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Windows 7: Change from XP to Windows 7 advice


24 Jul 2013   #1

Windows 7 home 32 bit
 
 
Change from XP to Windows 7 advice

I am in the process of collecting all the information that I need prior to installing Windows 7 Home 32 bit in the near future. My current XP system is using a Gigabyte Motherboard GA-MA78LM-S2 with Processer2.20 gigahertz AMD Athlon 64 / 256 kilobyte primary memory cache / 512 kilobyte secondary / Bus Clock: 200 megahertz / BIOS: Award Software International, Inc. F3 09/23/2009memory cache. and 2 GB memory. I hope that I have supplied enough relevant information here.


I have run the Windows 7 compatibility report and apart from some minor software incompatibility it passes all the requirements. I have read that some older motherboards could be problematic when using Windows 7.


I suppose that I would just like some reassurance that I will not have any problems with my proposal as I realise that my system specs are not exactly cutting edge, so to speak. I do not do any gaming, video rendering or the like. Also after I have this new OS installed could I have any problems adding another 2 GB of memory.


Any advice or suggestions would be gratefully appreciated, Thank you Pedro.



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24 Jul 2013   #2

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional
 
 

The board is Windows 7 Qualified, you'll be OK, make sure you flash it to latest bios since it addresses some operating system issues, and follow the tutorial created by Brink and everything will be alright.

Clean Install Windows 7
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24 Jul 2013   #3

Windows 7 home 32 bit
 
 

Thanks for your reply OldMX.
I will follow that tutorial but can you recommend where I can find some good information on flashing the BIOS, seeing that this quote from that tutorial has me somewhat concerned

(WARNING - DO NOT FLASH THE BIOS if you do not know what you are doing. Please ask for help instead. One mistake can kill your motherboard permanently.)
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25 Jul 2013   #4

Win8/8.1,Win7-U64, Vista U64, uncounted Linux distor's
 
 

Your Gigabyte mobo has "DualBIOS" so you can always recover from a bad BIOS flash. You should only update the BIOS if you are having a specific problem that the BIOS update addresses. Updating just for the sake of updating is a poor practice when it comes to BIOS updates. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Gigabyte BIOS info.
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25 Jul 2013   #5

Windows 7 home 32 bit
 
 

Thanks for the rational advice madcratebuilder.
Quote:
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
is always a good adage
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