If you want to make your view distance shorter, you don't need to "edit files".
Just adjust the Render Distance slider in Options.
However, that's what that option is suppose to do. But it doesn't work for me. I get max draw distance regardless. With 15.4 they "Increased draw distance for Win 10 edition" (We're now at 15.6). I don't know, they may have disabled the "draw distance" option on purpose as most of us want all draw distance we can handle. In your case, though, your "old computer" can't handle it.
You know what the problem is, and eventually you'll have to fix it. Win10 (and all your other programs) will appreciate it.
Ok watched and tried. It seems I cant have anything open over MCWIN10 Edition. What happens is when I open the notepad file MCWIN10 minimizes to the taskbar and whenever I click it up it refreshes. Otherwise it seems this would work. SO now my question is, how do I keep MCWIN10 from minimizing whenever I click on something else.
Ok now I tried that. I had MCWIN10 closed, then I open the file that lets me edit the views distance and then open MCWIN10 again, and what happens is it resets the view distance in the file back to 128. What do I do?
There's the Hard Way:
* The save file has to be saved with the exact same name as the old file, extension and all. Save it to a new location, ie "Documents".
* Move the old file to the trash (but don't delete it, "just in case" you need to restore it).
* Copy the saved file to the same previous location the old file was in.
Or the Easy Way:
* The save file has to be saved with the exact same name as the old file, extension and all.
* Save it to the same location as the old file. (Note, the old file will be deleted, as in gone for good!)