Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Change from XP to Windows 7 advice

24 Jul 2013   #1

Windows 7 home 32 bit
Change from XP to Windows 7 advice

I am in the process of collecting all the information that I need prior to installing Windows 7 Home 32 bit in the near future. My current XP system is using a Gigabyte Motherboard GA-MA78LM-S2 with Processer2.20 gigahertz AMD Athlon 64 / 256 kilobyte primary memory cache / 512 kilobyte secondary / Bus Clock: 200 megahertz / BIOS: Award Software International, Inc. F3 09/23/2009memory cache. and 2 GB memory. I hope that I have supplied enough relevant information here.

I have run the Windows 7 compatibility report and apart from some minor software incompatibility it passes all the requirements. I have read that some older motherboards could be problematic when using Windows 7.

I suppose that I would just like some reassurance that I will not have any problems with my proposal as I realise that my system specs are not exactly cutting edge, so to speak. I do not do any gaming, video rendering or the like. Also after I have this new OS installed could I have any problems adding another 2 GB of memory.

Any advice or suggestions would be gratefully appreciated, Thank you Pedro.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Jul 2013   #2

Microsoft Windows 10 Professional / Windows 7 Professional

The board is Windows 7 Qualified, you'll be OK, make sure you flash it to latest bios since it addresses some operating system issues, and follow the tutorial created by Brink and everything will be alright.

Clean Install Windows 7
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Jul 2013   #3

Windows 7 home 32 bit

Thanks for your reply OldMX.
I will follow that tutorial but can you recommend where I can find some good information on flashing the BIOS, seeing that this quote from that tutorial has me somewhat concerned

“(WARNING - DO NOT FLASH THE BIOS if you do not know what you are doing. Please ask for help instead. One mistake can kill your motherboard permanently.)”
My System SpecsSystem Spec

25 Jul 2013   #4

Win8/8.1,Win7-U64, Vista U64, uncounted Linux distor's

Your Gigabyte mobo has "DualBIOS" so you can always recover from a bad BIOS flash. You should only update the BIOS if you are having a specific problem that the BIOS update addresses. Updating just for the sake of updating is a poor practice when it comes to BIOS updates. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Gigabyte BIOS info.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Jul 2013   #5

Windows 7 home 32 bit

Thanks for the rational advice madcratebuilder.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
is always a good adage
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Change from XP to Windows 7 advice

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Advice please re MB/CPU change Win 7 Pro systems prior to 10 upgrade
Have two PC's running Win 7 Pro 32 bit and Win 7 Pro 64 bit. Both licensed and authentic individual installations. Probably moving to Win 10 in near future. Step 1 (32bit system authenticated as Win 10 ready via MS 10 upgrade tray icon - except current graphics card - GeForce GT 630) ...
Installation & Setup
Still on Windows XP? Here’s Some Bad Advice
Source Bill Gates introducing Windows XP in October, 2001. Photo: Getty Images.
Intermittent W7 Performance advice to change USB Ports
Hello, Within the last several weeks I have been getting pop-up advice to change my USB devices to higher speed USB 2 ports. This is W7 Ultimate 64bits. I have changed no hardware. I will attempt to get a snapshot of the pop-up. Any ideas? Thanks for any assistance! Glenn
Hardware & Devices
Getting windows 7 - need advice.
Hi all - I will be buying Windows 7 for the holidays. I need advice as to which version to get. All I do is play games and surf the internet (LOL). I currently have Windows XP. I am tight on money so Ultimate is out of the question :(. So I was looking at Home Premium.. Should I get the upgrade...
General Discussion
I want to change my computer layout, need your advice...
Hey all, Currently I've got my laptop computer connected to my router via Ethernet, my router is then connected to my modem. I use my laptop as a desktop replacement and it's the only system I've got. The place that I live in, my apartment is not huge by any means however I want to move my...
Hardware & Devices

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 17:07.
Twitter Facebook Google+