Is it worth putting Win 7 on an old Athlon?

Asustek computer inc. / F5rl
May 30, 2010 at 01:54:59
Specs: XP Pro, Athlon 64 3200+ / 2GB DDR400
Hey everyone. I've got a nice home network going at the moment and have lots of music/movies/shows available. There are 2PC's on 7, 2 on Vista and 2 on XP. At the moment there is a PC on the TV in the living room with windows XP on it, but its not exactly easy to use and lacks media centre.

I'm wondering if I should install 7 on it but its getting rather old and I'm not sure how it will run. How do you guys think 7 will run on this PC:

Athlon 64 3200+ @ 2.2GHz (Socket 754)
2GB of DDR400 (in single channel because of the old chipset)
256MB AGP 6200
and will probably see a HDD upgrade to a 500GB WD black.

Will it run OK with the single core processor and Single channel memory? Not looking for amazing performance but I dont want to sit waiting for everything. This is runnig on a 32" TV at 1366x768. Thanks for your help.

Mattwizz3
P35-DS3R
4GB DDR800
E7500


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#1
May 30, 2010 at 06:34:16
just run the windows 7 advisor and it will tell you if it is compatable:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/wi...

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#2
May 30, 2010 at 07:00:29
Probably not worth the bother. You will probably have trouble finding drivers for your hardware. You do a MS windows 7 compatibility test online on their site to have the definitive answer, but even if it gives you an OK, I would recommend individually search out windows 7 drivers for each of your hardware items and download then on a flash drive before attempting it. The memory is not the issue, the AGP video interface indicates a very old motherboard and chipset on it that the manufacturer will not bother writing the drivers for (8 or more years old??).

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#3
May 30, 2010 at 21:15:45
Ah yeah didnt think of the Advisor. I'm OK with compatibility, I'm just wondering if you guys think it will run smooth. I dont want to have to wait for everything. The M/B is about 3 maby 4 years old? Its a budget VIA Socket 754 Job. I'm just thinking that because of the single channel memory and Singe core it might be a bit too slow to handle 7.

Mattwizz3
P35-DS3R
4GB DDR800
E7500


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#4
May 30, 2010 at 22:06:00
i think it will run fine, and certainly be ok for most stuff...a usb stick as ready boost would probably help some though.

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#5
May 31, 2010 at 00:19:19
Well I think I'll install 7 then. According to the upgrade advisor its good to go for both 32 and 64bit versions, I dont think I'll bother with 64bit though. Should be much better to use on a TV screen than XP I think.

Mattwizz3
P35-DS3R
4GB DDR800
E7500


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#6
May 31, 2010 at 13:08:47
I'd keep the xp.

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May 31, 2010 at 13:28:34

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#8
May 31, 2010 at 19:27:29
It (Home Premium 32-bit) is running on my old Sempron 1.8GHz w/2GB RAM and I didn't have any driver troubles; just plugged right in. I don't notice much of a speed decrease, since I ran XP on a "minimalist" format as well...

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#9
May 31, 2010 at 23:59:36
I would keep it on XP jefro if I was using it as a desktop. But XP Professional is hardly a freindly interface on a television, sitting back using a remote contol and keyboard. 7 will work better for this purpose and has Media centre too.

Mattwizz3
P35-DS3R
4GB DDR800
E7500


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#10
June 5, 2010 at 11:50:53
If you set it up dual boot with XP already installed, you will not have trouble finding drivers. They're already there in XP, Windows/inf folder. If you come up driverless on some devices, just point Win 7 device manager to them in XP/Windows/inf and watch what happens. Win 7 will grab and install them with new version numbers plus Mickey Softs branded blessing

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#11
June 5, 2010 at 12:40:36
If I understand what you have your entertainment files are scattered across all of those computers?

If so, I suggest you assemble a media server out of one of them and install enough storage to hold all the files. Best to use some redundancy so you can better protect the files. Then leave than unit running 24/7 and everyone can pull files from it. Ideally, that unit would be located at your main entertainment area.

Just a thought.


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