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Windows 7: Advice on getting shop to install Win 7 after xp

09 May 2014   #11
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

What were the results shown by the Upgrade Advisor??

Does your processor support 64-bit??


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09 May 2014   #12
debnova

windows xp pro version 2002
 
 
Have 32

I had a LOT of possible upgrades, new drivers, etc I'd need to do for 32, less for 64. There were 16 pages!
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09 May 2014   #13
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

The drivers will be supplied for the most part by Windows 7.

The more important point, which you haven't answered, is whether your processor supports 64-bit.

If it does NOT, you are forced to go with Windows 7 32-bit.
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09 May 2014   #14
debnova

windows xp pro version 2002
 
 
Advisor says

Looks like I can do either 32 or 64. The 32 bit had 16 pages of upgrades, drivers, etc that I'd need.
The 64 had less to "change". I have 266.5 GB of free space on C drive. Advisor says I have 2.0 GB of Ram. When/if I get 64 bit, should I increase Ram?
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09 May 2014   #15
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by debnova View Post
Looks like I can do either 32 or 64.

What specifically makes you think your processor will support 64-bit Windows?

What processor do you have?




The 32 bit had 16 pages of upgrades, drivers, etc that I'd need.
The 64 had less to "change". I have 266.5 GB of free space on C drive. Advisor says I have 2.0 GB of Ram. When/if I get 64 bit, should I increase Ram?

2 GB of RAM is about the minimum acceptable for Windows 7, although it will run with less.

There is no point in you even thinking about 64-bit until and unless you specifically know that your hardware supports 64-bit. We don't know yet as you haven't given us any detail about that Upgrade Advisor you ran.

Depending on what you do with your PC, you might benefit from moving up to 4 GB of RAM. But 32-bit Windows will only be able to use up to about 3.5 out of the 4, while 64-bit could use all of the 4 and even more.



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09 May 2014   #16
debnova

windows xp pro version 2002
 
 
Igna -

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by debnova View Post
There ought to be a new term for "technically challenged", or newbie. It should be "dumber than dirt" or DTD. lol
Going to take the advice, mull it over and see what I'm going to do. I will return when I've made some progress, but
THANKS TO ALL WHO HAVE and WILL post - yall are a great help and I do eventually learn something.
I have to go. I will return to forum later. GOSH, yall have been super and I will continue to use this forum to navigate me thru Win 7. I opted for 7 cause win 8 was just too advanced for my computer and it's not that old. sigh. Love you guys !
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09 May 2014   #17
debnova

windows xp pro version 2002
 
 
Igna -

WHen you say "hardware", are you referring to printers, screen, etc.?? The advisor was 16 pages for 32 bit, but I did post that the Advisor said " your hard disk meets the min. requirement for 16 GB free space for 32 bit windows" . Same statement on the 64 bit advisor pages. Is that what you needed?
I have the "specifications" listed for my Dell xp410 cpu. Here are some facts:
512 MB or 1GB Memory capacity
Max memory - 4GB
Intell Pent 4 Intel Pent D Intel Core 2 duo Level 2 (1.2) Cache

Hope that is enough info. Sorry my knowledge isn't better. But the Advisor SEEMED to say I had enough for 32 or 64. And there were only 4 pages of "updates", etc for 64 bit. 32 bit had 16 pages of advisor
needs. ### I have to leave right now, will log in later. THANKS
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09 May 2014   #18
gregrocker

 

You would want 32 bit for 4 gb RAM or less for best performance. Even on 4 gb RAM all of it is used when you include hardware apportionment.

Did you see the steps I outlined for doing it yourself?
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09 May 2014   #19
gregrocker

 

You would want 32 bit for 4 gb RAM or less for best performance. Even on 4 gb RAM all of it is used when you include hardware apportionment.

Did you see the steps I outlined for doing it yourself?
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09 May 2014   #20
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by debnova View Post

WHen you say "hardware", are you referring to printers, screen, etc.??


Intell Pent 4 Intel Pent D Intel Core 2 duo Level 2 (1.2) Cache
No, I was referring to the stuff inside the case----CPU and motherboard.

I think that processor is 64-bit capable, but as Greg says, there's no point in you using the 64-bit version of Windows on that motherboard.

Your particular motherboard is limited to 4 GB of RAM, maximum. A primary reason to use 64-bit Windows would be to use more than 4 GB of RAM---which you can't do with that motherboard.

So stick with 32-bit Windows. All of your programs should work fine and you probably wouldn't know the difference even if you did use 64-bit Windows 7.

You may or may not notice any difference if you moved from 2 GB of RAM to 4 GB. It would not be a major improvement and I generally wouldn't encourage anyone to invest money in adding RAM to a PC that old---it's from around 2005-2007. Better to save your money and spend it on an entirely new machine when you get the urge.
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