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15 Apr 2010   #1

xp sp2
 
 
xp to windows 7

HI everyone!

I bought a computer a few years ago when I was a student. I bought it 2nd hand from some guy who had only used it a couple of months. He put it together himself so theres no brand or anything. However, I'm pretty sure it runs a pirated copy of windows xp on it, as he specifically told me to keep auto updates off.

Yeah i didnt really care, because I only used it to do assignments and pretty much nothing more. For the internet there was always the campus computers which saved money on utilities .

Anyway, as I'm no longer a student and no longer in the dire need for cash I've decided to upgrade the computer and I was thinking windows 7.

The hardware is not all that bad. It has a AMD sempron, socket AM2, so if I really need to processor updates are available on ebay. The RAM has only 2 slots and right now in one of them is a 1024mb Aeneon. So I was thinking of putting a 2gb DDR2 in the other slot.

My question is, will I be able to put a fresh copy of Windows 7 on it, as it runs possibly a pirated copy of windows xp?

Second question, I dont know if I can use the microsoft update advisor, to see if the hardware is ok enough for windows 7. Can I? or would there be problems with the XP its running?

I would like to install windows 7 ultimate, because it says that its the easiest to switch between different languages. I've also read that windows 7 can switch to xp mode but for that you'd need about 3gb of RAM. Is that true?

I would like to update the hardware of the com and not throw it away and buy a new one because, it still works fine. I've never had it hanging or anything like that.

I hope you guys can help me out here

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15 Apr 2010   #2

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

XP Mode only requires 2GB but it'll run better with upwards of 4GB.

You're better off upgrading almost your entire machine if you want to upgrade hardware.

You can get a new motherboard and CPU for pretty cheap if you go with the 2nd generation products (AMD Phenom X4 9xxx Series). You'll have to purchase new ram as well, but it'll be well worth it.

You should be able to upgrade your computer with a legitimate version of Ultimate.
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15 Apr 2010   #3

xp sp2
 
 

Thanks for your reply. I am planning on upgrading it to a legitimate version of windows 7. Its good to know that it would work without a problem I was hoping I wouldnt have to completely upgrade my computer. I find it a waste to throw away something that works perfectly fine

But I'll check the cost of the Phenom motherboards you recommended. Thank you.
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15 Apr 2010   #4

xp sp2
 
 

Hey again!
I just checked the prices of Phenom processors as well as motherboards. Thats insanely expensive over here. Its about 400 + euros for a whole new computer with a Phenom x4 processor. Well just the processor alone on ebay goes off for more than 140euros. I didnt wait to see the end price. Perhaps its cheaper for me to stick with upgrading the RAM and the processor if necessary. I guess I'll just upgrade the RAM to at least 2gb ddr2 first and then try the windows 7 ultimate on it.

Uhm, so that means I cant use the microsoft update advisor right on my system right?
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15 Apr 2010   #5

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Windows 7 Compatibility: Software Programs and Hardware Devices: Find Updates, Drivers, and Downloads

You might do some system info programs, so you can tell us your exact motherboard, ram, Video, etc. Here's two attached.

Others CPU-Z, HWinfo32, Vista Forums SysInfo, Speecy, etc


Attached Files
File Type: zip cpuz_151.zip (616.0 KB, 6 views)
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15 Apr 2010   #6

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

CPU-Z screen shots


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15 Apr 2010   #7

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Vista SysInfo

*************************************************************
********************** Computer Info ************************
*************************************************************
Logged in user: McBlzr-AMD64\McBlzr
Computer Model: K8M890M-M
Computer Manufacturer: ECS
OS Name: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate |C:\Windows|\Device\Harddisk0\Partition1
OS Version: 6.1.7600
System Type: x64-based PC
Total Physical Memory: 4095 MB
Windows Directory: C:\Windows
BIOS Version: Default System BIOS
CPU: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3200+
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 7300 LE
Resolution: 1600 x 900 x 4294967296 colors

*************************************************************
************************** Memory ***************************
*************************************************************
------------------------------------------
Manufacturer: Manufacturer0
Model:
Name: Physical Memory
Bank Label: BANK0
Capacity: 2048 MB
Description: Physical Memory
Tag: Physical Memory 0
------------------------------------------
Manufacturer: Manufacturer1
Model:
Name: Physical Memory
Bank Label: BANK1
Capacity: 2048 MB
Description: Physical Memory
Tag: Physical Memory 1
------------------------------------------

*************************************************************
************************ Video Card *************************
*************************************************************
Brand: NVIDIA
Model: NVIDIA GeForce 7300 LE
Adapter DAC Type: Integrated RAMDAC
Adapter RAM: 64 MB
Current BitsPerPixel: 32
Current Number Of Colors: 4294967296
Current Refresh Rate: 60
Driver Date: 09/27/2009 00:00:00
Driver Version: 8.16.11.9107
MaxRefreshRate: 75
MinRefreshRate: 56
Status: OK
Video Memory Type: 2
Video Mode Description: 1600 x 900 x 4294967296 colors
Video Processor: GeForce 7300 LE

*************************************************************
************************** Drives ***************************
*************************************************************
Model: MAXTOR STM3500630A ATA Device
Description: Disk drive
InterfaceType: IDE
Partitions: 1
SCSIBus: 0
SCSILogicalUnit: 0
SCSIPort: 2
SCSITargetId: 0
SectorsPerTrack: 63
Size: 466 GB
Status: OK
------------------------------------------
Model: SAMSUNG HD103UI ATA Device
Description: Disk drive
InterfaceType: IDE
Partitions: 1
SCSIBus: 1
SCSILogicalUnit: 0
SCSIPort: 1
SCSITargetId: 0
SectorsPerTrack: 63
Size: 932 GB
Status: OK
------------------------------------------
Model: Multi Flash Reader USB Device
Description: Disk drive
InterfaceType: USB
Partitions: 0
SCSIBus:
SCSILogicalUnit:
SCSIPort:
SCSITargetId:
SectorsPerTrack:
Size: 0 GB
Status: OK
------------------------------------------
Model: ST350063 0A USB Device
Description: Disk drive
InterfaceType: USB
Partitions: 1
SCSIBus:
SCSILogicalUnit:
SCSIPort:
SCSITargetId:
SectorsPerTrack: 63
Size: 466 GB
Status: OK
------------------------------------------
Model: WDC WD800BB-00DKA0 USB Device
Description: Disk drive
InterfaceType: USB
Partitions: 1
SCSIBus:
SCSILogicalUnit:
SCSIPort:
SCSITargetId:
SectorsPerTrack: 63
Size: 75 GB
Status: OK
------------------------------------------

*************************************************************
************************ CD/DVD Rom *************************
*************************************************************
Name: PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-111D ATA Device
Description: CD-ROM Drive
LastErrorCode:
Manufacturer: (Standard CD-ROM drives)
Media Type: DVD Writer
------------------------------------------
Name: HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-E30L USB Device
Description: CD-ROM Drive
LastErrorCode:
Manufacturer: (Standard CD-ROM drives)
Media Type: DVD Writer
------------------------------------------

*************************************************************
************************* IDE/SATA **************************
*************************************************************
------------------------------------------
Manufacturer: (Standard IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers)
Name: ATA Channel 0
Last Error Code:
Status: OK
------------------------------------------
Manufacturer: (Standard IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers)
Name: ATA Channel 1
Last Error Code:
Status: OK
------------------------------------------
Manufacturer: VIA Technologies, Inc.
Name: VIA Bus Master IDE Controller - 0571
Last Error Code:
Status: OK
------------------------------------------
Manufacturer: (Standard IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers)
Name: ATA Channel 0
Last Error Code:
Status: OK
------------------------------------------
Manufacturer: (Standard IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers)
Name: ATA Channel 1
Last Error Code:
Status: OK
------------------------------------------
Manufacturer: VIA Technologies, Inc.
Name: VIA Serial ATA Controller - 3149
Last Error Code:
Status: OK
------------------------------------------


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xp to windows 7-vista_sys_info.jpg  
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15 Apr 2010   #8

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

HWInfo32 program :


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xp to windows 7-hwinfo32_snip2.jpg  
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16 Apr 2010   #9

xp sp2
 
 

Hi Doc Brown,

Sorry I'm just a lil confused about your posts. But if you're looking for mobo info, I can give that to you as I found the manual it came with.

The motherboard is a GeForce 6100SM-M and supports AMD socket AM2 processors like Athlon 64, Athlon FX, X2 dual core and sempron processors. Although mine has the last one. A sempron processor, I think its 3200+ and the computer records the speed at 1.8ghz.

The are only 2 slots for RAM expansion and according to the manual each supports up to 8gbs of DDR2 RAM with a max of DDR2 800. It runs only non ECC ram. Right now it has an Aeneon 1024mb DDR2 533 in one of its slots.

The graphics card I'm currently using is the built in one. So is the sound card. There are 2 PCI slots and 1 PCI 2 x16 graphics card slot.

I have 2 hard disks. Both 80gbs 7200rpm SATA.

If you need more information than that, I'll be happy to give it to you.

Thank you for your help
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16 Apr 2010   #10

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Here are the specs for your MOBO... You'll be able to run Windows 7 without any problems

Specs
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