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Windows 7: A question before I upgrade to Win7

08 Jul 2011   #11

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1

I don't run Windows Live Mesh or Itunes Match. I guess that they'd run OK on a system with enough RAM (i. e., yours).

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09 Jul 2011   #12
Ivan the SoSo

windows 10 pro 64 bit

The only thing I have to add is don't use a OEM copy of Windows7...I have lost several P4 systems over the years....Since the activation is tied to the motherboard you will have to call Microsoft to activate on a new board....They will probably activate you but no guarantee...

The P4 is such a old setup I would question doing any upgrades.....
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09 Jul 2011   #13
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by adityaparikh1 View Post
So pretty much you are saying that I should be fine, performance wise for my needs, correct? See, the main reasons I wana upgrade is software like Windows Live Mesh and iTunes Match aren't compatible with Windows XP and Win7 just seems more stable. No BSoD!
Provided you get rid of the two 512MB sticks. They just slow you down. I would not even bother replacing them for the time being. See how it works.

Still, first order of the day should be to run the Upgrade Advisor as Bill suggested. Just to make sure that there are not any other show stoppers.
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09 Jul 2011   #14

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

I have Win 7 Home Premium w/Creative Audigy 2ZS Gamer on Dell P4 XPS Gen 2, running absolutely perfect. So i would say go for it.
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09 Jul 2011   #15

Windows XP SP3 32bit, upgrading to Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit

I ran the advisor and everything seems to check out OK, except that it says that "Creative Game Port" is Not Compatible but it does also say that "Creative Audigy Audio Processor (WDM)" is Compatible. So will my sound card work properly?

If you guys say that's okay, I'm going to go ahead and install Win7 on the desktop.

Also, I have a laptop that I bought with this desktop and I was wondering how the performance would be if I installed Win7 on the laptop as well. The specs are less powerful than the desktop but here they are:

Dell XPS M140

Processor: Intel Pentium M Single-Core 750
Clock Speed: 1.86 GHz
FSB Speed: 533 MHz
L2 Cache: 2 MB

Graphics: Integrated Intel Media Accelerator 900

RAM: 2GB (2 Slots)
Slot 1: 1GB SODIMM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300)
Slot 2: 1GB SODIMM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300)

Primary Hard Drive: 60GB 5400RPM HDD

Uses include:
Web browsing (Google Chrome, upto 6 tabs)
Listening to music (iTunes)
Streaming video (YouTube, Netflix)
Microsoft Office
Skype video calls

Typical multi-tasking situation:
Norton 360 running in background at all times
Google Chrome open with 4 tabs
Microsoft PowerPoint open

What kind of performance will I get from Windows 7 with a computer of these specs?

I understand that these specs are much less than the desktop but the uses and multitasking needs are also less. So how would Win7 run on this laptop? I would again be willing to turn of Aero or any other non-essential features.
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09 Jul 2011   #16

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


The Sound will work, but Game port will not.
For the Notebook, do you two license's for Windows 7?
Rerun the advisor on the notebook.
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09 Jul 2011   #17

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

The game port is a minor thing as you don't need it and it has no ill affects on the OS.
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09 Jul 2011   #18

Windows XP SP3 32bit, upgrading to Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit

The advisor is fine for the notebook, but performance wise? No I don't have two licenses, I'm going to purchase the 3Pack upgrade off of That will work, right?
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09 Jul 2011   #19
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

The upgrade pack is OK. Your laptop will not be a barnstormer, but it will run. The HDD is really small. So you better not plan to have any large amounts of data or very big games.

Make sure you do a clean install with the upgrade pack: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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