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Windows 7: Can I Use a Win7HP ISO File for a Clean Install of an Older Vista Sys?

25 Sep 2012   #1
sbuxman

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Can I Use a Win7HP ISO File for a Clean Install of an Older Vista Sys?

Compaq Presario SR5010NX
Celeron D processor 360
Vista Home Basic
512 MB RAM
120 GB HDD
Intel graphics media accelerator
DVD/CD w/Lightscribe

This system is so sluggish it either has multiple infections or is just overloaded given its puny 512 MB of RAM, so I can't really use the system specs utility at the moment.

Since I'm working on a similar clean install for an ACER notebook which is Win7HP 32-bit, what are the chances that the .iso file I'm burning to DVD can also be used for this much older technology. I have no problem upgrading the RAM to its max, unless it's already at its max?

If my idea is a pipe dream, is there another area that might be able to help me?

Thank you,

sbuxman


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25 Sep 2012   #2
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Besides the fact you'll need a new win 7 product key for the new computer you can run this and see what it says,

Download: Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor - Microsoft Download Center - Download Details

It's the Windows 7 upgrade advisor and it will give you a good idea whether it can run win 7.
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25 Sep 2012   #3
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You can check on the memory capacity at crucial.com but I'm not sure I'd put any money into upgrading that system. Save it for something new. 512 MB is bare minimum for running XP comfortably, but I would want at least 2 GB for Windows 7 or Vista, just for a basic system.
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25 Sep 2012   #4
sbuxman

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
Besides the fact you'll need a new win 7 product key for the new computer you can run this and see what it says,

Download: Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor - Microsoft Download Center - Download Details

It's the Windows 7 upgrade advisor and it will give you a good idea whether it can run win 7.
I'll do my very best, but I can barely get a pulse as it is...by that I mean, the pointer just turns and turns once the sys is finally booted up (5+ minutes). Could the advisor you reference run in Safe Mode, or maybe I should *attempt* (key word) running something like malwarebytes or another free malware/free AV from a flashdrive?

Thank you!
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25 Sep 2012   #5
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Can you get into msconfig from the desktop?

If you can, see if unchecking a bunch of the startup hogs will speed things up a bit.

You can post back the list in the startup tab.
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25 Sep 2012   #6
x BlueRobot

 

The memory is very low, have you tried running the Crucial Memory Scanner?

The program will scan the motherboard, and then detect what memory modules can be installed, the amount of memory the motherboard can handle and the amount of memory a per a slot.

Hope this helps,

Harry

This is from the other thread we were in.
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25 Sep 2012   #7
gregrocker

 
 

I'd want at least a gig of RAM just to press forward seeing what you can get to run fast on it. The standard should be no hangs if not instantaneous, as Win7 should always be on adequate hardware.

You might benefit by trying these steps to Clean Up Factory Bloatware on the Vista.

If that's not enough then follow these same principles to get a perfect reinstall of Vista Basic, carefully compiling the ISO from the only source we have here that is reliable: Vista ISO download .

Anyone have a better Vista ISO source without going to torrents? If forced to do so be sure to read comments to assure it's not tainted. You may have to Unlock any version with eicfg removal tool
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25 Sep 2012   #8
sbuxman

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I think it's worth a try to clean install the same Win7 .iso file that I'm using for my ACER notebook. I was able to get my hands on two 512MB DIMMS and have installed them into the older computer, thus doubling the memory that was there before (woohoo, 1 whole gig now -- the max). I checked out the page I was referred to for a Vista .iso, and the notes say that if a user can run Vista on a system, the user can alternatively run Windows 7 on the same system. I'm not in a position to know if that's true or not, so I bow to your expertise.

That said, 1) running malwarebytes detected 11 objects, and 2) the msconfig startup is so full...when I unchecked all but Intel, which I figured would have to be important, the result was a much speedier boot, naturally, but I still had problems uninstalling Real Player, just for starters...it crashed, and I'm staring at half a gig of TrendMicro AV which would hopefully have a removal tool. The previous owner must have 3 or 4 players showing in Programs, ntm a host of AV and other memory hogs.

This is why I figure just a good gutting of the entire OS would be a good plan, but the above-mentioned notes re Vista and 7 also caution that the Vista SP's take longer to install than the program itself.

What do I have to lose by trying? It's old hardware, old technology and getting old as I wait for it to work This is not a reclamation project that must happen or else...I thought it might be good to try to rehab it, if only to leave it bare bones, but...

sbuxman
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25 Sep 2012   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would use this oldie as is with a Linux distro. That should work very well and is a zero investment.

And if you absolutely want Windows, try the free Windows 8 - that will get you to Jan. 2013.
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25 Sep 2012   #10
sbuxman

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I would use this oldie as is with a Linux distro. That should work very well and is a zero investment.

And if you absolutely want Windows, try the free Windows 8 - that will get you to Jan. 2013.
I appreciate your help offering...I just don't know what a Linux distro is?
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