Computers with CPUs that don't support SSE2 and Windows 7

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    Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit

    If you have a UEFI system, you might have to disable Secure Boot in the BIOS before you try to run the Linux CD.
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    7 X64

    @wither 2

    I think the talking horse is referring to an older low powered system running 32 bit win7.
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    Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bits
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    UEFI? Secure Boot? Not on a 20 year old computer.

    Well I made progress.

    I never realized this computer could boot from a flash drive. I found out if I made the first boot device USB-HDD it would boot from the flash drive.

    I had tried Backupper 2.0.2, 6.2. 6.92. No difference. My mistake was in selecting Linux boot. This was true whether booting from a CD or flash drive. I didn't think this old computer would boot using Windows PE but I tried anyways. To my surprise the computer booted with Windows PE on a flash drive.

    I feel better now that I will be able to restore the boot drive if Windows become unbootable again.

    Current Configuration:
    MBD: ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe
    CPU: AMD Athlon XP 2800+
    RAM: Corsair CMC2GX1M2A400C3 2GB (2x1GB)
    GPU: PNY Verto GeForce FX5900 (128MB)
    HDD: Maxtor 80GB (IDE)
    HDD: WDC 40GB (IDE)
    O/S: Windows 7 Home Premium

    I agree, the computer is considered low power now but not when it was built 20 years ago. The CPU was the fastest AMD had at the time. BTW, the AMD XP 2800+ cost $400 US.

    People may think that a computer this old and with only 2GB RAM would be really slow. Well a single core CPU is a liability. It is a lot slower than all my other computers except the laptop I bought in 2004. The GPU on this desktop makes a big difference. Windows 7 other than being slow is quite usable.

    BTW, my old 2004 laptop does have one big advantage. Its CPU does support SSE2. That means it has a lot fewer problems with Windows updates. It also has the latest versions of Firefox and Edge.

    I want to emphasize that this computer had been running fine with Windows 7 until two or three years ago when Microsoft and software developers started to assume the computer's CPU supported SSE2. There would be no workaround or fallback. The update or software would just install and if the CPU did not support SSE2 that was too bad. The possible results were:
    1. The software checked for SSE2 and would refuse to install
    2. The software installed but crashed when run
    3. The computer would crash but would boot again
    4. The computer would crash but would not boot again

    If the computer would not boot and if I was lucky a System Restore would get the computer booting again. If not then a complete reinstall of Windows 7 was required.
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    Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bits
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    I had to reinstall Windows 7 for other reasons. Yesterday I worked through the expected updates crashing because of CPU not supporting SSE2. Windows said it had 41 updates but because of the potential for crashing I decided to install them one at a time. I only had to do 2 or 3 System Restores. It turned out I had to install fewer update than expected because once an update crashed some of the other updates were no longer offered.The final list had 4 updates but I hid them because they had already caused the computer to crash. I will continue to only try to install one update at a time so I know what to hide.

    I have attached a Windows Update log showing the updates that were attempted yesterday. Some updates are shown more than once because sometimes I didn't realize that a particular update had already been tried. Note Internet Explorer 11 installed but I had to uninstall it. That is because it would not run. Later I found out that was because it required SSE2.
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