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Windows 7: Will Windows 7 work on dell dimension 3000?

14 Aug 2009   #11
Nwebb

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks Dinish.
I figured as much with the generic drivers, but wanted to double check. I am not expecting a full W7 experience on this PC, just testing for compatibility in my environment. W7 works rather well on all of my home computers that are less than a year old.


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14 Aug 2009   #12
Nwebb

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
NW

Im running win 7 ultimate on similar hware. 945 graphics and integrated audio. It runs as well as or better than xp did

Ken
Thanks Ken, good to know. Did you change any services that run in the back ground for improved performance? Did it pick up the generic drivers automatically?
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14 Aug 2009   #13
busydog

windows 7
 
 
Definitely Runs

Not as fast as XP but a lot more features.
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14 Aug 2009   #14
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

well i looked for the drivers on dell.com but they're not compatible with 7. i m sure you'll have a nice experience out of this pc too.
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14 Aug 2009   #15
SquonkSC

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
NW

Im running win 7 ultimate on similar hware. 945 graphics and integrated audio. It runs as well as or better than xp did

Ken
I stand corrected.
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14 Aug 2009   #16
Antman

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by squonksc View Post
You should give us the full specs, but never mind that.

I advise you to NOT install Windows 7.
It will turn out to be a disappointing experience.

Your machine is just not up to par.

Especially the video specs are totally inadequate for Win7.

Greetz.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dinesh View Post
a generic driver obtained from windows update is enough for you. so go right ahead and put windows 7 on it.
I am going to install Win7 Lite on a Piii 866 w/256MB per Snuffy.

I just need to go get some CD-Rs.

My mileage will vary.
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14 Aug 2009   #17
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nwebb View Post
Thanks Ken, good to know. Did you change any services that run in the back ground for improved performance? Did it pick up the generic drivers automatically?
Yes on services (blackviper) and it picked up all my drivers. I found a better vid driver at Intel but the one win 7 picked up was running 1440x900 fine. I can run aero and dont even have to force it. My only problem is mine is a laptop and it runs warmer than xp by abt 10F. I have had abt 8 diff builds on this thing and not one BSOD.

Ken
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14 Aug 2009   #18
Nwebb

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks, Ken!
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14 Aug 2009   #19
StanAnderton

Windows 7
 
 
Absolutely yes, is the correct answer!


I am using a Dell Dimension 3000 with the onboard video right now. Yeah I know it doesn't meet the minimum specs that MS says you need, but it works just fine. I did an upgrade to the V word (Ultimate) just over a week ago on this old warhorse just for kicks, and then downloaded 7 Ultimate and decided to go for the gusto. I have a couple of virtual machines on my work computer with 7 and I use 2008 Enterprise server with Hyper-V as my desktop OS.

The only real trick with the video is this: Download the drivers from Dell for your original configuration, R106458.exe, and run it to extract the files to your drive. Following the 7 install you will have a glorious 640x480 desktop that made me want to lose my dinner, but don't lose hope. Navigate to the location of your driver files, c:\dell\drivers\R106458 if you went with the default, and locate the setup.exe file. If you try to run it you will be cussin' me 'cause it will choke and laugh at you and say you can't run this file on 7. So don't give it the satisfaction and just right click on the file and select properties. Select the compatibility tab and click the box for XP mode, and hit enter. You won't be able to see the whole dialog in the window nor could I scroll to bring it to view, but just hit enter. Then run the setup.exe and it will tell you that it needs to restart. Do it and when it comes up again you should be looking at a 1280x1024 screen.

Hope I didn't miss anything. Enjoy! You wont get video quality and performance as you would with a high performance video card, but it beats Vista or XP for that matter. A bit of a learning curve, but if you can figure the workarounds life is good.

Stan
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18 Aug 2009   #20
Sk821

Windows 7 Ultimate Edition
 
 

Your Dell Dimension will run windows 7 BUT you need to upgrade

My SPECS of my dimension 3000:

Same Mobo
2 GB
Sparkle GeForce 9500 512 mb Gt PCI Edition (Yep, PCI NO express and i overclockit!!!)
160 gb of HD
P4 at 2.8 Ghz

My video card is running with the original power supply from DELL (250 watt), sweet!!!

EDIT: Enter here for people with only PCI slots and wants go to game!! (Like Dell dimension Models)

http://ilix.in/0d8f6


EDIT 2: Windows 7 drivers for the sound (100% perfect):

http://ilix.in/0ee23

Works in:

Dimension 1100/B110
Dimension 3000
Dimension 2400
OptiPlex GX280
OptiPlex GX520
OptiPlex GX620
OptiPlex GX270
OptiPlex GX270N
OptiPlex SX270
OptiPlex SX270N
OptiPlex 170L
OptiPlex 170LN
OptiPlex SX280
Dell Precision WorkStation 360
Dell Precision WorkStation 360N
Dell Precision WorkStation 370
Dell Precision WorkStation 450
Dell Precision WorkStation 450N
Dell Precision WorkStation 470
Dell Precision WorkStation 650
Dell Precision WorkStation 650N
Dell Precision WorkStation 670




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