can I upgrade to win7 with this configuration?

January 9, 2012 at 10:03:55
Specs: winXP, P4/4GB

I have winXP on my machine. I upgraded to 4 GB or ram only to realize it only recognizes 3GB.

Can I upgrade to Win7 without causing my computer to be slow, slow. Here are my specs...

Intel P4 CPU 3.73Ghz
3GB ram (will be 4 with win7)
Hard Drive- 465GB

What if I upgrade to 64bit. will that cause problems with programs I have now, that are 32bit?

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January 9, 2012 at 10:16:48
The best way to check for compatibility is to use the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor:

This will warn you about most software or hardware incompatibilities before proceeding.

Note that there is no direct upgrade path from XP to Windows 7 so you will need to do a clean install.

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January 9, 2012 at 10:24:06
With Win7 32 bit you still will not get the full 4 GB.
Don't know about program compatibility with Win7 64 bit. Some will work.

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January 9, 2012 at 10:33:02
Thank you LM7, will try that now.

Wizard-Fred, that is so lame, because it says 64bit will take up 2gb. So I don't know what's better.

Thanks again to both of you.

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January 9, 2012 at 10:46:18

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January 10, 2012 at 15:50:13
Thank you for those links. my intel p4 sucks huh?

I get an error when my computer boots up it says that it doesn't recognize the one ram chip. I tried the suggestions from that first link you posted, I think it's my motherboard, dang it! Thank you so much!

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January 11, 2012 at 06:02:17
The P4 sucks in general. It was the worst CPU to come out of Intel. It's old news anyways, time to move on.

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January 11, 2012 at 07:44:57
How can I find out if I can replace it with another processor? Or you mean get a new PC? :)

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