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Windows 7: Can I Install Win 7 On My Old Computer

30 Oct 2012   #1
computernewb

WinXP Pro 32bit
 
 
Can I Install Win 7 On My Old Computer

I have an older computer and was wondering if I can run Windows 7. I already have run the Upgrade Advisor and everything seemed to be OK except for my graphics controller (Intel 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV) saying the driver installed is not compatible. Can I install something else so that it will be compatible?

I'm also thinking that it just might be time to get a better computer, as I'm wondering that even if I can get Win 7 going on my current setup, it may not be optimized correctly, run sluggish, any thoughts?

My specs:

Compaq Evo D310 Tower
P4 2.4 Ghz
Win XP Pro
1 GB Ram
32 bit


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30 Oct 2012   #2
bassfisher6522

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

You can use this Intel utility to find your driver.

Intel® Driver Update Utility
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30 Oct 2012   #3
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Buy a new video PCI/AGP/PCI-E video addin card and you should be all set.
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30 Oct 2012   #4
computernewb

WinXP Pro 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bassfisher6522 View Post
You can use this Intel utility to find your driver.

Intel® Driver Update Utility
It says my graphics driver is current.
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30 Oct 2012   #5
computernewb

WinXP Pro 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
Buy a new video PCI/AGP/PCI-E video addin card and you should be all set.
could you give me a name/model of a card that would be compatible with my current system?
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30 Oct 2012   #6
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by computernewb View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bassfisher6522 View Post
You can use this Intel utility to find your driver.

Intel® Driver Update Utility
It says my graphics driver is current.
It says it`s current because it`s current for the system you now have installed. Will you be wiping XP out ? You should create another partition and install W7 on that until you`re sure you`re happy with it. No sense wiping out what you have......yet. Is that all the ram the motherboard supports ? You should max it out b4 you install. All you need is an AGP video card with at least 512 MB memory. It does have an AGP slot doesn`t it ?

Post a snip of disk management now, so we can advise you.
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30 Oct 2012   #7
computernewb

WinXP Pro 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by computernewb View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bassfisher6522 View Post
You can use this Intel utility to find your driver.

Intel® Driver Update Utility
It says my graphics driver is current.
It says it`s current because it`s current for the system you now have installed. Will you be wiping XP out ? You should create another partition and install W7 on that until you`re sure you`re happy with it. No sense wiping out what you have......yet. Is that all the ram the motherboard supports ? You should max it out b4 you install. All you need is an AGP video card with at least 512 MB memory. It does have an AGP slot doesn`t it ?

Post a snip of disk management now, so we can advise you.
I'll probably wipe XP out, wouldn't having 2 OS's cause it to be slower? I'll definitely take your advice and create win 7 on a second partition first to make sure though.

Motherboard can hold 2 GB ram whereas I only have 1 GB right now, I'll upgrade first.

Yes it has an AGP slot, I'll buy a video card for it.

"snip of disk management" ......not sure what you mean by that, I went to the disk management and it said basic, NTFS, healthy, 115GB with 70GB free
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30 Oct 2012   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Having 2 OS`s will not slow it down. Remember you`re just testing here, don`t wipe out XP. Post the shot using paint or the snipping tool.

Partition Wizard Bootable cd is the best tool ( IMO ) to make and modify partitions.
http://partitionwizard.com/partition...otable-cd.html

here`s an example.
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30 Oct 2012   #9
gregrocker

 

I think 82845 will run in Win7 so I'd install it first to see if you get a driver via installer or WIndows Updates that gives you the screen res you desire. If not then you can buy a card.

Let us know what happens.
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30 Oct 2012   #10
computernewb

WinXP Pro 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Having 2 OS`s will not slow it down. Remember you`re just testing here, don`t wipe out XP. Post the shot using paint or the snipping tool.

Partition Wizard Bootable cd is the best tool ( IMO ) to make and modify partitions.
Partition Wizard Bootable CD allows user to manage partition directly with partition manager bootable CD.

here`s an example.
Here's the shot, I also might try the above posters suggestion and just try to install win 7 and see if it works as it is right now.


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