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Windows 7: would it be worth it..


14 Dec 2009   #1

currently xp
 
 
would it be worth it..

I could get windows 7 for the $30 student discount

I know that my pc is getting fairly old now (6 years ), its an athlon 2800+ currently have 512 mb ram, but im upgrading that to 1.25 anyways, my graphics card is integrated and pretty pathetic so i don't expect aero or anything. XP has had a lot of neglect and is sluggish and i figure a fresh start would be good for the computer. would 7 perform okay and would it be worth my while to upgrade?

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14 Dec 2009   #2

Windows XP
 
 

i wouldnt waste buying windows 7 on an old computer, not gonna make much of a difference but maybe slower
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14 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sleon0 View Post
i wouldnt waste buying windows 7 on an old computer, not gonna make much of a difference but maybe slower
I agree, I think windows 7 will run; but as still as you start packing other apps on, you may run into difficulties.

Some advice...
- Check the windows 7 upgrade advisor here Download details: Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor
- Look at the manufacturer websites for your hardware to ensure that it is Windows 7 compatible.

Good luck!
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14 Dec 2009   #4

currently xp
 
 

I ran the upgrade adviser and the problems were the ram and the video card. At such a low price i thought it would be worth looking into, I had seen some people on here running it on below min specs pretty decently
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14 Dec 2009   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I think you should try it. At that price - what can you loose. Windows 7 will definitely be faster than your neglected XP. The problem with your graphics is the aero - but so what. That's just eye candy. But you should definitely put the extra RAM in.
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14 Dec 2009   #6

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

Welcome to seven forums kkyyllee: Unfortunately your motherboard uses the Nforce 2 chipset. Which will not support windows seven. Sorry for the bad news. Fabe Motherboard Specifications, http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport..._R1002_USEN#A0
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14 Dec 2009   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thefabe View Post
Welcome to seven forums kkyyllee: Unfortunately your motherboard uses the Nforce 2 chipset. Which will not support windows seven. Sorry for the bad news. Fabe Motherboard Specifications, HP Pavilion a320n Desktop PC - Product Specifications - c00039102 - HP Business Support Center
Should that not have come up in the Update Advisor? I have seen Win7s run on much older PCs. I suspect that when that webpage you refer to was made, they had no clue of Windows7.
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14 Dec 2009   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kkyyllee View Post
I could get windows 7 for the $30 student discount

I know that my pc is getting fairly old now (6 years ), its an athlon 2800+ currently have 512 mb ram, but im upgrading that to 1.25 anyways, my graphics card is integrated and pretty pathetic so i don't expect aero or anything. XP has had a lot of neglect and is sluggish and i figure a fresh start would be good for the computer. would 7 perform okay and would it be worth my while to upgrade?
I would not buy it even at that cheap price. You are not going to have many more years with that computer. When you buy your new one, it will have Windows 7 installed or possibly even a Windows 8. Enjoy the computer that you have. It is very possible that you may even have a problem installing the new OS. Many here with newer computers have experienced problems, such as endless reboot, freezes, bsod. Why get involved with these potential problems for just a short term use?
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14 Dec 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Good time to build a fresh PC that will allow proper enjoyment of 7.
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14 Dec 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thefabe View Post
Welcome to seven forums kkyyllee: Unfortunately your motherboard uses the Nforce 2 chipset. Which will not support windows seven. Sorry for the bad news. Fabe Motherboard Specifications, HP Pavilion a320n Desktop PC - Product Specifications - c00039102 - HP Business Support Center
Should that not have come up in the Update Advisor? I have seen Win7s run on much older PCs. I suspect that when that webpage you refer to was made, they had no clue of Windows7.
"Should that not have come up in the Update Advisor?" - Not necessarily, Microsoft doesn't know every piece of hardware out there. That is why it is recommended to check the manufacturers websites directly for updates. The upgrade advisor is not the be-all-end-all, it, 'like us' :P ..... is simply advice.

By the way: I too have seen Windows 7 run on older machines; sometimes successfully, sometimes with extreme difficulty.
Advanced users - feel free to give it a go.
Newbies - strap your learning hats on... just in case.
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