on your hardware. However, the improvements will be minimal.
You didnt list your hardware, which would help. However, if Windows 7 takes 5 minutes to boot, that is a very strong indicator of an extreme lack of memory (RAM). If possible, add more memory to the computer. For Windows 10, I would aim for 4GB of RAM as the minimum. Generally speaking, any machine below 4GB of RAM will be visibly faster after the upgrade. If it is a 32 bit machine, then that is the limit. If its a 64 bit machine, you could go higher, depending on the hardware. However, depending on the machine and its use, there are diminishing returns on that.
Another excellent way to speed up a low end computer is replacing the hard drive (HDD) with a solid state disk (SSD). SSDs are significantly faster and you should also see a visible improvement in speed.
If you wanted to take it a step further and you are more technically inclined, you can upgrade the CPU. This requires doing some research to see if it is possible and if the cost is worth the benefit. Upgrading an older CPU with a better older CPU will make the computer faster, but that bump in performance might be insignificant when running a modern OS and applications.
Personally, I would start with increasing the RAM and adding a SSD. Those two should make a significant boost in performance at a low cost.