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Windows 7: installing Windows using the key that's on the PC case?

08 Mar 2017   #11
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICIT2LOL View Post
Mate there is no way known to man I would buy a copy of Windows from EBay - you need to go to a reputable site and get an OEM from there. Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit-Newegg.com would be ok.

Having said that I find Ubuntu and Zorin the latter especially really good the only thing I don't like about them is the way you need to navigate sometimes using the "command line" to do so. I could be doing things wrong but that is what I find it does.

Now while I am thinking of it those Linux OS's are really good for recovering data from old drives if you need too and the drive can have any OS on them Windows, Linux of any flavour etc etc
I bought Windows 98SE and Windows XP Home Edition on eBay, waiting for them to show up in the mail. I always buy Windows 7 and Windows 10 from either Newegg.com or Microcenter. 98SE and XP look to be genuine and full retail versions, not the OEM stuff with Dell or HP on the packaging.


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08 Mar 2017   #12
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Why did I get these two computers? For one, they were free. I'm also learning more about computers and if I break something I won't feel as bad as if it happened to my gaming monster that I built.

I need to buy HDD's and memory. 2GB is too little, I'm thinking install the max each system will hold. For HDD's, I've been looking at the WD blue drives. 500GB should be good but it looks like the 1TB drives are cheaper ??

I have a spare SSD that I can use for now, install a distro of Linux, and mess around with that.

I blew out both computers at work but they still need to be cleaned. None of the computers at work are ever cleaned. Is it like that at every business?
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08 Mar 2017   #13
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

The 320 has an Intel Pentium 4 3.20GHz with 1GB of memory.
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08 Mar 2017   #14
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Hmm mate now just what is that CPU and RAM? I am guessing it is DDR2 but the summary page of Speccy will show what it is.

Oops didn't catch the last two posts anyway it would be good to kw what the mobos are because you are doing exactly what I used to do when I first started seriously fixing up computers
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08 Mar 2017   #15
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Both machines have DDR2. I still need to clean them and see what else might be missing. The 320 has a loose ribbon cable (I'm thinking floppy, haven't looked at the manual yet). I still need to see what memory and hard drive I want to install into these computers.
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08 Mar 2017   #16
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Yep you need to get the specs on those boards my friend I use HW Info to get really detailed stuff on machines HWiNFO - Download a lot of the other members don't like his program but I have yet to find it no good - if you are going to try it make sure of the correct bit - 64 or 32 version.
You just need to close the three samll windows that open at the start of the program.

I have attached some pics to show you what it looks like.


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08 Mar 2017   #17
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I like fixing up old boxes too, they all manage to run W7 fine, I only use them to browse now and again.

Here`s some DDR2


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08 Mar 2017   #18
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

I've used hwinfo and speccy before but I can't do anything at the moment because the HDD's were removed prior to me receiving the computers (I got the CPU and memory info from the BIOS).
I've been looking around inside of the 320 and I found 4 bad caps. There might be more but I need to remove the board to have a good look. Now that I've seen those I'm going to look at the 755 closer. I'll probably solder new caps and replace the CR 2032 battery while I'm in there.
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08 Mar 2017   #19
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Are they leaking ? That happens to a lot of older Dell`s
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08 Mar 2017   #20
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Looks like they just started leaking. The board around the caps is fine. I found a pack of 10 for $14.99 on amazon.

I wonder if my local Radio Shack has them.

edit: bought a pack of ten on amazon (1800 micro farad, 6.3 volts)
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