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Windows 7: Dell Inspiron E1505 Upgrade Adivce

09 Oct 2011   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
Dell Inspiron E1505 Upgrade Adivce

My parents have a e1505 which is currently running Vista. I have been debating on upgrading it to W7, but was unsure if it would handle it well. I have keys for XP, Vista, and W7 32bit. I plan on doing a clean install.
It has a T2250 1.73GHz processor with 2gb ram.

All my parents will be doing with it is internet use and organizing pictures and things like that. It's about time for a clean install of any OS on it.


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09 Oct 2011   #2

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

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09 Oct 2011   #3

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit

Hi dudejoe4, welcome to the forums , the e1505/i6400 will run win 7 although you may have to install some of the drivers in compatibility mode :)
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09 Oct 2011   #4

Win 7

My daughter had that same computer: Dell E1505. It ran Vista.
Horrible! Why? Because this box will NOT accept any more than 2 GB of RAM. It was starved for memory.
In the end, we replaced it with an HP laptop, one that had enough memory to work properly.

What to do with the E1505? I loaded it with Windows XP, which runs fine with only 2 GB of RAM. It's now my piano computer.

Conclusion: The E1505 is not suited for Vista, and probably even less suited for Windows 7.
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09 Oct 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP


You can run Win7 32 bit on 2gb RAM just fine. I run it on 1gb RAM with a weaker processor for light web browsing and multi-tasking.

You'll want to run the Upgrade advisor to flag specific issues with software or hardware.

Back up your Dell recovery disks or an image of the Vista install if it is worth saving:
Macrium - Image your system
Dell Restoring Your Computer´s Software to the Factory Settings

Then boot the Win7 DVD to clean reinstall following these steps to get a perfect baseline install which you can then image so you never have to reinstall again: Reinstalling Windows 7
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09 Oct 2011   #6

Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit

Yeah, you can. I have the same laptop. I feel gutted that I can't put more RAM in it. The techs at Dell really messed it up. Windows 7 runs pretty fine on it but still I would love an extra 2 gigs of RAM.
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09 Oct 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

It runs 7 just fine. I have one and it's running 7 Ultimate without any problems at all. It runs much better than it ever did with Vista on it.
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09 Oct 2011   #8

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1 and Mac OS X 10.8.3

Your 32 bit key will let you install 64 bit. That is what i would do since 64 bit will be around longer the 32 bit will more programs will run on it in the long term. Also 32 bit programs will run on it also.
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09 Oct 2011   #9
Microsoft MVP


The point in advising OP install 32 bit is that 64 bit may drag some with only 2gb RAM allowed on that Dell.
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09 Oct 2011   #10

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1 and Mac OS X 10.8.3

I have a HP Dv5215us and it has a max ram of 2GB however the AMD CPU supports x64 so why not? You do not lose anything or realy gain anything profrmace from it but you are at the cutting edge when it comes to x64. My idea about computers is if it can do it then go for it.
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