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Windows 7: Windows 7 on older computer?

03 Jun 2011   #11

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro

You should run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor an see what it tells you.
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like what the others have said you'll need more RAM.

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03 Jun 2011   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

The RAM would be the only thing holding that system back from running properly. Check eBay for some used RAM.
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03 Jun 2011   #13

Windows 10 Education 64 bit

If you want to try before you buy, install but leave the product code window blank. That will let you run it for 30 days as a trial, longer if you use the rearm command. If you have a 32 bit DVD I would use that, if you don't just borrow one from a friend.
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03 Jun 2011   #14

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)

... Also, if I would install windows 7 on it, can it be installed on the same partition to save the older files and pretty important documents? ...
If you bump up the RAM and decide to go ahead, you won't be able to do an in-place install fron XP to Win 7 & to preserve your installed apps and data. You would need to do a clean install, meaning to wipe the disk during the Win 7 install. You would need to backup your data, do the clean install, then re-install all of your apps and restore your data.
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04 Jun 2011   #15


Take a look at this thread Windows 7 on OLD computers that may give you some additional help from posters who are running (or trying to run) Windows 7 on older computers.
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04 Jun 2011   #16

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jak3 View Post
How can 512 MB of DDR1 RAM cost $60? In the UK you can pick it up for £13 which is about $21.
Hi there I agree -- why bother these days -- a NEW netbook can be had for around 200 - 240 USD -- IMO a MUCH better purchase.

Using Old equipment only makes sense if there IS an advantage in using it - such as very serviceable scanners / photo printers etc.

The Video in any case on an older machine is likely to be very poor in any case.

There is nothing wrong in using that machine as a HOME File and Print server but I'd get a new machine myself since the prices on lower end but VERY passable kit is really cheap at the moment.

These days that old machine won't be up to it when browsing the web -- even with the extra 512 GB RAM -- modern Multi-media that you get on a lot of web sites needs faster chips and decent video processing.

Running that machine as an "everyday desktop" will lead to frustration / or certainly not a pleasant user experience.

Keep it as a basic File and Print Server -- that way you can use it and learn something about Servers and Linux too.

A Linux file and print server will EASILY run on that machine -- you wouldn't even need to up the RAM although I would as a matter of course.

Zillions of compact Linux distros are available for FREE download all over the web.

If you've never used Linux before - note that for several years now there has been no problem with LINUX READING and WRITING to Windows NTFS file systems so sharing files between your Linux server and Windows is NO problem- SAMBA is the normal system for sharing and is included in almost every Linux distro that I've ever seen.

A good site to start learning is this one.

and the SAMBA site

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