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Windows 7: Dell Inspiron 2650 with Windows 7 32

14 Jun 2010   #1

Dell Inspiron 2650 with Windows 7 32

Hi guys

Is it possible to install windows 7 32 on this laptop i mean will it work?


Intel Pentium 4 Mobile 2 Ghz
Ram Installierte 512 Mb

Festplatte: 30 GB
Optische speicher DVD-CDRW Combo Laufwerk
Display-Typ: 15" TFT XGA
Modem: Fax / Modem - Max Datenübertragungsrate: 56 Kbps
Grafik Chip GeForce 16 MB
1 x Display / Video - VGA - HD D-Sub (HD-15), 15-polig
1 x Mikrofon - line-In - Mini-Phone Mono 3.5 mm
1 x Modem - Telefonleitung - RJ-11
1 x Netzwerk - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX RJ-45
1 x PCMCIA Slot
2 X USB Typ A, 4-polig

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14 Jun 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9

Probably, but with a 30Gb HDD, you would only get around 5Gbs of storage anyways.

Would not be worth it, but yes it would work.

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14 Jun 2010   #3

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

RAM is way too little. You need at least 2 gb for win7 to run smoothly. If you can upgrade to 2 gb, then hooking up an external drive will solve your storage problem.
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14 Jun 2010   #4


are you sure?
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14 Jun 2010   #5

Windows 10 64 bit

Dell DOES NOT support Vista or Win 7 on this older model. DOS and XP is all that is supported for drivers. You may have a hard time finding all the hardware drivers for Win 7 (it needs Vista drivers at a minimum).

And as noted, memory is one issue as the maximum memory is 512KB and that is insufficient for either Vista or Win 7. Most of this model has an old Pentium III CPU and that is another issue. Have you run the Microsoft Windows 7 compatibility test? I doubt that it will meet minimum requirements.

Save your $$ for a new, modern technology. PC.
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14 Jun 2010   #6

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

Best to run the Win7 upgrade advisor. It'll tell you exactly how well equipped your system is to handle win7.

Download details: Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor

But I would certainly give it a shot. Win7 has been known to work on dinosaur machines. As for drivers, even old XP ones work in many cases.
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11 May 2012   #7

Windows 8 Consumer Preview Edition 64-bit

I've been running Windows 8 Consumer Preview Edition (32 bit, of course) on this ancient laptop. I have the maximum 512 MB of RAM and an upgraded 80 GB HDD (partitioned in halves to host XP, as well).

Windows Experience Index: 2 (yes, I have my doubts, too :)

So...I have no reason to think Windows 7 would NOT run on this dinosaur :)

And since evidence suggests Windows 8 is faster than 7, which in turn is faster than XP, I'd urge to upgrade if possible (i.e. no software dependent on XP).

The only drawbacks: I haven't gotten the Netgear PCMIA Wifi card to work, yet. And I haven't found driver for the PCI Modem (but who uses that anyway?). And it has frozen a couple of times.
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11 May 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Will it run? Absolutely. Will it be fast, responsive, and smooth? Nope, not until you bump the memory up. A typical base install of a lower version of Windows 7 would take 12-15 GB of space, but by the time you'd be adding applications, and your pagefile's'd be out of space pretty quickly.

You could spend $150 on a new drive and memory, or you could save up and spend $450 on a brand new laptop that will get you several years of usage.
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11 May 2012   #9
Microsoft MVP


If you're satisfied with performance on that rig then even one of the $349 Toshiba or Acer specials in the Sunday Best Buy or office box store ads might be all you need.

However if it's typical 4gb RAM with 64 bit Win7 and won't Clean Up Factory Bloatware to always be instantaneous with no hangs, I'd Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 32 bit which will run better on 4gb and below.
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 Dell Inspiron 2650 with Windows 7 32

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