Can Windows 7 still be used?

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  1. Posts : 15
    Windows 10
       #1

    Can Windows 7 still be used?


    Hello. I got an offer for super cheap desktop computer that has the following specifications:

    Windows 7 Pro
    LGA 1155
    Intel i-5 Core
    8GB of RAM

    The computer is nice, and I need it for coding, modding of an old video game. Modding a specific video game is a hobby I have.

    I selected Windows 7, because the game and the third-party apps related to the game are best suited and compatible for Windows 7 and Windows XP.

    The problem is that a person told me Windows 7 is no longer compatible with modern hardware. This means that if one or more of the components fail, I will have to throw away the whole computer, because compatible components no longer exist for Windows 7, meaning I won't be able to buy a new component and replace the failed one.

    For example, Intel i-5 Core and LGA 1155 are discontinued, meaning they are no longer being produced.

    As newer CPUs aren't compatible with LGA 1155, I won't be able to replace the CPU.

    As newer motherboards aren't compatible with Windows 7, I won't be able to replace the old motherboard with new one.

    Is this true? If yes, how do you still run Windows 7? I know some people who still use Windows 7. How do they do it?

    I would like to use Windows 7 for as long as possible. Basically, I will be using this specific computer for only the specific task of coding and modding. I have newer builds for other tasks, but I need Windows 7 for that specific task.

    Can someone help me and explain me what to do?
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  2. Posts : 348
    Windows 7 Home Premium
       #2

    Do a search and you'll see you can still buy the processors, motherboards, either new or used.
    CPUs rarely go bad and if they do it is because of over heating.
    Windows 7 can and is being installed on newer systems.
    I read everyday of people downgrading their Win 10 - 11 systems to Win 7.
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  3. Posts : 15,179
    Vista x64 / 7 X64
       #3

    Min4ove4e said:
    Hello. I got an offer for super cheap desktop computer that has the following specifications:

    Windows 7 Pro
    LGA 1155
    Intel i-5 Core
    8GB of RAM

    The computer is nice, and I need it for coding, modding of an old video game. Modding a specific video game is a hobby I have.

    I selected Windows 7, because the game and the third-party apps related to the game are best suited and compatible for Windows 7 and Windows XP.

    The problem is that a person told me Windows 7 is no longer compatible with modern hardware. This means that if one or more of the components fail, I will have to throw away the whole computer, because compatible components no longer exist for Windows 7, meaning I won't be able to buy a new component and replace the failed one.

    For example, Intel i-5 Core and LGA 1155 are discontinued, meaning they are no longer being produced.

    As newer CPUs aren't compatible with LGA 1155, I won't be able to replace the CPU.

    As newer motherboards aren't compatible with Windows 7, I won't be able to replace the old motherboard with new one.

    Is this true? If yes, how do you still run Windows 7? I know some people who still use Windows 7. How do they do it?

    I would like to use Windows 7 for as long as possible. Basically, I will be using this specific computer for only the specific task of coding and modding. I have newer builds for other tasks, but I need Windows 7 for that specific task.

    Can someone help me and explain me what to do?
    There is plenty of lga 1155 stuff available on the well known auction site, and at places like CEX - which provide guarantees.

    ddr3 ram, intel 3rd gen processors and lga 1155 motherboards are not hard to find and are quite cheap.

    I have a couple of lga1155 machines. One I built myself and the other is a hewlett packard prebuilt.

    Depending on your budget, you could also consider something more modern. I recently purchased second hand 8th gen intel components very reasonably.

    Or if you prefer an oem prebuilt machine, you could consider something like the DELL 8/9th gen 3070, or 5070 optiplex or vostro/inspiron for example.

    The more recent stuff is more efficient and can perform to a higher standard. Plus it will have a longer life.

    Nothing wrong with the 3rd gen stuff, it might be all you need . But if the 8th gen is within your budget, I would suggest that. Second hand prices are reasonable now for 8th gen components or prebuilts.

    Because win 7 runs great on 8th gen , and 8th gen ( and newer) is also officially supported for win11 if and when you (or the next owner of the machine) wants to do that.

    Win 11 does not officially support 3rd gen.
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  4. Posts : 5
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit
       #4

    Windows 7 can be installed on modern hardware, even ryzen 5000 series and 12th gen intels.

    what generation is your new pc on? I can help you out.
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  5. Posts : 15
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #5

    I searched. And as far as I know, hardware that supports Windows u, is discontinued.

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    SIW2 said:
    There is plenty of lga 1155 stuff available on the well known auction site, and at places like CEX - which provide guarantees.

    ddr3 ram, intel 3rd gen processors and lga 1155 motherboards are not hard to find and are quite cheap.

    I have a couple of lga1155 machines. One I built myself and the other is a hewlett packard prebuilt.

    Depending on your budget, you could also consider something more modern. I recently purchased second hand 8th gen intel components very reasonably.

    Or if you prefer an oem prebuilt machine, you could consider something like the DELL 8/9th gen 3070, or 5070 optiplex or vostro/inspiron for example.

    The more recent stuff is more efficient and can perform to a higher standard. Plus it will have a longer life.

    Nothing wrong with the 3rd gen stuff, it might be all you need . But if the 8th gen is within your budget, I would suggest that. Second hand prices are reasonable now for 8th gen components or prebuilts.

    Because win 7 runs great on 8th gen , and 8th gen ( and newer) is also officially supported for win11 if and when you (or the next owner of the machine) wants to do that.

    Win 11 does not officially support 3rd gen.
    I don't want auctions, because buying second-hand electronics is risky. If I buy something, it will be new.

    Where can LGA 1155 be found? I searched for it, but it turned out its discontinued.

    I don't necessary want LGA 1155. The reason why originally I selected LGA 1156, is because I'm I thought LGA 1155 is the latest motherboard Windows 7 is compatible with, and newer motherboard don't support Windows 7. In fact, I would like to have the newest and latest hardware that is compatible with Windows 7. However, I don't know which year was the year when the latest win7-compatible hardware was produced. I don't know which is the latest hardware compatible with Windows 7.

    "The more recent stuff is more efficient and can perform to a higher standard. Plus it will have a longer life."

    Yes, I know this. However, I didn't want more recent stuff, because I was told newer hardware doesn't have drivers for Windows 7, and is therefore not compatible with Windows 7.

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    zEddie27 said:
    Windows 7 can be installed on modern hardware, even ryzen 5000 series and 12th gen intels.

    what generation is your new pc on? I can help you out.
    I was told it can't. How can it be installed, if it doesn't have drivers for newer hardware and is therefore not compatible with newer hardware?

    The computer I would like to buy uses Intel core i-5. However, I would like to buy more recent hardware, which is compatible with Windows 7. The reason why I wanted to buy LGA 1155 and Intel core i5, is because I was told newer hardware doesn't support Windows 7.

    If newer than LGA 1155 motherboard support Windows 7, I would buy newer ones.
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  6. Posts : 5
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit
       #6

    The computer I would like to buy uses Intel core i-5. However, I would like to buy more recent hardware, which is compatible with Windows 7. The reason why I wanted to buy LGA 1155 and Intel core i5, is because I was told newer hardware doesn't support Windows 7.

    If newer than LGA 1155 motherboard support Windows 7, I would buy newer ones.[/QUOTE]

    nope, windows 7 has been installed on the latest ryzen cpu's Installing Windows 7 On AMD Ryzen 9 5900x 5950x & X570 Board Chipset - YouTube and 12th gen intels

    Win7 on an i9 12th gen machine

    what new hardware are you specifically looking for, chances are it's capable of using windows 7
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  7. Posts : 7,029
    Windows 7 HP 64
       #7

    Gen 2 and 3 use LGA 1155 and it's fully win 7 compatible
    Gen 4 and 5 use LGA 1150 and it's fully win 7 compatible
    Gen 6 and 7 use LGA 1151 and it's almost fully win 7 compatible (you have to add some drivers to the Win 7 installation drive)

    Gen 8 and up depends on the CPU and MB you choose. You have to use some none official drivers.
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  8. Posts : 15
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #8

    zEddie27 said:
    The computer I would like to buy uses Intel core i-5. However, I would like to buy more recent hardware, which is compatible with Windows 7. The reason why I wanted to buy LGA 1155 and Intel core i5, is because I was told newer hardware doesn't support Windows 7.

    If newer than LGA 1155 motherboard support Windows 7, I would buy newer ones.
    nope, windows 7 has been installed on the latest ryzen cpu's Installing Windows 7 On AMD Ryzen 9 5900x 5950x & X570 Board Chipset - YouTube and 12th gen intels

    Win7 on an i9 12th gen machine

    what new hardware are you specifically looking for, chances are it's capable of using windows 7[/QUOTE]

    Thanks for explaining this to me. What is the newest/latest motherboard that supports Windows 7?

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    Megahertz07 said:
    Gen 2 and 3 use LGA 1155 and it's fully win 7 compatible
    Gen 4 and 5 use LGA 1150 and it's fully win 7 compatible
    Gen 6 and 7 use LGA 1151 and it's almost fully win 7 compatible (you have to add some drivers to the Win 7 installation drive)

    Gen 8 and up depends on the CPU and MB you choose. You have to use some none official drivers.
    Can any hardware, CPU and motherboard, be made fully compatible with Windows 7, even if they are produced (by the manufacturer to not be compatible with Windows 7 at all), if you just put the needed drivers?
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  9. Posts : 7,029
    Windows 7 HP 64
       #9

    You don't make CPU and motherboard fully compatible with Windows 7.
    You make Windows 7 installation drive compatible with new hardware adding some (official and no official) drivers.
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  10. Posts : 15
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #10

    Megahertz07 said:
    You don't make CPU and motherboard fully compatible with Windows 7.
    You make Windows 7 installation drive compatible with new hardware adding some (official and no official) drivers.
    Alright. So, it doesn't matter what the hardware is, Windows 7 will always be able to run as long as the drivers of the hardware are inserted in the installation file of Windows 7? Did i get it correctly?
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