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Windows 7: Optiplex GX280 - Should I upgrade it to Win7?

13 Oct 2010   #1
Windows i7 920

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 
Optiplex GX280 - Should I upgrade it to Win7?

I have an old Optiplex GX280 with the following hardware:

Intel Pentium 4 HT @ 3.2 GHz (1 core, 2 threads)
2.5 GB of DDR2 (2x 1GB, 1x 512mb) (Supports up to 1GB x4)
PNY Nvidia Geforce 9400GT 1GB GDDR3 (PCI-Express)
Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3

Obviously, I'd be putting on 32 bit if I were to upgrade it, but I'm not sure if I'd really gain anything performance-wise by putting on Windows 7. I've heard that it is faster than XP on machines that exceed the minimum system requirements and this PC obviously does. I bought it off eBay for $80, then put some upgrades in it. I added 2GB of RAM and the Nvidia card, which in total cost me $90 for those parts.


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13 Oct 2010   #2
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Let's just say, given the amount of memory, it wouldn't run any slower than XP. If it was me, I'd upgrade it if I had a license to spare. I don't know if I'd spend the money on Windows 7 for it, unless I got a great deal. You won't have any issues going to Windows 7, though.
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13 Oct 2010   #3
Keiichi25

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and Home Premium x64
 
 

I would say depends on what you want to do with it. If you aren't planning on doing anything super serious with the computer and you don't have an extra Win 7 license, I would just leave it as is.
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13 Oct 2010   #4
bobtran

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It should run really well on the specs you posted. Dealers choice since you already have a paid for install of XP.

I probably would myself but it's a personal choice and I really like Windows 7 even on my older Dell C640 laptop which I upgraded from XP.
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21 Oct 2010   #5
Windows i7 920

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobtran View Post
It should run really well on the specs you posted. Dealers choice since you already have a paid for install of XP.

I probably would myself but it's a personal choice and I really like Windows 7 even on my older Dell C640 laptop which I upgraded from XP.
I have one of those. Latitude C640. It runs deathly slow on XP though with the 1.8 GHz Pentium 4, 512 MB of RAM. How could it run 7 when it only supports a maximum of 1GB of RAM? I didn't think Windows 7 would run very well if you only barely meet the minimum RAM requirement.
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21 Oct 2010   #6
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Windows i7 920 View Post
I have an old Optiplex GX280 with the following hardware:

Intel Pentium 4 HT @ 3.2 GHz (1 core, 2 threads)
2.5 GB of DDR2 (2x 1GB, 1x 512mb) (Supports up to 1GB x4)
PNY Nvidia Geforce 9400GT 1GB GDDR3 (PCI-Express)
Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3

Obviously, I'd be putting on 32 bit if I were to upgrade it, but I'm not sure if I'd really gain anything performance-wise by putting on Windows 7. I've heard that it is faster than XP on machines that exceed the minimum system requirements and this PC obviously does. I bought it off eBay for $80, then put some upgrades in it. I added 2GB of RAM and the Nvidia card, which in total cost me $90 for those parts.
I have installed Windows 7 on many GX280's runs very well for business. I would not suggest it for games, video editing, CAD work, etc. -WS
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21 Oct 2010   #7
fireberd

Windows 7/10 64 bit
 
 

Dell DOES NOT support Vista or Win 7 on this model. Thus there are no hardware drivers for any Dell proprietary hardware. You will be on your own to try and find drivers that will work for all the hardware. Dell only supports XP, NT4, Win 2000, DOS and Red Hat Linux 9.0.
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21 Oct 2010   #8
Darician

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
Dell DOES NOT support Vista or Win 7 on this model. Thus there are no hardware drivers for any Dell proprietary hardware. You will be on your own to try and find drivers that will work for all the hardware. Dell only supports XP, NT4, Win 2000, DOS and Red Hat Linux 9.0.
That may be but generic drivers may more than make up for that. If anything, you can always try setting up a dual-boot to test 7 out before fully migrating to it.
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21 Oct 2010   #9
bobtran

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Windows i7 920 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobtran View Post
It should run really well on the specs you posted. Dealers choice since you already have a paid for install of XP.

I probably would myself but it's a personal choice and I really like Windows 7 even on my older Dell C640 laptop which I upgraded from XP.
I have one of those. Latitude C640. It runs deathly slow on XP though with the 1.8 GHz Pentium 4, 512 MB of RAM. How could it run 7 when it only supports a maximum of 1GB of RAM? I didn't think Windows 7 would run very well if you only barely meet the minimum RAM requirement.
You need to upgrade the bios to A10 and it will then accept/use 2gb of ram (2 x 1gb). You can also upgrade the cpu to a max of 2.6 Ghz cpu P4m (SL6WZ - hard to find but worth it).

You can upgrade to any of these processors:

Pentium 4-M 1.9 1900 512 400
Pentium 4-M 2.0 2000 512 400
Pentium 4-M 2.1 2100 512 400
Pentium 4-M 2.2 2200 512 400
Pentium 4-M 2.3 2300 512 400
Pentium 4-M 2.4 2400 512 400
Pentium 4-M 2.5 2500 512 400
Pentium 4-M 2.6 2600 512 400

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22 Oct 2010   #10
Keiichi25

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
Dell DOES NOT support Vista or Win 7 on this model. Thus there are no hardware drivers for any Dell proprietary hardware. You will be on your own to try and find drivers that will work for all the hardware. Dell only supports XP, NT4, Win 2000, DOS and Red Hat Linux 9.0.
Actually, Dell wouldn't support it anyways. The Optiplex GX280 series computers are like 5 to 6 years old. Well outside their current support range unless you bought the extended warranty, but for the most part, they would urge you to a newer computer anyways.

As for drivers in general... Once a computer is off their normal support life, they tend not to update the drivers even for the supported OS they post as there is rarely a need to keep the drivers up to date on models they no longer support. The support page will be up, but that is as far as they will support it and you are still on your own with drivers and the like. The pro of it all, though, is the older drivers will at least give people an idea of the hardware used like the Ethernet, the sound and board chipset versus bumbling around trying to figure it out by looking at the system board.
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