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Windows 7: Windows 7 on OLD computers

04 May 2011   #241
gregrocker

 

Hi again Charlie -

I'd try upgrading the RAM first. Many older GPU's run Win7 fine but with basic (not Aero) graphics. I hardly notice the difference when I use basic Intel 845GC graphics on laptop at the beach, then come home to full Aero.

You can decide to add the graphics card after you see how it runs on that Dell. There could be other hitches that Dell knows about which require aa test run anyway, but I doubt it. The kind of research you're doing tells me you'll likely sort it out as well as anyone can..

You have 30 days to activate any Win7 install which is plenty of time to decide what to upgrade.


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04 May 2011   #242
cgraham

Win 7 Home Prof 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Hi again Charlie -

I'd try upgrading the RAM first. Many older GPU's run Win7 fine but with basic (not Aero) graphics. I hardly notice the difference when I use basic Intel 845GC graphics on laptop at the beach, then come home to full Aero.

You can decide to add the graphics card after you see how it runs on that Dell. There could be other hitches that Dell knows about which require aa test run anyway, but I doubt it. The kind of research you're doing tells me you'll likely sort it out as well as anyone can..

You have 30 days to activate any Win7 install which is plenty of time to decide what to upgrade.

Perfect timing, Gregrocker!

I have spend all day trying to figure out what I need to upgrade the B110, and the video is the most frustrating, because all the recommendations date back to 1998 or so, when PCI was common. Those cards are not common now, and it is difficult to confirm what meets the specs. Plus there are power supply headaches.

So I was indeed wondering, do I really need to upgrade from integrated graphics, or is it all about Areo (whatever that is: if I am looking at it on my 7 machine, I don't know it .) So I probably don't need it on this older machine.

Good point on Win 7 activation: don't want to waste a copy on a machine that doesn't work. BTW, is there any downside to purchasing an OEM copy?

With all the generous help here and other places, I think I'll do the installation myself, after all. That should keep the upgrade cost to about 1/3 of a new machine, or better if I don't need graphics.

Thanks, Charlie
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04 May 2011   #243
gregrocker

 

OEM is for System builders who build rigs to sell. I would go with retail Upgrade which can migrate for life, unlike OEM which dies with the mobo. Best deal right now is Home Premium Family 3 pack for $129 on Amazon, 3 retail licenses for less than the price of one.

You can also borrow or find an installer to see how it runs first, then buy and insert the key(s) within 30 days if you like it.
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05 May 2011   #244
hariharan

Windows Vista Home Premium x86, Home Premium x86
 
 

^^ Best solution
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07 May 2011   #245
cgraham

Win 7 Home Prof 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
OEM is for System builders who build rigs to sell. I would go with retail Upgrade which can migrate for life, unlike OEM which dies with the mobo. Best deal right now is Home Premium Family 3 pack for $129 on Amazon, 3 retail licenses for less than the price of one.
Thanks for the clarification! You put me on the right track to research and understand better the whole issue.

However I don't see an advantage in a Family Pack for me when I only have one machine to upgrade, even though a FP is the best value in a broader context.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You can also borrow or find an installer to see how it runs first, then buy and insert the key(s) within 30 days if you like it.
This suggestion I don't understand, in spite of further reading. I'm not sure what you mean by an installer. Further, one can't buy a key alone, only the entire product - which is OK by me (extensively discussed on MS forum).

I don't know if I can install a borrowed copy of Win 7 and activate it with the key from a new retail package (same version), rather than reinstalling the new purchase. Is the key tied to a particular cc of Win7?

Further, the update requirements for the two copies are likely to be different, and I don't know if updates are tied to the key or to some other identifier that tells MS what to download.

Any further enlightenment will be welcome!

Thanks, Charlie
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07 May 2011   #246
gregrocker

 

As stated, you can borrow or find an installer for your desired version to test install, then within 30 days buy the product to insert the key if you want to keep it.

Any retail installer (DVD, or the ISO image file burned or written to DVD or flash stick) can be activated with the key for that version.

Any retail installer can also have all versions unlocked by extracting the ISO using ImgBurn, running the ei.cfg removal tool on the ISO, then burning an all-versions DVD to install your desired version. Unlock any version eicfg removal tool

The Home Premium Upgrade family pack right now gives you three licenses for less than the price of one, licenses which last for life. As long as you keep control of the Product Key, you can also dole these out to family or friends for as long as you/they need - make it more a lifetime rather than a one-time purchase.
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17 May 2011   #247
nekov4ego

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Build 7601 SP1)
 
 

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04 Jun 2011   #248
hariharan

Windows Vista Home Premium x86, Home Premium x86
 
 

When is Windows ThinPC RTM release?

ThinPC works great on my P3 based system
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05 Jun 2011   #249
hariharan

Windows Vista Home Premium x86, Home Premium x86
 
 

Installed Windows 7 Home Basic x86 on the below system.

Specs:

Processor: Intel Celeron 1.1Ghz Socket 370

Motherboard: Zebronics 810E motherboard

Memory: 2x256MB SD RAM

Storage: Maxtor 160GB IDE HDD

Display card: nVidia FX5200 PCI Graphics card

Ethernet: D-Link 538 TX Lan Card

USB 2.0 Card: Zebronics PCI USB 2.0 card
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05 Jun 2011   #250
DocBrown

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

Nice work hariharan,


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