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Windows 7: Upgrading to Windows 7

03 Feb 2017   #1
swiftie

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Upgrading to Windows 7

I'm trying to help a couple of elderly neighbours upgrade their appropriately elderly systems, a Dell Inspiron 1525 and a HP CQ5011UK. The Dell is on XP, the HP on Vista.

Apart from buying new hardware, the only appropriate move I can suggest is to move to Windows 7. It probably has more life than my neighbours, so they should be OK.

If this seems like a workable solution to you, then can you tell me where I could come by the official upgrade materials? Or at least find something which is guaranteed not pirated?

I've downloaded the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor so I can see if I'm going to run into problems.

Any other suggestions welcome... well, most of them. This is the Internet after all.


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03 Feb 2017   #2
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

You will only find Win 7 Pro OEM for sale. And they aren't cheap.
windows 7 - Newegg.com

Don't buy from ebay as most are fake.

Edit.:

"The best software is the one you know how to use"

As the computers are from old people, don't upgrade them.
- You can save their data on an external disk and do a factory recover.
- You can buy a refurbished computer (not powerful but good for internet and text editing) with win 7
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03 Feb 2017   #3
swiftie

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thank you for your suggestions.

I migrated to Windows 7 after using XP for years (IBM had a support agreement with Microsoft to extend the support of XP for a while). I found it very easy to make W7 look almost identical to XP, which is another reason that I'm recommending it to these elderly people.

The Dell laptop has a keyboard which supports Swedish National characters, and that may be hard to replicate, forcing me to look for a legal upgrade path.
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03 Feb 2017   #4
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

You can install any keyboard layout (language) to any Windows installed in any language.
Open Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Region and Language and on Keyboards tab, select the keyboard you want.
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03 Feb 2017   #5
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Hi old git,
if your from pompey im not talkin to you

Up the Saints.
Wembley here we come 1976 again, I WAS THERE

You could try either Novatec, or box.com
about 120 for pro.

Roy
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03 Feb 2017   #6
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Remember, Win 7 32 requires at least 1G of memory (recommend 2G).
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04 Feb 2017   #7
swiftie

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Megahertz07 View Post
Remember, Win 7 32 requires at least 1G of memory (recommend 2G).
Well, at least that's one aspect where I'm in the clear. The existing systems have 2Gb and 3Gb.
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04 Feb 2017   #8
swiftie

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Megahertz07 View Post
- You can buy a refurbished computer (not powerful but good for internet and text editing) with win 7
How would I go about buying a refurbished computer (laptop and desktop)? I have very little experience in this area.

I've only ever bought one PC in my life, when I retired from working for IBM in 2012. I'm using it to write this post.
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04 Feb 2017   #9
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

My first question would be, why to suggest an upgrade at all?
If they're comfortable with the current system and it works as it should for the intended usage, then making unneded changes may only create problems where there is none. Unless the systems have some kind of serious problems, I would consider leaving them alone in the first place.
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05 Feb 2017   #10
swiftie

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alejandro85 View Post
My first question would be, why to suggest an upgrade ?
One system is XP, which is out of support. Something is pestering to upgrade driver's, for a charge. This sort of thing upsets people in their 80's.
The other is on Vista; I'm unsure of the support stance on that.
Both systems are quite slow (the PC equivalent of being in it's 80's), and the owners keep mentioning this.
I'm not young myself, but I've become the IT support for much of my village. If I fix one person's performance issues, I'll get inundated with similar problems. So, replacing the hardware with refurbished systems is the best solution for me, and probably for them.
I'm drawn to Windows 7 as it can be made to look the same as XP and Vista. This will reduce the amount of time I spend showing them how to do things.
It's an interesting task. I like the responses I get when showing them that the right mouse button really does have a use!
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