I'm strongly inclined to install Window 7 alongside my existing XP Home SP3 (Build 2600)
I have read the installation advice/instructions sticky here and do not think I will have too many problems (Is that tempting fate?)
Please see below the specs of my present PC which I built myself and let me know if this is okay for Windows 7 in either 32 or 64bit.
As I will be dual booting and intend to switch to Windows 7 as my primary OS I would like to have Windows 7 as the first boot option and XP as the second OS, I think then that I have to install Windows 7 on the drive before (on the left)of my XP OS. As you will see there is plenty of room on Drive 0, at present this is partitioned into two drives C and J, is it a straightforward job to install Windows 7 ahead of XP, and can this be done with the partitioning that comes with the Windows 7 DVD?
Also on the MB instructions is states that:
'Due to chipset resource allocation, the memory may detect less than 4GB of system memory when you installed 4 1GB DDR memory modules'. This seems to imply the max you can install is 4GB, is it possible to install more than this?
MY PC System running Windows XP Home SP3.
2.20 gigahertz AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core
128 kilobyte primary memory cache
512 kilobyte secondary memory cache
Multi-core (2 total)
ASUSTeK Computer INC. A8N-SLI Premium 1.02
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
Memory slots: 4 x 184-pin DDR DIMM
BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD ASUS A8N-SLI Premium ACPI BIOS Revision 1009 10/21/2005
3072 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory.
920.19 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
755.45 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space
FREECOM_ DVD+/-RW18H9 USB Device [CD-ROM drive]
HL-DT-ST CD-RW GCE-8527B [CD-ROM drive]
3.5" format removable media [Floppy drive]
Generic USB Flash Drive USB Device [Hard drive] (1.06 GB) -- drive 3
Maxtor 6L300S0 [Hard drive] (300.09 GB) -- drive 1, s/n L61GPTQH, rev BACE1G20, SMART Status: Healthy
WD 1200BB External USB Device [Hard drive] (120.03 GB) -- drive 2
WDC WD50 00AADS-00S9B SCSI Disk Device (500.11 GB) -- drive 0, SMART Status: Healthy
Local Drive Volumes
c: (NTFS on drive 0) 111.18 GB 88.39 GB free
e: (NTFS on drive 1) 68.54 GB 53.24 GB free
f: (NTFS on drive 1) 100.34 GB 60.68 GB free
g: (NTFS on drive 1) 71.14 GB 28.94 GB free
i: (FAT32 on drive 2) 120.00 GB 84.90 GB free
j: (NTFS on drive 0) 388.92 GB 388.83 GB free
z: (NTFS on drive 1) 60.06 GB 50.47 GB free
NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX
Reading 32 pages of 32bit v 64bit should keep me busy!
I have seen this version on Amazon; Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium with Service Pack 1, 64-bit, English, 1 Pack, DSP OEI (PC) (This OEM software is intended for system builders only): Amazon.co.uk: Software
I would guess it is a full version but it does not say so, and it does not say it is a DVD either as most others state CD or DVD. Will this one be suitable for a 'new' install and not an 'upgrade' install?
AS you will have gathered this is my first post here and from what I have read you guys know your Windows 7!
Based in the UK.