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Windows 7: Windows 7 on OLD computers

05 Oct 2010   #211
Kouen

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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I Wasn't able to get the black taskbar to kick in unfortunately it kept using the same old light blue one
Change taskbar color:
Change Window & Taskbar Color In Windows 7 Home Basic Edition With Home Basic Color Changer

Use 3rd party theme's:
You must use "Universal Theme Patcher" as Microsoft does not allow you to use 3rd party themes by default:

The one I used:
UNAWAVE - Windows 7 Basic Theme transparent
I used the "Areo.msstyles" found here:
Two other themes with Vista Retro Look and XP "Luna" Style.

A couple of additional sites:
Windows Vista Theme For Windows 7 | The Windows Club
or
Universal Theme Patcher for Windows 7 - Universal theme patcher - Windows 7 Download

do a little Google research to find alternate theme's (many to choose from, just make sure to run virus check on the file before using).

Alt theme: Free Alternative Theme for Windows 7 | Theme Styles

Enjoy....the only drawback is that major upgrades like service packs tend to reset the uxtheme.dll and you have to re-run the theme patcher to get back to your 3rd party theme's but normal updates do not effect the theme patcher (No disabling of it in Windows 7 so far).
Ah sweet cheers for that ill pug that away in my infamous "Apps, themes and drivers" folder im mostly experimenting atm till the new faster and larger hdd arrives, been working, upgrading and fixing up this laptop for emergency and out n about stuff! been coming on well too


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01 Nov 2010   #212
Dodge34

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bits on main computer, and soon windows 7 Ultimate 32 bits on my new netbook
 
 

I got it running on an old rig just to see it suffer and die, but its still running on this crap :

Intel D845GVSR motherboard
Celeron 335 2,8GHZ
512mb ddr (-8mb for integrated video card)
60gb hard disk
Old dvd writer just to boot the dvd of Windows 7
Integrated crappiest video card in the world (G845 express I think)

I installed Windows 7 Ultimate on this beast (its just a trial version, don't worry won't pay Microsoft for this windows) there's no aero on it (what a surprise...) but it runs pretty well, was able to watch 360p youtube on firefox 3.6.12 and the machine used around 400mb of ram (of course I've disabled a load of services and crap that wasn't needed like Media Center, Tablet PC and such) I've not installed any anti-virus, that would probably kill the usability of this crap if I even installed AVG on it.
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01 Nov 2010   #213
2 Bunny

Windows 7 64Bit
 
 
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dodge34 View Post
I got it running on an old rig just to see it suffer and die, but its still running on this crap :

Intel D845GVSR motherboard
Celeron 335 2,8GHZ
512mb ddr (-8mb for integrated video card)
60gb hard disk
Old dvd writer just to boot the dvd of Windows 7
Integrated crappiest video card in the world (G845 express I think)

I installed Windows 7 Ultimate on this beast (its just a trial version, don't worry won't pay Microsoft for this windows) there's no aero on it (what a surprise...) but it runs pretty well, was able to watch 360p youtube on firefox 3.6.12 and the machine used around 400mb of ram (of course I've disabled a load of services and crap that wasn't needed like Media Center, Tablet PC and such) I've not installed any anti-virus, that would probably kill the usability of this crap if I even installed AVG on it.
Thats not that bad. 2.8Ghz is better than some modern computers.

- 2 Bunny
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08 Nov 2010   #214
Intel8088

win xp 64
 
 
HP pavailion a 1510y desktop

Has anyone install on an old HP Pavilion a1510y?. I don't have the CPU specs as it is a friend of mines . It currently has factory installed vista he said he bought the pc right after vista first came out.
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08 Nov 2010   #215
DocBrown

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Intel8088 View Post
Has anyone install on an old HP Pavilion a1510y?. I don't have the CPU specs as it is a friend of mines . It currently has factory installed vista he said he bought the pc right after vista first came out.

If it came with Vista, I'm almost sure it will run win7. Find out how much ram memory it has.


Here's what I found:



Model name and product number
This document contains basic features and specification for the following HP CTO model:
  • HP Pavilion a1510y
  • Product number: RJ028AV

Introduction date
27-Jan-2007

Country/region sold in:
  • US
  • Canada

Included features
Included features Specification Motherboard Name ECS: RC415ST-HM

HP: Alhena5-GL6Chipset ATI Radeon Xpress 1100 for Intel Processors Memory
  • Memory slots: 2 DIMMS
  • Maximum memory: 2 GB (2 x 1 GB)
Front-side-bus (processor dependent)
  • 800/533 MHz
Power output wattage
  • 300 Watt
Expansion Slots
  • PCI: 3
  • PCI Express x16: 1
Drive Bays
  • 5.25" external: 2
  • 3.5" external: 2
  • 3.5" internal: 1
Graphics
  • integrated graphics (ATI Radeon Express 1100)
Sound
  • 5.1 capable sound with front autdio ports (integrated)






Probably best to run Win7 32 bit
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09 Nov 2010   #216
Lispkell

Ubuntu 64 bit
 
 

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I would try this on my old and useless desktop: AMD Athlon XP 2000+, 256MB RAM, some old low-budget 128MB ATI Radeon video card. It will never work out, but there's nothing on that computer (I formatted the drives) so I'd like to see what happens. It doesn't have a DVD player, though so I can't install it.
why not install a linux ? there are many lightweight linux distributions out there like xubuntu or puppy linux
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09 Nov 2010   #217
Intel8088

win xp 64
 
 

Thanks DocBrown!

LipSkell - I think it would be a good candidate for linux but he uses it primarly for Quickbooks Premier 2007.

Vista is corrupted and he does not have the recovery disks. The goal is to get another year out of it. I figure if everything has to be re-installed may as well see in Win 7 will work. Maybe split the family pack with him.
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09 Nov 2010   #218
Carl Lawrence

Dual-boot: Windows 7 HP 32-bit SP1 & Windows XP Pro 32-bit SP2.
 
 

Yeah you could try that.
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09 Nov 2010   #219
ken9122

Win7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Intel8088 View Post
Thanks DocBrown!

LipSkell - I think it would be a good candidate for linux but he uses it primarly for Quickbooks Premier 2007.

Vista is corrupted and he does not have the recovery disks. The goal is to get another year out of it. I figure if everything has to be re-installed may as well see in Win 7 will work. Maybe split the family pack with him.
I've installed 7 on a lot older systems than that. But I would add as much RAM as you can.

Ken
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09 Nov 2010   #220
DocBrown

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

That motherboard has a max of 2gb !
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