Solved Can windows 7 run on a Gateway e4000 series

February 4, 2012 at 19:36:55
Specs: Windows 7 home prem, pent 4 2.4ghz/1gb
I am 63 years of age and no tech.. I 've just installed, activated, and updated Windows 7 Home Premium on a Gateway E4100 p4h. However, I was told by a young friend, that the Windows 7 OS will crash/give me problems later because I am not running a dual core processor. My unit has a Pentium 4 2.4ghz processor and a minimum of 1gb of ram installed as instructed by Microsoft for installation. May question is; "Do I need to scrape my idea of upgrading to this OS on my current computer due to the processor I'm running, or, can I be at ease knowing that I did the right thing."

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#1
February 4, 2012 at 23:58:05
Microsoft provide a an Upgrade Advisor Tool, and your young friend is talking out of his derriere:

http://www.microsoft.com/download/e...

You need at least 2GB memory, Microsoft minimum specification in real world is unrealistic.

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....


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#2
February 5, 2012 at 04:53:33
If the upgrade adviser gave you the all clear OR you already installed Windows AND you were able to find and install Windows 7 compatible drivers for all of your hardware, THEN the only thing you really need to do is add more memory (as above) since 32bit W7 really does need 2GB or more.
You may however find that XP was faster on your hardware since Windows 7 does use more resources for itself and may leave less available for your programs. This is why I generally recommend staying with XP with a P4 system, but there are many who do run W7 on P4 systems. The difficulty usually is finding the drivers though.

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


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#3
February 5, 2012 at 07:27:04
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7 OS will crash/give me problems later because I am not running a dual core processor

I agree, your young friend was talking out of an orifice other than his mouth. It will certainly run better on a dual core processor but that doest mean it wont run on a single core processor like the P4. It depends on what you use the computer for. If you want to play the latest games you might have problems but for web browsing, email and similar activities it should be fine.

Depending on which version of the P4 you have as the later version had a thing called Hyperthreading which makes it appear as if there are two cores. You can check this by going into Task Manager, Ctr-Alt-Del, and clicking Performance. If you have two graphs under CPU usage then you have Hyperthreading.

More memory would be a good upgrade. The 1 GB is an absolute minimum. 1 Gb to 2 Gb and perhaps 3 GBs would be an enormous boost. For various technical reasons there is no point in going beyond 3GBs with the Pentium 4.

Providing you can get all the necessary drivers and can upgrade the memory you should be fine.

Stuart


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#4
February 5, 2012 at 07:49:16
FINGERS:
I thank you for your response to my needs. I am on a fixed income and can;t afford to make a costly choice. I will install the ram and download the Windows 7 compatibility drivers as you've suggested. I feel more confident now that I've got an answer to my issue. Again, Thank You...

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#5
February 5, 2012 at 08:31:18
Duster63. If the computer is running fine now, you don't need any drivers. Upgrading the Ram is a very good idea though. It's simple to do and not real expensive. Good Luck to you.

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#6
February 5, 2012 at 10:54:54
you should use a site like crucial.com to find the proper ram that will work with your PC

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#7
February 6, 2012 at 14:58:11
Grasshopper:
Thanks, I 'll be getting that ram soon and will also enableing hypertreading in the BIOS. Man, you guys have taken a worry off this old guys back.
Duster63


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#8
February 6, 2012 at 15:02:52
Thanks StuartS, I am on it with the ram and I am going to enable the hypertreading feature in the BIOS. You guys have been a BIG HELP to me.
Duster63


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#9
February 6, 2012 at 15:09:55
Jolicloud:
Thank you for your response. I am purchasing more ram, 1gb, and enableing hypertreading in the BIOS. The system loaded, activated and updated with no problems.
Duster63

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#10
February 6, 2012 at 16:42:10
Glad to hear it. There's life in the old dog yet.

Stuart


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