Solved Does Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2 GHZ support NX?

September 12, 2015 at 19:11:54
Specs: Windows 7, 2 GB
I have Windows 7 32 bit installed and am trying to upgrade to Windows 10 but I got a message that my processor doesn't support NX but that I may be able to enable it in the bios. I couldn't find out on Intel's website whether or not my processor Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2 GHZ will support NX. According to Microsoft, NX is used for Malware. I have a Malware program so I don't really care if my processor supports NX or not but apparently Microsoft won't install Windows 10 without it. I am up to date with my processor drivers but not sure whether I can enable NX with the processor I have. I have a Gateway E-4000 Desktop with a NVIDIA GeForce 6200 graphics card. Does anyone out there know for sure if this is possible on my system? Let me know if you need any further info. I appreciate any help.

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September 12, 2015 at 19:32:36
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It appears that your CPU does not support NX, necessary for DEP (Data Execution Protection). The BIOS cannot enable a feature your CPU does not have. That CPU is very old, released early 2002.

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September 12, 2015 at 19:45:05
Sorry but you will have to live with Windows 7 until you are ready to upgrade your machine. Your hardware is too old, Windows 10 does not support your CPU and there is little chance that there will ever be drivers for your hardware (motherboard, etc) that will support Windows 10.
Windows 7 is not bad, you could have been stuck with Windows Vista or even Windows ME (another really old mistake MS had). Windows XP would have been tolerable but MS support for it has ended. No, Being stuck in Windows 7 is not really bad and by the time support for it has ended, you should be more than ready for a new machine.

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

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September 12, 2015 at 22:57:09
Yeah, P4s were kind of weird. None of the socket 478 models supported PAE and NX, and only about half of the LGA 775 P4s did.

Looks like there is a way to bypass the CPU feature check, at least for Win8.1. It should work with Win10 as well. I wouldn't recommend it though.

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September 13, 2015 at 15:27:24
I was afraid of this but thought I'd ask just in case there was a way around it. Thanks everyone.

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