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Windows 7: Computer Slows then Freezes, Have to Restart

6 Days Ago   #41

Win7 pro x64

That's not an SSD, its an SSHD - which is a combination of a tiny SSD plus a normal spinning drive. I have no experience with them but the theory sounds good. Hopefully someone else can comment on how they compare in the real world to an SSD.

The i7-7700 will be a million times faster than your current core 2 duo.

Since that system comes with win10 you would need to transfer over your existing win7 license, clone your existing drive onto the new drive, then install win7 drivers to support all the new hardware. I am pretty sure win7 drivers exist for everything except maybe the wireless card. Intel 9xxx wireless cards will not run on win7. For $15 you can always just stick a new pci-e wireless card in there if you need to, like this one. Hopefully you can figure out exactly what wireless card is in there before you buy it. TP-Link TL-WN881ND N300 PCI-E Wireless WiFi network Adapter card for pc: Gateway

Because the new system comes with win10, you have a not-trivial amount of effort to go through to get your cloned win7 running on it. The steps to do so are: on your old machine change the disk controller driver to the standard ahci driver, then shut down, then physically move its boot drive over to the new machine, boot from it on the new machine (telling bios to boot from it), use macrium (or whatever) to clone it onto the new SSHD, shut down, physically remove the old drive, boot from the newly cloned new drive, then install all the relevant win7 drivers. That CPU does not officially have a win7 support but it does work fine if you download the right driver version (I've got that cpu on my machine). Windows update won't work because you'll be using a 7700 on win7 but you can fix that by installing the wufuc utility written by zeffy.

To do this job requires that you have a fair amount of technical aptitude or at least patience and persistence.

the above process is given in detail in this thread....
Create a "Generic" Win7 Boot Drive?

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6 Days Ago   #42

Windows 7

Thanks for answering.

Glad I asked for advice (-:

It sounds pretty complicated but I guess I am going to have to upgrade at some point??

I will read up on that Hybrid drive.

It does sound like it will blow this system away!

My system is so old that I have all of the original installation disks, so probably have the driver?

My technical experience is pretty limited, but I do have patience and persistence!
I can always get a tech in here but it will no longer be a deal??

It may just pay to go ahead with the upgrade to what I am using now which will
buy me some more time, then upgrade the right way instead of spontaneous??

I will wait to make a decision until after seeing some more comments.

Thank you again!!
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6 Days Ago   #43

Windows 7

You are right on about the SSHD, did some reading up on it and found an interesting article
that spells it all out here if anyone's interested?
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5 Days Ago   #44

Windows 7 HP 64

Unless you purchased and have a Win 7 Retail license you can't install win 7 on the HP.
You can't transfer your Win 7 license that came with a Dell to a HP with Win 10.

Even if you have a Win 7 Retail license, to install Win 7 on a Kaby Lake computer isn't as easy as John suggested.

My opinion is that a old desktop with Win 7, 8G of memory and a SSD is much better than a new with win 10. And I'm quite sure you will never use all the power of a i7 and 16G of memory.
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5 Days Ago   #45

Windows 7

Thank you both again! Glad I asked for advice, I am just waiting on the memory sticks to arrive and will do the repairs as discussed.
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5 Days Ago   #46

Win7 pro x64

licensing aside, installing win7 on a kaby lake cpu is precisely as easy as I described. I've done it a dozen times and this issue was solved two years ago.

So to clarify for the record, here's the deal on getting kaby and coffee lake cpus running under win7.

coffee lake - the cpu itself works fine in win7 and does not even need a separate driver. But the onboard graphics portion of the cpu does (of course) require a driver and no one to date (afaik) has successfully modified a driver to work correctly. But if you have a pci-e graphics card in your system and do not want to use the on-chip graphics that are a part of the cpu, you will be fine, no driver needed. Note that your motherboard needs the intel 2xx chipset, as 3xx chipsets will not work on win7. So-o-o, coffee lake should be avoided if you want to run win7, UNLESS you are willing to forego the onboard graphics, AND you have a 2xx chipset.

kaby lake - works fine on win7, both the cpu and the graphics. BUT, you must be sure to use one of the driver versions released by intel for kaby lake support on win7, as fairly early on in kaby lake's life they made the decision to NOT officially support kaby lake on win7, so more recent versions of the intel graphics drivers specifically exclude kaby lake from installing them. But the earlier versions still work out of the box with no effort, and the later versions work if you modify the inf file that is part of the installation package. Knowing that the OP is looking for the straightforward approach, I recommended the easy route of simply downloading an early driver which works without modification. Here's a link for version 4508, which supports kaby lake on win7, no modification or effort needed other than unpacking and running it..

if the above link dies, you can also google mb_driver_vga_intel_21.20.16.4508_w7
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2 Days Ago   #47

Windows 7

I have all the parts, hoping to get to it in the next day or two.

Thanks for all the directions and recommendations!!
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