Solved Will my PC be able to run Windows 7?

November 5, 2011 at 19:11:56
Specs: Windows XP SP3, P4 3GHz HT/512 MB RAM
Specs:
CPU: Pentium 4 3GHz with hyper-threading (adds virtual core)
RAM: 512 MB (going to upgrade to 1.5 GB before installing Win7)
Graphics card: Intel GMA 900 (VRAM: 128 MB)
HDD: 80GB

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#1
November 5, 2011 at 20:49:24
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Windows 7 Upgrade Adviser - http://windows.microsoft.com/upgrad...

intel P4 3.0ghz HTT
ATI 9800 Pro AGP 8x
2 x 1gb Corsair DDR400
2 x 250gb HDD
Windoze XP SP3
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#2
November 5, 2011 at 21:17:43
I copied this link from Windows 7 page online (follow it or go back to that page and look for "Find out if your PC is ready for Windows 7")
http://clk.atdmt.com/goiframe/22376...
to see if it will work technically at least.

BUT with your specs, I would say up front, NO. Even if it appears you could with little upgrades, you should not and probably could not.
1- Your processor is too slow.
2- Your will not really have enough memory, even after the upgrade.
3- Your graphics are not up to the requirements.
4- Your hard drive is not large enough (Installed I believe that W7 uses nearly 60GB or possibly more, and that is after many install files are deleted at the end of the install (if it installs, it will use up 80% or more of your hard drive space for Windows alone).
5- There are NO Windows 7 drivers written for ANY of the motherboards that could be running your CPU (having these drivers id absolutely critical for running properly/well).
6- While Windows 7 is a fast operating system it is a large system that was written for modern fast hardware (anyone who attempts to run it on older hardware is rarely happy).
7- For your hardware, XP is best. If you are not ready for a completely new system (best), upgrade your memory to at least 1GB, consider upgrading your video (if desktop), and reinstall your operating system (XP) or use the factory restore feature, for a fast, new feel and clean up all of those built up registry errors from over the years.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#3
November 5, 2011 at 21:46:11
I run Win7 Pro on my old Pentium III machine. Has a 1.4GHz CPU overclocked to 1.8GHz, 2GB of RAM, x1950Pro video, and a 500GB/32MB hard drive.

Runs just fine.

You may want to drop in a better video card. The GMA 900 does not support Windows' GPU-accelerated Aero Glass interface. Not only does AG look fantastic, it also takes some of the load off your processor. A video card would also free up all of your RAM (and its bandwidth) to the processor.

Adding more RAM would also be a good idea.

Socket 939 | Dual-core Opteron 185 @ 3.2GHz | 4GB | 1.0TB | Win7 x64
GeForce GTX 460 1GB | X-Fi Ti Pro | A8N32-SLI Deluxe | Antec P182


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#4
November 6, 2011 at 02:54:18
A minimum install of Win 7 Home can be done in 10GB.

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#5
November 6, 2011 at 16:12:32
Thanks guys. I've decided. I'm sticking with XP. I want performance rather than Win7's sleek theme.

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#6
November 6, 2011 at 20:40:47
Windows 7 runs well on modern hardware so your next machine will probably have it and you will then like it. I know that some are using W7 on older machines, but most of those who are successful are experienced users. Others visit these forums after trying and either failing, or verbally trash Windows 7 for being slow when the hardware really does not support it. When you install Windows operating systems you are offered little or no choice on how you make the installation unless you are an experienced user who knows where to look and what they can do without. A 'minimal install' or other 'Light Install' is beyond most users who cannot afford a new system and are trying to make the best of what they have.

If you plan to keep it a while, consider the memory upgrade (important), a graphics card at some point (for better gaming and video viewing), and if your XP installation has been in a number of years and it is getting slow or buggy, consider a clean reinstall.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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