Install Win 7 on an older PC?

September 23, 2010 at 13:04:38
Specs: Win7 64bit, Intel C2D/4gig
Got a computer - system specs are - athlon 64 3500 cpu, 1 gig ddr266 ram, nvidia 6150LE onboard video, 200gig sata hd, HD audio. My friend wants to put Win 7 32bit on it and I told her that putting XP on it would be better based on the hardware. Yes, Win 7 will run on it but it won't be as snappy as XP. My question is, without installing Win 7 and seeing for her and myself, would Win 7 run acceptably on this machine? All opinions and replies are greatly appreciated and respected.

Loretta


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#1
September 23, 2010 at 13:14:38
You're right, it will run but you won't like the performance.
It would be a shame that her first experience with Windows 7 should be tainted by running it on old and tired hardware and insufficient ram to get a good experience.
Best to save the money that she would payout on W7 towards a new pc. That way when she uses it, she can enjoy it.
Some use the latest os on an old pc, then complain about how much slower it is.

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#2
September 23, 2010 at 13:20:13
Why not use Microsofts Upgrade Advisor ??

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/...


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#3
September 23, 2010 at 14:50:23
Kind of hard to say. It may be actually faster on some tasks. It should be more secure to some extent. It will cost a lot.

If one already had the dvd and wanted to do it then be sure you understand that you can't go from xp to windows 7 without a hard drive wipe. Some people do and may or may not work but it is not recommended. It may be possible to save settings but you may not be able to recover programs.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#4
September 23, 2010 at 15:14:57
Thanks for the reply. Yeah, I tried the 'advisor' and it checked everything out ok. Even with another 1gig stick of ram, would that make much difference in performance considering the graphics system this pc has?

Loretta


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#5
September 23, 2010 at 15:51:51
It is up to you wether you feel it is economical to increase memory and buy a graphics card, plus the cost of Windows 7. It may work out cheaper to buy an entry level tower.

By the way you should be running DDR400 PC3200 Memory....

In the UK I would sell a tower with those specs running XP for around £65.00, considering you would need to add £150.00 for the memory, graphics card and Windows 7 Home thats £200.00+++. On ebay this went for £200.00 and is brand new and boxed:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI....

I work in IT and I consider anything over 3 years old borderline uneconomical to upgrade/major repair...


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#6
September 23, 2010 at 16:24:51
Thanks for the reply. I knew in the back of my mind that Win 7 would not do for her, but I wanted some 'real world' opinions on this and I got them per usual. Again, you guys are the cats and I thank you for your input!

Loretta


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