The comp came with windows 8, and it flew. Never had a problem really. Never had a virus that wasn't quickly eliminated with AVG. Never had any significant lag that wasn't handled imediately with scheduled maintenance.
Granted, it's a little old now (I got it January 2013) and it only has 4gb ram, but the lag in Windows 10 is....bad. For example, it often takes up to 10 seconds to open the start menu or one of the few programs I use on the reg. The three programs I often use are Evernote, Todoist (a task app), and Chrome (I keep the tabs and extensions to a minimum). Then, God forbid I need to use Word, excel, or publisher. It then becomes a nightmare. I also use CCleaner as a maintenance program sometimes multiple times a week.
Everything freezes often until it catches up. Opening new apps or even settings is often so slow that I'm left leaning back in my chair waiting for the thing to respond.
I like Windows 10 a lot despite these issues so my question is three-fold: Is this going to continue after a full release of Windows 10, and do you think it's a hardware problem or a software issue?
Also, would it help if I tried to upgrade the ram? I mean that always helps, but should I need to do that?