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Windows 7: Upgrading - A Question

04 Apr 2010   #1
IHaydees

XP/Windows 7
 
 
Upgrading - A Question

Hello,

I already know that the minumum specs for Windows 7 is a 1GHz Processor and at least 1GB of RAM.

Now my pc is about 5 years old (getting quite old now), but ide like to upgrade from XP. My system Specs are:-

AMD Athlon 64 3000+ 2.00GHz
1.5GB RAM
Nvidia 7600 GS

Im just wondering weather this will run Windows 7 good enough to use (without lag issues etc). I would like an upgrade from XP, but dont like the look of Vista. I dont know if upgrading would put my PC under too much stress and potentially kill it? Or if it will run fine

Thanks for the advice!

James


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04 Apr 2010   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by IHaydees View Post
Hello,

I already know that the minumum specs for Windows 7 is a 1GHz Processor and at least 1GB of RAM.

Now my pc is about 5 years old (getting quite old now), but ide like to upgrade from XP. My system Specs are:-

AMD Athlon 64 3000+ 2.00GHz
1.5GB RAM
Nvidia 7600 GS

Im just wondering weather this will run Windows 7 good enough to use (without lag issues etc). I would like an upgrade from XP, but dont like the look of Vista. I dont know if upgrading would put my PC under too much stress and potentially kill it? Or if it will run fine

Thanks for the advice!

James
Yes it will. I am running win 7 32bit in a desktop with similar specs. It will stress your pc more yet run without lag.

Ken
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04 Apr 2010   #3
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Be sure to run the Upgrade Advisor first. You may be able to install Windows 7, but if you find no graphics drivers, it won't be fun.

Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor
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04 Apr 2010   #4
IHaydees

XP/Windows 7
 
 

Thanks. My pc is literally on its last legs. But i suppose if it fully "kills" it, if its possible, i can get a laptop. At the minute the side casing is off because the PSU got replaced and is only 400W. Whilst running the GFX Card etc running more internal fans inside will put more stress on that.

I know running without the side cover is a little bit risky but i suppose if i keep ontop of cleaning it things should be fine.

Thanks for the help.


If i backup all of my programs and files (By backing up "Program Files" and "My Documents"), can i simply drag them back into Windows 7 in the same area, run the install package and install the program again? (Obviosuly if its windows 7 Compatible). Will i also need to purchase another version of Microsoft office? Or will my older copy for XP work?

thanks again

James
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04 Apr 2010   #5
IHaydees

XP/Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
Be sure to run the Upgrade Advisor first. You may be able to install Windows 7, but if you find no graphics drivers, it won't be fun.

Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor
Already ran the upgrade advisor and everyhting seemed fine. The only thing it picked up was Acrobat reader, which im guessing there is a Windows 7 version if i need it. Im guessing Nvidia has a graphics driver which is 7 Compatible anyway?

thanks for the replies!
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04 Apr 2010   #6
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Yes, you should be all set to go. Let us know how it works out, especially if you have any problems.
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04 Apr 2010   #7
IHaydees

XP/Windows 7
 
 

This is an image from my Update Information. all looks good, so will hopefully install on monday or wednesday. Will probably take some time seeing my specs are near minimum


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05 Apr 2010   #8
IHaydees

XP/Windows 7
 
 

Ok,

If i drag my program files onto another internal hard drive (with XP on), can i then drag them back from it once i have windows 7 installed? I dont want to use an external hard drive thats all, so just wondering if this is compatible.

Is there anyway of backing up my programs and music in a simple way. What about my favourited pages on the internet?

Thanks a lot!

James

P.S Planning on re-installing soon, but whats a general estimate on length of time to Format a 80GB Hard Drive (With Approx 60GB Data on it), and install windows 7?
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05 Apr 2010   #9
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Programs can not be "transferred".

Programs must be reinstalled.

Backup all your pics, music, etc that are dear to your heart to a USB stick and go for the gold!

If you run across any actual install problems, give us a yell and you will be flooded with suggestions.
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05 Apr 2010   #10
IHaydees

XP/Windows 7
 
 

Thanks a lot Kerlsnooks! . Hopefully back up things tonight if i can get this other internal hard drive to be recognised. Ill then drag the programs back onto 7 1 by 1 and install each one
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