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Windows 7: dell 2400 dimension upgrade


12 Jul 2010   #1

windows xp
 
 
dell 2400 dimension upgrade

I have a Dell Dimensions 2400 purchased in 2005. Can I install Windows 7? The thing is running very slow and I was wondering if it would be better to do a clean install of Windows 7 or just reinstall windows xp

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12 Jul 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Hi fleogran. the quickest and easiest way to see if you can run Win 7 is by running the upgrade advisor: Download details: Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor
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12 Jul 2010   #3

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

For help after running Upgrade Advisor,
Can you post your specs.
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12 Jul 2010   #4

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Probably re-install XP would be your best choice.

However, you can probably run Windows 7 on it, if you must. It would be best to have at least 1GB of RAM in the machine. (The maximum is 2GB. That would cost about $100 at www.crucial.com. It's a little expensive, relatively, because it's DDR. Old RAM types cost more than current stuff of the same capacity.) There are Windows 7 drivers for your onboard graphics (Intel 945G chipset). If you wanted to add a graphics card, you'd be limited to PCI. (PCI Express is the current standard. It's completely different from PCI, and not compatible.) There are PCI graphics cards that fully support Windows 7, like those with the nVidia 8400 chips or the ATI Radeon 4350.

I doubt that you'd see any speedup with Windows 7, and it might be slower than XP on hardware like that. XP is still a very usable OS.

In my opinion, it makes little sense to spend much cash on a system that old. Continuing to use it is fine, but rather than hang upgrades on it, save the money for more up-to-date hardware.
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13 Jul 2010   #5

windows xp
 
 

Thanks guys. I think I will just do a clean install of XP. I am not a comp wizard, so how is the best way to do that? format the C drive and make a start-up disk before hand?
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13 Jul 2010   #6
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello fleogran, welcome to Seven Forums!




If you have no data on the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) that you want to save, have a look at the tutorial at the link below, it over-writes all old data on the HDD and gives you a clean slate to re-install Windows to.
Just make sure you have all the drivers for XP that you will need before you start the install process.


When you get to the screen after the first "black/any key to boot ... " screen press the shift + F10 keys to go straight to the DOS command window.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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13 Jul 2010   #7

windows xp
 
 

will this work for Windows XP as well?
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13 Jul 2010   #8
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello fleogran, welcome to Seven Forums!







When you get to the screen after the first "black/any key to boot ... " screen press the shift + F10 keys to go straight to the DOS command window.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fleogran View Post
will this work for Windows XP as well?


If you're referring to this, yes it will.
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13 Jul 2010   #9

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How to install Win XP, tutorial:
How to Install Windows XP
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13 Jul 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fleogran View Post
make a start-up disk before hand?
You should already have a restore disc, or a plain XP disc. I'm not a fan of the restore method, because all the crapware comes along with it too, but if it is your only option, then so be it.
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